Marissa, as of this year the "Mr Romance" contest was discontinued. We had over 60 YA authors registered, 17 panels, a bookseller/librarian party, the YA Alley Giant signing, a big Teen Day party. I think it's insanely good for YA authors. The Chicago area librarians bussed in teens for Teen Day.
Wednesday-Friday: the YA panels had 50-80 guests watching each panel
Thursday: the bookseller/librarian luncheon had 91 booksellers/librarians to mingle with about 40 YA authors.
Saturday: YA Alley in the Giant Book Signing from 10am-2pm. Over 1500 guests getting signatures from 370 authors. 71 of them were in YA Alley.
Saturday: Teen Day panels, over 200 guests attended each session (!)
Saturday: Teen Day Party. We gave out over 3500 free books, pizza, and in general mingled with over 650 Teens & their escorts. It's only our second "Teen Day" but we had teens fly in to Chicago from as far as Alaska, Florida, and California.
2011 & 2012 Authors included: Ally Carter, Holly Black, Cassie Clare, Veronica Roth, Kelley Armstrong, Aprilynne Pike, David Macinnis Gill, Franny Billingsley, Rachel Caine, Beth Revis, Richelle Mead, Melissa de la Cruz, and many more.
We had the events coordinator for the King County library system & a bunch of folks from the Chicago area libraries (2 largest library systems). Andersons did the book sales this year. Total event attendance pre-registered
as of Tuesday was 1800 with an additional 300 day passes for Wednesday and 500 day passes for Saturday.
Four years ago, there were 3 YA panels with maybe 8 people per panel in the audience. Now? It's exploded. Google RT Teen Day and you'll see that we're building something kinda wonderful. Next year will be even bigger.
NOTE: I am remarkably biased since I am the volunteer who took over organization of ALL the YA events at RT as of 2011
A few readers' opinions:http://talesofbooksandbands.com/2012/04/19/rt-teen-day-re-cap/ http://www.sophistikatied.com/2012/04/event-recap-rt-teen-day-2012.htmlhttp://areaderspensieve.blogspot.com/2012/04/rt-teen-day-in-chicago.html
And here is the itinerary from this year's Teen Day at the convention: http://www.rtconvention.com/public/pdf/teendayfullspread.pdf