Apr 6, 2012

BEA 2012 Controversy

Unless you've been away from your computer for the last few days, you've noticed Twitter has blown up over the controversy that is BEA 2012.

This is not me standing on a soapbox talking about how bloggers have been wronged, but merely a quick post to answer: "Where do I go from here?"

If you weren't planning on attending BookExpo America this year, please disregard. If you are going and just found out this week you were denied a pass, then read on.

1: Figure out what you signed up for. Did you sign up for BBC/BEA Blogger Con? Only a floor pass? Which floor pass?

2: BREATHE. Take a second to stay calm.

3: Email them! Lexie made a phenominal post on her blog and listed all the email addresses necessary: Rejection Email Controversy. Just remember when emailing that these are real people, and the people reading your email and responding may have had no input whatsoever in went down, so don't take it out on them. Kindness and compassion will get you much further than ranting and cursing and demanding things.

I've gotten conflicting reports across the board as to what has been emailed back. Some people are saying BEA contacted them and is going to give them a free badge to the exhibits, some say BEA emailed them and will touch base with them next week to work out a solution. Others haven't heard a thing.

If you have any other questions, I invite you to swing by the BEA forum at Goodreads:


There's a whole group of people there who are offering advice and checking in when they've heard anything.

For the record? I'm still going, and I hope to see you there!


  1. I'm still going! LOL!

    Honestly, I'm with you. I own a business and sometimes shit like this happens. (We, thankfully, have never done anything so controversial.) BUT! Everyone needs to remember that people/companies make mistakes and instead of jumping down throats- take a deep breath and be kind and give them time to make things right. Most companies want happy applicants/customers/etc... And will make things right if you're just kind and understanding.

    For example, when I have customers being absolutely ridiculous and treating me like shit... I don't go out of my way to help them. :) Haha.

  2. Thanks for posting this!! I am really confused by the whole rejection email thing..I received one in my email a couple of days ago but I also received a confirmation email so I am very confused! haha

  3. I also think that people should call Reed/the organizers of BEA up and see if they can work out a solution. They are really nice and did it for me as well.



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