Smack in the middle of the A to Z Challenge I took a full week to attend my first RT Booklovers’ Convention, this one in Las Vegas, Nevada.
I’ve been to a number of conferences over the past few years, but with over 3100 people in attendance, this was the most overwhelming! Most impressive was the number of Romance readers and bloggers. It was awesome to chat with readers from all points in North America.
Authors and readers from England, Europe, and Australia also came ready to party. And party they did! One of my favorite events was Viva La Historical, hosted by 20 historical romance authors.
Dashing cover models served champagne and chocolate truffles, and historical costumes from different eras were displayed throughout the ballroom. Here’s my favorite:
I also spent an afternoon in Club RT chatting with readers passing through on their way to the goody room, and I raffled off a themed basket.
And the winner was—Valerie Pitts. Congratulations, Valerie!
I had a chance to attend workshops and connect up with some local Southern Calfornia authors. Here’s the San Diego RWA president Tameri Etherton, on the far left, leading a panel presentation on booksignings.
And three members of one of my favorite blogs, The Word Wenches, presented a workshop on Rakes, Rogues, and Warrior Poets.
I got to meet and chat in person with fellow Soul Mate Publishing authors, including Petie McCarty.
One of the shortcomings of this convention was the difficulty in getting my morning coffee, but even that presented opportunities to chat with authors and readers. On the second last day of the conference while waiting in the twenty minute Starbucks’ line, I struck up a conversation with author Ciara Knight about caffeine angst and next year’s conference. I wished her luck at the party she was hosting that day and safe travels home after.
“I always go home sick from this conference” she said, “but this year I feel pretty good.”
“Oh not me,” I said. “I never get sick.”
Well, you can guess what happened–the day after arriving home, I came down with the RT sniffles!
Have you attended this year’s or a past year’s RT, or any other reader events? What did you think of it? And what’s your favorite way to interact with authors?
Image credits: RT Banner, RT Book Reviews; All others, the author