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Saturday, February 6

BEA 2010 | Book Blogger Convention

BEA 2010 I attended BEA last year as a Book Blogger representative. That was my first year attending as such. However, I’ve attended one previous BEA with a previous employer, in which I was responsible for managing and creating the booth layout of 28 booths. Yes, a massive job, but one that had to be done nonetheless. So, I have two angles of BEA that I can come from when giving advice.

What is Book Expo America (BEA)?

If you’re a book blogger then you’ve probably heard of it or even attended in years past. If you did, let me know!

Essentially BEA is a huge convention for the publishing industry and anyone remotely associated to it i.e. distributors, self publishing authors, small and large publishing houses, bookmark retailers, print on demand services, and even reading glasses jewelry. You name it, it’s probably there.

Why would a book blogger want to attend?

Easy. Books! And so much more too. It’s pretty common to only know your favorite author, blogger or publishing group by name or contact them via email but BEA is the time to step out from behind the computer and meet these awesome people in person. Present yourself, make new friends and contacts.

Helpful Tips

There are numerous things to take into consideration if you decide to attend BEA. I’ll touch on a few briefly, as a lot of these have been wonderfully covered by other Book Blogger Convention Tour bloggers and I highly suggest visiting each and getting more tips!

Present yourself nicely. Wear comfortable, yet presentable clothing. Jeans, sneakers and t-shirts are great but just pick the best of your wardrobe to wear. Nothing with holes and dirt are recommended. The people running the booths dress business like so don’t disrespect them with a crude t-shirt or   holey jeans. Last year I made a custom t-shirt and wore that.

The most valuable piece of information is COMFORTABLE SHOES! The Javits is nothing of a big slab of concrete. Author of Soulless, Gail Carriger, recently did a wonderful blog post about dressing for a convention.

Plan Ahead. Use the web to figure out what, when, and where you want to do things while at BEA. The BEA site is a very useful tool. I love looking at the layout to figure out where the publishers will be, the bathrooms, etc and plan a route. I used a spreadsheet last year and put in the date and time a specific event was happening and then sorted it by the date/time. It worked perfectly for me. Some author signings require tickets. Be sure to get all the information because those tickets do go fast.

Books. There will be a ton of ARCs there for the taking. Make sure to grab a tote bag as soon as possible. If you’re loaded up think about shipping your books to your home via FedEx or UPS available in the center.

Get Connected. Plan to meet up with bloggers, publisher contacts and even authors. Many industry professionals schedule meetings way in advance. I was lucky to participate in the NetGalley/Firebrand booth last year. That was an awesome experience.

Business Cards. Bring something with you that has all your contact information on. Some booths will have scanners to swipe your BEA badge but not all have this.

Be polite! The people running their booths are there working. Don’t be rude and always, always ask before taking something. Unless there’s a sign stating to “take one” never grab and run. Some booths get packed. Be patient.

Have fun! It’s such an eye stimulating experience. You’ll see a ton of people, a ton of books, and tons of things you’d thought you’d never see!

BEA 2009

Here are my blog posts from BEA 2009!

Book Blogger Convention

Want to get in on the Book Blogger Convention? Register to attend this event. It includes a badge to the BEA convention. Topics that will be covered:

  • Professionalism/Ethics
  • Marketing
  • Author/Blogger Relationships
  • Social Responsibility
  • Writing/Building Content


Last year I registered as “Press” because that’s what we are. Press badge registration is FREE so if the cost of registering was stopping you from attending, now it’s not!

Questions? Feel free to ask them here or shoot me an email at bookreviewsbyjess (@)

I hope to be attending BEA this year, but I’m not 100% sure yet if I will (most likely will, but for only one day).

If you’re going and know what day or days you’ll be there let me know!

Jess Sig


  1. Great post! I went last year--and I got to meet Jess, for those of you reading!--and I was totally unprepared. I registered last minute and the only thing I knew, was I wanted to meet Maggie Stiefvater and I would need business cards. Thankfully, I did both things. I got an ARC of Shiver and Ballad both signed by Maggie and I think I ended up giving out one card. But I wish I would have gone earlier! I missed meeting Neil Gaiman! This year, I'm planning on being there when they unlock the doors.
    Jess, are you going?

  2. L.J. - I've registered to attend. I'm just not sure which day I'll be going yet. I still need to figure out what's going down on what days. I can't afford a hotel for multiple days.

    I love the concept of the Book Blogger Convention but I'm just not "sold" on it yet. I probably will not attend this year.

    It be great if I could stay with someone I know. *wink* *wink* Then maybe I could go multiple days when the doors open.

  3. I wish I could go. Still figuring out if I'll be able to cross the BIG Pond(the Atlantic) to get there.

    I'll be attending The London Book Fair though. It will be my first year. Hoping it's something similar.

    Thanks for all the advice, I'm sure it will come in useful which ever I attend! Thanks again!

  4. O I SO want to go. Alas, my plan is for next year.

  5. GIRL! Im going! If you would like to meet email me!!!!

  6. Great advice and thanx 4 the rundown of what to expect & how it works!
    I'd love to go but dont think I'll make it this year...

  7. great tips. I have to post mine tomorrow. I'm trying to see what everyone is writing about.

  8. thanks for the tips - loved your t-shirt idea! Looking forward to attending my first BEA :)

  9. Great information Jess. Love the shirt and had been tossing around a similar idea as well for identity purposes.

    I will be attending both BEA and BBC.


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