No, because it would take too much time (and money) to get there from the West Coast. But I'd love to see one happen in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego or ? Joseph
I wanted so badly to go last year but I just couldn't afford it. I can't afford it this year either :(. It's so close, too. I live in New Jersey! Traveling to it would be easy -- I just can't afford the convention fees!
I would love to go to Book Expo America, also. One day I will have the money to go! But I'm unemployed right now and not eligible for unemployment. I'm just going through a rough patch right now.
I went last year, but only ended up only attending the hospitality wine and cheese get-together offered the night before by a publisher. I was a bit under the weather and ended up not going to the actual full day of the Convention.
While the bloggers were all really nice, I did feel somewhat left out of the crowd. First of all, most of them were women. Not a huge problem, (I actually like women), but most of them, if not all, blog about chick lit. Which is also fine, but I blog about picture books and classroom novels (two different blogs) so I felt a bit awkward. Many of them also seemed to know each other; apparently some of them have formed "comment tribes" that regularly comment on each other's blogs. I not only didn't know any of them, but out of dozens of blog names on the name tags I only recognized two.
So I'll still attend BEA, but I left the blogger group feeling a little like the kid who gets picked last for kickball. Nothing that the bloggers themselves did, they were super sweet, but I didn't feel that I fit in. I was also highly medicated, so that might have affected my impression.
If you're a chick lit blogger, go for it! If you blog something more niche, you'll still enjoy the crowd, but be read-up on your YA and Vampire Love novels if you hope to keep up with the conversation.
Thanks for the info. I am attending the convention, but I don't do chick lit. I blog about children's, YA and adult books suitable for teens all concerning World War II - a real niche blog. But that ok, I am used to feeling left out of the mainstream.
I understood if you registered for the Blogger convention it was $120 and you were able to go to the Book Expo. But this is not really clear on the registration instructions.
Anyway, it should be interesting.
I'm registered this year for both the BEA and BBC, Hope to see you there!
By the by, I've just started a message board for bloggers looking to share accommodation in NYC to keep bills a low as possible and to meet new folks. You can check it out here: http://www.thediaryofabookworm.com/p/hotel-sharing-for-bea.html