So, since I have a new picture book coming out in June, I thought to myself, Self, you should get some bookmarks made and take them to the Penguin booth, you know, just as a Preview of Coming Attractions kind of thing.*
I mean, why not let the librarians of America know, right? How are they going to order my book for their libraries if they don't know about it?
So, I waltz in to the exhibit hall with my trusty little stack and deliver them to the nice folks at Penguin (who were very nice, by the way, and put my little bookmarks right up in front. Of course, they may have moved them later, but at least for a few moments, I was right there next to Ladybug Girl.)
The next thing I know, I am being piled up with awesome swag and ARCs! Like tons. I mean, WOW.
My arms hurt so bad after lugging those bags around, and all the way back to my far, far away car. They still kind of hurt today.
So what did I get?
Across the Universe by Beth Revis!
Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard!
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood!
Just to name a few. (Actually, I now have seventeen ARCs. Seventeen, baby!)
I could have gotten more probably, but I felt tres greedy taking what I did. I mean, it is so weird, watching people pick up books, read the back and then put it back down in the stack. My brain is screaming, It is a FREE BOOK!! Take it, fool, take it!!
And then, of course, my own arms got so tired and achy, I found myself being a little more choosy as well. (All the more reason to have a great cover. I picked books that had great covers or that I had read something about on a blog. Yay blog power!!)
Anyway, off to read and do that which I promised not to mention.
And yes, it is too greedy to keep all of these to myself. I will be passing them on, so watch for giveaways.
*Sometimes publishers make them for you, and sometimes you get to make them yourself, if you want them. I just made my first ones and it was more fun than I expected!