Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My time at the RT Convention

Have you ever heard of the RT Booklovers Convention? RT stand for Romantic Times. This was their 29th anniversary of this convention for the international book lovers community. A huge ordeal to say the least. Readers, authors, librarians, booksellers, aspiring authors, publishers, editors, and literary agents come from as far away as Canada, Australia, Europe, Asia, and Russia.

I attended this year; my first time and I have to tell you that I have never witnessed anything like it. I had sooo much fun, met new authors, had "fan" moments with my idols such as Veronica Wolff and Charlaine Harris, and I attended wonderful workshops and parties.

This year, they did something new called, "Pitch-A-Palooza" where they put all of the agents and editors. They gave us three minutes to pitch, then announced that it was time to move to the next person and we did. I pitched to six different people and had a great time doing it, though I will admit that I was nervous.

Here are just a few of the things I did while I was there. Too many to list them all, sorry or you would have to read for a long time.

Historical- Lessons from our past
Specialty- Love, Monsters, and Mythology
Specialty- Kiss Me, Kill Me, Writing Action scenes with Heart
Craft- Holding out for a Hero- How to write convincing heroes

FOR THE READERS-  These were workshops specially made for the readers to interact with their favorite authors.

*Under the Kilt- discussion about all things Scottish

A Magical Scottish Fling
Heather Graham's Night of the Stars Gangster Cafe Talent Show
Ellora's Cave Step up and Stomp

**During all parties, people dressed up in costumes, prizes were given away, food was passed out and dancing went until midnight!

Here are some photos from my time there. Again, I can only post so many because I took 143 over the week.  ENJOY!!!!

Veronica Wolff and I

The cast for The Magical Scottish Fling
Author Elizabeth Hoyt and I
My critique partner Melissa Stark and I.

Author, Heather Graham in costume.

Crew acting out the wedding scene from Jade Lee's book, "Wedded in Scandal." Kim Killion in red corset, Cover Model Brooks Johnson kneeling, and the two men in the purple shirts are Mr. Romance 2011 Len Gunn and Cover Model CJ Hollenbeck.

I hope you all had fun reading about the RT Convention. I also hope that you can attend next year. It will be in Kansas City next year.


  1. Cool! Looks like you had a blast! Thanks for sharing!

    1. You are welcome and thank you for stopping by!

  2. What a party, Sarah. Thanks for posting the 'inside stuff' and the pictures. I'd loved to have seen the Regency Wedding Kim and her models put on. And don't you love Jade Lee? Next year!!!

    1. I will admit I am new to Jade's work, but as a person....yes, she is awesome. So polite and friendly. I can't wait to read her work.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. What fun! I'm glad you were able to attend the convention. Kudos to you for pitching to publishers! =)

    1. Thanks Jena! I hope you can go next year. Would love to meet you.

      Pitching..... I have done it twice now and it doesn't get any easier. LOL, but I am glad I did it and I hope my chances are successful.

  4. RT is always a blast..I hope to return next year since I've missed the last few years.