Welcome to a new feature that will be running every Tuesday for the month of May….

Book Expo America is coming!

If you’re a book blogger in the US (or anywhere in the world) then you know that BEA is like candyland for us!  One week, one convention center, one hundred percent book awesomeness!!!  And for the second year in a row, the Bookworms are going to be in the house!

Last year, when Danny, Heather and I headed off to NY for BEA, we had almost no idea what to expect.  We were excited and nervous and desperate to get some idea of what lay ahead of us.  We talked with bloggy friends who had gone before, we had read all the posts we could find at other sites but still…we just didn’t know!

Of course, it’s hard to explain what to expect at such a large function when experiences vary widely.  One blogger might go to BEA soley to network with publishers while another is there for the signing gallery.  One blogger may have strolled through the immense network of booths, slowly savoring all there was to offer while another may have rushed like a mad woman from booth to booth to get those prized ARCs.  So how can you tell what BEA will be like for you when you’ve never gone before?

Honestly, you probably can’t.  But that’s not going to stop us from trying!

What is BEA2U?

So BEA2U will be a weekly feature we’ll be hosting here at Bewitched Bookworms in May.  We’re planning on giving you the scoop on what our experiences were like, some information we think all bloggers can use, be it your first time or not, and then we’re going to take you with us to BEA but vlogging from NY next month!

Yup, you’ll get to see Danny, Heather, Pushy and Kristin this year, in all our sleepy, post-BEA glory as we vlog about the day, what we saw, who we met, what we learned and anything else you might want to know!

But of course there’s more…

So we know not everyone can go to BEA.  It takes time and money and let’s face it, everyone’s short on both these days, right?  But you know we love you, dear reader, so of course, we’r egoing to make sure we’ve got you covered!

So for the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you more than just information.  We’ll be bringing you AWESOME GIVE-AWAYS!!!

I (Danny) guess you know us by know, we love to share and we love to make people happy, so that’s why each week we’re going to be having a phenomenal Giveaway and since BEA is not just about books but also about meeting Authors. Especially for me, who lives in Germany and does not have the chance to meet all those awesome authors it’s an incredibly opportunity! I loved every author I was able to meet! WE will have some pictures for you during the next weeks…

 But, now onto the epic Giveaway we have for you..

Pushy is going to attend the Launch Party on May 8th in Anderson’s Book Shop (Naperville)  from Cassandra Clare’s new “Book City of Lost Souls”.  Yep that’s right! This lucky chick lives in Chicago were all the aweome authors are stopping by. (*insert jealous glare from Danny here*)

We will give away

one hardcover personalized and signed from Cassandra Clare for YOU!

 
Awesome hu?!?!
Please us the Rafflecopter form to enter!!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

And.. now let us know what YOU want to know about BEA!

We’ll be covering your questions in our next posts!!

 
Now…..much love and … get lost in a book!
Yours,
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Great giveaway! But I’m more excited for the feature, because I’m planning to go to BEA. I want to know how to schedule my days. I’ve looked at the website, but I’m not sure how to break everything down. Also, I’d love to see what a typical day looks like from the time you get up to the time you go to bed. I’d like some discussion about whether the BBC is worth it.
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DannyBookworm 5/1/2012

That’s exciting to hear!! We really want to share our experience, we are of course by no means experts, but we love to share what we figured out along the way!!!

Oh and I’m totally excited that you will be there too!!!! Hopefully we get the chance to chat a little!!!
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Pushy 5/1/2012

Scheduling our days last year was definitely one of the things that stressed us out and it all worked out perfectly, so that’s DEFINITELY something we’ll be sharing in this feature! Hope we can meet you while your there, Alison!!
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omg! I cannot believe that I may be able to meet you all! I am SO excited to see what you’ll be sharing here! This will be my first time going to BEA! The funny part is, I’ll only be able to go in for one day, lol! I am already very nervous about what I should do and where I should go, please help! lol!
I am looking forward to everything you’ll be sharing! Thank you SO very much :)

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Pushy 5/1/2012

We must definitely meet!!! And we’re so here to help! You’re going to have so much fun and we can’t wait to share it with you!
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Maidenveil 5/1/2012

Thank you, guys for this! I think your idea is nice especially for those who can’t go to this year’s BEA *cough*. hehe. At least we get to read on what’s happening/happened in BEA. It’s not just about the books but also meeting the authors and fellow booklovers. Nice! It’s one of my dreams to attend one. Danny! I’m so happy you’ll get to attend this year!
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Pushy 5/1/2012

We’ve got you covered, Maidenveil! We’ll give you the scoop. :D
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The new feature sounds great and it will be nice to see BEA through your eyes. I will not be able to attend, but I still love to hear about the great things that are going on.
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Pushy 5/1/2012

Thanks, Sabrina! We can’t wait to share it with you guys!
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Iman 5/1/2012

It’s great that we (the ones who can’t go) would be able to live the BEA experience throughout you guys. Thank for the giveaway and I’m looking forward to all the vlogs and pics. Have fun on our behalf, girls!

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Pushy 5/1/2012

Thanks, Iman! We’re looking forward to vlogging! And there’s definitely enough fun to share, so we hope you enjoy the retelling.
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Mimi Valentine 5/1/2012

BEA! CASSANDRA CLARE!!! Oh my gosh, these events of awesomeness are really the only times when I wish I was American LOL!! x) You can bet I’ll be tracking your progress on your blog daily — although I may have to take a break once in a while to try to convince my mom that school can wait a few days while we go on a road trip once I see how much fun you’re having haha… ;) IT’S SO NICE OF YOU TO DO THIS! I totally want to hug you, I do! <33

Thankyouthankyouthankyouguys! <3 It's so awesome that you had fun at BEA last year, but I have a feeling that it's going to be even MORE epic this year! ;)
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Pushy 5/1/2012

Thanks, Mimi!!!! We would love to hug you too! But give-aways will have to suffice until we can meet in person! :)
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AnimeJune 5/1/2012

This will be my first year to BEA and I’m so excited! You can bet I’ll be reading every post I can find about it because it all looks so overwhelming! I’m so excited to see John Green, and Cat Valente, and Lois Lowry….the list goes on and on!

Yes to BEA!

….um, no to Cassandra Clare please. This blogger has had to deal with enough plagiarists these last few weeks to last a lifetime.
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Danny 5/2/2012

This is great to hear! Hope you’ll like our posts!
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Jenny 5/1/2012

SUCH a great idea you guys! I know that despite all the research I did ahead of time and all the people I talked to, BEA was still a huge surprise and completely disorienting that first day. It would have been awesome to read a feature like this last year to help me prepare!

Love both your faces, and I will be pouncing on you in 5 short weeks:)

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Danny 5/2/2012

5 short weeks and I’m counting because I can’t wait to see you!!!!!!!!

Totally agree, we also did all the research and read tons of posts but I was still immensely overwhelmed by all this. However, what helped is that we all were not alone. We could share all this with our girls and this was awesome!! I didn’t feel alone!!!

And clearly, one of my highlights was meeting you! No Kidding”!
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Totally jealous of you all going to BEA! My librarian friend Karin from KarinsBookNook(and the edgy half of edifyingandedgy) has gone before and loved it! One of these days maybe I’ll get to go(but there is always that money issue eh?). Enjoy your time together! How fun to all get to meet in one place! Looking forward to seeing your vlogs and again totally jealous of all of the awesome books you will be picking up while your there!

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Julie 5/1/2012

oops, I know I used the wrong form of *your* I meant *you’re* sigh…I couldn’t let that hang there without correcting myself!! :)
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Danny 5/2/2012

Oh I know Karin’s blog!!! Sadly, I have to agree – money is always an issue, but this also highly depends on where you come from and where do you decide to stay. There are always blogger that look for a roommate and this makes the whole event cheaper.

I hope you enjoy our posts anyway and we hope we bring the feeling of BEA to the blog to share it with you guys!
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*cries happy tears*

I don’t know that I’ll ever make it up to NY, let alone BEA, so I love this feature. Thank you so much for your generosity ladies.
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Danny 5/2/2012

Missie!!! You know it would be incredible awesome if you would make it one day! for now, we hope we keep you all in touch with BEA through our feature. And of course there will be tons of Features like ours coming soon!

Maybe, one day I come to Texas and we can meet then! that would be epic!!!
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lisseth Torres 5/1/2012

I was so excited to go to BEA this year since I live like 30 minutes from the city but unfortunately I have no money to go. So I really apreciate this feature & hopefully i’ll be able to go next year since I’ll be studing right there in the city. So thanks for the giveaway!
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Danny 5/2/2012

Oh I’m so sorry;(( But we hope we can bring a little back to all of you through the blog and.. of course we will have a few giveaways to make up for the real things!!!
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That sounds like there will be some really interesting posts to come. I look forward to them :)
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Danny 5/2/2012

Thanks Becki!!!! We hope you all enjoy our posts!!! Woot!
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Mary Ann Woods 5/1/2012

I accidently entered only portion of my address in the entry blank above. The rest of it is: 1198 Evelyn Ave., Ypsilanti, Michigan 48198. Thanks!

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Danny 5/2/2012

Hey, I’m going to delete your comment so that your address is save, ok? I just don’t want you to put your address for everyone noticeable!
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OMG girls you’re amazing :) !! I can’t wait to watch your vlogs, see your pictures and read what you did at BEA .. I’m really happy for you. I’d love to attend one day !!
I mostly would love to see how it looks and I’m really curious about what happens there so I look forward to know all this !!
HAVE AN AMAZING TIME there you awesome Bookworms ladies !! =)
Thank you so much for the great giveaway !
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Danny 5/2/2012

Awwww!! Thanks so much for your excitement!!! Truly, I’m more than excited seeing my girls again and spend some time together with them! Last year I was too overwhelmed to take a lot of pictures, but this year I promised myself to get more pics and also we decided to this Vlog’s in the evening! I just hope this all works out as we planed lool!
*hugs*
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Melissa 5/1/2012

The City of Lost Souls book is going to be so amazing! I’ve read all of Cassandra Clare’s book that are out and would love the chance to win this one! Thank you for the opportunity!

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Danny 5/2/2012

You are very welcome!! *crosses fingers*
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Natalia Belikov 5/1/2012

OMG! thakn you so much for all you gonna inform me during the next two weeks! I am going to BEA this year and I am so looking forward to it, yet I have not a super clear idea of waht to expect. Im so excited and nervous! HOLY COW!! I already feel like peeing XDDD

I hope I can meet all of you over tehre! looking forward to it yay!!

thnx for the awesome giveaway! OMG!! yay

Dazzling Reads
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Danny 5/2/2012

OoOOOo this feature will be even more than 2 weeks!! It will go 5weeks and then the real week of BEA!!!!

We were sooo freaking overwhelmed before, but it all worked out perfectly!! We did stress too much, but then, we also read tons of posts like this to catch a least a tiny idea about what to expect!!!

Will you be at BBC too???
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Natalia Belikov 5/2/2012

I doubt I’ll be at BBC since I have no clue what it is >__<

OMG! What is it? what is it?? please let me know!! kyaaaaaaa!!
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Oh my gosh! This is like the best giveaway ever! I am super excited to get my hands on a copy of this book and can’t wait to see what happens next.

Also, that’s such an awesome feature. I’ll be looking forward to it! :)
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Danny 5/2/2012

Thank you Suz!!!!!! When Pushy heard about this Cassandra Clare event, we knew we had to share this with you guys!!!
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Rachel 5/1/2012

This sounds like a fantastic feature! i look forward to reading and hearing about your experience. I won’t be able to go to BEA because of time.
i’m interested in learning how to choose between all the events. I’m hopefully going to bea 2013. “fingers crossed”
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Danny 5/2/2012

Oh yeah planning is important!! I am so freaking happy I had Pushy with me because she was simply made of awesome specially when it came to planning!

I hope you manage to go next year too!!!
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Heidi 5/1/2012

Awesome. This sounds like a blast. I would so love to go and meet you guys. Alas, two toddlers so I won’t be going. Something to dream about. I can’t wait for your posts and your giveaways :)
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Danny 5/2/2012

We hope with this feature to keep you all posted and updated!! I know I read all those posts myself 2010 when I was not able to go and I loved reading about the experiences from others!
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kimba88 5/2/2012

We are going on a 14 day cruise this year and i won’t be able to make it..but 2013 we will be rockin the BEA house..great giveaways and look forward to reading your posts
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Danny 5/2/2012

Awesome Kimba!!!! Where will you go?? I’ve never been on a cruise but I know I will someday! And YEAH for 2013 -I’m pretty sure I will go again!!! It’s just too awesome and addicting!
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Kristin 5/2/2012

Anyone know how much $$ a ticket is? I was on the BEA Web site and couldn’t find anything (I don’t want to register on their site just to find this info out).

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Kristin 5/2/2012

Of course I found it just as I hit submit comment. Yikes! Too rich for my blood, I’ll stand outside and wave to you all!

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Erica 5/3/2012

I can’t wait to see you guys at BEA again :)
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Danny 5/6/2012

no kidding Sweetie!! Can’t wait!!
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I am going for first time and am so nervous and excited! I am doing a BEA feature. I hope I can go all days. I can’t go the first but can go the last 3. I am going alone unless my BBF Kayla Bengal Reads is going. That’s ok cuz I can meet others. Despite crippling shyness on my part, I know I will meet awesum ppl!
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Danny 5/6/2012

It will be fun anyways!!!! I know I was nervous too, but don’t be you will meet so many awesome people it will be an incredible experience!
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Gina 5/6/2012

Thatnks so much for this feature! This will be my first time going and I am very excited to see what BEA has in store for me. They have so many authors this year! I have been reading up on BEA for a while but no one really explains what the other events are like, such as the BBC or the Author Breakfasts. Will you be covering those as well? And I have been hearing bloggers talk about publisher’s parties and things: what are they and are they invitation only, do you know? I really appreciate this. Thank you so much for the awesome giveaway! Happy reading!
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Danny 5/6/2012

Yes we will definitely cover this!!!! BBC will be one of the next posts.
One thing about those parties: Yes, they are invite only and … we also didn’t get any invite – this is still a mystery to me. But there are anyway tons of other events which are open for everyone – this is where we will heading :)) Or just hanging out with our friends, catching up and having some fun!
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hrose2931 5/6/2012

I would like to know what you think is important to do when you get there. Would you try to make connections with publishers if this was your first time and how awkward is that? And I don’t think there would be a blogger there that could resist the authors. What’s your strategy there if you’re going by yourself? I think, if you could stand me, I’d just tag along after you guys. Planning makes me stress out. I’d be so overwhelmed I think I’d just cry! But don’t worry, I won’t be there this year. I won’t stalk you! LOL I can’t wait to read these posts. I might go one year. The Book Faery and I say next year. We’ll see.

Heather
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