Young Adult Literature Convention London 2017 (YALC)

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So my first year at YALC did not disappoint. I’ve met some lovely fellow book lovers (mostly from sitting for hours in book signing queues!) including Kariny, my book signing queue and photo buddy for the weekend. Kariny also has a book blog over at: http://karinysteenbooxfrenz.blogspot.co.uk. Please pay it a visit as she’s been writing blogs way longer than me and it’s great.

Benedict Cumberbatch also made an appearance as Comic Con was happening on the floor below. I got pushed by someone and I turned around and realised he was trying to get past with his security guys!!

Over the three day event, I managed to meet some of my favourite authors including, Alison Goodman (Dark Days Club), Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer), Vic James (Gilded Cage), Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel of Sands) and finally the fantastic V.E Schwab (Darker Shade of Magic). Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo with V.E as she had a massive queue but I managed to get my book signed – I actually felt a bit emotional getting my book signed by her as I read it during a bit of a crappy time and it really helped me.

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Alison Goodman was especially lovely and coaxed me into taking part in some regency dancing which I turned out to really enjoy even though I went viral on Twitter! (thanks Alison!…)

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I managed to spot one of my favourite British book tubers – Sarah Jane (The Book Life, check out her channel!). I was really scared to say hello as I thought she would think I was weird but I plucked up the courage and she was so sweet – thanks Sarah!

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I attended some really informative author panels as I’m trying to get inspired to start writing my own stuff. My favourite was definitely the Books that Made Me interview with Joanne Harris, Laini Taylor and V.E. Schwab. I definitely feel like I get most of my writing inspiration from Schwab and Taylor as their world building is just magical. What I would give to live inside their heads for a day. It was fantastic to meet them in person and they were both so friendly.

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I also got my hands on some Advanced Reader Copy proofs during the weekend. I’m so excited as I’ve never received any ARCs before. There’s nothing so stressful as waiting in a queue for an ARC and watching the pile getting smaller. I can’t wait to get started on them as some of them are highly anticipated YA books for the end of this year or beginning of 2018. Watch this space for my up-coming reviews!

They are:

  • Blackbird by N.D. Gomes (Nov 17)
  • The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart (Jan 18)
  • The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli (Oct 17)
  • The Fandom by Anna Day (Jan 18)
  • Mister Tender’s Girl by Carter Wilson (Feb 18)
  • House of Ash by Hope Cook (Sep 17)
  • Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu (already out I believe)

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YALC has given me loads of knowledge into the book publishing world. I’ve learnt that it’s not as easy as you think to get published. The author panels have really opened my eyes to the fact that even really well-known authors received tons of knock backs from agents and publishers before finally getting somewhere.

As well as the books, authors and panels, there were also loads of FREEBIES! – this is always the best bit.

All the publisher’s stalls were so generous and I managed to win and pick up some pretty amazing Fairy Loots treasures after spinning a wheel of fortune sort of thing (Fairy Loot is a fab book box subscription service – www.fairyloot.com ) including potion bottle post-its, a cute tote bag, a stunning sky fire pendant based on The Stormheart series by Cora Carmack, a coaster with an Illuminae quote on it and poster based on Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

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I also received a free YALC tote bag which I have pinned all the free pin badges I received over the weekend on to it (I’m thinking of making the bag into a cushion cover). I also had to buy the t-shirt as I’ve ‘been there and done it and got the tee!’ Sorry – cheesy I know.

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There was a great candle company at YALC called Geeky Clean. I’m a sucker for a good candle, especially when they are book themed. One was of my favourite smell in the whole world – BOOKS so I obviously had to buy it. I also bought a Butterbeer and Unicorn Breakfast candle (I’m lighting this as I’m typing this blog and it smells AMAZING). Check out their website at: www.geekyclean.com   

I also bought a bookish necklace from Comic Con on the floor below YALC (this event scared me but had some fantastic fandom jewellery).

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I will leave you with some YALC photos and my MASSIVE book pile! Thanks for reading 🙂

YALC Room

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