Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Sarah J. Maas and Book Signings in General

Excuse the photo on the left. I swear I'm not usually that bedraggled, square, lopsided or pink.

The lovely lady in the picture (well, the other lovely lady...) is Sarah J. Maas, author of Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight and now Heir of Fire, for which I attended a book signing today.

Quick interjection: I love these books. Go read them.

I really like owning personalised, signed books by my favourite authors. I have a special shelf where they all live and I enjoy thinking about how somebody has signed those books just for me. I also like being able to put a face to a name, even when it continually surprises me that people are American.

Let's face it though, these events are usually pretty dreary. I don't mean the ones where there's a Q & A, a reading or some kind of talk. Those are great and I feel like I can really get to know the author, even when they're not talking to me personally. The quick, lunchtime signings though, where you queue for an hour to file past a table where somebody smiles at you, scribbles your name and you leave... let's just say that I like the product more than the experience.

It's not that I don't appreciate the author giving up their time to come and meet their fans, especially when they live overseas. It must be tiring, writing the same thing over and over and answering the same questions, then rushing off to another appointment to do it all over again. It's probably exhausting.

I'm also quite an awkward person so I never have questions for the author in question. I'm always acutely aware that they will have answered that same question 56 times already and there's a long queue behind me. So I smile and leave.

Cue Sarah J. Maas. I was expecting exactly the same treatment. I say 'treatment,' like it's something to be endured but I don't mean that at all. It's not a bad thing, it's just the usual experience that I expect. Anyway, the queue was huge. I arrived half an hour early and it was already epic.

I have to admit, I did get pretty tetchy. It was my own fault for not taking enough time off work, but the queue just didn't seem to move. I've been to book signings before, one just last week, but it seemed to just drag. I was talking on-and-off to a nice girl and her mother behind me, but in the end it took two hours and twenty minutes to get to the end. 

It was completely worth it. Well, it's usually worth it, because I have signed books, but this author made me feel so damn special. Do you know why it took so long? Because she spoke to every single damn one of us. Not just "hey, how are you? Thanks for coming," crap; she has conversations with everybody. I must have been the 150th (ish) person she saw that day, but she still actually looked at me and talked to me about my hair and how I looked like the girl from Frozen. Then she offered to have a photo taken. 

I know it really doesn't sound like a big deal, but it actually kind of is when you compare it to... well, almost every other signing I've been to. Not only did she make conversation though, she wrote something in every single damn book. I know this sounds self-explanatory for a book signing, but it isn't. Almost everybody had four books in front of them and yet everybody I saw had a comment personal to them. Look:


Sarah J. Maas is a lovely person that didn't make me feel like I was just one of the 200 people that had gone to get their book signed. I'm under no illusions that she'd remember me tomorrow, but that doesn't matter. 

The thing is, I now want to make everybody buy her books, follow her on Twitter and just generally support her because I honestly feel like she deserves it. I don't write positive, appreciative posts as often as I should, but I just wanted to tell everybody that you should definitely read Throne of Glass.

Which authors have you had great experiences with?   

10 comments:

  1. Awesome you had a good time. Unfortunately I have never been to a signing(being from Europe and all) but it seems so rewarding in the end. So happy you got meet her. I am about to start the series soon. :)

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    1. Hey, I'm from Europe too! Whenever an author comes to the UK, it's A Big Thing :)

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  2. OMG this is exactly what I thought too, she puts so much effort into her signings to just appreciate everyone, she SUPER awesome <3

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    1. Exactly! She must be exhausted at the end of the day but she still tries so damn hard. I just felt appreciated :)

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  3. I hope she comes to Toronto some time. I deff want to meet her! Fabulous books and fabulous person is a winning combination. :D

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    1. A combination that I've not seen THAT often, either. I mean, most authors are nice people but not to this level.

      I hope you get to meet her soon :)

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  4. She is absolutely lovely to meet. I've had the pleasure of meeting her a few times now and each time is so amazing. She's extremely down to earth and you can tell how much she appreciates each and every one of her readers. Not only is her series one of my all-time favorites, but she, as a person and author are one of my all-time faves, as well.

    I'm so glad you had a great experience meeting her!

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  5. Aww Sara J Maas sounds super sweet. I've only been to a handleful of signings but I'm pretty awkward too, I can't come up with questions on the spot and don't want to bother the author.

    Lovely pictures (and you look fine!)

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

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  6. Great post! I attended the book signing in Newcastle on Tuesday and honestly, it was the best I had ever been to a book signing. Everybody who queued up were lovely too, I had never had a conversation with people waiting but this time, 2 girls in front talked to me and my friend and we all got so nervous and excited together. Then when I saw Sarah, she remembered me from Twitter and engaged in conversation, then got a photo with her and I asked for a hug and she totally gave me the best hug I've ever had. She made me feel special too and she definitely deserves every success. I love her. I actually love her.

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  7. I'm a big fan of Sarah J Maas as well - love her books and her personalized touch on her career and fans. She's favorited and replied to my tweets on several occasions and it makes me feel so special that she takes time to do those things. She's just a lovely person (and writes kick-ass books!) Great post - Well done spreading the love!!

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