This was the 3rd Bookcon we went to, the only one we hadn’t was last year in Chicago.
Knowing that it wouldn’t be as low-key as BEA, we went into it knowing that we were just there to see what we could get, meet other bookish people, and explore the show floor. The one piece of advice I can give anyone planning to go to Bookcon is- know that there will be lines and that you won’t be able to get everything you could possibly want, but with planning you can definitely keep busy the entire time. Since we had been waking up so early for BEA, we took our time getting to the Javitis Center. When we arrived, there was already quite a crowd in the holding area waiting to go to the show floor. They were also checking bags and had bag check in another location, so that was another difference.
We had gotten one autographing ticket for Christina Lauren, but other than that we didn’t have much planned. We met up with one of our new friends from BEA in line, and
she didn’t have much planned either besides wanting to get One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake from Harper Collins. Unfortunately, we were cut off from getting it (this was slightly upsetting since we witnessed a person not even knowing anything about the book get the last copy because she waited to overhear from another person how to answer the question). After that, we stopped by a few booths and then made our way to Penguin since we had the First in Line email for their new program, Underline. Lines were already piling up, but asking around told us where we needed to go. After securing our swag, we wandered the show floor, stopping by the booths to pick up their schedules and just taking our time. Things were definitely a little more hectic at Bookcon, but overall people were pretty nice even with all the lines.
Soon enough we were stopping by Harper Collins to wait for their 1:00 ARC drop. One big difference was that lines grew quickly, and there was a lot of waiting for the time ofthe actual event to happen. Harper Collins was nice and had already handed out what ARCs we’d pick from and explained the rules by 12:30 (most publishers would start handing out tickets 30 minutes before).
After, I ran over to the autographing area to get in line for Christina Lauren. The Strand
bookstore was dealing with selling books, and I didn’t really experience any hiccups with that. Christina and Lauren were super sweet and it was a great experience overall (plus most authors with books coming out the next Tuesday were able to sell us their new books ahead of time! So it was a bit of a perk). I hadn’t felt like bringing all my books with me so I only purchased Dating You, Hating You. We did a few in-booth signings and just wandered, and then Marci had been kind enough to give us her ticket to Stephanie Garber’s signing she had to leave, so we did that last before leaving to go to the Books of Wonder signing for Kendare Blake, Megan Whalen Turner, and Lexa Hillyer. I have to say that when I met Stephanie Garber, I fell in love. She is absolutely one of the warmest, generous, and sincere authors I have ever met. I spoke to her about how I had Tweeted about seeing her the day before and being nervous to met her and she even remember our account photo! For such a popular author with hundreds of thousands of fans, it really takes a lot to remember fan encounters. I was certainly made a bigger fan that evening.
Sunday started out the same, but I had wanted to get the in-booth signing for E. Lockhart,
but after seeing the “line” (it was more a mob), I had kept back. I don’t do well in crowds, the first Bookcon we went to almost had me having a panic attack from the claustrophobia of a panel line (which is why I don’t go to many panels, even though I’d love to. I’m always scared I’ll be stuck and unable to get out). After they had created a real line, we got in it, but it was so long we were told they had to cap it. Mostly we wandered around again, Scholastic had great line management, so we kept to their signings. I feel like Sunday was way crazier than Saturday, maybe because people were just getting into lines without even knowing what they were for (we asked a few people and they were like, dunnooo which I found odd). Overall, we had a good time and definitely saw an improvement over our first Bookcon experience.
I think the main problem with many people that didn’t have a good time is that they don’t understand that this is for consumers. Unlike BEA which you aren’t meant to payfor books because we’re industry professionals, Bookcon is for fans. There’s no realreason for them to get 60+ books for free, especially books that haven’t been released yet. Also, it’s disheartening to know that a few people take more than one copy of books that are free. Sometimes they say its because of their family just got them too, but if you’re parents/friends are in line with you and don’t want the book, they really should let someone else have it because they REALLY want it. Letting family members and friends pick up doubles and triples of books so you can trade them is not very nice. (Also picking up doubles and triples yourself is just a NO NO). You wouldn’t want to miss out because of someone else doing this, so just think about others. Everyone is a book fan, so be nice.
Also, NEVER, NEVER sell an ARC. It’s horrible to authors, publishers, and everyone involved.
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