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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!!!!!

 

 

 

My Best Tips for Attending #BEA15
May 5th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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Tips for BEA (Especially if you’ve never attended before!)

Attending BEA is one of the biggest highlights of my year. I’ve gone as an author to sign my books and as a book loving blogger. Each experience has been fantastic. I love meeting new bloggers and authors, seeing old friends, reconnecting with publicists at the publishers’ booths, and discovering some of the hottest new titles for the upcoming year. But if you’ve never attended BEA before, the experience can be a little intimidating.

Here’s my best advice:

1. Pick up your badge the day before – on Tuesday– so that you’re not waiting in a long line to receive it on Wednesday. Map out ahead of time the authors you really want to meet and what booths you want to go to to get your favorite authors’ books.

2. Get in line early and have fun meeting the people around you. Be patient, especially with book drops. I cringe saying this, but every year people do some pushing and shoving. This is so not necessary!

3. If you’re shy, use this opportunity to break out of your comfort zone. You’re meeting fellow book lovers so you have a lot in common. Be friendly and people will most likely be friendly back. (It’s definitely worked for me. And though most people would say, “Liza, shy??” I can be. Last year, there were several people I wish I had approached to say hello. In line, it’s easier. But walking around and spotting someone? It’s not so easy! I’m going to give it a try this year.) Introduce yourself to people in line. (I can’t say this enough!) If you’re a blogger, make sure you introduce yourself to the publicists. You may ask them for their business card too.

4. Be cognizant of the people waiting behind you. Meeting authors is extremely exciting. Give me an author over an actor any day. They’re my superstars! But remember that lines are long, so be respectful of time. Many authors will allow a quick photo (best to ask) but do it quickly, usually as they’re signing your book is best.

5. SHIPPING BOOKS. I use the shipping at BEA. Make sure to find the shipping area right away, so you’re not looking for it with your arms FULL! Unload your books so that you’re not hauling a ton of books and hurting your arms, shoulders, and back! It’s a drag, literally. Also, get a box, label it, and if you can, find a spot close to the front near the checkout area. That way, it’s easier to catch the attention of someone who can carry it for you when you’re ready to ship. In the end, I always have two boxes. It’s easy to keep them together. I’ve never had anyone take anything from me. When packing up your books, use tote bags to cushion them. That will help during the shipping process!!! It is possible the boxes will get beaten up, especially if they’re really heavy!

6. Okay, this one might open a can of worms. Many people get pretty upset when others hold spots – unless you occupied it and had to go to the bathroom. But collecting books from one place and skipping the line has been known to get a few grumbles. BE AWARE, be respectful.

7. Share your business cards with other bloggers or follow them on Twitter immediately if you want. This will go along way to developing wonderful relationships for years to come.

8.  Every year people get upset they didn’t get a particular ARC. It’s going to happen!!! Expect it!!!

9. If you normally carry a purse, consider a clutch – one that can hold a charger! So much easier!!! (See #10!)

10. Perhaps the MOST VALUABLE ADVICE? It’s nearly impossible to find an electrical outlet at BEA, so make sure your cell phone is fully charged so you can tweet #BEA15 and take pictures. I also HIGHLY RECOMMEND purchasing a portable recharging device. They’re worth every penny!!!!

BONUS: Finally, come and see me!!!!! I’ll be signing ARCs of HELLO?, my debut YA novel from Spencer Hill Contemporary on Friday, May 29th in the morning! As soon as I have the time, I’ll announce it. My signing will be in the Midpoint booth.

Do you have other tips or did you post them on your blog? Add your link or thoughts in the comments below!

 

BEA 2014 Recap and Mega Giveaway
Jun 19th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

BEA 2014 Recap and Giveaway

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Wednesday, May 28:

Novl Headquarters, Little Brown Books for Young Readers Blogger Brunch

What a fantastic event! Found out about a lot of the HOTTEST Little Brown for Young Readers’ NEW TITLES. Here are some of my live tweets during the event, plus a group shot tweet from @theNovl. Even though I came home with lots of books from BEA, these are definitely a priority. I already read WE SHOULD HANG OUT SOMETIME by Josh Sundquist. You can read my complete five star review on Goodreads, but here’s how it started: Ahhhh, I loved Josh Sundquist’s honest and easy to read YA memoir about his quest to understand what went wrong with significant relationships he has had with females since middle school. Why didn’t they like him? Did it have anything to do with his prosthetic leg? How come he didn’t kiss them? What did he do wrong? What can he learn from these failed relationships?

 

 

TEEN AUTHOR CARNIVAL (TAC)

This was my third year at TAC, and once again it was amazing. The panels were great. Loved listening to Elizabeth Eulberg and Rebecca Serle and Gayle Forman, to name just a few. Here’s a video clip of Gayle signing at the end of one of the talks.

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THURSDAY, MAY 30th:

Harlequin Teen Breakfast

What can I say except that it was AWESOME! Loved meeting the Harlequin Teen authors. I must admit, I totally fangirled on Jennifer Armentrout. Alexandra and I had a convo on ghosts (she totally believes in them!), Julie Kagawa was as warm and friendly as ever, Adi Alsaid was pumped about his book and shared some info about his family (he grew up in Mexico and Israel!), Robin Talley’s new book received a lot of buzz. It seems to me that Robin was extremely brave and daring to write a book about a lesbian relationship between a white girl and a black girl during the 1960s. (For some reason, I didn’t connect with Dawn Metcalf during the event. But I did get her novel signed during the BEA signing later that day. During the event, I also reconnected with editors and publicists, who asked for our feedback. Overall, it was an incredible event. I have already devoured Jennifer Armentrout’s novel STONE COLD TOUCH. My five star review is here: Goodreads. Trust me, the whole series is so freaking good!!! I couldn’t decide if I’m Team Roth or Team Zayne. I LOVE THEM BOTH!  Harlequin Authors Harlequin Books

2014 YA AUTHOR/BLOGGER PARTY

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It was with tremendous joy and responsibility, that I once again hosted the YA Author/Blogger Party. There is so much to tell about the event but for now I’m going to share my thank yous:

Steve Fine, who, as a complete stranger and guardian angel, came to my rescue and made it possible for me to rent this facility. And thank you for putting up with the boxes, emails, questions! Hopefully, the “Banana Bread Redo” sweetened the load a teeny tiny bit.

Nili Doft, who has made this party possible three years in a row. My guardian angel #2 and awesome cousin. Without her there would be NO PARTY!

Andye Epps of Reading Teen, it’s been a privilege and a huge blessing to work with you three years in a row! Thank you for making me smile and laugh every day, and thank your connections all over the YA world, RSVPs, ideas, BINGO questions, texting while on the treadmill, hysterical tweets, and EVERYTHING (because I know I’m forgetting a thousand things!)

Hannah McBride of The Irish Banana who came on board this year. (Wiping brow with relief & gratitude!) She’s our whirlwind “organista,” matchmaker, color-coding expert, letter writer, name tag maker, pub/auth/blogger connector (she seriously knows everyone, and if she doesn’t, she will by tomorrow), and comedian who had Andye and me LOAO!

Faye Bi of Little Brown and NOVL for your wonderful input and suggestions.

Angela Velez of Paper Lantern Lit for brainstorming ideas, putting together our BINGO cards, and connecting us to the fab PLL authors. She also had the brainchild of the #YAParty, which ended up being a HUGE success!

Rachel Kinnard, Adam Silvera, Gaby Salpeter, Erin Arkin, Jaime Arkin for brainstorming sessions. Aryeh Katz, Miri Berger Katz, Avital Katz, Jaime Arkin, Erin Arkin, Kassiah Faul, Meg Caristi, Rachel Kinnard, Tara Sonin, Angela Velez and Tori, Rachel Simon, Amy Guiffrida, Cheryl McBride, Patti Morris, Betsy Kaplan, Amy Reale for setup and/or cleanup, and assistance during the party.

The following people for making arrangements for authors and/or shipping books or swag: Faye Bi of Little Brown, Jonathan Drucker of Books of Wonder, Lisa Wray and Natashya Wilson of Harlequin Teen, Derry Wilkens of Sourcebooks, Lizzy Mason of Bloomsbury, Tracy Miracle of Candlewick, Danielle Ellison of Spencer Hill Press, Erin Galloway of Berkley, Alison Lisnow of HarperCollins, Katy Hershberger of Simon & Schuster, Ksenia Winnicki of Macmillan, Cassie McGinty of Disney/Hyperion, Patty Garcia of Tor, Meredith Barnes of Soho Press, Tracy van Straaten of Scholastic, Lauren Donovan of Penguin, Caroline Lambe of Strange Chemisty, Angela Velez of Paper Lantern Lit. Our photographer:

Gary Hershorn (Gary is a world renown photographer. He worked for Reuters and currently travels the world for various magazines etc. It truly was a privilege to have him at this event. I’ll be sharing some of his pics. In the meantime, click on his name and see his work on Instagram.

Our pianist: Tommy Wallach, 2015 debut YA Author of WE ALL LOOKED UP (S&S) – He was AMAZING! Click on his name to connect with him on Twitter. 

Thank you to the following publishers for their support:

Berkley/NAL, Bloomsbury, Candlewick, Dell, Disney/Hyperion, Harlequin, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin, Little Brown, Macmillan, Paper Lantern Lit, Penguin Group, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Sourcebooks, Soho Press, Spencer Hill Press, St. Martin’s Griffin, Strange Chemistry, Tor. MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE EVENT LATER!

Click here: Photo galley: (Pics taken by Gary Hershorn)

A FEW BEA Highlights:

More to come:

The fabulous Danielle Ellison (FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS) and Alex Kahler (MARTYR) at their book signing!

The fabulous Danielle Ellison (FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS) and Alex Kahler (MARTYR) at their book signing!

 

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BEA Wrap-up, ’13 YA Author/Blogger Rooftop Party (Harlequin Teen Book Giveaway)
Jun 9th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

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.

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.

PART 3: (Thursday, May 30 – Day)

Amanda Sun Harlequin

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 FictionatorsSwoony Boy Podcast and DivergentLexicon. <3 <3 <3. Inside the room, I met , I totally fangirled  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.

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, Jaime, Meg, and Erin!

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.

Sponsors

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 Sarah16045763 Guillory’s  RECLAIMED! @sguillory262

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

Click here for PHOTOS OF THE 2013 YA AUTHOR/BLOGGER ROOFTOP PARTY

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.

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.

HollyB

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.

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey

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.

 

BEA & NYC YA Author/Blogger Rooftop Party Highlights & Giveaway
Jun 10th, 2012 by Liza Wiemer

It all started with this:

 

 

 

 

 

I hadn’t planned on going to BEA (Book Expo America), but Jeremy’s tweet got me thinking. So, I talked to my husband Jim about it. Without any hesitation, he said that of course I had to go. I contacted Nili, one of my many cousins who live in NYC, and asked if I could stay with her. That led to one simple thought: Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a party with YA authors and bloggers?

That thought led to action. I contacted Nili about renting a space in her apartment building, which turned out to be the glass enclosed rooftop solarium on the forty-second floor of her building. I had never seen the space, but I could imagine how spectacular the view would be – The Statue of Liberty, Manhattan, the Hudson River, Hoboken, NJ. Nili didn’t hesitate, and because of her, this party became reality. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! xo (See pictures here: http://www.whorublog.com/?page_id=1122 )

Almost immediately, I knew I’d need some help. The talented blogger/designer Jeremy West of Novel Thoughts http://www.novelthoughtsblog.com/ jumped on board to make the gorgeous evites, logo, etc, and then the fabulous Andye and Amy from Reading Teen http://www.readingteen.net/, whom I’ve admired and respected for years because of their thorough and fair book reviews, their sense of humor, their willingness to blog about their opinions on tough topics in YA novels.

The NYC YA Author/Blogger Rooftop Party was on its way.

At the very beginning, there were a few moments of doubt. Will people come? But I asked myself what the worst case scenario would be. The answer was simple – the money spent would be gone and no one would show up but us. (After all, BEA week is extremely busy and authors and bloggers have other parties to attend.) I decided I could live with these risks. Huge expenditure of time, energy, money. But in one conversation I had with Jeremy, I said, “I’d rather take the risk and fall flat on my face, than not try at all.” Generally speaking, that’s one of my philosophy’s toward life. It has served me well.

The experience was way more than we could ever imagined. Each of us brought our strengths to the table and shared ideas through email, Skype, Google Video Chat, texting, and HeyTell. Andye kept an online spreadsheet that included authors and their publishers, bloggers, RSVPs, author facts for our True and False icebreaker. It took tremendous organization and communication. I’ve planned parties in Milwaukee, but never one out of state. I never thought about how convenient it is to get in a car, drive to the grocery store, and get everything I need. In NYC, you have to think about what you can carry. Delivery service is the absolute norm. We had lists of items to bring from out-of-town-I checked two bags at the airport and Amy and Andye’s car was loaded with the centerpieces, books, etc. Jeremy took a bus with name tags, our True and False icebreaker activity, and a canvas he designed for all the authors to sign for one of the ten raffles we had.

These are the book covers of the authors who joined us!

The raffles included Amy’s magnificent book-themed centerpieces (to see her incredible work click here: http://www.readingteen.net/2012/06/my-bookish-crafty-project-for-rooftop.html, Starbucks gift certificates, books, and journals with a cover designed by my husband using all the authors’ covers and Jeremy’s logo. Party favors included blinking “lightbulb” pens, glow-in-the-dark items, Figment tot bags, which we filled with books from Candlewick, Sourcebooks, Harlequin, Flux, Little Brown, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, Disney, Pendrell, Bloombury, Harper Collins, Random House, Macmillan, Hachette. Thank you to all these publishers for making the party extra special by donating YA novels for us to share. In addition, Simon and Schuster gave us suntan lotion in honor of Burn for Burn, Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian’s new YA novel.

Nili’s apartment was filled with boxes from publishers, party places, and on the day of, tons and tons of food and beverages.

Several additional people were integral to making this party a success. Jeremy West’s awesome brother Jeffrey of Novel Thoughts was our official photographer and also had been a part of some of the planning. So glad you could make it to NYC. Thanks so much. xo

From nearly the very beginning, Kelsey Dickson of Reading and Breathing gave us a hand. She put together the playlist for the evening, including songs she found on authors’ playlists of the music they listened to while writing their YA novels. She also brought disposable cameras and glow-in-the-dark necklaces and bracelets, which were a HUGE hit! She helped set up, too. Thanks Kels! xo

The YA from Reading Teen, Austin, Abigaile, and Kit, also were an integral part of the party. Their help was critical for putting our gift bags together, setting up, welcoming our guests, cleaning up. Y’all are awesome! Thank you so much. xo

And my cousin Aryeh, who stayed behind the scene and kept everyone in refreshments and made Amy laugh. Love you. xo

Mitali of Alley of Books and the Teen Author Carnival also came early to help set up. Thanks!

Throughout the planning, we prayed for good weather. (It did end up raining a little, but for the majority of the time, we could use not only the solarium, but the rooftop.) By eight o’clock, the guests arrived. Some of the authors made near Herculean efforts to get to us, including Adele Griffin who was in a taxi for an hour! Tweets were sent, some with the hashtag #RooftopParty. Many of the authors said it was the BEST party they had been to all week. Overall, the evening was a HUGE success. There was laughter, photos taken, budding friendships formed, breathtaking views.

To hear about the experience from Stacy and Shannon from Girls in the Stacks, listen to their comments about the Rooftop Party, which start at approximately 13:00 minutes. (I recommend the entire podcast – their comments about the BEA will make you smile and laugh.) http://girlsinthestacks.com/podcasts/ya-podcast/2012/06/bea-2012/

I have a few more highlights to share with you, but these come from the BEA and the Teen Author Carnival.

Lucas Klauss and Jennifer E. Smith

Jackson Pearce and Eliot Schrefer

Teen Author Carnival was held Tuesday night at Jefferson Market Library. The panel discussions were fantastic. I went to “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful – Keeping it Realistic” and “What Doesn’t Kill You, Makes You Stronger (Kick Ass Characters)” with over twenty YA authors. http://teenauthorcarnival.tumblr.com/

I saw numerous twitter/blogger friends including Briana from The Book Pixie. Neither of us knew the other was attending, and we just happened to get into the same loooog book signing line right next to each other. I’ll cherish our hug and conversation for a long time. Seeing Stacy (and later Shannon) from Girls In The Stacks also made my day. I saw the AWESOME Lauren Oliver and had her sign her latest middle grade book.

Lauren Oliver and me

Patricia MacLachlan and me

On Wednesday, I arrived extra early for the Children’s Breakfast. To my utter amazement, I was standing next to the legendary Newbery Metal award winning author Patricia MacLachlan. Goose bumps bloomed all over my skin. Talking with her was a tremendous honor. She was so kind, even when I went completely fangirl and asked to have my photo taken with her.

Chris Colfer from “Glee” MC’d the breakfast. He was hysterical, joking with the crowd that he wrote the fan-fiction Fifty Shades of Green, in honor of John Green. You can listen to the clip here: http://lover4klaineandcrisscolfer.tumblr.com/post/24540342391/chris-colfer-confesses-to-writing-the-fifty-shades

Lois Lowry had people in tears. She spoke about her journey writing The Giver and the three novels that followed. She talked about how her son who was killed serving our country influenced her writing. It was his questions that led to writing The Giver.  She said that every generation must have hope to vanquish evil.

I met some extraordinary people standing in line for author book signs. Those connections will stay with me for a long time, and I feel truly grateful and blessed to have made them.

TO SEE PHOTOS OF THE NYC YA AUTHOR/BLOGGER ROOFTOP PARTY GO HERE: http://www.whorublog.com/?page_id=1122

GIVEAWAY:  In honor of the Rooftop Party and BEA, I’m offering several giveaways, including this prize package of Burn for Burn and a signed copy by Rebecca Serle of her newYA novel When You Were Mine, which has been optioned for a movie!

WINNERS CHOSEN – SEE SCOOT READ & UNABRIDGED SHELF, THANKS TO ALL FOR ENTERING 

BURN FOR BURN, by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, BURN FOR BURN Sunscreen, Figment Bag, and a signed copy of WHEN YOU WHERE MINE by Rebecca Serle

Entering the giveaway is easy – just leave a comment. Posting on Facebook or tweeting about it adds an extra entry, please let me know. AND, extra entry if you follow me on TWITTER: https://twitter.com/#!/LizaWiemer – Let me know if you’re a Twitter friend. 😀 Giveaway ends Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 8 PM CST. (US and Canada only)

To enter additional giveaways from our Rooftop Party go here:

Reading Teen

http://www.readingteen.net/2012/06/rooftop-after-party-giveaway.html

Novel Thoughts –

novelthoughtsblog.com/2012/06/bea-rooftop-after-party-giveaway.html

 

Buzzin’ from the BEA
May 30th, 2011 by Liza Wiemer

Reflections after the BEA and Teen Author Carnival: 

Me and A.C. Crispin after she signed her novel, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: The Price of Freedom

Awestruck. It’s the word that keeps buzzing in my head now that I’m back from attending the BEA. The Javits Center was huge, crowded, and at times overwhelming. I loved almost every minute of it. My least favorite part was waiting in the author signing lines, which were so looooog that it was common to stand for a half hour plus. On the bright side, I met and talked with others so time passed quickly.

I met many incredible people –– authors and book bloggers and librarians. Many I have admired from interacting with them online. (You know who you are!) I follow them on Twitter, read their blogs, and pay attention to their posts on Goodreads. A few have been featured on this blog, and trust me, they’re even more impressive in person. I take their opinions seriously. If they recommend a book, I often add it to my “to read” list. What they’ve accomplished amazes me. When I see how they’ve built a following with their blogs at fifteen or nineteen I can’t help but admire that. I met men and women who take their book reviews and blogs seriously, putting thousands of their own dollars into their blogs and traveling long distances to meet authors to interview them in person. I can’t help but admire that too. I met authors whose works are absolutely brilliant and they inspire me to strive and work harder at my own writing. I can’t help but admire them. These are people who are passionate about their work. I admire positive passionate people. I’m a passionate person myself so I’m naturally drawn to them.

There are numerous amazing moments that will stick with me for a long time like attending the Teen Author Carnival http://teenauthorcarnival.blogspot.com/. Three YA put the event together. What else can I say but WOW! I confess to being nervous when I introduced myself to Gayle Forman and gushing and gushing and gushing about IF I FALL and WHERE SHE WENT! I fell instantly in love with her parents who approached me and asked what I liked about Gayle’s books. Trust me, I had no problem telling them. 😀  Leah Clifford lit up the room, Carrie Jones was hysterical, Kody Keplinger a sweetheart, David Levithan humble and amazing. I could go on and on about the rest of the authors – they were all terrific! And the bloggers I met, including a woman from Norway, were so friendly.

At the BEA I met many librarians, including Judy a cousin to Lauren Oliver, another author I deeply admire. I had been talking to Judy for a good half-hour before she revealed the family connection. Trust me, Judy is as brilliant and passionate as Lauren, and seeing Lauren light up when she saw Judy was priceless. I wish I could have captured that moment on camera.

 

 

The Children’s Author Breakfast Tuesday morning hosted by Julianne Moore was fantastic. Sarah Dessen’s talk was inspiring. She shared a story about going to hear an author she admired who clearly did not respect her choice to write for young adults. The person said something like, “You write YA novels? Well, I suppose someone has to do it.” Sarah ended by saying how glad she is to write for this age group and how much she loves hearing from her fans.  Brian Selznick presented his illustrations from his new novel WONDERSTRUCK and the room was so quiet because people were mesmerized by the beauty of his work.

Finally, I met so many new people, and I’m looking forward to staying in touch. A special thank you goes to Heidi from http://www.yabibliophile.com/ whom I met in the terminal on our way to New York. Seeing your smiling face throughout the BEA was like “coming home.”  And Ellen owner of Dragonwings bookstore in Waupaca, WI http://dragonwings.com/ whom I sat next to on my way home and discovered we like many of the same authors. Turns out she knows my sister!

It may take a few more days to come down from this high. One thing is for sure, I’ll never forget 2011 BEA and the Teen Author Conference.

 

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