Apparently I’m Going to BookCon Next Month & Now I Have Some Questions

Posted April 30, 2019 by Amber in Real World / 2 Comments

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Last year, my brother and his girlfriend went to BookCon.  He was so excited – he kept texting me while he was there, and at the time, he wasn’t even a reader.  This wonderful girl, a handful of proper books, and BookCon converted him.

When tickets went on sale, I received a series of text messages which, in summary went like this:

HIM:  ARE YOU GOING TO BOOKCON.
ME:  Huh?
HIM:  BOOKCON TICKETS ARE ON SALE.
HIM:  YOU SHOULD GO.
HIM:  YOU SHOULD GOOOOOOOOOOOOO
ME:  Um, that’s really close to the time we’re probably moving.
HIM:  GO
ME:  Matt’s going to be so bored.
HIM: HE CAN HANG OUT WITH ME. GOOOOOOOOOO
ME: We’ll see. *buys tickets*

So now, I am going to BookCon.  I may have been in the bloggish community on-and-off for a while now, but I’ve never been to something quite like this.

Okay, I went to Rhode Island Comic Con twice.  It was very crowded and stressful.  But fun.  I bought too many Pops.  But that’s not a book convention.  This is new territory for me, and I get social anxiety which makes stuff like this super awesome.

So, dear readers, I’m reaching out to you:

  • Have you been to YALC, BookCon, or something similar?
  • What was your experience?
  • What should I bring?
  • What’s the food situation?
  • How early do I need to arrive to panels to get in?
  • How early do I need to plan to buy autograph tickets?

And, really, anything else you can think of.

I’ve run across a few blog posts in Google searching that suggest things like comfy shoes and a big backpack, but otherwise, I’m a bit lost.  And my darling brother is not the most helpful soul.  I want to know all about your experiences!

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If you could meet one author, who would you choose?

Do you prefer booths, meet and greets, or panels?

Do people really give out ARCs at these things?
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2 responses to “Apparently I’m Going to BookCon Next Month & Now I Have Some Questions

  1. I went to my first con last year, the Romance Times con. And I also have social anxiety. What I found most useful was looking carefully over my schedule and preparing ahead for what was going to happen. I gave myself little mental scripts to go off of and actually, no joke, practiced what to say. It helped a lot to keep me from feeling awkward. Still, by the end of the day I was really ready to recharge with no one talking to me, LOL.

    • Amber

      The BookCon schedule is actually something I’m struggling with. While the panels have been released, the author signing tickets are not available until 2 weeks before the event, and I just learned yesterday you don’t get a printout of the ARC drops until you’re in the event (though sometimes people/publishers will announce ahead on social media). So I would say my scheduling is giving me some anxiety based on lack of information!

      That said, the scripts are good. I’m definitely going to be using my husband and brother as shields as well sometimes, I believe. And my brother’s girlfriend is incredible, she actually texted on Tuesday and told me no worries, she’s got it covered. Bless beautiful people like you two, helping keep my chill.