TWO. WEEKS. UNTIL. BOOKCON!!!
We are so close to Bookcon and BEA. I am so excited and stressed! Because it is so close, I feel like I am way behind on planning. However, this post will help you all be prepared for the awesome events!
Start finalizing your schedule!!
Last week, I told all of you to create a general list of authors that you want to see. I, also, mentioned that it is okay to have overlapping events. Today, I am telling you to create a schedule including the overlapping events. For the schedule, include the name of the thing you want to see, the time, where it is located, and if it requires a wristband or purchase. All of these things will help you be informed of events at Bookcon. Despite not following my schedule last year, it was nice to see my backup events incase something fell through, and to know if I needed money for an event. Also, writing which booths you want to see will help you keep track of where everything is. Knowing the publisher’s booth number will help you find them if they are giving away ARCs. I highly suggest color coding your schedule! For example: blue=necessity, yellow=kind of want to see, orange=only a backup to the backup, and green=booths.
You should have done this already, but if you are a blogger or a booktuber and you want to interview an author, request an interview with them in the next few days!!
Even if you can’t interview them at Bookcon, you may be able to interview the author after the event. However, authors are busy and they have many other bloggers asking for interviews. If you really want to interview an author then you need to email their publicist now.
Start planning hangouts with your book friends.
Do you remember how I said to download the Bookcon app last week? Well, here’s why: You are going to meet so many awesome bookworms and you may even meet up with a few of them. If you are on the app then you may have heard about a Google Hangouts group. I started the group to initially help the newbie Bookcon attendees. Now, we are all planning on going out to dinner twice during the weekend of Bookcon and hanging out at Bookcon. If you’d like to join, contact me. Anyway, meeting a few attendees before the event will only benefit you. Also, make reservations for restaurants, if you are going out to eat with other attendees, soon! You do not want to have to wait for a table for a long time, especially if it is right after Bookcon.
If you are traveling from out of state, make sure you booked your hotel and airplane.
Prices are going up for airlines and hotel. If you want a hotel near the convention center, you need to buy your room now. You will regret it if you wait any longer.
Start planning how much money you will bring to Bookcon and/or Chicago.
You do not want to go into Bookcon being blind to how much money you need. Look on the website, they will say which authors require purchases. The price of books at Bookcon are the same as Barnes and Noble’s prices. Honestly, it is not worth it to buy books that you don’t need for signings. You can probably get the book for cheaper online. Bookish merchandise is the same price as it is online, but if you check ‘Show Specials’ they will tell you if anything is on sale. Lunch at Bookcon is pretty expensive (at least it was last year). There is also a Starbucks at McCormick’s place so if you think you will buy coffee, bring money for it.
Start choosing which books you will bring to Bookcon!
Bring no more than ten books from home!!!!! If you stay near the show floor for most of the event, you will get more than thirty books. If you did not know, thirty books or more is really heavy. You do not want to carry thirty books from home along with the books you get. You will be in pain. Only bring the books you really want to get signed!
So, that is my “Two Weeks Before Bookcon” checklist. Incase you missed my original Bookcon Q&A: here it is!! Also, here is my “Three Weeks Before Bookcon” checklist! Comment below any Bookcon/BEA questions that you may have!
Also, I really hate doing this but I had to create a Go Fund Me in order to get money from a scholarship and I still need a little bit of money to cover some funds for my sign language classes.
The scholarship was for relatives of Entangled Teen authors. Since my aunt is an author at Entangled Teen, I was able to enter. The scholarship required you to write an essay saying what you would do with the money if you win. I wrote my essay about the A.S.L. classes that I want to take. Fortunately, I won the second place prize of $500.
The closest class to me costs over $500. Also, you need to pay to test into the class, get a non-drivers license, and pay the $20 fee. Sadly, I need more than one class to become fluent in A.S.L. It is my dream to be fluent before college. If you can, can you help me achieve my dream by donating a little money to my page? Thank you so much! Here is the link: https://www.gofundme.com/signlanguage.