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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Get The Insider Details From The Editors At The Convention

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today writers got to spend an hour-long focused sessions with representatives from some of the best publishing houses in the nation. Attendees heard from editors such as Alicia Condon of Kensington, Heather Osborn of Samhain and Angela James of Carina Press. There were also representatives from Grand Central, St. Martins, HarperCollins, Harlequin, Tor and more. The panel was moderated by author Judi McCoy, for a complete list of as agents at the panel giving advice and answered questions, check the bottom of this special guest post by RT's Stacey Agdern.


One of the great things about the RT conference is that an attendee could be at a western party one minute and at a business panel the next. This afternoon’s editor’s panel was upbeat and excited as the group of editors who were willing to talk, listen and explain to attendees who had questions.

The news in historical is that the field is wide open. St Martins Press Editor Monique Patterson pointed out that historical fiction is a better fit when dealing with more international settings and more recent time periods. But Decadent’s Heather Bennet was among the group of editors who assured the audience that they would be open to historical romance set in a typical places and time periods.


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Wooing The Masses With E-Book Marketing

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

At this morning’s E-Book Marketing Panel “Wooing the Masses" e-book authors from across the genres shared their tips on effective e-marketing. The authors offering advice were Eden Bradley, Mari Carr, Kristen Painter and Jayne Rylon.


During the panel, each author discussed the different things they have done to market themselves and what they found most effective. Mari Carr, who recently co-authored the erotic e-book Northern Exposure with Jane Rylon, said that she felt that she was lucky to find another writer whose voice worked so well with hers. By having a co-author, the writers were able to split both the costs of promotion as well as the workload. Mari shared that they chose to focus their recent marketing efforts on connecting to readers using social media. For example they used Twitter to promote 140 character book quotes and hosted an excerpt party on Facebook.


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Start Your Morning With A Cup Of Mystery

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

There's nothing like starting out the day with a bit of intrigue. And at the Mystery Chix & Private Dix Morning Mystery there were mystery-minded folks out in force! Fans of the genre got to spend some time with some of the top names in mystery over a light breakfast and refreshments. Authors came out from all corners of the mystery genre. From suspense author Rick Mofina to Carole Nelson Douglas who writes the cat detective Midnight Louie, historical mystery author Rhys Bowen to romantic suspense's Allison Brennan, and even television writers William Link and Lee Goldberg got in on the action.

A few of the morning's mystery chix and private dix

We got into the spirit of this morning mixer by asking some of the famous mischief makers in attendance who they turn to when they want to get a mystery chix or private dix reading fix. Here's what they had to say:


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Ellora's Cave Fantasy Party Goes Bollywood

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

What do you get when you add spice to Hollywood? Bollywood! And this year at the Ellora's Cave Fantasy Party convention attendees embraced all the aspects of the type of Indian cinema with colorful glamour and the sound, sights and tastes of this exotic entertainment! At the party...

Dancers performed traditional Indian dances - with a modern twist!

Even the crowd got in on the fun

Ellora's Cave authors walked the stage

Groups of friends dressed for the festivities


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Keeping Your Historical Romances Fresh

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

This afternoon historical romance writers (and a sprinkling of readers, too) got a treat with the workshop "Tackling Historical Realities in Today's Historicals". Captained by Renee Bernard, the panel was also made up of Victoria Alexander, Cheryl Holt, Julianne MacLean and Sophia Nash. From the glittering ball rooms of the ton to the harsh beauty of the highlands, all five of these authors are renowned for bringing their historical romances to life with detailed settings and characters who act according to the social norms of the time. 

We were thrilled to be able to catch up with Captain Renee Bernard for a quick chat about what inspired her (and her band of merry authors) to create this workshop:


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Mixing It Up At The Intergalactic Bar & Grille

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 06, 2011 | PERMALINK

Tonight science fiction fans, readers and authors all gathered at the Intergalactic Bar & Grille! Hosts Linnea Sinclair, Jade Lee, Janet Miller (aka Cricket Starr), Karen Miller, Marcella Burnard and Nathalie Gray embraced all things science fiction as the inspiration for some out-of-this-world treats and games for all that attended. 

During the party, the hosts gave us some sneak peeks on what we can expect from them in the future.


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Being Un-Human In Paranormal Romance

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 06, 2011 | PERMALINK

When it comes to the world of paranormal romance, readers know that they can will be able to find anything and everything that could go bump in the night within the pages of these books. But how do authors keep these characters fresh? At today’s paranormal panel readers got an insider look at how genre experts Angela Knight, Shana Abe, Kate Douglas, Jacquelyn Frank and Erin Quinn make their magical beings seem so real. 

We got a chance to chat with the authors about which otherworldly characters are their top creature choice and how each author makes their special characters come to life:

Angela Knight shares that her choice was easy to make. “My favorite otherworld creature to write is the vampire. I've been fascinated by vamps since I was a teenager in the late 1970s, when I read Interview With a Vampire by Anne Rice. Which was a very sensual book, if disturbing in a lot of ways.


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Creating Dark And Dangerous Urban Fantasy Worlds

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 06, 2011 | PERMALINK

From demons to vampires, kick-butt heroines and dark alliances, the worlds of the Urban Fantasy genre are a dark re-imagining of our own. But what sources do authors mine for inspiration and how do they keep readers coming back for more? Earlier today Jackie Kessler moderated a discussion with Kelley Armstrong, Diana RowlandRachel Vincent and Jaye Wells about the ways that they create the creatures they feature, the directions that the genre is moving in and what fans can expect from them next. 

We got a chance to chat with Jackie Kessler about the characters readers can find in Urban Fantasy today and she said one of the best things about the genre is that "when you write urban fantasy, you aren’t limited to the human race."

While we are all familiar with the ever-popular vampire tales, Jackie was quick to point out that Urban Fantasy is not limited to just vampires. She then went on to give us a 'cheat sheet' to the creatures found in the panelists' books: 


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Starting The Morning Right With The Welcome Mixer!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 06, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today the wait is finally over — we've kicked off the 2011 RT Booklovers Convention! This morning the fun began bright and early with the Welcome Mixer. Readers, authors, booksellers and industry insiders turned out for the first party of the convention. 

After we all got some morning treats, RT Founder Kathryn Falk greeted convention goers and shared a preview of what was to come in the days ahead. We also heard a lovely tribute to Walter Zacharius, the head of Kensington Publishing who recently passed on. And of course, Kate Ryan, RT's Bookstores That Care Network Coordinator, announced RT's Bookseller of the year, Darlene Krogol of Another Look Books. This Michigan-based bookseller wrote a song that celebrated RT's commitment to supporting Independent bookstores and, to the tune of a classic by Gladys Knight & the Pips, RT's Mr. Romance 1996, Mark Johnson serenaded the crowd!


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We're Headed To LA For The 2011 RT Booklovers Convention!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 05, 2011 | PERMALINK

We're off to LA to meet up with our fellow genre fiction fans at the 2011 RT Booklovers Convention. Goodbye rainy New York, sunny L.A. here we come! All week long you can follow the convention action on the RT Daily Blog. You will get insider info from authors attending panels and leading workshops. You can also get our take on this year's annual awards ceremony and check out photos from the morning mixers and nightly parties.

Over the next five days we are looking forward to attending some of the 125 workshops for readers, writers and booksellers and librarians. From hands-on craft workshops to discussions about the industry and spotlights on each of the genres, our upcoming hours will be filled with sessions that promise to be memorable. This year's workshops will be recorded and offered as mp3 audio files by www.ConferenceRecording.com for everyone who can't attend or can't read their handwriting after jotting down notes during the panels. And for everyone who can't make it to the full five-day convention but is interested in coming for some of the events, take a look at the day pass options available.


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