BookCon 2017

Maggie and I went to BookCon this weekend. It was a lot of fun and, as always, a lot of strife. ARCs were really hard to come by this year. I didn’t see any that weren’t attached to a LONG autograph line-and on the note of autograph lines-can we talk about how PRH seemed grossly under-prepared to handled all of their in booth signings?

A line for tickets that security kept moving, a line after tickets that security kept moving, no idea where to wrap it–every time I passed their booth the inside was just a gaggle of people. It’s not their first rodeo so it’s very disconcerting to see things like that.

I made it to all of my autographing sessions but not the panels. Panels were another let down this year. The booktuber panel especially was just watching them do what they do on their channels. It was boring. And they didn’t know how to talk into a microphone or moderate themselves.

The Holly Black and Leigh Bardugo panel though-hands down-best panel I have seen at BookCon period. They were just fabulous. Fun fact: Leigh jumped out of a tree to meet Holly at SDCC.

One year, I really need ReedPop to step up their game and get organized. This year was such a pinnacle of no one knew where things were supposed to be. They turned lines around-like-completely around-made the front the back and the back the front, cut them in weird sections, told us we couldn’t go one way, then that we could only go that way. It’s unacceptable beyond the first year. These are lessons they should have learned from by now.

BookCon Autographs

Some of them were sold out by 12:01pm. The autograph ticketing site opened at 12:00pm. That is insane.

In the mean time: Thought I’d let you guys know who I’m seeing and what panels I’m planning on squeezing into and maybe I’ll see some bloggers there?

June 3

Signings

  • Kerri Maniscalco Signing
  • Marissa Meyer Signing
  • Victoria Aveyard Signing

Panels

  • The Magic of World Building – Danielle Paige, Renee Adhieh, Marie Lu & Melissa de la Cruz
  • Confronting Social Issues
  • Magic with an Edge – Holly Black and Leigh Bardugo
  • Find Your Voice – Sarah Dessen, Shannon Hale, Henny Han, and Morgan Matson
  • A Spectrum of YA Authors
  • Do You Ship This?
  • BookTuber Booksplosion

June 4

Signings

  • Bill Nye Signing
  • Lemony Snicket Signing

Panels

  • Books + YouTube = BookTube
  • A Picture Tells 1,000 Words: Graphic Novels
  • Real Science, Big Adventure: Bill Nye the Science Guy’s New Series for Kids

Social Badges for BookCon

Not every bookworm is a social butterfly. As of yet, BookCon does not have social badges for their event. So I made some. Feel free to download these badges, print them, fold them in half, laminate them, and hang them from your lanyard to help make your con a little easier.

3Green: I like making friends! Come talk to me!

2Yellow: I’m a little shy. Please let me start the conversation.

1Red: Do not talk to me unless I know you.

Social Badges

Two posts in one day! Who knew that was possible?

In any case, BookCon is upon us. And I know I’ve shared a social badges post before but I really want this to catch on at BookCon. I’ve been to other cons where these are a thing and it really makes the experience that much easier ESPECIALLY if you have social anxieties. So please wear these if you need them and respect those who are wearing them this year.

Green: Talk to me! I like being social!

Yellow: I’m a little shy. Please let me start the conversation.

Red: Please do not talk to me.

Social Cards

I posted a whole newbie guide for BookCon at BookedAllNight, but I wanted to help spread this section specifically. I think there are a lot of anxious BookNerds in the world and more cons should be adopting this trend.

Some cons include social cards with your badges. Green for “I’m social! Please feel free to talk to me!” Yellow for “I’m a little shy. Please don’t talk to me unless I’ve instigated the conversation.” Red for “Do not talk to me.” This helps people who don’t do well with crowds (like myself). BookCon does not include these types of badges but I’ve made up a few that you can keep with you to put with your badges in case you need them.

I recommend getting the Scotch brand photo lamination packets and then punching a hole at the top so that you can swap between these. But you can also tape them over your badges-they should fit. Put them on the front so that you don’t cover up the QR scan for your badge.

REMEMBER:

  • RED: Please don’t talk to this person. They do not want to socialize or find it very difficult.
  • YELLOW: If you don’t know this person-they don’t want to talk OR they are okay with talking to you but they need to start up the conversation.
  • GREEN: All social all the time!

BookCon Newbie Guide

Hi there Booknerds!

BookCon season is upon us! Badges are in the mail! Badges are in hands! And the official I-Really-Can’t Waiting Game has begun! If you’re on the BookCon App (and I highly recommend that you are) then you’ve probably seen all sort of questions about how things work at BookCon and questions about big important things-like autographing lines.

Social Cards

Some cons include social cards with your badges. Green for “I’m social! Please feel free to talk to me!” Yellow for “I’m a little shy. Please don’t talk to me unless I’ve instigated the conversation.” Red for “Do not talk to me.” This helps people who don’t do well with crowds (like myself). BookCon does not include these types of badges but I’ve made up a few that you can keep with you to put with your badges in case you need them.

USA by Way of Train

20151208_135156.jpgMy good friend Magdalyn Ann and I are going on a super long road trip across the USA and the best part?

IT’S VIA TRAIN!

You heard me. Train. We’re going to be going for two weeks for this trip and most of our time is going to be on the train, ha ha, but we’ll have plenty of time for reading and writing so it’ll be just fine!

We are going to NYC, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco (where I’m going to get to see my Aunt and Uncle), New Orleans, and then home. And it’ll be right after I graduate from Rowan!

No, really.

Right after.

graduation_caps_throw_a_hbLike, I’m going to toss my cap in the air, or move my tassle over, or whatever and then sprint to the car because I have a train to catch. Same day. I might just wear my gown on the train. Wouldn’t that be a site?

I’m leaving from a local station to head up to NYC and then over to Chicago! For BookCon! Which really prompted this whole trip.

A year or so ago Maggie and I read an article about a trip from NYC to San Francisco and doing it for about $250 using the Amtrak train passes. But when we looked into the passes we realized we had to buy 8 of them.

So I said, “If we have to get 8 of them–let’s use 8 of them.” Which is why we’re traveling the perimeter of the United States.

I’m so excited for BookCon, to meet author and other readers, but I’m also really excited to spend all this time with Maggie and to have this experience. I can’t think of a better time to do it. Well… maybe the day after I graduate… you get my point though.

So if anyone lives in those cities, or has visited those cities, PLEASE suggest things for us to try! But also keep in mind that we’re walking–like–everywhere.

Summer is Ending

wpid-img_20150704_132124.jpgI’ve been a very busy bee this summer. I bet you’re thinking “Whatever happened to the vlogs you were doing, Jess?” And I will tell you: adult life.

After the third Casavloga episode all I did was go to work and write more of my thesis project. Which means all I have are video clips of me in the car on the way to and from work talking about my thesis project.

And I imagine you don’t want to watch what is pretty much the same episode week after week.

Eventually I just didn’t have the time to edit the videos, especially since I didn’t have much to say in most of them except, “On my way to work… again…”

BookCon 2015

wpid-img_20150531_221219.jpgAs you may know, this year I had the pleasure of attending BookCon 2015, in NYC. I have to say: pretty cool but it needs some work on the organization side. There were many snafus with the autographing sessions. One author’s autographing line was capped before she was even out of her panel. Which means that the people who attended her panel did not get to get her book signed. In my own experience, I went to the James Dashner signing.wpid-img_20150530_085647.jpg

I got in line an hour and a half early so that I wouldn’t miss out on it like I did for other ticketed events (Rainbow Rowell, Steven King) and waited. I was 6th in line and was hoping to go to another panel after getting my book. Instead, BookCon made us all move. Specifically they told us we had to disburse. Well of course no one did. We’d been waiting and most of us had missed out on other events because we weren’t there early enough. Eventually a huge mob formed from all the people getting out of line but still trying to stay in the area. A mob, I might add, that wouldn’t have been there had we not been asked to move our actually organized line. I went from being 6th in line to 50th in line. At least I got to meet James Dashner and get a signed collector’s edition of The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials.