So last week @alittlebriton and I were at (Book Expo) America, land of the free (book), & home of the brave (souls who got into the scrum for a copy of Cat Valente’s The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland).
Monday I was at the book blogger con, good write up from The Booksmugglershere.
Tuesday saw my first proper signing, and as the random Brit who no-one there had any excuse to have heard of, I was all geared up for no-one to come. I expected to sign for the three guys I knew on Twitter and then for my own publicist to keep coming back around in a succession of ever less convincing fake mustaches, just to make me feel better.
Instead, um… this happened:
And then this happened:
(Why yes, that is me signing for Tessa Gratton, Brenna Yovanoff and Maggie Stiefvater. Did I squee? Perchance I did.)
(At the Flux booth with Brian Farrey-Latz, my editor, and Amy Boggs: agent, daredevil and acrobat)
Later on I went to the Teen Author Carnival and said ‘Twitter’ a lot, which our American cousins seemed to enjoy muchly.
(Hanging with Hannah Moskowitz and Barry Lyga, not actual size.)
Wednesday I hit the Author/Blogger Rooftop Party, and met tons of amazeballs people:
Things I learned:
-Booksellers, authors and bloggers are outstandingly ace, but school librarians might just be my favourite people on this earth.
– Word of mouth goes through a crowd of bookish people like a Chainsaw through a zombie’s arm
– WORD in Brooklyn is just a fabulous bookstore.
Things I had occasion to say:
-’That’s no moon, that’s a Cheesecake.’
-’Holy sh*t Brenna Yovanoff!’
-’I now have disturbing images of milking’
People it was beyond awesome to meet/see again:
Amy Boggs, Brian Farrey, Steve Pomije, Charlie Van Wijk, Tessa Gratton, Scott Tracey, Hannah Moskowitz, Gretchen Mcneil, Zoraida Cordova, Kody Keplinger, Brenna Yovanoff, Maggie Stiefvater, Holly Root, Liza Weimer, Mitali, Genn Albin, Karsten Knight, Austin, Amy, Andye and Abigail from ReadingTeen, Kate Treadaway, Victoria Schwab, Ana and Thea from Booksmugglers, Jenn from WORD… and… and… and…
You guys are all awesome, thanks for making me feel so at home!
Tom is the author of The City’s Son, coming from us in August 2012.