Wow, talk about a conference high. I went from SCBWI-LA to WriteOnCon and now my head is swimming with so much great information!
But, in the days leading up to conference mania, one of my favorite authors visited California and I joined the hundreds of people queuing up to see her at Borders in Glendale.
Yup. That’s me with Maggie Stiefvater. Yay!!
And let me tell you, when your book opens at #1 on the NY Times Bestseller list (and stays there for two weeks!) you can expect big crowds at your book signing. Men, women, children, teens — the entire spectrum of humanity was represented here. They had at least 75 chairs set up for people to sit in and there were people crowded into all available floor space in and around the area where she spoke and signed books. It was crazy!
The book store arranged a fan art contest that included drawings, cupcakes, potential movie posters and a song inspired by the book. This was an epic signing event unlike any I’ve ever attended before! And see the cranes strung above the seating area? If you’ve read Shiver and/or Linger you know what that’s about. I really wanted to take one home!
I was one of the lucky ones near the front of the line. I honestly think she had to be there for hours signing books because that line was HUGE! And some of those people had stacks of books for her to sign (why didn’t I think of that?!).
Before she did the signing and judged the art contest, Maggie talked about writing, wolves and bugging her father for medical details. Here’s a short clip on why she isn’t a big fan of werewolves.
If you’d like to see the full 15-minute video, I uploaded it (in two parts) on my YouTube channel. Note: The video would have been longer if my battery hadn’t died. Story of my life!
Happy Friday the 13th and have a great weekend!!