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How To Meet Your Favorite YA Authors

Want to take a selfie with the young adult author whose books have changed your life?! Me too! I’ve listed some of the top ways to meet YA authors in real life!

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How To Meet Your Favorite YA Authors

how to meet your favorite ya authors


When I first started the blog, I saw a ton of my fellow bloggers with photos of themselves and their favorite authors. And I was BAFFLED.

How’d they do that? Were they just at the right place at the right time of were they just real life besties with these writers (we all wish, right)?

Maybe you’re way more savvy than I am about these things or live in more author-accessible states like New York or California, but I’ve assembled my best tips on how to stalk meet your fave YA authors!

1. Consider Attending National Book Events

These are most likely events you’ll need to travel to – meaning hotels, flights and tickets will need to be purchased. These are what I consider “splurge events,” but they can certainly be worth it, depending on who’s attending.

These events are generally geared toward all genres, but often have YA specific signing opportunities or talks.

Book Con: May 30-31, 2015, New York City

BookBon might be your best bet for a true “con” experience. It occurs at the tail-end of BookExpoAmerica, which is geared toward media, bloggers and publishers. The 2015 event info isn’t up yet aside from the dates, so check back to see who and what will be going on then!

ALA Conference: June 25-30, 2015, San Francisco

ALA is the American Library Association’s annual conference. Non-ALA members can attend, and there are tons of talks and speakers. This conference is definitely more industry-specific, but I mean…Nick Offerman will be speaking at this event. COME ON.

YallFest: November 13-14, 2015, Charleston, SC

I’m attending Yallfest this year! Out of all the events listed, this one is the most YA specific. They had some epic speakers last year including Veronica Roth, Rainbow Roweell, Jashes Dashner and Sarah Dessen. Cannot wait!

& Yallwest: April 11-12, 2015, Santa Monica, CA

This is the West Coast version of the event!

YALSA Young Adult Services Symposium: November 6-8, 2015, Portland, OR

The theme this year is “Bringing it All Together: Connecting Libraries, Teens & Communities.” Sounds great!

GeekyCon: July 30-August 2, 2015, Orlando, FL

Happening in my own hometown, GeekyCon features more web, TV and movie talks than the other conferences. There’s tons of YA fandom love with a “Lit Focus” ticket that focuses on book geek talks.

2. Attend a Local Author Signing Event

I am terrible at finding these myself so when I stumble upon them, it’s a beautiful thing.

Local events are usually part of a larger book tour, and I’ve found a few on publisher and author websites. I’d also check out the local library and book store for posted author events.

There’s also this site but I’m not entirely sure how accurate it is: FindBookSignings.com.

A few current tours I know about:

EpicReads Winter 2015 Book Tour

epic reads winter 2015 book tour


The Lunar Chronicles Fairest Tour

marissa meyer fairest book tour


3. Follow Publisher Instagram/Facebook/Twitter Accounts

This is the most direct way to see where your fave author is signing their books or attending bookish events.

I recommend following these teen-specific publisher communities to get the inside scoop as well:

This Is Teen– Scholastic
Fierce Reads & MacTeen Books – Macmillan
EpicReads – HarperCollins
PulseIt – Simon & Schuster
Teens&Random – Random House
PenguinTeen
SourcebooksFire

How do you find national and local author events? What authors have you meet in real life??

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • http://mybookishlife.com/ Ramona Wray

    This is the best stalking guide I’ve seen in a while! 😀 Great stuff, and very well researched. Well done.

  • http://frannieinthepages.blogspot.com/ Frannie Panglossa

    One of the flaws of not leaving in the US. UGH!!