OMG BookFest was invented New Year’s Day, 2017, by my friends and fellow authors Sarah, Julia, Michael and me. My living room is now officially landmarked as the OMG Historic Site.
We all wanted to do something cool and different that played to everything we loved most about our favorite author visits. Since all of us have been in the kids' book world of school visits and festivals for a long time, we have a lot of opinions about what works best. Sarah had wanted to start a book festival for years, and so she already knew what to call it: Oh Middle Grade!
With a name that cool, we figured that everything about planning a book festival would be interesting, and fun—and so far, we’ve been right. Our best bet was that other amazing middle grade authors would be excited and to Columbus, Ohio, to kick off our inaugural OMG festival.