So I spent the weekend in London and met some amazing people as well as spending the majority of my time at YALC in bookish heaven. Below is a quick round up of my experience.
I queued up from 8am on both Saturday and Sunday and was in the event a good fifteen minutes before the official start time of 9, which was awesome! On the first day I went around all the stalls, chatting with the various publishers who were there and handing out my business card to a few of them – can’t pass up a networking opportunity! By 10am on Saturday, I had about roughly 30 books. I had to find a quiet spot near the workshop area to offload my burden.
I waited in that area until a couple of my friends arrived. The lovely Christina Banach, who is the author of Minty for those of you that are unaware, and also Michelle, who is a fantastic blogger over at Tales of Yesterday. There were a couple of other people that Michelle knew from Twitter that joined us as well and we did some group shots.
The rest of the day was spending perusing the floor, getting books signed and stalking the #YALC feed on Twitter. I thought about attending some panels but decided against it just because I was quite happy to sit on my spot on the floor and read one of my new books. I did follow along with some live tweets just so I wasn’t completely missing out.
On Sunday, I chatted to a lovely woman beside me in the queue about all things bookish and I also met up with her at various points during the day too, which was lovely. I spent all of Sunday getting books signed and because I had to leave early in order to catch my flight, I was camped out at the beginning of most signing queues so I could make sure I got everyone I wanted. I missed all the panels again, which was a shame because I was really hoping to get to Michelle’s workshop on blogging!
I managed to strike up some conversations with the people sitting beside me in the queues on Sunday as well, which was lovely. Considering I’ve been medication free from my anxiety since March now, I was half-expecting to have some mild panic and perhaps shaky hands on the day, but I was absolutely fine! I was so happy that I could sit around the crowds and chat to other bookish people like a normal person. It’s such a relief to know that these things don’t affect me any more.
Overall, despite not getting to any talks, I had a great weekend. Lots of books were bought, lovely conversations were had with fellow bloggers, authors, and general bookish people, and I managed to keep calm. Success! Will definitely be going back next year if I can.
This is the books that I bought at the event and are unsigned. I may have gone a little overboard with this…
These are the books that I bought at the event and also got signed by the authors while there.
This small pile is the books that I actually took with me to get signed.
All the signatures
My favourite picture of the weekend:
Did you go to YALC at the weekend? Did you go to any panels/workshops? What was your book haul like? Let me know!