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This post was one of my most popular last year, and with BEA upon us again next week, I thought I’d repost it. But with some new additions! The additions will be written in blue.

For a first time attendee, BEA (Book Expo America) can be overwhelming. This will be my sixth year attending the conference and over the past few years, I’ve developed a list of tips for surviving and enjoying BEA. (Please note I’m attending via my day job, so I’ll be wearing my professional Digital Publisher hat as well as my Book Lover hat.)

1. Make a schedule.

Anyone who has gone with me to BEA in the past knows how much I love schedules. I include every possible thing I want to see–whether it’s an autographing session, a conference session, or a galley giveaway. I also include stuff I’m not interested in myself but I know my friends might be. I always carry extra copies because there’s always someone who never thought to bring a schedule. And yes, I schedule lunch too. (More on that in a bit.)

Print separate schedules for each day to limit what you need to carry. I usually leave the follow days’ schedules in my suitcase.

 

2. Don’t get to the Javits on time.

Get there either really early so you’re first in line (like 7:30/8) or get there late so you miss the line entirely. Arriving on time means you’ll be stuck on a ridiculously long line.

If you’re going with friends, designate someone each morning to be the “place holder.” They arrive early and hold spots for others. Please limit this to only 2-3 people though and make sure you let the people behind you on line know you have others joining you. People may see this as frowned upon, but I guarantee everyone on line is doing it.

 

3. Get coffee before you get to the Javits center.

Avoid the on site Starbucks! The line there is longer than any other autographing line in the entire conference!

I usually eat on my walk to the Javits (from Penn Station) or while waiting in line. Yay for multi-tasking!

 

4. Check a suitcase but carry a backpack plus tote bags.

Schedule in periodic drops to the suitcase to lighten your carrying load. I think checking a suitcase for the day is $3 and overnight is $10. I usually leave the suitcase overnight one night so I don’t have to lug it around to parties since I commute into the city from NJ.

Leave a bottle of water in your suitcase so you don’t have to carry it on the floor. Alternatively, bring an empty bottle of water and fill it up as necessary at the water fountains.

 

5. Eat lunch early or late.

The Javits is expensive (for non-NYC standards. If you’re from NYC, then the food there is reasonably priced!). And crowded. I suggest either eating lunch either at 11am or after 2pm. From 11:30-1:30, you won’t get a seat and you’ll spend an hour on line anyway. Alternatively, bring a power bar or a snack. There’s nothing around the Javits to eat at unless you walk several blocks away (or eat at the gross McDonald’s nearby).

 The shortest line always seems to be the BBQ place, so get in the mood now!

 

6. Be selective.

Don’t take every galley you see just because you can. Don’t be greedy. Take only the ones you know you will read, leave the rest for others. The conference is mainly for librarians and booksellers, not readers (except on BookCon maybe).

Don’t forget the panels and conference sessions either. They are often informative and entertaining and well worth skipping a line to see.

 

7. Get to autographing lines early.

And I mean EARLY. I often lined up an hour before certain authors I knew would have long wait times. I have never seen an autographing line without a long wait. If you want a book, plan in advance for it.

While I suggested saving spots on the opening line above, savings spots in autographing lines is a no no. Don’t do it. Everyone who wants the book needs to wait in line the entire time.

8. Dress to your standard of comfort but look professional.

I’ve seen other BEA tips lists suggest wearing sneakers. I’m not going to suggest that. I’ve never worn sneakers to the convention, even two years ago when I attended at 9-months pregnant. Yes, you will  be standing nearly all day. But that doesn’t mean you have to wear sneakers. Wear cute flats or sandals, something you can stand in all day. I always wear a dress. I never wear jeans.

I find Toms to be the best shoes to wear. They are cute but comfortable and look more professional than sneakers. 

 

9. Carry business cards

They don’t have to be super fancy or graphic designy, but you will want something to hand out to all the people you meet. Otherwise how will they find you? After all, you should be networking. Which brings me to…

 Write your twitter name on your badge so people know how to find you easily!

 

10. Network!

You’re among your kind at BEA: other book lovers! Start a conversation with the people next to you on line. You clearly have the same interests. I’ve made great friends at BEA that I’ve kept in touch with.

But don’t pitch agents or publishers. This is not the time or the place.

 

11. Avoid twitter.

Otherwise you’ll drain your phone battery. Plus, you want to be present at the conference, not with your nose to your phone all day. (We’d all prefer you with your nose to a book you picked up!)

You won’t find outlets at the Javits unless you have access to one of the lounges. I generally bring two phones, my personal one and my work blackberry, and I leave the blackberry turned off so when I need to call my husband to pick me up at the train later, I have a phone that actually works still. 

 

12. Get a Taxi on 10th ave or 9th ave, not in front of the Javits

You will be waiting forever if you try to snag a taxi in front of the Javits, but if you just walk a block or two, you’ll have your pick of taxis.

Except during Taxi turn over time, generally around 4-5pm. The day time taxis are done for the day and the night time taxis don’t start yet. It’s harder to find a taxi during this time. Utilize the free buses the Javits provides. Last year I took one to the Marriott Marquis and then walked only three blocks to Port Authority instead of the bazillion blocks it would have been.

 

13. Don’t be afraid of the subway

Seriously, it won’t bite. It’s not that complicated to navigate with since most trains run straight up and down. Trust me, I take the subway every day to work and I’m still in one piece!

 But the subway won’t help you if you need to go across town.

 

14. Enjoy the people as well as the books

My fave part of BEA is hanging out with my writing/book-loving friends who I don’t get to see the rest of the year. I always come back exhilarated about writing and reading thanks to our conversations and the general atmosphere of being in a place where everyone loves and appreciates books. Remember to have fun.

15. End the weekend with a pedicure.

Your feet will hurt. Treat yo’self!

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So BEA. That happened.

Don't mind the "P" in the last name. I attended the convention as my real self, not my pen name alias.

Don’t mind the “P” in the last name. I attended the convention as my real self, not my pen name alias.

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.

 

The worst signing line of all: the one for the bus home to NJ

The worst signing line of all: the one for the bus home to NJ

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!

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1.

As you may have guessed from my last post, I’ll be at BEA next week Thursday-Saturday. If you’re looking for a detailed schedule of YA signings and giveaways happening at BEA, I’ve created one and I’d be happy to share it with you. Please email me at shanasilver at gmail dot com. Since I’m a Project Manager in my day job, my schedules are pretty epic. I will also be carrying extra copies of the schedule with me at the Javits, so you can find me there as well. Or if you just want to say hello, that’s cool too! I love to meet new people, especially book-loving people! I look like this:

*Giant Hershey's bar not included at BEA

*Giant Hershey’s bar not included at BEA

 

2.

Since I work in publishing, my office is sending me to BEA, so technically I’ll be there under my real name. Luckily my real name includes “Shana” but my last name will begin with a “P” instead of “Silver.” It’s still me, you can still say hi! And I’ve got business cards that say Shana Silver to prove it. (I also have day job ones under my real name if you happen to be a vendor working in digital publishing.)

 

3.

Unless my achy feet have other plans, I’m hoping to attend some YA parties happening next week. I won’t be at the Teen Author Carnival but you may see me at other events happening Thursday and Friday evenings and maybe even Saturday afternoon.

 

4.

The good thing about BEA being next week, besides you know, all the bookselling and networking benefits, is TV is on hiatus for the summer. I can’t wait to fill my evenings with reading instead of gushing over shirtless vampires! Though I could still gush over shirtless vampires on Netflix…

 

5.

In other book/writing related news, I’ve surpassed 50k on my YA sci-fi WIP! I’m sooooo excited about this book. And I’m even more excited because getting to 50k means lots of kissing (for my characters, not for me). Also I’m almost at Act 3 and Act 3 will be epic!

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BEA (Book Expo America) is quickly approaching and if you’re a first time attendee, it can be overwhelming. This will be my fifth year attending the conference and over the past few years, I’ve developed a list of tips for surviving and enjoying BEA.

My tips are a little different than others that focus on NYC itself. I work in Manhattan so I’m here every day, which means I’m not a tourist and can’t really speak to things like hotels or places to sight see beyond the obvious or shipping books home (I’ll be lugging mine home every night in a suitcase dragged onto a NJ transit train). NYC IS lovely of course and while you’re here you should make the most of it. But since I’m here every day, my concern is only Book Expo.

 

1. Make a schedule.

Anyone who has gone with me to BEA in the past knows how much I love schedules. I include every possible thing I want to see–whether it’s an autographing session, a conference session, or a galley giveaway. I also include stuff I’m not interested in myself but I know my friends might be. I always carry extra copies because there’s always someone who never thought to bring a schedule. And yes, I schedule lunch too. (More on that in a bit.)

 

2. Don’t get to the Javits on time.

What I mean is, get there either really early so you’re first in line (like 7:30/8) or get there late so you miss the line entirely. Getting there on time means you’ll be stuck on a ridiculously long line.

 

3. Get coffee before you get to the Javits center.

Avoid the on site Starbucks! The line there is longer than any other autographing line in the entire conference!

 

4. Check a suitcase but carry a backpack plus tote bags.

Schedule in periodic drops to the suitcase to lighten your carrying load. I think checking a suitcase for the day is $3 and overnight is $10. I usually leave the suitcase overnight one night so I don’t have to lug it around to parties since I commute into the city from NJ and will not have a hotel room to drop books of to.

 

5. Eat lunch early or late.

The Javits is expensive (for non-NYC standards. If you’re from NYC, then the food there is reasonably priced!). And crowded. I suggest either eating lunch either at 11 or after 2pm. Avoid the lunch time at all costs. You won’t get a seat and you’ll spend an hour on line anyway. Alternatively, bring a power bar or a snack. There’s nothing around the Javits to eat at unless you walk several blocks away (or eat at the gross McDonald’s nearby). Also, leave a water bottle in your suitcase so you don’t have to purchase one at the convention center.

 

6. Be selective.

Don’t take every galley you see just because you can. Don’t be greedy. Take only the ones you know you will read, leave the rest for others. The conference is mainly for librarians and booksellers, not bloggers.

 

7. Get to autographing lines early.

And I mean EARLY. I often lined up an hour before certain authors I knew would have long wait times. I have never seen an autographing line without a long wait. If you want a book, plan in advance for it.

 

8. Dress to your standard of comfort but look professional.

I’ve seen other BEA tips lists suggest wearing sneakers. I’m not going to suggest that. I’ve never worn sneakers to the convention, even last year when I attended at 9-months pregnant. Yes, you will  be standing nearly all day. But that doesn’t mean you have to wear sneakers. Wear cute flats or sandals, something you can stand in all day. I always wear a dress. I never wear jeans.

 

9. Carry business cards

They don’t have to be super fancy or graphic designy, but you will want something to hang out to all the people you meet. Otherwise how will they find you? After all, you should be networking. Which brings me to…

 

10. Network, damn it!

You’re among your kind at BEA: other book lovers! Start a conversation with the people next to you on line. You clearly have the same interests. I’ve made great friends at BEA that I’ve kept in touch with.

 

11. Avoid twitter.

Otherwise you’ll drain your phone battery. Plus, you want to be present at the conference, not with your nose to your phone all day. (We’d all prefer you with your nose to a book you picked up!)

 

12. Get a Taxi on 10th ave or 9th ave, not in front of the Javits

You will be waiting forever if you try to snag a taxi in front of the Javits, but if you just walk a block or two, you’ll have your pick of taxis.

 

13. Don’t be afraid of the subway

Seriously, it won’t bite. It’s not that complicated to navigate with since most trains run straight up and down. Trust me, I take the subway every day to work and I’m still in one piece!

 

14. Enjoy the people as well as the books

My fave part of BEA is hanging out with my writing/book-loving friends who I don’t get to see the rest of the year. I always come back exhilarated about writing and reading thanks to our conversations and the general atmosphere of being in a place where everyone loves and appreciates books. Remember to have fun.

 

15. End the weekend with a pedicure.

Your feet will hurt. Treat yo’self!

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As mentioned on Friday, I’m heading to the NYC Teen Author Reading tonight! I’m super excited. I used to go to these all the time back before that baby thing came into the picture. And before I moved to Central Jersey where I added a delightful extra hour to my old hour-long commute. But the Hubs is doing solo baby duty tonight so I can attend. Yay!

One of the reasons I’m super excited is that I get to see my crit partner Heather Strickland again! I last saw her two years ago at SCBWI LA. Evidence below:

Heather on left, Shana on right, Jessica Love in center

Heather on left, Shana on right, Jessica Love in center

 

I’m also looking forward to seeing my agentmate K. M. Walton again!

And it gets even better. I mean, just look at this amazing line up:

  • Caela Carter, Me, Him, Them, and It
  • Elizabeth Eulberg, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality
  • Maya Gold, Spellbinding
  • Barry Lyga, Game
  • Michael Northrop, Rotten
  • Lindsay Ribar, The Art of Wishing
  • Jennifer E. Smith, This is What Happy Looks Like
  • Nova Ren Suma, 17 & Gone
  • Jess Verdi, My Life After Now
  • K. M. Walton, Empty

 

If you see me there, please say hi! I need to jet right after the reading ends so you’re best bet to stalk me…er…catch me is before it starts.

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1.

DOCTOR WHO RETURNS THIS WEEKEND! OMG I am so freaking excited. I’m sad the Ponds won’t be in the series anymore, but I have to admit, I’m intrigued by Clara Oswin Oswald. She won me over in the premiere last year. I’m curious where the writers will take this story. Now I just need to find a UK stream of the episode so I don’t have to wait an extra 6 hours to watch it air in the US.

I still like Ten better…

2.

Even better than Doctor Who on Saturday, it’s my birthday.

I guess I shouldn’t be all that excited anymore since it turns out each year I have to actually get older. That was pretty exciting when I was a teenager and each year older meant some new privilege I wasn’t privy to before:

  • 13: In the Jewish religion, I am legally declared an adult! (Or I would have been if I actually had a Bat Mitzvah like the rest of my friends/family.)
  • 14: Old enough to get babysitting jobs which meant $$$ on top of my measly allowance.
  • 15: Old enough for a teen tour/travel camp. Translation: a hotel room with friends instead of parents!
  • 16: No longer a camper but a counselor. Plus learner’s permit!
  • 17: Driver’s license! Stupid NJ making you wait until 17. Also, I wrote my first novel.
  • 18: Legal adult! Graduating HS! Attending college! I can play the lottery! And buy…cigarettes? Luckily I didn’t partake in that coming-of-age ritual.

Now the only new thing I ever get on my birthday is a slower metabolism and guilt over those birthday calories that really shouldn’t count. Anyway, I’m excited because we’re going to my inlaws this weekend for Easter so at least I’m getting a baby-free evening while they watch the little munchkin so my husband and I can go out to dinner in Boston.

Oh, and I got a Kindle Fire from my parents. So that’s something!

3.

Next Wednesday April 3 I am going to attend the Teen Author Reading at the NYPL! I’m so excited. Look at this line up. Who wouldn’t be excited? If you see me there, say hi!

  • Caela Carter, Me, Him, Them, and It
  • Elizabeth Eulberg, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality
  • Maya Gold, Spellbinding
  • Barry Lyga, Game
  • Michael Northrop, Rotten
  • Lindsay Ribar, The Art of Wishing
  • Jennifer E. Smith, This is What Happy Looks Like
  • Nova Ren Suma, 17 & Gone
  • Jess Verdi, My Life After Now
  • K. M. Walton, Empty

 

4.

This is still more than a week away, but on Saturday April 6, the baby turns 9 months. This means she’ll have been “out” as long as she was “in.” Crazy! Especially since pregnancy seemed to go by soooooooooo freaking slooooooowly and the last 9 months have flown by. I guess that’s what happens when you never sleep and all your days and nights jumble together.

Requisite baby photo

Requisite baby photo

5.

The last good thing coming up is that I’m almost done with my revisions of THE GIRL WHO WOULDN’T GROW UP (my Peter Pan retelling), which means I get to start first drafting my new novel! I’m so excited! I’ve already created a super detailed outline and cork boarded it out in Scrivener. So now all I have to do is start typing! My new protagonist is pretty bad ass and I can’t wait to get inside her head. Also, I can’t wait for the kissing scenes. Maybe I’ll write those first.

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1. I’m going to NEW YORK COMIC CON tomorrow and I CANNOT WAIT! It’s nerd heaven! I’m planning on going to a Buffy and Angel comic panel, meeting Spike (aka James Marsters, but really just Spike), attending a YA heroine panel and many other things.

Also, I am wearing a custom made Doctor Who shirt! Pics to follow.

If you see me there (among the other 100,000 attendees, say hello!)

2. As far as a writing update, I’m revising two books that are really close to being done. I just received some awesome notes on one of them from my agent and I cannot wait to implement her changes this weekend! I’m hoping to get both revised by end of October so I can participate in Nanowrimo.

3. I’ve been outlining my nano book for several months now, just here and there whenever plot points come to me. Now the book is pretty much all plotted out. I’m so excited about this book! I’ve been wanting to write this premise since I first conceived it when I was in high school. It was mostly just a premise and it took me a long time to find the right characters for the story. But I have them now and I HEART them. The book is sci-fi, so it’s a bit of a departure from my contemporaries, but hopefully in a good way, and this will definitely be the most challenging thing I’ve written. I love a good challenge!

4. I’m also excited because I found out my office is most likely sending me to the UK the last week in November! I mostly have to do work stuff while I’m there, but I also plan on kidnapping David Tennant. I’m taking requests for other cute British boys I should stow away in my suitcase home. I also hope to take home an accent and get rid of this American one I’ve been carrying around my whole life.

5. I can’t think of a number 5 so I will just say have a good weekend!

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Oh my, where do I begin? First, I apologize if I miss anyone in this post, it was a whirlwind week!

Part 2 of my recap will go up on Friday. Too much awesome to fit in one post!

MONDAY

While most others had traveled to NYC and could get to the Teen Author Carnival by its 4pm start, I still had to go to work. My coworker Jennifer and I met up with Laura from Laura’s Review Bookshelf in my office lobby and the 3 of us headed to the Teen Author Carnival just in time to make the second panel. Laura and I go way back–she’s met not only my husband but she once spent the day with my mother-in-law and me at ALA!

At the Carnival, I got to say hi or meet for the first time several of the Bookanistas such as Gretchen McNeil, Michelle Hodkin, Matt Blackstone, Kirsten Hubbard, and Scott Tracey, which was very exciting. I chose to go to the debut panel and I’m so glad I did! It was really awesome to hear all their publication stories, and Lenore was the cutest moderator! I loved her story about how when she’s stuck she asks her husband to write a paragraph for her in exchange for her doing one of his cartoons.

I also met several other authors–way too many to name so apologies for that!

I stupidly did not take any photos the entire week. FAIL. Why do I always do this? I may have a photographic memory but so far uploading memories in the computer has not been invented (outside of YA novels at least).

Though it’s probably best I didn’t take photos because now there is no photographic evidence of the practical joke the humidity played on my hair.

After the Teen Author Carnival, Gretchen, Laura, and Steve Cordero, who is an Absolute Write poster and I headed to meet a few other Absolute Write posters such as Cindy Pon and Wendy Cebula for dinner. We also met up with Gretchen’s mom, who is just the cutest ever! Great food is even better when accompanied by writing and book chat.

I had the good sense that night to go to bed at a reasonable hour, which is not something I can say for Tuesday.

TUESDAY

I was very eager and excited for BEA this day. SO eager and excited that I woke up at 5:30am raring to go! I am generally a morning person so this wasn’t a surprise. I even got to the Javits at 7:15 instead of the proposed 7:30. I was armed with a large iced coffee and a donut (oops, how did that happen?) and Laura and I were first in line to enter when the doors opened at 9:00am. We met up with Janet Gurtler, and I recognized Harmony from Harmony’s Radiant Reads so Laura introduced us and we took her under our wing. Harmony is the cutest thing! And very awesome because she introduced me to many publicists as did Laura. Janet also brought me a signed copy of her book I’M NOT HER because I’m in the acknowledgements!!!!! That was one of the highlights of the whole experience!

I handed out schedules to my army of book lovers with signing times and a highlighted map of the floor. I had a plan of action that I’d worked several days prepping.

First we headed straight for the Scholastic booth since they had tweeted the day before pictures of Forever ARCs and a big stack of The Scorpio Races ARCs. The entrance we were first in line for was directly in front of Scholastic. After getting those books, we made our way to HarperCollins, Penguin, Little Brown, Bloomsbury, HMH, and a few others. Throughout the day we alternated between making the rounds of booths to waiting on lines for books. I also talked to many authors and publicists and handed out all 50 of the business cards I brought! Good thing I had reserves.

I’ll post pictures of my BEA loot on Friday (mostly because I, once again, forgot to snap a photo even though it’s all nicely lined up on my bookshelf in Release Date order), but aside from THE SCORPIO RACES (pictured above) here are some of my most desired books I received on DAY 1 of BEA that I can remember off the top of my head. That’s the key part of that sentence!

Plus many many more!

After BEA ended I had pretty much 5 minutes to lug my suitcase full of books to my sister’s apartment and drop them off despite wanting to spend an absurd amount of time hugging them. Then I headed off to meet the Bookanistas for dinner! Scott Tracey couldn’t come but Stasia Kehoe joined the same group from the Teen Author Carnival instead. We dined on delicious pasta from Becco and traded many stories!

After I took Matt Blackstone with me and heading to Laura’s hotel to catch a cab with her and Janet for the SoHo Press party way downtown.

I’m so glad I did because my agent Sarah LaPolla was there and I got to hang out with her! She looked so adorable in her dress! We chatted for a while, including some talk about my revisions and future novels. We were all the last ones to leave the party so after it ended, Sarah, Laura, author Michael Nothrop who is always at every NYC YA event I go to and always makes me laugh, and a few other agents and I headed to another bar for another drink. I seriously had the best time!

I didn’t get home until super late, which made waking up at 5:30 6:00am difficult the next morning, but it was so worth it!

BEA days Wednesday and Thursday recap coming on Friday!

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Come back tomorrow for my BEA recap post! But first:

The fabulous Lisa and Laura Roecker had the great idea for an I <3 INDIE day where participating blogs share why they love their local indie.

I immediately jumped on to participate because there’s one bookstore I heart so much!

BOOKS OF WONDER

  • It’s a children’s lit ONLY bookstore. YA, MG, and Picture Books, aka HEAVEN!
  • One word: CUPCAKES. And not only are the cupcakes delicious, but they are adorably decorated with little flowers on top:
  • They have awesome events often. I went to the midnight release party for Mockingjay where Suzanne Collins read from an excerpt and then stamped our books with her signature. I’ve gone to many concerts put on by TIGER BEAT, a band comprised of YA authors including Libba Bray. I’ve attended many amazing book signings with several authors involved. And I’ve attended cool parties, such as the Sourcebooks Fire launch party. It seems if authors come to New York City, more often than not they do an event at Books of Wonder. WHICH IS GREAT. Because it means I get to go to it!
  • It’s near the 18th street 1 train. Not the best reason to love a book store but it makes it much easier for me to get home from Books of Wonder than any other store!
  • Whenever author friends come to visit NYC and want to meet up, I automatically suggest Books of Wonder. I mean, what’s better than cupcakes and book talk while surrounded by amazing books?

Here are some photos I’ve taken at Books of Wonder:

You can also follow us on Twitter using the tag #iheartindies. Because today is all about spreading the love. You can win a book of your choice from Lisa and Laura’s blog.

Check out what other Indies we love on the following blogs:

Lisa and Laura Roecker
Sarah Frances Hardy
Shana Silver
Elana Johnson
Stasia Kehoe
Shannon Messenger
Carolina Valdez Miller
Mundie Moms
Myra McEntire
Sara Bennett Wealer
Janet Gurtler
Joy Preble
Ty Drago
Kate Walton
Julia Karr
Randy Russell
Adele Griffin
Helen Landalf
Andrea Higgins
Beth Revis
Tess Hilmo
Sheela Chari
Gail Handler
Crystal Allen
Christine Fonseca

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If you like stalking me on the Internet, here’s your chance to do it in person!

I’d love to meet you so if you see me and recognize me, please say hi!

This is where I’ll be next week:

MONDAY MAY 23:

Teen Author Carnival 4-7pm.

I am coming straight from work so I won’t get there until around 5pm. I’m not sure what I’m wearing yet that day yet, but hopefully it will be cute!

TUESDAY MAY 24:

BOOK EXPO AMERICA

I will be on the BEA floor swagging like the best of them (and checking out some digital publishing panels for work). I plan on wearing a salmon colored/coral dress. Also, I am five feet tall so if you are looking straight ahead, you will probably miss me. Look down.

WEDNESDAY MAY 25:

BOOK EXPO AMERICA

Back to the BEA floor this day, though probably with some back and feet pain from carrying all the books the day before!

I will be wearing a black dress with a white floral-type pattern on it and leggings if it’s cold.

There are some blogger events that evening I will be at.

THURSDAY MAY 26:

BOOK EXPO AMERICA

BEA Day 3. Expect to see me with bags under my eyes from lack of sleep the day before.

Not sure what I am wearing that day yet.

KIDLIT DRINKS 6pm

I love kidlit drinks! I will be there provided my legs are still working after all the previous events!

FRIDAY MAY 27

I will be at work. I’m sure that will be an awesomely productive day. I won’t be exhausted at all. Too bad I have about a thousand things to do that day!

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I have dinner plans pretty much every evening for the week. I’m staying in NYC Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday night but not Wednesday night. So Wednesday will probably have to be an early night for me because my last bus to NJ is at 10pm (though there are buses that go until Midnight but they require the Hubs to pick me up at a farther bus stop. He is already on chauffeur awareness duty just in case).

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