I'm usually really good about getting my blog posts in on time but with 3 course critiques today and our course webinar with Kelly Delaney tonight, I'm a bit overwhelmed and I goofed preparing a post on a topic that's already been done. Plus I was a bit disheartened by the zero comments on my last post :(
I know that there's a ton of info out there but just a wee thanks or this was helpful comment makes a huge difference. So enough with the guilt. :)
Instead I'm going to write a wee post on why attending big arena conference exhibits like ALA (American Library Association) and BEA (Book Expo America) are fabulous. You don't need to pay for the whole conference, just the exhibits, which can range from $30-60 depending on where it is (but well worth the money). I always prepare in advance by going to the website and making a list of who I want to see where in terms of publishers and another list of authors and illustrators who are signing at the same times and order it by location (booth rows and numbers) and time. I also bring a big book cart on wheels. So here are the big bennies!
You get to:
And for my final tip, if you can, go on the Monday when the publishers are giving away most of their books rather than shipping them back. Wahoo! Talk about excitement.
If this was helpful, please leave a comment and share :)
Yours in children's book love,
And if you are going, see you at the big SCBWI conference in LA beginning July 31st.
After signing books at the Lee & Low booth. Gobs of fun with great people.
Being a total blissed out fan girl with Lane Smith who was absolutely lovely xoxoxo
We are so excited to be mixing things up at CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome new bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with Clear Fork/Spork editor/art director, former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhD who is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays will feature the fabulous debut author/illustrator Maggie Brown.
And 5th Mondays will feature a surprise reprise from over nine years of archives.