Friday, January 30, 2015

Author Events Recap and Giveaway!

Maggie Hall and Jay Asher Recap

Two weeks ago, debut author Maggie Hall came to my local bookstore to celebrate the release of her book, The Conspiracy of Us. I got a seat in the very back (meaning no pictures for this post because they weren't good) because I arrived late. Luckily, the only thing I missed was the employee introducing Maggie.
After that, Maggie gave a brief intro of herself and her travels, along with some information about the awesome tattoos she was sporting. 

Then the Q & A and began. I won't go into detail for all the questions because there were a lot asked. Most of the them circulated around publishing, such as how long the whole process took, editing, etc. Along with that, they were questions about the book and characters like the inspiration behind the story, the origin of the cover, etc. Because I sat way in the back, I happened to be right by the check out counter, so I was first to snag a book for the signing following the Q & A. I got pretty near the front of the line, so I didn't have to wait too long. After I talked to Maggie, I found Dahlia Adler in the crowd and got a picture with her too.
                                 
   
Let me say that I'm super awkward around authors. I still remember the first time I went to an author event and just stood there mentally freaking out while the authors signed my books. I don't think I said anything more then my name and thank you. *cringes* Anyway, I've gotten a bit better at making small talk without full on fangirling, which brings me to my recap of Jay Asher's 50 States Against Bullying tour. 

My school was lucky enough to be chosen as part of Asher's tour, so of course I was extremely excited when I found out because it's Jay Asher! At the presentation, I discovered that Asher is a really chill and funny person. He briefly introduced himself and 13 Reasons Why and went on to discuss the inspiration behind it, the number of times it was rejected before published, and how readers have responded to the book. Asher did a wonderful job of balancing out the amount of humor and entertainment with the serious talk of bullying and suicide during his presentation.

While I was in line for the signing, I could hear students in front of me telling Asher about people they personally know who have been bullied or how they themselves suffer from depression, and more importantly, their feelings of gratefulness in knowing that they aren't alone. I was so nervous when talking to Jay Asher that I forgot to get a picture with him! Total fail on my part. These are the times when I wish I wasn't so introverted. Hahah. But overall, this has probably been one of my favorite author events not just of the way Asher presented the topic, but the fact that it served as a  reminder to people that everything affects everything.

          
So to celebrate reasons why you matter, I'm finally hosting the signed swag giveaway I promised a while back!

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16 comments:

  1. Dang I wish I could go to more author events! I live in a relatively small city in Australia, and we get basically no authors coming here :(
    I'm glad you enjoyed the events though! Sounds like they would have been a lot of fun! It's pretty cool how you spotted another random author at the Maggie Hall event haha

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    1. Aw, I'm sorry to hear that! Hopefully you'll get some authors soon! I actually knew Dahlia was going to the event, so I was on the look out for her :D

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  2. interesting presentation

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  3. If only these awesome authors came to New Zealand. That would be amazing. Hopefully, one day.

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    1. I know Sarah J Maas is going to New Zealand for an upcoming tour! Hopefully she'll be near where you live!

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  4. That is so cool! The only author I ever got to meet was a cook book one. Chef Chloe Casterelli.

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    1. Any author is better than no author! I'm always on the look out for upcoming events at my local library and bookstores!

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  5. I've always wanted to go to an author signing,but my parents said it was stupid. Those bookmarks are really pretty though.

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    1. You should go! Attending author events is the best! Not only do you get to talk to the author and get your book signed, but you also get to meet other book lovers! :D

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  6. Ah, how cool! I can't wait to read The Conspiracy of Us and going to Maggie's event would be so much fun. I've only read The Future of Us from Jay Ashes, but I really enjoyed it, so I'd be a little starstruck meeting him too! I always wonder how some people are so collecting when they meet authors. I get all nervous and babble. :)

    Rachel @ Paper Cuts

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    1. Thirteen Reasons Why is so good! And same here! I always stand there awkwardly debating what to say. I'm always afraid that pure fangirl gibberish will come out. I remember when I met Rae Carson a few years back, and I stood there the whole time debating whether I should tell her how much I loved her series and Hector. I just ended up staring at her with a deer in the headlight expressions while she signed my book. And to add to the embarrassment, my camera battery died right while I was getting a picture with her! I will never forget that signing.

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