I travelled around the USA in April. One of the reasons for the trip was to go to the Romantic Times Convention in Chicago. Sourcebooks is based in Chicago so it was also a chance for me to see the offices, meet my editor and all the people who work behind the scenes to get the book to the shelf.
Putting aside that reason to go, here are 5 other reasons to go to RT.
1) Networking with authors
There are hundreds of authors at RT from all different publishing houses and also self-published, all there to talk writing. Just by meeting and talking to people there’s a lot to learn about publishing.
2) Publisher spotlights
This is where you can hear about the publisher from the publisher, the editors and other staff (like cover artists and marketing people). Also included are tips about what they are seeking and what they see too much of.
There are parties every night. Some are put on by authors others by publishers. Again it’s a chance to network—you never know who you might end up talking to.
Errr, watch the suitcase weight. There are books everywhere. I got a stack of free ones, plus I bought some at the signing and then there were more in the goody room. I also cruised down promo alley and picked up a couple of bookmarks about books that sounded interesting. I know bookmarks are meant to be passé but I love them and use them.
Without readers my stories wouldn’t live. As this is a convention for readers they are everywhere looking to meet their favourite author and meet new ones. There are also booksellers, librarians and bloggers. The book fair on Saturday was an amazing experience and a chance to sign books and talk to readers. I also signed at the ebook expo but it was much smaller.
RT was a lot of fun. I’d love to go every year.
Now that I’ve lugged all the books home I’ve got some to giveaway. Some I read while I was away—I had to read something on the way home J (but they are in excellent condition). Plus I’ll include my newest release, Kiss of the Goblin Prince which Sourcebooks was able to have ready 2 weeks early for the book signing (and it sold out).
The prize includes:
The Sun Sword by Lexxie Cooper
Devil’s Bargain by Jade Lee
Kiss of the Goblin Prince (signed) by Shona Husk
One lucky commenter will win all 4 books (Australian residents only). Winner drawn 14th May.