If you've been curious about RT's annual convention, I have news and a contest to tell you about. I think that RT gets better every year, and it is one of the most fun weeks of the year for me. It's an amazing thing to see a few thousand people who take time off of work and take a vacation that's focused on the books they love and on their favorite authors. RT is a tremendous opportunity for both readers and writers to connect, and I look forward to it every year.
This year, the conference is in Kansas City, MO, and I plan to eat a LOT of ribs. Twice.
First up, Grand Central/Forever is giving away a regstration two-pack for RT 2013. The contest entry is at Facebook. From the press release:
It’s Forever’s 10th anniversary, and in celebration we’re giving two lucky fans a chance to win free registration to attend the RT BookLovers Convention! ($474 value*)
Enter for a chance to win a 'Readers' registration to this year's convention May 1 – 5, at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, or next year’s convention in New Orleans, May 14th – 18th.**
You will also receive:
– An invitation for you and a guest to the Forever Pre-Ball Cocktail Party at the New American
– Membership in the “Forever Fanatics” club – an exclusive group who will be invited to preview advanced reads and exclusive promotional opportunities for an entire year!
*If you have already purchased your registration for this year’s conference, we will check with the conference coordinators and reimburse your fee.
**Winners are responsible for their own travel arrangements, accommodations, meals and incidentals.
*While we would love to allow for all of our fans around the world to be able to enter for a chance to win, unfortunately due to legal issues the contest is only open to US residents only.*
You can enter the contest online – good luck!
And if you go to RT, or perhaps win a chance to attend? RT has some events they'd very much like you to know about – especially if you're somewhat local to Kansas City and plan to drive down for a day or two of the fun. You'd be surprised how many people do – last year I met a woman who flew to Chicago just for the book signing. She stayed one night and left with a bunch of signed books – and left me a lovely story about her grandmother. So if you're thinking of maybe going to RT for a day or two, here's a few of the events that would be a LOT of fun.
Thursday 2 May: Ebook, Indie and Graphic Novel Expo – $5.00 (for non conference attendees)
On Thursday May 2 from 4 – 6 pm you will meet more than 300 e-book and small press authors and many graphic novel authors. Get autographs, chat with some of your favorite authors and purchase e-books and small press print books. We recommend that you download any QR Code Reader from iTunes since many authors will have a QR (Quick Response) Code on their promo materials. With this QR Reader you can scan the code on your mobile device and go right to the book you want to purchase.
Saturday 4 May: Giant Book Fair – 11am – 2pm – $5.00 at the door (for non conference attendees)
When they say “giant,” they mean it: over 450 authors are registered to sign. You can get signed books, or bring collectible or personal copies to have signed. if you've ever wanted to see a really big group of romance readers and authors in one place, with squeeing and eagerness and possibly costumes, this is the event to attend. My favorite thing is the groups of parents and teens who come together, often in matching shirts, to meet their favorite authors. The young readers are the best part, easily.
And speaking of:
Saturday 4 May: Teen Day – 11am – 4pm – $25.00 (for one attendee plus a chaperone)
From 11:00 am-2:00 pm attendees will join us for the Giant Book Fair where you will meet more than 80 YA authors who will be autographing in YA Alley and whose books you can purchase. A special YA locator booklet will be given out so that you can find out exactly where your favorite author is seated.
Directly following the Giant Book Fair, from 2:30-6:00 pm, there will be three hours of workshops (2 per hour) led by bestselling authors including an Author Speed Dating session where every 10 minutes an author will switch tables and sit with you. There will also be two Speed Reading sessions where authors will read short excerpts from their upcoming books. There will also be two additional workshops on how the authors write their books.
After the workshops, you will join us at an amazing Teen Party (6:15-8:00 pm) where you will mix and mingle with authors and there will be lots of free books and giveaways.
The $25 admission includes one young adult (up to 20 years old) plus a one chaperone whose name and contact information you must supply at the time of registration.
I love the numbers of parents and daughters I see at RT on Saturdays, some of whom drive hours to go meet their favorite author. I think it is so smart of RT to build a day around them and to give them more reasons to attend and meet authors.
Are you going to RT? What are you looking forward to?