Pre-BEA, Teen Author Carnival, Harlequin Teen Breakfast, BEA, ’13 YA Author/Blogger Rooftop Party
(Scroll down my posts for EIGHT awesome giveaways.)
PART 1: (Tuesday, May 28)
Pre-BEA excitement started the moment I walked into my cousin Nili’s apartment at 10:00 AM and was greeted with stacks of boxes to open for the 2013 YA Author/Blogger Rooftop Party. I can’t even begin to express my deepest gratitude to Nili. If it weren’t for her, there would never would have been the Rooftop Party. She made it possible for me to rent the space and invade her apartment. Somehow, she managed to contain the forty-five plus boxes to one side of the room.
Hours I spent preparing for the party just on that day: ELEVEN!
Many thanks to Austin Reale of Reading Teen, Amy Reale of Wicked Bookcraft and Reading Teen, Jeremy West and Jeffrey West of Novel Thoughts, Vania Stoyanova of VLC Photo, and Rachel Kinnard of Rachel Reads who also gave up part of their Tuesday to help with set up.
More than forty boxes were delivered to my cousin Nili’s apartment before the Rooftop Party. I opened, unloaded every one! It was like a new holiday!
Piles and piles of books & swag, plus our NOVL tote bags. NOVL was one of the sponsors of the event!
Amy Reale of Wicked Bookcraft created this gorgeous wreath from the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES novel. Kami Garcia was one of the Little Brown authors who attended the Rooftop Party.
Jeffrey West put together all 40 lanterns on Tuesday.
Jeremy West strung together the streamers my husband created and printed for the Rooftop Party. They included the book covers for the authors who attended the party and the logos of the sponsors who provided goods and services for the event: NOVL, Wicked Bookcraft, Paper Lantern Lit, and Jeremy West Design.
Vania Stoyanova of vlcphoto.net helped reorganize the NOVL tote bags!
Rachel Kinnard of Rachel Reads helped get the raffle tickets together!
PART 2: (Wednesday, May 29)
Yes, believe it, more boxes were delivered to Nili’s apartment. In the morning, I headed out to the Javitz Center to pick up my badge and get in a few wonderful hugs from Erica of The Book Cellar and Gaby of Queen Ella Bee Reads.
Adam Silvera of Paper Lantern Lit stopped by with more books to fill the tote bags. My cousin Avital came over and helped distribute the Massachusetts Book Award Winner for Fiction, Alice Bliss into all the totes. We then headed to the grocery store for last minute party needs. I’m more than glad I had her around. This Wisconsin girl is used to getting into a car, driving to the grocery store, loading up bags, driving home, and unloading. Ahhh, what we take for granted. Unless you use delivery service in NYC, most likely you’re hauling groceries!
TEEN AUTHOR CARNIVAL: Yes! So much fun to reunite with blogger friends I haven’t seen for what seems like forever and to finally meet in person Twitter friends I’ve been following for years. There were plenty of hugs and excitement as we all anticipated listening to the authors talk. Once again, the evening was well organized and met with a very enthusiastic crowd. David Levithan and Allen Zadoff were particularly funny. Many thanks to all the coordinates (I know for sure that Mitali Dave of Alley of Books was one of them) and volunteers of this great event. (Jeremy West designed the logo and was the MC for one of the breakout sessions.) For more info: TAC.
After many laughs and a few more books added to my stack, my cousins Avital, Aryeh, and Miri and I went to get a bite to eat at the famous (and inexpensive) University Pita near the NYU campus.
I spent the rest of the evening hanging out with my cousin Nili, and then working on a few last minute items needed for the Rooftop Party. I was pretty buzzed with excitement and didn’t get much sleep.
Adam Silvera texting PLL about recycling the lanterns. In the end, several people took them home to reuse in bedrooms, porches, hallways.
Copies of ALICE BLISS by Laura Harrington courtesy of Pamela Dorman Books.
Allen Zadoff, author of the phenomenal BOY NOBODY and author Ann Stampler. (I haven’t yet read her YA novel, WHERE IT BEGAN)
The always fabulous Susane Colasanti discussing her latest novel, ALL I NEED.
Melissa Walker, author of UNBREAK MY HEART & the VIOLET series, among a few, was the MC for one of the breakout sessions.
PART 3: (Thursday, May 30 – Day)
Amanda Sun talked about her novel, INK. She drew upon personal experience of living in Japan to write this book. I can’t wait to read it. Love the cover.
I woke up early exhausted but excited and definitely in need of an extra shot in my Starbucks soy mocha.
HARLEQUIN TEEN AUTHOR BREAKFAST:
I was so thrilled to get an invite to this event. In the hall, I met up with lots of blogger friends including Jaime and Erin of Fic Fare and Meg and Kassiah of the Fictionators, Swoony Boy Podcast and DivergentLexicon. <3 <3 <3. Inside the room, I met , I totally fangirled Julie Kagawa and then got breakfast. During breakfast, members of the Harlequin team including editors, publicists, and the authors did a five-minute round robin, going from table to table to talk with the bloggers. Editors and publicists asked us for our opinions about their books and we discussed what makes a eye-catching cover. With the authors – Julie Kagawa, Katie McGarry, Elizabeth Scott, and Amanda Sun we talked about their books, writing, and their excitement for their new titles. ICANNOT wait to read their books!!!! In addition to this amazing privilege of being at the breakfast, one of the Harlequin publicists let us know that we could take a few of the books used as table decorations to share with others. So, here they are: INK by Amanda Sun, HEARTBEAT by Elizabeth Scott, and DARE YOU TO by Katie McGarry. Here’s your chance to win them all!
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After the Harlequin Teen Breakfast, I headed into the main hall for BEA. I met one of my former students, Talia Lakritz (an inspiring author) and her mother Debbi Lakritz (also a published author). It was truly a privilege to say hello to many of the publicists who had been incredibly supportive of the Rooftop Party, including Derry of Sourcebooks, Lisa at Harlequin (I met her at the breakfast), Tracy at Candlewick, and Lizzy at Disney. I stopped by the Spencer Hill booth and was thrilled to see Danielle Ellison and Patricia Riley. I also me Sarah Guillory, whose new YA novel through Spencer Hill was being EXCLUSIVELY premiered at the Rooftop Party later in the evening! Jeremy West of Jeremy West Design revealed the new cover for SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE by Erica Cameron. Kirstyn Epps of Reading Teen was the cover model.
Me and my former student Talia Lakritz (an aspiring writer) and her mom Debbi Lakritz (also an author).
Jeremy West of Jeremy West Design revealed the cover of SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE by Erica Cameron.
After a many fabulous hours at BEA, I headed back to Nili’s apartment to get ready for the Rooftop Party. More boxes of books were waiting to be added to the NOVL tote bags. I greeted four deliverymen who brought desserts (including NOVL cupcakes! – thank you, NOVL & Faye), food, and beverages (and pizza for those who came early to help set up!) Much to my deepest gratitude, help arrived around 4:45 P.M. Jaime and Erin Arkin of Fic Fare and Meg Caristi and Kassiah Faul of Swoony Boy Podcast and DivergentLexicon were the first on the scene. They put the finishing touches on all the tote bags, put 120 batteries into the lanterns, and started loading up moving carts.
Pre-party preparation with Kassiah Faul (Swoony Boys Podcast and Divergent Lexicon), Jaime Arkin (Fic Fare), Meg Caristi (Swoony Boys Podcast and Divergent Lexicon, and Erin Arkin (Fic Fare)!
Amy Reale of Wicked Bookcraft and Reading Teen coordinated the efforts on the rooftop and solarium while I stayed downstairs in Nili’s apartment making sure that everything got packed up!
HUGE thanks to the following individuals who also helped with the set up: My cousins Nili Doft, Aryeh, Miri, and Avital Katz, Austin Reale, Mitali Dave, Rachel Kinnard, Jeremy and Jeffrey West, Andye and Kirstyn Epps, Erica Haglund.
PART 4: (Thursday, May 30 – Night)
THE 2013 YA AUTHOR/BLOGGER ROOTOP PARTY!!!!
First, THANK YOUS:
I’ve already thanked my cousin Nili above, but hey, one more time can’t hurt! <3 you!
My husband Jim who was truly the financial support behind this entire party and did the amazing graphics and book cover posters. There would not have been a party without you, either. There are not enough words! And my son Justin who pitched in before I left for New York, coordinating items I had to bring along and alphabetizing nametags etc, etc, etc! <3 you both!
Andye Epps of Reading Teen for her support, suggestions, and assistance and for contacting some of the publishing houses, authors, and bloggers.
Amy Reale for her artistic talents, help, and suggestions, and for being a major contributor through her Wicked Bookcraft art.
Austin Reale for his assistance and his talent as a sleight-of-hand magician.
Jeremy West for the beautiful invitation design and nametags and endless enthusiasm and suggestions.
Lauren McCall for help on the nametags.
Jeffrey West for creating our fantastic playlist and photographing the Rooftop Party.
Faye Bi of Little Brown and NOVL, whose enthusiasm, dedication, ideas, and assistance helped to make this event incredible. (Also the rest of the Little Brown team who worked with Faye, helping to brainstorm and get things together for the party.)
Adam Silvera of Paper Lantern Lit for our fun brainstorming sessions in support of PLL authors and your assistance in providing an awesome activity for Rooftop Party participants. (And the rest of the PPL team for supporting this event.)
The following people for making arrangements for authors and/or shipping books or swag: Kristina Aven of Little Brown, Nina Rastogi of Figment, Jonathan Drucker of Books of Wonder, Lynn Wiese Sneyd of LWS Literary Services, Jessica Shoffel from Penguin Group, Lisa Wray of Harlequin Teen, Derry Wilkens of Sourcebooks, Katie Halata of Egmont, Lizzy Mason of Hyperion/Disney, Erika Denn and Tracy Miracle of Candlewick, Danielle Ellison of Spencer Hill, Alison Lisnow of HarperCollins, Katy Hershberger of Bloomsbury, and Rachel Wasdyke of Houghton Mifflin.
Thank you to the following publishers for their support:
Bloomsbury, Candlewick, Egmont, Harlequin, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin, Hyperion/Disney, Little Brown, Macmillan/Tor, Penguin Group, Sourcebooks, Scholastic, Spencer Hill
Thank you to the following sponsors and supporters who provided goods and services to help make this event extra special.
I also am excited to say that Spencer Hill decided to make the Rooftop Party and all the participants the recipients of EXCLUSIVE ARCs for author Sarah Guillory’s RECLAIMED!
Authors who attended the party:
Holly Black, Erin Bowman, Laurie Boyle Crompton, Rachel Carter, Joelle Charbonneau, Susane Colasanti, Zoraida Cordova, John Cusick, Susan Dennard, Danielle Ellison, Elizabeth Eulberg, Kami Garcia, Jacqueline Green, John Horono, Alex Kahler, Stacy Kramer, Dan Krokos, CJ Lyons, Sarah J Maas, Megan McCafferty, Katie McGarry, Gretchen McNeil, Elizabeth Norris, Deb Noyes, Lauren Oliver, Cat Patrick, Veronica Rossi, Tiffany Schmidt, Robyn Schneider, Victoria Schwab, Val Thomas, Amy Tintera, Jessica Verdi, Allen Zadoff, Kat Zhang
For fantastic posts that include the Rooftop Party:
Anna Reads – Anna had the most incredible gifs of her meeting her #1 favorite author Megan McCafferty! This is priceless!
The Irish Banana Review – Hannah has great pictures of the rooftop & a fab BEA review!
Fic Fare – Jaime and Erin share their highlights of BEA week, including the Rooftop Party.
Swoony Boy Podcast – Kassiah and Meg share their fun at BEA and the Rooftop Party.
Queen Ella Bee Reads – Gaby shares some of the books she received at BEA and the Rooftop Party.
Supernatural Snark – Jenny did a BEA recap.
The Book Smugglers – They shared a photo.
Katie’s Book Blog– Katie shares her haul of books that she received during BEA, including books from the Rooftop Party. Most of them are at the end, including FROM WHAT I REMEMBER and the Sourcebooks.
Jenuine Cupcakes – Jen did a great post on Ten Reasons Why You Should Go To BEA. There are awesome party photos and Jen living dangerously with lightening rods. 😀
NOVL – Faye shared the amazing Harry Potter READ made by Amy of Wicked Bookcraft that she won and a cool panoramic view from the rooftop and the delicious cupcakes and other NOVL fare.
Paper Lantern Lit – Adam did a really cool poll during the Rooftop Party. He asked people to name their YA crushes as part of the promo for Jacqueline Green’s new novel Truth or Dare through Little Brown. Click on the link to find out who were the most popular crushes!
Susane Colasanti – She did a fantastic recap of her BEA week, including an event she attended with Sarah Dessen and David Levithan.
Cuddlebuggery: Stephanie of Cuddlebuggery wrote an amazing post on 10 Things I Learned at BEA. It’s extremely helpful.
Q & A with me, Liza, about the Rooftop Party:
Q: How did the authors get invited to the party?
A: Almost all of the authors were chosen by the extremely supportive publishers. I’m deeply grateful for that support. A tiny minority were personal connections. A couple found creative ways to attend.
Q: How were the bloggers chosen?
A: Quite a few were suggested by the publishers. Some were personal contacts. Some were suggested by other bloggers including Andye of Reading Teen and Jeremy of Novel Thoughts. ALL are Twitter followers: @LizaWiemer. Each of these bloggers have outstanding reputations. Number of twitter followers were definitely taken into consideration, but was not the ultimate reason for an invite. Active and involved blogging was definitely critical.
Q: Will there be a party in 2014?
A: G-d willing, yes! That is definitely the plan. I have already received my cousin Nili’s blessing to have the party again. Her support is critical. In addition, I am happy to say that even before the party ended, several sponsors and publicists offered their support for next year. YAY!
Q: If I’m an author, how can I get an invite for 2014?
A: Because of space restrictions, almost every author present had a book published or soon-to-be published in 2013 (or within a year of the party). I’ll use the same criterial for 2014. Please send me a note to me at whoRublog@aol.com. Most importantly, contact your publicist. Working closely with publicists is a crucial part in making this party a success. Please note that this is a SOCIAL event. Authors and bloggers are invited to mingle and have fun. No one is “on stage.”
Q: I am a blogger and would love to be invited. How can I make that happen?
A: Well, I cannot guarantee an invite. But as I mentioned above, your blogging reputation is important. I share blogger contact information with the publishers who support this event. If you don’t follow me on twitter, it definitely helps for me to get to know you this way. See question #2 for additional factors.
Q: Why wouldn’t I get an invitation?
A: It could be one of many reasons including timing, large number of requests and limited space. Many authors and bloggers are put on a wait list. As I said, publishers have priority. I wish I could invite everyone! Seriously, I experience a great deal of guilt having to say no or “I need to put you on a wait list.” But the absolute truth is that I technically only rent out the solarium. The solarium is a glassed-in area on the rooftop. It has a building code restriction of 40 people! Believe me, I pray for amazing weather and I have a little leeway because some people come early and leave early etc. The good news is that there is always a chance that it will work out. Please be patient. I find it as difficult and disheartening as anyone else, especially since it goes against my personality not to be welcoming. But ultimately, limited space, space, space is what I contend with.
Q: Why don’t you get a bigger venue?
A: I wish I could afford to do so, but since the majority of the cost for the party comes out of my pocket, another New York venue would be way too expensive. Plus, we wouldn’t have the amazing views. It’s an absolute privilege to have the party, one I don’t take for granted. It takes many months and long hours of planning and numerous people to make this party happen. Without all these amazing people (just look above) the Rooftop Party would not take place.
I hope I’ve answered your questions. If you have others, please feel free to contact me at whoRublog@aol.com
PART 5: (Friday, May 31)
Book trailer for Sandra Brannan’s books by Vania Stoyanova of VLC Photo.
My morning started out with a great surprise in the taxi. I saw the book trailer designed by Vania Stoyanova of VLC Photo, whom I’ve admired for a long time. It truly a thrill. I snapped a quick pix before it disappeared.
Holly Black at the Little Brown signing for Coldest Girl in Coldtown
I attended a fabulous BEA Children’s Breakfast event. What made it most special was seeing Amy from Kissed by Ink who so graciously saved me a seat. Veronica Roth was absolutely fantastic. From the breakfast, I headed upstairs. Highlights were seeing Holly Black and Simone Elkeles.
I got an autograph of Jim Carrey for my cousin Aryeh whom we often refer to as our family’s Jim Carrey. Aryeh often has us laughing to the point of tears, so it was my turn to surprise the heck out of him. I called Aryeh to tell him that I was able to nab him an incredible book that I had the author sign for him. After a pause, I announced that it was a Moroccan cookbook, which I knew he loved since he and his wife Miri are such great cooks. There was a moment of silence, and then Aryeh being Aryeh sincerely thanked me for being so thoughtful. I knew I had him. That night, I showed him this photo of Jim Carrey and presented him with the autograph. I got him! Surprising Aryeh was one of my proudest moments.