From June 24-26, I had the pleasure of attending my first American Library Association Annual Conference. I went with my publisher, Deep River Press, to promote the upcoming release of the new edition of A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter. I had a blast, and gave a report for Adventures in YA Publishing, but wanted to copy it here in case you missed it there.
First, I should say: Librarians are the BEST!! Seriously. Every librarian we met was so friendly, so eager to hear about our books, and so committed to providing the best services to get people reading. I've been to writer conferences, fan conferences, and publishing events, but none of them beat librarians for loving books across the board and all their readers.
|Darker the Night at IBPA|
But we spent most of our time walking the exhibits, meeting publishers, authors, and vendors...and picking up so many free books we had to check our luggage home. I'm giving some of these away here, so check out the books and the Rafflecopter below!
|Writer's Guide to Harry Potter|
Can you imagine how many Harry Potter fans there are at a library convention? I got to meet lots of people and share both our excitement and trepidation with the upcoming releases of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I also got to book lots of speaking events and workshops for book release events for both upcoming script books.
Here are some pictures and highlights:I was thrilled to hear Editor Zareen Jaffery speak on the Salaam Reads imprint from Simon and Schuster. This is the new Muslim-themed imprint that will be publishing 9 books a year starting in 2017. She spoke of the importance of positioning the books in a new imprint, rather than through existing imprints, for marketing and ease of finding the books.
|Zareen Jaffery on Salaam Reads|
Harry Potter Alliance: They are doing such wonderful work with their chapter organizations and projects like #Protego. Be sure to check them out.
|The Harry Potter Alliance|
Got to see Lemony Snicket signing! Alas, the line was too long for me to get a book.
Loved this lovely lady from the Bright Star Touring Theater. They provide literary and curriculum performances for libraries, schools, and other events.
Enjoying Happy Hour on the floor at the exhibit hall. So many good people to talk to!
|Lisa London w/ QBO|
And here is my editor, Lisa London, holding her newest release, QuickBooks Online for Small Nonprofits & Churches.
Finally, as any true Harry Potter fan would do at the end of a busy weekend in Orlando, we visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Can you believe it was my first visit? Time did not permit us attending both parks, so we enjoyed everything Hogsmeade had to offer.
|My new home...|
|Off to have a chat w/ Dumbledore|
|Writer's Guide to Harry Potter|
So, my advice to you if you're attending ALA or any other conference event as an author promoting your book:
- if appropriate, wear your cover!
- have bookmarks and business cards to pass out to anyone interested in your book
- walk the halls and meet people
- show genuine interest in what books they are writing and reading and loving as well
- and at the end of the day, have fun with other book lovers!
I didn't go overboard with the freebies because I knew, from experience, I'd have to haul them home. But here's what I got:
I'm giving away ARCs for Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee, Tell Me Something Real by Calla Devlin, and Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz. Sign up through the Rafflecopter below. US shipping only. One book per winner.
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