Long Overdue BEA Post!

June 10, 2009

 know, I know.  BEA was so long ago, but seriously, this is the first time I have had to update my blog!  I have been very busy writing and revising books.  But!  Here it is now!  My BEA post, complete with pictures! 

BEA was AWESOME.  Honestly, if you ever have a chance to go, it is so worth it. 



The Boy and I arrived on Thursday afternoon, checked into the hotel, and had some lunch.  Then it was time to get ready for the Teen Author Carnival, which was held at the Jefferson Market Branch of the New York Public Library.  Tons of authors were there, including Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Robyn Schneider, Jessica Burkhart, Jennifer Lynn Barnes…

After the Teen Author Carnival, I went to drinks with Jessica Burkhart and Editor K.

We talked about books and publishing and it was so. Much. Fun.  I’d never met either one of them in person, but it felt like I’d known both of them forever.


The next morning, it was time to head over to the Javits Center for the first day of BEA!  I got there super early, so that I could get tickets to get a signed ARC of Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, the next book in The Hunger Games trilogy.  The line was already super long, but I got the tickets!




Then The Boy and I headed over to the children’s author breakfast – but first he got his picture taken with SpongeBob.



The breakfast was awesome, and I got to hear Meg Cabot speak.  She is just as funny in person as she is in her books and on her blog.  Julie Andrews MC’d the event, so the whole thing was pretty amazing.  I highly recommend going to the breakfast (you have to buy an extra ticket that’s 25 dollars or something, but it was SO WORTH IT.)


Then, I walked the floor for a while with Jessica Burkhart and Robyn Schneider, looking for ARCs and talking to people we knew.  I got a copy of the new Kaleb Nation book, which won’t be out for a few months but is already getting tons of great buzz.




Then it was time for lunch with Agent A!  I’d never met her in person, so it was GREAT to finally get a chance to sit down with her.  We talked for over two hours, and again, it felt like I’d known her forever.  (Which, seeing as how we’ve been working together for almost two years, I guess isn’t really that weird.)  I am so grateful for all the work she’s done for me, and I really do think that the fact that I have FIVE books coming out next year speaks to how amazing of an agent she is.  Thanks, Agent A!

Then it was time to head back to Javits to get in line for CATCHING FIRE!!  The line was super long by the time I got there, but it moved super fast.  You weren’t allowed to get your book personalized, and Suzanne Collins was flocked by media escorts/publicists.  But I got TWO COPIES OF CATCHING FIRE!! Which won’t be out until September! 



(I got two of a lot of things, not because I’m greedy, but because The Boy was there with me, so I made him get one, too.  I will be doing a giveaway for some of the ARCs I got, including a copy of CATCHING FIRE and an audio sampler from the book, so stayed tuned!)

 The day was crazy, and by the time we fell asleep I was sooo tired.

 Saturday morning I went to a panel on online marketing for teens and tweens, run by Robyn Schneider, Jessica Burkhart, Maureen Johnson, Julia DeVillers, and Sarah Mlynowski.  At first, their powerpoint wouldn’t work, but finally this woman in the picture came and saved the day with the right cord! 


This is a pic of me being official photographer with Robyn’s super fancy camera.  Which I don’t think I did a really good job of, sigh, since I couldn’t really figure out how to work the thing.


After the panel, we waited in line for ARCs.  First of the day was Sarah Dessen’s ALONG FOR THE RIDE.  I started getting nervous as the line moved forward, because, hello, it’s Sarah Dessen!  The Boy was like, “Are you going to talk to her?” I was like, “OMG, NO! Well, MAYBE I will tell her I like her blog, but that is it.”  But when I got to the front of the line, she looked at my name badge and said, “OMG, It’s Lauren Barnholdt!” 

Sarah. Dessen.  Knew.  Who.  I. Was.

 She is so nice and absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to read her book.

I also snagged copies of ONCE WAS LOST by Sara Zarr (who is also SO NICE and absolutely gorgeous), LIAR by Justine Larbalestier, BALLAD and SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater,  and a bunch of others.  So.  Fun.

 That night, I headed to the Simon and Schuster Pulse/Aladdin cocktail hour, which was at this super cute/cool restaurant called Park. Or The Park?  One of those.  Anyway, it was cool and cute and totally New York.

Here’s a pic of Robyn Schneider on the cab ride over.  (Right before this she almost got into a fight with another cab driver who was trying to get one over on us, seriously, do not let the fact that she is only five feet tall throw you off — she is a total badass):

I didn’t take pictures there, because I was too intimidated.  (Hello, Scott Westerfeld was there!)  But I got to talk to lots of cool Simon Pulse people, and my editor, Jen Klonsky, told me that they have decided to do my new YA book, ONE NIGHT THAT CHANGES EVERYTHING, in hardcover!  So exciting!!

After that, I was supposed to go to the YA/MG Drinks Extravaganza, but somehow I got confused by places and times, and so I never made it.  But I heard it was a very fun time.

The Boy and I then had a late dinner, and headed back to the hotel.

Sunday was a lot more chill.  I wore a sweatshirt and flip flops and headed over to the convention center briefly to get a copy of Richard Russo’s new book, THAT OLD CAPE MAGIC.  My mom is a huge fan, so I told her I’d get her a copy.


And then it was time to hit the road.

If you have never been to BEA before and get a chance to go, you should, because  it is SO WORTH IT.  You meet so many people, get so many books, get to be in New York City, and it’s just.. yeah.  Really fun. 

I’m already looking forward to next year!

More later,


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