Friday, May 28, 2010

The BEA Recap, Part 1

I'm just not as talented as Janet Reid.  At least not yet.  (Though I did have a few Janet Reid-esque moments when people on the floor at BEA recognized me as "Suzie Townsend, the agent!" which was flattering and a little disconcerting at the same time.)

Anyway, when I was running around like crazy during the past three days of BEA, getting up before 5 am and getting home at midnight, Janet was doing the same thing.  The difference?  When I got home, I collapsed into bed.  When Janet got home, she blogged about it.  (For Janet's recaps of Day 1, Day 2, More Day 2, and Day 3)

One of the coolest aspects of BEA is the sheer amount of people who come into NY from out of town for BEA and for some of the events surrounding it.  I finally got to me the fabulously talented Jennifer Hoffine (who was the first writer willing to sign with me!) in addition to tons of amazing writers, industry professionals, teachers, and librarians who I'd only before interacted with via email or phone.

At the Teen Author Carnival (organized by the always inspiring Mitali Dave, Korianne Wey, & Devyn Burton - three fantastic teen bloggers), I heard 30 YA authors talk about their books and answer audience questions, including none other than The Kody Keplinger, whose debut novel The DUFF comes out this September.

Kody was part of the Teen Love panel, along with a few of my favorite authors including Elizabeth Scott, Simone Elkeles, and several more.  They talked about everything from their writing (outlining vs. winging it) to their own love experiences (and first dates!) and literary crushes (Kody and I both share our love of Mr. Darcy).  It was an amazing night, and I hope this event becomes a long-standing event for YA authors and and readers (and fangirls, like me).


readingkidsbooks said...

I'm seriously the middle of Duff so loved hearing about the YA panel...

M. Gray said...

This sounds like so much fun!! I wish I could have gone!

I did have fun at the LDS Storymakers Conference a couple months ago and am now planning a trip to David Farland's Professional Novel Writers' Workshop but this will be on my wish list. Thanks for sharing!

Natalie Aguirre said...

From everything I've heard, the BEA sounds awesome. Thanks for posting about it.

Christine Danek said...

The BEA sounds awesome. Wish I could have gotten there.
HAve a great weekend!

Ann Marie Wraight said...

I third the Mr. Darcy crush!

THANKS for letting us know about this - sounds fabulous.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Five Random Things About Suzie

1. I drink so much orange soda, it's probably running through my veins. I've been known to go through a twelve pack of diet sunkist in a day.

2. I'm legitimately nocturnal (or a vampire). I will be so exhausted at two pm that I'm falling asleep standing up - it has happened before, at Six Flags no less - but as soon as the sun goes down I'm wide awake.

3. I have a gorgeous unused $6000 Reem Acra wedding dress hanging in my closet, and it showed up on my doorstep the same day my (now ex) fiance broke up with me. And thank God for that. I wouldn't have wanted to waste that dress on him.

4. Social anxiety plagues me daily. I write a script and practice in front of the mirror when I have to make a phone call, but most people who interact with me have no idea how nervous I am (or perhaps they lie) because I've worked so hard to try to overcome it.

5. I'm actually worried that I will never love my children (when I do have them in the far off future) as much as I love my dogs. I just like animals better than people - they're sweet and innocent and soft and furry - is that so wrong?