Thursday, September 17, 2009

Librarian's Conference

Today I was able to attend UELMA's Southern Utah Regional Workshop --I have no idea what UELMA stands for, but the attendees were librarians from schools south of Provo and included people from all over the region. I was able to sit at a table with Laura Bingham, author of Alvor, a YA fantasy book. See the cover, isn't it awesome? She sold and autographed copies of her book while I handed out fliers with information on mine, including a Web address so people could read the first chapter. (The copy of my cover in the column to the right of this post has a link to read the first chapter, if you are so inclined.)

We both spoke to people about doing school visits, so hopefully we'll have lots of opportunities to speak with students this fall. I met a lot of great people. One woman remembers my mother from when we lived in Richfield more than 25 years ago. Another works at a school with a kid (yeah, I know, he's not a kid anymore, he's two years older than me!) with whom I went to high school.

Just watching Laura taught me so much about what to do or say, or what things I need to prepare for future signings--and that doesn't even include the things she said and pointers she gave me. I'm looking forward to getting out there and telling people about my book!

A big thanks to all the librarians who were brave enough to stop at our table and see what we were doing there. It made the day a fun one.


Noble M Standing said...

Heather, if you could share some of those insights and advice with us? I'm sure those of us who are yet to be published would love to read it.

Nichole Giles said...

Congratulations on that new venture. And yes, I expect you to share your new-found knowledge with the rest of us.

And it's always fun to meet new authors. Sounds like you had a good time.