Sorry for the delay, but I am finally sitting down to write my recap for BookCon.
I had always wondered how people were able to get so many books from the book drops, so this year was the first time I actually planned out what I wanted to do. I looked up the publishers websites and kept track of when and where everything was. I also referred to Chi-Chi Millaway‘s sample schedule, which helped sooooo much (I actually ended up running into her while waiting in line at an author signing and thanked her for her fantastic schedule). Below you’ll see a little screenshot of the schedule I used.
Ticketed Author Signings:
I was able to get tickets Saturday for Evangeline Lilly, who wrote the childrens series, Squickerwonkers and Max Brooks, who wrote World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide and co-author of Winning Westeros: How Game of Thrones Explains Modern Military Conflict.
Saturday day #1:
The first stop I wanted to get to was for the FaeCrate advanced copy drop for the book Mind Games by Shana Silver. And yes, in order to get a copy of her book, you had to unscramble V-M-E-I-H-D-N-I. The few people I was with began panicking “do we seriously have to do work to get the book?!” Luckily a mom who was with her son were kind enough to tell us it was H-I-V-E-M-I-N-D.
After I got Mindgames, I went over to see J.L. Willow, an author that I met at last years BookCon. I was able to get a copy of her second book, Missing Her. I then met another teen author, Zachary James, who was sharing the booth with J.L. His series is called A Kingdom of Diamond Antlers. They were both of course were amazingly nice. I am glad that every single author that I have met at these crazy events have been so nice and appreciative to all of their fans.
My first stop was to go to the Max Brooks autographing table first, which wasn’t that long to wait for. He was very laid back and nice, same with one of the co-authors, M.L. Cavanaugh (who is a Colonel and US Army Strategist). I brought my copy of The Zombie Survival Guide for Max to sign, and was surprised to be given an advanced copy of Winning Westeros: How Game of Thrones Explains Modern Military Conflict.
Once I met Max Brooks and ML Cavanaugh, I rushed to go straight to the Evangeline Lilly line. I was really glad that I did that, because I ended up waiting in line for about an hour and a half. Since they ran out of her first book in the Squickerwonkers series, I ended up buying her second book The Squickerwonkers Act 1: The Demise of Selma the Spoiled.
From there, I walked around for a bit, then went to the signing for Matt Mikalatos’s second book in the Sunlit Lands series, The Heartwood Crown. (Check out my review for his first book, The Crescent Stone, here). I am holding the “unicorn”, Delightful Glitter Lady. You’ll just have to read The Crescent Stone to find out why I am calling the rhino a unicorn.
After getting my copy of The Heartwood Crown, I went to the very long line for the Dav Pilkey signing. This year, Dav Pilkey was signing a “screenshot” of a page from his upcoming book, Fetch-22.
My last thing for me that I wanted to get to was a signing/meet and greet with author Ann M. Martin, who is known for writing The Babysitters Club series. I think meeting her was the best thing that day because I grew up reading her books. She was so nice and appreciative after telling her I was a fan of hers growing up.
Day #1 haul: