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One of the best things about my New York Year was how many authors I had the opportunity to meet. I went to a bunch of author events at Books of Wonder, a couple at McNally Jackson, one at Books Are Magic, and one at the Astoria Bookshop. And then I've also been lucky enough to meet several others elsewhere - Ally Carter on the United We Spy tour, Leigh Bardugo at the National Book Festival, Emery Lord at a couple events, Jasmine Warga in Lexington, Kentucky...
I always feel nervous when I meet them, though. I know they're just people, of course, but I always want to have something good to say to them. I don't want to be like everyone else and say, "I loved _" or "I'm so excited to read _; it sounds really good." When I was younger, I loved to ask questions at events, and I usually had some good ones, but now I feel like I can't think of any interesting ones.
Now that I'm back in Virginia, it's going to be harder to go to author events. Most never come to this area, and if they do, it's always northern Virginia. Driving up there from Richmond is a nightmare, so my family tries to do it as little as possible. So if any publicists are reading this, try to send more authors to Richmond, Virginia. We have several great indies in this area, as well as a handful of Barnes & Nobles stores, and a Books-a-Million. ;)
What are your favorite parts about meeting authors? Where do you usually meet them? Who's been your favorite to meet? Let's chat in the comments!