Sassy British Youtuber and Musician Emma Blackery released her first book on the 7th September titled ‘Feel Good 101’ – I want to rave about how amazing it is and how equally great her book tour is as I had the pleasure of attending.
Emma has been one of my favourite YouTubers to date; her stringent, sarcastic coinage of phrases such as ‘I have girl balls’ and her ability to be brash about her flaws and her fuck ups. So when she announced she was doing a book tour a few months back, I jumped at the chance to see her and excitedly booked tickets for the London Piccadilly date.
I got to the Waterstones store and queued up, waiting for the doors to open for the room in which the Q&A would take place. Taking in all the excited young teenagers with brightly coloured hair and pastel t-shirts, I knew that there were a lot more people than just me who were pretty hyped to see Emma tonight.
We were hustled in and I took my seat and the shiny new book that was handed to me as I walked in.
When Emma entered the room there were excited ‘whoops’ and ‘ooohs’ as she took her seat at the front. Luckily, I had an aisle seat and could witness all the action from a pretty good view. The Q&A began and questions about her book, her experiences writing it and her influences arose. What had the process been like? Would she do a sequel?
I loved the fact that she was so candid and conversational throughout. I know that many Q&A’s are based upon that premise but Emma wasn’t just focused on professionalism but being also being honest and open and that was one of the primary focuses of her book.
After the Q&A, Emma began her book signings. A small group of excited teens began singing her songs in the midst of it and the Waterstones staff looked at each other with bemused expressions. As I became next in line, I handed my book to her and had a sort of stage fright moment not knowing what to say in these two minutes that would cement our (second)
(more about that later) meeting.
“Hi, how are you?” she asks
“Fine! How are you?” I babbled.
“Mentally exhausted” she answered calmly, taking my book.
“Were you part of the singing?” she asked?
“No, I-my vocal chords weren’t up to that” I answered, nervously..
.(what the hell was I going on about lol)
“I’ve had people do that in gigs for me but never in Waterstones” she commented, delighted.
I forgot to give my phone to the ‘camera guy’ (stand in Waterstones staff) and there was an awkward moment where they had to ask me for it in the middle of this conversation.
“I just want to say, I have anxiety and your videos have really helped me” I put in as I took my book back.
“I’m really glad to hear that, there’s a section in my book about anxiety” she answers.
“Have a great day” she calls after me as I walk away.
“You too” I answer back, robotically as she turns to her next fan, flashing a smile.
The whole experience was small but sweet. Meeting Emma was a lovely, whole hearted experience.