Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for October 2nd, 2018 is: Authors I’d Love to Meet. I’m sure it’s every reader’s dream to have the opportunity to meet their literary idols at least once in their lifetime. As I’m living in India, I don’t get the privilege of doing so at book conventions, meet-ups, release parties or signings. However, I have quite an active imagination, so I’ve compiled a list of things to (never ever) do when you do get the chance to meet your favourite authors.
This is the most dramatic reaction of all time and must be used at will to convey just how much this moment means to you. Never mind the fact that you will not actually get to talk to the author if you do this and that there is no camera following you around to capture it in slow motion.
2. Have their books handy at all times
You probably have 50+ editions of the same book(s) in paperback, hardback and in 30 languages you can’t read. Obviously, your favourite author is going to stop by just long enough for you to get all of these signed, so carry them with you everywhere.
3. Lurk around before/after the event
You know what’s the best way to get attention these days? Stalking and spewing out ridiculous views. While the second one may not get you places on anywhere but social media, the former is bound to guarantee you a few precious moments to have your idol all to yourself so you can harass them to no end with rapid-fire fangirl/fanboy speech. Personal space is an outdated concept anyway.
4. Take at least a million selfies
Holding up the line of people who are just as excited as you to meet this author is definitely the most considerate thing to do. After all, people in 2018 have to understand that you need to get the photo just right for it to be Instagram-worthy.
5. Make it all about you
A good author would love to collaborate with their #1 fan, especially if you play your cards right and do only self-promotion instead of interacting with them like a decent human being. After all, you’re doing them a huge favour by reading their books and talking about them everywhere, so you’re automatically entitled to free future book copies, promotional swag, collector’s editions and special direct attention from the author.
Here is my personal list of women of colour authors I really want to meet but probably can’t –
- Roshani Chokshi
- Sandhya Menon
- Sayantani DasGupta
- Julie C. Dao
- Jenny Han
- Gloria Chao
- Samira Ahmed
- Renée Ahdieh
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- R. F. Kuang
Who are the top three authors on your list? How do you think you might react if you actually got to meet them? Do you have nay more pro tips on things you shouldn’t do when you meet your idols? Let me know in the comments section below.