On the train ride into the city, I decided to review the contents of my TC bag to make sure I had everything I needed. And while I remembered to bring an extra pair of flat sandals and lip gloss, I forgot my BEA pass. I would not be able to get through the front door of the Javits Center without it. I sent frantic text messages to my promotions manager Eric Lowenhar of Barron's Educational Series, hoping that he would be able to solve my quandry.
Note the duct tape necklace I am wearing. I decided on the shorter strand of beads because the flower and the longer necklace would have been too much duct tape (as if there could be such I thing, I know).
When I finally arrived at the Javits Center (20 minutes late), Eric was there to save the day. Not only did he provide me with a pass, he also personally escorted me to the stage. If I had stepped out of the cab with a bottle of Jim Beam in one hand, it would have been a quintessential rock star moment. Of course, I don't sing or play an instrument, but that's beside the point. My hair looked great!
Here is a link to the video of my BEA presentation (click on photo):
After the presentation, I went to the Barron's booth to sign some books. The duct tape bag I made for their giveaway was proudly displayed on a pedestal and filled with duct tape rolls and tools. And right next to it was a rather large poster with my face on it. The poster was eye-catching, but I couldn't help stare at my own likeness and her luggage pieces beneath her eyes. That woman in that photo looked tired. I took a shot of it with my camera phone, but my subconscious accidentally cut off my face on the left. Oops.
After doing my author duties, I was free to explore the book expo. I found out that Giada DeLaurentiis of the Food Network was signing books the next day so I came back. Here are some photos of what I saw:
|Giada and me!|
|Billy and me??|
|All Things Paper (the book!) by Ann Martin, proudly displayed at the Tuttle Publishing booth. (I'm in it!)|
|Sebastiao Salgado's new book GENESIS, published by Taschen. It's HUGE!|
It was an honor to be part of the BEA this year. It's not everyday that a crafter is asked to do a presentation at the biggest book fair in the world. There are people that believe in me not only as a writer and a crafter, but as a person. And I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you guys!