Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Armchair BEA: Author Interaction

Let’s talk interacting with authors IRL (in real life) or online. 


Dallas doesn't seem to get too many authors touring through. Maybe just not the authors I'm reading? Maybe I'm just not hearing about it? Nevertheless, I was THRILLED to see Neil Gaiman when he toured through Dallas last year. 

You can read the full report HERE

While it certainly wasn't the most intimate signing, with over 1,500 attendees, it was lovely to hear Neil talk, hear him read from The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Fortunately, the Milk. He was gracious and funny and wonderful. I SQUEEED all the way home over having my books signed and getting to speak with him for a few minutes.

In short, it was dreamy!





You can also watch my Ocean at the End of the Lane review and more Gaiman gushing right here! 


45 comments:

  1. I'm surprised Dallas doesn't get more authors. We're smaller and get quite a few of them. Maybe your local bookstores aren't courting authors.

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    1. I've worked for an independent bookstore outside Chicago for many years and we work VERY hard at courting authors -- I'm sure the bookstores in Dallas do too. Publishers are sending fewer and fewer authors on tour, and they have their favorite markets. Chicago isn't one of them, and maybe Dallas isn't either. We get some terrific authors, but I notice that we're often bypassed in favor of Kansas City, Milwaukee, etc. -- there are a lot of reasons for that, which I've discussed at length with book publishers. My mother lives in SC and I'm always amazed how many authors tour there.

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    2. Kathy and Books on the Table, my local indie went out of business. Sooo so so so sad. But Dallas really has very few indies as a whole so I definitely think that has a large effect on the number of authors touring through. So very sad. I just did a search for indies on Indiebound and while there are 30 within 100 miles of me, only one within reasonable driving distance, and upon further investigation, it is closed. Gah!

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  2. I think there are fewer signings compared to a number of years ago. Sounds like it was a fun evening.

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    1. Very fun! Crazy busy fun. lol

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  3. So jealous about your neil interaction. I would have squeed too!

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    1. It was SO HARD to not be that crazy fan. I just nerded out to my husband so I could keep my composure with Neil. hehe

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  4. That's awesome. I wanted to go to the event, but couldn't because of my schedule. There are quite a few YA authors that come to Dallas. If you don't follow Fresh Fiction, they tend to do big events with many authors.

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    1. Booo that you couldn't go! And I'll definitely check out Fresh Fiction. Where are the YA authors appearing? Indies? Libraries? I'm curious because we have so few indie bookstores. Fort Worth has SO many more than Dallas.

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    2. I've been to quite a few at the Irving Library, Barnes & Noble across from Northpark, and the Half Price Books on on NW Hwy.

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  5. How awesome :) I haven't been to very many author events but Neil came to my city in 2009 (a local bookstore won a contest to host him), so I can understand your excitement!

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    1. I haven't been to many either. It struck me in hindsight that I should've mentioned meeting Ernest Cline! He was super fun, and that's how I got involved with the book group I attend now.

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  6. No WAY! Neil Gaiman is an absolute favorite of mine! I'm so jealous! It's like meeting a famous celebrity! ..I guess that's exactly what it is, really. Did you know the RT Booklover's convention in is Dallas next year?

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    1. Haha! It was amazing! I did not know that! I'm off to check it out.

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    2. Hope you're able to make it! We'll be there!

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  7. I'm jealous, Neil Gaiman is the coolest! I live in the middle of Illinois, which is NOT an author hot spot, believe you me. I kind of wish Dallas was though. It's one of the few locales our tiny airport can fly direct to, and then I'd be able to stalk you at the same time. I'm now SHAKING MY FIST AT THE HEAVENS!

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    1. Isn't he??? I think you should fly directly here for margaritas. We don't need no authors! :D

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  8. I would be starstruck by Neil, absolutely.

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  9. Meeting Neil Gaiman would be fun! Unless I move somewhere else, I'm never going to meet the Big Named Authors.

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    1. I hear ya. I'm ok with it. lol That's what Twitter is for.

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  10. I loved that tour! I didn't get to see him until 1am at the LA sigming but he was so chipper and drew little pictures in both of my books :) :) great post !

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    1. WOW! That is commitment. From him and the audience. I think he signed until 2:30am or so in Dallas. I would never have made it. lol

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  11. Neil Gaiman, yes and yes forever. I got to hear him speak a couple years ago and it was just as incredible as I thought it would be : )

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    1. He's just the coolest isn't it?

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  12. Oh, it would be amazing to meet Neil Gaiman! Stardust is one of my favorite books of all time. Lucky you!

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    1. Thanks, Jessica! It was pretty amazing. I'd see him again in a heartbeat!

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  13. How exciting to meet Neil Gaiman! We have the same issue in Atlanta--not a lot of authors come through. They hit Orlando, Charlotte, and Nashville and tend to hop right over us.

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    1. That surprises me. I would think Atlanta would be a pretty popular spot!

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  14. That sounds great! I would love to meet Gaiman!

    Sue

    2014 Big Book Summer Challenge

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  15. You are the cutest! And I wish that I had made the trip to go see Gaiman! Sounds like such an amazing night.

    And why doesn't Dallas get any authors? Boo to Austin and Houston!

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  16. I haven't even read Gaiman yet (I KNOW) and this story has always made me super happy!!

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  17. Like Monika I haven't read Gaiman yet (I KNOW) but I somehow know I will love his books and soon become a fangirl myself.

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  18. Haha, I love the glee in your eyes. "I'm almost there!"

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  19. I hear ya. Gaiman is the closest thing to like, rock n' roll star or royalty that the book world has. He just exudes awesomeness. So glad you had a great time!

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    1. (also, I have to say that your blogs tagline? Best. Ever. ^_^)

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  20. Yay Neil!! I was ecstatic when he came to Billings, MT of all places as part of the festivities celebrating the opening of our new spectacular library a couple months ago. While he didn't do a meet & greet or sign anything, it was a fabulous time. Also at the time he had a major beard going on so the first question anyone asked was "what's with the beard?" Ha! I haven't read all that much of his work but basically from what I have read, and movies he's been involved with (Mirrormask especially), I have a ginormous crush on his imagination. And humor. And overall class. *happy sigh*

    P.S. I was bummed that A Real Bookstore closed. That sucks. I was going to say, you should check out Eerie Books in Wylie sometime (it's an all horror bookstore, if you're up for that sort of thing) but apparently that closed too. Bah humbug! Well there's always Recycled Books in Denton...well worth the drive I say.

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  21. As you might have seen in my facebook post, I did get to see Neil Gaiman talk recently, but unfortunately only the very expensive tickets included a chance to get your book signed. I'm sure you had to wait in line forever, but I'm still a bit jealous :)

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  22. You got to see Neil Gaiman?! Awesome! I'm glad you had fun!

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  23. I just missed Neil Gaiman last year when he came though my town... I also missed Joe Hill which I am still bummed about too. :( Love that picture too... it's a hit and run pic. I had to do that with every author I've seen so far.

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  24. I didn't think there were that many in OK but I guess there are way more than I realized! I just haven't been looking in the right spots, but now I have a little bit better idea, thankfully. If there were more signings in Dallas, at least of people I was interested in, I'd be willing to make a trip since it's so close!

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  25. I just read my first Gaiman book and look forward to going to an event one day. I live in the SF Bay Area and I am pretty sure he comes here from time to time. You are so lucky you got to meet him!

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  26. That picture is awesome!!!

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