This is the third in a series of discussions that I’m planning based on my experiences at RT 2015 (you can check out my posts on faith in blogging and diversity by clicking the links!). These are thoughts that were inspired by specific panels, or by books from RT, or just by random passing things that happened there. I love that events like this help me to think critically about books, blogging and the publishing world in general!
Today, I just felt like posting something light and fun, so I thought I’d talk about how meeting an author and having a personal encounter with them makes you need to read their books!
First off, when you go to a conference like RT, there are SO many authors there. Tons of authors, some that you know and some that you don’t. There are a few different reactions to meeting an author at RT:
I have no idea who you are.
This one can be a little embarrassing, but for the most part, authors are gracious. I mean, we can’t all know all the authors, right?
I think I recognize your name.
This one can almost be worse than the first one because you feel like you should know this author, but you can’t quite place them. In this case, you usually just try to act cool and ignore the fact that you don’t actually know who this author is.
I definitely know you, but I haven’t read any of your books.
This one isn’t so bad. We can’t have read every book in the world, right? And if it’s an author you’ve heard great things about, you can still say that. It still makes for very pleasant conversation.
I’ve read your book, but I didn’t really like it.
Yeah, that pretty much sums up that one.
I LOVE your books!!!
This one can be almost as embarrassing as not knowing an author at all because you’re trying so hard not to make a fool out of yourself, but inside you’re screaming, “I’m standing right next to … (insert favorite author name here)!!!”
But no matter what the status of the author, I found that getting to know an author, either through panels, or just standing behind them in a line somewhere and chatting, makes me totally want to read their books. I realized how much these events really work for promoting authors. I suddenly found myself tempted to read genres I never would have picked up before. (When was the last time you saw a historical romance on this blog? Um, never. But Erin Knightley is such a fun and nice person – I just need to give her books a try!)
Here are just a few of the authors I now NEED to read because I met them and loved them:
Gena Showalter – I already mentioned her in my post on faith. But, she was just overall an amazingly funny and sweet person at every panel. Why haven’t I read her White Rabbit Chronicles yet? This WILL happen very soon!
Kresley Cole – I actually have read the first two book in The Arcana Chronicles, but meeting her just solidified my love for her. She and Gena Showalter were absolutely hilarious and adorable together too!
Sara Raasch – I stood in front of her in line for coffee and chatted for a little bit. She’s one of those authors that I’ve heard SO many amazing things about and I NEED to read Snow Like Ashes, like yesterday. I picked up the digital copy at the Harper party and then also bought a copy at the Great Book Fair – haven’t decided yet if that one will be a giveaway. (Incidentally, she was standing next to another author I’ve never heard of, which left me feeling slightly awkward at the end because I realized I’d just gushed about all of the amazing things I’d heard about Sara and hadn’t said anything to her friend. Um, oops!)
Kiera Cass – Again, I’ve read her books, but meeting her made me want to read The Heir NOW! (I bought a copy at the Great Book Fair, so I can!)
Jay Crownover – This is an NA author that everyone raves about, but I hadn’t rushed out to buy her books before. She seems really awesome in person, and I’m now convinced! Picked up Asa at RT, so I’ll have to read that series.
Sophie Jordan – Loved her in the panels I saw her in, and I know her books get rave reviews. I need to read Uninvited soon (and her NA books too)!
Kate Brauning – Sat and chatted with her for a long time on the last day of the conference and now I WILL be reading How We Fall.
Erica Cameron – I literally sat and talked with her (and others who came and went) for five hours on the last day of the conference. How could I not read her books now? In fact, I’m heading over to Amazon to buy Sing, Sweet Nightingale NOW!!
Oh, and then there was one author who I met who was so sweet, and then she heard that I was already scheduled to review her book, and she just seemed so excited! I read her book almost immediately upon getting back, and thought it was good, but didn’t LOVE it (it was A Taylor Made Life, in case you’re interested). And I almost felt guilty for not raving about it after meeting her – so I guess there’s a flip side to this whole meeting authors thing too. Has this ever happened to anyone else?
Still, overall, meeting authors is an AMAZING thing and it makes me want to read ALL THE BOOKS!