First Ever Reader/Author Luncheon Experience
This last Saturday I was lucky enough to be involved in the first every Romance Reader/Author Luncheon, held in Salt Lake City at the Sandy Expo Center. Let me tell you this was a phenomenal event, I didn’t host a table, but volunteered and worked the registration table so I was so blessed to be able to interact will nearly every one of the guests who came into the event.
We had a wide variety of readers and authors. The majority of the guests had no idea what to expect at the event and as they checked it were surprised to get a large bag of swag donated by both authors attending the event and authors who were unable to attend but wanted to be presented. This was the first of many gifts that the attendees were given. Once the doors opened they were then given bags of swag at the tables by the authors. The swag ranged from books to cowboy hats, to champagne glasses full of chocolate. I have to admit the guests were drowning in swag, and give-a-ways.
But that wasn’t all, the speakers. OH my the speakers. RaeAnne Thayne and Robyn Carr both New York Times Best Sellers spoke. And can I tell you they were AWESOME. Rayne Ann spoke about getting in touch with your heroine. Her talk made me want to run out and write a kick ass, in touch heroines that every female in the room would be able to relate to. Then she introduced Robyn Carr and from the first words that fell from Mrs. Carr’s lips I was enthralled that woman knows how to get a crowd on the edge of their seats. Mrs. Carr spoke about the importance of reaching your tribe, or reaching out to those people that will become your ultimate fans. Those fans that will scream about
your books from the ruff tops. I was a fan of Mrs. Carr’s before but now I just in love with the woman. She spoke about the how important it was to reach out of each and ever fan. Not that I don’t try to do that but Mrs. Carr really gave me some insite on how important it was and great ways to do it.
If you ever get the chance to hear either of these phenomenal women speak then you should run not walk to those events. They were just wonderful and I highly recommend you take the opportunity to hear them.
After the main event I manned the door at the book signing and spoke with readers as they left the book signing and the readers I was lucky enough to speak with said they had a wonderful time and that they would definitely be back next year. YEAH!! (Fist pump in the air.) Next year I won’t just be volunteering but I’ll have my own table and I certainly hope all my spectacular fans will be there supporting me.
This was such an amazing event and I can’t begin to thank everyone who put in tireless hours to make it happen. I was such a small part of it, but it was so wonderful and I can’t wait to see what next year brings. I know some of the headliners next year is going to bring and I’m jumping out of my skin with excitment for you all. You are not going to want to miss it.