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New York Trip Part Two: Book Expo America (with lots of pics!)

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Since my return from New York, I have of course been way behind on everything, but I am belatedly getting to one of my favorite events there–Book Expo America (BEA).

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Let’s be clear–I have never been to a book event of this magnitude before. It’s thousands of square feet at Javits of … BOOKS. Yes, it is truly, amazingly booktastic, and now they open it to the public one day, so you should def check it out next year.

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But anyway, my publisher had set up a half-hour signing for me in the autographing area. It felt super official (and super nerve-wracking). You had to go sign in at this special booth and then make your way through this behind-the-scenes curtain (where they stored boxes of everyone’s books) to pop out just as the author before you left and make everything look super seamless. Then a bunch of people get in line and you just sign your book to your heart’s content. Since I’m such a new, unknown, I was a little worried I’d have the sad empty line, but I didn’t. It was full the whole time. I met a lot of cool people, and got some great practice on my autographing skills 🙂 It was awesome to meet people who’d seen the book in the show catalog and had marked it down as one to pick up!

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After that, the publicist swept me back to the F&W booth, where we did another impromptu signing with my tower of books. See above. (It’s not really allowed, so shhh, but it was really fun.)

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All in all, it was truly an amazing and humbling experience. I felt like a real author for maybe the first time. One of the women walking by even said, “You’re the author? You look to young to be an author!” I’m going to take that as a compliment.

Other highlights included cool LEGO structures and getting a glimpse of the Ron Hubbard scientology booth. See below.

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I want these.

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Really bad.

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That’s right, a book really is sold every 2 seconds… If that’s not terrifying, I’m not sure what is.

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