It’s Top Ten Tuesday, and today I’m continuing my BEA recap series by talking about the misconceptions I had about BEA before I went. Hopefully, they’ll help you to pack better and work more efficiently than I did.
Misconception #1: I will have time while waiting in lines.
Yes, you will have a little bit of time. And by a little bit of time, I mean a little bit of time.
I thought that I would have a lot of time to read while I was in the line, so I packed books to read only in the BEA lines. The thing is, you end up getting a lot of books at BEA. Someone has to carry those, along with the books you planned on reading in line. On top of that, if you’re trying to promote your blog, talking to people in line is a good way to get to know others. If you’re reading in line, you can miss out on opportunities to meet fun people and go explore elsewhere (if you have friends or family with you).
Misconception #2: I will be able to write blog posts after I get back from BEA.
I mentioned this in my BookCon recap, but the truth is that after I get home from a con, I didn’t want to do anything. I was generally very couch potatoey. If I go next time, I’m not going to plan on writing posts right after I get back from the con.
This also goes back to planning for when you’ll be there. Before I left for BEA, I had five or six spare posts and a chunk of time carved out for my main BEA recaps. Next time, I’m going to fill those spots and see where I go from there rather than assuming I’ll have energy.
Misconception #3: I will remember everything about my BEA experience.
This one has a lot to do with personal opinion. When I was at BEA, I wish that I had also used my schedule as a way to take notes on what happened, who I met, and were I went. This year, BEA recaps were super detailed and I didn’t remember nearly everything that happened–only the highlights. Next year, I’ll have a way to keep track of where I went and what I did.
Misconception #4: I’ll need a tote to carry books in.
Bring your own bags or take one from the many that there are at BEA. I would advise first time people to choose one or the other. I know some bloggers who didn’t pick up any totes and just used what they brought, which typically works better if you’re not planning to get a huge amount of books.
If you’ve never been to BEA before, which I hadn’t before this year, then you should know that the booths are constantly giving out bags (some of which are very durable and/or pretty). Taking a backpack might be a good idea as well, but I took my Out of Print tote to BEA and ended up not using it at all. T_T
Misconception #5: I’ll be able to make it most everywhere I plan to.
This isn’t true. For whatever reason, you’ll end up missing some people. It’s good to prioritize who you really want to see and make estimates on how long you’ll be waiting in line depending on the popularity of the author. I would say that the lines move relatively quickly, but it also depends on how long in advance you’re willing to wait. Some people waited in the Gemina line for hours, meaning they couldn’t go anywhere else during that time.
Hopefully, these tips were useful for you! I know I’ll be using them if I end up going back to BEA next year :D If you went, are there any misconceptions you had about the event? Here are all the links to my BEA series: