Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.
This week is Top Ten Bookish Event Tips.
YES I'm hijacking this meme for my own purposes AGAIN. But I'm just so excited about YA Shot that I couldn't not! I'm writing this drawing on my own (terrifying!) experience at YALC earlier this year, various author events, and UKYACX.
- Research the event
Every event is different, so make sure you find out a bit about it. Is it a relaxed event? Is it more formal and structured? Are there any talks/workshops/panels you really want to go to? WHERE IS IT? HOW WILL YOU GET THERE? WILL THERE BE CAKE?
- Book early
Mostly so you know you can definitely go! The last thing you want is for it to be sold out. For YA Shot I booked as far ahead as I could because it meant I got the best rates for travel/accommodation. With YALC it was very spur-of-the-moment and last minute but I managed to get my train tickets in the sale so all was not lost.
- Bring money
Actually, bring more money than you'll think you'll need. Just in case. Because books. (And also food but mostly books). I actually ended up spending less than I thought at YALC but it was good to know that I had extra if I needed it. At UKYACX I went waaaay overboard, but because I took more than I thought I'd need it was OK and I had the freedom to do so.
- Dress comfortably
OK so a lot of people at Comic Con will be dressed up, but you're going to be on your feet A LOT do you really need heels? Have layers you can put on/take off because temperatures will vary. Also, that vintage tea dress with the huge petticoat looks amazing but how crumpled will it get on the train/bus/tube?
- Bring sugar
Or just snacks, but I find sugar filled snacks work best. I tend to be too anxious to eat much so a few Haribo Star Mix (my favourite BTW) shoved in my gob every so often keeps me on my feet. Also, you can share them with the fellow bookworms you meet.
- Bring water
As big a bottle as you can manage. Then when it's empty you can toss it in the bin and the space in your bag can be filled with books. Plus you'll be hydrated which is nice and healthy. Balances out the Haribo.
- FIND THE TEA
Find the place that's selling tea because that is obviously the second most important things at these events (after books) and the place with tea usually has other useful things like sandwiches and CAKE and toilets nearby. Also, tea is amazing.
- Ask before touching
The thing I liked most about YALC is that book bloggers TOTALLY UNDERSTAND that it'ts not OK to just touch people. "Can we hug?" Is a lot nicer than just glomping someone, and a lot less likely to get you smacked across the head with a bag of books (not that us bookworms would really risk damaging our books) but just respect that people have boundaries and want their personal space to stay theirs.
- Talk to people
This one can be hard, but just take the plunge and say "Hi!" because the worst that can happen is that they don't hear you and you walk away slightly embarrassed. Bookish people are the best people. If an author is signing a book, chat with them a little because can you imagine anything worse than an endless line of sullen, silent people shuffling forward for a signature? Also, authors seem to like to talk about their
- Take time out
Don't be afraid to find a quiet corner and just sit and chill. Get your breath back. Relax. Reflect on what you've done so far and decide if there's anything you still want to do. Give your legs a break too, because if you've been on your feet all day your poor tootsies will need a rest even if you're in your comfiest shoes.