Since I didn’t get a chance to attend Teen Day at RT, YA author Liz Czukas has gracious offered to fill us in as Cub Reporter. Liz is a freelance writer living outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ask Again Later (HarperTeen, March 2014) is her first novel. Visit her website, or follow her on Twitter @lizczukas.
This weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Romantic Times Convention in Kansas City. As a Young Adult writer, I love that RT has a track just for the YA Genre, with plenty of fantastic authors on hand.
The sessions ranged from marketing to romance, from survival tips to issue books with panelists including plenty of big names in the YA world along with some up-and-comers. On Friday night, HarperCollins and Avon hosted the Red Slipper Party where tons of authors were on hand for a book signing event where attendees got heaps of books!
Saturday was the all-day Teen Day event, starting with the huge book signing featuring YA Alley where all the Young Adult authors were gathered for fans. The lines for Veronica Roth got so huge, they started giving out bracelets! Later, teen readers could see their favorite authors talk on some special panels just for them. The night ended with the Teen Party where authors mingled with readers for chatting, book signing, and even dancing. Kiera Cass gathered fellow authors and fans for a video of her signature dance move.
The camaraderie is unmatched, the laughter is non-stop, and the books I got to bring home will keep me reading for months! RT should be on your list if you love YA.
Bottom Line: It made me smile to see the YA readers sitting on the floor in the hall with their noses pressed inside their new purchases…they just couldn’t wait to get home to start their adventures.