June 4, 2012
This was all a big promotion for Melissa Marr's Carnival of Souls. It really started to get everyone fired up and moments later they stepped aside and let us all bum-rush them. I mean, go onto the exhibit floor.
Now, I heard a ton of horror stories from past BEA's about pushing, shoving, running, biting ... And while the crowd was intense, I never felt anymore jostled than I would walking down the halls in high school. I'm a Black Friday shopper, so I can handle frenzied crowds. I was not prepared for the massive amounts of books being laying around, ripe for the plucking. I think I got 60% of the books I was craving at BEA in those first 20 minutes.
Anyone who was there will probably agree with me that the Little, Brown / Hachette booth was the worst because it was the best. They laid out about 10 books, and it created this huge vacuum of people. Once you got in the aisle, you couldn't get out. I felt like a fish swimming upstream in a hurricane. It was insanity.
Mariah, Bailey, Renee, and Katie in line for Rift
All in all, BEA was a crazy ride. I loved it - I loved being surrounded by people who loved books as much as I did, meeting people I've only ever conversed with via email and texts, and seeing NYC. It was a blast, and I'm definitely hoping I can go back in 2013. If I do? I'm definitely bringing some New Balance sneakers because my feet didn't bother me at all. Maybe a little achy when the day was done, but no swelling or pain. ;)