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BEA Author Breakfast

Barbara Vey -- June 5th, 2013
Nancy Naigle

Nancy Naigle

Today we have Cub Reporter, author Nancy Naigle (Wedding Cakes and Big Mistakes), who was kind enough to share her experience at the BEA Breakfast.  This was a separate event that I didn’t have a ticket to, so thanks Nancy for telling us about it.  Nancy Naigle lives on a 76 acre goat farm where she juggles a career as an Senior Vice President with a major financial institution with her love for writing. She spends every spare moment working on her next book in hope that her readers will find a little life balance in the pages of her stories, and fall in love with the characters and towns as much as she has.


Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler

Book Expo kicked off on May 30th at 8am with the Author Breakfast. This year’s breakfast featured Ishmael Beah, Wally Lamb, and Doris Kearns Goodwin – and a special treat was the master of ceremonies, Chelsea Handler. Not known for her morning, she shared a funny story about her red-eye flight from NYC to Book Expo and counting down the minutes before she could take a sleeping pill…which was impacted by a truck drivers miscalculation of his truck height and the Lincoln Tunnel and things seemed to go downhill from there. She offered to read a passage from her new book, UGANDA Be Kidding Me coming out in October, but then admitted it wasn’t done and she asked for the extension from the podium.

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Doris Kearns

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Ishmael Beah

Ishmael Beah

 

 

 

 

 

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Following Chelsea is not an easy task, but Ishmael Beah succeeded. His debut was a memoir, but this man is a heckuva storyteller and I have a feeling that his novel, Radiance of Tomorrow, is going to be a good one. Doris Kearns Goodwin shared stories about the dead presidents, and then Wally Lamb took us on a time travel, because in the famous words of Kierkegaard. “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” He shared anecdotes about his childhood and how things impacted him to become a writer. Originally charted to have a career in physical sciences, after one too many dead cat incidents (like the time he was caught officiating a mock wedding between dead cats the class was supposed to be dissecting and of course the class through him under the bus as the mastermind!) Wally switched his focus to writing and storytelling, and aren’t we all glad he did? We received a copy of Wally Lamb’s new book, We Are Water, and I can’t wait to read it and share my thoughts.

Wally Lamb

Wally Lamb

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Wally was the only one brave enough to poke a little fun with the master of ceremonies, Chelsea, saying he’d share a story but he was afraid he would embarrass her with the sex parts. When Chelsea next took the podium she retaliated saying that Wally was clearly obsessed with her and wasn’t it too darn early in the morning to talk sex anyway? It was a fun morning and the entire panel gave heartfelt thanks to the booksellers and librarians that are the connection between readers and writers. I echo that sentiment!

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Bottom Line:  Today is National Moonshine Day…nothing like slamming back some moonshine while reading a good book.

Pre BEA New York

Barbara Vey -- June 4th, 2012

I arrived in NY yesterday because the BEA (Book Expo America) Book Bloggers Conference starts at 8 a.m.  I want to be there early so I don’t miss a thing.  It will be my first time attending this event that’s only been around a few years.  I’m looking forward to meeting the many different bloggers with different approaches to reaching their readers.

 

Central Park

Central Park

 

 

I was really looking forward to Sunday, my day of enjoying New York without any meetings, interviews, parties or planned events.  As usual, things didn’t go as planned.

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I forgot my power cord for my computer, my lens fell out of my glasses and I got sick in the cab ride from the airport (motion sickness I’ve had since I’m a kid).  When I finally ventured out of my hotel room, I needed to find an Apple store to buy a much needed cord.  The hotel gave me wrong directions and I ended up at Central Park (the long way).  It was very hot and the streets crowded.  When I finally got correct directions, I could see the Apple Store across the street beckoning me.  The only problem was the parade going on.  Apparently it was Celebrate Israel Day.  The security was daunting and there were only certain spots you could cross the street.  It was a long line, but finally I had arrived.  I ran in, got my cord and got out.  A kindhearted man explained how to take the subway back to my hotel, but I was totally confused and by now I figured if I walked a straight line, I’d eventually get there.  Three hours after leaving the hotel, I was back in my room, soaking my aching feet.

 

Dennis Ely of Disney

Dennis Ely of Disney

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But it wasn’t all bad.  On the flight in, my seatmate was Dennis Ely, with Disney Publishing who was also going to BEA.  Dennis lives in Wisconsin, but has relatives in New Jersey.  The flight really went fast as we talked books, publishing, movies, authors and theme parks.  Everyone knows what a Disneyholic I am, so this was the best of my two favorite things…books and Disney.  I was excited to hear about all the new things coming out and I can’t wait to check out their exhibit at BEA.

 

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Staying in the hotel room has it’s perks too.  I’m almost finished reading Susan Elizabeth Phillips Call Me Irresistible and next up is Lord of Fire & Ice by Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe.  Looking forward to other exciting books and swag I’ll score this week at BEA.

So, how did your weekend go?

 

Bottom Line:  This, my friends, is a vacation day to me.

 

Monday Giveaways

 

From Seekerville:  The Seekers, 13 authors who blog about writing and the journey to publication at www.seekerville.blogspot.com, are giving away a Kindle TOUCH loaded with their books.  Visit Armchair BEA, to learn how you can win!

 

From Samhain Publishing: In June, Samhain Publishing is pleased to offer a contemporary romance and a paranormal romance as our giveaway titles on Kindle at Amazon.com, Nook at BarnesandNoble.com, Sony at ebookstore.Sony.com and iTunes on their iBookstore.

The first date is the day the book price flips to $0.00 and the second date is the final day discounted before it returns to regular price.

Begin Date          End Date              Book Title            Author

6/1/2012             6/14/2012          Betting Hearts      Dee Tenorio

6/15/2012           6/28/2012          Rachel’s Totem   Marie Harte

BEA: Welcome to New York

Barbara Vey -- May 26th, 2011

It’s always a whirlwind when I come to New York and BEA is no exception.  While it’s mostly for buyers and sellers to get together, I found myself immediately absorbed into the frenzy.

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The first day, Dan Blank of We Grow Media, (and my buddy) acted as tour guide.  He showed me around and explained so much I didn’t understand.  I’m so visual that I’m easily attracted to all the sparklies and sometimes miss the plain but important stuff.  It was really fun to walk around the huge convention center and run into so many people I knew. We lunched with aspiring authors who are taking Dan’s class and I was thrilled to know that we follow each other on Twitter (another perk of social media).  You can find them here, @Porter_Anderson, @friendgrief, @virtualDavis . Can’t wait till they’re published so I can say I knew them when.

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While waiting in line to get a book signed by actress Julianne Moore, I found author Michelle Willingham waiting in front of me.  We took each other’s picture with Julianne.  She’s teeney, tiny and lovely in person.  Then I was off to catch Tyra Banks and managed to stick my head behind her because her line was way too long to stand in. 

Tyra Banks and Barbara Vey

Tyra Banks and Barbara Vey

Barbara Vey and Julianne Moore

Barbara Vey and Julianne Moore

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Harlequin author signing

Harlequin author signing

There were lines everywhere for book signings and I wandered in to the Harlequin set up where they had shifts of different authors signing at once.  Lots of happy readers came away with many free books.  While I didn’t take any books, I did manage to get a Dork t-shirt for my granddaughter and some Marvel stuff for my grandson.

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Since I love audiobooks, I stopped by the Brilliance Audio booth and they showed me a QR app you can put on your phone, then when you are at a book store or a library and notice an audio book you are interested in, if it has a QR icon on it you just put your phone in front of it and it down loads an excerpt of the book.  That way you can tell if you like the reader.  I know that the reader can make or break an audio book, so I can’t wait to use my app when I get home.

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Marie Bostwick Linda Winstead Jones at Kensington Party

Marie Bostwick Linda Winstead Jones at Kensington Party

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Kensington Publishing had a fun party with their authors and staff.  It’s always nice to get together in an informal relaxed atmosphere and find out the latest news.  Of course, the drinks and food is a nice perk.  It’s going to be hard to go back home to frozen dinners.

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Day two I had a 10 a.m. meeting with Leah Hultenschmidt at Sourcebooks.  It’s really more of a fun chat session, but if I would have know that Jimmy Fallon was signing at that same time, I may have changed it.  He’s so adorable.  Then I found out that I also just missed Michael Moore.  Boy, my timing was really off.

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Barbara Vey and Harlan Coben

Barbara Vey and Harlan Coben

But I did catch up with Harlan Coben who was signing his audio cds and ran into several authors while just walking around like Leanna Renee Hieber, Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, Nancy Naigle, KT Grant and I’m sure I’m forgetting some.  Just let me know and I’ll add your name here.

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I also checked out the Autography booth.  It’s a brand new company that offers an opportunity for authors to sign e-books.  The author can do it in person or be in another location.  It’s done on an iPad and gets transferred to your e-book.  If you are seeing the author in person, there is the option of getting your picture taken with the author and then attached to the signature page.  You really have to see it done to understand it.  I’m still not sure I do, but it does look pretty cool.  Right now you have to buy the book at the same time the author is signing, but they are working on a way to get the books signed that you may already own.  Stay tuned.

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Reader’s Digest was giving away Toy Story 3 books and I loved the movie so it was the only book I ended up taking, but I’ve got to tell you that a big selling point was the magnetic Woody.  It comes with a cloth Woody that you can attach to whatever page you are reading.  I can’t wait to try it out.  (Feel free to insert Woody joke here.)

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Kevin Sorbo and Barbara Vey

Kevin Sorbo and Barbara Vey

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Ok, here the part you’ve been waiting for, one of my adventures moments.  As I’m walking around I notice this good looking guy and find myself yelling, “Hey Kevin!”  Face to face with Hercules himself, Kevin Sorbo offered a hug and picture with me.  As I posted on Twitter, “Just call me Xena!”  A definite sigh moment.

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Dee Davis and Kathleen O'Reilly

Dee Davis and Kathleen O'Reilly

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Next it was off to High Tea at the St. Regis with authors Kathleen O’Reilly and Dee Davis.  We did this several years ago and I’m glad we had a chance to do it again.  It’s so fancy, but I went with coffee.  They serve a plate of finger sandwiches.  There was cucumber, salmon, duck, egg salad and more.  Almost too pretty to eat.  Then comes the dessert tower with the most decadent teasers like lemon tarts and a variety of chocolate concoctions.  A real treat.

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PW owner George Slowik Jr. and Margaret Atwood

PW owner George Slowik Jr. and Margaret Atwood

I caught up with Anne Elizabeth and helped her celebrate her 3 book deal with Sourcebooks by dining at The Harvard Club.  Really folks, I seriously need some new clothes.  This place was straight out of a movie.  A fish out of water, think Pretty Woman without thinking of me as a prostitute.  I knew better than to order shell fish because we all know what happens.  But being with fun people really makes all the difference.

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The Harlequin party was held on the roof top of the Kimberly Hotel and served as a prelude to their amazing RWA party.  There were sparkling lights hanging all over that made it all seem magical.  While it all was wonderful, the high point for me was meeting the amazing author, Margaret Atwood.  I got goosebumps.  I had to tell her that I read A Handmaid’s Tale years ago and it still haunts me.  If you haven’t read it, give it a try.  It’s so relevant, especially today.  I also caught up with Heather Graham, Carla Neggers, Rick Mofina, Sophie Littlefield, and Brenda Novak (don’t forget about her charity auction ending soon).

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Bottom Line: Yes, I’m pooped, but in a good way and I can’t believe I was too tired to go across the street to see Kiefer Sutherland…maybe tonight.

Just a Quickie Update

Barbara Vey -- April 20th, 2011

Just wanted to let you know that I will be attending Comic Con in San Diego after all this year thanks to an invite from RWA member Lisa Kessler.  She’ll be my videographer. (I’ll see you there Cal!)  You never know who I’ll meet there.  I’ll also be doing a workshop for the San Diego RWA on September 17th, so sign up if you’ll be in the area.

In addition, I’ll be attending the Heart of Dixie Luncheon in Huntsville, AL on April 30th and I just can’t wait to be around all those southern accents.  It tickles me.

May 17th I’ll be in Detroit talking to the Greater Detroit RWA group.  Please don’t let it snow.

May 21st you’ll find me in Atlanta doing a workshop for the Georgia Romance Writers with author Dianna Love about Building Reader Loyalty (something I’ve been blogging about the past 2 days).

Then it’s off to New York for the BEA (BookExpo America) May 23-27th.  I get chills…they’re multiplying (great, now that song will be stuck in my head) when I think about all the wonderful things I’ll be seeing here.

I’m moderating a romance panel and also will be sitting on a panel for the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books at UW-Waukesha June 17th & 18th.

Back to New York for RWA June 28 – July 1 with a stop at Lady Jane’s Salon that Monday.  Don’t miss it if you’re in town.

DragonCon has asked me to be on a panel, so I’ll happily return to Atlanta September 2-5.  This is one wild and crazy party.

Central Ohio Fiction Writer’s Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio September 30 – October 1st has invited me to participate on a panel.  My first time there so it’ll be special.

October 20th I’ll head back to Ohio for an author luncheon given by the Medina Library.  Yes, I’ll do anything for a library.

I think that’ll do it for the year, but I’ve already got 4 events already lined up for 2012.  WooHoo!!

But today I’m guest blogging at Seekerville and they’re giving away 24 books just for commenting.  It’s a great deal you just can’t pass up.

If you see me at any of these events, please stop me and say hello.  I’m an old fashioned woman and while online stuff is fun, I love the face to face meets.

Will you be attending any of these conferences?  Feel free to mention the conferences I’m sadly missing this year and link to their pages.  Remember, I’m always looking for Cub Reporters to cover the events I’m not able to attend.

It’s also been mentioned to me that there’s no contact info for me on this page, so you can email me at barbaravey@gmail.com

Bottom Line: I think it’s time I start looking for a social secretary.

Gearing Up for Conference Season

Barbara Vey -- March 21st, 2011
I wish I were traveling to all these places, but I'll be staying in the U.S.

I wish I were traveling to all these places, but I'll be staying in the U.S.

Finally, my favorite time of year is almost upon us.  No, not Christmas.  Since my kids are grown and gone, my favorite time is conference time for all things book related.  While my schedule isn’t as full as last year, I’ve got some great things coming up this year.

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In 2 weeks I’m headed to Los Angeles for the RT Booklovers Convention.  This puppy is huge with lots of authors and readers.  There’s panels (yes, I’ll be on one), book signings, an award ceremony and of course, parties.  Lots of parties including a vampire ball and faerie ball.  Dean Koontz will be there as a special guest and the fan favorite cover model competition.  And did I mention that it will be in Los Angeles?  I’m just hoping I have enough time to stop at Disneyland.  After all, I am a kid at heart.

At the end of April, I’ll be headed to Huntsville, AL for the Heart of Dixie Romance Readers’ Luncheon.  I’ve never been there and I’ve heard it’s a great time.  Another new event to break in.

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I also get to go to BEA (Books Expo America) in New York.  I was only there for one day a couple of years ago and I had a blast.  It’s so exciting with tons of authors, publishers and any with anything to do with publishing.  I was like a kid in a candy store and I was only in the exhibit hall.  This year I’m hoping to go to some of the actual sessions.

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The other big conference in New York will be the RWA (Romance Writers of America). I’m honored to be on a panel there this year.  Their book signing is amazing.  It’s free and open to the public with all monies from books sold going to literacy.  It gives me chills to see fans lined up to meet their favorite authors and discover new ones.  Although this is a working conference for many of the writers, there always seems to be time to socialize and the publishers parties are to die for.  I’m expecting a lot since the event is on their home turf.  And I’ll also get to attend Lady Jane’s Salon where they have authors read from their own books in a very cozy atmosphere with an audience of enthusiastic romance fans.

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In between, I’ll be flying to Detroit to give a workshop to their GDRWA members.  I love the intimate gatherings and getting to know both the published and unpublished authors in the group.  There’s also the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books where I’ll be on both a panel and acting as a moderator for a panel of romance authors.

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I’ve been invited to do a workshop with author Dianna Love for the GRW in Atlanta.  Since I’ve gotten to attend a meeting of theirs in the past, I know the talent in this group.  Excited to visit with all of them again.  I’ll be in Ohio twice this year.  Once for their reader luncheon and once for their Central Ohio Fiction Writer’s Annual Conference in Columbus where I’ll be doing a workshop.  More people to share the joys of Facebook and Twitter with.

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I do admit that I’m in withdrawal because I won’t be able to attend the San Diego Comic Con, but I will be at DragonCon in Atlanta and it’s unique fan based style.  Always an experience and such fun.

If I win the lottery, I’d love to attend Moonlight and Magnolias, RomCon, Novelists, Inc., Thrillerfest, Emerald City, WRW, New Jersey Romance Writers  Conference, Crimebake, WisRWA and many more.  But it’s always fun to dream about and hopefully some people will step up to be cub reporters for the events I cannot attend.  I know my readers love reading about the events they can’t always attend and I’m honored to represent them.  I try to report back what it’s like to be a reader living the dream.

Here’s where I’ll be this year:

RT - April 6-10 Los Angeles

Heart of Dixie Romance Readers’ Luncheon – April 30 – Huntsville

GDRW – May 17 – Detroit

GRW – May 21 – Atlanta

BEA - May 23-26 New York

SEWFB - June 17-18 Waukesha

Lady Jane’s Salon – June 27 – New York

RWA – June 28-July 1 – New York

DragonCon - September 2-5 – Atlanta

Central Ohio Fiction Writers – September 30-October 1 – Columbus

Ohio Readers Luncheon – October 20 – Medina

Bottom Line: I think there should be a magic card, just for me, that lets me travel to every single conference.

Join me on Facebook and Twitter.

First Annual Book Blogger Convention

Barbara Vey -- June 11th, 2010

When I asked for Cub Reporters because I unfortunately can’t make every event, I didn’t expect to receive such a wonderful response. Today Andrew Shaffer, author of Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love (coming from Harper Perennial in winter 2011), let’s us in on the happenings of the Book Blogger Convention held in New York after BEA.

The first annual Book Blogger Convention was officially held on May 28 at the Javits Center in New York City, immediately following the conclusion of BookExpo America. More than 200 bloggers, publishers,and authors attended. Among the topics covered in presentations and panels: Professionalism/Ethics, Writing/Building Content, Marketing, Social Responsibility, and Author/Blogger Relationships.

Ron Hogan

Ron Hogan

All of the Book Blogger Convention attendees were issued press passes
to BEA, a sign that the publishing industry is beginning to take
bloggers seriously. Ron Hogan, the founder of Beatrice.com and former
e-marketing manager for Houghtlin Mifflin, spoke at length on the
topic. “Professionalism isn’t a paycheck — it’s about living up to a
certain level of excellence,” he said. “There are so many ways to talk
about a book besides a critical review.”

Publishers welcomed book bloggers with open arms, and many set up
pre-convention tours of their editorial offices exclusively for Book
Blogger Convention attendees. Several publishers, including Chronicle
Books, Sourcebooks, HarperCollins, Peachtree Publishing, and Simon & Schuster, had publicists or marketing department staff attend the
convention on their behalf.

In contrast to BEA, publishers weren’t there to promote their fall
lists. All of the publishers I spoke with were looking to learn more
about creating a dialogue with book bloggers, a sentiment that was
echoed by keynote presenter Maureen Johnson. “With so many blogs,
publishers don’t know what to make of all the noise,” she said. The
convention allowed publishers, bloggers, and authors to meet
face-to-face and feel each other out. As a result, breakfast, lunch,
and breaks felt a lot like being at a speed-dating event.

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson

Johnson, the author of six young adult books, gave a terrifically entertaining keynote presentation. “It’s the first PowerPoint presentation I’ve made in 20 years,” she joked. And, despite her more
than 17,000 Twitter followers, she downplayed her billing as “a frequent blogger and a regular on the social media scene.” There are no experts qualified to speak on the Internet and social media, she
said, “with the exception of Cory Doctorow.”

Here are some highlights from Johnson’s presentation:

On the distraction of the Internet and social networking for authors:
“There’s so much noise that you can forget why you ever sat down to
write in the first place.”

On e-books:
“The publishing industry is afraid that the Internet will swoop down
like the monster in ‘Cloverfield’ and eat up all the books.”

On the role of book bloggers:
“Book bloggers are activists for books.”

On being a pioneer in the social networking arena:
“I want to be the first person to tweet from beyond the grave…and
I’m not going to do that thing where you set it up ahead of time.”

On authors who are “forced” to blog:
“The voice is strained, like they’re chained up and blogging in a basement.”

On the “rules” of social media:

“Twitter is like the Wild West, where everybody is shooting each other in bars.”

On authors who slam other authors’ books:
“Saying something bad about another author’s book is like peeing in
the swimming pool.”

Kim Ukura (Sophisticated Dorkiness),Christina Oppold (Stacked), Rebecca Joines Schinsky (The Book Lady's Blog),Betsy Bird (A Fuse #8 Production)

Kim Ukura (Sophisticated Dorkiness),Christina Oppold (Stacked), Rebecca Joines Schinsky (The Book Lady's Blog),Betsy Bird (A Fuse #8 Production)

On tweeting about what you just ate:
“Eating ice cream is interesting. Talking about ice cream is not interesting.”

I enjoyed the speakers and the panels.  The Book Blogger Convention was informative, fun and fascinating to meet the many serious bloggers out there. This is one conference I’d gladly attend again.

If you’d like to be a BHB Cub Reporter for an event I won’t be attending, please contact me at barbaravey@gmail.com


Bottom Line: Andrew, I’m sorry I missed this one, but if they plan to offer it at next year’s BEA, I’ll be there.

BEA: Jon Stewart Rocks

Barbara Vey -- June 3rd, 2010

Sheila Clover English

Sheila Clover English, CEO of Circle of Seven Productions is a marketing visionary and entrepreneur who works specifically within the publishing industry arena. In 2002 she started the book trailer market and in 2003 trademarked the term “book trailer”.  Sheila took time out from her busy schedule to be BHB’s Cub Reporter at BEA.

BEA was amazing! From Barbra Streisand to Jon Stewart and from Neil Sedaka to Bernadette Peters, there were a lot of stars out this year! More and more I see celebrity books, but of course I never forget my favorites too! I saw Melissa Marr, Anne Elizabeth, John Grisham, Steve Berry and many, many more!
Barbra Streiand was incredible. She was humble, but had a great sense of who she is, confident, but not over-bearing. I will say that she was interviewed by Oprah’s BFF Gayle King and King seemed nervous around the super star and kept interupting her. Who can blame her?

Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart was so great. He was charming, funny and, well…hot! Not that I noticed or anything. I was being very professional and all.  The breakfast was a group thing and a lot of people showed up. I was lucky because I got to be up front at the table with the press and the who’s-who.

There were four authors at the breakfast and all the advertising and everything done for breakfast advertised: Meet Jon Steward, Condolezza Rice, John Grisham and more!
Except “more” was one more author…Mary Roach. Everyone else got great hype and then…there was Mary. It was strange and it was a little uncomfortable. It was like she was dismissed because she wasn’t the draw the others were.
Even the people at my table were commenting on it. Why invite her if you don’t let her be on par with the others? We wondered if she was uncomfortable about her treatment.
Fear not! She was quite fortunate to have a knight in shining…well…wit! lol

John Grisham

Jon Stewart got up and was suppose to address everyone and introduce the panel. He introduced Condolezza Rice, then John Grisham and then…

“Uh…that writer…you know..those wizards books…no, no…vampires! Right?” Jon Stewart starts making fun of the way Mary was treated but in a way that I’m sure shamed anyone who had a part of slighting the very charming and talented writer. And everyone in the room knew it. Then he introduced her and remarked that “How could ANYONE not know this author?”

Later on, after the breakfast Jon Stewart went over to Mary Roach and made a point of being with her. He even took her arm and walked her out of the room, treating her like she was the most important person there.

It was obvious that he was NOT going to allow someone to be slighted with him there. And he did something about it.

Mary Roach

The author herself was a great sport and took it all in stride. She was very funny and very charming and I got her book!

It’s so nice to see someone care about the feelings and treatment of another person. Jon Stewart ROCKS!!!

We found out that Neil Sedaka was signing. He worked on a children’s book and did the music. A group of us when to get the CD signed and my wondefully funny friends decided they would serenade the star. He loved it!!!

Bernadette Peters

The event was only two days instead of the usual three and I think they’re going to go back to three days next year. There just wasn’t enough time to do it all. So many great things to do and see and so little time. I left with four boxes of books to ship home. It was a successful event on a lot of levels and I loved every minute of it!

Bottom Line: I will NEVER miss another BEA again…Sheila, can I be your roommate next year?

BEA: Jam Packed Day

Barbara Vey -- May 27th, 2010

Anne Elizabeth

Anne Elizabeth

RT Columnist and Author of romance and fiction, Anne Elizabeth was at Book Expo America signing promo at the Dynamite Entertainment booth for her upcoming release of Pulse of Power (July 21, 2010).  She was my Cub Reporter for the event, while I returned from Florida.  I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s no secret that she had a BLAST.

Start the presses!  Barbra Streisand was the keynote speaker at the Book Expo America (BEA).  Promoting her book My Passion for Design – Babs was interviewed by Gayle King, Editor-at-Large of “O” magazine.  Barbra discussed her relationship with furniture.  She revealed that growing up, her family didn’t have much…only a dining room table with stiff chairs.  As she grew older, her tastes grew more lush. “We like certain things because of experiences of our childhood,” she said, and as she grew she gravitated toward certain colors and items.  The book reveals insights into her personal history and psyche as well as being a celebration of life.  P.S. The burgundy sweater story is charming!

It was super to see Brenda Jackson, Beth Ciotta, Gena Showalter, Debbie Macomber, Carly Phillips, and Linda Lael Miller.  Harlequin had an awesome booth this year, and the crush to see the authors was tremendous. Alex Sokoloff was signing titles at Mystery Writers of America and at Horror Writers.  Booksellers were lining up to see Kathy Reichs (Bones) at Penguin, and the Sourcebooks booth was rocking with activity.  A shout-out to Deb Werksman – keep those fan-tas-tic titles coming!

Eric Ruben - Agent & Entertainment Lawyer

Eric Ruben - Agent & Entertainment Lawyer

I met Jonathan Maberry who gave me the ARC of his new YA entitled Rot and Run. This is the author who wrote the chilling book Patient Zero.  Also, he’s a great supporter of our troops – way to rock, Jonathan!  Stacy Agdern of Posman Books stopped to chat about her favorite parts of the BEA, along with authors Kitty Keswick (Freaksville) and Judith Graves (Under My Skin).

The Author’s Guild had a hot dog roast for Scott Turow, the newly elected President.  The booth overflowed with guests, and more supplies were called in.  FYI, Judy Blume has been elected to the office of Vice President.  Her books remind me of childhood…  Okay, maybe NOT the book Forever but definitely Are you there God?  It’s me, Margaret. She’s still amazing!  Though, I don’t know why they didn’t serve – FUDGE. :)

IDW highlighted the upcoming Charlaine Harris True Blood comic, while Dark Horse was celebrating Janet and Alex Evanovich’s Troublemaker graphic novel with art by Joelle Jones. Keith DeCandido was signing Farscape titles at the BOOM! booth, which was also stuffed with issues of Cars, Disney, and much more.  LA Banks signed promos at the Dynamite booth (They also produce Kevin Smith’s “Green Hornet” and yes, Kato is a Girl!), and Leslie shared the latest news of her hottest new graphic fiction project with me.

The best booth exhibit was Workman Publishing with its enormous shipping-sized ‘mock’ books highlighting such titles as Stitch ‘N Bitch Advanced; Potato Chip Science; The Cake Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free; Perfect Piggies; and The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick.  Abrams was the runner-up with a giant typewriter.

Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart

An eye-catching title was Pete Nelson’s I thought you were dead (Algonquin Books) that is a humorous story of an owner and his dog.  Get this…the dog talks!  In the author’s own words, the dog gives better advice than most of his friends. The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart has a new book coming in September called Jon Stewart Presents Earth:  A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race. And, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, who wrote Helping Hand Books: Emily’s First Day at School was the Master of Ceremony at the Children’s Book & Author Breakfast.

Erika Oliver dropped off books for a lucky BHB reader — books will be given away to three lucky commenters on today’s blog.  Just have to say “BEA Rocks!”  Among the titles is her book Three Good Things.  Also for BHB readers, I snagged two extra copies of Nancy Butler’s comic Sense & Sensibility Issue 1, which she was signing at the Marvel booth.

This is Anne Elizabeth signing off!  “Happy Reading!”

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Bottom Line: BEA sounds amazing and I’m already penciling it in my calendar for next year.