(Sorry for the ugly books, I took the dust covers off to keep them safe!)
by Kathy & Brendan Reichs
Signed swag from Veronica Rossi & Victoria Schwab
Swag from Alex London & C.J. Lyons
ADORABLE Vicious trading cards! Look at Victoria’s card with the red hair!
Siege & Storm buttons
Copies I bought and didn’t get signed:
We started off the day by driving around for a half hour looking for a parking spot before finding a parking garage. Then, I drove around the parking garage for another 10 minutes because the spots were TINY and I couldn’t fit my G6 into any of them. By the time I finally found a place I could fit, I was so frustrated that I didn’t even want to stay! I was afraid I was going to be late for the first signing, so I was kind of freaking out (okay, I was really freaking out). Thankfully I have a supportive and understanding boyfriend that didn’t get annoyed by my craziness – rather, he thought it was cute because I was so passionate about it (I really love him!).
I learned very quickly that there was no possible way to see everyone. The schedule was completely crammed – 3 panel discussions and 6 to 8 authors per hour. Very poor scheduling! I really think everything should have been split up into two days.
11 am – We both waited in line for Rae Carson. 45 minute line! After we were done, we went down to Marie Lu’s line to try and get to her before the next one. The line was all the way down the street! Ken waited in that line for me, but ended up missing her because she had to leave for a panel.
12 pm – I waited in line for Veronica Rossi while Ken went to Stephanie Perkins for me. Veronica was super nice!!! I felt kind of bad because we held up the line chatting. Oopsie. I really enjoyed meeting her though! After I left, I stopped by next door to see Brendan Reichs. Thankfully there were only 2 people left! I missed Gayle Forman and Cinda Chima :( I went back to the car with Ken to drop off all the extra books…a choice I would soon regret.
1 pm – I came late to the Tahereh Mafi line and waited while Ken went to Alexandra Bracken’s signing. I stood in line for nearly 40 minutes when a guy came on the microphone and said Tahereh would no longer be accepting any pictures or personalizations because she had to leave for a panel in 25 minutes. I was almost to the table. My hopes and dreams were crushed like a grape. They rushed the line so that she could get to her panel, and I barely had time to say hi to her. I asked if she could spare a few minutes later to meet up, she said no, she was too busy. I gave her my business card and asked if she could email me because I’ve been dying for a ‘defaced’ copy and I can’t get ahold of her online anywhere to get one. I told her she was the ONE author I was most excited to meet very badly and she said she was sorry. That was the end of it. Disappointment is too mild of a term for what I felt. I wasn’t lying when I said she was the main reason I was there. You guys, I have been DYING to meet her for months, and I finally had the chance…I was so excited for it. I wanted her to personalize my books, sign my tote bag, get a picture with her, fangirl for a moment over Warner, and maybe have her deface my copy of Unravel Me if she had time. I got none of that. I was so upset I was nearly in tears! I am very disappointed that it’s so hard to get any face time with her. She (or her publicist) never answers emails, twitter, or facebook. I can’t even get a minute in person! It makes me feel pretty awful. I understand that she’s busy, really I do, but what about Julie Kagawa? She’s an extremely popular and busy author (with 3 published series and an unpublished series optioned for film), yet she still finds time for her fans. Anyway. Rant over. I missed Rachel Cohn to get into Lauren Oliver’s line early.
2 pm – Ken and I waited in line for Lauren Oliver, and a girl (I believe her name was Miranda!) that was right behind me said she loved my hair. I said I loved her lip ring (because I don’t have the balls to do it), and we ended up launching into a half hour discussion about everything bookish. She was awesome! I should have gotten her email, or found her on Facebook right then, but I gave her a business card so hopefully she’ll find me! Oh yeah, and I found the Epic Reads ladies!! They walked by while we were in line so I grabbed them for a picture :)
Me, Aubry, and Margot!
At 2:30 Ken went to save me a spot for Myra McEntire. Lauren was very nice, too! I told her how much I adored Before I Fall and she graciously thanked me. Turns out Ken didn’t have to wait for Myra because there wasn’t a line, so I went over and met her. She was awesome!! She was super sweet…I told her I’d just finished Infinityglass and we talked a little bit about parts of it and if there would be a spin-off series. We joked about a certain pairing of characters and if they would have a future, and how much I loved what happened in the ending of the book. She said there’s not a spin-off (yet), but she’s looking to release a novella next year!
3 pm – We finally got a break! I haven’t read anything by Rainbow Rowell or Libba Bray, so I didn’t bother getting anything signed by them. On our way back to the car, we passed Marie Lu on the street and she signed my book. Woot! I was kinda bummed because they were sold out of Champion, so I couldn’t get that signed. But Marie is adorable and such a sweetie! (She even agreed to a second signing after her last panel for people who missed the first! That’s dedication to her fans! <3) Then we ate lunch at a little cafe and ditched the giant suitcase of books. When we came back at 3:45, Rainbow’s line was still wrapped all the way around the tent!
4 pm – Went to see Victoria Schwab. I told her I’d met her before at YA2U, that I finally got a chance to read The Archived, enjoyed it, and couldn’t wait to read Vicious. She said to let her know what I thought of it! After that, we stopped by Charleston Music Hall to see the end of the YA in Hollywood panel, in hopes of catching Gayle Forman and Rachel Cohn (no such luck)…but surprise! Veronica Roth was in there (she wasn’t scheduled to be), so I got to see her for the first time all day. They showed the full trailer for Divergent – it looks awesome!
Recap: Authors I got to meet
- Rae Carson (second time seeing her)
- Veronica Rossi
- Brendan Reichs
- Tahereh Mafi
- Lauren Oliver
- Myra McEntire
- Marie Lu (second time seeing her)
- Victoria Schwab (second time)
The sad part is, the least friendly and personable author was the one that I wanted to see the most (Tahereh Mafi). All of the rest were super friendly and actually showed interest in their fans, engaging them in conversation. Oh well…
All in all, it was insane but awesome! Would I go again? Despite my frustration in the beginning (involving lots of cursing and ‘I don’t even want to be here’ and ‘I’m never doing this again’), I probably would if the authors were worth it. I hate crowds, and I hate waiting, but it was a good kind of chaotic! I do, however, want to make a post of tips for future attendees sometime this week, because there were probably many things that could have made the day easier! Mainly if I could calm down, haha.
Nothing to report!
Vacation! Ken and I drove down on Friday…10 hour drive. The hotel we stayed in – Home2 Suites by Hilton – is super swank! Our room was very nice and comfortable. We went out to dinner Friday night at Chili’s – it was my first time ever eating there, and the food was delicious! Then YALLfest on Saturday, of course. After YALLfest we found a little used bookstore called Mr. K’s (Miranda told me about them!) and checked it out. It was a pretty cool place, but their YA section was very lacking. After that we went to a local cupcake shop! ;D
We may do a little exploring today, but sadly we have to head home, back to the cold. Sad face!
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