BEA 2011: Best Ever
by Lisa Wray, Public Relations Coordinator
Book Expo America (BEA) is an event for publishing professionals, but it’s also an opportunity for Harlequin authors to meet their fans. The Harlequin in-booth signings began on Tuesday with Linda Lael Miller, who had over 100 eager fans waiting at 10 a.m. to get a signed copy of A Creed in Stone Creek.
Long line of avid fans waiting to meet Linda Lael Miller.
She made time to chat with each reader!
The lines were filled with librarians, booksellers, bloggers and even staff from other publishing houses, all waiting to meet their favorite Harlequin authors. The large crowds created much excitement and once the in-booth signing event Paranormal Hour began, it was hard to keep the signing-lines in good order.
Laura Ann Gilman (left) and Stephanie Chong (right)
My much anticipated events were the two Harlequin TEEN hours, which occurred at 12 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, Rachel Vincent signed and gave away copies of her much anticipated fifth book in her Soul Screamers series If I Die (out in October 2011) and I was able to catch-up with debut author Cara Lynn Shultz, who signed her upcoming release, Spellbound (July 2011). As you can see from the photo below, the Harlequin TEEN group drew in quite a crowd.
Avid readers lined up to meet the Harlequin TEEN authors
The second Harlequin TEEN hour on Wednesday had avid fans lining up two hours before the event began! And how could they not when copies were being signed and given away by Maria V. Snyder, who signed her latest novel Outside In and Julie Kagawa, who signed The Iron Queen.
Rachel Vincent signing If I Die
Maria V. Snyder signing Outside In
Two of the authors were giving away copies of yet-to-be released titles: Gena Showalter was signing her much awaited for third book in her Intertwined series, Twisted (coming out in September 2011). Harlequin TEEN’s first steampunk author Kady Cross signed The Girl in the Steel Corset (out in June 2011 – free e-novella out now!).
Gena Showalter showing off Twisted and her editor Natashya Wilson
Steampunk author Kady Cross
Julie Kagawa in front of her enormous Iron Fey poster
For my first BEA event, I have to say it turned out exactly how it had been described to me: fun, crazy, intense, exciting, fast-paced, hectic and overall an over-the-top good time!