I hesitated to go to the BEA Bloggers Con this year after last year's event, but I decided to give it another try. Plus, Kate from Midnight Book Girl was going and she was staying with me, so that was more incentive to go.
The first snafu was when Kate was trying to get the meal voucher. Long story and VERY rude manager that upset both of us quite a bit. I tweeted this and one of the organizers of the Con responded immediately to come find her and she would have a ticket. So that was great and I appreciated the quick response to rectify the situation. However, we didn't need to do this because another person at our table was given 5 meal tickets (yes 5) and gave Kate one. So, it worked out on that end.
So, there was that.
I think that most book bloggers understand that we discuss the book and not the author and to be reminded to watch our snark kind of made me feel like I was being scolded.
Next was the Adult Editor's Insight. I assumed this panel would discuss editing books. How it works, some inside stories. However, it was a panel telling about the books coming out. I wish there had been a blurb explaining this or the panel was called something else that was more clear. I didn't leave and go to the other panel because that one was the YA Editor's Insight and I figured it would be the same.
A lively discussion was after that with Adult Book Blogging Pros: Successes, Struggles and Insider Secrets.
After that I went to the VERY crowded food court for lunch. It was crazy! I didn't really want to wait on two long lines so I just grabbed a salad and waited on the long line to pay. There were other Cons going on and maybe the organizers might want to think about not holding the lunch slots at the same time. There were several people who didn't get a lunch voucher either.
When I finished eating I went back into the main room and caught some of the Ethics Forum Luncheon. Admittedly, I didn't hear much, but I did understand that basically the FTC is concerned about endorsements. So that's why book bloggers need to be transparent about their sources.
Extending the Reach of Your Blog Online was next with some ideas of how to increase your presence. We skipped the closing Keynote so I can't really comment on that.
|Me and Jeff Hirsch.|
|Melissa de la Cruz and Kate.|