We love it when we see the enthusiasm readers feel about CFRR. And the following post, first appeared on Rachael's Reads is just a perfect reminder for guests!
#1. Bring an extra bag or suitcaseThis is a lesson I learned the hard way. Before I left, I told myself I would buy 2-3 books at most.
I walked into a room lined with book tables and I was doing fine while I had the distraction of talking to people I had been dying to meet. Then I sat down to listen to the first panel of authors, and following that I lost all hope. After every panel, I had to go buy at least one more book. On top of that, our swag bags included free books as well.
I left that weekend with fifteen books.
That's five times more than I said I'd bring back.
But the story doesn't end there . . . Let's just say that TSA wasn't fond of me after this incident. I only brought a carry-on with me that weekend, which means I had to fit my clothes, the swag from the event, in addition to fifteen books in one small suitcase. When I went through security, I was wearing a sweater with my university's name on it and the TSA woman there asked if I was going back to school as she lifted my bag. I figured she asked because of my shirt, but as she moved the clothes that had covered up the books lining the bottom of my bag, I was given a look that came close to a glare and she said, "Oh, I thought these were school books. How are you even going to lift this?" Whoops. ;)
Not only that, but I had to wheel that bag across three airports. Thankfully enough, they checked it for me since the airplane was so small and I didn't have to lift it.
So, with all that said, pack an extra bag just in case.
#2. Pack bookplatesEspecially if you're flying, save the room in your bags for books you buy or win instead of bringing a stack along to be signed.
#3. Warn your spouse/family to not check your bank account
#4. Consume a lot of coffee beforehand
#5. Sleeping is optional
#6. Invest in tea and honey . . . and smelling salts
Expect squealing, chattering, and fangirling all day long. The moment you walk in those doors, you will be swept away in a whirlwind of excitement and chaos. There will be so many authors to meet, books to buy, and people to talk to, you may not have a voice by the end of the day and may need to sit down a time or two. Also, be sure to remember to *inhale-exhale-inhale-exhale* because you're going to be doing a lot of #FOAFA!
|Rachael (Bookworm Mama) and I fangirling over Jen Turano and Amy Clipston|
#7. Bring a fully charged phone or camera
#8. Pack business cards or a pad of paper
#9. Prepare for ALL THE HUGS!
I identify as an ambivert or an outgoing introvert. When I'm in my element, the outgoing/extroverted side of my comes out and I get really excited! This seems to be a common occurrence at CFRR so be ready to be giving and receiving hugs from your favorite authors, fellow readers, and especially me! Seriously, if you introduce yourself and we've interacted online before, I may explode with excitement and give you a hug. I just really adore my blog followers!
#10. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone
|L to R: Mikal Dawn, Me, Sarah Monzon, and Meghan Gorecki|
#11. Invest in a fan
|L to R: Pepper Basham, Ruth Logan Herne, Melanie Dickerson, Janet Dean, Kristi Ann Hunter, and Julie Lessman|
#12. Be ready to make lifelong friends
|L to R: Jen Turano, Annie (Just Commonly), Abbie, Marisa, Sydney (Singing Librarian Books), Meghan Gorecki (Northern Belle), Rachel (Bookworm Mama), Me, and Bonnie.|