Tales of a First Time Moderator…

Posted September 12, 2014 by Andi in General / 5 Comments

Back when I was at BEA in May I was invited to the Bloomsbury offices by some of the amazing people that work there. While we were there we were given Heir of Fire and an awesome tote bag with the names of characters from the series, and Sarah was actual in attendance. Unfortunately I hadn’t been bit by the Throne of Glass bug yet so I missed my chance to meet her and have my book signed. Fast forward a few months to me a now obsessed fangirl of the series kicking herself for missing her chance to gush to the author about her books. And then something amazing happened, this was released.


And then something even more amazing happened…I was asked to moderate the signing! Cue major panic moment!


I am not a public speaker. I barely got by in public speaking in college and the thought of doing it makes me want to throw up. But the thought of passing up the chance to actually sit and essentially chat with 2 amazing authors was not something I was willing to give up. So after calming down and talking it over with another blogging friend that encouraged me, I agreed. And I have to say I had a fantastic time. I was terrified, 100% terrified, but it was really fun and Sarah and Annie made it super easy as they were AWESOME! They were funny and entertaining and told such great stories. They were like a 2 woman show up there and I was just around for decoration. It was pretty perfect. Honestly I wish I could tell you what the questions were that I asked and how they were answered, but yup, I was too busy trying not to totally fangirl while listening and remembering what my next question was going to be and how not to spoil anything in any of the books that were being discussed because I was not about to be the person that ruined things.  But I can tell you that they talked a little about their writing process, book boyfriends, fitting their characters into the modern world and Disney prince crushes. It was filled with win!

modMe, Sarah Maas, and A.C. Gaughen. Photo by Gail

Honestly I had an awesome time and would love to do it again at some point for books/authors I love. It was a great experience and everyone involved made it easy on me. Plus I finally was able to tell Sarah how awesome she is and have her sign all my books (I had met Annie previously and already told her how great she is!) You guys all made my night and I thank you for that. Thanks Bloomsbury for allowing me to do something I never thought I could do and for making it easy on me. You are all the best.

mod1photo by me

Now, go out there and read all  the BOOKS!

*tour schedule photo by Bloomsbury
**gif found on Google images and is not mine.

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5 responses to “Tales of a First Time Moderator…

  1. […] Tales of a Moderator – I did something in 2014 that I thought I would never do. I sat in front of a room of people and got to ask Sarah J. Maas and A.C. Gaughen questions about their books. I mean me? I’m this awkward, shy, quiet girl and I was able to do that. That was truly an amazing experience. Could I have been better at it? Sure. But I did it and I’m honored that I was even asked to do it by the amazing folks at Bloomsbury. […]

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