Friday, April 6, 2012

2011 RT Recap

The famous RT Bookovers Convention was held last year at the beautiful Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Jude Pittman and Jamie Hill were pleased to attend representing Books We Love. It was an amazing, whirlwind long weekend meeting authors, other publishers, graphic artists, editors, and yes, even a slew of handsome cover models. 
Jamie's cover model -->

Okay, she stole him because Jude saw him first, and actually had dinner with him Thursday night at the Faery Ball. 

After Jamie stole Shane Rice, Jude ended up with:
She kept a tight rein on the chain!

Friday, Jude and Jamie manned a table at Club RT. BWL author Vijaya Schartz stopped by to leave some of her wonderful cover flats and postcards for display. There were free books in the goody bag room, author swag galore in promo alley, and all sorts of seminars to attend. 

Jamie's choice of a newsletter seminar was pleasantly interrupted by an unexpected visit from author Catherine Coulter, who spoke to the group for about an hour on her publishing journey.

Kate Ryan of RT and author Catherine Coulter

Later that day while Jude hustled up the publishing company, Jamie signed books at the ebook expo with roughly 150 other authors. It was a busy, bustling activity. 

Saturday was the huge Barnes and Noble print Book Fair with more than 300 authors, including a few celebrities.

Fan-girl Jamie with Susan Seaforth Hayes and her husband Bill Hayes, who played Julie and Doug Williams on Days of Our Lives for many years. They were there signing a Days retrospective.

BWL gave away two lovely baskets, one filled with print books, chocolates, candles and bath items. The second was a Native themed basket created by BWL author John Wisdomkeeper. Along with copies of his book The Wisdomkeeper Collection, there were several Native artifacts including a medicine bag and  dreamcatcher. It was a truly lovely collection and we thank John for his time and generosity!

The view out the hotel window was incredible.

The amount of author swag received was also staggering!

It was a fast and furious weekend, and one every author and booklover should try to experience if at all possible.

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