Last spring I had the pleasure of attending Book Expo America the largest publishing event in America. Having never met another book blogger face to face or attended a book conference, I was a bit nervous about going. It was the first time that a number of book bloggers were attending BEA and also one of the few times that they had a panel to discuss the impact of book blogging on the publishing industry in which I was asked to be one of the speakers.
This year, book bloggers will play an even more important role at Book Expo America, which takes place on May 25 – 27, 2010 at the Javits Center in New York City. To add to the excitement, a Book Blogger Convention will take place immediately after BEA on Friday, May 28th. A lot of you may be asking yourself whether or not it’s worththe trip into the city to attend BEA and Book Blogger Con and I’m hear to encourage you to come andjoin us for a whirlwind few days of bookish fun.
I was asked by the organizers of the Book Blogger Convention to share with my readers something about my experience at BEA last year. A few bloggers have already shared helpful tips on what to bring and wear to make the experience at BEA a great one. So instead of re-hashing the tips those great ladies shared with all of us, I’m hear to tell you to go to BEA and the Book Blogger Con because it’s FUN!
It’s FUN to meet celebrities (here’s a picture of Julianne Moore signing her children’s book for me)!
It’s FUN to meet favorite authors (here is the lovely Shannon Hale).
It’s FUN to hang out with other book bloggers (here I am hanging with Trish of Hey Lady! fame)!
It’s FUN to get the newest books way before the publishing date (here is my coveted copy of Catching Fire, which I got at BEA and then read while on a cruise last summer).
So, register for Book Blogger Con* and leave your nervous butterfly tummies at home, because you are going to be in for a real treat!
Want to know more about other people’s experience at Book Expo America? Check them out here:
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* COOL! Please note that each attendee at the Book Blogger Convention will be provided a badge to BEA as part of their registration fee at no additional cost