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 Julie Moffett, Avery Flynn, Victoria Vane & Laura Kaye
Birthday Suit Party
Dress for the year of your birthday! No, don’t come naked — dress in the year of your birthday! We will have a Decade Dance Off, fun prizes and music from across the decades.
Sponsored by Tawdra Kandle, Violet Howe, H.D. Smith & Alexis Anne
Alice In Wonderland Breakfast!
We’re All Mad Here…
Jump down the rabbit hole with us and start your day off right, or left, or upside down. We won’t make you name your six impossible things before breakfast, but we’re giving away free e-books in four different genres as well as a raffle basket or two. Don’t miss out!
Sponsored by Morgan Malone, Gracie Guy, Melanie Jayne & Judy Kentrus
Seasoned Romance Meal!
We all have written romances with the Main Characters over 35 and we all belong to the FaceBook Group, Seasoned Romance.
Sponsored by Karen Rose
Murder She Ate!
Sponsored by Lora Leigh & Gennita Low
Sponsored by Lexi Post, Donna Michaels, Tiffani Lynn & Victoria Vane
Breakfast at Tiffany’s!
We will be giving away a piece of Tiffany jewelry to one lucky attendee (must be present to win).
Sponsored by Tina Desalvo, Ella Quinn & Kathy Lyons
We Love Them All!
Compliments of the The Marriott
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
Pajama Party Bingo!
Back by popular demand–and now with the added appeal of Bingo in your PJs!! Get ready to win big, have fun, and shout at the top of your lungs at the 3nd Annual Booklovers’ Bingo Bash! Players wearing PJs (Family Friendly Only!) are welcome with special prizes awarded, along with giveaways and prizes for Bingo winners!
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 – $122
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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!
2018 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.