On Author Events

You guys, I need some help.  There's an author event coming up this weekend, and I can't decide if I want to go or not!  There aren't many author events in my area -- since I started this blog, I've gone to see Maureen Johnson, Lisa Genova and Marissa Meyer.  All of them were great: I had book(s) signed by the author, got to chat a bit and had my picture taken.  I always feel like I'm meeting a celebrity and I get so giddy and excited to be meeting these amazing people IN REAL LIFE.

So, I found out recently that Veronica Roth and Tahereh Mafi are coming to my area.  I immediately thought, "No WAY!  This is going to be AMAZING!"  And then I found out more about the event.  Basically, I can only meet the authors if I buy one of their books on the day of the event.  I already own both trilogies in full, so the only books that I could buy would be novellas, neither of which I had really planned on reading.  There's only 200 wristbands being given out on the day of the event, to the people who have purchased books.  So unless I plan on being there super early (which is unlikely), my chances of snagging one of those wristbands is pretty slim.  Even if I do manage to get a wristband, I can have the book that I bought personalized, and only one other book by the author signed, which kind of sucks.  If I'm going to get one book from the series signed, it would kind of be nice to have all of them signed, you know?

I'm not entirely sure if I want to go ... and I'm feeling torn.  On the one hand, I want to show my support for these writers, whose series I enjoyed, even if they're not the top of my all-time favourites list.  On the other hand, I do understand that there's the potential for everyone to want to have 6 to 8 books each signed, which could result in a ridiculously line-up.

But then, a couple of weeks later, Kristen & P.C. Cast are coming to the very same Chapters location and personalizing copies of the last book in the House of Night series.  The event is on a first-come, first-served basis, and they will also sign ALL OTHER COPIES of their previous books.  Personally, I haven't read the entire series (I think I stopped a couple books shy of the latest one), but this kind of author event has motivated me to put the last two books on hold at the library so that I can finish the series and, if I feel like it on the day of the event, even buying a copy of the final book, just so that I can meet them!  That, to me, is what an author event should be about.

In conclusion, I understand that both Veronica Roth and Tahereh Mafi are hugely successful writers and, as such, they can place these types of rules on their event, but it seems disappointing as a reader that I'd have to jump through these hoops in order to meet them.  I might go and just hear them speak, and skip the whole wristband debacle, but I'm undecided at this point.

Have you seen/met either of these two authors?  Should I make the trip to the event?  Leave me a comment below -- I really need your help in figuring this one out!



  1. Oh, I completely agree about this Melissa! The same event is coming here in Toronto, and I will not be jumping through hoops to see them. Especially if I can only have one book personalized (that I would also have to repurchase in the case of V.Roth) and only one other signed. I can see the wristband limitation, kind of, but if they are already limiting it to 200 people shouldn't that give them the leeway to have everyone bring all their books? It honestly frustrates me because people invest so much time into these authors and then their are restrictions on their signings like this. I think the P.C. Cast one sounds much better :) This could be a totally wrong assumption but I always feel that when there are restrictions like this that the author doesn't really want to have as much of a interaction with their fans and vice versa. *shrugs*... that could be totally wrong though!

  2. Ugh, that kind of event really frustrates me. Certainly I understand the popularity of those authors, but even so, to have to buy a book there, even if you already own them, that's annoying.

    I got to author events at this small independence bookstore about three hours from my house. The authors can sign whatever books we bring. That said, the store employees do encourage us to buy books, so that they can continue to have these great events, but we don't have to buy books by those featured authors. I really like how that is run, and I always go out of my way to buys books from that bookstore to support it.

  3. I completely agree with you! I went to ALA in June and had the chance of meeting Laini Taylor. I only brought Daughter of Smoke and Bone because I wasn't too sure about bringing the entire trilogy to get signed (I didn't want to hold up the line!), but I STILL had to buy a book there to even get my own book signed. So now I have a paperback of Days of Blood and Starlight personalized to me that I didn't really need at all. :/ I'm pretty sure that was the pub's doing, but still! I was a bit disappointed because I didn't have any money for the rest of the day (I wasn't counting on having to pay for MORE books just to get my own signed).

    The next day I went to ALA I met Victoria Schwab and she was giving away FREE copies of Vicious! I was totally ready to pay for it because I didn't own a copy yet but they were giving them away no charge. I was so in shock, but also really grateful. Because of that I plan on buying it when it comes out in paperback even though I own it already.

    In short: I don't think authors should put up rules about how many books they'll sign. Sure, people bringing 20 books to have signed CAN be obnoxious, but they're obviously very passionate about the series and really into your work if they own that many copies. I wonder if it's the event planners or Roth & Mafi who made the rules for the event. :/


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