(Please tell me I'm not the only one who feels these things. You just have to. I can't be the only one.)
When I was in NYC I want to this swanky rooftop shindig at the Scholastic HQ in Soho to celebrate the This is Teen event. Libba Bray, Meg Cabot AND Maggie Stiefvater were in attendance and when I say in attendance, I mean just wandering around chatting to everyone. And I knew I would be weird, but this was different! I was going to be just fine if I followed these 3 easy steps.
Step 1 - try really hard to BE COOL. don't freak out, take deep breaths and remember they are just a person like you. The only difference is they have a book published. They're just like YOU. BE COOL.
Step 2 - completely ignore step one and FREAK THE FLIP OUT. Start to hyperventilate and flap your arms around. Can't catch your breath and almost start crying because THE EXCITEMENT IS TOO MUCH. Make a fool out of yourself because you can't actually speak you just jab your name badge over and over as the author in question wonders why you aren't in a straight jacket. (in this case, Maggie Stiefvater)
Step 3 - catch your breath and revel in the moment. YOU JUST MET AN AUTHOR YOU LOVE. You were totally cool. THE COOLEST.