May 21, 2013

BEABlitz: HarlequinTEEN

Ask anyone who attended BEA in past years and they can attest to the massive crowd that the HarlequinTEEN hour amasses. I was fortunate enough to attend both last year and it was an absolute dream mkeeting several of my favorite authors in one fell swoop. Today I have the amazingly kind Lisa from HarlequinTEEN, who was gracious enough to share some of her past experiences, offer some sound advice and give us a glimpse into what HarlequinTEEN has in store for BEA goers this year!

1.) How many years have you attended BEA? 
This upcoming BEA 2013 will be my third year in attendance.

2.) How would you compare BEA to other book conferences/events?
I’ve actually only been to RWA (Romance Writers of America Conference), which are both completely different events.  In comparison, BEA is much like you would expect a conference to be: it is held in a very large hall (the Javits Center), there are many booths and a lot of catalog’s/brochures. However, don’t think that means it is dull; for anyone who loves the written word, it is a book paradise.

3.) Any suggestions for how bloggers/librarians should approach publishers at BEA? (I will admit I just stood around staring at booths until someone approached me because I was shy about it.) 
Be nice, up front and honest with any questions you may have. I would suggest first asking if there is someone in the booth who could address you specific questions, that way you are placed with the correct person right away.

4.) How much planning goes into an event like this for you and your coworkers?
A lot of planning is involved for BEA. We start in January and don’t stop until it ends on Saturday, June 1st.

5.) Are there any titles from HarlequinTEEN you're excited will be at BEA this year?
Our teen authors are always a great draw! This year we will be having Katie McGarry and some of the first finished copies of DARE YOU TO (June 2013), debut author Amanda Sun will be signing copies of INK, and Julie Kagawa will be signing copies of THE ETERNITY CURE (May 2013).

Thanks, Lisa!

Be sure to check out the signings going on at HarlequinTEEN during BEA:

Booth#: 1238
Harlequin TEEN hour: Friday, May 31, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Katie McGarry, signing copies of DARE YOU TO
Julie Kagawa, signing copies of THE ETERNITY CURE
Elizabeth Scott, signing copies of HEARTBEAT
Amanda Sun, signing copies of INK

Big author signing: Saturday, June 1, 10:00-11:30 am
Katie McGarry, signing copies of DARE YOU TO
Julie Kagawa, signing copies of THE ETERNITY CURE
Elizabeth Scott, signing copies of HEARTBEAT
Amanda Sun, signing copies of INK


  1. I'm super shy when it comes to BEA too Hannah. I basically just stand in the booth with a panicked look on my face hoping someone will take pity and come over and talk to me. I'm amazing;-) My mother in law on the other hand, marches right up to anyone and everyone she sees and starts up a conversation. I envy her that:) It's something I'm going to try working on this year! Can't wait for the massive HarlequinTEEN signing:):):)

    1. I'm somewhere in between. LOL. When I get overwhelmed I stand back and watch. And shake. Like a puppy.

      But then other times (when I work up the nerve or feel more comfortable and relaxed) I am very outgoing. Hence why I wound up doing the YA dating game at a book festival this week and being on display for a group of people and sitting with several authors.

  2. That is awesome that they are doing the same signing for all 4 on 2 different days that makes it so much nicer for us who can't make it to one!

  3. All your BEA posts are so helpful and awesome!! This is going to be my first year at BEA and I'm SO excited/nervous. I'll be the girl standing there like a deer in the headlights, haha.

  4. I am excited for BEA! I cant wait for the Harlequin Signing. I missed it last year :(

    I am signed up to go to the Harlequin Breakfast BUT I am this close to NOT going. Social anxiety. Ugh. BUT I do need to eat...Hmmm..Hopefully hubbs gets me there in time. Its EARLY on Thurs. 8 am.

    I am excited to meet Julie Kagawa (again) & fangurrl over Katie McGarry. Hopefully someone will snap a pic of me and them together. I'll be available to snap pics for ppl in line with me too.

    Thanks again for the cool articles andfor answering my tweets :)


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