Luckily a few years ago, a few lovely folks decided that they were tired of missing out on all the great bookish action, so they created the virtual convention Armchair BEA. I've participated for the last two years & it makes a world of difference in my opinion. You get to hop around the blogosphere meeting new bloggers, publishers, authors, & just getting to enjoy all the bookish things we already love like interviews, sneak peeks, & of course giveaways! A newer component is the live reporting from BEA. I think this enhances the experience even more because you feel like you're actually there!
Registration is free and currently open & the agenda for posts is live. If you've never participated, don't be nervous. You don't have to do everything; the beauty of this is that you get to choose just how involved you want to be in everything. Take it from me, you'll have may more fun than you thought possible & you'll be counting down the days until the next Armchair BEA.
For those of you fortunate enough to be able to attend, Shelf Awareness has posted some humorous survival tips that I think can help anyone. Enjoy the snippet below & let me know in the comments if you'll be attending the live or virtual conference!
Swag carefully. Each ounce of free galleys and gewgaws will double in weight hourly. If you need to understand the science behind this, please watch an episode of Doctor Who.
The holy trinity of publishing is ink, paper and booze. The first two may have gone virtual, but the last can still be found trickling from various booths. Look for the sponsored happy hours and free wine. It is sanctioned drinking on the job. It will also make your feet feel better.
Don't be a jerk. People will remember how you made them feel. This goes for everyone--from the vaguely dubbed industry professionals to the novice author-publishers.