Tuesday, July 8, 2014

37 A Newbie Author's Guide to ALA Las Vegas (with tips) and a Giveaway of Sinner Signed by Maggie Stiefvater

I was probably the only human being at BEA who managed not to snag a slew of ARCs. I was focused on my author events, and even when I had those behind me and devoted a day to being a fangirl, it was all too overwhelming. For those going next year, here are some tips I learned only after the fact:
  1. Get there first thing in the morning when the doors open. Publishers are more likely to have books at the booths.
  2. Get the BEA app for your mobile phone so you can get alerts about ARC drops at the booths.
  3. Leave yourself plenty of time to stand in line for book signings.
  4. If all else fails, go ahead and ask for the ARC at the booth. 
Heading to ALA, I had two goals. 
  1. Don't make a fool of myself at the panel with Scott Westerfeld.
  2. 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

We headed over to the Paris Hotel to meet up with fellow YASeriesInsiders.com authors Tracy Clark and Claudia Gray, along with another of my favorite authors, Ellen Hopkins. We had to rush through it so that we could make it to the Printz Award ceremony to listen to Michael Sedgwick's acceptance speech and hear him and the other honorees discuss their books and their writing processes. Then there was a chocolate fountain at the reception afterwards, so all in all, it was a perfect night.


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!


One of the biggest pleasures on Saturday morning was the chance to walk around, pick up books (did I mention forty pounds of books?) and run into people I've been wanting to meet. This is Hannah McBride from YADC.


Hannah McBride and Martina Boone
YASeriesInsiders Martina Boone and Tracy Clark
Running into Tracy Clark again, we found we had clearly gotten the memo on wearing stripes.  Then it was time to head back over to the Wynn, which is absolutely gorgeous. It's all decked out with balloons and carousels made from fresh flowers.

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
That was followed by the debut author panel moderated by Scott Westerfeld. Talk about intimidating. Not only was I awkward because, well, Scott Westerfeld, right? But also, being on the panel with Shannon (S.E. Greene/Killer Instinct), Jason Reynolds (When I Was the Greatest), CJ Flood (Infinite Sky), Brendan Kiely (The Gospel of Winter) and Scott Westerfeld (Afterworlds) was an incredible honor. These writers have some serious chops. And they also managed to be funny and charming.

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!)

THIS WEEK'S GIVEAWAY


I've got a copy of Maggie Stiefvater's SINNER for you, complete with her signature and the hand drawn book wrapper she did just for preorders and special events.



Sinner
by Maggie Stiefvater
released 7/1/14
Scholastic Press


A standalone companion book to the internationally bestselling Shiver Trilogy.

Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole's story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole's darkest secret -- his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel's life. Can this sinner be saved?


a Rafflecopter giveaway

37 comments:

  1. LOVE the photos! The one with Compulsion rocks, of course!!

    Thank you for giving us a look into this awesome event and all the signings!!

    Thank you :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Christina! And the forty pounds of books are arriving today. I can't wait -- I don't even remember what's in the boxes, but I do remember some AMAZING stuff.

      Delete
  2. Oh wow. Sounds like one of those scenarios you would need a clone of yourself for hahaha. If only that were possible :P

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You aren't even kidding! Literally, between the panels and the signings, I wanted to be six places at once.

      Delete
  3. Replies
    1. It was definitely fun, but I think you probably have ego go more than once for it to be really amazing. At least for me, I was too busy walking around dazed and wide-eyed! : )

      Delete
  4. Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to have the hand-drawn jacket >_<. I would sell an organ XD.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well, I actually have three copies. (Shhh!) So stay tuned!

      Delete
  5. Would love to win an autographed copy of SINNER!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I would love this book! And I'm super jealous of your ALA trip.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I enjoy Maggie Stiefvater. Thanks for the giveaway! I think BEA would be a dream come true.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I've not gotten to attend BEA or ALA. I'm thinking I might go for it in the next year or two so I love reading all of the hints/tips that make it a success. Forty pounds of books! Could you take a picture of all of them once they arrive so that we can drool over them.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I will -- I'll even try to remember to actually use Instagram. Sigh. : )

      Delete
  9. I would love to attend both these conferences, especially to meet authors and bloggers I know. Sounds like a fantastic time.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, Natalie! I would SO love to meet you in person!!!! You totally should go! Or even go to YALLFEST in November. There will be a zillion NYT bestselling authors there and the panels are amazing!

      Delete
  10. Someday I'll get to ALA and BEA and all those fun bookish and writerly places!! Thanks for the update.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I would love to go to one of these conventions! One day :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. I loved the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy! I'm sure going to love this spin-off s well.

    ReplyDelete
  13. (Rawr! Cyberspace ate my comment.) Trying again...

    How awesome you got to go (jealous!!!--Maggie Stiefvater?!), and thanks so much for sharing your experiences and photos so we can join in vicariously with you. :) Looks like you had a blast!

    ReplyDelete
  14. LOVED your recap - and loved sharing a hotel room and hanging out with you all over again, Martina! Great pics. I always kick myself for not getting more. And you got WAY MORE ARCs than I got at BEA and ALA combined. YALLFest here we come, November!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Sounds like a blast! Thanks for sharing all your photos and the recap.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Best birthday present EVER getting to spend it with you, Martina. It was great meeting new peeps and seeing old friends. There's something magical about being with tons of people who live and breathe books.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Oh, really fun insights! And I love those photos from the event. It looks like it was wonderful - plus, BOOKS!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I would love to go to a book conference, it looks like such fun! It would be really awesome to meet all my favorite authors!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Book conference in Vegas so fun! I can't wait to revisit the Shiver world and read Sinner.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Sounds like another wonderful experience. Don't worry, soon it will be your readers fangirling all over you! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  21. Awesome! Love your blog and everything you keep us updated on!

    ReplyDelete
  22. I loved The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy so I am so eager to get my hands on Sinner! Thank you so much for the chance to win this amazing prize! :)

    ReplyDelete
  23. PSYCHED about Sinner. Maggie Stiefvater just keeps getting better! (And those hand-drawn book cover thingees are gorgeous.)

    ReplyDelete
  24. The hand drawn book wrapper is so gorgeous I love it! Thank you so much for the giveaway you are absolutely amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Sounds as if you had a truly wonderful time! Thanks for the opportunity to win a signed copy of SINNER.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Thank you for the giveaway! I love the book wrapper! :)

    ReplyDelete
  27. I've never been to any author event so I imagined I would be going a bit crazy (in a good way) if I ever attended ALA! Sounds like you had so much fun =).

    ReplyDelete
  28. As someone who wants to be a writer, experiencing this through your eyes and seeing the pictures, it's just amazing! I couldn't even imagine. And thank you so much for the giveaway. Even if I'm no fortunate enough to win, it's incredible that you do things like this to fulfill our reading addictions. :)

    ReplyDelete
  29. This is so awesome! You are so awesome!!

    ReplyDelete

Tell us what you think. We'd love to hear from you! :)