My trip to ALA in Washington D.C. was amazing.
The chance to meet Avi? Awesome. I've even taught students some of his books.
Talking to Maryrose Wood, Tricia Springstub, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Carolyn Mackler? Just as awesome.
Seeing my agents for the first time in a year? Even better yet.
Spending time with my editor? Tons of fun.
Meeting so many librarians? Well, you guys are the absolute greatest. I'm glad I got to meet some of you personally at my signing, and I also enjoyed the YALSA coffee klatch--although I have to admit I didn't know it was possible to talk that fast. At the coffee klatch, 40 YA authors got to sit at 10 different tables of librarians, each for about five minutes. Telling the librarians about my book and answering their questions in that short a time was a real challenge, but one I'll never forget and am thrilled to have had the opportunity to do. I'd love to be there again some day. It was thrilling to meet so many librarians interested in teens and what they're reading. Many of them even took notes on what I was saying. And then at the end, all the authors were asked to line up for a picture. I thought it was going to be one picture. But no, about 200 librarians all started snapping pictures. The flashes just kept going for about five minutes! I'm not used to feeling so important. Or to encountering people who think books are that important. What a boost it all was to my energy level for writing this week. Novel 2...here I come.