Top 10 BEA Fears
Kel Tuesday, January 20, 2015 top10
This week's freebie topic sounded like the perfect time to write out some of the BEA worries running through my head. I've only been to BookCon before and, while BEA is a full four months away, I've afraid I've been thinking... A dangerous pastime- I know. (And how many of you started singing the "Gaston" reprise in your heads?)
Top 10 BEA Fears:
It's sad, but this is at the top of my list. I'm not a fashion person. I had to do a Google search for "business casual" (and I'm still a little confused about the difference between "business" and "business casual" for women). I work in an office, but our dress code is pretty laid back. I guess my question for BEA veterans is, what's the norm? Are the majority of people wearing slacks/skirts and nice blouses and shoes, or are nice jeans okay? Are there certain days when everyone dresses more casually? What about shoes? Everyone says wear comfortable footwear, so is it okay to pair sneakers with nicer clothes?
This ties in with clothes, but it's important. I was feeling it after a day at BookCon in sneakers. The Javits floor is most unkind to feet. Any advice? Sneakers, sandals, flip flops, flats? Pack a mini stool in your bag or one of those roller squares from elementary school P.E. for waiting in lines?
I took a backpack to BookCon and, while it didn't kill my back, it was difficult to quickly store books. Totes are easier to slip books into, but they're rough on the shoulders. What do you guys think? Take both and store the unwanted one in the luggage drop if needed? Speaking of luggage, do the BEA veterans recommend stashing a large suitcase or a small one in the luggage check? Is it worth it (and is there enough room) to share a bag with your roomies? Someone said they run out of room at the luggage drop fast. How early do you have to get there to get a spot?
*pauses and takes deep breath then resumes interrogation*
Again, definitely not worth worrying about yet since I have no idea what will be there, but any advice? Plan in a half hour wait for every line? Have different categories for lines you're willing to wait early for and lines you'll jump in at the last 10 minutes if they still have books?
Everyone says bring water and snacks to Javits. I agree. The food wasn't bad, but Javits charges a little more than I'd like to pay. Granola bars (or maybe those super filling Clif bars?) will be packed. I wonder if it might also be a good idea to pack some Easy-Mac or ramen bowls in case I get munchy and don't want to step foot outside. Hmm..
This kind of ties in with the food. I read somewhere that it's standard for lots of bloggers/people to grab dinner together after BEA each day. And this is New York City. Any advice for keeping costs low and/or how much money to plan on spending? Is keeping an eye out for the local counter eateries instead of waitstaff restaurants a good idea?
8. Business Cards
I haven't designed a business card since that layout and design class in college, and I'm a little nervous about making them for the blog. Any advice? Thoughts on paper, price, format, font, etc.?
I'm not in good shape. And BEA (plus one day of BookCon) is going to be intense. Time to build up some endurance...in winter...when I want to curl up under a blanket and read... Yes, this is going to be the tough one. :)
10. Talking to People
Especially publishing people. I don't know why. I mean, I've done it before, and I've had some great conversations with authors at signing events, but...there's still a little fear/nervousness. Thoughts? Is it good to have some standard opening statements/questions prepped? Should I bring a bag of Starburst so, when in doubt, ask if they'd like some candy?
For those of you who have been to BEA or have fashion sense or are capable of utilizing common sense (Monday completely fried my brain this week), I'd be super grateful for any advice you can give.
That's it for this round of 10! Thanks for stopping by and check back tomorrow for this week's Updates! In which I tried a new cataloging system. :)