Saturday, July 27, 2013

The time it was like speed dating

I heard about the Summer of YA event on accident. I was scrolling through the events list on the BN website and just happened to see that Elizabeth Ross was having another signing. And when I clicked on the link to learn more about the event, it was a huge listing.

I ended up requesting the tickets, but wasn't sure if I was actually going to make it. 

On the day of the event, traffic was a nightmare and we got there around 1:40, with the event starting at 2. I checked in and got my wristband before I briefly ran into Thuy and Nicole

 
On my quest to get the books I needed, I ran into Jessica Brody and then saw Gretchen McNeil. After I purchased my books, I went to hover around by the start of the event area. 

 
It was announced that the wristband color coordinated with the balloon color of the table each person was assigned too. The groups of people would be staying at the table, the authors would be rotating around from table to table. 

While waiting for the event to start, I saw Lita and Colleen who work at the BN at The Grove. I started hearing that they event people changed their minds and the people would be the movers, instead of the authors. And then I finally met Alethea!

The event started around 2:20. Everyone was told to go over to the table that matched their wristband. First up was Sarah Skilton and Elizabeth Ross

 
Each author gave a brief synopsis of their book and then opened it up for everyone. I gave Elizabeth my copy of Belle Epoque and we started a conversation about Paris. 

 
 
I stood off to the side for a bit, trying to behave and follow the directions of not moving tables until told to. Buuuuuut, I couldn't do it. I took off my wristband and went over to the only other table I was looking for: Stacey Jay and Gretchen McNeil. 


They each had someone talking to them and they all left at the same time. I made the joke that I had them all to myself. 

I started telling Stacey about how I was trying to stalk her [Me to Gretchen: I don't want your input on this. Gretchen: I will just look over there.] at ALA for an arc of Romeo Redeemed and how Ava ended up getting it for me.  And she said, "You're the other Stacee!" I said that I was and she stood up to high five me. 

We briefly talked about her new book and how excited she was for it. Then people who followed the rules started coming over. 

 
 
I stepped over to Gretchen and we started talking about her two weeks off from revisions and topics for the upcoming non-sanctioned SCBWI panel she is planning. All I have to say about Gretchen is that if you haven't met her or read her books, you need to get on it. She is absolutely one of my favorite people. 

After a few minutes, there were even more people for both ladies, so I quickly said my goodbyes. I ended up leaving after that. 

 
Overall, it was a clever idea and the execution of it worked for the amount of authors and attendees. I really liked the approach to the speed dating and hope that there will be other events like it!

12 comments:

  1. I just purchased of Beast and Beauty--I can't wait to read it. I've seen such wonderful things said about it. So excited! I hope I get the chance to meet her and get my book signed.

    My Friends Are Fiction

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    1. She said it was her favorite thing she's ever written. I can't wait to start it myself, having loved her take on Romeo and Juliet.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!!

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  2. Sorry we didn't get to hang out more Stacee! But I really loved how this event was all set up. And Of Beast and Beauty definitely looks amazing :)

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    1. No worries! I was trying to set up this post while I was there, so purposely stood off to the side. :D

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  3. hope you had a good time! I'm so bummed to have missed this! The one time Americana has a great event and I had to work a 12 hour at the hospital! Being a grown up sucks sometimes :P

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    1. I wasn't there very long, but I really liked it! It was an awesome way to see so many authors in an unconventional way.

      It would have been great to see you, but good job being a grown up!!

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  4. so glad you could make it, stacee. you are book even machine! sorry i didn't get to say bye to you but i got caught up in the speed dating. hope to see more events like this in the future.

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    1. It was good to see you too!! Like I told Nicole, I was trying to set up the post, so I stood off to the side on purpose.

      :D

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  5. It's a really neat way to handle things!

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  6. Ah man I just saw what u look like and I saw you there!!!! If I had known what u looked like I would have bombarded and stalked u with a million questions! Lol jk, u did look pretty busy and I'm way too shy to just come up to someone and talk. I'm in the last picture standing next to my hubby in the red t-shirt. Yup that's me the shorty :D

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    1. Ahhhhh!! You should have said hi!! I was just setting up this post, I would hve been happy to talk with you and answer all of your questions.

      Next time?
      :D

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