Today's experience at the RT convention was different than the one we had last year. It was more informational, a little less silly and easy-going but still beneficial nonetheless.
So if you didn't already know, my friends and I have decided to volunteer at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention 2012. We arrived in Chicago and the hotel at around 5:30 and had to wait until 8:00ish for the first event. In the beginning we didn't really have much to do; we decorated a table and helped pass out swag bags and with registration.
We helped a lot with the book expo though. It's amazing to note the dynamics between convention organizers and authors and to know how much work goes into making a convention like RT & BEA great. Setting up the tables, printing namecards, filling out consignment forms, arranging books in a "marketable" way, etc - when you get to experience a convention for yourself, you notice maybe a few hiccups, but you would never think that the organizers reorganize the tableclothes so that you don't trip on them for one. It's also interesting how convention organizers get annoyed at authors and the way authors treat the organizers etc.; it reminded me of blogger / author drama. But then everyone admires the other, and ... More on this later. I can't think clearly on only four hours of sleep in two days.
After the book expo, we helped clean up another party, and then they let us go to the Faerie Ball, which was pretty fun, actually. Here are some pictures from the party.
Later we stuffed some more of the registration bags, and they allowed us to take one for all the help we provided. Thus I got:
Looking forward to Underworld! Have no clue what the others are about/like and I don't really use swag so yeah.... More later on how today goes.