Welcome 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
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.
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.
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.