Wednesday, June 13, 2012

BEA Rooftop After Party (& Giveaway)



Last week was full of stress, hecticness, and running around New York City carrying books, tote bags, and luggage. There was barely any time to sit down and I literally had maybe an hour of "free time" each day to eat dinner that I wasn't standing in lines at BEA or at a publisher party or breakfast. But more on that soon.

The reason for this post is all about THE party of the year. If you were at BEA, I'm sure you heard of it at least somewhat from someone. And now, the three blogs that hosted it are having an after-party! One week ago tonight, Andye and Amy of Reading Teen, Liza of WhoRUBlog, and I co-hosted a party in NYC. We had limited space available so sadly we had to keep RSVPs really tight and couldn't invite as many people as we hoped.


At the beginning of March, I asked Liza if she would be going back to BEA again this year and she said "No, not this year." This made me sad, so I urged her to try and come. Finally, she asked her husband and he said "Of course you're going!" So that was settled.

The idea for the party was born and through the help of Liza's awesome cousin Nili, we had a space available to rent. Then through everyone's hard work and dedication to it, we were able to come up with many exciting ideas for the party to help make it a big success. Thank you Andye, Amy, and Liza for everything! It really was a group feat but we did it!


We started Skyping, calling, texting, HeyTelling, and plenty of emails. We formulated a list then sent out the invites. From the beginning, we knew a few things. We wanted it to be a private party set apart from publishers where authors didn't have to worry about being watched or on their best behavior. And we also wanted it to have a really small feel to it, even with 60 people there. Which turned out perfectly because we had about 30 authors and 25 bloggers come, so it was truly a one on one atmosphere.


After all the hours of planning, the week of BEA had finally come and the stress levels were high. We had to get everything prepped for the party on Monday (goodie bags, raffles, etc) then on Wednesday, get everything set up and make sure all the food/wine arrived. All the while attending BEA and other obligations.

Thankfully, it was a HUGE success. We had rented out an amazing solarium and rooftop in TriBeCa overlooking Manhattan, Battery Park, the Hudson, and Jersey surrounding us by literally 360 degrees of a view (again, huge thanks to Nili, Liza's cousin, for the space). It started raining just before the party started and we thought we'd be for sure finished, but thankfully it cleared up just before 8 PM and just cooled everything down from the warm day.


We had an overwhelming amount of people show up which astounded us! Why would authors want to come to our party?! We're just bloggers. But turns out, bloggers know how to throw awesome parties that many said rivaled the publishers parties, if not beat them (won't name names). One author even skipped her publisher party just to come to ours. Crazy!


Some of the A-list authors that came: Susane Colasanti, Gennifer Albin, Jenny Han, Gretchen McNeil, Victoria Schwab, Sarah Maas, Alexandra Bracken, Elizabeth Eulberg, Rebecca Serle, Jennifer E Smith, and so many more! To that, we just want to thank every single author who came. You made it possible and a success! We are so truly grateful for your attendance!

And to all the bloggers that came, you are awesome and we hope you had a great time! None of this would have been made possible without Liza, Andye, and Amy's hard work and dedication. We all brought different talents to the table (well, not Andye because she has none :P) and they blended well to make a successful party happen. Also, big thanks to Kelsey Dickson for putting the music together for the party and Mitali Dave both who helped set up before the party. Thank you!!

We hope this becomes an annual event and to expand it in the years to come as it was such a success this year. Hopefully, we'll get to invite more next year and fully utilize the amazing rooftop.


GIVEAWAY!
We had a few of our Figment goodie bags left over from the party so each of the host's blogs are giving away two tote bags full of books and swag.

Each bag contains a signed copy of When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle, Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, and another select ARC along with some swag (pictured). 

All you have to do is enter below and you have the chance to win! Be sure to check out the other two blogs for more chances to win!


a Rafflecopter giveaway


78 comments:

  1. Cindy's Love of BooksJune 13, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    So happy your first event turned out so amazing. Love the pics and I know I briefly spoke with one of you in the line up on Tuesday. Love blog

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  2. Congrats on the great party! It looks like it was a lot of fun.

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  3. What a fantastic party! things like this are why I'm dying to go to BEA next year...the chance to meet other bloggers and authors would be amazing! Very well done.

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  4. Thanks for the giveaway!  I was just over at Reading Teen & looking at Andye's pics & Jeffrey, the ones of you creepin' in the background are hilarious! ;)

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  5. HEY!!  I HAVE TALENTS!!  I can talk a lot!

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  6. So glad you had a great time :D That means hopefully all the stress and stuff was worth it!

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  7. Thats looks like such an awesome party. 

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  8. This party sounds like it was off the hook! I will try not to be too sad that I was not cool enough to be there! *shakes it off* lol.

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  9. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    My blog - http://bookbloggermom.blogspot.com

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  10. Sara (of the Page Sage)June 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    That party sounds incredible! Very jealous. (:

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  11. Thanks for the cool pictures!   And thanks for thinking of us readers for the extra goodie bags.  

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  12. I'm so bloody jealous!!! It looks like it was a once in a lifetime party!

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  13. Megan @ Unearthly ReviewsJune 13, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    That looks like it was so much fun! I'm jealous! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  14. Looks awesome!Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. The party looks like it was a lot of fun! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  16. Loved all the pictures! Amazing view and looked like you guys had a good time! Thanks for the giveaway!
    ~Rachel M. 

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  17. Looks like everyone had lots of fun! Thanks for the giveaway

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  18. What a fantastic party! It sounds like everyone had a fantastic time and was the talk of the town =) Also, thanks for hosting such a great giveaway opportunity.

    -Monica @ The Fuma Files

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  19. is it weird that i actually lightly tapped the screen? :)

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  20. That party sounds awesome. Wish I could be there. :D

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  21. Great party! thanks for the giveaway. lguilboATgmailDOTcom

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  22. Ginny YoungbloodJune 13, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Haha Love the virtual High Five! Also, this is awesome that yall had a rooftop party and are giving away the leftovers!

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  23. Haha I love that photo at the end! Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway!! 

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  24. Awesome giveaway! I loved When You Were Mine, I'm super excited for Burn for Burn & I LOVE surprises!
    Cute photo at the end :DThanks for the giveaway!

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  25. Looks like a great party - wish I could have been there!  :)

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    Leanne

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  26. You guys are amazing! Thanks for doing this! ^^

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  27. That looks like so much fun!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  28. That looks like an amazing party! Thanks for the great giveaway :)

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  29. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

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  30. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  31. OMG. That looked like SO much fun!!! I am totes jealous!!! Next Year!

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  32. That party looked so much fun! thanks for the giveaway!

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  33. That is quite a nice picture you have at the end there...

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  34. This looked like such an amazing time! I wish I could have been there. :)

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  35. How stinking fun! SO wish we could have been there!! Very cool! 

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  36. I wish I could have gone. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  37. Wow that looks like such an amazing party!

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  38. What a generous giveaway! Thanks for the chance; glad to hear you had fun!

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  39. Sounds like it was a blast! I'm glad it went well and tons of people came. thanks for the awesome giveaway.

    Lauren from www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

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  40. What an awesome giveaway! Thank you so much for your generosity! :]

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  41. Oh my, the after party looks amazing!!! thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  42. Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  43. Looks like an incredible party! All these awesome authors! 

    The pictures are great, made us feel like we're there

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  45. Looks like you guys had fun! :D Thanks for the giveaway.

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  46. What an awesome party! So many great authors - it looks like it was really fun. Thanks for sharing the leftover goodies! :)

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  47. What fun! I was fortunate enough to meet Liza at BEA, plus a few bloggers I follow online. What a wonderful bunch of people! Thanks for the giveaway:)

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  48.  That looks like one of the best parties at all of BEA. You guys really created an historic event. You should be very proud.

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  49. Ah, it sounded like so much fun! Man, I wish I was at BEA. *sigh*

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  50. I admire your blog and this stunning giveaway. Everything looks so good!!

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  51. Lucia_iLiveiLaughiLoveBooksJune 14, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Holy crap that looks so freaking awesome. I wish I got to go to BEA and the party! Om nom nom food. :)

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  52. Christine SimonsJune 14, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    So jealous you got to go to BEA and such an awesome party! Thanks for this amazing giveaway :)

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  53. That looks like so much fun, great idea!!  Thanks for sharing some leftovers in this giveaway!

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  54. What an awesome party!  Glad y'all pulled it off!!

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  55. thanks for the giveaway:)

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  56. Kristina D@NewBorrowedUsedJune 14, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  57. Thanks for the giveaway!  How fun! Looks like the party was awesome =)

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  58. Thanks for the giveaway!! So jealous :P

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  59. Suz @ A Soul UnsungJune 14, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Oh my gosh, you guys are so fabulously awesome to be sharing a couple of your left over totes with us! THANK YOU SO MUCH! :)

    Suz A Soul Unsung
    susanhaugland@att.net

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  60. The party looks like it was a blast! Ya'll are so creative. I wish I had been able to make it to NYC for BEA this year.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  61. The party looked so fun! I'm so jealous :P
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  62. That scenery is beautiful! I love the beach <3. 

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  63.  Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway! :)

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  64. Thanks for such an awesome giveaway!!

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  65. I'm so jealous--I wish I attended... but thank you!

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  66. Awesome party. Looks like it was a blast.

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  67. Thanks for sharing your goodie bags and pictures with us...it makes me feel like I was somewhat at the party as well. Thank you for the give away and I hope yous had a great time!

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  68. It looks like you had so much fun!  Thank you for sharing!

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  69. I love leftovers and books and giveaways!  Wahoo!

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  70. Looks like you had a great time!

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  71. That looks amazingly fun! Hope I can go to BEA some year... : ) 

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  72. Very Exciting!

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  73. Ahh sounds like you all had a blast! thanks for the giveaway!

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  74. Hey, thanks for hosting the giveaway and sharing all the fun! :)

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  75. Amazing giveaway! Man, I would have loved to go to that party!! :-)

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  76. That's sounds like it was an amazing party!  Tons of work, but major pay-off!  So jealous!

    Thanks for sharing the wealth; maybe next year Ill make it to BEA myself!

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