It's highly possible that I'm the last person in the blogosphere to do a BEA recap–but even a few days later I'm still trying to process the absolutely amazing experience.
I wish I had taken more pictures, but thanks to my hectic schedule I didn't have a lot of time. So here's a few of my favorites–some of which I've shamelessly stolen from Twitter/FB (so if one of these was taken by you, THANK YOU!), and I'm posting them in order, so you can sort of feel like you're reliving it all with me (and warning, I did a LOT, so this will be a LONG post! Brace yourself).
After an awesome afternoon of real NY pizza (SO GOOD) and a matinee of NEWSIES (EVEN BETTER) I headed to the Hudson Terrace for the S&S Teen Blogger Preview, a private YA-related event featuring me, Lenore Appelhans, Jenny Han, Tonya Hurley, Carmen Rodrigues, and Siobhan Vivian–all of whom were every bit as lovely, funny, and amazing as you'd expect them to be.
I wish we'd taken a group shot of all of us, but instead all I have is photos of me during my interview time:
Jenny asked the BEST questions and made the event so much fun–even if I did totally mishear her at one point and answer that I wanted to marry Nagini (the evil snake from Harry Potter) (yeah… don't ask–it was a total Shannonfail).
I've been to dozens and dozens of these kind of events, so it was SO SURREAL to be on the “author” side of the experience, waiting in the green room, being up on stage–oh, and this:
The GORGEOUS display S&S did behind the bar with all of our covers. I still have a hard time believing that one of those is MY COVER for MY BOOK with MY NAME. It's kind of amazing I didn't jump over the bar and hug it.
S&S also gave out goody bags with all of our ARCs, plus the coolest LET THE SKY FALL swag EVER:
It's a battery powered fan WITH A WIND PUN ON THE LABEL!!!! I <3 S&S so much.
The day started cold and rainy, so I spent the morning racing to Macys to find tights to go with my dress so I wouldn't freeze that night. Then it was off to the S&S Building to meet with Liesa Abrams, my editor–and to meet even more of my amazing S&S team:
Then we walked to the New York Grand Central Library where I got to be on a panel with Brandon Mull, Rebecca Stead, and John Stephens, and spent most of the time thinking HOW DID I GET HERE??? To say I've been fangirling those amazing authors for years is a bit of an understatement, and to get to sit with them like an equal was definitely one of those *moments*. Alas, I have no pictures of it, but I have plenty of memories to make up for it.
After that, I got to have a nice, relaxing dinner with Laura Rennert, my incredible agent, and Lara Perkins, her lovely and insightful assistant–which I ALSO don't have pictures of because they came out blurry–but that just means we'll have to re-create the experience again next year. 😉
This was the day I'd been most nervous for. Not only did I have a LOT of things on my itinerary–but it was also the day they would be giving away these:
I'm told there were two of these towers, but I never actually saw them (my marketing manager emailed me this pic the night before). By the time I got to the Javits they were nothing more than strange patterns in the carpet. I'm told they were gone in about 20 minutes. I don't even know how to wrap my head around that.
My morning started with my first ever KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES signing in the autographing area, and I was SO SCARED that no one was going to come to my line. So you can imagine my surprise when I was waiting in the green room and the woman in charge came over to congratulate me on how insanely long my line was. It's AMAZING I didn't start crying right there.
Instead, I followed her in a daze to my table covered in KEEPER ARCs, with a line so long I couldn't see the end of it. Sadly, I couldn't get a picture of the full line, but these sort of give you some slight perspective on the experience:
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