After a rough start to the morning (details to come on lunch voucher/cocktail hour tickets fiasco when I get back home), I found that I quite enjoyed this year’s Blogger Conference. Some things were better, the panels, the books (at least for those of us in the YA panel audience), and the fact that I was more relaxed. Last year I got there so early and waited on line so long because I was just neurotic.
In every big event like this there are going to be some disappointments. I wish there’d been more authors, but one of my favorite authors from last year, Will Schwalbe, was the opening keynote speaker. There weren’t many adult books (am I the only one that feels vaguely dirty whenever I use the term “adult books”? Like maybe it requires gloves to read them and a shot of penicillin?) offered, although the happy hour/cocktail party had some good books.
This year I stayed for the Happy Hour, got to chat with some really great writers, one in particular who was super gracious when I spilled red wine all over myself and my white blouse. I came prepared though, and dazzled people with my Tide Pen skills. 😉
Tomorrow is Day One of BEA, and I can hardly wait! Also, I’m very excited to go to the Penguin Bird Bash, especially since they seem to be quite involved in this year’s conference.
I met a bunch of wonderful bloggers and authors, and I survived VoucherGate through their kindness- more on who I met to come later!