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BEA15 Recap – Wednesday
Jun 11th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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Wednesday started with The Novl Luncheon! I was able to see more blogger friends and reconnect with the AMAZING publicists from Little Brown. A few of the highlights included meeting THE WITCH HUNTER author Virginia Boecker! There was a special guest appearance by Jennifer E. Smith, who talked about her novel HELLO, GOODBYE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN! I met several twitter friends for the first time.  Senior publicist for Spencer Hill, Meredith from pandorasbooks.org and Margie from bumblesandfairytales.blogspot.com and I shared a taxi after the event and had fun talking books!

Here are some highlights:

 

  WOLF BY WOLF by @ryangraudin sounds really amazing! Alternate history? Yes please! @TheNovl — Liza Wiemer (@LizaWiemer) May 27, 2015

In the evening, I went to the HARLEQUIN HIGH TEA: Harlequin so generously provided transportation from the Javits Center to Harlequin’s headquarters. What an event! The display of food was fit for a posh hotel in England. But the highlight was meeting the authors. I’m happy to have some new romance books to read. Meeting Kristan Hannah was a real thrill! She’s an auto-buy, and her novel Someone to Love was one of the first books I read while unwinding from BEA.

From the Harlequin High Tea, Danielle from loveatfirstpage.org and Lauren from loveisnotatriangle.com got on the subway and headed to the Epic Reads Event! The experience on the subway was . . . well, quite intimate. This photo cracked me up. I somehow managed to keep myself from touching this guy!

At the event, we met some awesome authors, including Aaron Hartzler. I’m really looking forward to WHAT WE SAW.

 

BEA – Part 1 (Before I even walked into the Javits Center!)
Jun 11th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

 

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

My bookish day started out with a reunion with Hannah from the Irish Banana and Andye from Reading Teen. Without any doubt, I’ve missed these girls so much!

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Another part of my special day was meeting Andye and Hannah’s roommates, Krista from Krista’s Book Jacket. Later on in the week, we spent some quality time talking fave mystery romance books on our way to the Harlequin High Tea. Loved it! I also met the amazing blogger Valerie from Stuck In Books. How had I not known about her and her incredible blog before this moment, I have no idea. After years of following the classy Andi from Andi’s ABCs on Instagram and Twitter, we finally met. If you’re not following her fashion tips on Instagram, it’s a must. I can’t tell you how many times I told her, “I love your outfit!”

One of the best parts of being on Twitter and a part of the YA blogger/author community, is that I have felt emotionally connected to many of the people I follow. It might seem strange to some that you can form those kinds of relationships without meeting someone, especially when the communication is in 140 characters, but it’s TRUE. I had an incredible reunion filled with lots of hugs from Meg and Kassiah from Swoony Boys Podcast. Hung out with Milwaukee blogger dear friends Erin and Jaime from Fiction Fare, talked with Liza from Reading with ABC, who’s handmade bookmarks are so beautiful. She gave them out to people at the Harlequin Teen Breakfast, and I was lucky to receive one. It’s now one of my most favorite bookmarks EVER!

A downfall of mentioning people is ALWAYS leaving someone out. Without a doubt, I’ve done it. It’s been over two weeks since I arrived in NYC, and that Tuesday is now flashes of memories. Attending the following events, I relished in being surrounded by the most talented book people. It was, still is, an honor to walk among you.

 

TEEN AUTHOR CARNIVAL

Next stop was the Teen Author Carnival. It was so amazing to catch up with authors and bloggers I hadn’t seen for a year. I also met quite a few new people or people I’ve known on twitter and felt like I’ve known forever. Most of all, I was incredibly proud of Andye for doing a spectacular job MCing a panel on “Emotions,” which featured authors Kody Keplinger, Tiffany Schmidt, Katie McGarry, Elizabeth Eulberg, Adam Silvera, and Jesse Andrews.

Before the event started, I met my Spencer Hill Contemporary publicist for the first time. The crazy thing was, that it didn’t feel like the first time. From moment one, we’ve been close. She’s not just my publicist, but someone I absolutely adore. We’ve fit seamlessly into each other’s daily lives! I also met Kathy Coe of Glass of Wine Bloodspot, a blogger Kelly had introduced to me to via Twitter/Goodreads/Facebook etc. last January. Kathy wasn’t the only blogger from Canada who made the event. She introduced me to many other Ottawa bloggers. Lovely, lovely people, and many of them had participated in the #HelloFrom Ottawa photograph that brought me to tears when I first saw it! A special shoutout to the beautiful Danielle Ellison, with whom I had a very joyous reunion with! Meeting her 4 years ago on a rooftop changed my life and is linked to the publication of HELLO? I love looking back and seeing how wondrous—no, miraculous—these situations are!

Rooftop Party

For the first time in 4 years, I didn’t host the BEA Rooftop Party. Instead, Hannah of the Irish Banana and Andye of Reading Teen did a PHENOMENAL job putting an event together at their hotel. Bloggers, some authors, and publicists from all over came together for an informal evening. I started the night pouring wine, collecting garbage, and introducing publicists to bloggers. I was having a blast! And then . . .

Much to my surprise, Hannah and Andye arranged for part of the night to be dedicated to my FIRST signing for HELLO?. I knew Hannah had requested ARCs. I knew she wanted people to receive them at the party. And right before the event, Hannah told me that she wanted people to have the opportunity to sign them. BUT I ABSOLUTELY DID NOT EXPECT THAT IT WOULD BE AN EVENT! I just thought that if someone wanted one, he or she would take it out of the box. If they wanted me to sign it, of course I’d sign. BUT NO! People lined up! We ran out of ARCs!!!!!! I could have signed many more!! I was in a happy daze. And Hannah and Andye? They had the biggest grins on their faces!

And the signing wasn’t the only surprise! Becca Fowler of Pivot Book Reviews painted a spectacular book bag with the “vintage” cover of HELLO?. I was so blown away I had tears in my eyes. (Check out her twitter feed to see more spectacular book tote bags!) Still, there was more!!! I was presented with my own ARC of HELLO? with signatures from everyone who attended the event! When I had my book signing at BEA on Friday, I brought my special ARC along to have more people sign. That ARC will go with me to all my book events.

The memories of this evening and these cherished gifts will stay with me forever. I am so truly humbled and deeply grateful to Hannah and Andye. A shout-out to my wonderful publicist, Kelly Hager, who not only knew about the evening and kept it a secret, but also sat by my side and helped me with the signing. Thank you to all the bloggers, publicists (It was fantastic talking to so many of them! We often connect via email about books, but this was great having one-on-one time!), authors, and my editors for their tremendous support and enthusiasm for HELLO?! HAPPY READING!!!!!

 

 

 

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