When I made plans to attend ALA Midwinter, I thought I knew what to expect. I was wrong. There was much thought versus reality going on at this four-day book event in D-town. It went a little something like this:
Thought: There will be a few people there. Probably not too many.
Reality: There was a redonkulous amount of people.
Thought: I might run into someone I know.
Reality: I ran into numerous writing and book reviewing friends, authors I’d never met, editors from every Big 6 pub house, and even some well-known literary agents:
Thought: There might be a few things to do besides look at books. Maybe a coffee stand or something.
Reality: There were so many book shops, events, signings that I nearly made myself sick trying to visit/attend them all.
*Teen Shiver author signing at a local B&N. In the photo is Author Tracy Deebs (TEMPTEST RISING), Author Trinity Faegen (THE MEPHISTO COVENANT), Author Ellie James (SHATTERED DREAMS), Author Mary Lindsey (SHATTERED SOULS), Writer Lindsay Cummings, and moi.
Thought: I might score a few ARCs while I’m there. Dare I hope for 20?
Reality: Words can’t do it justice. Behold the power of ALA Midwinter:
So in recap, I’m a terrible judge of what to expect at an event I’ve never attended. ALA is something every reader/writer/blogger should attend. And yes, I will be doing some SERIOUS giveaways in the next few weeks because who in the world could read all these?
Yeah, I thought you probably could. 😉