Friday, March 19, 2010

Reader at Home Conference


Okay, so you all know I'm going to RT, but *I* know a bunch of you aren't and I got to thinking what I could do to make the week of RT fun for you all and any other readers who might be feeling a little left out. Then I hit on it - I would host a Readers at Home Conference here on my blog. We'd have tons of authors, tons of "door" prizes (more than 50!!!), tons of hotties (cover models, hero inspiration...just plain yum factor) and tons of fun!!!

I wanted something really special, something that made this a true conference and my friends helped me make it happen! We are giving away Swag Bags to the first 50 readers who register for the conference (this number has been reached - however you're still encouraged to register so you can receive reminder emails and be eligible for door prizes drawn from registered attendees throughout the conference). To register, all you have to do is send an email to me with your name and mailing address (for the Swag Bag) stating your intention to attend the RAH Conference.
The Swag Bags are for conference attendees only and we are trusting that if you register, you truly intend to attend the conference and interact with the authors and other readers on the blog. :) I'm shipping the Swag Bags at my own expense, but many authors have donated loot for you all, and each Swag Bag will have a free book inside.

Yes, that's right - the Reader at Home Conference is FREE. How cool is that?

Every day there will be multiple authors visiting and guest blogging, with new blogs posting every 3 hours between 6 AM and 6 PM (West Coast DST). And cover models? We've got 'em - with behind the scenes action as well as hero inspiration. There will be daily drawings for multiple prizes, including dozens of signed books, a B&N gift card, a t-shirt, 3 prize tote bags filled with books & goodies (donated by Sue Grimshaw from BTRB and Becke Martin), free online subscirptions to Affaire de Couer magazine and 2 more Swag Bags given away each day. What could be better?
To be eligible for daily "door prizes" you need to register for the conference. However daily "blog post" prize winners will be drawn daily from all the comments made on all the posts (as per my normal blog prize policy - each comment is counted in the drawing). Two ways to win lots of very cool prizes!
Readers at Home Conference Sponsors
~ Guest Blogging Authors ~




























Other Readers at Home Conference Sponsors
(donated prizes, items for the Swag Bags, etc.)

















So, while a bunch of us are at RT going crazy, you can be visiting with some of your favorite and some brand new authors - wearing casual clothes, ditching the makeup and your shoes. Oh, that? I envy! :)

70 comments:

Meandi's corner said...

This is such an awesome idea. Thank you

----jennifer mathis

Whalehugger said...

This sounds great to me, especially considering that I've got a cold. Count me in!

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe said...

As a debut author, I'm so excited for the opportunity to blog and donate a book and other goodies! I've never been to an RT conference--I hear they're fabulous! Maybe next year. This year I'll be home in my PJs. ;)

s7anna said...

OMG! This is such an awesome thing that you're doing for all of us who aren't able to go the conference/convention. I am so thrilled to see such an exciting line-up of authors/guests for the event...I can't wait for the party to begin. *grinning like a loon* ;)

Thank you so much to everyone participating in this great upcoming event.

hugs & kisses
Anna

Andrea Becraft said...

I am only able to go to the book fair for RT so this makes me so excided to join! I am really looking forward to it!

Melissa said...

Lucy ~~ how cool!! Every year, the boards and loops start to get quiet this time of year w/ all the conferences, and how VERY cool of you to set something up to include everyone!!

Danny said...

Lucy,

that is a wonderful idea. Thanks so much

Aly said...

This is so great! Thanks for thinking of us. Can't wait!

red said...

I live outside of the US so this is a great way for me to "meet" authors since I don't have the chance to go to real conference.

I'm sure the online conference will be a great success.

Lucy Monroe said...

Isn't this going to be fun? I'm blown away by the generosity of all the authors participating. It's so cool to know so many want to do this special thing for readers!

Lillie said...

This sounds great! Thank you!

Monesa said...

I think it is so cool that you are doing this and it sounds like it will be a ton of fun. Thank you!!

Jane said...

How fun. I wish I could be at the conference in person.

Stacy S said...

This is awesome! Great of the authors to donate prizes too.

Toni said...

Lucy, A great idea and I will try to attend as school work allows me too.
Toni

erahime said...

Thank you very much for this opportunity, Lucy!!! I truly appreciate you and the rest of the authors giving those who aren't able to attend the RT conference something to look forward to!

I signed up, so I hope to contribute as much as possible during the time the RAH conference! Can't wait!

Judy F said...

WOW. lucy that is awesome. Great authors u got there.

I hope to get up to RT for the signing but nothing for sure at this time.

Rebecca Ringler said...

Lucy - I think I'm just about doing a little dance. You mean you are really coming to Columbus, OH? That is about 70 mi. away from me. I have every intention of coming, so I better let everyone know what I am planning!! The online stuff is awesome, too! As I do not have plans to venture across the country anytime soon!! - Rebecca

Terri said...

Great idea! I love it. Hope you have a wonderful time. Thanks so much. Terri

Jodi said...

What a great idea! I really wish I was going to RT, but can't get away. Maybe some day I'll make it to some conference!

Nichole said...

This is a great idea and your so awesome to think of it. I'd love to go to confrences but it's not possible. This is the next best thing and I can join from home.

WK said...

Wow what a great idea!!! I'm loving this thanks so much I've registered, marked it in my calendar and now I'm adding it to my calendar on yahoo.

Thank you for doing it.
hugs,
WendyK

Lady_Graeye said...

Totally Cool, Lucy!! I hope I am one of the lucky ones! Please count me in!!

joder said...

This sounds like it will be fun. Thanks so much for taking the time to do this!

Lucy Monroe said...

I'm having a ton of fun, but I'm about to conscript Drama Queen into helping me finish organizing it all! We've got about a dozen prizes to draw for each day of the contest and we need to organize what gets given away when. :)

Angelwolfstorm said...

This sounds like such fun! Thank you for hosting this for all of us that can't make it to the conference.

Jami Davenport said...

This will be sooo much fun. Lucy, thanks for providing an option for those of us feeling left out because we couldn't attend RT. I can't wait to see everyone there.

Beth said...

Thanks, I'll be there.

Lucy Monroe said...

Great! I'm so excited about it!

Cindy M. said...

How exciting - can't wait!

kim h said...

sounds great great athours thanks

Lucy Monroe said...

The more, the merrier? Right? ;-) It's going to be so much fun! DQ, BQ and even Einstein are talking about dropping in and visiting. (I always take family or close friends to conferences with me - why should it be different online? LOL)

Michele said...

Awesome idea Lucy, thanks for putting this together for us that cannot attend :) You have a great line up of authors!!!

lidia said...

Lucy, what a wonderful idea! I definitely want to join the party.

It is so nice that so many authors are joining you and donating gifts, etc...

Will Miss Sparklepants be making an appearance?

chelleyreads said...

this is an awesome idea! i wish i've know sooner so i could've registered sooner but as a reader, i'm very excited anyway :)

alba said...

Thanks for this. It a great idea i love to travel just never have the time or money to travel when & where I want to.
ann /alba

Joni said...

I can't wait to attend this! Thank you so much for offering this to those that won't be able to go to RT!

Nancy G said...

This is so great for those like me who can't afford to make the different trips. Thanks for giving us all a fun chance.

Lucy Monroe said...

Yay!!! It's going to be such a great experience and I already know I want to make this a yearly thing (though I might run it the week prior to RT or something in future years). And my cousin is coming - she's such a dollbaby and sweet! How fun is that?!!

DrkCherry said...

What a wonderful idea. I'm in

tetewa said...

This is a great idea, sounds fun! tWarner419@aol.com

kellie said...

I love this idea of being an reader at home.I love getting to know authors and also new authors.thank you so much

denise said...

I plan to be here.

acdaisy95 said...

Great idea!

Lucy Monroe said...

It's just growing and growing too - with new prizes showing up from unexpected sources. :) So cool!

alba said...

Lucy this is a wonderful idea.
I too live outside the US not many authors come close to wear I live( well the one's I love anyway)
I have made a plan to go to Nashville this year in July if all goes well.
So really this will be my very first book Conference whoop whoop
Ann.

Denise said...

This so great! I'm glad I read it on Donna's blog. Can't wait to see what happens.

sherry said...

This sounds like it will be a lot of fun. I'll be there a couple of days I'll be a little late because of work but I still will drop by. What's the latest you can post and still be in the drawing for prizes? I will be working from 7pm to 7am Thursday-Saturday and I won't be able to post until after I get off work.

sstrode@scrtc.com

Lucy Monroe said...

I too am very excited about all the International readers that have said they're coming! This Reader at Home thing is drawing a lot of us together that would not get the chance to interact otherwise. ;)

Sherry...DQ will be doing the drawings the following morning for the night before. :) Everyone who takes the time to visit any time during the day, will get a chance to post.

katsrus said...

This is awesome!
Sue B

Carol L. said...

Hi Lucy,
This is awesome. Very generous of you.
The line up of Authors is amazing as well. Love a party and can't wait. Thank you.
Carol L.
Lucky4750@aol.com

mountie9 said...

Thanks! What a great idea for us!

Lucy Monroe said...

I'll tell you all what...it's way easy to do nice things for such a totally wonderful group of readers. It just is. :)

Roni said...

Thanks Lucy. I was disappointed I wouldn't get to go, so this is the next best thing.

Lucy Monroe said...

You're welcome!

booklover0226 said...

This sounds like fun; I look forward in chatting with folks.

Tracey D

Trisha Shands said...

Thanks so much for giving us this opportunity!!!

Lucy Monroe said...

Glad you'll be there, gals!

robynl said...

wonderful for us that the RAH conference is happening. love it.

icia said...

I already sent you an email, but what time zone are you going to go by for this? icia

Lucy Monroe said...

Great! And regarding time zones:
Time zone = GMT – 8 (or -7 if your area is not on daylight savings) – that is Pacific DST for those in North America.

Terry's Crafty Fingers said...

This sounds so exciting. I registered and can't wait for it to start. Thanks for doing this for us.

susan said...

I would love to sign up for this. I missed out on being one of the first 50 but looking forward to joining in the rest of the fun. susan Leech

Booklover1335 said...

I would love to participate in this! Thanks for thinking of us :)

JoJo said...

This sounds like a blast! i will def. be here!!!
Thanks for thinking of us who will be at home!
JoJo

Patti said...

This is a fabulous idea - thanks so much for thinking of the fans at home!!!

Dawn Chartier said...

I agree with everyone else.
Great idea, Lucy!!

I'll donate an e-book if you need more goodies...Let me know...

Dawn Chartier
www.dawnchartier.com

ladybirdrobi said...

Okay where is the register button so you can be included to be a participant for the 75+ prizes you mentioned.

Would have loved to go to one of these but the closest it has been is Pittsburgh, PA and that is a 3+ hour drive and I am unable to drive at night. Can soemone request it to be held in Altoona, PA? That is close enough I could find someone to drive at night for me.

Robbibird3@aol.com

ladybirdrobi said...

Okay I reread and discovered how to register. I hope I included all the info I needed.

Lucy thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to attend online and to think you might make this an annual event is awesome. I bookmarked this site so I can check in regularly so I can keep up with the events going on.

The authors, most of them look new to me so will be getting the opportunity to know new ones. I just love having potential new shapeshifting story authors to know. I just know my TBR and TBB list is going to expend exponentually.

Robbibird3@aol.com

The Bookworm @ Bookworm's Attic said...

Hope your having fun at RT! I'm looking around to find the daily blogs, do I click over to each authors page or is there a link on this page!

Sorry, I'm sure its very obvious!

Sara