Yesterday, I set out on mission impossible at #alamw19 and I am sorry to report that I was not successful. My mission you ask? To simply walk across the exhibit hall without adding anything to my treasure trove. Others had cautioned me that bags get heavy, books add up, and airlines have luggage weight limits. However, no one really warned me that I would be constantly stumbling upon favored authors and illustrators ready and willing to sign their newest, FREE books with nary a line in sight! Every lap I took, the floor seemed to magically refresh with new signings that I just HAD TO GET. Not only that, there were countless knowledgeable publishing representatives from both small and large presses ready and willing to enthusiastically discuss their new releases and answer my questions. It was easy to turn what should have been a five minutes walk into an hour stroll across the exhibit hall.
My recommendations to those that, like me, also suffer from weak will power would be: track down empty cardboard boxes from publishers (one less thing to pay for at the Post Office), mail early (no need to wait til the last day with everyone else), and use the Media Mail option to keep your costs low.