I am really excited about RT this year because the conference has done some really smart programming things, like scheduling an entire day of YA authors. Last year at the book fair, there were teams of mothers and teenaged girls (and younger) roving in groups wearing matching fan t-shirts, eager to meet their favorite authors. This year, RT has set aside special sessions for those fans to come, get books signed, and meet with their favorite authors on Saturday. There’s the Teen Party, speed dating where registered attendees can meet authors in small groups, and sessions that are interactive as well. I think this is SO smart – and I bet it’s going to be crowded with many a hand-made tshirt. I’ll try to get pics of the best ones.
And if you’re not a teen but you’re interested in talking in person about all the ideas and changes we talk about online that have to do with publishing, consider coming to RT Book Camp on Tuesday 5 April beginning at 1:30pm.
The event is at the RT hotel, the Westin Bonaventure, because the RT conference organizers are generous and awesome, it’s totally free thanks to many sponsors (of which I am one, along with Dear Author), and because it’s an Unconference, attendees determine the agenda and the content. From the conference page: “Sessions at this unconference will be suggested by and led by attendees. Session topics can include brainstorming an idea, discussing a current issue in publishing, or teaching a skill.” You can register and find out more online at the Unconference eventbrite page.
I’ve been to a publishing unconference, Book Camp^2, and what I really like about the is that the conversations move across departments, across different roles in the publishing process, based on enthusiasm for books. This one should be very cool because a number of authors are coming, so the sessions should be excellent. It’s a casual, informal but highly thought-provoking few hours. And there’s cocktails afterward, so what could be wrong with that?
And at RT, I’m giving two panels, should you be so inclined to attend and heckle!
On Thursday, 7 April, I’m leading a reader’s group with Jane Litte titled “Can We Talk? Readers Get Together to Talk Books.” Jane and I facilitated a discussion like this one last year, and the conversation was awesome. We talked about authors and genres we liked, trends we were tired of, and even covers and marketing approaches that worked for readers.
On Friday, 8 April, I’ll be on the panel “The Skinny on Digital Devices,” talking about (obviously) the different digital reading devices with Angela James and Jane Litte at 10:00am.
So, are you going to RT? What sessions are you most interested in? I’ll be doing my usual round-ups (and my favorite game, Overheard at RT) but if you’re going I’d sure like to meet you.