BookCon: Final Thoughts and Haul!

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I am finally home from the craziness that is BookCon. I am still suffering from exhaustion and back pain from carrying all the books that I got. Despite the fact that BookCon was extremely tiring and crazy, I did have an amazing time.

Day 1: Arriving in New York

The day I arrived in New York, I had to take the train in from New Jersey. On the train, I met a family that was attending BookCon. It was their first Bookcon and the mom asked me if I could give her son and his friend some advice on what to expect. After talking to and giving advice to them, it was time to leave the train. When I finally arrived in New York, I met up with Booktubers and Bloggers. We went out to eat and talked about what events we wanted to attend. Overall, day one of New York was so much fun. I met so many new amazing people, especially Justin and Laura! Not to mention, I finally went to the Shake Shack and it was amazing!

Day 2: BookCon!

The first day of Bookcon was amazing! I spent a majority of my day with Laura, Justin, Jennifer, and many other incredible people! The main signing that I wanted to attend was Adam Silvera. Luckily, I was within the first 25 attendees waiting and I received a copy of They Both Die in the End!

After that, I went to more in-booth signings and ARC drops. However, the highlight of my day was going to the Entangled Teen booth to meet one of the authors that I wrote a review for and also meeting the publicist that sends me books to review for the company. Also, the publicist published my aunt’s new young adult series, Proof of Lies! It was incredible to meet an author whose book I had reviewed and a publicist that lets me review their company’s books. Anyway, if you have never read True Born by L.E. Sterling, you definitely need to!

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Later on in the day, I met another awesome blogger, Dee from Nerd and Lace. Actually, I won a giveaway from her blog two years ago at BookCon but I never met her until now. She was very nice and hilarious! She is definitely one of my favorite people that I had met.

Day Two: Final Day of BookCon

Out of my three years of being a BookCon attendee, I have never seen something as chaotic as the Sunday of BookCon 2017. Penguin did a horrendous job at managing their booths. Because Penguin was placed directly in the middle of the show floor and it was a big mob, you could not go anywhere near their area. Not to mention, the staff around Penguin was extremely rude.

I was waiting for the E. Lockhart signing at BookCon. When I saw other people waiting for the signing, I believed it was in my best interest to do so as well. When the security told us to move at 10:29 (literally one minute before the line was supposed to form), we all tried to move out of the way of other attendees while waiting in the vicinity of the table where they would be giving out tickets. Out of spite, the line security members started the signing line on the opposite side of the Penguin booth so that many people who were not waiting got a place in line. As I walked to the end of the line, I walked across an area that was meant for lining up but was vacant at that time. When I did this, a member of the Bookcon staff pushed me away. There was no reason for a staff member to put their hands on me. I simply made the mistake of walking in an area that I was ill-informed that we couldn’t walk on. Many people saw her do this and brought it to her attention, she tried to lie even though it was evident that it was her fault. She only apologized when a fellow attendee mentioned to her that it was a violation of their no harassment policy and that I could sue her for touching me without my consent. Her actions were inappropriate and disgraceful.

Besides the unfortunate events at Penguin, I was extremely happy. I got (almost) all of the ARCs that I had wanted. Also, I spent the entire day with Laura, Justin, and Sarah. Honestly, without those people, BookCon wouldn’t have been as much fun. It was great meeting so many awesome people and getting to experience BookCon with them. I cannot wait to see them again. Also, I cannot wait to get to read the ARCs we received.

Books I Received that Were ARCs:

  1. Top Ten by Katie Cotugno
  2. Keep You Safe by Melissa Hill
  3. Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni
  4. Follow Me by Sara Shepard
  5. Suspect Red by L.M Elliott
  6. Natural Disasters
  7. The Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
  8. Odd and True by Cat Winter
  9. Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert
  10. She, Myself, and I by Emma Young
  11. A Short History of The Girl Next Door by Jared Reck
  12. Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock
  13. The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente
  14. Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne
  15. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
  16. The Readymade Thief by Augustus Rose
  17. The Goblins of BellWater by Molly Ringle
  18. A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry
  19. The Audition by Maddy Ziegler

Signed Books that I Got:

  1. Mean Girls by Micol Ostow
  2. Red Dirt by Anna Jarzab
  3. At Home in the World
  4. The Rules of Love and Grammar by Mary Simses
  5. Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore
  6. Feed by M.T. Anderson
  7. Select by Marit Weisenberg
  8. The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera
  9. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
  10. All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis
  11. If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  12. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  13. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
  14. Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake
  15. The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
  16. Life is Like a Musical by Tim Federle

Other Books I Got:

  1. Aging Disgracefully by Danny Cahill
  2. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  3. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
  4. The books I got in the VIP bag…. I cannot remember the books.

IMPORTANT REMINDER:

DO NOT SELL ARCs!!! Just a friendly reminder since I know a few of you did not know what an ARC is. An ARC is an Advanced Reader Copy which means they are uncorrected proofs and have not been published yet. Publishers give out ARCs to create hype for the books. Often, they are given to reviewers to promote and review the book prior to its publication. With that being said, it is absolutely, 100% illegal to sell ARCs. You cannot give people your ARCs in exchange for money. You could face severe penalties. Also, DO NOT BUY ARCS!!! You are just as bad if you buy books. Authors work really hard on their books and you’re damaging their success.

To end this on a happy note: Thank you to everyone who is nice and welcoming to the blogging community. I loved meeting you all! Comment below your BEA/Bookcon experience.

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BookCon and Book Expo Final Announcements

Hello lovely bookworms!!!!
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It’s here!!!!! It’s finally Book Expo and BookCon! To add to the excitemeny…….. I am out of my book/blogging slump!

Anyway, before we start the Book Expo and BookCon adventure, there are some final announcements that I have for you.

Don’t take more than one copy of an ARC!!

Advance reader copies are prized possessions in the book community. Because of this, we all go to these conventions in search of certain ARCs. Even though publishers know which ARCs will be in high demand, they cannot bring a copy for everyone attending. The copies are first to come, first serve. If you take more than one copy of an ARC, you will ruin another person’s chance of getting a copy. We all pay the same price to attend, you are not obligated to millions of copies of the same ARC. If your friend wants one, then please share.

Do not sell ARCs!!!!!!!!

Please, for the love of all things, please do not sell ARCs. Why? Because you are damaging an author’s success and it’s ILLEGAL!! It is not the finished product of a book. Because of this, it is not ready to be sold. You cannot use ignorance to validate your actions because it clearly states on the cover: NOT FOR SALE. If you do sell ARCs, you will ruin the chance of publishers giving them out at future conventions, and you could face penalties.

Socialize when on lines!

Half of your day will be spent waiting so make the most of it and talk to people around you. I met so many amazing people at BookCon because I made an effort to talk to people. Meeting new book friends will make your experience better!

Book Expo and BookCon aren’t the only bookish things happening in the city!

There are events happening all over the city. Also, there are many meetups occurring after the events. It’s fun to spend time with your new friends when you aren’t stressing over your convention schedule. If any of you are interested, I am having a meetup on Friday night. A few of us are going out to eat to prepare for BookCon. If you are interested, message me and I will gladly give you the information.

If you see me, please say hi!!

I love meeting new people, especially if you know me from my blog. It would make my day a million times better if you come up to me. Below, I will list the events that I am definitely attending so you can see if you will at the same things.

Have fun!

Keep in mind, BookCon is just an event. There will be positive parts of the day as well as negative. Hope for the best but expect the worse because no one is really certain how the event will turn out. If you prioritize, you will be able to get most of the stuff you want.

Things I am definitely going to!

  • Stephanie Perkins (in-booth)
  • Adam Silvera (in-booth)
  • Kate T Parker (in-booth)
  • L.E. Sterling (in-booth)
  • Micol Ostow (autographing area)
  • Sasha Alsberg (in-booth)
  • E Lockhart (in-booth)

Two weeks until Bookcon

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!!

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 ? 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!

 

BookCon For Beginners: Part 2

It’s that time of year again! For the people who are unaware of what “that time” is, it is when BookCon is close and many newcomers are prepping for their first time. BookCon can be best described as a beautiful chaos. The event is incredible and allows you to create many amazing memories, however, if you are ill prepared, you will not enjoy the event. Conventions, like BookCon, are not something that you can simply arrive at and hope for the best. The events require some knowledge and planning. Luckily, this being my third time attending, I am here to help you!

If you are familiar with my blog, you may have noticed that I had a similar post last year. Also, I had weekly posts leading up to the event to help you fully prepare. Because those posts were so popular and helpful, I decided to recreate them this year and include some new tips. Because BookCon is a primarily new convention, they are continuing to improve so my posts will be different from the originals. If you all enjoy this post, let me know and feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have about BookCon!

Though a rolling bad is not necessarily needed, it could be a massive help!

At BookCon, you will get plenty of books. As you all know, books are heavy. Carrying many books with only a few tote bags is complete hell. If you want to save your back and arms, put a rolling bag in coat check. NO ROLLING BAGS CAN BE ON THE SHOW FLOOR, YOU HAVE TO CHECK IT INTO COAT CHECK!!

Do not over plan!!

I did this, too. I thought that I could be at five places at one time. Unfortunately, I was completely wrong. I am going to state the sad truth, you will not make it to half of your events if you over plan (especially if they require a wristband). For autographing area signings, you have to be in line AT LEAST an hour before it starts. It does not matter whether you buy a book or not. Despite BookCon stating that you need a book purchase, a purchased book does not mean that you will be able to get it signed. So, if you are planning on buying a book and showing up ten minutes before the signing, you have a slim chance of that happening.

Also, unless you are a VIP, you need to be super early for popular panels in order to get good seats. Panels are first come first serve! VIPs, you get first to pick for seats as long as you stand in line twenty minutes prior.

To be honest, I ditched my schedule and spent most of my Bookcon at the booths.You receive way more free stuff at booths and you can still go to signings that you don’t have to wait in line for hours. Spend a lot of time at booths!

Arrive at Bookcon really early!!

I do not know if BookCon is still having wristband events because they haven’t announced the autographing schedule yet. However, the wristband signings were significantly better than the sessions the prior year where it was based off who arrived at the autograph line early. The prior years, people would buy the book but not be able to get it signed. However, the wristbands were given out before BookCon even started and GUARANTEED you an autograph. Only problem, the people in the front of the line to get into the convention get first choice of wristbands. If you are at the end of the line, you WILL NOT receive a wristband. It’s annoying but it is, in a way, fair because if you show us at the convention at 4am you do deserve the wristbands you want. I arrived at 4:30 AM last year and I was one of the first thirty people in line. Because of that, I got all of the wristbands that I wanted. (In the picture above, that was all of my friends and me waiting in line at 4:30. It’s tiring but it’s so exciting that you do not care!)

DO NOT CUT LINES!!!!!!

If there is one thing that I despise, it is line cutters. And if you happen to have a habit of cutting lines, you better not do it around me. I will call you out in front of the whole convention center. And since BookCon has a strict rule against cutting lines, you will be asked to leave. I do not care to hear your reasoning for cutting lines. If I see you cut, I will not hesitate to call you out.

Stay at the Show Floor

So, you can either spend your whole day waiting in line for signings at the autographing area, or you can spend you day receiving many books and having to only waste thirty minutes in line at booth signings. The show area is incredible. Last year, I spent the whole day there and received many amazing books! However, DO NOT (UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE) TAKE MULTIPLE COPIES OF ARCS!! You are the biggest asshole if you take three ARCs when there are other people who paid to go to BookCon who would love to have one of those ARCs. You only need one ARC and if your friend wants one, share the ARC. Don’t be annoying. You will be the reason publishers refuse to bring ARCs and we will all hate you. Also, SELLING ARCS IS ILLEGAL AND A SERIOUS MATTER. There was a lot of controversy over these two topics after BookCon last year, If you do these things, you lose respect in the book industry and will probably never receive ARCs again. ARCS ARE A PRIVILEGE, NOT A RIGHT!!

Socialize While Waiting

In all honesty, you will spend half of your day in lines. It could go both ways: it could either be terrible or you could make the most of it and talk to fellow bookworms. You are going to be surrounded by bookworms, make friends!!

Wear Comfy Clothes

You will be walking A LOT! You want to wear shows and clothes that won’t make you in pain. Keep in mind, the floors are concrete and only some exhibitors have carpet floors. Concretes is hard on your feet if you walk on it all day. Also, flip flops, although they are comfy, aren’t desired shoes.

Get the App!

The BookCon app is truly a blessing. Not only is it informational, the people you meet on the app are so amazing. I still am great friends with many of them. On the app, there are planners that you can use to organize your schedule for BookCon. Also, it allows you to see whats going on during the event. Another fun thing is every year, I make a group chat with newbies and experienced BookCon attendees where we plan meets ups and talk about books. Usually, we will all go out to dinner one night during BookCon. If you are interested in joining it, contact me!

There are events around BookCon, too!

The fun of BookCon will be available at other places around the city! Because, so many authors will be staying in New York, book stores will typically host events with them after BookCon. If you look at the event tabs on bookstore websites, they will list when they are hosting events around the time of BookCon. Many Attendees will be at the other events as well.

Do Not Bring Every Book From Every Author You Want To Meet!

You will regret it. You will have to carry those books with you for the whole day. Also, some authors may only sign one book so it would be a waste. Bring only the ones that you desperately want to get signed.

Bring Snacks!

My friend and I forgot to bring snacks because we were planning on buying lunch instead. However, me and my friend were too bus looking for books that we wanted so we never bought lunch. Starving, my friend and I ate left over food from Penguin that had been out all day. I would strongly advise you to being snacks so you don’t have to eat stale food and have people look disgusted at you.

Follow and turn on post notifications for publishers and other people at the event.

Many publishers and authors will tweet about give aways at the event. When I was there last year, all the books that I wanted  had received  because of these giveaways. Once you see a notification, you have to sprint to those booths because their items will be gone in seconds. Last year, there was one final copy of Futhermore by Tahereh Mafi (she is my favorite author ever) and I waited by that booth until they finally tweeted it. I ended up getting that book sixteen seconds after they tweeted it.

Bookcon Checklist

  1. Book money!!!! Books are sold at Barnes and Noble price. If you want five hard cover novels, then bring around $110. A lot of booths give out free books so you really don’t need to buy many books.
  2. Lunch money. Lunch is pretty pricey at convention centers. Snacks are a far better option since lunch is expensive and takes up too much time.
  3. Your ticket!!!!! It is the only way you will be allowed inside.
  4. A lanyard for your ticket!! You should wear your badge at ALL TIMES!
  5. One tote bag. You will get more but you want to bring one to hold your books until you find more totes.
  6. Rolling bag!!
  7. Snacks!
  8. Some books that you want to get signed.
  9. A list or schedule of who you want to meet.
  10. Business cards if you are a blogger, booktuber, author, publisher, etc.

 

Bookcon FAQs

  • Will they post a map of the show floor? Yes, but the maps aren’t that great.
  • How early should I arrive at the convention center? Two hours before or earlier. The earlier you arrive, the better chance you have at getting wristbands for everything you want to see.
  • How early should I arrive for panels and signings? In booth signings: a half and hour. Autographing area and panels: an hour and a half or earlier.
  • Will there be food to buy there? Yes, but it will be pretty pricey.
  • Will it be okay to bring a backpack with me? Yes, But I recommend bringing a rolling bag and putting it in coat check.
  • Do you need to buy books for signings at Bookcon? Only if it says that you do on the details of the signing.

Bookcon Prep: FINAL. DAYS. BEFORE. BOOKCON!!!

WE HAVE FIVE DAYS UNTIL BOOKCON!!!!

In four days, I will be getting on a plane to travel to Chicago, a place that I have never been before, to go to Bookcon!! This is my second time going and I am so excited to meet you all. Let me know if you all want me to post my schedule on here!

Since it is the final days before Bookcon, I don’t expect you to have a lot to do. Here are the FINAL things you must do for BEA and Bookcon!!

  1. Print and laminate your schedule!!! Why laminate it? I am extremely sloppy and do not want to get my schedule dirty. Laminating it will make sure it won’t get ruined.
  2. Look for book events around Chicago to do after Bookcon. There are many cool signings after Chicago that many attendees are going to.
  3. Print out the Bookcon app badge. What’s the Bookcon App Badge? It allows people from the app to meet each other.
  4. Get all your questions answered. Need any Bookcon help? Ask me, Bookcon, McCormick Place, or the app. I wouldn’t suggest the app because the questions get repetitive on there and people get annoyed. Plus, Bookcon and McCormick Place are your better options because they know more than the attendees.
  5. If traveling from out of town, schedule tours and make restaurant reservations now!!! You want to get most out of your Chicago experience. Ask locals on the app what is good in Chicago and plan some stuff to do.
  6. Follow publishers and exhibitors on social media (preferably Twitter). Turn on notifications, too!  Exhibitors use social media to inform you of things they are giving away.
  7. Start packing. If you are from Chicago, start planning what to wear!

Now that I covered what you should do, I am going to help you know what to pack.

  • Clothes for your trip! You cannot do anything without clothes.
  • Comfortable shoes. You will do A LOT of walking.
  • Your schedule.
  • A FEW books from home that you want signed.
  • YOUR BADGE!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Money. Do not only rely on credit cards.
  • A lanyard.
  • Your phone and charger.
  • Make up (if you use it).
  • Hair products (if you use it).
  • A camera.
  • Business cards.
  • Plane/train ticket.
  • Bookcon app badge.
  • One tote bag or backpack. You will get plenty more.

So, that is all I have left to prepare you for Bookcon. I hope you all have an incredible time! If you see me, please say hi. I will be way more excited to meet you than you are to meet me. Let me know how you liked my Bookcon Prep posts on my blog.