I had hoped to post a full report about my signing at TLA yesterday, but time won't allow. I had great fun signing my books with Lee & Low Books. The librarians weren't exactly bum-rushing our booth to get my autograph like, say, they were for Adam Rex, Kevin Henkes or Jarrett Krosoczka. But we had a steady flow of people. Most librarians who stopped and took the time to look at my books were very complimentary and purchased one.
The highlight of my day was being recognized by so many publishers as a blogger at The Brown Bookshelf. When I solicited various publishers for review copies of books to possibly feature, most were familiar with our name and initiative, and gladly offered books. Those who couldn't give away their only copies, took my contact info and promised to send books.
I was surprised at the number of election/political themed books being published. It's no wonder, I guess, considering the exciting presidential race going on. In just the short time I was there, I saw Grace For President, Otto Runs For President, Duck For President and LaRue for Mayor. What's up with LaRue?
Reading my last blog post, I realized it could have a dual and unintended meaning. When I said, "I'll be signing my books tomorrow morning and again in the afternoon. But tonight in my hotel room, I'll be working on Ron." Please know that Ron is the code name for a picture book I am painting. Nothing else.
Thanks to Miriam and Jason of Lee & Low Books for their warm hospitality, and especially for their patience (There's a story behind this story which I won't go in to). Also look for Lee & Low to introduce a new website soon!