The goal for publishers at ALA is to get their books into the hands of librarians, teachers and readers across the country so they will spread the word about how awesome a book is. The perk for those attending ALA, is that they get a TON of free books (with the understanding that they will post reviews and share which books people should buy). The publishers bring in authors to sign their newly released or soon-to-be-released books and it is just a FAN FEST. Many long lines & many short friendships later, you walk away excited to read a book and share it with the world.
My illustrator friend, Apryl Stott, met me at the conference and worked with me to promote my book and helped out at the signing. It was so fun to see her there and to spend some time catching up.
I signed on Saturday and Sunday mornings for an hour each time. On Saturday, the line of people wanting me to sign a book for them was amazingly long (some of the people in line told me my line was as long as the Caldecott winner David Wiesner's line). I hope they all like my book as much as his. :-) I was humbled by this turnout and so grateful for the positive comments people gave me on my book, Discover America: From Sea to Shining Sea.
All in all I had a wonderful time, a wonderful experience and a wonderful trip. Thank you to all the amazing teachers, librarians and book lovers out there. KEEP READING!!!
Here are some pics from the trip:
|View from my hotel room|
|The first of 2 signings at the Shadow Mountain booth 11am Saturday Morning|
|I was told by people in line that my line was as long as Caldecott Winner, David Wiesner's line. I don't know about that but I did sign for an hour straight. I met so many nice people, teachers, librarians and even kids.|
|This little girl was the highlight of the signing. She even signed a book she made with her dad for ME! I was honored.|
|And here I am signing one back for her. (and small world, the guy in the background with white hair is actually my neighbor back home. It just happened that his company had a booth at the convention and he happened by during my signing)|
|I had Tshirts made for my friend Apryl and I to wear the first day...a bit of advertising for the book. It worked.|
|Kevin Henkes signed a book for me and asked for one of my postcards.|
|And yes, I stood in line for all of my favorite authors and illustrators. I am so not above standing in line. :-)|
|The amazing Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett|
|A shot of me with my awesome friend Apryl Stott and one of our signed books|
|I got to meet Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief. He was so kind and personable.|
|Meeting Rosemary Wells, author illustrator of the Max and Ruby series and now franchise|
|Molly Idle signing and discussing technique. I can't believe she only uses colored pencil.|
|Me and Melissa Sweet. Her collages are beautiful!|
|Apryl and I ready for a night on the town in Las Vegas. (Of course things don't get too wild when you've got two alcohol abstaining, book loving moms going out)|
|Me and Karen Zelnick, Marketing Guru for Shadow Mountain Publishing, at the Publisher's Dinner at FIX in the Bellagio. Yummy food. Great company.|
|Meeting Tom Lichtenheld, author illustrator (of Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site as well)|
|One of my illustrating/story telling heros, Aaron Becker. He signed one of his books for me and I signed one of mine for him. Nice exchange. Very kind person.|
|Getting a quick hug and an ARC from my wonderful friend Carol Lynch Williams. Read her stuff! It's good!|
|Meeting Oliver Jeffers, hip, cool, creative author/illustrator.|
|My haul of books from ALA. I've snagged time to read a few of the Novels and all of the picture books. Love 'em! Good stuff. I'm a lucky gal.|
|My kids love the books too!|