So BEA. That happened.
And aside from amazing books and writing motivation, the main thing I took away from it is: I’m old.
No seriously, no publishing parties for me each night. I’m lucky I made it to 5pm at the Javits center one of the days. I did not see 9pm. I was already asleep.
But I still had an amazing time. I got to hang out with my friend Laura, who is about to move all the way to Arizona. 🙁 I got to see NYC YA writing buddies Samantha and Michelle. I hung out with Rachel, who I haven’t seen since ALA Boston a few years ago. Talking books and writing with good friends always inspires me to be more productive and work harder on my books so I can realize my dream of one day signing at BEA. And since I’ve come home, I HAVE been productive. I’m nearing the end of my first draft of one book and already thinking ahead to plan a different one.
I spent most of the conference going from signing line to signing line. I love striking up conversations with those in line around me. And my fave part is seeing the same people on each line because we all have the same taste in books. These are all strangers yet we have so much in common already!
I got to meet some of my favorite authors or reconnect with other favorite authors. And I’m already almost done with my second BEA read and so far both books I’ve read (THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE by Leila Sales and FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell) have been utterly AMAZING. With both, I was desperate to know what happened at the end but I didn’t want to turn anymore pages because I didn’t want the books to end! That, of course, is the mark of a good book. And I have a whole bunch more to read that will surely follow in the footsteps!