BEA 2011 Thursday and BBC 2011 Update
Thursday was the final day of Book Expo America and was much quieter than the preceding days. People were packing up their booths early, a number had left already, and attendees were also leaving early. I slept in a little bit (showed up around 9 instead of 6:30 as I had the past two days to pick up tickets for ticketed author signings) which was much-needed. When I showed up at the center I again just wandered around, spoke with some publishers and other bloggers, and just made connections. It was a great day for this as because it was quieter it was easier to talk for longer times without distractions.
Two more books on Thursday, Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr and Shut Out by Kody Keplinger. I really loved The DUFF last year so cannot wait to read Keplinger’s latest. Not pictured because I received it later in the evening is Brian H. Peterson‘s The Blossoming of the World : Essays and Images.
After the convention was over we had the Book Blogger Convention Reception. I plunked myself down at a big round table in the back to rest my feet and had a great time just chatting with everyone who came by! From there I had a bit of a break before joining some other bloggers for a quick supper and then heading to Serendipity 3 for the JKS Communications Sweet Get Together. I absolutely love the people at JKS and I absolutely love Serendipity, so it was a really great combination.
Friday was the Book Blogger Convention and wow what a day that was! I was super bad and didn’t take notes so my recap might not be quite as good. I also met a TON of fantastic bloggers that I knew from online and that I didn’t and I am going to have to go through the business cards to remember everyone (I’m sorry, my brain is crashing right now) but I will try to remember to come back and update you all on that!
The day started with some breakfast, and then we had a truly fantastic opening key-note speech from Sara Wendell from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. She was absolutely fan-freakin-tastic. I can’t even tell you how much I loved her and her talk, loved everything that she said about blogging and just wanted to start immediately reading her site. So do it. Now. That is all.
I next went to the panel Practical Challenges of Book Blogging. In this panel the panelists spoke about the tbr piles, time management, scheduling, review timelines, and more. Some of what they discussed related to what we discussed later in the panel I was in (negative reviews, commitments and obligations, for example) and so it was interesting to hear their opinions. I loved the fact that panel members all had different ideas and solutions for different issues, I definitely think I left with at least an understanding that everyone is facing similar issues with time management!
After lunch was the panel that I was a part of, Navigating the Gray Areas of Book Blogging moderated by Heather Johnson of Age 30+ A Lifetime of Books who may just be the best moderator around. Also on the panel were the best co-panelists (obviously) Pam Coughlan of Mother Reader, Candace Levy of Beth Fish Reads, Bethanne Patrick of The Book Studio, and Kathleen Schmidt of A Bookish Broad. As you can tell I’m finding it hard to be objective about this panel ;) I really enjoyed the experience (though I was both losing my voice and so drinking lots of hot water and was shaking like crazy from nerves) and loved the different opinions that we had. We talked about blogger/author relationships, obligations and disclosure, negative reviews, and more. Definitely had a ton of fun with it. I’m sure others will talk about it so I will leave it to them, and hope that the pictures aren’t too scary!
After the session we were kept late with questions and comments and discussions and so I missed most of the last panel, though I did stop by Blogging for a Niche Market to hear some of what they had to say. I missed most of the panel discussion but got to sit in on the question and answer portion which was interesting as it was separated out and just sitting around chatting in small groups.
I had a really fantastic time at both Book Expo America and at the Book Blogger Convention and am so happy that I got to meet so many great bloggers, publishers, publicists, authors, and more. Most especially the bloggers though. There were so many bloggers I was hoping to see and didn’t, so hopefully next year. To all of those who came and said hi, thank you!
At the end of the day I ended up skipping the party I was looking forward to in order to attend this protest against the two police offers acquitted of all charges of raping a woman in her apartment in NYC. You can read more about the protest at Feministing, and about the issue and news coverage of the case at Feministing and the New York Times. The victim blaming in this case was horrific (though not out of the ordinary) and really highlights the extreme rape culture we live in. I know most people are busy and it’s not important to them but the issue is very relevant and important to me so please, if you can, take a moment to sign the petition to get more sexual assault training for police officers. This was the first protest I’d ever attended but I am really glad that I went.