June 21, 2013 by Heidi
It’s been crazy to me that over the past few weeks since BEA ended I’ve seen large number of bloggers on Twitter bemoaning their inability to write posts all of a sudden, while I feel completely rejuvenated and inspired to blog in ways that I haven’t for a couple of months now. My first day off after BEA? I wrote three blog posts. That is HUGE for me. So I’ll go ahead and say it: BEA saved my blogging life.
I realize the month is largely running away with us, and that yet another BEA recap thrown to the wind would be redundant at this point, so I’m not going to do a strait recap. I will, however, direct you to some recaps of the BEA Blogger Conference/floor that I thought were fantastic and for the most part really agreed with from Molly, Janice, and Ana.
I just wanted to take a little time out to talk about how important this community is to me. Prior to BEA, I was really struggling to blog. When I began blogging, I was unemployed and had recently finished my masters. I looked at it as a way to keep busy and feel productive while I job-searched. Though I’m still job-searching as far as libraries go, I am now working full time when you add multiple part-time jobs together, and this makes dedicating the time I once did to blogging impossible. The last few months have been rough. I’ve had car problems and health problems, both of which result in money problems, and certainly motivation problems. I was very close to calling it quits here at my corner of the blogosphere, but I decided to hold out for BEA.
BEA reminded me why I’m here. I’m here because of all of you. The readers, the bloggers, the authors–every part if this community that reminds me that I’m not alone in my unabashed love of books and (almost) everything that comes with them. I had such a good time meeting and chatting with other bloggers, I was excited to blog again! Every time an author said they knew/read my blog, I about fainted with happiness. The reminder that these great creative minds are out there making things I can nerd over made me once again excited to talk about these things online. I love being engaged in this community, so thank you. All of you. The quiet lurkers, the random sumble upons, the bloggers, the commenters, the Tweeters, the publishers, the authors–everyone. I am here because of you.
Also, I hadn’t yet posted pics anywhere of my BEA Book Haul so here goes (this includes books from Blogger Con and the Teen Author Carnival):
See something you’re dying to read? Let me know. Chances are, if it’s not signed, I’ll be happy to send/loan it to you. The bound manuscript is The Winner’s Curse. MacMillan, you are awesome!
I know I said I’d get less books this year, and I did, but I still ended up with over 40. I blame blogger con and the extra day, or I wouldn’t have gone over 30. Still, huge thanks to all of the lovely publishers and authors who took time out for us at BEA. While I did find it more organized this year, I also felt that the only publishers who had time to talk to me were smaller ones. It’s not that the bigger pubs were rude, they were just constantly corralling lines. I’m continually astounded by the kindness of authors, however, and so many that I met were wonderful. I was particularly shocked at the open friendliness of Brandon Sanderson, who is such a huge name, but still took the time to talk to everyone and sign not one but two books for each of us. And I got to see Neil Gaiman, so my heart is full.
Anyway, I promised to keep this short and non-redundant, so checking out now. But again, thank you. I’ll be hoping to run into many of you at events in the future!