Dear Amazing Author (yes I mean you!):
I am so excited RT14 is in New Orleans this year! So. Freakin’. Excited! Since New Orleans is my hometown, it’s probably the only opportunity I’m going to have to meet all you wonderful authors whose books I devour and fangirl over. Seriously, I have a list a mile long of all the authors I want to meet and your name is on that list.
But, even though I’m super-excited about RT… I’m terrified. Because I know that as soon as I meet you, everything I wanted to say is going to fly right out of my head. I won’t remember your book titles, your other pen names, your publisher and possibly even your characters. I’ll be reduced to “hi” (if you’re lucky) and a lot of staring. Because I am absolutely overwhelmed to be meeting you and I think your writing is that awesome. Of course, I’ll think of a million things to say to you after you’re gone. When I go to individual author signings, I often forget to tell them my name for inscription, or that I love their books, tweets, pet photos, whatever. Because all that’s going through my head is “OMG it’s HER (or HIM)!!!”
Now imagine that feeling x1000, because that’s what RT feels like to this reader: So. Many. Amazing. Authors. All there to talk about books and their craft and whatever else flips their skirts. Add to that the fact that there are also so many amazing bloggers present and I’m a deer in the headlights. I’m lucky Parajunkee will be there with me; she’s friendly, fun, and outgoing, so I will hopefully be a little more relaxed in her presence – she definitely got me through ALA a few years ago and I escaped with only a few embarrassing stories to tell (sorry again, Julie Kagawa!) and only hid in the bathroom twice.
So, lovely authors, remember: if you have a fan at your table or in your group, and that person doesn’t seem too excited, the truth may be just the opposite. That fan might be so excited that she’s simply unable to express it. I am seriously considering writing out index cards so I can remember what I want to say. That wouldn’t be awkward if I asked you to hold on while I flip through my cards, would it? I guess it’s too late to order buttons that say “not bored, just shy”. Darn it.
I know some of you authors are also shy. Maybe we need a signal to identify ourselves to each other, like an ear tug or hand signal… that might make it a little less awkward for us both 🙂 Can’t wait to meet you!!!