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message 1: by Kat (last edited Aug 31, 2013 04:01PM) (new)

Kat (booksenvogue) | 251 comments Mod
At the August meeting Jasmine really got me thinking about the 2014 BEA. BEA 2013 was my very first time attending and visiting NYC. I went as a Power Reader and traveled via MegaBus. It was a blast and I would very much like to attend again. However, I'd rather make it a book club activity instead of dragging my poor husband again. There's excellent group rates, but of course it would be wise to wait until we're at least a few months closer to the date before making that leap. Any who do you plan to go in 2014? Have you ever attended BEA? Have you ever been to the big apple?


On another note, here's my blog report about the event: http://kindreddreamheart.blogspot.com...

Find out more about Book Expo America here: http://www.bookexpoamerica.com/


message 2: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany | 60 comments I would be interested in going. I've never been but I do go to NY fairly often.


message 3: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Harris (dopelb) | 31 comments Mod
Great idea!


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

I wento BEA 2012, my one and only. Another blogger and I stayed in Brooklyn. She was able to go again this past June and ended up staying in a Quality Inn right across from Javits, which was good because she didn't have to get up as early as we did in 2012 to get to the city. I loved it when I went, despite the heat outside! I signed up as a blogger and we get to go for free, just have to pay to get there and to stay somewhere. We took a Megabus up as well, from White Marsh.


A Book Vacation (abookvacation) I've always wanted to go, but I think this happens when school is in session, and I can't take of work to go to it since I already have to take off for NCTE.
Boo.


message 6: by Kat (last edited Feb 25, 2014 11:22AM) (new)

Kat (booksenvogue) | 251 comments Mod
I would like to start planning a group outing to the BookExpo America (BEA). I want to make the motion of attending on Power Reader day, Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Javits Center in New York City.

Tickets are $30 (regular price); however Special Power Reader Day Group Discounts are available:

•10% OFF Groups of 3 or more
•15% OFF Groups of 5 or more
•20% OFF Groups of 10 or more

Group discounts will expire on May 15.


With a Power Reader Day ticket to BEA 2014, you will…
•Get free books before they hit the stores
•Meet and get autographs from hundreds of best-selling and up-and-coming authors
•Mingle and chat with other book lovers
•Enjoy panel discussions with authors about their books—everything from romance and fiction to sci fi and mystery
•Have a fun-filled day with friends in fabulous New York City
•And much more!

My suggestion on transportation is MegaBus. Tickets could be as low as $20, if purchased 2 months in advance. Please let me know NLT March 31 if you are interested and we can begin coordinating the purchases.


message 7: by Ellon (new)

Ellon (eruschell) | 271 comments Mod
Katrina (Kindred Dreamheart) wrote: "I would like to start planning a group outing to the BookExpo America (BEA). I want to make the motion of attending on Power Reader day, Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Javits Center in New York Cit..."

I am interested!


message 8: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Harris (dopelb) | 31 comments Mod
This sounds like a plan Katrina. I'm interested.


message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

Second that!


message 10: by Danita (new)

Danita Brown | 2 comments This sounds great.


message 11: by [deleted user] (new)

I can officially say that I am going! Super excited. :)


message 12: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Harris (dopelb) | 31 comments Mod
Woohoo!


message 13: by Kat (last edited Mar 12, 2014 07:31AM) (new)

Kat (booksenvogue) | 251 comments Mod
I called to arrange the payment and discount rate (15% off) for a group of 5: $25.50/ each.

It is best if we all do this around the same time to get the discount, so please let me know when you're ready.

Instructions:
Fill out regristration form (email me: studiokd3[at]gmail[dot]com)
& Fax direct to Nellie @ BEA

FAX 203-840-9517
Subject: Part of Katrina's Group (Forever YA of Charm City)



How to fill out form-
Complete the information section.

Pass & Special Event Section:
Hand write: Power Reader under the last question.

Complete the payment method section.


If you would like to speak to her directly, I can email you her direct number with the form.


message 14: by Kat (new)

Kat (booksenvogue) | 251 comments Mod
Directions to MegaBus Parking Lot (Courtesy of Jasmine):

Here are step-by-step direction from Google maps. MTA Park and Ride is the destination. The first set is from 695 to the park & ride. Let me know if they make sense. I've never been to this stop, but I do know the Ikea is right behind it so I have some sort of a visual picture.

1. Head south on I-695 S
2. Take exit 40 to merge onto MD-151 S/​North Point Blvd
3. Make a U-turn at Trappe Rd
4. Merge onto I-695 N via the ramp on the left to Townson/​New York
5. Take exit 33B for Interstate 95 N toward New York
6. Merge onto I-95 N
7. Take exit 67A for MD-43/​White Marsh Blvd toward US-40 E
8. Keep left at the fork to continue toward MD-43 W/​Whitemarsh Blvd
9. Turn right onto MD-43 W/​Whitemarsh Blvd
10. Turn left onto Honeygo Blvd
11. Sharp right
Destination will be on the left


And these are from 695 W

1. Head south on I-695 E toward Exit 32A
2. Take exit 32B to merge onto U.S. 1 N/​Belair Rd toward Bel Air
3. Take the Maryland 43/​White Marsh Blvd exit toward Interstate 695 W/​White Marsh
4. Turn left onto Whitemarsh Blvd
5. Turn right onto Honeygo Blvd
6. Sharp right
Destination will be on the left


message 15: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany | 60 comments I'm jealous. I wish I could go but I have a lot of family events that weekend. I know you all will have a great time!


message 16: by Ellon (new)

Ellon (eruschell) | 271 comments Mod
I just looked at the MegaBus website because I wanted to see the prices and they aren't showing a date that far ahead. Have you gotten your MegaBus ticket yet Katrina?


message 17: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Harris (dopelb) | 31 comments Mod
Hey Katrina. The registration formm is web based. Should we print it out and fax to Nellie?


message 18: by Kat (new)

Kat (booksenvogue) | 251 comments Mod
Jasmine, Nellie sent me the form in PDF format, so if anyone need a copy just inbox me your email address.

Ellon, I estimated that the 31st should be showing by the end of this month. I've also called customer service and they confirmed to keep checking back.


message 19: by Kat (new)

Kat (booksenvogue) | 251 comments Mod
Okay, I've just emailed Ellon and Amber. Anybody else need a copy of the form? We need one more to make 5.


message 20: by Ellon (new)

Ellon (eruschell) | 271 comments Mod
I'll fill it out this weekend. Should I fax it on Monday or wait so everyone faxes it around the same time?


message 21: by Ellon (new)

Ellon (eruschell) | 271 comments Mod
So we don't fill out the business category?


message 22: by Ellon (new)

Ellon (eruschell) | 271 comments Mod
I also don't understand how to put a subject in a fax. Every time I've faxed something, I've just put in the number and the paper.


message 23: by Kat (new)

Kat (booksenvogue) | 251 comments Mod
Hey Ellon, you can send it on Monday. Just add a cover sheet. On there you can write the subject and to Nellie. Do not fill out the business section. Just pencil in "power reader".I hope this helps.


message 24: by Ellon (new)

Ellon (eruschell) | 271 comments Mod
That does help. Thank you!


message 25: by Ellon (new)

Ellon (eruschell) | 271 comments Mod
Got my email confirmation today! Yay!


message 26: by Danielle (new)

Danielle (dnareads) | 31 comments Send me a from Katrina. I can fill it out this week.


message 27: by Kat (new)

Kat (booksenvogue) | 251 comments Mod
I've gotten my Power Reader ticket confirmation also! We should be able to buy our MegaBus tickets in four days!


message 28: by Kat (new)

Kat (booksenvogue) | 251 comments Mod
Danielle inbox me your email address.


message 29: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Harris (dopelb) | 31 comments Mod
Should I be worried that I haven't got my ticket yet?


message 30: by Kat (last edited Mar 26, 2014 06:31AM) (new)

Kat (booksenvogue) | 251 comments Mod
Did you get a confirmation from Nellie? Give her a call or email if you didn't get a confirmation. I wouldn't worry.

Express Badges will be used. Print the Barcoded confirmation email and you will be issued a badge upon check in at the Expo. If you would like to check on the status of your regristation, you can call: 1-800-840-5614.


message 31: by Kat (new)

Kat (booksenvogue) | 251 comments Mod
*side eye* Check your email and you will find that they are now calling it BookCon. Humm!


message 32: by Ellon (new)

Ellon (eruschell) | 271 comments Mod
My confirmation email still said bookExpo. Hmmmm


message 33: by Kat (new)

Kat (booksenvogue) | 251 comments Mod
It starts off with:

"As a current registered Power Reader at BookExpo America your registration will now be converted to a BookCon Ticket. Your new confirmation will come from ShowClix and the subject line will be "Your Receipt for BookCon 2014." If you do not receive your confirmation in the next 24 hours, please contact our Client Services team at inquiry@TheBookCon.com. "


message 34: by Ellon (new)

Ellon (eruschell) | 271 comments Mod
I did not get that email.


message 35: by Kat (new)

Kat (booksenvogue) | 251 comments Mod
Hey Ellon, send inquiry@TheBookCon.com an email.

I sent them an email saying, "I got an email subject line: Power Reader Update - ReedPOP Announces BookCon; but has not yet received my "Receipt for BookCon 2014" email. Also I am apart of a group of five and no one else in my group has gotten this email."

They responded right away to me. They sent my new barcode and also said, "If your coworkers have not yet received theirs have them email us and we would be more than happy to resend them all."


message 36: by Kat (new)

Kat (booksenvogue) | 251 comments Mod
Did anyone else not get their Book Con email?


message 37: by Kat (new)

Kat (booksenvogue) | 251 comments Mod
I just spoke with Nellie via telephone and she resent the confirmation for Ellon. Please check your spam box to ensure the messages aren't lost. She had a question for Jasmine, and she sent her an email. She also confirmed Amber.

Please let me know if you need any more help.


message 38: by Kat (new)

Kat (booksenvogue) | 251 comments Mod
For our day's planning we will have to reference: http://thebookcon.com/. This tab has been added the BEA main site.


message 39: by Ellon (new)

Ellon (eruschell) | 271 comments Mod
I have it now! Thanks so much Katrina!


message 40: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Harris (dopelb) | 31 comments Mod
Ok I have my confirmation.


message 41: by [deleted user] (new)

I did email Nellie on my own to make sure she had gotten my payment and she did confirm that. But I never received an email with a barcode from bookexpo or bookcon. :/


message 42: by [deleted user] (new)

Ah okay. I emailed Nellie again and asked her to resend those emails and she did.


message 43: by Kat (new)

Kat (booksenvogue) | 251 comments Mod
Great!


message 44: by Kat (new)

Kat (booksenvogue) | 251 comments Mod
Megabus reservations can be made for trips at least 45 days in advance of departure. So the option to buy for May 31 should be available on the 16 or 17 of April.


message 45: by Ellon (new)

Ellon (eruschell) | 271 comments Mod
MEGA BUS SCHEDULE IS UP!!!


Choice 1:
Departs 1:10 AM White Marsh MTA Park & Ride

Arrives 4:50 AM New York, NY , 7th Ave & 28th St.

3hrs 40mins
From $27.00

Choice 2:
Departs 6:20 AM White Marsh MTA Park & Ride

Arrives 9:40 AM New York, NY , 7th Ave & 28th St.

Reserved seats are available on this trip

3hrs 20mins
From $23.00
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All the other morning choices arrive after ten. I think the second choice would probably work best since BEA starts at 9. What do y'all think?


Return Options (looks like BEA ends at 4pm)
Choice 1:
Departs 4:00 PM New York, NY , 34th St between 11th Ave and 12th Ave

Arrives 7:10 PM Baltimore, MD , White Marsh MTA Park & Ride

Reserved seats are available on this trip

3hrs 10mins
From $3.00

Choice 2:
Departs 4:30 PM New York, NY , 34th St between 11th Ave and 12th Ave

Arrives 7:40 PM Baltimore, MD , White Marsh MTA Park & Ride

3hrs 10mins
$3.00

Choice 3:

Departs 5:30 PM New York, NY , 34th St between 11th Ave and 12th Ave

Arrives 8:40 PM Baltimore, MD , White Marsh MTA Park & Ride

Reserved seats are available on this trip

3hrs 10mins

From $3.00

Choice 4:
Departs 6:30 PM New York, NY , 34th St between 11th Ave and 12th Ave

Arrives 9:40 PM Baltimore, MD , White Marsh MTA Park & Ride

Reserved seats are available on this trip

3hrs 10mins

From $3.00

Choice 5:
Departs 7:00 PM New York, NY , 34th St between 11th Ave and 12th Ave

Arrives 10:10 PM Baltimore, MD , White Marsh MTA Park & Ride

Reserved seats are available on this trip

3hrs 10mins

From $3.00

Choice 6:

Departs 8:00 PM New York, NY , 34th St between 11th Ave and 12th Ave

Arrives 11:10 PM Baltimore, MD , White Marsh MTA Park & Ride

Reserved seats are available on this trip

3hrs 10mins

From $1.00

Choice 7:
Departs 9:00 PM New York, NY , 34th St between 11th Ave and 12th Ave

Arrives 12:10 AM Baltimore, MD , White Marsh MTA Park & Ride

Reserved seats are available on this trip

3hrs 10mins


From $1.00


I think the return trip times really depend on if we want to grab dinner in the city before we leave and how much time we want to leave for dinner.


Let me know what y'all think. I'd like to get the tickets ASAP.


message 46: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Harris (dopelb) | 31 comments Mod
I will more than likely take the 6:20 departure from Baltimore. Departing hours don't matter to me. I think 9 or 10 is reasonable.


message 47: by [deleted user] (new)

I think the 6:20 departure would be ideal. For leaving, I'd personally want to leave by 7 or 8 at the latest.


message 48: by Ellon (new)

Ellon (eruschell) | 271 comments Mod
Seems like we all agree on the 6:20 departure. How about the 8 pm return ?


message 49: by [deleted user] (new)

I decided to go ahead and purchase. I did 6:20 from White Marsh and 7 pm from NYC.


message 50: by Kat (new)

Kat (booksenvogue) | 251 comments Mod
Same here! I'll buy mine now.


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