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Adventures at BEA 2012

I’m laughing so hard at this photo that I’m not entirely sure where to begin. This picture is of me, my editor/publisher Julie Strauss-Gabel, and my agent, Jodi Reamer, inside the massive REACHED bubble at BEA. Penguin had this great idea to replicate the cover of REACHED and set it up as a photo op for attendees, etc. The minute Julie told me about this bubble I was so excited. I think Jodi wins points for enthusiasm but I have to say that Julie swooping her hair across her face and posing exactly like Cassia takes the cake. I adore this picture.

This was my third year at BEA, thanks to my amazing publisher, but it was the first year that my husband and I decided we should try to find someone to watch the kids so he could come along and see what BEA entails. My awesome mom came to take care of our four little ones for three days and Scott got to experience BEA, the highlight of which, for him, was probably this:

Meeting John Green.

Scott and I have been fans since LOOKING FOR ALASKA, and we’ve watched John and his brother Hank for years. John was very gracious (especially considering how much he had to do–speeches, signings, etc.). It’s very fun to meet someone you admire yourself, but to see your spouse meet someone he finds awesome–well. Even more fun.

I’m sure the second highlight for Scott was this:

His wife making him pose inside the REACHED bubble. But he was an unfailingly good sport, as always.

While I was signing and doing interviews, Scott decided to go stand in the signing lines for more fave authors,Tonya Hurley and Dan and Robison Wells, all of whom he has friend crushes on (and also a friend crush on Tonya’s very fun sister Tracy). Meanwhile, I was signing away in the Penguin booth and grinning from ear to ear. I was SO grateful to all of you who waited in line for the signing. And to everyone who came to the panel at McNally Jackson (which was a gorgeous bookstore)! The other authors on the panel–Andrea Cremer, Marie Lu, Tonya Hurley, Michelle Hodkin, and Adele Griffin–were all a lot of fun, and our moderator (Sarah from the blog Forever Young Adult) asked very excellent and spicy questions.

Now I’m back home, though, downing Junior Mints and working like crazy, so this post has to end. But BEA was wonderful. I wonder if Penguin could send home the bubble so I could live and work inside of it…

+ comments (20)
  • Josi
    June 12, 2012

    What a fun promo idea! I can’t wait to read reached and am so excited for all the great things you’re doing and experiencing and creating for others. Good luck settling back in, that’s usually the hardest part for me.

  • Gwenyth Love
    June 12, 2012

    We were very lucky to have you at our table during the Blogger Breakfast. I am super excited to finally read Reached when it comes out!

  • becca
    June 12, 2012

    Promo = magic.
    John Green = fangirl giggle.
    Working inside bubble = such a good idea.

    Welcome back home.

  • Jenni Elyse
    June 12, 2012

    That bubble is so cool! I’m sad to have missed BEA yet again, but I’m glad you got to go with your hubby this year!!!

  • K8
    June 12, 2012

    It was so nice to finally meet you!

    I am loving Crossed so much and look forward to reading Reached.

    Todd just got the note you wrote for him and he was so so happy. Thank you so much for helping me do that for him. It really made our days.

  • Libby P.
    June 12, 2012

    Oh my…the bubble is fantastic! I am dying! What a fabulous idea!!!

  • Ashley R.
    June 12, 2012

    This is so much fun! I wish I could go. Someday. Hopefully. Congratulations! I am so excited for Reached! 🙂

  • Ashley R.
    June 12, 2012

    Did you by chance see Shannon Hale? She recently posted on her experience as well. Very funny. 🙂

  • Mariam
    June 12, 2012

    Too much FUN!

  • Barmy_Bex
    June 12, 2012

    I saw the bubble on some peoples blogs and made me so jealous I couldn’t be there. Would love to have my picture taken in the bubble. Awesome idea!

  • Caryn Caldwell
    June 13, 2012

    Ooh! That bubble looks like so much fun! What a great idea! And a wonderful form of publicity, since I’m sure you’re not the only one who took lots of pictures of it.

  • Okie
    June 14, 2012

    Super fun. BEA sounds like a great adventure…glad you had a good time.

    The bubble-book is pretty cool. Any chance it’ll be coming to book launch events for the book (assuming of course you’ll be touring for the book launch)?

  • Ali
    June 15, 2012

    Sounds like a lot of fun. I love the pictures in the bubble. What a great idea!

    • ginny
      June 15, 2012


      two people have already gotten copies of reached somehow, one gave it 4 stars and absolutly loved it!!!! on goodreads

      stop it from leaking please

    • ally
      June 15, 2012

      I’m afraid I have no control over whether people make up things or not. But I can assure you that REACHED has not leaked. 🙂

  • Carol Garcia
    June 16, 2012

    I love The matched Series and i hope that Ally could come to chicago for a book signing ^.^ much love<3

    • ginny
      July 3, 2012

      i don;t believe those people at all, i think there are no copies like you said in a blog post, they are defintly lying!!!!

      i will get it on release day and
      I am also a mormon like you ally

  • crystal memmott
    July 11, 2012

    I love the bubble! The covers for these books are wonderful. Writing inside the bubble would be perfect 🙂 Peace and quiet with no interruptions.

  • Jessica
    September 16, 2012

    AWESOME!!! <3

  • Tay
    November 10, 2012

    I love it!!! SO AWESOME!!!

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