BEA Recap: Or One of the Best, Most Tiring, Emotional, Overwhelming Experiences of My Life Part Two

June 6, 2013 BEA 27

So yesterday I wrapped up my Part One recap post with a photo of suitcase row. Wasn’t that something? Today, I am continuing Day One of BEA with some more photos and then you can all cry with me for like the third time over the fact that I missed the entire second day due to my fucked up feet. I already talked about that though, and you don’t really need any more details. Just know I sat in the hotel room all day in bed, healing up for the following day. 

One of the HUGE highlights of Day One was meeting Mandee from VeganYANerds. She came all the way from Australia and she is one of the sweetest bloggers I know. She’s exactly like she is in her videos and we discussed going Vegan, Vegan blogs, and took a trip to the ladies’ together. 



Me and Mandee. If you don’t know her, you should. She’s AMAZING.

One of the things i did that was absolutely insane was go the the YA Book Buzz panel. I’m gonna be honest here and say it was pretty boring. I loved hearing the editor talk about Fangirl, but she SPOILED the plot! By the time the rest of them started talking, I had pretty much tuned out. Everyone knew that the books were stacked outside the conference room and we were planning a mad rush to grab them before they disappeared. We ducked out a few minutes early, and there was a nice line. As soon as the rest of the room left, the line disappeared and it turned into a fucking mob for the books. But…


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Christina and Steph managed to push to the front and hand books to all of us that couldn’t get up there. We missed copies of All Our Yesterdays and there were never copies of Tandem, but we did manage to grab the three other books they had available. And ALL of us got copies. So MAJOR props to those ladies for risking their lives for the rest of us. 

Then most of us sat in line waiting for Maria V. Snyder and I had a ton of fun there as well as some much needed time resting my feet. Can we say fangirl? Maria is one of my favorite authors and I knew if I went bananas over anyone, it would be her. And I did. I was like 4th in line to meet her and I ran up waving my arms like a lunatic and dancing up the queue. I’m not sure if she noticed (THANK GOD) but I was over the moon.


Maria V. Snyder. It really happened. O_O

The rest of the day was pretty much a whirlwind of books, networking, meeting bloggers, and running back and forth from my suitcase to the show floor. Like it was so busy there was no time to think. It was just go, go, go, and I never thought I would say that I loved doing something like this (I’m pretty much a hermit), but I loved it. And oh god how I miss it. I miss the excitement, the thrills, the socializing, and everything. I think it takes putting yourself outside your comfort zone to truly experience all that life has to offer. And meeting all the bookish people!! People like me who love books and reading like me. That was the best part! I have never been around so many people that I have so much in common with! It was one of the most amazing things to ever happen to me! And it just made me realize HOW MUCH I am in the right business. It was like that light bulb moment for me.

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After Day One at BEA, we went to two parties (Macmillan and the Penguin Bird Bash), and I am sorry to say I don’t have any pics of those, and I think part of the reason is because I was just so exhausted and ready for bed. I was done. But I did manage to snap a pick of the very exclusive gift I received at the Macmillan party. This was held at the Houndstooth Pub, by the way. VERY nice bar. Meeting Ksenia was everything I thought it would be and more. She is kind and funny and just WHOA. The food was good though I could have eaten anything by that point and it would have tasted like heaven. I also got to hang out a little more with Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner and April from Good Books and Good Wine, so that was nice. I LOVE THOSE GIRLS.

The Cuddlebuggery ladies read this early and loved it. I wish I could read it now.
READ FASTER, KARA!

Then there is a big stupid lull wherein I miss all of day two and hang out in bed reading When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney, which I loved by the way. I pigged out on carryout and waited for everyone to get back to the hotel and then heard about their day. It was a bit depressing, yeah, but I was super happy for them. This was the day that Grumpy Cat was at BEA, and I’m kind of glad I missed that. Cat looked seriously unhappy in the photos that I saw. They need to just let her be a cat for chrissakes. And now I hear she has a MOVIE? When will it end? 

Giselle grabbed me a copy of Parasite by Mira Grant, and Steph let me pick through her books that she didn’t want and I found a couple that I DID want. They were all very generous to me. I would have done the same for them if I could have. I rested up pretty well for Day Three and I was ready to go in the morning, even though I had little sleep.


Can’t you tell how tired I am?

This was also my first official day of waiting in the monster BEA line. We were up front though so it was easy peasy. Also, it being the last day probably helped. We sat there for over an hour, but it was a good time, chatting, doing muffin and coffee runs, and just hanging out until it was time to go in. 

Waiting in line was where this fabulous blooper photo was snapped.
Here’s the good one. I like the blooper photo better. :D
First thing I did on the last day was run around and grab a few drops before they were gone and then hightail it to Alexandra Bracken’s signing line. When I got there, it was already pretty long. But I knew it would be. This was for the sequel to The Darkest Minds and that book was awesome. This was also when I sat down in the line and talked to the lovely people in front of me and a lady asked me for my business card when I told her I did copy editing. 

After the line for that signing, I was lucky enough to run into Michelle Maddow, and Giselle and I snapped a picture with her after we got out of line.

She’s being published by Harlequin Teen in 2014. She’s also a huge Big Brother fan.
At some point I found something really funny in my bathroom stall and I had to snap a picture because wow are people hilarious. And desperate. And I hope never to run into this person because I am NOT fighting her for that book.


LOL. Seriously? It was a great moment though.
One of the last things I did before we ducked out of BEA a little early was to visit the New Adult Crossover panel with Samantha Shannon and Sarah J. Maas. Not necessarily because I wanted to hear what was said (though it was interesting), but because I wanted to meet Sam. I told her I would come by and I missed her signing on the second day so this was my last chance. She hugged me and we chatted for a little bit and I was so happy I waited for her to finish because she was awesome. I wish I had grabbed a picture with her, but I did snap one of the panel itself.

Okay, so it’s a little blurry. But there she is. And she’s tall!
I also went to Romily Bernard’s signing for Find Me and she was wonderful as well. She hugged me and when she saw my badge, she got all excited and it was the cutest thing. I’ve been fortunate enough to befriend some amazing authors and meeting them was an amazing experience. Hell, everyone I met was amazing. I wish I had taken a photo with Romily too. I wasn’t too comfortable asking them for pics because I know how ANNOYING that must be to get it all the time, but now I see that most of them don’t really mind, and so next year I will be taking way more when time permits.

Before I wrap this up and let you move on with your lives, I have a warning for all future BEA goers. DO NOT STAY IN NEW JERSEY. You will regret it. The NJ bus service is a disaster. Port Authority is a hellhole. I am certain the security guards are demons. There is a pigeon with a stump for a leg. Cabs only take you from NYC to NJ at double the price you paid coming in. You HAVE to take a bus. And it SUCCCCCKKKKKSSSS. Before I post the following photo, Christina, Steph, you guys are wonderful sports. LULZ.

Slap happy and pissed over the wait and conditions.


I had one that was worse than this but I could feel Christina giving me dagger eyes from Georgia and I feared for my life, so I decided not to post it. She’s genuinely adorable in this one and Steph looks like she is about to rant over something. LOL. You can see how fun these girls are from this candid. And I can’t forget to mention Andreya, Steph’s best friend that joined us. She was super sweet and I enjoyed hanging out with her.

You know, I don’t even know how to wrap my BEA experience up. I hate to wrap it up. That means it’s over and I don’t want it to be over. I still have my haul to post, and to be honest, I might break that up in two also. I have not yet decided if I am going to film a vlog. I’d like to, so we will just have to see. 

Know this though. If you’ve always wanted to go to BEA but are a bit afraid or hesitant, you need to do it. It’s not something that can really be explained in words, but it was one of the most fuckawesome experiences of my life and I would do it again TOMORROW if I could. We’re already starting to plan for next year and my books haven’t even arrived yet. So if you want to go? GO. Meeting authors and other people like you who love books and reading cannot be explained until it happens in person. I don’t have ANY people in my life who adore books like I do, and spending time with these people that DO? It’s like coming home. Until next year…

27 Responses to “BEA Recap: Or One of the Best, Most Tiring, Emotional, Overwhelming Experiences of My Life Part Two”

  1. Amy

    I love the pics in this recap!! Steph and Christina look like they are awesome to hang out with!! I am so glad that you had a great time. You have me dying to go next year. I will somehow make it happen hopefully!!

  2. Jenni @ Alluring Reads

    Omg I can’t tell if C is laughing or crying in that last photo bahahaha love it. I really wish I could have gone and met all you fabulous ladies, I am definitely going to try to work myself up for next year because it looks like it was a blast! So sad that you missed out on the second day, but it’s better that you take care of yourself, right?

  3. Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings

    Haha, this looks like so much fun in a crazy way! I’ll be honest, one of my biggest reservations about going to BEA is the cost. Would you be comfortable breaking down how much it cost you to go so that I can estimate and start saving up?

    • Kara_Malinczak

      Well, it depends where you live. I live in Florida and my flight was $283 round trip. It’s even cheaper if you book sooner. But we stayed in NJ and we are not doing that again next year. If you can stay in a hotel somewhere near the Javits and you can do more walking, transportation is cheaper. The bus costs 3.20 for a ticket. Cabs are more expensive but it depends where you want to go and how often you want to use them. Food is STUPID expensive. Whatever you are paying now in a restaurant, increase that by about 30%. But just try to eat as cheap as you can. If you register as press and take lots of pictures and do a good write-up, the conference itself is free. But they have to approve you and you have to meet the stat requirement. It costs 3 dollars to check your roller bag there. If you check a bag on your flight, most airlines charge $25 per bag now. So I hope this help gives you some idea. Next year I am definitely staying in New York.

  4. Kristilyn (Reading In Winter)

    Great recap, Kara! I wish I could attend BEA, but life always seems to get in the way … and I just don’t have the money to go to it! But I love living vicariously through the people who can attend. :)

  5. Romily Bernard

    Awww, Kara, I would’ve loved a pic with you. You forget that I’m new to all of this and I’m just SO. DAMN. EXCITED. that people showed up. Especially people I feel like I know b/c I read their reviews all the time…that probably makes me an official stalker :) It’s scary sitting up there and worrying no one will show. I was super happy to see you :)

  6. Michelle

    Wow sounds like you had an amazing time!! I was following BEA through Twitter all week and was super envious! And now all these haul posts are making me even more jelly. But I really want to try to go next year. I just need to find someone to go with bc I don’t have any bookish ppl in my real life and I KNOW that my husband and other family/friends would never be able to handle all the lines and craziness. So I need to hook up with a blogging nerd like me to hang with for the week :)

    • Kara_Malinczak

      You should! It was one of the best times of my life. Not an exaggeration! Meet people there like I did and room together! Spend the rest of this year getting to know other bloggers and I am sure you will find a roomie in no time!

  7. Micheline D

    Awww great part 2 recap, I love how you took SO many more pics than I did – I’ll have to be better next time haha! Anyways I SO agree with your NJ warning AND it still sucks the big one that you missed out on day 2!! OMG and I saw those MadLibs things too, some of them were lame but others were surprisingly hilarious LOL Thanks for sharing!!

    • Kara_Malinczak

      LOL it’s okay! I am a picture snapping fool most of the time! I’m almost over the fact that I missed day 2. Next year I won’t be missing ANYTHING. If I have to crawl, I will crawl.

  8. Vegan YA Nerds

    I am SO glad we got to meet, Kara! I loved chatting with you and I’m happy you took a photo of us! :)

    I think staying in NYC next time will save you a lot of hassle, I had a $5 cab ride from mine each morning and then I would catch the shuttle back, so easy!

    • Kara_Malinczak

      ME TOO! I hope I get to see you sometime again soon! I hate to think that might be the only time I meet you! AGH.

      Definitely staying in NYC next year. I can’t take another second of NJ. :D

  9. Debby

    I’m so jealous Kara! It sounds like you had an awesome amazing time!!! I’m really happy you’ve decide to (at least try to) go next year as well. Hopefully we can meet then :) I’m already excited for it!!

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