So the RT Booklovers Convention is next week in Columbus, Ohio! (what’s round on both sides and high in the middle? OHIO).
A hunched over writing hermit like yours truly takes a bit of time to adjust being around other real live human beings, but I figure by Tuesday night (max Wednesday noonish) I’ll be all settled in and ready to have some fun!
This is my 4th RT convention and this time I’m finally on a couple of cool panels. Ususally I’m not sure if I’m going to make it to the con until closer to the date, and then I’m too late to be on panels, but not this year. No siree!
Here’s where you can find me…………
>>>Wednesday, April 28th
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM YOUNG ADULT: YOU REALLY CAN GO BACK: TRANSITIONING FROM ADULT ROMANCE TO YOUNG ADULT
WEDNESDAY: For adult romance writers who would like to try their hand at YA, this panel of authors (who write adult romance, urban fantasy, and YA romance) will explain the differences in writing and publishing in these popular fields. We’ll look at writing style and content of YA books versus romance novels as well as how traditional children’s publishers differ from romance publishers and what they’ll expect from you. We’ll look at the differences in marketing and discuss how to keep your more “adult” books from getting into the hands of your new young fans.
Panelists: Kelley Armstrong, Alyxandra Harvey, Caitlin Kittredge, Richelle Mead, Michelle Rowen, Rachel Vincent Moderator: Stacey Klemstein aka Stacey Kade
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM URBAN FANTASY: ALPHA MALES AND THE KICK-ASS HEROINES WHO LOVE THEM
WEDNESDAY: A genre known for its strong heroines needs equally strong men. But women like these aren’t going to put up with guys who are too obnoxiously alpha … or will they? What kind of guy is really the best match? Join us as bestselling authors discuss the highs and lows of creating sexual and romantic tension between couples in urban fantasy. Find out what it takes to create the perfect partner … and why sometimes, one guy just isn’t enough.
Captain: Richelle Mead Panelists: Keri Arthur, Shannon K. Butcher, S. J. Day aka Sylvia Day, Jeaniene Frost, Michelle Rowen
>>>Thursday, April 29th
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM RT BOOK REVIEWS AWARDS CEREMONY
THURSDAY: RT BOOK REVIEWS Career Achievement and Reviewers’ Choice Awards (I’m very happy to announce that TALL, DARK & FANGSOME won the Vampire Romance category (!!!) so I will gratefully and happily be accepting this award!)
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM BOOKSELLER: NOT SO SWEET SIXTEEN PARTY
THURSDAY: Spin the bottle, spiked punch – this is the kind of party your mother warned you about! Embrace your inner 16 year old and join bestselling YA authors for a spring fling John Hughes would be proud of.
Hosted By: Kelley Armstrong, Jennifer Barnes, Holly Black, Heather Brewer, Ally Carter, Shannon Delany, Jackie Kessler, Caitlin Kittredge, Stacey Klemstein aka Stacey Kade, Mari Mancusi, Melissa Marr, Richelle Mead, Michelle Rowen, Carrie Ryan, Jeri Smith-Ready, Rachel Vincent
>>>Friday, April 30th
11:00 a.m. — CLUB RT: Visit with published authors, publishers and cover models in a casual atmosphere. Special vendors and an informal photo area are also in this area of the hotel (use your own cameras). (I’m scheduled for this with a couple other League of Reluctant Adults! Also, the League is giving out Passports to Snark and there will be prizes if you collect stamps and signatures. Good times!)
>>>Saturday, May 1st
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM GIANT BOOK FAIR
SATURDAY: Where can you meet your favorite authors, get your pic taken with them or a cover model, or get a sneak preview to what’s coming out in the wonderful world of women’s fiction? At the one and only RT Booklovers Convention Book Fair! Over 300 authors will autograph books, posters and bookmarks, and you can bring your favorite “keeper” books to have your fav author sign them!! For those bringing collectibles and “keeper” books, we will clearly label the books for you, so as not to mistake them for new books! This event is open to the public for a small fee of $5.00 at the door. All registered attendees will enter 15 minutes prior to the public opening. (We’re allowed to request three books to have on hand. I’ve asked for Tall, Dark & Fangsome, Demon Princess: Reign or Shine, and The Demon in Me. Since this is a few days before TDiM’s release, I’m not sure if it will be there. I sure hope so!!)
BONUS ON-SITE PRIZES!! If you see me in the halls… I am bringing along a few super early copies of Demon Princess: Reign Check with me. Got a boxload of ’em yesterday! If you are really nice, have READ book #1 already, and are able to correctly answer a skill-testing question (perhaps ) I may just give you one! (while supplies last, of course!)
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some packing to do.
Until next time, happy reading!