Hey everyone! With Yallfest 2012 coming up in just a few days, I thought it might be a lot of fun to put together a post with some advice about what I learned last year and some of the tings I'm going to be doing this year to be even more prepared. Helping each other be prepared is what the blogging community is all about, right? *cue a chorus of rights* So let's get started yall!
2) Bring an extra tote- That way you can put the signed books in it and have more room to search through your rolling bag. Plus, you can carry the tote to the car and leave the rolling bag with a friend.
3) Study the schedule and pack your bag accordingly- If you put all the authors that are going to be appearing in the first part of the day at the bottom of the bag, you are going to have a lot of trouble getting them out. If you look at the schedule and pack according to appearance (last authors of the day on the bottom), you'll be all ready to go.
4) Accept that you aren't going to see everything- This happened to me last year when they were only doing a few panels in the same hour. This year you'll have to choose between 3 every hour which means you are most definitely not going to see it all. And that's okay. It makes each experience unique. For me, the most important part is getting my books signed and getting some one on one time with all the awesome authors there this year.
6) Don't be afraid to introduce yourself- If you've been tweeting with a certain author or had them on your blog or even just want to, introduce yourself and tell them your blog name or Twitter handle. I was talking with Michelle Hodkin last year and told her I'd been tweeting her back and forth and told her my Twitter name. She recognized me and thanked me for telling her so she could. This goes for fellow bloggers too. If you recognize one, go up and say hi
8) Expect a lot of running around- Last year there was a lot of back and forth between the signing lines and the panels. Sure you have to hustle but at least there is some exercise involved. Just wear a pair of comfy shoes.
10) Thank the volunteers- They worked hard for nada to make sure this whole thing gets off without a hitch. If you see one, it might be really nice to thank them. I know I did last year.
11) Bring business cards- Whether you are speaking to an author and want to show them something visual to remember your blog or you want to have one for a fellow blogger who you met, a few business cards will go a long way.
12) Don't forget about the pie!- There is pie there. Don't forget to snag your favorite flavor!
|That's the shirt I'll be wearing|
If you attended last year, any tips you'd like to share?