BookCon First Time Fan

A List of What to See and Do at BookCon 2017

Welcome to the BookCon #squad! For a first-timer, we know BookCon can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. There’s so much to see and do; where do you even start? That’s what we’re here for. We want to help you navigate BookCon so that you have the best first experience ever! Take a look at these ten simple steps to have the best BookCon weekend you can have.

1. Activate Your Badge

Before you get to the Show, make sure to activate your Badge. Badge activation is required for BookCon, but we solemnly swear it’s worth it! With an activated Badge, you can stay connected with your favorite Exhibitors, Authors and Publishers after the Show, be the first to know about the latest reads with newsletter subscriptions, get special promotions and exclusive discounts with Exhibitors and snap photos with your BFF at our photo kiosks. Badge activation is also important for anyone who would like to Queue for a Main Stage panel, which you can read about here. Visit the Badge Activation page today.

2. Download the BookCon App

Make sure you download the BookCon App before you get to the Show. The Official BookCon App will be your Marauder’s Map for the weekend, helping you see everything as you navigate your way around the Javits Center. With the BookCon App, you can create a custom schedule of your favorite Panels, Guests, Autograph Sessions and Exhibitors, check maps and locations of upcoming events you want to see and make friends with other members of the BookCon Community. The BookCon App is also where we have the most updated information in case of any schedule or content changes, so be sure to check in frequently before and during the Show.

3. Get to BookCon Early

If there is something specific you really want to see, especially Main Stage Panels, grab your morning coffee to go and plan to get to the Javits Center.

Queuing in the morning opens at 8:00 AM in Hall 1C. The Queue Hall in is where you can line up to enter the Show Floor and where Badge scanning will be happening for all Main Stage Panels taking place that day. More information about Badge scanning can be found here. Once you’ve got your must-see panels booked, you can tumble into the rabbit hole of BookCon’s Show Floor wonderland at 10:00 AM.

Make sure you decide which BookCon Main Stage events are a must see for you and prioritize those queues when you arrive at BookCon.

4. Autographing

Our favorite worlds to escape to would be nothing without their Authors! Autographing at BookCon is your chance to meet and personally thank the Authors of the stories and dystopias we love to obsess over. Plus, your book will look so much better autographed by the very person who wrote it! Some Autographing sessions require a book purchase, and for some sessions you can bring your prized personal copies from home – make sure to check out the details on the Author sessions here.

BookCon has both In-Booth Signings and signings in our BookCon Autographing Area. In-Booth Signings take place on the Show Floor at specific Exhibitor Booths and are managed by those Exhibitors. Be sure to check out the In-Booth Signing page to see all participating Authors and the time and locations of their signings.

This year, the process to secure Autographs in our Autographing Area is slightly different and will happen before the show. You will be able to reserve two Autographing sessions per day with any Authors signing in our Autographing area. Check out all the details on our new process here.

5. Check out Panels

Panels are a great way to see your favorite Authors and Celebrities at BookCon. We don’t want to brag, but our full Panel schedule highlights everything from YA Fiction to Mystery, Children’s Books to Autobiographies. There is something for every reader to enjoy! Panels are also a great way to sit and relax after walking the Show Floor all day without missing out on the fun.

Be sure to arrive early to all Panels to make sure you get a seat. We will not be clearing any rooms in between Panels (with the exception of the Main Stage), so all seating is first-come, first-serve.

6. Check out the Show Floor

BookCon’s Show Floor is a great place to wander while you are at the Show. Check out what’s new with some of the biggest Publishers in the Industry, meet special Authors at an In-Booth Signing and shop for books and literary inspired merch from our Exhibitors all within Hall 1B. The Show Floor is also home to the Downtown Stage (Booth #2039) which hosts exclusive interviews and content throughout the day. Family HQ also has family friendly content all weekend long, including the Scholastic RV at Booth 1465 – don’t miss it!

While you are roaming the Show Floor, don’t forget to stop by the ReedPOP Supply Co. Show Store at Booth #2939. Here you can buy all the exclusive BookCon 2017 merch, including t-shirts, mugs, stickers and more.

7. Meetups

Shows like BookCon are the best place to meet people who are just as passionate about their Shadowhunter faction as you are. Not only do we have a First Time Fan meetup for anyone looking for a partner in crime for their first BookCon, but we have so many more to celebrate the passions of book lovers everywhere.

The sci-fi meetup will certainly not be discussing the mighty glow cloud, and the booktuber meetup is a great place to meet fans of vloggers you know and love & vloggers looking to break out! Click here to see a list of all our meetups happening during the Show.

8. Meet & Greets:

Don’t miss your chance to meet and take a selfie with your favorite Authors and BookTubers! Space is limited, so be sure to arrive early to guarantee your spot. Check here for when your faves will be ready for their close ups.

9. Snap a Pic at the Photo Kiosks

Just like reading your favorite book for the first time, we know you’ll never want to forget your first time attending BookCon. That’s why we’ve set up BookCon Photo Kiosks! Grab your BFF, strike a pose and show us your best Mockingjay salute. You can send the pic to your email or post it on your social accounts. But remember, you must activate your badge to use it. We’ve got two locations, one at the Show Store Booth #2939 and another in Hall 1E. Don’t miss out!

10. Share with #TheBookCon

Follow @TheBookCon on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for up-to-date show announcements and behind-the-scenes sneak peeks from BookCon 2017. This year we are collaborating with Facebook Live and Epic Reads to bring you the Facebook Live Lounge where interviews with Authors will be streamed online all weekend long! Make sure you’re following Epic Reads on Facebook to catch all the exclusive content & participate in the Q&As during your downtime at the Show.

Share your favorite moments from the Show and see what other Fans are doing at BookCon with the hashtag #TheBookCon.

Lastly… enjoy yourself!

First and foremost, BookCon is about you—the Fans. There’s plenty to see and do, so choose what you love and enjoy your day!


Still nervous? Check out some this survival guide from one of our Booktuber Guests emmmabooks!

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