The American Library Association’s 2020 Midwinter Conference is coming to Philadelphia. Eastern PA SCBWI will be there, and we want our PAL members to join us! This is a great opportunity to meet teachers and librarians as well as other professionals in the children’s book industry.
We have thirty spots open for PAL members to share their books at our booth on Saturday, January 25, or Sunday, January 26. The cost to join our booth is $40. Those who sign up will be given a one-hour time slot for book signing. Signings will be announced in our program and on our social media channels, and authors participating in the signings will be listed in flyers for our READ LOCAL campaign for the 2020-2021 school year. Some session times will be in pairs, some will be solo.
At the booth you will decide how to use the one-hour signing time. You may sell your books, give away your books, distribute school visit materials and teacher guides, and more!
You will be responsible for your admission into the conference in general. There is a full pass option, with access to lectures and more, and also an exhibition hall pass, which is considerably less expensive. Here is a link to the ALA registration. If you only sign up for one day, please be sure to let us know so that your time at the SCBWI table can be set for that day. Update: In some cases, publishers may have additional passes for their authors. Many of the authors who have already signed up for booth space have received free exhibit hall passes from their publisher. If you have questions, please ask your publisher.
Registration for the Eastern PA SCBWI table can be found here: https://epa.scbwi.org/events/pal-event-ala-midwinter-book-booth-2020/. You must be logged in to your SCBWI account and listed as a PAL member in order to purchase booth time. If you are unsure whether your national registration is listed as PAL, visit this link: https://www.scbwi.org/pal-publishers/.
If you are interested in reserving your spot, please do so soon. Our deadline for submitting author names to the program is December 5, 2019. Register soon so that your name can be listed in the ALA print program and digital version.
We hope to see you there!