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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Waking Up With The Kensington Morning Mixer

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 08, 2011 | PERMALINK

It was all about the authors at this morning's Kensington Mixer. Fans got to take pictures with some of their favorites, like Jacquelyn Frank, Victoria Alexander, Kate Douglas and Rebecca Zanetti (pictured below). Readers also got to mingle with the contestants for the annual Mr. Romance competition and were treated to pastries — including some special treats from Joanne Fluke! And then Kensington gave out tattoos of vampire bite marks to promote their new campaign, "Get Sucked Into Kensington!" and announced a few special Kensington contests that will run during the convention. They also raffled off gift baskets and gave everyone special goodie bags. And that was all before 10 A.M.!

There's a lot more convention to come, so check the RT Daily Blog all weekend long for more about the parties, workshops and book fair coverage!


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: The Faery Court's Venetian Masquerade

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 08, 2011 | PERMALINK

Costumed booklovers came out in throngs at tonight's convention party to enjoy dinner and then dancing — Venetian style! The members of the Faery Court, presided over by Amanda McIntyre and Sahara Kelly, inspired convention goers to dress up and let loose at tonight's ball. 

2011 RT Convention Faery Court


Goth Faeries


Faery Parade


Winner of the costume competition - Mr. RT 2010 Jamie Ungaro's 16-week old puppy


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: We Honor The Outstanding Books And Authors Of 2010

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

At tonight's annual awards ceremony RT awarded the coveted Career Achievement and Reviewers' Choice Awards to the outstanding authors and books of 2010. The ceremony also recognized some of the authors who have made fiction what it is today and those whose talents will be shaping the genres for years to come!

There was a beautiful tribute to this year's Pioneers of Genre Fiction. Awards were given out to Catherine Coulter, Rhys Bowen, Joanne Fluke, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Valerie Parv, Eileen Dreyer, Margaret Brownley, Christina Skye and P.N. Elrod. These authors were at the forefront of groundbreaking changes across the genres of fiction and each has written books that are beloved by readers and remain "keepers" to this day.


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: How To Plot Your Writing Career

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

One of the most appropriate panels for today’s changing Publishing Industry was Wednesday’s “Plotting Your Career.” This session was presented by agents Deirdre Knight and Elaine Spencer of the Knight Agency, and Knight Agency clients Shannon K. Butcher and Kristen Painter. And today RT’s Stacey Agdern shares her take on the panel:

Today’s panel stressed the importance of having a mentor or someone you trust to help you navigate the changes of the publishing world. Because anybody who’s been paying attention to the news recently is aware that publishing is changing and rapidly. And one of things these changes directly effect is how an author should “plot their career.” But what does this mean? 

Traditional methods of viewing long term goals no longer work in today’s publishing industry where advice given six months before could potentially no longer be effective. Answers to questions about whether to stay in print or go to e-book, foreign rights, whether to self publish or stay with a publisher change constantly. As a result, Deidre Knight reminded all of us that it’s important for people to decide “what represents the fulfillment of their dream or goal.”


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Agents Talk About The Publishing Industry And Answer Authors' Questions

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

Writing may be a solitary business, but getting your book published certainly isn't. This morning aspiring authors heard from some of the top editors in the publishing industry in an intensely focused writer session. And then it was onto the packed agents panel, after lunch. Agents including Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary Agency, Jessica Faust of the BookEnds Literary Agency, and Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary agency were among those on the panel giving their advice and answering questions. (For a complete list of the agents at the panel, check at the bottom of this blog!) Author Mia Marlowe moderated as agents talked about their role in the publishing industry. 


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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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