Sunday Salon: Recovering from BEA

Posted 15 May, 2016 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in blogging, memes, musings


So I got home from BEA yesterday night. It was a whirlwind good time and I’m really pleased with how it went. I got to hang out with some amazing women (at the very least I must mention Catherine from Gilmore Guide to Books, Shannon from River City Reading, and Marisa from The Daily Dosage – though there were many, many more).  Additionally, I picked up a ridiculous amount of books and now shouldn’t have a shortage for reading or reviewing for quite a time. I’m hoping to start writing reviews again or at least some discussion posts. Let’s see if we can’t get this blog rolling again, shall we?

I was really impressed with many of the publishers at BEA and how polite and helpful most of the publicists were despite what had to be long days on their feet. Hachette had an exceptionally organized booth and it was amazingly easy to access the ARCs that I was interested in.

Chicago is such an excellent city, I definitely ate all the things, though oddly that did not include Chicago style pizza, which I do love.

Tomorrow, I must return to work. It’s a probation day no less, which is usually the most unpleasant of court days. The local judge’s election that is giving me so much heartburn will be over in nine days which is not nearly soon enough.

Hm, I thought I had more to say on this, Reader. C’est la vie. How was your week?

April @ The Steadfast Reader


  • I’m so glad you had a great time at BEA. Can’t wait to read your reviews and posts again. 🙂

  • Julie Merilatt

    It was so nice to meet you! Marisa will be floored that you mentioned her. It was a vortex of book nerds and all most of the publishing pros were so nice, not to mention all the volunteers corralling us.

  • AnneBennett

    How does one hear about BEA and getting signed up for it? Are there workshops to attend?

    • There may be more workshop opportunities in NYC, where it’s traditionally held (and will be held next year). I’ve heard it’s a completely different beast there. I think the best place to get info would probably be their website. 🙂 I suspect they’ll start updating it soon.

  • Books on the Table

    Wish I’d had a chance to meet you — it turned out to be a crazy week for me and I only got to spend Wednesday afternoon at BEA. Glad you liked Chicago, but I wish we’d had better weather last week.

    • That’s too bad! I was hoping you’d be at speed dating since I think that both of our last names end in ‘W’, we might have been at the same table 🙂

  • So glad BEA was a good time. I LOVE Chicago, and don’t get there as often as I should consider I only live 2ish hours away. Hope you have a good work week, and your stress levels begin to decline 🙂

  • Yay we met in person AND liked each other! 🙂 Whirlwind pretty much sums it up. Hope your week goes well- adulting and work suck!