#SpankA2Z: L is for LORI Foster’s #RAGT15

A2Z-logo2015Welcome to day 12 of the 2nd Annual Spanking A to Z blog challenge. Throughout June, spanking fiction authors will post a blog corresponding to a different letter of the alphabet, beginning with A and ending with Z. Many of the blogs, including mine, will focus on some aspect of spanking and/or the authors’ books, but you’ll also run across many random, but fun topics.

L is for LORI Foster’s Reader Author Get-Together

Me and SJ Maylee!

Me and SJ Maylee!

This time last week I was at Lori Foster’s Reader Author Get-Together (RAGT) in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was my first time attending that conference, although I’ve attended the Romantic Times (RT) convention twice.

RT is a ginormous affair attracting thousands of authors, aspiring authors,  publishers, reviewers, and readers. It is so big that one gets lost. You are a minnow in the ocean. Unless you’re a “big name” author or sponsor a seminar–which is very competitive–it’s almost impossible to get noticed.

There was another row of tables around the perimeter, but this is how small the book fair was. GREAT for meeting readers.

There was another row of tables around the perimeter, but this is how small the book fair was. GREAT for meeting readers.

Not so RAGT. It’s an intimate affair capped at about 500 people total, which includes only 150 authors. Admission to the conference sells out within a few hours when enrollment opens.

RT, I think, tries to be all things to all people. There’s a head-spinning array of seminars to educate and inform, parties and social events, panel discussions, agent/editor appointments. RAGT offers a smattering of information/pitch sessions, but its function is primarily social. It’s a chance for readers and authors to connect one on one.

At RAGT I got to meet and hang with author SJ Maylee (the conference was worth it just for that), and to meet Kathryn Blake, who dropped by to see me (loved meeting you, Kathryn!). I had interesting, informative discussions with fellow authors Vella Day and Kallypso Masters.

The loot! SWAG collected at RAGT.

The loot! SWAG collected at RAGT.

One of the biggest highlights was the Book Fair. At RT, unless you’re famous, you’re lucky if you sell any books. At RAGT I sold quite few–and signed more autographs than I had at high school yearbook time. Readers came with their bags and scrapbooks. It made my day to have readers hand me their scrapbooks and see that I had my very own page, with photos of my books.

If you’re looking for that personal connection with readers, you can’t beat Lori Foster’s RAGT.


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8 Responses to #SpankA2Z: L is for LORI Foster’s #RAGT15

  1. S.J. Maylee says:

    Woot! We really did have a fabulous time. 😀

  2. So glad you got a chance to go. No wonder it sells out quickly. Sounds like Lori does a great job of not letting it lose the intimate setting.

  3. Measha Stone says:

    Sounds like a great event! I’m going to have to mark in my calendar to look for next year! Glad you had such a good time!

    • Cara Bristol says:

      Be sure you sign up early. Like the very second enrollment opens. It sells out within the first few hours of the first day.

  4. Laurel Lasky says:

    It sounds like a lot of fun. The best part is meeting authors in person. I try to picture how different authors look. 9 times out of 10 I’m wrong.

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