Back from #RT17 so a little wrap up & things to come

Posted May 8, 2017 by Felicia S in Conferences / 17 Comments

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RT17 was a blast! First I have to thank my roomie Beth because she truly was the best! Second Mary and Melanie whom hung with me a lot this weekend and made the downtime really fun πŸ™‚ Also thank you to the many, many friends I ran into and got to spend time (including but I am sure I won’t name them all): Joanna, Brandy, Lexxie, Denise, Joy, Heather, and all the ones I made new! I seriously had the most fun when surrounded by friends and good conversation.

PS I did not take many photos so if you have one of us let me know–I would love to have a copy πŸ™‚

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Thank you to the authors that let us fangirl and act a little silly around. I didn’t take many of these photos because I mostly was so giddy to see them that I totally forgot cameras existed!

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Also thanks to the narrators that came and hung with me too πŸ™‚ I was so excited to see and meet y’all—you won’t even know!

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What is coming up here from RT17: I will put together a page of resources about Audiobooks from my panel on Friday including links to bloggers who review audiobooks. I will mostly be back on schedule starting tomorrow (hopefully I am writing this post and have nothing else scheduled as of 8am Monday morning) with In My Ear! I will be answering last week’s comments later today and hopefully start my visiting of y’all in return!

I am sorry I didn’t take enough pictures or hang out with enough people! I am really sad that I missed some people completely! So I will end with a few more pictures that were just downright fun. Have a great Monday y’all!

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17 responses to “Back from #RT17 so a little wrap up & things to come

  1. I has such a fun time. I was bad about pictures too. I can’t tell you how many times I talked to Jennifer Estep and never got a new picture with her. I also didn’t have a picture of me with my roommates (fail). But Lexxie sent me one.

  2. I look forward to reading more about RT and the audiobook panels. .I hope to attend someday and I really hope you’ll be there, too!

    • I had more fun this time because I did less. The crowds are sometimes overwelming for me but the smaller events were fun πŸ™‚

    • It is expensive and to be honest it is worth going once. I had more fun this time but I totally didn’t do a lot so price vs what I did–probably not worth the price. I think if I go in the future it will be on a one day pass and just hanging out in the lobby the rest of the time πŸ™‚

      • I attended the 2016 RT Booklovers Convention in Vegas and stayed a week. For me, it was my delayed birthday gift that I saved up for and therefore very worth the expense. It’s the best birthday present I’ve given myself to date in fact. I couldn’t find anyone to share a room with at the Rio hotel, but in the end that actually worked out fine since I have to sleep with the television on ALL night.

        And I got my money’s worth out of it. I went to the themed and giveaway events and came home with about 60-70 new physical books that I regifted to book buddies across the US. I attended a lot of panels including an Audiobook panel moderated by Tanya Eby (an author and narrator herself) with narrator Andi Arndt on it. I also volunteered at RT and helped stuff goody bags, and I was one of the two volunteers to help VIP author Jennifer L. Armentrout. One of the perks of volunteering on the Big Book Sale Event is you get to go around to authors who are already there early and get your books signed. I had about 30 of my own books and then a lot of those 60 or so freebies to get signed. Not all the authors were there, but a lot of them were.

        I also geeked out and also did VIP fan/author hang out event with Jennifer Armentrout. We went up in that Ferris Wheel and had cupcakes and drinks. One of her cover models was there as well, Drew Leighty who’s on her Titan series novels. He and I keep being at some of the same events and we chatted quite a bit. I got to see beyond his cover model/acting persona which was not expected at all. I don’t follow cover models like some romance fans, but I did start following his Twitter account after RT16 even though I don’t follow him closely by any means.

        I also did Helena Hunting’s fan meet up, meet up with Natasha is a Book Junkie and Vilma’s Book Blog discussion group in the smoky as hell bar. Then I met Aestas and also hung out with AL Jackson in that same smoky ass bar. I bumped into Mary Jo Putney in the elevator and said geekily, “You’re Mary Jo Putney!” As if she didn’t know who she was, lol! I later got to meet her at one of the signing events and told her how my mom defended and supported my early transition to reading historical romances at 10 years old, lol! MJ Putney said, “well tell your mum I said thank you.” My night was made!

        I will say that I can’t imagine doing RT back-to-back years. For one, I don’t fly so it has to be near enough to Los Angeles that I can get to it by bus (Megabus roundtrip to RT16 was only $22 with a reserved seat no less, bam!) or by train. I heard it’s going to be in a nearby state, Arizona or Nevada again? I can’t remember which and I just checked their website. They haven’t announced it on there yet, but I might save up and go now that I have a permanent job again.

        So this was my very long-winded way of saying I think it’s totally worth doing the full week.

          • Also I totally agree with Livia–the first year I went I came home with as many books as we got at BEA. You get your money worths if you make the events and such. This time I avoided anything with a line πŸ™‚ Those make me a bit itchy!!!!!