ALA Midwinter Plan

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Alright, I've researched and thought long and hard about this!! I can do this. Hopefully I'm ready to kick some butt!!

As this is my first book event, I wanted to come prepared for it. I feel pretty certain as what to expect. But knowing me, my mind will probably go overboard and forget the plan. I will try to be calm about this!!

But I can't until I walk into the exhibit room for the first time!!

I'll probably be like this...

Then I'll start running around like a maniac...

And by the end...

My Daily Routine (For Sat, Sun, and Mon)

Plan A (My mom drives me to bus stop)
Wake Up: 6:30am
Mom drives me to bus stop: 7:30am
Arrive at bus stop: 7:50am
Arrive at McCormick Place: Around 8:20am
Register and Get My Badge: 8:25am
Leave for Home: (Sat, Sun) 4:30pm, (Mon) 1:30pm

Backup  Plan (In case my mom can't drive me)
Wake Up: 6:30am
Leave to first bus: 7:20am
Arrive at McCormick Place: Around 8:30am
Register and Get My Badge: 8:35am
Leave for Home: (Sat, Sun) 4:30pm, (Mon) 1:30pm

Plan B (My dad drive me)
Wake Up: 6:30am
Dad drives me: 8:00am
Arrive at McCormick Place: 8:20am
Register and Get My Badge: 8:26am
Leave for Home: (Sat, Sun) 4:30pm, (Mon) 1:30pm

I know you're all thinking.. "Why is she arriving 30 minutes early when the exhibits open at 9:00am?" Well I'm glad you asked!!

   I may live in Chicago but I've never been to McCormick Place. Only once when I graduated high school. But that was in another building. McCormick has a North, South, West, and East building. And I have no idea where the bus is going to drop me off.

   I'm guessing and hoping that it's the West building because I checked google maps but I don't want to depend on that. I want to be ready when those exhibit doors open!!

Also I have no idea how long the lines will be to get my badge. I registered in advance so it should go a bit faster I hope.

Publishers I will visit

(In order)
Bloomsbury | Booth 4513
Harper Collins Children's | Booth 4626
Penguin Random House | Booth 4715, 4720, 4721, 4815, 4819, 4821, 4823
Penguin Young Readers Group | Booth 4815
Random House Children's Books | Booth 4715
Simon and Schuster | Booth 4411
Disney Hyperion | Booth 4532
Macmillian Adult & Griffin Teen | Booth 4613
Macmillian Children's Publishing Group | Booth 4511, 4611
Scholastic | Booth 5011
Harlequin | Booth 4414
Harper Collins | Booth 4526
Tor/Forge Books | Booth 4515
Egmont Publishing | Booth 4730 (???)
Little Brown Books for Young Readers | Booth 4811
Hachette Book Group USA | Booth 4711
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Booth 4026
SourceBooks | Booth 4317
Abrams Books | Booth 4426
Chronicle Books | Booth 4911

   I put question marks next to Egmont because they are closing their US publishing division on January 30 and I don't even know now if they are still going to be at ALA.

Authors Signings I Want To Attend


Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie | Creed | Flux | Booth 4916 | 10:00am to 10:30am

Mike Mullin | Ashfall Trilogy | Tanglewood Press/PGW | Booth 4226 | 10:00am to 12:00pm

Stefanie Lyons | Dating Down | Flux | Booth 4916 | 11:00am to 11:30am

Sasha Dawn | Oblivion | Egmont USA | Booth 4730 | 11:00am to 12:00pm

Monica Ropal | When You Leave | Perseus Books Group | Booth 4126 | 11:00am to 12:00pm

Fonda Lee | Zeroboxer | Flux | Booth 4916 | 1:00pm to 1:30pm


Ilsa J. Bick | White Space | Egmont USA | Booth 4730 | 11:00am to 12:00pm

Paolo Bacigalupi | The Doubt Factory | Little, Brown Books for YA | Booth 4811 | 11:00am to 12:00pm


  1. I've seen Egmont tweeting that they'll still be there! Love your list, I'm going to work on mine today. This is my first book event too and I'm so nervous and excited!

    1. Thank you! I'm glad that they will still be there!! They have some authors signing that I want to go to :D

  2. Oo! Fonda Lee! I really want to read Zeroboxer. Have an awesome time!


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