Saturday, 7 March 2020
Preparing for RARE - Sorting Through The Authors
Last October, I fangirled with happiness at securing a ticket for both signing days of the Romance Authors and Readers Event (RARE) 2020 which is being held in Edinburgh on June 26th and 27th.
I looked at the list of authors who were signing, saw a fair number of authors I liked and squeeeed with happiness...
Then I gasped in shock at the sheer volume of attending authors I'd never heard of, let alone read!
All good though, I told myself, for the event was basically nine months away! That left me plenty of time to read more of those authors... But then something really annoying started to happen.
The line up started to change!
Authors were dropping out, new authors were stepping in, and I didn't know whether I was freaking coming or going!
No one warned me of how much flux there is with event line-ups!
Are all bookish conventions like this?!
I thought as we got closer to the event, things would settle down but it's not really the case and it's bugging my frigging nut!
I have just over three months now until the event and the number of authors I haven't read is startling.
I want to read some of these authors (as many as I can really) before attending but I don't know where to start! And what if I start reading one and they drop out? Irrational as it is (especially if I enjoy the book) but I'd feel like I'd wasted my time... Sigh.
Am I being a basket case about this? I probably am. I just don't want to be clueless about what feels like the majority of the authors in the freaking room.
So, despite line-up fluctuations, I need a plan!
I've made a spreadsheet (I do like my spreadsheets) and I've been working my way through the author list sorting them into:
- Authors I've read
- Authors I've heard of (and own books) but haven't read
- Authors I have heard of but haven't read (don't own books)
- Authors I've never heard of
I then spent some time working my way through the authors I'd never heard of and sorted them into:
- Authors I definitely want to read
- Authors I might read
- Authors you couldn't pay me to read
Now I need a plan to actually read some of the books!!!
I'm going to start with the authors I haven't read but own some of their books... And if all the prep falls apart, I'll just have to wing it.
Any tips and tricks you employ for bookish events like this would be appreciated!