Two Days to BEA!!!


Just looking at that picture makes me want to jump up and down like a tweenager at a One Direction concert…

I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown by — I spent a good part of this Memorial Day weekend packing my bag and getting ready to attend BEA in New York! I’ve made my decisions and plans, and now I know exactly what my week will look like. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about this!

A building full of books, authors, publishers, and bloggers? Mama, I’m coming home!

My Wednesday, the day of the Bloggers Conference itself, is going to look like this:
1. I’m hoping to catch the 6:43 train out of Metuchen, which hopefully will have me at New York Penn Station by 7:30. If not, there’s another train that will reach the city before 8am. The conference doesn’t actually start until 9, but check-in opens at 8 and I like being early.

2. At 9:15am, Maureen Johnson will deliver the keynote address. She’s been billed as the “Queen of Teen” and frankly, I can’t wait to hear from her! (In preparation for the conference, I wanted to familiarize myself with at least one of her books; my review of 13 Little Blue Envelopes will go live tomorrow.)

3. I’ll be sitting in on panels all day! The ones I’ve chosen to attend are:

  • Design 201: Taking Your Blog to the Next Level
  • Technology 201: Ad Networks
  • Beyond the Blog: Introduce Yourself to Vlogging and Podcasting
  • Engaging Your Readers: Take Your Writing to the Next Level

4. Between sessions 2 and 3, we break for lunch and get the chance to listen in on an interview between Kaethe Fine of Mediander and Stacy Morrison of BlogHer. I wonder what they might talk about. I wonder what the Javits will be offering for lunch. I wonder if I’ll have any new blogger friends at that point to eat lunch with! (I hope so!)

5. There’s a blogger celebration happening after the sessions end that I’m not sure I’ll stay for (or how long, if I do). The description offers free books, which I love; beer, which I don’t; and a performance by Tiger Beat, which I’m not familiar with — all while networking with other bloggers. I think whether I stay for that will depend on how tired I’m feeling after the last session, and on how well Joshua and Hubs are doing — because they’ll be spending the day together while I’m at the conference. I wonder what they’ll do…and how Joshua will feel seeing me get on a train, knowing that he can’t come with me. It almost makes me sad. Almost. (Enjoy your man time, boys!)

So that’s my day on Wednesday! It’s going to be a busy one, but I know I’m going to enjoy it. I can’t wait to learn new things and then bring them home and apply them here — I just want to give all of you, my wonderful readers, the best experience I can!

Speaking of experiences, I’ve had a hunch that dressing well will probably contribute to how well my day goes. I want to walk into the Javits on Wednesday morning looking like I belong there, and the right outfit will definitely help. I did some shopping, both online and in-store, and put together a collection of pieces from Old Navy and Target that I hope will make me look good!

Cute, aren’t they? As for the Expo days themselves on Thursday and Friday, I’m going to play it by ear. I was planning to wear skirts on both days but I’ve heard that it’s okay to wear jeans, so I might just pair jeans with a nice blouse so I can be comfortable without looking like a slob. I’ll be carrying my favorite Vera Bradley bag — matchy-matchy stuff be damned! — for at least Wednesday and Thursday, if not Friday as well. I’m planning to come home with a lot of great new books (enough to make my shoulders hurt from carrying them around in a bag), some of which will *hopefully* be autographed by the likes of Adriana Trigiani, Rosemary Wells, and possibly even Cary Elwes (yup, that Cary Elwes: the actor who played Westley in The Princess Bride and Robin in Robin Hood: Men in Tights)! I also noticed that Maurice Jones-Drew, a football player of whom Hubs is a huge fan, will be signing copies of his new memoir on the last day of BEA (or, rather, the only day of BookCon), so I’m going to try to score a copy of that for him as well.

The author I’m most looking forward to meeting, however, is Miranda Beverly-Whittemore! We’re working out a way to meet up on either Thursday or Friday, and words can’t describe how both excited and humbled I am to have the opportunity to meet her. As I’ve said many times before, her novel, Bittersweet, is my favorite book so far this year; I hope that you’ll pick it up from your local bookstore or library and carry it in your beach bag. It’s exactly the kind of book you’ll get a sunburn reading — it’s so good that you’ll forget to put it down long enough to reapply your sunscreen!

So here’s what I’d like to know — even if you haven’t read Bittersweet yet (and I’m begging you to pick it up if you haven’t already!) — what would you like me to ask Miranda? Anything about Bittersweet, her writing process, her life — anything at all — leave your question in the comments and I will make sure to ask her!

  • So excited for you! Hope you enjoy it and come back with some great information to share with us! I haven’t read Miranda’s book … yet, but I was just checking out her page and I did think of one question. She says that in her life and her books she is searching for her place in the world. Does she feel like her writing is a vehicle for her? If so, How does it drive her life’s purpose and how has it affected her view of her own purpose in life? Ok, I guess that’s like two or three. Have fun!