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My favorite author event that I have attended was definitely the one with Ally Carter last fall. Okay, so maybe it was the only event I have attended with a YA author (all of the other ones were from when I was younger), but it is the one I will remember the most for a few reasons. First of all, Ally is awesome and also really funny. Another thing is that even though the event was crowded, everyone who wanted an autographed copy of one of her books, got to meet her in person. And it was more than just the sign, next person, sign, next… routine. Ally was a bit more personal and it was definitely less rushed.
After I started blogging, I’ve definitely had a lot of increased author interactions, whether it was on Twitter or through email. I think part of this is because I’ve become more… social and connected. Twitter is a great place to connect with authors, and the reason I created a twitter was to promote my blog. (Since then, Twitter has proven it has many other benefits and uses beside promotion). I also met a lot of awesome authors who I would never had if I hadn’t started blogging. Blogging has opened me up to the authors who are self published / indie published. I probably would never have had picked up some of their books just because I had no clue they existed.
As for tips, my only tip is don’t be afraid of authors. Usually they tend to be nice people, especially if you declare your love for one of their books. That being said, I need to work on taking my own advice…
More Than Just Words
Okay, I might be alone in this, but I usually prefer books over any other format. I’m not a huge comic or manga reader and I don’t really listen to audiobooks. I’m not quite sure why I’m not very interested in comics or manga, but I think it might have something to do with the fact that all of my friends only really read books with only words and no pictures. *Shrug.* As for audiobooks, that’s a bit more complicated. I don’t really mind audiobooks as long as the only thing I’m doing is listening to them. I find that I try multitasking and attempt to, I don’t know, clean my room, I’ll lose focus and won’t really be paying attention to what is happening in the book. It’s like when I listen to music while I’m doing my math homework. I hear it and all the lyrics, but it isn’t really registering in my mind. It just becomes noise until I start to focus on the music alone. The same thing happens when I listen to audiobooks. I cannot tell you how many times I started listening to a book only to look up an hour or two latter and be like “What???? How??” ?_? All that being said, it is fun to just put everything on hold for a while and just listen to the narrator read, especially when the narrator is the author.