Hey there Book Nerds,
If you’re headed to BookCon this weekend (or any book convention this summer) we have a few helpful tips for you. These tips below are for BookCon 2018, held in NYC at the Javitz Center but can totally be applied to all sorts of cons.
Duh. You’d think that. But hey, on top of your hotel room are the bills for food, travel, and swag. You will be in NYC, nothing is cheap and food isn’t near the Javitz Center. Be prepared for a $300 weekend. Yes. $300. $20 for chicken tenders and $5 for a bottle of water will burn a hole in your funds quick, kiddos.
$300. Better to be prepared and fed, than starving and broke.
Your options are pretty slim to snacks at the Javitz. Pack. Your. Own. Snacks. Keeps some granola, travel bags of goldfish, pretzels, anything to keep you going until meal time. The lines will be long and if you are a snacker for any reason from from chronic nerves to diabetes you aren’t going to want to wait in line for an hour just to get something that will send your blood pressure up to the international space station.
If you can afford it, get a Brita filter bottle. This way you can drink the NYC water and not drop a ton of mula on staying hydrated.
In past years, many of books for signings were free. You didn’t need to drop $30-$40 on a new copy of a book you’ve read so often it doesn’t have a spine any more. Not so much any more. If you’re going to a signing, you’re going to drop money. And on top of that money, are heavy frickin’ books. Imagine making it to all the signings and having 20 books in your bag.
I know. Amazing.
Save your back and pack some bookplates. Bring extra so that you can get the whole series signed plus future endeavors. Save your back. Plan ahead.
As a booknerd, I can only imagine people aren’t your thing, even if they are fellow bibliophiles. Mark on your map where you find large, open spaces and empty corners. One of my favorites is on third level above the cafe. There is a set of stairs and it’s easy to get to an empty spot.
Don’t be afraid to say “Not right now.”
People are going to do it. Just learn to accept it. People suck.