2015 RT Convention – Dallas

I had an absolutely fantastic time at the 2015 RT Convention in Dallas last week.  This was my first book convention and what an amazing convention to be broken in with.  I met lots of authors, aspiring authors, bloggers, readers, assistants and many more. I sat in on panels, played games, chased down signatures, and played more games.  I truly had a wonderful time.  If you’ve been to a previous RT convention, you know what I’m talking about.  If you haven’t, I hope you get to experience one sometime in the future because it’s totally worth it.

The highlights of my trip was meeting Rebecca Yarros and Maya Banks.  While I only got to say a quick hello to Maya, I spent a whole hour playing a truly terrifying game of Spoons with Rebecca.  She has an amazing personality and was a lot of fun to hang with.

Another thrill I had was seeing our name in the RT Convention Guide.

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Schedule

My schedule was jam packed from arriving at the hotel on Wednesday afternoon until leaving Sunday morning…for a 6.30 am flight.

Wednesday, May 13 2015
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Beta, Alpha and Alpha-hole Heroes
Take a Walk on the Historical Side!
Taste of Texas Romance Rodeo

Thursday, May 14 2015
Saddle Up & Draw: Pictionary … Texas Style!
Cover Model Karaoke
A Perfect Party
Hot Guy Bingo
Entangled’s Candy and Spoons!
Kensington’s Sweet Heat
Atria Indie Authors Blogger Happy Hour
Wild, Wild West Steampunk Party!

Friday, May 15 2015
How Sweet It Is, Y’all!
Fun and Games with Forever!
Celebrate Contemporary Romance: Booze, Books & More!
1001 Dark Nights Sparkler
Hold ‘Em Like We Do in Texas
Berkley/NAL Blogger Buzz
Avon Presents A Night In Paris…Texas!

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Giant Book Fair
Penguin Random House’s Passport to Romance
FAN-Tastic Day Party

What did I learn from this convention?

Take more gallon-sized Zip Lock Bags.  These came in handy when packing my suitcase as it was storming in Dallas the day I left and having the books and swag in the bags protected them in case my suitcases got wet.  Which they did.  They’re also good for preventing the books from getting creases and folds and from bumping in to each other.  But 19 just wasn’t enough.

Staying at the same hotel as the conference is preferrable than staying at an off-site hotel.  If you need to unload your goodies, it’s very easy just to run upstairs and dump everything in your room before starting again.  Having to walk or cab it to another hotel would waste a lot of time.

Don’t think you’ll have any spare time to read or sleep.  Spare time simply does not exist at an RT Convention.

Bring two suitcases.  This should have been a no-brainer, and if I had two suitcases I would have taken both.  Sadly I only had one and had to cab it to a nearby Macy’s to pick up another one.  The number of free books available is huge, so thinking you can fit them all in one bag is, well, it’s totally crazy.

Talk to the people waiting in line with you, even if you’re not travelling alone.  You never know who you might meet and who you’ll click with.  I found a great group of women by doing this, all of us RT Virgins and all attending solo.

If you’re an author, aspiring author or blogger, take business cards with you.  Sometimes it’s common for people to ask you for your contact information.

On Friday, and especially on Saturday, make sure you line up early for the big events.  Most events have limited goody bags, so if you want to be sure you’ll get one, get in line early.

If you’re attending an event where books are on a table with a signing author, don’t just walk up and take a book (or two or four as some people did).  Those books are for those of us standing in line for signatures, waiting to pay our respects and thank the author for their time and free book.

Take a later flight back home if possible so you can sleep in.

What authors did I meet?

Here are just a few of the authors I was very lucky to meet and smart enough to remember to get photos.

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Rebecca Yarros

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Maya Banks

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Sawyer Bennett

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Cat Johnson

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Melody Anne

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Amy Clipston

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Shayla Black & Lexi Blake

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Julie Kenner

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Jodi Ellen Malpas

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Viola Carr

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Kelsie Leverich

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Beth Kery

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Sarah E. Ladd

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Tracey Garvis Graves

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Samantha Young

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Colleen Coble & Denise Hunter

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Tiffany King

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Tamera Alexander

There were so many other authors I had the pleasure of meeting, but I couldn’t get photos with them all, so I’ll give a shout out and hope I have everyone covered:

A.J. Pine
Alessandra Torre
Amy K. Rogers
Ann Marie Walker
Anna Albergucci
Brodi Ashton
Carrie Ann Ryan
Catherine Bybee
Crista McHugh
Cristin Harber
Donna Grant

Elizabeth Hoyt
Helenkay Dimon
Jennifer L Armentrout (J. Lynn)
Jamie Rae
Jen Frederick
Jessica Clare
Jill Shalvis
Julie Ann Walker
Julie James
Julie Rowe
K. Bromberg

Laura Kaye
Liliana Hart
Lori Wilde
Lynda Aicher
Molly McAdams
P.H. Turner
Rebecca Zanetti
Skye Warren
Susan May Warren
Susan Stoker
Tiffany Snow

And let’s not forget the cover models

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So how much stuff did I come back with?

Lots!!!  Sixty books in total and a tonne of swag.

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