BEA 2015 (Books. NYC. Fun. Did I mention books?)

Bea 2015

I know! I know! I’m so late with this post. I know most people are now planning their BEA 16 trip and I’m just now posting about my BEA 15. Oh well!

After the fun of BEA 14 last year, Kristin and I immediately started making plans for #BEA15OrBust! Feeling like slightly seasoned pros- we made our plans.

Then BEA changed things.

Seriously.

Instead of having the Blogger conference all day on Wednesday and BEA being Thursday, Friday and Saturday- they changed it to half a day on Wednesday, all day Thursday and Friday- and Book Con (which was included in your BEA badge last year- would be a separate ticket.)

Ok. No biggie. We talked- we knew what we wanted to do (no Book Con for us or Blogger Conference). We decided to arrive on Tuesday, then leave on Saturday.

Back in Mississippi, I awoke at 4:30 am- COMPLETELY convinced that something was amiss and I was going to have problems on my flight (after last year’s debacle- one could hardly blame me for this feeling!)

But, no problems- except arriving at the airport ridiculously early and finding out that even though I TRIPLE confirmed that a shuttle would be around to pick me back up on Saturday- Holiday Inn Express in Flowood, MS says “our shuttle doesn’t run on Saturday”. Jerks.

I breeze through security and breeze through my layover at Atlanta- eager to get to NYC. I arrive between 3 & 4pm, let Kristin know I am on my way to hotel and then arrive at Holiday Inn Express Times Square.

Kristin and I head to Javits Center to pick up badges, then decide to head to Gotham Market for an early supper (I was starving because I’m usually too nervous to eat much on travel days!) and then went walking around Times Square (where I bought some new earrings at Fossil!)

Wednesday:

We got up early on Wednesday with the brilliant idea of arriving early-ish at Javits, reading the Publishers Weekly magazine ( an absolute gem of info we discovered last year) and hanging out till the doors opened to let people in at BEA. This was a great plan- Kristin and I were relaxed, got to chit-chat with people, take pictures and mark addition items on our list. Continue reading

BEA 2014: Fun. Books. Authors. And NYC.

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Yes, folks, Traveling With T finally has the post up about BEA. I know, I’m so late with this post- truly, I’ve been wanting to write it every day. But, I was waiting on my box of books to arrive- and well UPS did not get the mental messages I was sending about hoping my books would arrive faster 🙂 🙂 So, here’s the whole event- from soup to dessert! Continue reading