You would think at this point in the BEA experience that I would have been exhausted. On the inside I was …. totally exhausted. But on the outside I was excited!
Friday wasn’t only the last day of Book Expo America, it was quite possibly the busiest day in my BEA15 schedule. Friday was the day that ALL the signings were taking place. Or so it seemed.
The moment the Exhibit Hall opened, Emma and I were off! The first signing of the day was an in booth signing of The Anatomy of Curiosity by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff at Lerner.
I’m going to be honest with you – I thought this line was going to be overwhelmingly crazy, and extremely long. I mean Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff were signing! They’re rockstars! And it was extremely long! But the fine people at Lerner were so nice and so organized that the line didn’t seem long. I think it also helped that we had a plan, we stuck to it, and we got there early.
Armed with what I was going to say to each of the authors, I made my way up to the booth and completely … BLANKED! I was a little in awe of their awesomeness! I never got to say how big a fan I am, how their first collection of short stories has inspired me and Emma to write our own short stories. I barely croaked out a ‘hello’. But still they were lovely and awesome, and I did get to snap a picture or two.
Sadly I missed my chance to snap a pic of Tessa Gratton 😦
Armed with The Anatomy of Curiosity, it was time to make my way over the autographing area. The first author up was MarcyKate Connolly, and she was signing copies of her book Monstrous. Monstrous was one of those books that I was instantly drawn to. The cover is gorgeous and the premise is intriguing. What more could I ask for.
MarcyKate Connolly was super sweet. It was a pleasure getting to meet her, to tell her how excited I am about her book, and chat for a minute or so.
(Picture courtesy of Emma, Miss Print)
After meeting MarcyKate Emma and I headed over to Sarah Beth Durst’s line. She was signing arcs of her upcoming middle grade The Girl Who Could Not Dream. I’ve met Sarah before … several times. And every time it is a true pleasure. Sarah seriously is the nicest person I have ever met! She so down to Earth, and her books are just great. So obviously I was excited for this one. Not just because of the book, but because I always look forward to meeting her!
After seeing and chatting with Sarah, it was time! The time had come to meet OLIVER JEFFERS! Or line up to meet him. And yes, as I suspected the line was EPIC! It was CRAZY! And at times it felt as if it was never moving.
Oliver Jeffers wasn’t signing books, instead he was signing prints for The Day The Crayons Came Home. It was a long wait, but totally worth it in my book!
After Oliver Jeffers Emma and I were both in need of food and a break. The afternoon was going to be a busy one.
Lunch at the Javits Center isn’t always the greatest, or the cheapest for that matter but it’s always good to take a break and sit for a while. Lunch was swiftly followed by Emma and I hurrying off to the autographing area. But not without making a pit stop at HarperCollin’s booth to meet Kevin Henkes. Honestly, I was super surprised that his line wasn’t out of the Javits Center’s front door. But it wasn’t.
Kevin Henkes is so talented, looking back I’m glad that Emma made it a point to stop by this signing!
After meeting the very nice and very talented Kevin Henkes, we made our way to the autographing area where the first (of many) author was Maggie Lehrman where she was signing The Cost of All Things. This book is being compared to We Were Liars – need I say more? Well, this is a must read for me!
While Emma went to on line to meet Jennifer Walkup, I bounced over to Rachel Shane’s line. Rachel was signing her book Alice in Wonderland High – a must read for me! I’m an Alice fan through and through. Seriously, when I was little, after seeing the movie, I said I wanted to Alice when I grew up. And that I couldn’t wait to be 7 1/2!
Rachel Shane was super nice, and not surprising an Alice in Wonderland fan too! So I like to think we’re homegirls now ha ha ha .
Because Rachel Shane’s line was moving quickly I was able to meet up with Emma and join the Jennifer Walkup line! This is one of those books that I hadn’t heard much about before BEA15, but after reading up about it, I knew this was a book I would want to read.
Friday afternoon seemed as if there was author signing after author signing. Thankfully, Emma was armed and ready with our schedule so from Jennifer Walkup’s line we bounced over to Leila Sales’ line. Now, both of us had copies of Tonight the Streets Are Ours, but both of us didn’t have SIGNED copies! (Don’t worry, we are not greedy folk – we have already homed our extra copies!). We had met Leila the night before at the Macmillan/Fierce Reads party, so it was nice getting to see her again! And she was lovely, as always!
Wednesday and Thursday I missed my chance to get this book at the drops that HarperCollins had schedule. And at this point I had given up on it. I resigned myself to simply waiting until it hit bookshelves.
But then I remember that the author would be signing copies of it on Friday. This book was important to me, mainly because I’m a new fan of this author, and I’m determined to read ALL OF HER BOOKS!
After reading Life by Committee I’m a Corey Ann Haydu fan through and through. So getting the chance to meet her, and have her sign a copy of Rules for Stealing Stars was AWESOME!
That morning I even took my own Life By Committee inspired picture:
After Corey Ann Haydu’s line we had some time to kill. It was the perfect time to chat with new friends and fellow bloggers. I got to see and chat with Andi from Andi’s ABCs – who can I say had a cool personalized lanyard for her BEA badge! Emma and I had also met up with Cecelia at this point and we decided to form a line for Erin Bow. Now, admittedly I haven’t heard much about this book. But because Emma was so excited (and she even thinks that it is a Nicole kind of book) I decided to add it to my to read list!
While we formed the line and waited, I spotted a book that my good friend’s son – who is like my little cousin – has been begging for. I couldn’t believe my eyes! Tui T. Sutherland’s upcoming book was just feet away from me. I knew I couldn’t NOT get this book for him. So after calling my friend and telling her about this, I marched up to the line, met Tui T. Sutherland, and had her sign a book from him.
Knowing him well, I knew he would be over the moon happy about this. Also knowing him I knew he would show it off to his friend who also happens to be a big fan of the series. After telling Emma about this, and asking if she would do me a BIG favor, she agreed to help the cause and get a signed copy from the friend.
Emma — seriously I can’t thank you enough for doing this! You are a hero! And yes, they were both in shock, awe, and over the moon excited to have the book a whole month early! They were like the coolest kids in school!
After the excitement of Tui T. Sutherland it was time to head back to the Erin Bow line we had formed and it was time to wait. As we waited we noticed that Richelle Mead’s line was three isles deep and then some. As I waited for Erin Bow I silently hoped that everyone on that line would meet Richelle Mead and get a copy of her highly anticipated book, Soundless.
At last it was 2:30 and Erin Bow was waiting with quite possible the biggest smile on her face to meet everyone! She was so excited — it was contagious! And meeting her was a highlight for me because she was so kind, so friendly, and so excited to chat about books!
Since we were at the front of the line we were in and out within mere minutes. We decided that maybe we should try to see if we could get on Richelle Mead’s line. It was moving, and her time for signing wasn’t up. We figured, why not? Worst case scenario, we wouldn’t get the book. And since we honestly didn’t think it was even a possibility we didn’t have much to lose.
Well guess what? Luck was on our side, and we met Richelle Mead who was lovely. I haven’t read her books before, mainly because I’m terrible with series. But Soundless is a standalone with a beautiful cover and a plot that simply intrigues me. So I was in!
The afternoon was dwindling. My feet were starting to throb with pain. And exhaustion was taking over. We only had two more signings to go — would I make it? Or would I fall over from the sheer exhaustion and excitement of it all?
I made it, through not two signings but three!
After Richelle Mead’s line, I wanted to hit Lexa Hillyer’s line. Emma and I parted ways briefly. She went to wait on Lynn Weingarten’s line while I went to Lexa Hillyer’s. Proof of Forever is a book I’ve been hearing a lot about. And the more I hear the more I want to read. It was nice getting the chance to meet her. She was so sweet and so excited to meet everyone and have them read her book!
After meeting Lexa and having her sign a copy of Proof of Forever, I made it over to Lynn Weingarten’s line. With Emma at the front and me at the back, I happily looked on at my friend. Emma and Lynn are Twitter friends, and Emma is seriously a BIG fan so it was awesome that they got to meet, and chat, and whatnot. After Emma was finished, she met me at the back and waited patiently for me to make my way through.
Like Emma promised, Lynn Weingarten was AWESOME! And can I just say – I love her hair!!!
At this point I for real though BEA15 was coming to a close for Emma and I. But through the grapevine she had found out the Moira Fowley-Doyle was doing an in booth signing at Penguin. The Accident Season was a book that we had our eyes peeled for the entire BEA, but it gave us the slip. So when she heard about this signing, we had to go. Just had to.
With some confusion, and some flailing about we finally found the right line and planted ourselves. Once the line started to move, it moved! Since this book seemed to escape us every chance it had, being able to meet Moira Fowley-Doyle and have her sign a copy of it was a BEA15 bonus!
It was officially time to go home. BEA15 was coming to a close. Even though I was exhausted, I was a happy girl! BEA15 was a smashing success!
I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who put BEA together and to all who made it a smashing success. To the publishers and publishers, you guys are awesome! To the volunteers who had the signing lines down to a science, you rock! To new friends and fellow bloggers – it was great meeting everyone! To all the authors – I can’t wait to read and love all of your books!
And last but not least – to Emma and her mom: THANK YOU for being great hosts – for taking me in and putting up with me for the entire week! I hope I wasn’t too much of a pain.
BEA15 was great! I’m hoping to go next year, but quite frankly I’m just not sure! We will see.
Until then …