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.
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.
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!
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