Monday, October 15, 2012

Rick Riordan Fairhope Event Recap + Giveaway!




Last Saturday, I was able to attend the Rick Riordan event in Fairhope hosted by Page and Palette. I had a great time. It’s always fun to be around a large crowd of people excited about books.

I got to the event super early because I wanted to get a good seat. This definitely paid off. I got a seat in the fourth row right in the center. By the time the event got started there was people everywhere. Tons of people were standing around and sitting on the sidewalk. In the end, the three hour wait was well worth it in my opinion.

I got my mom to go with me. Yes, I am 24 years old and I took my mom with me to a book event. Unfortunately, Percy Jackson wasn’t really my mom’s thing. It was fun though and my mom actually ended up buying a book because they had other writers up on the stage before Rick got started that she was interested in.

Once the event got started, things got really fun. Turns out, Rick has a great sense of humor and is totally funny. He did a lot of voices and made a bunch of jokes. He had a T.V. set up with slides. He had baby pictures of him and his family. He also had a picture of his first rejection letter and pictures of his book covers.

Rick talked a lot about his books, how he got into writing, and what he has planned next. He also brought his son, Hayley with him and he let Hayley talk a lot about his story in The Demigod Diaries.

I did record the event so I could give you some of the highlights. Here they are:


When Rick was in 8th grade he tried to get his first story, Appointment with an Archangel, published in a magazine. He waited for weeks to hear back from the magazine. Several weeks later, he received his first rejection letter. His mom framed it and hung in on the wall. After his parents’ house burned down, the letter was the lone survivor and they had it reframed and put back on the wall. Rick joked that if you wanted to have a fireproof house that you should build it out of rejection letters and it would never burn down.

Rick’s first book, (which was for adults) Big Red Tequila, was rewritten 14 times. It was also rejected 13 times.

Mark of Athena is Rick’s 20th book.

Next he plans to write a series based on Norse Mythology.

He has never seen Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief because he didn’t want the image of Percy and his world to change due to the movie.

His advice to aspiring writers: Read a lot. Write a lot. Don’t give up. He also has a long answer on his website www.rickriordan.com.

Overall, the event was a lot of fun. I was secretly hoping to “run into Rick” before or after the signing. I made my mom stay with our seats before the event so I could look for him. Never did get to see him but I’m pretty sure I figured out where I was I just couldn’t get up there. L After the event was over, there was zero chance to see him because he literally walked off the stage to a waiting SUV and was off to the airport to catch a flight to Miami. I’ll admit I considered following him to the airport but decided against it. I figured I would have to buy a plane ticket to get to the area I could have staged a run in and as crazy as I am I couldn’t put up that kind of money.

I did come home with a stack of books. I picked up three copies of Mark of Athena. One for me and two for my friend Kayla at Bibliophilia, Please that I helped co-advocate for Percy in the YA Crush Tourney. I also got a signed box set of the Kane Chronicles since I haven’t read them yet.

I just finished The Mark of Athena and it was amazing as expected. My review should be up fairly soon. Also, I do have a giveaway for you guys. I have an extra copy of The Lost Hero. It isn’t signed because he was only pre-signing books and I couldn’t afford to buy another copy. The copy I have of The Lost Hero is a Doubleday Book Club edition so it is smaller than the original but the story is the same and that’s what counts, right? 

This is giveaway is U.S. only! Sorry! 

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3 comments:

  1. So hard to pick just one! I would have to pick Cara Lynn Schulz as she met me in NYC when I tweeted her and had a drink with me! So cool! But then I also think Heather Brewer is awesome. And Maggie Stiefvater. And meeting Maureen Johnson and she knew my Twitter handle!! Authors are all so cool! I've met Rick Riordan and he was really cool too.

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  2. I would definitely have to say John Green is my favorite that I've met.

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