Book Expo America (BEA) Haul – (2015)

DCIM100GOPROGOPR0341.This year, I had the privilege of attending the 2015 Book Expo America (BEA) in NYC. This was my second time EVER attending this amazing book-tastic conference. (To see my haul from BEA 2014, visit this link HERE). Seeing as I will not be attending next year’s conference in Chicago, I did my best to enjoy the experience to the fullest by meeting other bloggers and networking.

***Before I continue with my post, I just want to mention that it is not my intention to brag about the books I received in any way, shape or form. Although I do have a big haul, I did my best to be very selective with the books I chose and only picked up the books I knew I would read. All books will be donated to local libraries when I’m done reading. I also want to take a moment to thank all the publishers and authors for providing the galleys and making this experience unforgettable.***

Last year was very overwhelming; however, I picked up some great tips to prepare for this year:

  1. Wear comfy shoes. (If you decide to wear flip flops, make sure they have a rubber base that’s very comfortable, but running shoes or sneakers is your best bet! Otherwise, make sure to have a few band-aids on hand).
  2. Make a list of books you want to pick up from emails and BEA giveaway lists that are posted the week before the event and cross reference with drop times that you can pick up at publisher booths during the conference.
  3. Have a plan, but don’t stick to it. Given that most galley drops and author signings take place at the same time for multiple books you want to pick up, it’s unlikely that you’ll get them all. You’ll have to be selective. My advice is to just go with the flow and you won’t feel so overwhelmed.IMG_20150529_100320
  4. Pass by the autograph area at the end of each hour, when line-ups are dwindling. You can hop in any non-ticketed line if you’re interested in meeting the author and getting their book.
  5. Always ask if you could take a book from what may be a drop pile or books displayed on the tables before grabbing a copy. Being courteous is really appreciated by the exhibitors and avoids anyone picking up something that is only for meant for display purposes.
  6. Download the BEA Mobile app for great resources on shuttle bus times, exhibitor locations and author autograph schedules.

I attended all three BEA days, as well as attended a presentation hosted by HarperCollins IMG_20150527_165319where I had the opportunity to learn of the upcoming releases they were excited to share. At the end of the Harper presentation, we were invited to attend a small cocktail to network and connect with the publicists that we’ve been emailing over the years (finally putting a face to an email was a great experience!).

IMG_20150529_141309Although picking up advanced reader galleys and some really cute tote bags was exciting, meeting the publishers, authors, and other bloggers was definitely the highlight of attending BEA this year.IMG_3219

 

Now, without further ado, here is my BEA book haul:

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Book Swag:
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Cute Cards and Notebooks:
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Autographed Books:
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Tote Bags:
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Book Samplers/Excerpts:
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From HarperCollins Event/Preview:
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ARCs from HarperCollins booth (drops):
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From Penguin Random House (drops & signings):
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From Little Brown and Hachette (drops):

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From Sourcebooks (drops & signings):
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From Spencer Hill Press (drops, signings and requests – Thank you!):
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From HarlequinTEEN (Signing):
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From MacMillan and St. Martin’s (drops & signings):
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From Switch Press (drops):
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From Scholastic (drops & requests – Thank you!):
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From Simon & Schuster (drops):
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From Clean Teen (drops & signings – *Love you ladies and Tyler!*):
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Multiple other publishers (drops & signings):
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Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to share your links below with your BEA hauls!

Lucy