Apr 23 2009
I registered for Romantic Times convention on Wednesday morning and received a goody bag full of bookmarks, cover flats, coupons, and books. Sylvia Day and Shayla Black were the sponsors of the bag.
Probably the coolest part of the registration packet, for me, was a print out that was included in the pocket of the badge that told each speaker what panels that they were on. RT is a very well run conference even if there are time delays.
Almost all the panels seem focused on writers or aspiring writers. “Self-published to Six Figures in Six Months” was one panel yesterday. Even the historical panel that Sarah & I participated on talked about trends and reader wants. There are some reader panels and the parties seem reader focused but at least 90% of the panels seem focused on writing.
I did see some of the cover models. They posed for pictures for Kathryn Falk’s chosen charity, Save Our Soldiers. You paid $10 to sit in front of the black t-shirted, jeans clad men. I’m glad it was for charity.
I managed to take a picture of the cover models in the wild. They were leaving their charity picture taking event to go to the epublishing signing. For those who were wondering, the cover models, generally, are not as tall as they appear in the picture. There were a couple who were tallish but many are under the 6′ mark.
The digital signing is very cool. The first area is set up for publishers and then there is row after row of epublished authors. Most of the authors have cover flats of their books. If you wanted to buy their book, you received a cover flat and a sticker and you got a code at checkout. I thought that the whole concept was very cool. I saw mostly Ellora’s Cave authors there.
The cover models worked the room the entire two hours because every registrant votes for them.
Sarah and I and Kathe, the senior reviewer for RT, sat on a historical panel helmed by Kristi Astor whose historical is coming out in October. Kathe was not a fan of the regency period but said that other readers aren’t enamored of what she termed the “exotics.” Exotics are historicals that take place in countries other than Europe or America such as Africa, India, China, and the like. This makes me tremendously sad, but maybe the future will change as the romance community becomes increasingly international.
Sarah from Smart Bitches Trashy Books related how she didn’t like modern sensibilities being grafted onto historical characters. Historical accuracy about the details of clothes and surroundings weren’t so important to her, but the flavor of the characters were.
I shared my list of upcoming historicals and how I thought we had a great crop of new authors entering the historical market. I also encouraged aspiring authors to seek out the expertise of other historical authors in order to ensure historical accuracy.
We capped the night with a dinner at Ming Garden with a few agents, authors, and editors.