Tuesday, May 31, 2011

BEA Envy...

I don't want to have it but I do.

I could have gone but I didn't go.

I keep reading about all the fun every other blogger in the world had at BEA.

They networked.  They chatted.  They brought home ARCS...signed of course.

They met with authors and publishers and editors.

They were wined and dined.

They got swag.

They went to the Strand.

They had sore tired feet but felt that it was worth it.

They can't wait to go back next year and do it all over again.

The long lines didn't matter...they tweeted and waved and talked to new friends and old.

I didn't do any of this.

I read about it.

I am too new at blogging to even know what all of the fuss is about.

I don't like crowds.

I would not want to be in NYC alone...I am an hour away by train and when I go to NYC my husband is with me.  We see shows and go to dinner and museums.

I am sure that next year I will go through all of this BEA angst all over again and still not go.  But then again...I will have another year of book blogging under my belt...I will be strong!!!
Fierce even!!!
Until I see the subway or a mean NYC taxi driver.
Would you go if you could?

What is all the fuss about?


  1. Believe me, you won't be alone if you go to BEA. Start making your plans for next year!

  2. I started blogging only last year and hadn't heard of BEA until shortly before. I did experience major BEA envy then especially when I heard of the authors that were there and the ARCs people nabbed. Initially I had hoped to go this year but that didn't work out. I don't know that I ever will go to BEA. It does sound like a lot of fun but if I had the money, I'd probably go to ALA annual conference instead (I'm a librarian) because then I'd get the best of both worlds (authors, publishers, bloggers, and librarians). It will be in Chicago either in 2012 or 2013 which would be more affordable for me as I live in Ohio.

  3. I haven't been able to go due to family commitments but this year, when I thought about it, I wasn't sure I'd go even if I didn't have those commitments. I'm not a crowd person either. I participated on a limited basis in ArmchairBEA and that was nice. I'll probably do that again next year.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog :-)

  4. After my post, I was told by numerous bloggers that I had it all wrong. That I'd be with other folks and that ALL would be good. I just can't justify the cost and the time involved. You are so close, but It would take half a day for me just to get there so I automatically need to tack on time for travel.

  5. I feel ya. This is the second year in a row that I wanted to go but couldn't make it. One of these years I'll make it there.