My first day of BEA was completely overwhelming and exhilarating all at the same time!
I made a few rookie mistakes - not allowing enough time to drive into the city to get to the Children's Book and Author Breakfast on time, not getting a ticket for the Rick Riordan signing event, and not shipping all the swag out and freeing my shoulders from the heavy heavy bags I was carrying. Aching feet and shoulders be damned, it was a great experience!
I did get to meet some great authors Mo Willems (Knuffle Bunny), James Dashner (The Maze Runner), and Rachel Vincent (Shifters series). I also spotted a few celebs: Rick Springfield (still cute), Kristen Alfonso (doesn't age) and Ken Corday (Days of Our Lives), Louis Gossett Jr. and author Steve Berry (he was walking past while I ogled).
Tom Angleberger, author of The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda:
Rachel Vincent, author of Soul Screamers:
The Publishers went all out for YA/MG authors Suzanne Collins (Mockingjay), Andrea Cremer (Nightshade), and Rick Riordan (Red Pyramid). I couldn't get anywhere near them or their books. Still, I was in the presence of greatness...
Tonight I attended a welcome reception hosted by Harper Collins and got to meet some of MY favorite book bloggers - Amy/My Friend Amy, Natasha/Maw Books, Sheila/One Person's Journey, among others - and got to meet some new bloggers (to me).
I have blogger pictures: Kathy/Bermuda Onion and Swapna/S.Krishna's Books; Sheila/Book Journey and Me, Natasha/Maw Books, Amy/My Friend Amy
There were so many amazing book bloggers I met, but didn't photograph because we were just having too much fun!
All in all, I truly was a fish out of water for the first few hours. I wasn't sure how anything worked, how to snag the hot ARCs, and how to manage the enormous Jacob Javits Convention Center without retracing my steps. Just when I thought I was truly going to have a panic attack from being bumped, shoved, and herded, I heard, "Alison!" I turned around, and looking at me were the two friendliest faces I could possibly have seen - Harvey and Rob from Clinton Book Shop. Ah, my book whisperers! And Harvey was bearing gifts - wristbands to meet children's author Mo Willems. Thank you, guys, for being my breath of fresh air!