For the past two days I’ve been down at the Javits Center walking then hobbling my way through BEA – Book Expo America. The yearly event where who’s who or wants to be who in publishing comes out to show their wares.
What a wild time. The book lives! My back and feet? Not so much. Seriously have I met a book I didn’t like or couldn’t pick up? By day 2 I decided to bring and check my rolling case to carry them all back to my car.
As you can see from the mob scene at the Harlequin booth romance is surely in the air. As I was on line I heard one savvy woman say to a male colleague, “Yes, Blank I read romance.” I gave her a thumbs up as she went to get a book signed by a favorite author.
I was so happy to meet one of my favorite authors and twitter friend Victoria Dahl there. She was sweet to recognize me from my tweets and run around her signing table to give me a hug.
I also got the new book from Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches Trashy Books- Everything I learned About Love I Learned From Romance Novels. I was a lucky one as her books were gone in a flash.
Sarah Signing Katie’s book
I also stood in a crazy long line for Jimmy Fallon’s Thank You Notes Book. Seriously it was like waiting for a roller coaster at Six Flags. But on the up side they handed out the book to those waiting in line so we all had good laughs there and meeting Jimmy was lots of fun.
Another great meet was Mindy Kaling from the office who has a book coming out soon. She was smart sweet and funny. Chatting and taking pictures. Don’t ask me why I stood next to her, what a beauty, but she was so engaging that I fell right in. And my eyes are closed too. Ugh and Sigh.
And thanks to the fab Ellen –Confessions of an It Girl for hooking me up with Melanie- The Coupon Goddess and Rene Syler -Good Enough Mother. And yes, it’s that Rena formally of CBS The Early Show. That Ellen she always knows who will get along with who. We had so much fun walking the floor together and sharing a great lunch.
L to R- Rene, Melanie, Ellen
Thanks to you all my old and now new friends made. I wish I could list you all. Until next time see you on the blog or twitter!