A few weekends ago, I had the chance to go to YALLfest, a YA book festival in Charleston, South Carolina. It was one of the first book festivals I had ever attended (I know, I know) and I was struck by how much fun I had. It sounds strange, but when I was an editor in a big publishing house, I rarely, if ever, had the chance to attend book festivals or conferences. Now, book fairs or trade shows, sure. But conferences or festivals? Hardly.