What’s RT17?? (RT Booklovers Convention)
In a few short words … Road Trip to Atlanta, GA with Author Violet Howe – 2000+ Readers – 600+ Authors – Industry Professionals – Dan from Draft2Digital – Aunt Pitty Pat’s Porch – Jennifer Estep – Trope Bingo – Writer Workshops Galore – Steam vs. Scream Panel – E L James (who I only saw in pictures!?!—because that’s how big this thing was) – “My Box” in Promotion Alley – Giant Book Fair – Meeting fans who have actually read my books!! – FAN-tastic Day Party (OMG the madness) – Damon Suede – RT Round-up – AND SO MUCH MORE … Okay, so that was more than a few short words, but that was a tiny recap of the mayhem that was RT17!
So far in my “writer’s life” I’ve attended over a dozen book or writer events, but nothing compares to RT. The RT Booklovers Convention is a huge book industry event with a robust Reader track. There are so many parties and opportunities for free books and swag I can’t even imagine attending this thing as a Reader. Big name authors (and randoms like me) are everywhere, mixing and mingling with Readers and other Industry Professionals.
My con schedule consisted of Trope Bingo, which was so popular with Readers that we ran out of Bingo cards! And Steam vs. Scream, a Writers panel discussing the difference in writing Love vs. Action scenes.
I attended several great panels, including Slay Your Promo: DIY Graphics (featuring: Nikki Sloane, Staci Hart, Veronica Larsen, & Kandi Steiner) and Out of the Box: Getting Noticed (featuring: Liz Berry, M. J. Rose, Lexi Blake, & Liliana Hart).
With hundreds of options to choose from over three jam-packed days of panels, workshops, pop-up signings, raffle basket giveaways, and parties, it was a good thing there was “an app for that” … yes, RT Booklovers Convention had an app to track all the events! (Did I mention it was big?)
Pros and Maybe One Small (Annoying) Con of the Convention
The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the crazy long wait for the elevators. In my day job, I write software, but not even I could determine their pattern for when an elevator would actually stop on a floor. Many times, you had to “go down” to “go up” … because the crazy thing wouldn’t stop on the lobby level again on the way back up. I mean the same elevator shouldn’t open twice going down both times without opening once to go up, right?!?
Okay, other than the elevators, everything was awesome. I even survived the road trip (not from hell) with my BFF Author Violet Howe. Which included our crazy SUV rental packed full on the way up and Tetris grandmaster level packing to squeeze everything into a full-size car on the way back!
(Oh, and did I mention there were COVER MODELS? I even got my picture made with two VERY TALL models at the Petticoats & Pistols event!)