adventures in book signings

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I went to go see Sarah J Maas on Sunday in Toronto and while I enjoyed the 8am-3pm waiting time (solely because of my friends), I was a little disillusioned. I’m probably just someone who’s insanely picky or naive when it comes to signings (I’ve only been to like 4 or 5), but I was really surprised with how strict the guidelines were for the event.

We arrived at 7:50 am and were promptly told the guidelines. We were to not leave or we would lose our spots (if you had to go to the washroom or get coffee/food, you’d have to tell security), which is understandable because there were A LOT of people (we were like 150-155 of 250). Then we had to buy the book, get a wristband, and leave our books with the staff and if you already owned a copy, oh well *shrug* (which you couldn’t get signed–though when my friends asked SJM to sign a different book other than A Court of Wings and Ruin, she obliged). For reference, usually a receipt as proof of purchase is usually sufficient.

SJM is a sweetheart in person, even if some of her responses to questions were a liittttleeeee problematic, but hey, they’re her characters. She complimented my friends and me on our makeup and outfits, which was awesome. I just found the guidelines for her signing a lot more strict than I’ve ever experienced. Granted, she’s a much more famous author than some of the authors I’ve met–for reference, there were well over 300 people at her signing.

What really jarred me though was the view of people crying beside the main line because they didn’t make it in time to be one of 250 people to personally meet SJM and get their books signed. It’s true that time management would have been useful (there were people there since 3am, but again, someone who didn’t research or ask questions or had experiences with popular authors would probably make the same mistake). I know exceptions can’t be made for one person or else that would open up the floodgates, but it was still a really sad scene.

Overall, the experience of meeting SJM was great. She and her husband were adorable as he stamped two books and she signed ACOWAR and talked to the fan. It was the strict guidelines and some of her responses that made us question the event and dimmed our excitement. (I.e. Feyre being a hufflepuff–which a very specific whattttt?! moment).

Of course, this is just my opinion. Sunday could have been someone else’s perfect day. People seemed to be having fun and even though we could barely hear her from our spot–the place was super full, so we couldn’t even see her, people were actively trying to hear her responses. The hearing issue was at times to the extent where we just wanted to meet her.

My Tips for Author Signings: Always be earlier than you think you need to be. Be considerate of the people running the event, even if you don’t agree with their rules. Have fun!

The signs as Zamonia quotes
  • aries: “There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written, that's all.”
  • taurus: "If somebody loves you, you always love them a little in return."
  • gemini: “No one who writes a good book is really dead.”
  • cancer: “The ability to love is not a prerogative of the good but may well be the one thing they share with the evil.”
  • leo: “Reading is an intelligent way of not having to think.”
  • virgo: "Why not ask yourself whether your other dreams are real? You go on trips and undergo the strangest experiences every night. How do you know they only take place in your mind?"
  • libra: “When bad habits become a habit, you have to turn over a new leaf.”
  • scorpio: “Stealing from one author is plagiarism; from many authors, research.”
  • sagittarius: “Knowledge is night!”
  • capricorn: “I’m as good as dead, but they haven’t buried me yet”
  • aquarius: "... the smell of fires that burn in the distance, with a touch of cinnamon - that's the smell of adventure!"
  • pisces: “Life is too precious to be left to chance”
Children’s books

Aries

The jungle book (Rudyard Kipling)
Primary, raw, wilderness,   survival of the fittest

Taurus

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ( L. Frank Baum)

Economic allegory, farmer, knowledge holders

Gemini

Peter Pan (J. M. Barrie)
Adolescence, refusal to grow, companionship, carelessness

Cancer

The Little Prince ( Antoine de Saint-Exupéry )

Moon, imagination, sensitivity, humanism

Leo

Jumanji ( Chris Van Allsburg )
Games, jungle, father-son relationships

Virgo

Heidi (Johanna Spyri)
Natural, simple life, campaign against industrial world

Libra

A Little Princess ( Frances H. Burnett)
Princess, romantic, good education

Scorpio

A Series of Unfortunate Events (Lemony Snicket)
Dark, dark humor, survival, drama

Sagittarius

Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson)
Adventures, treasures, trips

Capricorn

Babar the Elephant ( Jean de Brunhoff )
Society, elite, civilization, government

Aquarius

Pippi Longstocking ( Astrid Lindgren)
Original, free, quirky

Pisces

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland ( Lewis Carroll)
Imagination, madness, lost, labyrinth

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What an amazing whirlwind of a book tour. What an amazing turnout by all of you all over this beautiful country. Thank you to all of the bookshops that held me, to @quailridgebooks for the final stop on this bit of touring. Thank you for the @typewriternyc for venturing outside the confines of NYC and coming to North Carolina. Just thank you. I feel so lucky to know you all, to meet you, to be allowed to do this at all. Thank you.

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I met Paul Dini at his book signing of Harley Quinn: A Celebration of 25 Years and got both of my ’ Mad Love’ comics and book signed. I even gave him one of my Harley Quinn 25th anniversary enamel pins. He loved it and my Quinntet shirts we were wearing.

I took video of the event where he talks about Harley Quinn and how he created her and his inspirations for her are and how he sees her. It was so refreshing to hear Harley’s creator explain who she really is instead of other outside narratives.

I had a wonderful Batman Day

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So I have audiobooks and I wanted a better album cover for it on iTunes.

Sherlock Holmes Books + BBC Sherlock

*All Souls Con is back!* This year, we are headed to New Orleans, the city of Marcus’ “boisterous and charming” family, for a full day of history and adventure on Saturday, September 23. The organizers are planning a day that is filled with guest speakers, including the authors and illustrators of the upcoming insider’s guide to the trilogy, The World of All Souls. This will be your chance to hear (and see!) behind-the-scenes details on the upcoming television project and find out more about the next book set in the All Souls world. Live streaming will be available for those not able to attend in person. As with the last Con, it’s also an opportunity to network with me and with fans who are as passionate about the adventures of Diana and Matthew as you are–and get your books signed. - Deborah Harkness website

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Among the exclusive covers that BOOM! is bringing to Emerald City Comicon are two that I’m involved with: a gold-foil version of The Midas Flesh #1 by Chip “Sex Criminals” Zdarsky and this special cover of Adventure Time #25 by Ian McGinty that features a buff little baby that can swim like a man! 

If you’re coming to ECCC, hey guess what I’ll be there as will Chip and Ian too and we’ll all sign these books for you!