The Rochester Teen Book Festival 2013 – Recap Two + Giveaway

June 16, 2013 Giveaway, Rochester Teen Book Festival 35

On May 18th, I attended the Rochester Teen Book Festival! A few weeks ago I gave you part one of my recap on the annual event. I apologize for taking so long in getting this part up as well. But here it is! The conclusion to my time at the event this year!

So in Recap One I told you about my first two sessions, this time around I’ll talk about my last two sessions and the autographs! So. Many. Autographs!

Third Session: Kate Brian

Kate Brian reading from Shadowlands

  • Okay so I feel totally dumb for not knowing this before, but Kate Brian is a pseudonym! Her real name is Kieran Scott and she has a slew of other books, and ones I’ve seen around and never realized were by the same person! lol Here’s the Goodreads link to her profile
  • She talked a lot about her pen name and its marketing strategy, which I found really fascinating because I honestly didn’t know why they were so popular. But basically Brian was an ideal last name because it would be situated between two popular authors. Huh. Pretty ingenious, really.
  • She says 95% of a writer’s existence is being alone. Writers have to be okay with solidarity and be able to take rejection.
  • She’s an avid outliner and it can take a week or two. She feels it’s the hardest part and can be taxing.
  • Most of what she gets down on the first day of writing is dialogue because the characters are talking in her head. The second day is adding the atmosphere, etc.
  • She always wanted to explore a sister relationship so she does so in Shadowlands.
  • Hereafter (Shadowlands #2) was a 6 revisions book and it is still tough for her to look at it.
She talked a lot about her early books and I wish I had taken more notes but I really was just listening. I was surprised to learn how much say an editor has in the direction a book can take. I learned a lot from her session, which I love. 🙂
Session Four: Alexandra Bracken & Robin LaFevers

~Alexandra Bracken~
  • Wrote a lot on and off in Middle School and High School. Wrote some fanfiction. (I love learning about authors who have roots in fanfic)
  • The drawback to being published so young was that it was difficult to keep up with revisions during finals.
  • Her peak writing hours tend to be from 12am-4am.
  • Never Fade is the first sequel she has ever written so it almost felt like she was writing fanfiction. (I can totally see that. lol)
  • She brainstorms for months, writing things out in notebooks. She then outlines loosely. She likes to know exactly what happens at the end and then builds to it. 
  • Romantic scenes are harder because you can fall into cliches and you have to make it believable. Action scenes are easier.
~Robin LaFevers~
  • Early on, everyone tried to talk her out of writing. Reading children’s books to her kids helped her decide to go back to it.
  • You don’t get as much creative freedom when you are in the stages of writing with deadlines. It’s important to give yourself time to try different things and see what you click with before that.
  • Says 80% of writing is thinking  of how things get put together.
  • Deadlines put a crimp in the enjoyment of writing.
  • She is the Queen of Multiple Drafts. Grave Mercy had 17 drafts over the 5-6 years she was writing it. The sequel, Dark Triumph, has 7 drafts in 10 months of writing.
  • LOVES graph paper. Uses it a lot to chart things out, even fight scenes!
  • She’s not so sure writers choose to write, it’s just something they end up having to do. ( I love that!)
I wish I had a pic to share but for some reason these two authors were put in a small classroom with teeny tiny desks squished together. There was barely room to move.  Both authors by this point in the day were sitting down in the front, which I don’t blame them for, I was already exhausted, but I couldn’t see them for most of it from where I was sitting. I was really surprised they were put in this location, to be honest. 🙁
Autographing Session
I purposely scheduled my day around being as close to the main gym, where the autographing session was taking place, as possible. Last year, I waited in line for 1 author for almost an hour. I was freaked I would not have enough time for everyone this year. This is the main reason I brought my mom along. If not for her, I probably would not have had the chance to get so many amazing signatures. So I wanted to jump in line as fast as possible.
First up was Lauren DeStefano, who sadly was not there due to her not feeling well. Luckily someone was there to take the books to her and get them signed for us. I’m so glad for that because she was one of the main people I was excited for and I had a total of 6 books for her to sign. lol But that went fast and we were able to move right on to the next line!
Basically what we did is divide and conquer. I gave her a few books to go get signed in the shorter lines while I waited in the longer. Towards the end I realized my mistake in doing so as my mom was seeing way more authors than I was. At one point towards the end, we still had Lisa McMann and David Levithan to see and they had some of the longest lines left. So I sent my mom to the David Levithan line because it was longer, with the intentions of jumping back over when I was done in my line. But then his line moved faster! My mom ended up next when I still had a a couple girls in front of me, stuck. Major bummer.  *sigh* But at least I got the signed books.
It was great to have the suitcases but it was also a pain in the ass. Even though I love how many authors were there, it would be nice for me to not have so many books to get signed. We’ll see how that goes for next year. lol
But I did see some wonderful authors! Kate Brian picked up my ARC of Hereafter, which I had just gotten a few days before, and said it was the first time she had actually seen one in person! And I did get a few of my ARCs signed to giveaway to you guys. More on that at the end.
As I was taking pics of my signed books I realized there were way too many to show you them all so here are just a few:

Basically all of this was signed:

I have 3 signed ARCs to give away at some point but I’m going to divvy them up to make sure they go to homes that definitely want each specific book. So first up: A signed ARC of The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken!

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Oh! Before I leave! I’ve already started my weekly stalking of the website to see which authors will be there next year and EEP! Already excited! Leigh Bardugo and Alexandra Coutts are just a couple of the names mentioned! Better get off my ass and finally read Shadow and Bone this summer, huh? 🙂

*PHEW* That was a long post. Are you still with me? lol Thanks for staying tuned and making it til the end! 🙂

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

35 Responses to “The Rochester Teen Book Festival 2013 – Recap Two + Giveaway”

  1. Tammy

    Sounds like a crazy, fun book event. I bet you’re exhausted. I took my kids to a book signing to meet their favorite children’s author at the time but not much else. I haven’t read Darkest Minds but with the new book coming out I should start soon.

  2. Christina K.

    It sounds amazing!! Haven’t gone to any huge signings, but love how you get to hear their voice as they read:))

    LOVE The Darkest Minds:))

    Thank you:)

  3. Sunny Duvall

    I don’t even know where to begin, but that I absolutely ate up this post, I loved it! I loved the little insights from the authors (didn’t know about Kate Brian having the pseudonym, pretty genius, I agree!) and the autographing session. Happy you had a great time, it sounds amazing!

    Sunny @ Blue Sky Bookshelf

  4. Sarah P

    It looks awesome!! I have never been to one but after seeing all these posts about them I really want to go!

  5. Hannah

    It sounds like it was SO MUCH FUN! That’s really cool to have such a fun event nearby! I’d love to have something like that near me. Haha. Enjoy all the delicious pretties! 😀

    <3333 Inky

  6. Jess

    What a cool event. I also didn’t know Kate Brian was a pen name. I also love what Marrisa Meyer wrote in Cinder and Scarlet.

  7. Andreea G.

    That’s so cool. I am jealous:)

    I don’t own a single signed copy:(((((

    Hopefully, that will change in the near future.


  8. Amanda

    It sounds like it was really fun! I have never been fortunate enough to go to an author event or even a book signing. I hope to sometime in the future.

  9. Stephanie

    Thank you again for my Lauren DeStefano books:) knowing what you went through to get them signed makes them that much more special. Eventually, ill get to a festival and get YOU books signed:) xoxoxo

  10. RIN

    It sounds like it was fantastic! There were so many cool people to meet, and no, I’ve never never been to anything like this myself.


  11. Lauren Elizabeth

    What a fun event! I’m in awe of all your signed goodies. 🙂 I love hearing these insights into the authors’ writing process—I had no idea what a drafter Robin LaFevers is, and that fan fiction line from Alexandra Bracken is pretty hilarious. I can totally see that. Thanks for sharing, and glad you had fun!

  12. Laura B

    It was nice to read about your time at RTBF because you saw different authors than Jessica & I did, so this makes it like we got to see everyone! I was so sad that Lauren DeStefano wasn’t there too, but that’s okay… maybe next year :))


  13. Erika

    It looks like a fun event! I haven’t been able to attend any fun bookish events yet…hopefully one day. Thanks!

  14. Christine

    That sounds really great! No, I haven’t been to any book events because I never had the chance. Great giveaway!

  15. Kayla Card

    I have not been to any festivals/conventions yet, but I’m hoping to go to YALLFest in November. Hopefully I’ll have as good a time there as you did! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! 😀

  16. starryeyedjen

    So jealous right now. 🙂 Seriously, though, this sounds like such an awesome event. And though it sounded kinda cramped in some of the classrooms, I think being that close to an author I adored would be worth it. 😉 So glad you had an amazing time!

  17. Christine

    This event sounds beyond amazing!! I would LOVE to go to an event like this–fingers crossed one comes my way sometime soon 🙂

  18. Angela Chen

    That sounds like an AMAZING event! I’ve never gone to any before. 🙁 I really hope to one day! I would love to meet authors!!

  19. Meghan

    Yes! I only live an hour and a half from there! I wish I had known about it! I would’ve gone!
    Thanks for the giveaway, though. Maybe I can win the signed arc and it will feel like I was there.

  20. Anastasia Loveay

    You are soo lucky! It looks like you had a great time! I never been to any book festivals:( So sad…like no one ever comes to where I live… I wish I lived somewhere where fun stuff happens:D

  21. Melinda Dartmann

    The festival sounds wonderful! I’m in an area where stuff like the festival just do not happen and the nearest big cities are like 45 miles away. Makes it tough to follow and go to things like that. Would love to go to one though!

  22. sarah

    I haven’t gone to a book festival yet, I would love to go to one. As for an event, I went to Night of Joy at Disney one year with my sister, which was really fun, especially after the performances going on all the rides in the middle of the night.

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