|BookCon Schwag: Free Totes|
What is BookCon? It is book lovers paradise! Every year the industry trade show, Book Expo America (BEA), comes to New York and gives industry insiders the opportunity to show their goods to each other and talk shop. But it's not generally open to the public for those of us that are fans and/or aspiring industry insiders (I think there is an option but if I recall it was cost prohibitive). Last year, they introduced BookCon which coincided with BEA to give fans a chance to get in on the action. An exhibit hall full of publishers, authors, bookstores, and other industry reps -- just begging you to take their free books (like bags full of advanced reader copies!). Book signings galore. And author panels. Like I said, book lovers paradise.
|My sister's haul. I probably got more than twice the amount because mine included books and schwag for the kids.|
I don't think I can recap it all without losing you. But I'll give you some highlights.
BookCon was exactly what I needed. I do not need another $300 writer's conference telling me about Aristotle's three act structure or Freytag's plot pyramid. I do not need to hear about writing concise dialogue and deleting adverbs. I do not need to hear about characterization. I do not need to hear about finding my voice. I needed to hear successful writers talk about how they found their voices, how they had the confidence to listen, how they got from where I sit to where they sit. I needed to hear from authors I admire to just effing do it already....
I needed to hear Jen Sincero say our desire is all we have. It's what we are. Do what you are supposed to be doing in this world. Invest in yourself.
I needed to hear Rainbow Rowell say just write the story you want to tell don't think about the genre or the audience. Please yourself not your audience.
If not now, when? You only have this life, why censor yourself.
I needed to hear Candace Bushnell talk about working for three years on a project never knowing if anyone will ever publish it.
I needed to hear Jodi Picoult and her young (and I mean like can't drink young) daughter talk about just writing everyday no matter how bad it is.
I needed to hear Judy Blume talk about how she is certain that other writers could probably tell the same story better than her.
I needed to hear them talk about the creative process, the crappy drafts, and the days when they feel like they have no talent, but how they get through it...
I needed BookCon.
Too many to choose from! Each one amazing. So inspirational to hear authors I admire talk about writing, their creative process, getting published, successes, and failures.
|Writing and publishing with Jen Sincero, Tessa Elwood, Paige McKenzie|
|John Green talking about the film adaptation of Paper Towns|
|Women's Lit Panel with Lily Koppel, Candace Bushnell, Emily Holleman, and Elin Hilderbrand|
|Wonderful YA Panel wth David Levithan, Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer (I like to call her Sammy), E. Lockhart, Meg Wolitzer, Jennifer Niven, and Nicola Yoon|
|Judy Blume and Jennifer Weiner|
|Coffee between panels worth the wait (for the coffee and, later, the bathroom)|
There were multiple signings throughout the show all day long. Many of them with free books!
|David Baldacci (how cute is he?!)|
|Nelson DeMille (my dad's favorite) #fathersdayspoiler|
|Yes, that's Judy Blume|
And general book nerdy fun!
|Then this happened: I accosted poor Jennifer Weiner while she was playing with her phone and waiting for her car. But she was wonderful (oh, did I mention it was raining/pouring?).|