I am super excited to be attending my first RT Booklovers Convention in Las Vegas April 12-17th!
What is the RT Booklover’s Convention? Basically, it’s a big party for folks who love books – both authors and readers. Particularly genre fiction books like romance, thrillers, fantasy, etc… There are also many informative workshops on the publishing business. And lots and lots of costumes!
Here are the events I’m most excited to attend:
Author Damon Suede turned me on to this RT institution, where you watch so-bad-it’s-good movies, and then snarkily critique them ala Waldorf and Statler (or Mystery Science Theater 3000.) If you can’t make it to Vegas, it will all be live tweeted #RTCC
2. All the workshops
There are more amazing-sounding workshops than I can ever hope to attend (seriously, I wish I could somehow break the space time continuum and be in two places at once so I could attend all the classes and panels that are happening at the same time!) But some highlights for me as an author: for genre, Urban Fantasy: The Urban Fantasy Canon – Then and Now, and Writing the Kickass Fantasy Heroine, for marketing and the business of being an author, Marketing Tips and Tricks from a Hollywood Movie Exec, and Book Signing 101 for the Confused and Terrified, and the oh so relevant Conferences and Conventions: Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck. And of course all the Publisher Spotlights on what each house is looking for.
3. The Giant Book Fair
All your favorite authors, all in one place!
3. The RT Reviewers Choice Awards Ceremony
This is the closest thing we writers get to the Oscars! I can’t wait to get glammed up and cheer for my fellow authors to win these coveted awards. And ofcourse, after the awards is the event I’m most excited about….
4. Cirque du Punk
The costume theme is steampunk circus, and let’s just say my hubby and I have gotten really into our costumes for this one. No spoilers – but I promise plenty of pictures after the event. While I’ve always been one to dress up, my hubby was a die-hard non-participant in anything involving costumes…until this RT…and wow did he go from 0 to 60 in 3.5! Here’s hoping there’s a male or couple’s category in the costume contest, cause he is definitely a contender!
5. Ok, this one is not an officially RT sanctioned event – but it’s my birthday the second day of RT, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate it than hanging out with my tribe: all those who love the written word.
If you are planning to be in Vegas for RT, drop me a line – I’d love to see you there!