Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Armchair BEA Day Two: Author Interaction & More Than Just Words


Author Interaction:

I've been to a handful of signings. I went to the Shine release party (May 2013) with Jeri Smith-Ready, and I attended the YAGB Baltimore workshop (June 2013) with authors Jodi Meadows, Erin Bowman, Susan Dennard, Sarah J. Maas, and Kat Zhang. I attended the Baltimore Book Festival (September 2013) and met Jennifer L. Armentrout, Brigid Kemmerer, Alethea Kontis, and Diana Peterfreund. 

Honestly, I LOVE signings and events. I'm not shy at all, and I don't think I'm awkward, so I love going to these events. I don't go to more because there actually aren't many in Baltimore - most are in D.C., and I don't have a car. And I'm in college for most of the year. Traveling via Metro to D.C. isn't super easy or convenient or time-efficient. But I love going to book events.

I love it when authors interact with readers online. Twitter is a beautiful thing, for that purpose. Paula Stokes, Lynne Matson, Lori M. Lee, and many other authors KILL IT with the author/blogger interactions - they are so social and talkative. It's wonderful! Some authors respond to a select few "popular" bloggers, which kind of pisses me off a little, because sometimes, those bloggers haven't even read those authors' books. But whatever. I'll talk to anyone and everyone who will talk with me. 


More Than Just Words

I'm a little confused by what is being asked. I read books. I don't read comic books or graphic novels... I read books. So I'm not really sure what to say here.

22 comments:

  1. Haven't been to any author things, the one time I was going to go there was a blizzard, that ended that.

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    1. Awww, I hope you get to go to one sometime soon, Kristina!

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  2. I love interacting with authors on Twitter! It's fantastic and some authors are just amazing and I always always get a kick when an author respond to me on Twitter!
    I wish I could attend events but sadly very few to none happen in Spain, and the ONE TIME MAGGIE STIEFVATER CAME FOR A SIGNING IN MADRID I COULDN'T EXCHANGE THE DAY AT WORK!!!! (that totally deserved the caps, I'm still very upset!).

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    1. Don't you feel honored when they do that?! And yes, I understand that - many authors are USA, UK, or AUS authors. I'M SO SORRY TO HEAR THAT D:

      BUT YOU HAVE REAL MADRID IN YOUR BACKYARD SO. THERE'S THAT.

      HMPH.

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    2. Very true, I have the Bernabeu less than an hour away by public transportation!!

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    3. EXACTLY. *narrows eyes* *turns green with jealousy*

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  3. I need to get to some more signings, though I'm sure I'd be super awkward unlike you! haha

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    1. Nah nah nah, you just be your wonderful self! :)

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  4. I haven't been to many author events either. But I would love to meet Sarah J. Maas! I am that shy, awkward person, but I still would love to meet more authors!
    Lynne Matson is so awesome! I love her Twitter interactions and she is so nice. I got the chance to meet her because she stopped at my local Barnes and Noble for a little bit. She is sweet.
    Great post!

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    1. Sarah is really nice! And Lynne is a superstar, I don't know how she balances everything. That's so cool that she came to your B&N!

      Thank you!

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  5. You're lucky to have attended so many events and met some wonderful authors. Sadly we don't have enough of those here where I live.

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    1. Just a few! But I am pretty lucky, compared to you and Pili and other non-USA residents! :o

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  6. It's a lot of fun to attend book signings, especially if there is a group of authors.

    AH@badassbookreviews.com

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  7. I want to start attending more author events- it sounds like a blast. :-) Looking forward to reading your stuff for the rest of the week!

    --Brenda @DailyMayo

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    1. If you have the opportunity, definitely go! Thank you very much, Brenda!

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  8. My daughter and I went to see Tara Hudson (Hereafter) one evening and we had our books signed. My daughter had gotten a baby mouse book and Tara signed that and carried on a sweet conversation with my little girl (7 at the time). It was a great way to connect!

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    1. Awww, that is so great! Tara is a super great person, though I've never met her in real life. I have two of her books, but have not read them yet. It's wonderful when the author is awesome AND their books are fabulous, too!

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  9. I love author events! I would go to one every night if I didn't feel the compelling call to buy all the books. I cannot spend that amount of money! We have a lot in the Chicago area to see with all of our indie bookstores pulling in authors and all the great conferences that come to our city.

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    1. I know what you mean - it's important to support the bookstores while you're there. Chicago IS pretty popular! I wish Baltimore was too. Ahhh.

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  10. I wanted to go to the YAGB tour so badly! I live near Sacramento, CA and ALL of the author events are in LA, which is like a 9 hour drive. *sigh* I especially would have liked to meet Jodi Meadows - I'm reading Incarnate right now and WOW.

    I've done the D.C. metro thing. It's a pain. But we had a car and the sad thing? Actually driving was more of a pain.

    Yours is popular blog too though, is it not?

    I think it's okay to read books. ;)

    My Armchair BEA Day 2 Post.

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    1. Awww, I'm sorry to hear that! Booo. And you're right about the car being a problem - public transportation for the win! And LOL thank you, I wouldn't say it's too popular? Thank you though :D

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