Shameless Book Con 2017: All The Things You Need To Take

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Shameless Book Con 2017: All The Things You Need To Take

A Packing List Guide To Author Signings

All The Things You Need To Take To An Author SigningIt’s all about being prepared, friend. You don’t want to make all the plans and spend all the money it took to get to an author signing, only to realize you didn’t know you needed that one thing!

Here’s our packing list guide to all the things you need to take with you to an author signing event!

*click each heading to go down

HAULING
? Rolling Cart
? Tote Bag
? Luggage
CARRYING
? Snacks
? Pharmaceuticals
? Cash
TAKING
✍? Mementos
? Techno Accessories
? Business Cards
WEARING
? Smut Gala Outfit
? Book-Lover T-Shirt
? Comfortable Shoes

⟞ HAULING ⟝

? Rolling Cart

We wrote about this spiffy cart for last year’s signing and it proved to be a great little way to tote your books and swag around the signing.

NOTE: As indicated on the Eventbrite page where you purchased your tickets, hard-sided carts, wagons, strollers, and luggage larger than a carry-on will not be allowed into the signing. This will be strictly enforced.

 

Smart Cart Rolling Multipurpose Collapsible Basket Cart Scrapbooking by dbest

? Tote Bag

You’ll be getting your very own new conference tote bag to hold some fun swag, but taking a keepsake tote bag that lasts you years and shows off that YOU WERE THERE is always fun.

Shameless Tote Bags

Shameless Tote Bags at Zazzle

? Carry-On Personal-Size Luggage

These bags won’t count as a carry-on if you’re flying a budget airline. They are small enough to be considered a personal item and fit under the seat in front of you on the airplane!  ✈️ Trust me, I use them.

Vera Bradley
Weekender Travel Bag

Travelon
Wheeled Underseat Carry-On Bag

World Traveler
21-Inch Carry-On Shoulder Tote Duffel Bag

⟝ CARRYING ⟞

? Snacks

Tuck away a Luna bar or 2 in your day bag for those times when you’re standing in line to see your favorite author and a wave of hunger passes over you. LAWD knows you don’t want to end up hangry when you get to the end of the line.

? Pharmaceuticals

✔️ Tums
✔️ Tylenol
✔️ Personal supply of Xanax

I have my little Henri Bendel pill case on my person at ALL times. A pill case is one of those things you saw your grandma pull out of her purse and though you’d never have but now that you’re a full-fledged adult, you realize it’s a necessity!

? Cash

It’s really up to you how much you want to take along. We recommend having some dollars with you at the signing as a back-up for purchasing books from authors.

⟝ TAKING ⟞

✍? Mementos

After spending months planning, plotting, and looking forward to meeting your favorite authors, you won’t want to leave empty-handed! Bring along something special to have authors sign that will forever remind you of who you met. If you’ve never been to an author signing or fan event, trust me – the possibilities are endless. I’ve seen readers have authors sign their actual iPads, pre-made scrapbooks, large photo frames, t-shirts, and everything in between. If you can dream it, bring it!

Of course, if you like having signed books as your memento, bring your own from home, buy them at our onsite bookseller, or buy them directly from the authors (indie authors can sell their own books) at their tables.

Here are some ideas to help you figure out what you want to bring to have signed! And if you have another idea and want the official #Shameless17 logo, leave a comment.

Shameless Book Con 2017 Signing Poster – CUSTOMIZE

? Techno Accessories

Keep your battery charged up, friends. Don’t be that girl who needs to borrow someone else’s battery juice!

Poweradd
Slim 2 Ultra-compact 5,000mAh Portable Charger

AUKEY
20,000mAh Portable Charger with Lightning & Micro-USB

Anker
6ft/1.8m Nylon Braided Tangle-Free Micro USB Cable
Also available for Apple

? Business Cards

Have a blog? Sell a product? Wanna get subscribed to some newsletters? You’ll need an easy way to share your deets!

NOTE: We allow fellow book bloggers to share a business card and/or small swag item handed directly to authors and readers with the understanding that what you hand out is not co-branded with the Shameless Book Club or Shameless Book Con logo unless you are a paid sponsor. We reserve the right to ask anyone attending the event to stop sharing swag or business cards at any time. 

 

⟞ WEARING ⟝

? Smut Gala Outfit

Last year, we turned out a party that attendees are still talking about! You will want to attend and dress your best. Visit our Dress-Up Ideas post for a few dresses we think you’ll love.


? Book-Lover Shirt

If there was ever a place to show off your reader status, wearing a book-lover t-shirt at an author signing is THE place to do it.

Shameless Book Con 2017 (dark) T-Shirt
Smuffin Love (Dark Shirts) T-Shirt

Official Shameless Book Con 2017 T-Shirt
in Black or White
Just One More Chapter T-Shirt
Variety of Colors
Smuffin Love T-Shirt
Variety of colors

? Comfortable Shoes

You don’t think your feet will hurt as much as they end up hurting, but MAN, they will hurt! You’ll be standing all day and walking more than you’ve walked in the last week. Trust us – you need comfortable shoes for the signing. And if they’re cute, too? Even better!

TOMS

TOMS

Converse All Stars

Sketchers

Keds

⟞ See you at Shameless! ⟝

About The Author
Angie

Hi. My name is Angie, and I’m a social-media-and-smut-book-reading addict. Hi…Angie… I’ve been working hard on the magical internet since 2006 when I retired from teaching elementary school to stay at home with my two baby girls. Now, I am a smut peddler.

You can follow my nonsense on Twitter and Facebook. Simply, I’m just a girl, looking at the book world, asking it to love her.

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  • Nicki S
    May 12, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Awesome and useful post! I covet the Vera Bradley pill case just for everyday in my purse. Didn’t know they made any! So long Dollar Store plastic log, LOL. I so wish I could be there, but sadly not this year. Maybe 2018 will be my year? Have fun!

  • Diane loughlin
    May 13, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Very helpful Angie. When do we receive a programme of events? First time attending a book conference but really looking forward to it. ( have included it into my holiday to orlando from uk)

    • May 14, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      We’ll have a schedule set this summer, but you can plan on activities Friday night through Sunday afternoon!

  • BlairMarie
    June 1, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    FYI: if you like the idea of the Photo Frame Mat, but flinch at paying 15-20 dollars for it, go to Staples and buy their 20×30 in foam board, in either black or white, then have them cut it into fourths. The cost is only about $5 and it gives you 4 boards as opposed to the 1 you buy at Michaels, etc. I do this all the time for comic cons or other conventions where I will be getting lots of signatures but have limited space, luggage or otherwise.

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