ALA Midwinter (booth #1903), so I'm totally excited. Nerdily, bookishly excited. I get to be a "creator" on Saturday January 8th, and sign my books for anyone interested. I also volunteered to just work the booth, as a staff member, at least one more day. Dan (my publisher) told me he'd be going alone to this, and would appreciate any help he could get.
The side benefits for me are that I get in for free through SLG, which means I get to go around the exhibitor hall grabbing any free books I can for the school library. And when I went to ALA before, they gave out LOTS of free books. Which is great because we seldom have an actual book budget.
Having said that, we did just receive about $1600 total through two different sources, but that was unexpected and certainly not something we get on a regular basis. And anyone who buys for a library, public or school, knows that doesn't go as far as it sounds.
Now I get to check out the ALA website and find out if there are any exciting authors scheduled to be there, in case I want to be a fanboy and get signed books or something.
This will be the first time SLG has shown at ALA, so Dan asked me if I had "thoughts" about it. I responded immediately with a bossy list of suggestions. How to display, what to display, etc. I also suggested he come up with a flyer highlighting some key books, with all the order info. And I said I thought neon lights and small fireworks would be a nice way to draw attention to MY books. But I was just kidding. Maybe we could just put my books on some sort of platform that rotates slowly. Under a spotlight.