BEA 2015

BEA (Book Expo America) is right around the corner and I can't wait to go back! To prepare for our first time to go in 2012, I scoured the internet for all things BEA related to prepare us for the trip and hopefully make our rookie status less obvious. For the last three years, we've had quite the crew, and although somewhat better prepared, we certainly something new every time we go! I thought it would be a good idea to share some of these great links with you (and get ourselves organized for this year in the process!)

Be sure to request to join our Steph's Stacks BEA 2015 Crew Facebook group for more tips, pics, clever comments (hopefully) and general BEA discussion!

Not in the mood to join a group of amazing people? That's cool, shy flower, you can 'like' Steph's Stacks FB page to get the latest scoop right in your newsfeed.

Think FB is tired and full of your Grandmother's friends? Hit us up on Instagram and Twitter.

Stay tuned to Steph's Stacks for more BEA related posts on specific events, signings and news. Hopefully, whether you are new to Book Expo America or a seasoned veteran, you will find plenty of info to prepare you for the semi-controlled insanity that is Book Expo America!!

Well, enough chit-chat about us. Let's do this thing!

Woohoo! Can't wait!!!!


Getting Started:

Step one for anyone interested in all that BEA has to offer is to head to the BEA website for all of the scoop. Also, here's some social media for you: Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook (for BEA)

Also: the 2015 BEA Pricing Matrix.

Be sure to checkout our BEA Tips and Tricks: Part One - Getting Started for more detailed info!

We don't need no stinkin' badges! Oh, wait...we do? Okay then.

My favorite and most helpful source for BEA info has been the Goodreads Book Expo America Group. If you aren't currently a member of Goodreads, I highly recommend it to help you keep your books organized and to meet fellow bookworms. To access the Book Expo America Group you must request membership first, but everyone is nice, helpful and all-around great, so don't be shy! the best three days of your whole year! Hope you're ready...

More amazing links!

The Overstuffed Bookcase/Turning Pages - BEA Tips Part One:  Before You Go

What to Take / How to Act:

Here are some links to helpful posts about what to take, wear, eat, and all around prep to make your BEA experience as comfy and stress-free as possible. These posts are from people who have done their research or have been there and have proudly learned the in's and out's of the BEA experience:

BEA Tips & Tricks - Part Two: What to Bring

Map from BEA 2012...we planned like it was the D-Day invasion.
More amazing links!

The Overstuffed Bookcase/Turning Pages - BEA Tips Part Two:  What To Pack

Krista's Dust Jacket - Lessons I learned From BEA 2013

The Irish Banana - BEA 2013 Tips & Tricks - Part 2: Take It to the Floor (Hannah rocks!!)

The Irish Banana - BEA 2013 Tips & Tricks - Part 5: Bring It On...Or Not

La Femme Readers: BEA All You Need to Know and More (Tips and Tricks)

Poisoned Rationality: BEA 2015 Info (Lexie is super-organized and this page is a must see for all of the BEA 2015 scoop)

Read React Review: I'm Going to BEA Book Expo America. Are You? (Jessica has put together great list of links from fellow bloggers just chock full of BEA history, tips and info. I spent hours going through these!)

The Book Smugglers have a hilarious (and informative) post from their experience at BEA 2010 that I just love! I feel like I was there with them Squee-ing and drinking whiskey...

What to See / Whom to Stalk:

So, we know all of the tips, tricks and etiquette of BEA, now what? Who's going to be there? Will I actually get to see them? What are the most buzzed about authors and books?

Well, here are some links to help you answer those questions, friend. It can all be very overwhelming, for sure, but we'll go over some organization hints in just a sec...
First things first, here's our incredibly helpful (if I do say so myself) article to get you started in your plotting and planning:
BEA Tips & Tricks - Part Three: Special Events, Ticketed Authors, Signings

From top L-R: Avalon + Beefcakes, Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snicket), Avalon + Snooki, Micki + Jim Carrey, Leonora + David Balducci, Avalon + Peirce Brown, Chelsea Handler
2015 Links

Kirkus Reviews BEA Edition - Kirkus showcases their favorite upcoming books that will be featured at BEA

Edelweiss: Books@BEA (If you aren't a member of Edelweiss, you are missing out. They carry the catalogs for almost every major publisher under the sun and are a great resource for checking out future releases.)

Publishers Weekly - Can't Miss Kids' Galleys

Publishers Weekly - Adult Galleys to Grab

Publishers Weekly - BEA Around the Booths

BEA Author Breakfasts (An additional charge to attend, but worth it if your favorite author is going to be there!)

Publishers & Writers BEA Links:

Macmillan Library @ BEA

MacKids Books at BEA

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Knopf Doubleday


Spencer Hill Press

Tor (2014  we'll update when 2015 info is posted)

Other Fun Events (Concurrent BEA Events)

BEA Bloggers' Conference Info - Wednesday May 27th, 2015 - $152 before May 8th - $184 after 

Teen Author Carnival Author List

Book Con

Book Con 2015 Info

Let's Get Organized!

Be sure to set up your My BEA schedule on the website to include authors and exhibitors you want to see.

BEA now has a Mobile App that can help you keep track of your schedule on the go. Used this like mad last year! A must-have. This year's version has a cool interactive social element (like a BEA Instagram) that I'm very excited to check out!

A small portion of our 2013 schedule. Color coded, naturally!

Once again, the ever-organized Lexie at Poisoned Rationality has saved my overwhelmed brain with this post detailing how she keeps comes up with her amazing autograph schedule.

Transportation: BEA Shuttle Bus Schedule

I Love NY!!

Life is short, people!! Get out of your hotel, leave those books behind and check out the sights! Here are a few posts to point you in the right direction!!

The Irish Banana - BEA 013 Tips & Tricks - Part 3: Make the Most of It

NYC Touristy Travel Links (Including transportation and sights to see):

Smart Destinations
Trip Advisor
USA Today

NYC Literary Travel Links (for we bookish peeps!)

Writers' Digest
Policy Mic
Literary Tourist
NY Times

Well, that's all for now, peeps. Be sure to stay tuned to Steph's Stacks for more BEA info from now until the insanity is over. We will be blogging and tweeting (@StephStacks) throughout the conference as well as holding great swag/book giveaways as soon as we get back!

This page of links is by no means comprehensive. So, if you have an amazing BEA link you would like to share, please feel free to hit us up in the comment or email and we'll be happy to include it!

Happy Reading!


  1. Your first time? You will love it!!! Laura H

  2. Aww! Thanks for the link-back! :D

    And you rock, too!

  3. Thank you Steph!!! :D And dude you're totally reaching my level of organized!

    1. I can only hope to try... Thanks for all of the effort that you put in and share every year!

  4. What? Where are Parts 4,5, & 6?? Love all the info you have here but I need more! LOL



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