I was so exhausted after Day 3 at BEA that I was not able to do a post.
And I’m fortunate to live in the suburb, just about 20 mn by train from downtown Chicago. I can’t imagine how others survived, especially if they stayed for BookCon this Saturday, plus a long flight back home. I know there were bloggers from Sri Lanka and Singapore among us!!
But, they are young, I’m not, I start feeling the difference, or rather, my muscles do. This morning when I got up, I could feel the miles in my legs. I walked a bit on the Appalachian Trail last Summer, it was nothing compare to 8 hours or more of walking the long aisles at BEA for 3 days.
Do it while you are young, lol!
So when I arrived this morning of day 2, having caught an early shuttle (these free shuttles from downtown to BEA are fantastic!), I was shocked seeing a loooooooooooong line. I thought, oh these people are waiting for some book signing.
And to my horror, I swear the line must have been close to a mile long (well, it’s a slight exaggeration, maybe), I discovered this was the ACTUAL line to ENTER the exhibit floor!!
People were standing, a lot were sitting, in between these temporary fence things like at airports.
But oh miracle, when 9:00 came, they took all these off, and then the way was open for the herd – that’s really what we all looked like, to be honest. So actually in a couple of minutes I was in the magic world of books!
If you read my post yesterday, you may know I spent my whole day at the Book Bloggers Conference and didn’t go to the main floor to look at books. Which made me miss a couple of giveaways I wanted from authors translated from the French, but that’s ok, other presses dedicated to fiction in translation were SO generous to me today! More on that another day.
I had said I was going to be very picky and would only get 6 books, well, I’m already at 14, and there’s still tomorrow. I know this may sound ridiculously low to most of you (some get close to 100, some close to 200 – and this is NOT an exaggeration!) I talked with bloggers who take books back home to give to colleagues, to their school library, or to put in their own outdoor “tiny library”. Really neat (Deb, you are awesome)!
But personally, I want to take only what I really want to read (very limited space on shelves) or to give to some specific people.
So, what do you think was in my 4 bags today?
I’ll take a haul picture tomorrow!
I had a bit of a crisis around noon, when I realized I had lost my precious paper where I had listed all the booths I absolutely had to visit, and the events I wanted to attend. Plus I just realized, on the back of that paper were my notes on yesterday’s key note speaker – and I was going to do a post on that!!
Well, that will teach me to have my info just on a piece of paper (by hand, old school), instead of a digital document saved somewhere!
Apart from booths visiting (having lost that paper, I had now no excuse not to visit them all!), some book signing, some author stage talks, I had the chance today to spend more time with some book bloggers.
I hope to speak to a few more bloggers tomorrow, plus a stage talk and booths-revisiting!
That’s a lot of miles (my hiking sandals are perfect). Though I’m not sure I lost any pound, as a few booths offer great coffee and… croissants and the like.
Why indeed lose precious time to go to floor 2 to eat, lol.
Talk to you tomorrow with more pictures.
Today, I exclusively stayed with the Bloggers Conference.
I’ll do later a post on the keynote, the two morning panels, and what I learned at the 3 table talks I participated in after noon.
The crowd is mostly young(one of our panelists was 17), but there are a few other white hair here and there.
Most of the giveaways today were aimed at YA, which I do not read too much, so I didn’t get these.
There will be plenty of ARCs to grab tomorrow and Friday, and I plan to be very picky and not to bring back home 200 books.
But I did get a cool tote-bag. Can you guess which title I just wrote on it??
The McCormick buildingis huge (we are actually in only one of the 4 buildings), but very clear signs, no way to get lost, and the wireless was fabulous today.
The one regret I have: a very poorly designed BEA website, super NON-user-friendly, so it was really hard to find information on all things going. So I had never read about the “speed dating“, and of course, too late to register for that.
Another fun fact I discovered today as a newbie: it never made sense to me why so many people would line up for so long to get book signing. Well, I thought you had to buy the book. Only today did I discover that actually most of the books offered for book signing sessions are free!! Now, that makes sense, maybe so obvious that no one seemed to have ever mentioned that fact, lol.
Time to look closely at my schedule for tomorrow!
More feedback tomorrow night