Guys… so BEA13 is over and … we seriously can’t believe it’s already over. We’ve all been waiting for month, planing for weeks and now? Well, now it’s time to share some awesome moments with you and also .. give something back! Just like last year, we are giving away 2 epic BEA Prize Packages for those who couldn’t attend.
Arrival, Book Blogger Con, Meetings & Party!
We both arrived Tuesday and meet in the hotel and now we must thank Danny’s husband for booking us such a perfect place this year. We stayed at the Marriott Marquis at Times Square which couldn’t have been a better place.
After lot’s of squeeing and hugging (seriously, we wouldn’t let each other go after not having seen each other for a year! yeah, I guess we made quite a spectacle..) we meet up with Jenny and her wonderful family for dinner. And another round of hugging and squeeing!
Wednesday we got up early and meet at the Javits Center to grab our badges and attend Blogger Con.
Book Blogger Con
We’ve been to blogger con for the last 3 years and lots has been said about last year’s con, which was unfortunately not as good. So we looked forward seeing what they did this year. We must say that we were widely and positively impressed by the opening keynote speaker, Will Schwabe. He talked a lot about how much book bloggers are doing for authors and that we are all just doing this just because we love books. We read a few posts from bloggers who were disappointed and didn’t like him talking so much about his books, but we understood! The best you can do is talk about stuff you know and he shared some of his experiences, which we both appreciated!
We felt totally warm, fuzzy and appreciated as book bloggers!
The keynote was followed by YA Editor Buzz Panel and while we loved hearing those lovely ladies talk about books we felt like it missed a little the point of a book blogger panel. We actually wanted to talk more about how book bloggers work with publishers, or how our opinion might matter for them. We don’t know just something like this. As it was, it was more like an advertisement for their books…
The next panel was then about struggles and insider secrets and we think it was a great panel for newer bloggers. The panelists were all very well established bloggers who shared a little about their blogs and how they started. As we’ve been blogging for more than 3.5 years already we didn’t take much out of this panel. But, we truly liked this panel.
We left after lunch then because we mainly needed some time to recharge before BEA opening the next day. Pushy desperately wanted to go over her schedule, and Danny needed to take care of her jetlag.
Evening Meeting of Awesome!
For dinner we meet up with Katie McGarry who we feel deeply in love with last year at BEA! Not only do we love her incredibly as a person, we are also horribly in love with her books! So meeting her for dinner was something we both looked for the most. Jenny also came with us and it was an amazing surprise that Katie also brought Julie Kagawa!
We had so much fun!! We talked, we laughed and it was just awesome! And while Pushy stayed with Katie, Jenny and Danny made our way over to the Harper party!
After Dinner Jenny and Danny went to the Harper Party (thank you soooooo much *hugs*) and we had an incredible time!!! Besides meeting amazing Authors like Cora Cormack (Faking It) or Eve Silver (Rush) we also meet lovely Bloggers!!!
HarlequinTEEN Breakfast – Thursday
Thursday was crazy.. like sooooo crazy!!!!! It started at 7 with a breakfeast, followed by BEA, then out for drinks with Macmillan and finally the amazing Bird Bash Party from Penguin.
This year for the very first time HarlequinTEEN invited Blogger for a Breakfast with Authors, editors and Publicists. And.. we abolutely LOVED this breakfast We got to meet up with Katie McGarry, Julie Kagawa, Amanda Sun and Elizabeth Scott. It was organized like a little Speed Dating where all Authors and Editors stayed once on our table!
We were so excited to meet Natashya and Margo who are both Editors for our favorite Authors and have just been so incredibly nice sweet and wonderful!! Love them so much!
Apart from meeting the authors, we found it extremely amazing to meet with the Harlequin Team and we especially felt the love for Book Bloggers. We think Harlequin does an amazing job when working with Bloggers, they make us feel welcome and like a great partnership!
We remember Margo asking if there was anything they as a publisher could do better in working with us, and .. honestly we had nothing to complain and said so!!!
And with this… we stop here as it’s already way too much and continue our report tomorrow!!!
But we won’t let you go without a Giveaway! Just like last year we got some exciting books we are going to share with you! How did we end up with multiple copies? Well, as Partners in Crime we often waited in line together even though only one if wanted the book!
So, looksie what we have for you:
The Giveaway is open US/CAN – but if you are willing to pay for International shipping fees, we are happy to send it to you even if you live outside of the US!
Love you all!