Losing Brave, Meet The American Library Association

Stefne Miller and Bailee Madison at ALA.

When you’re a writer, you dream about the day that your book will be born and enter the world, and while you’re dreaming away you can’t help but stumble into the American Library Association Convention.

It is a HUGE event that takes place every year. An opportunity for every publishing company imaginable to display not only their books, but their authors. The space is gargantuan, books are everywhere and there are so many people in attendance that it’s difficult to move – but it’s oh, so amazing!

Blink YA booth at ALA

This year, Bailee and I were honored to not only be invited to attend the convention in Chicago, but to also sign and give-away over one hundred books to the wonderful librarians who waited in line to get their copy.

We anticipated the event for months and then ran in to a snag. Bailee was on location filming and with weather causing havoc on the shoot, they were behind schedule. Behind schedule meant that Bailee’s call times were less certain. The closer the event got, the less and less it looked like Bailee would be able to join us for such a wonderful event.

Stefne Miller, Bailee Madison and McCall Hoyle at ALA in Chicago

Luckily, the day of the convention, Bailee was given a break long enough to allow her to rush to the airport, jump on a one hour flight and arrive thirty minutes before our signing. As soon as the signing was finished, she jumped right back into the car, returned to the airport, jumped on another plane and was on location that evening.

What a trooper!

The Blink YA page in the ALA Program and Directory

Just those few minutes talking to librarians from all over the country was worth the struggle and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to share Losing Brave with them.

Thanks to Blink YA/Harper Collins and the American Library Association for having us!

One of the best ways to get Losing Brave into the hands of more readers is for the novel to stock library shelves so be sure that you ask your local and school libraries to order copies.

If you make a request and your librarian orders a copy, leave me a note on the “Contact” page so we can give you both a shoutout!

Pre-order your copy of Losing Brave today and receive it on your doorstep release day!


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