Okay, it’s November and I’m working on getting my goal of 6 discussion posts for the year met, this is my 3rd one.
I love a good book convention and meeting authors has always been the coolest thing in the world to me. I think the first big book convention I remember going to was the Book Expo America, or BEA, in New York City in 2012. My sister had just moved there the year before, and when I realized I’d have a free place to stay and I could visit her while I was there, I signed up and went. What was so cool about BEA is that you got books for FREE!!!! ARCs from all the publishers’ booths. People would line up to get the ARCs. Then there were the authors that were signing, and you lined up to meet those authors. So many really really good, popular, famous authors. Here are a few pictures!
In between then I think I went to several author signings in my hometown, including many at the bookstore where I worked at the time. The Romantic Times Convention also was in my hometown one year and I got to meet more awesome authors!
In 2014 I went to BEA again, stayed with my sister in NYC.
Since that time I’ve also gone to several other conventions. ApollyCon in Orlando, NOLA Storycon in New Orleans, Kinky in Kansas City twice, Flirty in KC once, ALA in New Orleans, a couple of AASL conventions including this past year, and Book Bonanza the first three years, including its first year in Denver. And the last two years I’ve not been able to get tickets to Book Bonanza. Thanks to TikTok exploding Colleen Hoover’s popularity. Which I’m very happy for her, but very sad for me.
Although I also think about how there are only a few new to me authors there every year. Now, last year there were two there that I really, really wanted to meet. One that I even suggested she fill out the form and she did and so not getting to see her kind of sucked.
And now, I’m wondering, with how much it costs, and the fact that I’ve seen most all my authors or most of the ones that are even at other conventions, do I need to keep spending that money? One minute I want to try to go to a different one, like in Vegas. I mean that would be cool. But then the next minute I’m thinking maybe I need to do other things, like my Scotland trip, although I’ll never be able to afford that again.
Okay, enough about all that. Let’s discuss. Have you been to any book conventions? Did you love them or hate them? Do you want to go if you haven’t?
And as always, I have to share the video to my post’s song title.