11 survival tips that will transform your YALC experience and make it the best weekend EVER

YALC is next week. NEXT WEEK. 7 days from now we’ll be swanning around Olympia with tote bags bulging with books and our beady eyes on the look out for famous bookish faces.



But YALC can be a stressful weekend if you’re not prepared. Check out out top survival tips!

1. Take water, lunch and snacks

Everything in the venue is super pricey and the lines are so long you’ll probably rather go without than queue! And some people get so caught up that they forget to eat at all. If you’ve brought them with you, you’ll be covered.

2. Wear comfy shoes

Seriously. You’re going to be on your feet all day for three days. Your whole body will thank you if you wear your Converse. Promise!

3. Make a plan

The schedule of signings, workshops and panels gets released early so make the most of it! Decide where you’re going and when and you’ll save yourself a lot of fussing during the day.



4. But don’t be scared to mess with your plan

Who knows what friends you’ll bump into, what authors you’ll meet and what you fancy on the day. You’re there to save fun, remember!

5. Have some cash on you!

Not only is cash quicker, it also means you won’t be stuck not getting what you want from the stalls that only take cash! There are usually a few cash machines dotted around the venue, but they always have a MEGA queue and they’ll charge you to. Which is just plain rude, really.

6. Have a buddy!

Whether you go with someone or plan to meet up with friends there, it’s reassuring to know you won’t be on your own.


7. Follow @yalc_uk for all the latest news, updates and handy info

They’re a wealth of knowledge and super helpful for any questions you have leading up to the event.

8. Make sure you have camera space

You do NOT want to miss out on those essential author selfies and the all-important snaps for your blog round-ups and Instagram.

9. Make sure your phone is fully charged and bring your charger with you!

It’s a full-on day and you’ll spend a good deal of it snapping pics, live-tweeting and stalking Instagram – you don’t want to end up losing your buddy or missing your ride/train home!


10. Take a time out if you need to

The Reading Zone is a chilled out sanctuary away from the chaos of the panels and signings where you can sit on a squishy bean bag and admire your new books, have a sandwich or prepare for your next panel or signing.

11. Go full geek!

This is the time to share and show off your nerdiness to the world. Break out that ‘Harry Potter’ jewellery, wear your weirdest fandom t-shirt and rock your most outlandish  tote bag. There’ll always be someone looking geekier than you!

Tell us about your top tips for YALC at @maximumpopbooks!

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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