RAGT: an annual gathering
The 13th annual Reader & Author Get Together
will be held June 8-10, 2018
This page is about the event itself. Authors will appear on the Attending Authors list as their registrations are confirmed. Please note that it is not instantaneous. There will be a delay between filling out the registration form and confirmation.
Thanks to our amazing 2017 sponsors. This info will be updated in January 2018.
One Big Fundraiser
Overall, the RAGT is a fan-friendly event meant for readers, and open to everyone, readers, authors, and industry alike, in different ratios! However, in the process, the event also raises funds for many local causes. The incredible raffles garner thousands, and each year Lori Foster puts out an anthology with proceeds earmarked for direct donation. Combined, the event and the anthology go to benefit very worthwhile local charities.
There have been many benefit books over the years. And after each event, Lori is thrilled to turn over a big check.
The ballroom is always open for socializing with readers and authors alike. Think of it as a giant tea party with other book lovers! It’s where conference meals will be served, with raffle baskets lining the walls and where raffle winners are announced. Sponsored parties for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night take place in the ballroom. It is truly the heart of the Get Together, yet the boardrooms are only a few steps away, on the same floor, with a wide range of fun activities provided. Add in two multi-author book fairs, one on Friday and one on Saturday, in the atrium just outside the ballroom, and there’s something for everyone!
Every year RAGT’s boardrooms are a big hit! Eight boardrooms, put on by sponsoring publishers and authors, are used for breakout workshops and presentations throughout Friday and Saturday. They serve the dual purpose of entertaining and enlightening. Expect lots of promo, author information, games and more!
There is always up-to-date info about boardrooms over on the Boardrooms Section on the Sponsors page. Whether there are Boardrooms still available for you to sponsor, or if boardroom themes have been set, that’s the place to check.
There will be two book signings during the event: one on Friday afternoon and one on Saturday afternoon, each from 3:00 to 5:00. Each book fair features a variety of books to buy, many authors to meet, and lots of swag. Throughout both book signings, Barnes and Noble will have a variety of new books, Nooks, and totes available, a portion of the proceeds go to a very worthy cause. It’s all very, very fun.
Most authors will participate in ONE signing only, but RAGT coordinators reserve the right to assign author signing days to better accommodate readers and to balance the two signings.
Both book fairs are open to the public and admission to the fair itself is free — for every other part of RAGT you must be fully registered.
If you are a reader/fan coming in for the signing, mark your calendars for the date, note the hotel address, and be sure to Like the RAGT page on Facebook for any last minute changes in time. Exact times for the signings will be announced on the event schedule page, and of course, on Facebook.
The Event Hotel
Meals During the Event
Part of the fun of RAGT is that everyone eats together, turning meals into fun gatherings with new or old friends, authors and readers alike. Beginning with the annual welcoming party on Thursday night, RAGT attendees enjoy Friday and Saturday breakfasts, lunches, and dinners — and each meal and party offers a sponsorship opportunity.
Depending upon how close to the event we are, the Meals & Parties schedule will either be full and descriptive, or clearly indicating where you can step in and sponsor if you want! If you’re interested in sponsoring a meal/party, please contact Lori.
Thursday Evening Party
Sponsored by Elle Boon, Alanea Alder & Caitlyn O’Leary
Rock out 80’s style! Throw together your best eighties attire – think big hair, neon colors and leg warmers. Start #RAGT17 with finger foods and a DJ playing the best music from the 80’s, 90’s and today, along with a cash bar serving up signature drinks from the trio of authors, or your beverage of choice. Grab a tote bag, goodies, and enter for chances to win prizes, including 3 HUGE baskets donated by your hostesses.
Rock out 80’s style!
Sponsored by Victoria Danann & C.H. Admirand
Join New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Victoria Danann and C.H. Admirand for a Continental Breakfast to jump-start your day so you can dive right in to #RAGT17! For a chance to win the centerpiece at your table, wear something animal-themed, like leopard print, mouse ears, cat whiskers… be creative. One dollar also buys a raffle ticket for a fabulous grand-prize basket with proceeds going to the Friends of Animals (a non-profit international advocacy organization working to free animals around the world from cruelty and institutionalized exploitation.)
Sponsored by Erika Reed & Jenika Snow
Spice up your Friday with a fiesta themed taco lunch and even hotter books! Join bestselling author Erika Reed, and USA Todaybestselling author Jenika Snow for a relaxed meal, great company – and take home a book to keep the spice going.
After the booksigning, hurry into the ballroom for the “Saddle Up Supper” of barbecue ribs and fried chicken while visiting with other attending readers and authors. Then be ready to join the Hollywood Nights party!
Saddle Up Supper!
Sponsored by Maddy Barone & Tina Holland
Join us for a night on the tinsel town. Dress as your favorite movie character – Fantasy, Historical, Sci-Fi. Or perhaps a Hollywood Icon. Bollywood perhaps? Bring your Red Carpet Style for a night with the Stars – Dancing and prizes included. We hope to see you there!
Wake up to a continental breakfast of danish, fruit, juice, tea and coffee to get your Saturday off to a great start. Then be ready for the boardrooms to open with individual activities, and the bookstore to open with a variety of attending authors’ books to buy.
Enjoy a delicious deli buffet where you can create a sandwich just the way you like it, followed by the amazing RAGT raffles and then the booksigning!
Compliments of the Holiday Inn
Our amazing hotel is sponsoring a pizza party with a variety of pizzas, veggies and dip, chips and colas. Casual, comfortable and tasty!
Saturday Evening Party
Sponsored by Jenn Stark, Elizabeth Bemis & Jessica Lemmon
2nd ANNUAL BOOKLOVERS’ BINGO
Back by popular demand–and better than ever! Get ready to win big, have fun, and shout at the top of your lungs at the 2nd Annual Booklovers’ Bingo Bash! Giveaways and special prizes await.
If you are interested in donating to the raffle, please note that the Raffle Coordinators have some guidelines in place to ensure that your generosity makes it to the right place.
The always-fabulous RAGT Goody Bags are definitely something to look forward to. Over 500 bags, provided by Monette Michaels & Paige Tyler, are stuffed full of fun stuff, including FREE BOOKS, and handed out to all attendees.
If you are interested in donating goodies for the event, you must first please review our current policy for contributing materials for the Goody Bags!
Don’t miss important announcements! Newsletter, Facebook, Twitter & this site… Details are always being added. There’s a whole page dedicated to registration. And now, you can also sign up for the Twitter feed that will give specific info for current and upcoming RAGT events.
Authors & Industry – $100
(Authors, publishers, publicists, agents, author assistants)
Readers – $50
(Readers, bloggers, husbands)
Hotel room per night – $130
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No one can register until their respective official registration openings:
Preregistration (by invitation only) for sponsors is always early January
General registration (for everyone else) is always early March
Precise registration dates will always be boldly displayed on the home page and various other parts of the site as soon as the dates are confirmed. If it isn’t posted, we don’t know yet. To be notified, be sure to be on either/both the newsletter and the Facebook page — signup links to each are on the home page and pretty much every page on this site. Thanks!
2017 Books to Anticipate
More Info for 2018
- Lori will finalize sponsors in late September to early October for the 2018 event. Those sponsors will be updated on the site in January 2018.
- Some meals are still available.
- Sponsorship of discretionary Cash is still available.
- Sponsors register for the event in early January and are then listed on the website.
- General registration for everyone else begins in early March.
- Lori will announce the exact date and time for early registration on this site.
- Authors do not have to sponsor to attend, but we limit the number of authors at the event in order to keep the right ratio of authors to readers, and those spots are often taken by sponsors.