Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Maggie Steifvater Signing and Giveaway!


Where to start? So I went to the Maggie Steivarter signing a little over a week ago and it was so much fun. First it was my first bookstore signing, I'd only been to signing at ComicCon previously, and I think it was pretty much the first signing this B&N has done(it's was fairly disorganized and they didn't quite seem to know what to do). But anyways I got there like ten minutes early and there was like  thirty or so people there. So I had brought my copies of Raven Boys and Dream Thieves and wanted to buy another copy of Raven Boys and a copy of Sinner(for the giveaway!) so I went and bought those then I was given a little sticky note with my name on it so I could have my books personalized and found a spot to stand.
A few minutes later Maggie comes strutting in the front door and everyone strains to see her and then a few minutes later the Barnes and Noble employee introduces her and she starts talking some about Sinner. She was very entertaining to watch. She jumped up on the folding chairs and then the table before moving back to the chairs(her standing on the table was making people nervous) and she was just really animated and fun to watch and listen to. She talked about how she wasn't intending to write Sinner she was supposed to be done with Mercy Falls after the last Shiver book and how she had always wanted to write a band book and how that plays a part in Sinner and then she described her old band that she was with in college. Telling us about every former member and her experiences with firing band members and she had the whole room laughing throughout her whole talk.
Then there were some questions, the only one that stands out in my mind was when a little boy asked her if she was going to write more children's books and her reply was something along the lines of “You mean something without smooching and arms getting chopped off?” and the boy said he didn't mind the chopped off arms and she told a story about how with her Spirit Animals book she thought it would be easy to write and she actually had a part in it where the main character chops off an unarmed mans arm and how her(editor? Agent? Publisher?) asked her if she just had this young character chop off an unarmed mans arm and she says "so I should give him a sword?" And they reply that that is not the issue. In answer to the question she said that yes she would like to write more children's stuff because she wants to share her writing with her kids and that next time she would tell her publisher(or whoever) that a little boy in Reno said he was fine with the arm getting chopped off.
So overall it was a blast. I just really enjoyed listening to her stories and her inspirations which by the way apparently(you may know this but I've never even tried to look it up or anything) Sinner and the whole Shiver series was inspired by the fact that she had read a book that she completely hated, so much that she had to finish it and immediately reread it but the second time she ended up loving it for all the reasons she hated it the first time. Same thing with the first time she went to L.A she hated it and when she went back she loved it. And so when writing Shiver she wanted to write a book that people either loved or hated, she then said that if you only like her books don't tell her because it would only hurt her feelings.
So next up was the signing. I was about in the middle of the line and it took probably thirty or more minutes until it was my turn. She was really nice and I got all my books signed plus some awesome swag. It was a major fangirl moment and being the socially awkward person I am I believe I stuttered a few times which is odd only because I've never had a stuttering problem... But I told her how I loved Raven Boys and she asked who my favorite character was(cue stutter as my mind goes blank and the only name I can remember is Blue(who admittedly is my favorite character)) so I say Blue but I love everyone, she says good answer. I tell her the reason I don't want two of the books personalized is that I'm giving them away and she replies that she loves being a prize and asked if people would work hard to get them....so that's the question how hard are you willing to work to win these two books?


The BAD – So there was one bad part of the signing and it had nothing to do with Maggie but these two stupid 14 year old girls. So first of all they're standing right next to me during the portion of the event when Maggie is talking, and not once do they so much as glance in the direction of the talking author. No. They're texting and they're talking to each other. Now I don't want to move cause there's really no where else to go and I don't want to disturb the whole event trying to find a new place to stand/lean/sit, so I stick it out. Then we all line up for the signing and who is right behind me, breathing down my neck, the two 14 year old girls who apparently have never heard of a personal bubble. So first the moment they get in line they start signing, singing. Some obnoxious pop/hiphop/rap song. The same chorus over and over again. Like what are you doing? Be considerate please! And then they move on to overly loudly talking about the fan fiction they write, and how so many people love them and they're fanfiction is so popular, and then they start reading out loud to each other! It's One Direction fanfiction, bad fanfiction. And then, and then, they start talking about Mortal Instruments and how they want to write some Malec fanfiction and then(I kid you not) they just blurt out a huge spoiler! I have not read City Of Heavenly Fire! You're in the middle of a crowded bookstore, at a YA author signing, chances are at least half the people in this store are fans of Mortal Instruments and guaranteed at least one person(ME!) hasn't read the book yet, you're already talking louder than necessary you might as well have screamed it as the top of your lungs at the release party! I was so so mad. I almost turned around and screamed at them, I swear. Luckily it was soon my turn to meet Maggie and I was able to control my anger.


On to the giveaway! So this is a four book giveaway! What?! One person will win four *signed* books! It will go on until mid September and the last two books will be revealed on or around the 13th! So first we have Sinner(hardback) and Raven Boys(paperback) signed by Maggie Stiefvater and next month I will be going to a signing with Amy Tintera, Debra Driza, Kasey West and Shannon Messenger click here to vote for which two books you want a chance to win!
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27 comments:

  1. Omg, I would've been so mad the 14 year old girls. I hate spoilers. Although I'm glad meeting Maggie kind of made up for it. It's times like this I wish I lived in the US as well. Not many authors comes to Sweden, I'm afraid. :/

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    1. Sweden? Sweet. But I can see how it would suck to not get to met authors. My town just recently started getting author events so i know how it feels, only on a smaller scale. =)
      And yes I was mad at those girls, they were so inconsiderate.

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  2. I was just able to meet Richelle Mead last night, which was really cool and saw signed copies of Maggie's books and was drooling over them, so this would be awesome to win!! While I have been to a signing of Maggie's, I bought some more books months after and haven't been able to get them signed. The author I would love to meet as well, though, is Rae Carson.

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    1. Ah, Richelle Mead? I'm a little jealous I admit it. =)

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  3. Okay, the 14 year olds NEED to be stopped. One good bop with a book could have ended it, at least temporarily. This just cements the fact that if I don't read CoHF soon, it WILL be spoiled for me. I am so sorry they put a damper on an otherwise awesome day!

    As for authors... Suzanne Collins would probably be the holy grail lol. Otherwise, I would love to meet John Green, Lauren Oliver, Neal Shusterman, Leigh Bardugo...oh, fine, the list is never ending!

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    1. They do need to be stopped! They are a plague on the whole world! =)
      Ah, all your choices are so good! I actually had the chance to met John Green at comic-con two years ago(?) unfortunately this was before I knew how awesome he was, so I didn't go! Curse past me!

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  4. This is an incredibly hard question, since there are so many authors I want to meet(and since I live in a very rural area, no one literally ever comes within 2 hours drive of me). My top three would actually probably be Maggie Stiefvater(haha, coincidence), Leigh Burdago, and Brandon Sanderson.

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    1. It is a hard question...that's why i picked it! I've actually met Brandon Sanderson(haha coincidence) he was really nice. =) My town just recently started getting author events so maybe yours will too?

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  5. I'd love to meet Stephanie Perkins!!

    LOVE this post :)

    Thank you :)

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  6. I would love to meet Hannah Moskowitz!! There are others, but I have fallen in love with her writing and her latest book to be released in January.

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    1. I have no idea who that is but I'm looking it up right now!

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  7. Agrrr! These 14 yo girls! I guess I could live with everything but not spoiling things. I admire you for not giving them a lesson. They deserve one. Anyhow I'm really glad that Maggie was amazing. I mean that's in her blood so I'm not surprised. Great post! :)

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    1. They did deserve to be taught a lesson! Yeah I think she's just made of awesome. =)

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  8. I have no idea who I really want to meet. Any I think, once there was a book signing in El Paso about 40 miles away and I could not go that day! TFS.

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  9. Lemony Snicket... George R R Martins... Maggie Stievfater but the most important the Queen of Writing Herself JK Rowlings

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  10. I just read The Raven Boys last week and omg. LOVE. Can't wait to read Dream Theives

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  11. Also, forgot about the question! I'd love to meet Tamora Peirce

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    1. Haha! Yeah that would be awesome she's one of my moms favorite authors!

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    1. Never heard of her. looking it up!

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  13. I would love to meet Jennifer Estep, Maggie Stiefvater, or Jennifer L Armentrout and thanks for the giveaway!! :)

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  14. (This is Darith L.)

    I'd love to meet Rainbow Rowell, Scott Westerfeld, and Veronica Roth, to name a few! :D

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    1. Oh I would love to meet Rainbow Rowell! =)

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