RT Book Reviews Booklover’s Convention is under full swing right here in good ol’ Columbus, Ohio. The place is crawling with people who love books. Romance is the main focus of RT, but let me tell you, that is a broad subject! You’ve got vampire romance, historical romance, funny romance, erotic romance, and probably some other stuff that I don’t really even want to think about. And it’s all here, all the readers who crave it, the publishers who publish it and—of course—the authors who dream it all up and put it on paper.
Oh, and there’s one other group of people here: Cover Models. Drool, slobber, lust. Yes, RT knows how to put on a great party. Last night, Ellora’s Cave—the self-proclaimed largest publisher of erotic romance, or “romantica”—treated everyone to a cover-model filled Paint the Town Red party. Following that, a select group of historical romance authors sponsored The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Yes, a mad hat was pretty much required. Tonight there will be a Faery Ball—wings expected, Friday is the Vampire Dinner and Ball, and Saturday a publisher will host something that sounds like a prom. (Don’t know which is more unnerving—dinner with vampires or middle-agers at a prom!)
But it’s not all just fun and games. (Although given the laughter filling the halls, the wall-to-wall book displays with oodles of bare chests and heaving bosoms, and the wild attire of conventioneers, one might easily think that it is!) There are workshops for writers and real promo opportunities for authors. This is, after all, a convention sponsored by RT Book Reviews, a well respected publication who has, for years, been a major tool of the publishing industry to sell books.
And that’s the bottom line here—selling books. Writers are networking with editors and agents, authors are meeting with booksellers and publishers, readers are connecting with their favorite authors, and everyone is discovering new voices and new ideas. Oh, and it’s perfectly fine if you want to wear vampire fangs and a feather boa all day. No wonder there’s such a fun, party atmosphere.
Oh, and I bought a totally cute new purse.