- Get there first thing in the morning when the doors open. Publishers are more likely to have books at the booths.
- Get the BEA app for your mobile phone so you can get alerts about ARC drops at the booths.
- Leave yourself plenty of time to stand in line for book signings.
- If all else fails, go ahead and ask for the ARC at the booth.
Heading to ALA, I had two goals.
- Don't make a fool of myself at the panel with Scott Westerfeld.
- Grab a bunch of ARCs for AYAP readers.
I'm still not sure about item 1, but applying what I'd learned at BEA to ALA worked like a charm. I've got two boxes coming via UPS, and each box weighs twenty pounds. And those books will all be headed your way in the next few months!
So what else happened at ALA?
I got to hang out with Lisa Gail Green, Leslie Rose, and the newest member of the AYAP team, Katharyn Sinelli on Thursday night. We had an amazing dinner--it was Leslie's birthday!--and then talked until five in the morning. They are the BEST kind of friends, the kind you can share with as if it has been a day since you've been together no matter how long it has really been. Of course we talked about writing and some upcoming news from Lisa that will (hopefully soon!) blow you away! And we read the first two chapters of Scott Westerfeld's Afterworlds aloud. We decided that Chapter Two it is actually the perfect illustration of how to balance character and action in an opening. Seriously. I can't wait for you all to be able to read it!
|Lisa Gail Green, Katharyn Sinelli, and Leslie Sullivan Rose|
Katharyn, there in the center, will be helping out with author scheduling and contests. She is a sometimes English professor whose scholarly work examines the stories we tell about disease. Currently she is writing YA fantasy, and I expect you will be hearing lots of good publishing news from her soon.
|Martina Boone, Shannon Greenland, |
Holly Black, Kimberley Griffiths Little
On Friday, I joined up with Shannon Greenland (S.E. Green/KILLER INSTINCT) and Kimberley Griffiths Little (FORBIDDEN) at the Wynn Hotel. On our way down to dinner, we ran into Holly Black, and I proceeded to fangirl out on her. (Yes, it was bad. :() But she was incredibly gracious and kind.
|Shannon Greenland, Kimberley Griffiths Little, Ellen Hopkins, |
Claudia Gray, Martina Boone, Tracy Clark
|Michael Sedgwick accepting the 2014 Printz Award for Midwinterblood|
On Saturday I finally headed over to the convention center, and there was COMPULSION on the wall of the booth. Isn't it pretty? And happy-making (in Uglies-speak). There's my book up there with Scott Westerfeld's, Becca Fitzpatrick's, and Cassie Clare's. It's insanely wonderful, and I'm still expecting someone to shout April Fool's any day.
|Compulsion on the convention floor!|
|Hannah McBride and Martina Boone|
|YASeriesInsiders Martina Boone and Tracy Clark|
|Life-size flower carousel at the Wynn|
After a bit of rehearsal with Shannon and Kimberley where we worked on the Powerpoint presentation for our upcoming promotion tour this fall, I did a quick change and headed down with Shannon and our lovely publisher, Mara Anastas, for the book signing.
|Signing Compulsion before the panel|
After the panel, we got a chance to meet the librarians who had been in the audience at a series of round-tables. It was especially a treat to get to meet Jaime Arnold from Two Chicks on Books--along with her mother. They were delightful, and very kind--as were all the librarians.
|Martina Boone, Shannon Greenland, |
Jason Reynolds, CJ Flood, Brendan Kiely and Scott Westerfeld
After that it was off to dinner with our publishers and the authors from the panel. Unfortunately, I didn't get to take any photos there because I left my phone in the room--which made it even worse when I finally got to meet Laini Taylor, Jim DiBartolo, and Maggie Stiefvater afterwards! AAAAH. Cue more awkward fangirl moments. The BIGGEST awkward fangirl moments. But looking on the bright side, I figured I had now met all my favorite, favorite authors and humiliated myself sufficiently that I can figure the worst is over.
I tested that theory at the Simon & Schuster dessert party with Judy Blume and Judith Viorst. And I didn't physically drool on either one of them, so that was a bonus.
Overall, it was an epic weekend, and affirmed for me yet again how incredibly lucky I am to have ended up at Pulse. Mara Anastas, Mary Marotta, Lucille Restino, Michelle Leo, Candace Greene, Katy Hershberger, Anthony Parisi, and the support team both at ALA and back in New York made the trip truly wonderful. (THANK YOU!)
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