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    4 Must-Haves For An Author Signing Like Shameless Book Con

    So, you’ve decided to attend Shameless Book Con? Awesome! But what comes next, other than watching the calendar and waiting for October?

    If you have never attended a book convention the preparation can be a little overwhelming! I just want to give you some tips to help you get the most of your Shameless experience.

    The first thing you should do is join the Shameless Book Con Attendees group on Facebook.  This is your ground zero for all things #Shameless18-related.

    Need a roommate? You can find one here!

    Ride-share to and from the airport? This is the best place to check!

    Is there a coffee shop near the hotel? Someone can answer it for you!

    It’s also the best place to keep abreast of any updates to #Shameless18 events directly from us, the organizers.

    There are a few things that we suggest you have with you during the event weekend to enhance your experience.

    Rolling Smart Cart

    Rolling Cart

    This is the cart that has been suggested as a Shameless favorite from the beginning!

    About The Cart

    The Rolling Smart Cart is sturdy, compact, and folds down to just 3 inches tall. And a cart is a lot easier than carrying your treasures in a bag or in your arms.

    REMEMBER: any hard-sided carts, wagons, strollers, or luggage cannot be larger than a carry-on or they will not be allowed into the signing. This will be strictly enforced.

    Take With You

    Shameless Book Con is a big day, and you don’t want to miss a minute, so a fully stocked tote bag is essential! First things first: the bag! This one is available on Zazzle and has plenty of room.

    What goes in my bag?

    • A snack or two
    • A bottle of water
    • Advil
    • Tums
    • Preprinted labels (It makes entering contests so much easier!)
    • A list of any books that I have pre-ordered and any books that I have to have
    • A portable phone charger (I like this one.)
    • And most importantly…cash!!! Lines will move a little quicker when we’re not waiting on credit card approvals.

    Packable Tote Bag

    Tote Bag

    Get a tote bag that's both memorabilia and a conversation starter!


    #Shameless18 Signing Poster

    Pick the size that works for you and get all the authors you love to sign this awesome memento!

    Remember Everything

    There is nothing like a unique memento to help you remember meeting your favorite authors and your new best friends.

    I’ve seen attendees get all kinds of things signed like shirts, electronics cases, and photo mats.

    You can even check out the Shameless Book Club store on Zazzle for the official #Shameless18 signing poster.

    Stay Comfy

    Shameless is a marathon, not a sprint!

    I’ve been a volunteer at Shameless since the first event in 2016, and I would never consider doing it without my trusty running shoes.

    Remember, you will be on your feet all day! Whether it is sneakers, sandals, flat, or high heels (if this is you, you are a goddess among women!!!), treat your feet right or they will make you pay dearly.

    Good Shoes

    Comfortable Shoes

    Do your feet a favor and show them love.


    I am a Puppet for The Man and a serious smut reader! I cut my teeth on mass market romance lines when I was a teen and now I have graduated to the good stuff. I am happiest spending time with my husband and my two dogs. Normally you will find me combing the virtual bookshelves for the best of Gay Romance, but I'll never say no to a good story no matter who it features. I can't wait to share my favorites with all of you!

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