YALC – THE ULTIMATE GUIDE (ARC appearances, early copies for sale & swag, swag, swag!)

Hi everyone! I’ve been sitting on this information like a mother hen wanting her eggs to hatch for a few days, so I’m incredibly excited to finally be sharing these details with you.

Myself, Lizzie (LizzieHuxleyJones.com) & Jennie (JennieLy.com & LiteraryGalaxy) have been working together (DREAM TEAM!) to compile a ultimate guide to “WHAT YOU NEED TO GET” at YALC.

We’ve spoken to publishers galore, and it’s finally time to make the details public!

So everything is as follows:

(Please note we’re still waiting to hear back from a few great publishing teams, so don’t be disheartened if something you were expecting to see isn’t here!)

Early Copies!

Want a chance to get books before they’re even published?! YALC has loads of finished copies appearing before their release date, so make sure to study this list and familiarise yourself with where your anticipated releases will be for a chance to get them early.

Card & Cash stalls: Orion, Harper360, HQ, BKMRK, Bloomsbury, Faber & Faber and Abram & Chronicle have confirmed they will have a card reader.

Cash only stalls: Ink Road, Usborne, Scholastic, Atom Books and Walker Books have confirmed they are cash only.

Penguin are hoping to have a card reader, but have not yet confirmed.

Be aware that internet signal in YALC is unreliable, so card readers at individual publishers stalls may fail.

Show Stealer by Hayley Barker (sequel to Show Stopper). Waterstones stall.

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes by Holly Bourne. Waterstones stall. Take proof of purchase to Usborne stall to get some goodies, or you can email proof of receipt to kindness@usborne.co.uk.

Vox by Christina Dalcher. HQ stall. Early exclusive hardbacks.

Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein. Walker stall.

The Secret Deep by Lindsay Galvin. Chicken House Books stall.

Bright Ruin by Vic James (third book in Dark Gifts trilogy, released day before). My Kinda Books and Waterstones.

Jinxed by Amy McCulloch. Hashtag Reads stall.

Giant Days by Non Pratt. Waterstones stall. Exclusive reusable coffee cup from the Abrams & Chronicle stall with receipt showing purchase.

Colour Me In by Lydia Ruffles. Waterstones stall.

Friendship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager. Waterstones.

My (Secret) YouTube Life by Charlotte Seager. My Kinda Book stall.

Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton. Walker stall.

Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber. Waterstones stall.

It Ends With You by S. K. Wright. Atom Books stall.

Special Editions!

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (signed copy, film edition). BKMRK.

New Special Edition of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Walker stall.

Signed copies of The Extinction Trials and The Extinction Trials Exile by S. M. Wilson. Usborne. On general sale and there are competitions to win them.

Proof Giveaways!

In light of the accessibility issues raised in proof giveaways last year, it appears that most publishers are doing raffles for proofs. We will add any specific tasks alongside the proof information as we receive it, though you may need to ask at the stall for this information where not noted below.

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera. 10 copies per day will be given away to people who have purchased a book from the Hashtag Read’s stall, chosen at random.

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold. Harper 360 stall at 11.30am on Friday. This will be operated through raffle, get there on time.

Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon. Win early finished copies at the Usborne stall. 25 to give away.

Izzy and Tristan by Shannon Dunlap. BKMRK. Daily giveaways.

The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox. HQ Stories. 4.30pm on Saturday.

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson. Egmont/EMT.

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa. HQ Stories. Sunday 11am, exclusive early bind-up giveaway.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. Bloomsbury. We have 10 proofs of Brigid Kemmerer’s new book to give away. Simply post a picture of you using our A Curse So Dark and Lonely Snapchat filter on twitter using the hashtag #BreakTheCurse and we will pick 10 winners!

That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger. BKMRK. Daily giveaways.

The Chaos of Now by Erin Lange. Faber & Faber. Can be won at the stall.

Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrand. Harper 360 stall at 3pm on Saturday. This will be operated through raffle, get there on time.

Easy Prey by Catherine Lo. Abrams & Chronicle. 25 copies available every day between 10-12.

Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu. BKMRK. Daily giveaways.

Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner. Atom Books. Daily giveaways.

Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. Saturday 28th July, 2pm people in the signing queue will be given raffle tickets. Samantha will then be drawing 2 x winning raffle tickets for a proof giveaway and Bloomsbury will contact the 2 winners to come to the stand to collect their proof.

Beneath The Citadel by Destiny Soria. Abrams & Chronicle. 25 copies available every day between 3 and 5.

Samplers and Fun Stuff at the Stalls!

Some samplers are available freely, whereas some you can win at the stalls; check at the individual stalls to confirm.

Abrams & Chronicle: Samplers of Stain by A.G. Howard. Win on their stall through a lucky dip — pull a purple flower out of the box to win.

Atom Books: Samplers of Every Colour of You by Amelia Mandeville, Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner and of a currently unannounced project.


Samplers of King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo.

Exclusive clip of The Darkest Minds screenings: Fri at 12.45pm, Sat at 11.45am, Sun at 12.45pm.


  1. Competition to win your very own Harry Potter House Common Room print signed by Levi Pinfold. Simply post a photo of yourself with your Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets House Edition with the hashtags #HarryPotter20 and #YALC on twitter or Instagram for your chance to win!
  2. Friday 27th 1pm — 5pm: free Sarah J. Maas Nail Art in the communal area of YALC with two professional manicurists. Take your nail design from the book covers on offer – A Court of Frost and Starlight, A Court of Wings and Ruin, A Court of Mist and Fury or A Court of Thorns and Roses. Limited availability, sign up at the Bloomsbury stand via a sign-up sheet as soon as doors open on Friday.

Egmont: Samplers of A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson.

Faber & Faber:

  1. Samplers of The Curses (sequel to The Graces) by Laure Eve
  2. Postcards for In Paris With You by Clementine Beauvais
  3. Badges for the following titles: Rebel of the Sands, Traitor of the Throne, Hero at the Fall, The Graces, The Curses, Long Way Down, The Chaos of Now and In Paris With You
  4. Postcards for the Rebel of the Sands series by Alwyn Hamilton
  5. Trivia rounds to win a short story sampler (Tales of Sand and Sea) by Alwyn Hamilton (Questions written and asked by Alwyn at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday in a gather and then call-out your answers way)
  6. Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton tote bags and t shirts can be won at the stand
  7. In Paris With You competition for a copy of the book and other goodies
  8. Alwyn Hamilton will be at our stand to sign copies of the Rebel of the Sands trilogy on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm
  9. Laure Eve will be at our stand to sign copies of The Graces on Saturday at 12pm

Firefly Press:

Three Strikes by Kat Ellis, Lucy Christopher and Rhian Ivory.

Kat Ellis will be on the stand to sign copies of Three Strikes and chat on Saturday 28 July from 12 midday.

Hashtag Reads (Simon & Schuster)

Amy McCulloch is going to do a signing on the Saturday at 12.30pm

Harper 360:

Samplers of The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (sequel to Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue) by Mackenzi Lee; Fierce Like a Firestorm (sequel to Wicked Like a Wildfire) by Lana Popović

Friday at 2pm: VOX Jumper and Hardback Giveaway

Saturday 1:30pm: Signed print of one of Charly Cox’s poems

Ink Road: Samplers of Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman.

Interlude Press: Author Julia Ember will be signing sneak peeks of her new book The Navigators Touch, the sequel to The Seafarer’s Kiss.

My Kinda Book:

Friday, from 2pm a chance to win Floored Converse

Saturday 12-2pm, Children of Blood and Bone inspired lip looks with MDM Flow; from 2pm Children of Blood and Bone cupcakes and discover your maji clan

Sunday: from 10am, Ash Princess lucky dip

Sunday: 1-3pm Vic James signing, from 3pm Vic James afternoon tea.

Orion: double sided sampler of Empire of Silence by Christopher Ruocchio and Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Penguin: releasing a super proof of samplers including extracts from The Million Pieces of Neena Gill by Emma Smith-Barton and Outside by Sarah Ann Juckes.


Samplers of Oh My Gods by Alexandra Sheppard; A Storm of Ice and Stars (sequel to a Shiver of Ice and Snow) by Lisa Lueddecke.

Original short story in sampler format – Noah Goes Nuclear by Simon James Green!


Aisha Bushby will be singing copies of Change book from 1.30pm.

#ProudBook cover reveal at 3.30pm

Titan Books:

Samplers of The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman and Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin

Pins for A Blade So Black by L. L. McKinney

Walker: Dry by Neal Shustermann


  1. Friday: Kim Curran will be holding a ‘Slay your demons workshop’ and will be available to sign copies of Slay afterwards on the UsborneYA stand.
  2. Sunday: Will Hill, YA Book Prize winner, will be signing copies of winning book, After the Fire, following his appearance.
  3. Sunday: All attendees of Holly Bourne’s origami workshop will receive a #KindnessIScontagious goodie bag. Help Usborne spread the Kindness virus — visit the UsborneYA stand to find out more on the Sunday.
  4. Posters with sample chapters for The Extinction Trials, Slay and Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes

  • And that is everything we have discovered from our extensive research! We may update throughout the week so if you’re planning to print off a guide, please try to wait as close to YALC as possible to get the most accurate, up to date information.
  • If you spot me around the floor, come say hi! I’ll see you there.
  • I’ll especially love you if you do a wolf howl to catch my attention.

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