Today on Armchair BEA we’re discussing networking beyond the blog. Often time, we become so focused on the Internet aspect that we forget that there’s a whole world out there. I was like this. Then, I discovered book signings.
I love bookish events! I never even knew these types of things existed until I started writing and became involved in the blogging community. It’s kind of funny how something can be right outside you door and you don’t even know its happening. That’s how I felt about book signings. Since discovering book signings, I’ve been to a few so far. (Yapalloza recap, Dark Days 2012, Dark Days 2011). Personally, going to book signings is the best kind of encouragement to yourself and to the authors who’ve worked hard to get where they are. The most recent one I went to was last week and it was Alyson Noel’s Fated tour stop.
|Changing Hands is a local Indie bookstore|
Can I just begin by saying that I adore Alyson to pieces? We’ve been friends for two years now and she was one of the first authors I’ve read when I got back into the YA literature. She is the best encouragement when it comes to my writing journey and she’s always available for questions on twitter (I try not to bug her too much but ya know *shrugs*)
She’s so fun. While she was introducing herself, she stopped in the middle of a sentence to say hi to me. Can I just say how happy that made me? She’s a wonderful author and she answered all the questions, extensively. (*snickers*)
One of the best pieces of advice she gave was to read Save the Cat by Blake Snyder. For those of us who struggle with making sure our stories have all of the elements, the Beat Sheet comes into play. Seriously, I recommend taking a look at blakesnyder.com It’s super helpful!
This is what I love about the writing world! We’re seriously one big family. Alyson is a great example of someone who talks to her readers regularly, making them feel important. Honestly, this is how I want to be. I think this aspect is so important, and I thank Alyson kindly for showing me the way. 🙂
My bestie and I finished the day off with some delicious frozen yogurt!
There is really nothing like getting your book signed. Don’t you think? 🙂
What are some of the book event you’ve been to?
8 thoughts on “Armchair BEA: Alyson Noel’s Book Signing”
As I read on another bloggers Networking post today, everyone has an opinion! 🙂 I say that because I am not a fan of Alyson's books. 😦
But I understand that many readers to enjoy them and I'm super glad to hear you are one because it seems you get great satisfaction and maybe even encouragement to write yourself! That's awesome!
Here are my posts so far for Armchair BEA:
Day 1 | Introduction
Day 2 | Best of 2012
Day 2 | Giveaway | Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Day 3 | Networking
Signings are so much fun, I love being able to hear about the author's journey, and getting out there to support them. Great post!
My co-worker just put the entire series you have pictured up there on my “you must read these books this summer” list. I hear they are awesome, and it makes me even more excited to read them when I hear the author is so friendly.
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It's great that you've been able to meet authors. Sounds like you're enjoying the book life.
I agree, I just attended my first signing, and I was SO EXCITED to have signed books! I kept opening them up when I got home to look at the signatures 🙂 It sounds like you had a great time! And mmmmmm….froyo.
Here's my Armchair BEA Networking Post!!
I see everyone talking about their awesome experiences with authors, and then I'm like, “I've never met any at signings!” At signings, LOL. But it's awesome you've had some great experiences! Color me envious.
I loved a signed book! Thanks for sharing your experience with us!
I've been to a signing with Alyson too! She's so fun to listen to! Gosh, she's just so nice too.
I've been to a few signings, but not before I started blogging (like you). They're awesome! I love having my book signed. 🙂