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BookCon 2014 Recap

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Yesterday was BookCon at the Javits Center in NYC and my first book convention experience. And I have to tell you, it was pretty awesome.

It was like this giant scavenger/treasure hunt for books and swag and signings, but better because you get to talk with other readers and bloggers and publishing professionals who are all passionate about the same thing: BOOKS!

So, here's a quick little photo essay from the day. (I realized after the fact how few photos I took. Fail. ^^; )

The Javits Center is pretty cool-looking. It's big and bright and the Food Court on the lower floor was much appreciated. :)


I was so happy to meet up with Tabitha of Not Yet Read! (Which, incidentally, is a great blog, so go check it out.) She was so nice and gave us Book Convention 101, without which I probably would have been way too shy to talk to anyone or grab anything off the exhibit tables. Thank you again, Tabitha!


I snapped a quick picture of Alethea Kontis, or "Princess" as some of the publishing folk up the hallway called her. ;) She was all decked out in costume and has some of the prettiest handwriting. I also hit a couple of other signings using Stephanie's advice (from her post on Inspiring Insomnia). It's a gamble, but I used her "wait til near the end of the autographing session to get in line" tip and got a couple of books with minimal waiting time. I don't think I spent more than 10 minutes tops in any line the whole day. Happiness!


So, this is me and my cousin, Shannon, whom I dragged to NYC with me. She's not big on the city (and neither of us is crazy about having our picture taken), but she was a trooper. Judging by her smile and bag of freebies at the end of the day, she had a good time.


We only wound up hitting one of the panels, The Evolution of a Book Cover, but it was cool to hear about the thoughts and goals driving the visuals and the process. It's almost like a somewhat contained trial and error conversation.


Meet the book haul from this year's event! Midday I was kind of wishing I'd gotten in more lines, even for books I wasn't thrilled about. By convention's end, I was glad I didn't. People aren't kidding when they tell you how heavy a few books can feel after 5 hours. Thank goodness I brought the backpack instead of a tote.  It also meant I had room for my cousin's little tote bag, which was killing her shoulder. :) Regardless, I got two signed and a special thank you to Prometheus Books for the lovely hardcover of The Osiris Curse. My current mission is to track down the first book, The Lazarus Curse, ASAP.


And no trip to NYC would be complete without a visit to the Strand, which I was surprised to find several out of town book lovers had never heard of. Per my usual routine, I went aisle by aisle and amassed a giant stack of books before paring it down to 4 for checkout.


Thanks to all the wonderful people who made this year's BookCon a great experience! In short, I had a blast, and I can't wait to go back to BookCon or maybe the whole of BEA next year.

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  1. It looks like so much fun!! I'm seriously thinking about going next year :)

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    1. If it's anything like this year and you think the scavenger/treasure hunt part sounds fun, I highly recommend it. I actually went in thinking it would either be really bad or decent, and it turned out great.

      Of course, if you're coming from far away and not staying for the whole BEA event, it might be good to match up BookCon with some other NYC vacation stuff. ;)

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  2. Oh my gosh, that looked like it was an absolute BLAST! You got to meet Alethea Kontis!!!!!!!!!!! That's it, I'm planning to go next year. Right here, right now, I am going to start making a game plan and saving for this. I. Have. Got. To. Go!

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    1. It really was! If you're coming all this way, you might as well go all out and do BEA, right? Although, they're talking about making BookCon 4 days next year, so maybe wait and check out the pricing/offerings?

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    2. BEA is at the beginning of June, correct? I probably will. My brother will still be out that way, so I can stay with him. If I end up going - and I really do plan on doing that - we will have to make plans to meet up at BookCon.

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    3. June? Um...BEA this year was May 28-31 (its last day overlapped with BookCon). According to the site, next year's BEA will be May 28-30, same place in NYC, and it looks like BookCon will again overlap on one or two days, same convention center.

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  3. Not fair. So not fair. I did enjoy The Osiris Curse, hope you find that first book soon.

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    1. You'll have to join us next year! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it. I remember being really interested in The Lazarus Machine back when it first came out, but my library didn't have it and I kind of...forgot. Oops. Well, at least it's been out long enough now, I should be able to find it at a good price. :)

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  4. I was so excited to meet you! If you are interested in going WITH me to a convention someday and you like traveling just let me know. We would have a whirlwind of a time. Sorry I was so GO GO GO that day you have NO idea how much caffeine I was hopped up on by that last day from having only about 4 hours of sleep each night. I swear I'm not normally that crazy and spastic. I'm glad what little info I was able to give you in the short amount of time was able to help!

    I was so excited to meet you!

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    1. I'm so glad we got to meet up, too! I also LOVE traveling and would definitely be interested in joining you for a convention someday. Might have to knock myself out for the plane ride, but otherwise I will be alert and awake.

      Haha, no worries! I can't imagine you walking, much less dashing between booths, without huge quantities of caffeine after three days of all that. (If I hadn't finished my Mountain Dew so early into the ride up, I'd have been just as bad.)

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