I'm excited because next weekend I'll be attending my first big conference as an author. I'll be at ALA in New Orleans on June 25th and 26th, with a signing at Egmont USA's booth (954) from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on the 26th. If you'll be at ALA, I hope you'll drop by to get a book signed or just to chat!
I'm not quite sure what to expect from such a large conference. I've been to the AWP conference for the past 10 years via my day-job with Nimrod Journal, but AWP is mainly concerned with small presses, literary journals, and panels on writing. It's large (about 9,000 people attend), but not when compared to ALA. I'm super excited to get to see what ALA is like, and I'll make a full report when I'm back. I'm thinking it will be a blast.
Next up: the first report from Ireland. (I think I'm going to have to break it into sections, even if I try to keep to the highlights.) But in the meantime, here's another teaser pic: