Monday, June 17, 2013
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Question: BEA, ALA. Have you ever been before? If you've been before, share your experiences; both pro & con. If you haven't gone before, do you participate in online events like Armchair BEA? Do you hope to go one day? Do you feel too intimidated to go? Are you jealous of the big book hauls and tweets during the events?
Answer: I've been to BEA for the past 3 years and I've basically covered it in blog posts. I think it's a wonderful experience if you can go. The pros are getting to meet and hang out with your bloggy pals, meeting authors, finding out about books and of course getting free books. Well I shouldn't say they are exactly "free" because you have to pay to get in and even if you get in for free as press, getting there costs money. The cons are witnessing negative behavior and not just from book bloggers. But I guess in a crowd that large, there will be bad behavior. There just will. What also bugs me is that sometimes this bad behavior is generalized to all book bloggers and we're not all like that.
I've also been to Authors After Dark in 2012 and it was amazing! The pros are again, meeting and hanging out with friends, meeting authors and finding out about other authors. If I didn't go to AAD I wouldn't have found some of my favorite books in the past year or so, such as My Life as a White Trash Zombie, Three Days to Dead, Mind Games, Royal Street, and The Better Part of Darkness. I loved the panels and the parties. The cons-the amount of money I spent on books! I guess the pros outweight the cons because I'm going again in August.
I've also attended the World Horror Convention/The Stoker Awards in the past few years. This one is really up my alley. Horror authors, horror books, horror panels. Workshops about writing horror, horror history, vampires. It's just so incredible. The cons-again the money, but hey I could spend my money on worse things!
As for events that I can't attend. I'm not really intimidated to go. If I didn't to things by myself, I might not get to do a lot of things. I don't get jealous of book hauls or people tweeting and posting about their good time. I may Oooh and Aaaah over it, but as long as the tweet/post isn't too "braggy" then good for them! I do have to admit is being a bit jealous of people meeting authors who I would really love to meet. But again, I've met some of my favorites, so I have nothing to complain about.
How about you? I'd love to hear what conventions you've attended and what you loved about them or even what you didn't care for.