BookExpo America (BEA) is the big book convention held in New York where authors, bloggers, and publishers get together and makes every book lover cry – either in joy (because they were able to attend and get to meet authors and get ARCs) or in sadness (because those who are unable to attend have prior engagements).
Since I get go to BEA, I’ve decided to take part in Armchair BEA, which is basically a virtual conference for people who cannot attend the actual convention. Let’s get this started, shall we?
TOPIC: Author Interaction
I’m not sure if this is most people, but I consider authors to be celebrities, of sorts (since they are the closest I’ll ever meet). When I meet them, I get totally tongue-tied. I feel most awkward when I can’t find the words to express how much I adore them and their writing. I want to say something witty and amazing for them to remember me, but words are hard sometimes!
Any time an author retweets or tweets at me, I jump for joy. It’s just a little thing, but I get excited because the authors are really reading my tweet! That means a lot to me.
I haven’t been to a lot of book events, but mannn, the ones I did go to were sooo much fun. I have so many favorite moments with each author I’ve seen, but I’ll share the memorable ones.
- Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) at Litquake
When I told him how adored A Series of Unfortunate Events and how it was my favorite series as a kid, he gave me a look and wrote, “Read something else.” THE BEST. (The message said it all! HAHAHA.) He is one of my writing heroes. He is frickin’ fabulous and quirky. I was sooo in shock after meeting him. I was actually shaking. My friend was afraid I was going to burst into tears.
- Sarah J. Maas
I agonized over what to say to her because I hadn’t been to a YA author event at all. And it turned out fine.
Sarah J. Maas is the sweetest and sooo relatable. When I told her I absolutely adore her joint fic with Susan Dennard, she told me I was one of the first person to tell her that since being on tour for Crown of Midnight. Eeeeeek. Also, I got her to sign Susan Dennard’s book because of reasons, and she was totally up for it.
BEST EVENT EVERRRR. I got out of my comfort zone and mingled with tonnnns of YA authors. Attendees got to play a scavenger hunt, where they were given questions and have to ask authors about which one is theirs. Kasie West took me under her wing (which basically meant that I hung out with her for the most part when I wasn’t busy asking the other authors’ questions).
Watching Rainbow Rowell and David Leviathan read/act out Fangirl and answer questions were the most amazinnnnng moments I’ve witnessed. They were so animated and adorable. I could listen to them all day.
I might’ve squealed when Rachel Hawkins remembered me as the person on Twitter who basically flailed her arms when Rachel mentioned Henry James. I love it when authors remember me. It makes me feel good.