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Career Day!

I headed over to the middle school again this morning for another round of career day. While I offered to talk about being a librarian or an author, no one seemed too keen on learning about being a librarian. (Surprised?) For the kids who wanted to know about being an author, their actual interest seemed to span a fairly wide range of “really want to know and ask questions” to “I have no idea why I came to this presentation in the first place.” I did three different forty minute sessions for groups of 7th and 8th Graders. About a

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Off to San Antonio for TLA

I’m heading out to San Antonio on Monday to go to the Texas Library Association’s annual conference. This will actually be my second time attending TLA. I first went in 2022 when I was promoting Don’t Go to Sleep. This time around it’s going to be A Family of Killers. While I’m not looking forward to the travel (as you might imagine), I definitely am looking forward to the conference. The last time I went was still heavily influenced by the pandemic. (I actually caught COVID for the first time at that conference, which wasn’t exactly the souvenir I wanted

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A Trip to Baton Rouge

I’m back from Baton Rouge, where I spent the weekend at the Louisiana Book Festival. This was a noteworthy trip if for nothing other than the fact that I made the entire trip without any significant problems with the travel. My planes were on time. My connections were smooth. Nothing went wrong, which left me wondering what sort of cosmic balance the trip was endangering. I don’t remember the last time I’ve made such a quick trip. I flew down on Friday afternoon, getting to my hotel at 10:30pm. I was back on the plane on Sunday morning, and home

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Off to the Louisiana Book Festival

I’m leaving in a few hours to head off to Baton Rouge. I’ve been invited to present at the Louisiana Book Festival, which runs all day tomorrow. As I’ve been looking into it, I discovered that there’s a whole application process to get your book featured at the festival. This is definitely one big advantage of having a traditional publisher. I didn’t do any of the work involved in submitting my book (and knowing I could submit it in the first place), and Sourcebooks is covering my trip costs, as well. Of course, as is typical for me, the closer

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A Report Back on FanX

I got a bit quiet on the blog last week, since I was off gallivanting around Salt Lake at FanX. It’s been so long since I was at a con, I forgot a lot of what I needed to do. For example, I showed up without any copies of my books or any business cards or promos. The lack of book copies was the really egregious error, since I had no copies to put out in front of me when I spoke on my panels, and I had two people come by looking to buy older things. Thankfully, my cousin

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