Last weekend I attended yet another author fair-- this one in my town and it was so fun! I've been going to these things for years and you'd think I'd grow tired of them but they're actually getting better. I think it's because as young adult fiction gets hotter and hotter there are more YA authors at the events. It used to be just me and maybe one or two other YA authors years ago (and the rest would be adult book and children's book authors) but this time we had a long line of them and they were loads of fun to hang out with. Here's a shot of me and Megg at our table.
I thought this was also the perfect time to resurrect an old post on why I love author fairs so much. Enjoy!
THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2010
I attended another FUN Author Fair this past weekend. I can easily get hooked on these things (have I mentioned in previous posts that they give you candy? Oh wait, I gave up candy. Never mind.). I want to road trip around the country just hitting author fairs. The people who come are so nice and the people who run the fairs are awesome. Love it. But here are five specific things I love about author fairs:
1) Kids who are writing their own books and are very excited to chat about them.
I loooooove hearing about all of the cool books young people are working on! What a bunch of talented creative kids out there. When I was a pre-teen and teen I was too busy chasing boys (they could run fast! Haha.) to sit down long enough to write a book. So impressive!
2) Kids that come by with their autograph books.
I have huge love for the autograph book! I totally had one as a kid and I asked every famous person I met for their autograph. Of course, back then famous people to me were the guys on the soccer team and the high school kids in the school play. I still remember chasing Danny Zuko around after a matinee of Grease. "Danny Zuko! Danny Zuko! Sign my book pleeeeeeeease!"
3) All the authors.
It's so fun to walk around and see everyone's cool tables set up with all their books and swag. Some have tables covered with a dozen or so books. And everyone is so darn smiley and in a good mood. Of course, that could be from the free lunch (and the candy. Did I mention the loads of candy?) but I'd like to think it's just from sharing the love of writing.
4) The staff at the libraries.
They are always so nice! And they kinda treat you like a rock star. "You can go relax and grab a beverage in the Green Room." Green Room? Wh--? Am I on Oprah? I scooted right over to the Green Room (aka storytime room with a Green sign that said Green Room) and chilled with the other guests.
5) The badges.
Oh, the power of getting to wear an author badge. I kind of want to wear one everyday. Would that be weird? I could wear it at the gym, picking up kids from school, at the grocery store etc. How cool would that be? If I got pulled over for speeding I could be all, um, do you not see the badge? Emergency Author Fair obviously. You'll be providing police escort, no?