A couple of weeks ago I attended the absolute most exciting publishing industry convention I have ever been to. It’s called RT Booklovers Convention. I was a first time attendee, and I went because I was giving a workshop called 10 Ways To Improve Your Author Blog during the conference. I was shocked when I got to the conference. Immediately upon arriving at the hotel I knew I was in for a an awesome few days. My room key had the cover of Jaci Burton’s book One Sweet Ride on it. From the moment I received the room key on I felt like Alice falling down the rabbit hole. I was immersed in the land of romance, and it was awesome.
From the fun and informative reader and writer panels during the daytime to the dazzling nighttime parties, I could not get enough of the convention. Oh, and did I mention how awesome it was meeting up with new and old friends in the bar between parties? It was so nice to see familiar faces and make new book lovin’ friends.
Perhaps the best part of the conference was getting to see the readers’ smiling faces when they got a chance to talk with their favorite authors. I think involving the readers is what makes this conference special. I met so many budding authors and voracious readers during the few days I attended.
Carol Stacy and the entire RT Staff did an amazing job organizing the convention. I occasionally contribute reviews to RT Magazine, and I relish any time I get to spend with the ladies I normally just get to talk to on Twitter and by email. One of the highlights of the trip for me was getting to hear Kathryn Falk, the founder of RT Magazine speak at the 30th Anniversary Ball. (She told a hilarious anecdote about Fabio. I’m still laughing about it.) Most of all hearing Kathryn and the writers being honored at the ball speak reminded me of how far the Romance genre has come. It made me incredibly proud and a bit weepy to hear the authors reminisce about the barriers they broke through when they got their books published.
I definitely plan to attend RT Booklovers Convention next year in New Orleans. It was an experience I never want to miss!
The following are pictures from the conference:
Pictured Above: Elevators decorated with book covers! Honestly, all elevators should be decorated with book covers. Above right is my room key for the conference.
Pictured Above: Amazing author and super sweet friend Tiffany Reisz gave me an ARC of The Mistress and pretty much made my week by doing so! The rest of the photos are author swag and hilarious buttons I received at the conference. I only brought five or six books back with me because I knew I wouldn’t be able to fit more than that in my luggage. Somewhere in the above photo collage you might spy a photo of me surrounded by hunky cover models. Yes, that happened! lol
Above are some pictures from the parties. I finally got to meet Tiffany Reisz at the Men of Romance party. She is so nice and so damn talented. Yes, that’s me dancing with Andrew Shaffer. I think we were trying to dance sarcastically or at least I hope that’s what we were doing. I hope I don’t just look like that when I dance. Haha. The Ellora’s Cave party had awesome swag at every table. I was super bummed that the lava lamp wouldn’t fit in my suitcase, but I did leave it as part of the hotel cleaning service’s tip.
Above are random pictures of me throughout the convention. I think my feet hurt and I sat on the stage at one point looking sad. I randomly decided to dress like Steven Tyler one of the days. (But I did rock a Kingsley T-Shirt with the Steven Tyler look.) Me wearing a headset getting ready for my workshop and finally making a sad face with Andrew Shaffer. I uh can’t remember what the sad face was for. I think it was because I had to fly out the next day and miss the rest of the convention.
Above is a picture of me giving the workshop I was at the convention to present. I got this picture from the Flickr page by RT Book Reviews. If you’re interested in seeing more pictures from the convention, you should definitely check it out!
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