I will not be "working" today or tomorrow because I have some family events that require my physical presence, and at least half my attention. These people who have lived with me during the entire time that I've been a publisher stilll seem to think that summer is for vacations and fun and trips to the water park and theme parks and shopping and all. I tell them, "No, summer is for conventions and publishing. Go watch a video." But they mutinied. And I either have to have fun this weekend or walk the plank. (Actually, they threatened to feed me to the Kraken.)
But back to the convention. Each year, the convention has a theme. This year it's "Riding the Wave into the Future." Here's the convention logo. Isn't it pretty?
We are encouraged to decorate our booths to reflect the theme. They even have prizes for the best decorated booths. We never win. I'm not that creative. I have no idea what we're going to do in our booth yet. That is next week's task. If you have any ideas for something cheap and easy, let me know ASAP.
This year is also the 25th anniversary of the association. What a huge milestone. I love this association. The people who are part of it are very committed to helping the industry grow and succeed. They have a passion for what they do; they're excited about it. I think it's a great vehical for helping vendors and buyers get to know each other on a personal basis. It makes selling and shopping easier for everyone. It also helps small publishers network together, sharing ideas, resources, problem-solving together. It's a wonderful thing. I hope it lasts another 25 years.
(And anyone who says that the association has a hidden political agenda, or that it's run by Deseret Book, or any of that other nonsense needs to go have their meds checked.)