I've spoken to lots of different people and know we all want a UK YA Con and it's not through lack of wanting that it isn't happening but just the organising and funding that holds things back so hopefully now it seems Amanda is taking control with her idea things will happen. I really hope so.
The real question is what would happen at the convention and what would you expect for your buck?
I've done conventions in the past for other fandoms and events and some costing £10-15 for a day entry up to £90 for a basic ticket for a weekend away (minus costings for the hotel, food, travel and spending money etc)
The cost adds up but if it's worth it you'll pay it; I did.
So what would I want at an event like this?
Well firstly authors:
A mix of them from new debuts to established names from a mix of publishers and genres. This makes for an interesting event and also great debates and conversations when it comes to talks and panels.
Talks and panels:
I'd love to hear from authors and publishers not only about the latest books coming out but about the industry, how it works, their opinions on issues like age ranges on books and dealing with tough issues with teen fiction and more. It's interesting to me to hear people talk candidly and have a variety of opinions. It also gives people like myself a chance to hear directly from the other side of the blogging world.
A chance to get a book signed is always good and to buy books so it benefits the book sellers and author too.
Workshops and free style talks:
I think if you had a group of bloggers sitting down with authors saying what they want from them or bloggers and PR teams talking about things like Blog Tours and what a publisher expects from us in return for books and such so we understand each other better. The bloggers can also explain what it's like being a blogger as I often think that even though publicist have a good idea that maybe authors don't. This is no one's fault but just how things often happen as all parties get on with their work and make things happen and you don't often see behind the curtain.
Greedy; no doubt but I do love freebies from promo items to Proofs. It would save on posting it out so a handy way to save money at the publishers .... right? Plus it makes the event more appealing as you're getting things others may not or would have to wait for. That isn't a must but just a cheeky wish list want. :)
Let your hair down and play music in the night. Bloggers know how to boogie. Trust me.
This might read like a list of demands. It really isn't. Just a few things I know I'd be interested in seeing at an event and some food for thought perhaps. Fingers crossed some sort of event happens and soon!