If you haven't read part one of the BEA experience click here before you read this.
So yeah, where was I. Oh yes, in the ‘green room’. This is the uber swish place that authors get to hang out before they’re escorted to their signing table. We were entertained by Rick Astley getting his groove on while sipping pina coladas complete with umbrellas… I swear… honest *wink*.
Anyway, after all the signing and exchanging of business cards, I headed off with my agent to find a cab back to my hotel. Well, hobbled off to find a cab, but we walked for blocks before we could get one (nasty gits) and then when we did, he only took us half way as he was changing shifts. Grrrrr.
Then, back into another friggen cab (I’m definitely better and demanding their attention now) I get to Penn station to discover that due to some electrical lines down in DC all the trains are either delayed (severely) or canceled. Yay!
After a four hour train ride and another hours drive, I finally rolled up outside my house. I was wrecked, knackered, exhausted, and aching all over. Would I do it again? Hell yeah. It was amazing. But as I said in The BEA Experience – Part 1, there are some lessons to be learned.
Lessons learned – Part 2
1. Bring a spare pair of high heels with you, so when your agent drags you halfway across town to hail a cab, you can give her them to wear, so she can feel your pain.
2. Always travel the night before the main event. Then when cool people want to drag you off to awesome parties you will be able to say… ‘Hell yeah, where does the conga line start?’.
3. When drinking wine, aim it at your mouth and not your nose, it is for drinking not for snorting, especially in front of well-known editors (long story… actually, it’s not really, it’s just embarrassing).
4. When you smell a funky smell that is sort of reminiscent of gone off cat food, don’t say it while standing beside the buffet of crab balls surrounded by hungry authors.
5. If you get cornered by an over enthusiastic party goer, be sure to have an escape excuse, like ‘oh, you’re like really weird and have the strangest eyes, I don’t want to talk to you anymore.’ Or at the very least have an amazing agent who will whisk you around the room making sure everyone gets piece of you.
So that’s it from me and BEA. I’ve posted a little video that HarperCollins put together, it kind of covers the highlights. Enjoy.