By Danielle Dresser
It’s that time of year when romance authors take flight and gather together over the next few months to meet with readers, industry professionals, and other authors… yes, it’s conference season! There are so many different ways for authors to interact and meet readers and others, and Sourcebooks will be at a bunch this season:
Wednesday, March 12-Friday, March 14 (yes, I’m here RIGHT NOW)
I’m attending my first PLA conference this year, and couldn’t be more excited. Public Librarians do a great job of getting the word out about all books, but they are also among the most romance-friendly librarians in the business. Along with some fabulous marketing and sales colleagues, we’re going to have a busy booth with signings each day, book giveaways, and a lot of fun.
Friday, April 25-Saturday, April 26
This is one of my favorite local conferences to attend, and not just because it’s local to me :) This is a great conference put on every other year with awesome headlining authors and great opportunities to learn and network. I’ll be there both days, giving a Sourcebooks Spotlight and self-promotion workshop.
Saturday, April 26
This fun event gets bigger and bigger every year! Barbara Vey, one of the romance industry’s biggest advocates, puts on a fabulous luncheon where readers get to sit at tables with their favorite authors. A number of Sourcebooks Casablanca authors will be attending, along with some Sourcebooks employees (sadly, I’ll still be at Spring Fling).
Tuesday, May 13-Sunday, May 18
A completely reader-focused conference, the RT Booklovers Convention is an awesome time. So many authors come for the sole purpose of meeting and appreciating their readers. And it’s in NOLA this year! I know I’m excited. Sourcebooks will be there, and we’re giving a Sourcebooks Spotlight presentation and a fabulous Bookseller and Librarian Party. We’ll also be party hopping as much as possible, to visit with everyone! New this year—a fabulous Mardi Gras-themed kickoff celebration featuring a parade of floats (look for Dominique and Deb on our float!), great food (rumor has it, we have a very adventurous item to hand out), and swag giveaways.
Thursday, June 5-Sunday, June 8
Yet another reader appreciation weekend, this time hosted by NYT bestselling author, Lori Foster. Over 100 authors, who write every type of romance novel you can think of, get together and hang out with readers—what more could you ask for? This year is the 10th year4 for this get together, and I know it will be one to remember. Check the website to see attending authors—there are a few Sourcebooks authors who will be there!
Wednesday, July 23-Saturday, July 26
Are you ready for 2,000+ aspiring and published romance authors to take over San Antonio? This is such a wonderful conference that really showcases the power of romance. A great conference to attend for networking and meeting with industry professionals, there’s also a huge public author singing which benefits literacy programs, as well as workshops, exclusive Q&A’s with bestselling authors, and a lot of fun. Sourcebooks, as always, will be there, with a Spotlight presentation, sponsored author signing and a few workshops featuring Sourcebooks employees.
These are just a FEW of the conferences that you’ll find Sourcebooks employees and Sourcebooks authors at this conference season—there are more, like Book Expo America, Authors After Dark, RomCon, and more local RWA Chapter conferences and retreats. . We’re so looking forward to meeting with authors and readers. Tell us in the comments if you’re going to any of these conferences this year, or any others that will be going on!