The end of July means only one thing, one of the most anticipated events in the UK book blogging calendar! YALC; Young Adult Literature Convention. Held alongside LFCC; London Film and Comic Con.
This was the first time I’d ever gotten to attend YALC and it was all incredibly last minute, only buying our tickets two days before the day we were due to go!
Due to work commitments, my friend and I went on the Friday; the first day of the convention so it wasn’t overly busy, which was nice. We spent so much time just perusing every stall and loading ourselves full of samplers and little goodies. Everyone running the stalls were all so approachable and lovely and seemed genuinely excited about the books. It was really easy flowing conversation.
YALC Tip #1
As a first-timer, I didn’t realise that it probably would’ve been better to plan our day out, a bit of preparation never hurt anyone. There was so much to do and see, not just within YALC but with LFCC as well. You can get a tad lost in the shuffle.
Look up beforehand which authors you’d like to meet – as some are only signing on certain days. Have a peek at what panels interest you and which workshops excite you and plan your day around these.
YALC Tip #2
Do some shoulder workouts beforehand. Ok, I’m joking but definitely be prepared for an aching shoulder at the end of the day. I saw people hauling around mini suitcases which if you’re planning on purchasing a lot, might be something to think about.
YALC Tip #3
Be Twitter aware. Sign in to the free Wi-fi, carry a charging pack and turn on notifications from publishing houses. Those exclusive, limited ARC’s are usually announced via Twitter and it’s a first come first serve basis.
YALC Tip #4
Don’t get disappointed when you don’t get those limited ARC’s and indulge yourself looking around the stalls; almost all are handing out badges/stickers/posters/samples/sweets and these are all free! At the end of the day, YALC is about all of our love for books, and sure I would’ve enjoyed getting my hands on a couple more ARC’s but just the atmosphere itself meant my tickets price was instantly worth it.
Things to know
As much as I thoroughly enjoyed my time at YALC, and will definitely try my best to attend next year. Everything can always be improved upon, and some of the formats for ARC giveaways didn’t entirely sit right with me.
The whole run here and get your ARC, or the first to arrive and do/say something gets an ARC, makes me incredibly uncomfortable. Although I might be a person who is able I do find these somewhat exclusive as not everyone is able to do these things, for whatever personal reasons they may have. And 15-year-old Katy would definitely not run around and yell/perform as that would send chills through her at the very thought.
Otherwise, I had a genuinely wonderful, if not totally exhausting day and by the sounds of it, the entire weekend was full of excited, happy book lovers with multiple appearances of a certain Benedict Cumberbatch.
Did you go to YALC this year? What were your thoughts? Do you plan to go next year?