THIS WEEK'S QUESTION:
Oh yes...I went last year, 2012, for the first time. I had so much fun. It actually wasn't as overwhelming as I thought it would be. I would definitely recommend going if you can. It would be more fun if you had someone to share the excitement with, but I was ok on my own.
The trade floor was organized very well, and you could pretty easily find where you wanted to go.
Advice: Bring a rolling suitcase that you can keep at a check point they have so you can unpack the books you pick up on the trade floor from the bag you carry around with you. If you don't do this, you will be carrying around a lot of books and a lot of weight. :)
I accidentally found this out when I went the day before to get my badge or I would have been in trouble.
Another piece of advice: Don't rush around. There is plenty to see and plenty of publisher booths and authors to visit. I enjoyed when the author was there signing books. My favorite booth was where they had mystery authors signing every 45 minutes.
I still need any advice anyone else who always attends can give because I definitely do not know all the ropes.
HAVE FUN if you go this year, and I hope I can meet some folks I talk to on the computer in person. If I don't get to meet anyone, it still is fun to meet other folks. EVERYONE is very friendly.