Recently, Jenn and I attended Boston’s North Shore Author Signing. I attended my first signing last November in Philadelphia so I was a little more prepared for North Shore. I made sure that I pre-ordered books that I desperately needed and ordered books from Amazon weeks in advance. I even went out and bought one of those crates on wheels! Here are some highlights from an amazing weekend!
Meeting BT Urruela
Disclaimer – I haven’t read A Lover’s Lament but that didn’t mean I wasn’t going to wait in line to meet BT Urruela (and I bought a copy too). Have you seen him? Have you seen him wearing glasses? BT Urruela is super sweet and very humble and gracious. Having a VIP ticket meant that Jenn and I didn’t have to wait long to meet him. If he’s attending a signing near you, GO!
Re-connecting with Meghan March
Meeting Meghan March this time around was an entirely different experience for me. When I met her at Indies Invade Philly, her books were sitting on my Kindle, waiting to be read. Since then, I have become a regular in her Facebook group and I’ve read most of her books. So when I walked up to her table (THERE WAS NO LINE!), she totally recognized me and I was beyond ecstatic. It’s an incredible feeling when an author recognizes you. Meghan March totally blew me away with how sweet and funny she is. I got to talk with her more after the event where I learned so much about her as a writer and as a person. I love that she makes herself accessible to her readers.
The VIP Experience
Being a VIP meant that we were allowed into the event earlier than general admission ticket holders. But the other perk? Getting to leave the event and come back. Jenn and I powered through our list of must-sees and then decided we just needed to head back to our room and relax. I loved that! If you’ve never been to a signing before and can do it, spring for the VIP ticket!
Discovering New Authors
While standing in line for Penelope Ward, I glanced over at a table and saw four nekkid New Kids on the Block dolls, with tiny pins covering their plastic parts. I knew I had to talk to that author. That’s how I was introduced to Daisy Prescott. Jenn is good friends with another author, Mary Wasowski and I spent some time hanging out with her, getting to know her and love her as a person. Another discovery for me. When Kate Stewart introduced herself to Meghan March during the Runaways meet and greet, she was sassy and hilarious. Her introduction made me an instant fan even though I haven’t read any of her books. Signings are such an amazing way to meet and connect with new authors.
So, our lovely Jacque couldn’t make it to North Shore this year because it conflicted with a family obligation. Jenn and I were sad that she couldn’t be there but we made the best of it! We still wanted to make Jacque a part of our day so we asked a few of her favorite authors hold up a sign just saying “Hi!” which I sent to her via text. It totally made her day. I loved doing that for her and now….I have send back the 22 books that I got signed for her.
We’re giving away a complete set of signed paperback copies of The Beneath Series (Mask, Ink, Chains, Scars, Lies) by Meghan March! Contest is open to U.S. residents only.