It’s almost there. BEA is only 2 weeks away and everyone is getting excited. Now, we can all start planning our schedules, the mobile app is finally there (which I love) and the list of books has been also revealed!
Two weeks ago we asked you to submit a question and now it’s time to get some answers right?
Question from A Backwards Story
Thank you so much for putting BEA2U together. This will be my first year at BEA, and I’ve had one big question that I didn’t really know who to ask: I imagine that the signing lines are insane. When I went to the National Book Festival in DC, we had to line up hours early to be guaranteed a spot with the author. How early do we come to the BEA lines? I feel like standing in line for hours will take away from other things at the expo. Will this be the only chance to get the ARCs? What if we really want an ARC, but don’t want to wait in line? Are we able to talk with the publishers about that, or is waiting in a long line (especially when two signings are at the same time and you can’t wait in both lines, or you’re coming from the breakfast, etc.) the only way?
yes, the lines will be insane. But then, only for some high acclaimed authors. There are other lines which will be much shorter.
For instance last year the line for Sarah J. Maas was insane and people were lining up at least 45 minutes ago. Same insanity with Chris Kolver or
So, I imagine the line for Simone Ekeles to be absolutely crazy and also for Abbi Glines, just to name only two. There I’m pretty sure you have to be there 30-45 minutes before the signing start, otherwise you won’t get to see the author or the ARC. But again, for most authors it is perfectly fine to come around the time the signing starts.
Will this be the only chance to get the ARCs? What if we really want an ARC, but don’t want to wait in line?
There are two types of Galley’s you can get a BEA. One is certainly at a signing, and here it totally depends on the publisher. Sometimes they do have only enough galley’s for the siging, once the signing is over there is no chance to get an ARC anymore. This is true for most of the cases. But then there are other publishers that always have a pile of ARC’s left, so when you go to a publisher and ask nicely you might be lucky.
But this is not the only way to get an ARC. Publishers have piles of books they “drop” a certain time, this called galley drop. Often they have a few times each days for different galles. For instance, last year “Poison Princess” was going to be dropped on Friday morning 8am, and the publishers are not giving these galleys out before, so you don’t have to ask:) Thankfully, many publishers have a galley drop schedule so you know which book will be dropped when.
I hope that answers your questions, if you have more just drop them in the comments!
Question from Kassidy
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I’m going to BEA this year for the first time as a ‘power reader’, since I am not a blogger. June 1st is power reader day, and it says that doors open at 7, how early should I get there? Does time matter, or is it okay if I get there later?
Alright, so as I am not attending as a Power Reader so I don’t know the specifics. I would assume that you might get your Badge even the day earlier when it’s not so busy. But.. if not, then yes I would suggest coming early. Also, did you see that the first 100 to come get a Goodie bag from Macmillan! and.. they are always worth it!!
On the other side, when you are coming later all the first rush is over and you can get in a little more relaxed. So, it depends if you really want to meet up with other people in line while waiting to get in (which can be fun) or if you don’t care about this early buzz, then come later, grab your Badge and go in:))
Question from GoreLeonore
This is my first time at BEA, how should I go about getting books home? I am taking the train but don’t want to over do it.
Oh I’d totally ship them home (if I’d live in the US , which I don’t..). Pushy always packs all her books and sends them home, like this you don’t have to worry about them and carry them around! They are so heavy, so don’t stress yourself and send them!
Question from Kitty
Last year I saw a few of my favorite bloggers at BEA but didn’t dare to say hi because I’m a little shy and didn’t want them to think I was a crazy stalker. Here’s my question: What is the best way to approach bloggers/authors without looking or sounding like a stalker? 🙂
Kitty!!! you know what my favorite moments at BEA are? When someone comes to me, to say Hi because she recognizes me from my Blog. Seriously! Just go and Say Hi!!! and.. now that I know you are there, I will watch for you. Please please when you see me? Say Hi!!
Me, Melissa, Pushy, Jenny and Alison (see our smiles? we loved meeting each other)
And you would never ever look like a Stalker. We are all in the same boot, we are at BEA because we love books and since so much is happening online, it’s just so amazing to meet fellow bloggers! When I see someone I might recognize I just go say Hi and ask if they are really Kitty from Book Kitty blog and say that I read her blog and that’s so awesome meeting her. Believe me, that’s when the ice breaks:))
With Authors it’s a little different and for me, it totally depends who this author is. So, when I see an Author where I loved the book and she/he is right now free and not talking to someone I might go, say Hi, introduce myself and tell how much I loved the book. then you see where the conversation goes, or just leave when you feel like the Author just doesn’t want to talk, or a busy going somewhere:)
Don’t be shy!
Pushy and me meeting Tom Pollok, totally surprising outside when I was having a smoke break. He was there catching a breath and we started talking!
Question from Jessica
I really want to go to BEA, but I just cannot afford to stay more than one or two nights. I am a blogger, so my goals would be grab some books to review on my blog (signed if I’m lucky), hopefully meet a favorite author or two, and make some new bloggy friends! Here’s my question(s): Is it worth the trip/expense if I won’t be able to stay for the whole thing? If so, which day/time would you reccommend arriving/leaving on? All the best, Jessica @ Jessabella Reads
The short answer: YES
Even if you can just come for 2 days then please come and do it! I’d recommend coming the first 2 days as those are the busiest and where the most people are. On the last day BEA closes earlier anyway so it’s totally fine to just leave before! So this year, come in Wednesday Night and leave Friday evening 🙂
Sooo, I if you are still having some question, please just leave them in the comments! We either answer them today or next week, if the answer requires a longer answer!
Anyhooddle, we cannot wait to meet you all at BEA!!