We seriously can’t believe it, but this is the last week before BEA….
Sunday we will meet and Monday the fun starts!!! *squeals* I can’t believe it’s finally here…
*Pushy pops in for an ATOMIC SIZED SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!*
It’s time my friends, time to think about what to pack, what to take with you and all those tiny little things! We are sure some of those tips you have already heard and read countless times before. But, nothing wrong with repeating things righty?
Dress, light comfortable and … nice
I am pretty sure everyone has their own style and I know that I read different kind of advice of how to dress. Well, here’s ours. There is no need to dress in a business suit, dress comfortable and casual if that is your style. There is nothing wrong with a pair of good Jeans and a sweet Top. People will take you seriously the way you talk to them. I’m a Jeans kind-of-Girl and I never got a bad reaction or attitude from anyone.
It’s the way you present yourself what counts! But, seriously, do your feet a favor and wear comfortable ones… You will walk a lot.. and you will stand..a lot!
*Pushy* Very much agreed! Even thought the publishers and staffers are dressed business casual last year, not a single conference attendee I spoke to last year was. Remember, it’s summer in NYC and most of us have to hoof it to the convention center, walk around all day with increasingly heavy bags and then hoof it right on back to the hotel. You want clothes that are comfortable, flattering and forgiving of all the exertion you’ll be putting into your day. Nothing prompts a, “No I don’t have any books left,” stare than walking around rumpled and sweat-stained (or with your buns hanging out from too short a skirt). You’ve been warned! *wink*
Comfortable Bag, or Backpack and Cute totebags to grab
Yep, take a bag for the essentials like a Bottle of water, your purse, and all the essentials girls need. You do not have to carry your books in this bag. Every Booth will have cute little totebags for you and your books and you can even drop them of for just a few bucks. Which I highly recommend. There looks nothing weirder than carrying tons of books around. 🙂 Sure, a backpack is the easiest for your back – I’m just not a backpack girl and rather take my cute new purse I just bought…
And there are such cute totebags you can get. I remember one girl making pictures of all the awesome ones that got handed out.
Trolley’s are not allowed on the floor, which I personally really find great.
*Pushy* Again, completely agreed! The bags were so darn cute last year!! I have so many that I use when I’m out shopping and I’m constantly asked where I got them. I do admit to being in love with saying, “Oh, I got it at a conference I went to last year….” *wink* So don’t over pack for your day because the publishers will have you covered. And while I know some people wish for a roller-cart to drag their haul around in, you’ll be thankful they’re not allowed when you see the sheer volume of people in this convention center. SERIOUSLY! And for my friends who wear flip flops, a wheel over your pinky toe is just a bad way to start your day!
Sooo many books – sooo heavy!
Remember that there is a weight limit when you are flying! It depends on your airline, but most of them are restricted to 1 suitcase with a certain amount. So, you have a few options.
1.) Pack light enough to begin with and leave space for all the books.
2.) Take some books in your luggage – like Heather did last year.
3.) Send the books home via Media Mail. This obviously does not work for international people like me. But Pushy did that last year. It was not that expensive and you don’t have to carry them around! I really liked this option! Although, I still remember Pushy and me carrying those heavy bags to te next mail office… Oh and, you can send directly from the Javits Center but they are more expensive.
*Pushy* Media Mail is a blessing from the American heavens. I shipped like 70 pounds of books home last year for around $35. It was such a ridiculous deal! And yes, Danny, I know I still owe you a bottle of red wine for being my pack mule last summer. 🙂 All you need to do is remember to grab a box or two at the end of the day. Publishers usually have tons (from all the books they’ve been giving away) and they break down easily but even if they don’t you can buy a box for a couple of bucks. If you’re lucky you can even score free packing tape from the concierge at your hotel (I SHAMELESSLY did this) or with a little forethought pack a small roll.
Take your Camera!
Seriously, this is something I have to tell myself since I realized when preparing these posts that none of us made enough pictures… So, don’t miss your chance to capture those amazing moments with a camera! You will be thankful later 🙂
*Pushy* And here’s where I disagree with much love to Danny, who I know is giving me the frowny face right now. Yes, it’s so much fun to have the pictures but honestly I was SO busy last year, I wouldn’t know when I would have had time to take pictures. Plus, I don’t remember people taking pictures with the authors during the signing lines and I would think it would be discouraged as the lines are so long to begin with.
So may I propose a compromise? IF you will be hosting a series of informational posts like this next year, or want to do a montage of your time at BEA (which, let’s face it, would be pretty awesome), bring your camera. But if you’re like me and plan to simply revel in the crazysauce that is BEA, settle for the camera on your phone. You’ll have it with you anyway and it’s one less thing to keep track of. Just my two cents. 😀
Seriously, we would have love to cover more, but we are in the final week, so we thought we leave you with some last minute tips.
And… we have a super Giveaway for you guys!
We will get for 1 lucky winner a book signed at BEA of your choice!!
All you have to do is go through the list of Authors (yes we know it’s long) and list us 3 possible books/authors. 3, because we have to be a little flexible so we might not make it to one signing, but if you list three one of them we are sure to catch for you.
Got some question? Shoot!
We would be happy to answer whatever we can! Especially if there’s something you’d like us to report on from THIS year’s BEA. Because you know we’re hoping to be vlogging for you!!!
Much Love and … see you at BEA in less than a week!!
We can’t wait to meet you guys!!!
Other BEA2U posts and upcoming posts:
- BEA2U kick off
- BEA 2011 – The Bookworms experience at BEA
- BBC and Networking at BEA
- Scheduling your visit to BEA
- Final Preparations for BEA 2012! (today)