The debut of The Assistant Lighting Designer's Toolkit was a raving success! Not only did we sell out of the 15 advance copies that were available at the conference, but many pre-orders were made that will be shipped after the book is published in May. Thank you to all of you who showed interest in the book, came up to say hi, and helped make the book's opening successful. I owe it to all of my readers -- and future readers (when their books arrive).
While at the conference I was asked (impromptu) to be added to a session. Our session was called "Pre-Prep Tech: Are You and Your Console Ready?" Speakers included: (from left to right) Paul Blakely from ACT Lighting, Chris Carter - a grad student from CCM, Anne E. McMills, and Nick Gonsman from ETC. The session was chaired by Nate Parde and Sean Savoie.
What a great experience this session was! My favorite part was being able to share tips and tricks that I had put into the book for those who hadn't been able to get a copy yet. Most of what we talked about during the session is covered in Chapters 5 and 6 of The ALD Toolkit. (See the video below for a small clip.)
I was flattered throughout the conference as many people who had copies of the book came up to ask for my autograph. It was a thrill to sign them, but mostly it was a thrill to know that my hard work had paid off and the knowledge that I've been wanting to share was now out there for students to read. As the first line of the intro says, "This is the book I wish I'd had when I was in school." That's so true! It means so much to me to be able to share what I learned through trial and tribulation on the job with others so that they can avoid the mistakes I made while learning the business. I truly think this book fills a void in the literature of our field. I hope that others feel the same.
I hope next year at USITT to have an official signing.
Again, thank you to everyone who helped make this week a success. Thank you especially to Stacey Walker, Meagan White, and Mike King from Focal Press for all your help and encouragement during the conference!
For those of you who purchased a copy, please visit the contact page and let me know if there is anything you think is missing, you have questions about, or you wish had been covered. I would love to hear your thoughts. And, of course, I would love an Amazon review if you have the time. Most of all, I hope you all enjoy the book and find it useful!