This past Saturday, I attended YA Fest with my daughter and co-author, as one of the 50 authors to meet with readers and connect them with fantastic books.
What a ride it was!
From a fire drill...
to being part of a world record...
to meeting other incredible authors like Alissa Grosso, author of Shallow Pond and many other young adult books (I first met Alissa at the Lititz Kid Lit Fest last November)...
I couldn't have asked for a better experience.
Cyn Balog, Jennifer Murgia,
and the entire YA Fest team did a bang-up job of putting this event together and I'm so thankful to have been part of it.
Spencer Hill Press was well represented at the festival, and it was an honor to meet the Executive Editor, Kate Kaynak, one of the very talented cover designers, Lisa Amowitz, as well as many of their authors.
I finally was able to meet the lovely Kit Grindstaff who I've interviewed on From the Mixed-Up Files.
She truly is as lovely in person as she is online. Bethanie is a big fan of her book, The Flame in the Mist, and Kit went out of her way to make Bethanie feel special. It's one thing to say you write for children, and another to interact with those same children and treat them with respect. She is most definitely an author for children!
YA Fest also brought opportunities. Not only did I get to talk to some pretty incredible children, who are enthusiastic about reading, but since the signing on Saturday, I've been contacted by bookstores for future signings, teachers for classroom presentations, and librarians who are excited about the book. Only this morning, I awoke to this beauty in my inbox!
I can't express my gratitude enough to Jennifer, Cyn, and the library staff at the Palmer Branch of the Easton Library for allowing Bethanie and I to be part of such a wonderful event. I'm looking forward to next year!