So, I’ll be honest. I expected to hate BEA. I have been really overrun and overwrought and overwhelmed lately, and I kept thinking “Great. One. More. Thing.” I was ready to be exhausted by it before I even got there.
And I absolutely was exhausted.
But somewhere in the middle, I realized I really loved BEA. It’s 20,000+ people who love books. It’s other authors who are still waiting in line for THEIR favorite authors, and authors who talk about your book like it’s something they love.
It’s booksellers being thrilled to have you; it’s swag and free books and the thrill of the chase. It’s massive and utterly overwhelming and just kind of beautiful.
I loved it.
Now here are some pictures! Nothing really happened if you don’t have photographic proof, right?
by AC Gaughen