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!
At USITT next week not only will the first 15 copies of The Assistant Lighting Designer's Toolkit be available for purchase at Focal Press's booth, but also you can get this awesome SWAG!
These 1" mini-buttons come in two varieties: "Lighting Ninja" or "Proud to be an ALD!" If you see me walking around the floor don't be shy. Ask me for a button! I'd love to share, but quantities are limited!
The Assistant Lighting Designer's Toolkit showed up on the expo floor today at the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) at the Focal Press booth! I had no idea it would be ready -- must be a bound copy made especially for the conference. A big thanks to Steve Shelley for his eagle eye!
Focal Press has created this fabulous show board for me (see screenshot). It will be set up at the USITT Focal Press booth to advertise that The Assistant Lighting Designer's Toolkit is available for pre-sale.
Originally we had planned to try to get a few advance copies drop-shipped to USITT for purchase -- still no word on if this is possible or not. I've got my fingers crossed!
I hope that if you are attending USITT you will drop by Focal's booth (Booth #1629) on the stage expo floor to check it out!
More info on the ALD Toolkit available at: www.ALDToolkit.com.