This year, I’m heading back to BookCon! Last year, I was only able to go to one day, so I’m excited to be able to attend the full weekend this year. Here are some tips and other things I learned from last year that I’ll pass on to you guys!
- Choose Your Experience
There is so much going on that it is inevitable that you will miss something you’d like to attend. It’s important before you go to figure out what you want to get from the convention. I personally like to prioritize author meetings and autographs and spend virtually all my time waiting in line for these events. I know others who spend their entire day trying to get as many free ARCs and other goodies. It all depends on what you’d like to do!
2. Plan Out Your Day
By now, hopefully you’ve already got signing tickets! (In mid-May, tickets for the official signing area became available and the popular authors always go super quick!) Even if you’re a spur-of-the-moment kind of person, I’d recommend picking out some events or in-booth signings you’d like to attend throughout the day–and some back-ups too Popular panels WILL fill up, and ARC drops for popular titles WILL be absolutely insane. Events for each day can be searched on the BookCon website. It’s important to check out the rules as well, because some events require ticketing given out in the weeks before or in the morning the day of.
3. Stalk Social Media!
A lot of times publishers will post on twitter about last minute ARC drops, or possible author signings that may not be on the official schedule. Authors will sometimes post about where they are wandering the show floor if you’d like to go say hello.
4. Refuel and Stay Comfy
It’s very easy to get caught up in all of the excitement, but don’t forget to eat and drink. If you’re feeling worn down, don’t be afraid to find somewhere to sit down, I promise that there will be other people scattered on the floor (though try not to be a fire hazard!). On that note, it’s important to wear comfy footwear and clothes because you’ll be walking around all day.
5. Have Fun!
Even if you don’t get to do everything that you wanted to, enjoy the experience of being surrounded by other book lovers! And don’t forget to say hello if you see me there, I’m going with a few other crazy friends and we will be cosplaying as Schwab characters and Star Wars characters respectively on the two days.