We couldn’t put RAGT on without the generosity of our amazing sponsors — and there are so many ways to be a sponsor! Opportunities include:
- Sponsoring a boardroom, where you can create your own breakout schedule that compliments, but does not conflict with, the main activities (meals, booksignings, etc…) of the event.
- Sponsor a Meal/Party! Authors or publishers sponsoring a party or meal will get additional promotion on the RAGT website, the RAGT Facebook page, at the event – as well as the gratitude of all attendees.
- Sponsorship does not need to be huge! Other sponsorship ideas include: BN gift cards, cash sponsorship, etc…
We are always accepting sponsorship proposals for parties, and for some meals. If it happens that we are full up for the current event (i.e., there are only so many meals to account for!), we’d still be happy to note that you are interested in case changes occur. Plus there are often other, comparable ways to sponsor that Lori can suggest to you!
Have an idea for a sponsorship? Send it in!
Individual Sponsors and Contributors
We also accept cash sponsors at 3 different levels.
Sponsors of Specific Items:
- Author lanyards – Skye Jordan
- Event T-Shirts – Constance Phillips
- First-time Welcome Bags – Wendi Zwaduk, Jocie McKade & Cheryl Dragon
- Goodybags – Monette Michaels & Paige Tyler
- Programs – Paige Tyler, Monette Michaels, Rachel Rivers & Kelli Evans
- Badges – D. Renee Bagby
- Graphic Design – Robin Ludwig Design Inc.
- Barnes & Noble Gift Cards –
C.H. Admirand, Sharon Hamilton, Jan Scarbrough
Virginia Gray, Kristina Knight, Gracie Guy & Morgan Malone
- Autograph Booklets – Lora Leigh
- Key Card Design – Janice Maynard
PLEASE NOTE: All authors & publishers are free to donate books and promo to go in the goody bags, and/or raffle prizes to be included in our amazing raffles. Goody bag items and raffle baskets are not considered sponsored items.
Each Boardroom will have its own hour-by-hour schedule for the whole event. Below each Boardroom, see links for individual schedules.
Detailed Boardroom schedules will also be available at the event itself.
- BLUEGRASS (Author Boardroom): Reader Adventures!
Girls just wanna have fun, right? Wait! Guys do too. Hang out with us and have a blast. Three girls and a guy have crazy fun games, after hour parties, reveal secrets (yes, we’ll tell on each other), give away door prizes and more planned. We’re showing up with our arms loaded and we are not taking any of it home. We’ll have books for sale all weekend and you can bring yours to be autographed any time while we chat with you one on one. Join Dianna Love, Hildie McQueen, Jodi Vaughn & Eric Asher!
Bluegrass schedule →
- TALLSTACKS (Author Boardroom):Reader Appreciation Room
Come visit for some one-on-one time with our authors. Chat about books, hang out, bling your badge, play some games, and win some prizes. Don’t miss the annual T-shirt shop as well as your chance to get your books signed without waiting in line at the book fair. We can’t wait to see you there!
Join Jayne Rylon, Melanie Jayne, Lori King, Ann Mayburn!
Tallstacks schedule →
- QUEEN CITY (Author Boardroom): The Hero Zone!
We’re packing as many hunky heroes as we can fit in one happening boardroom! Play along with swoon-worthy heroes and book boyfriends galore (yes, “Kiss, Marry, Kill” is coming back again this year!)—and who knows…you might be able to score a blind date with one. Intrigued? Then join us all weekend for hilarious fun, games, and armloads of prizes!
Join Renee Vincent, Erin McCarthy , Lizzie Shane & Amy Gregory.
Queen City schedule →
- THOROUGHBRED (Publisher Boardroom):Entangled Summer Carnival
Here at Entangled we believe everyone should have a bit of fun with their romance. Come join the carnival fun with Mary Lindsey, Chris Cannon, Heather Long, Maggie Kelley and Blaire Edens who will be in the Entangled Boardroom during all of RAGT for Hunky Bingo, games, crafts, and oh so much more! Step right up, and walk away a winner! Also, join staff, Katie Clapsadl and Editorial Director of Select Otherworld, Tera Cuskaden, for a good time, including pitches with Tera!
Thoroughbred schedule →
- PENDLETON (Author Boardroom):Tour Romancelandia
Grab your favorite hero (or make one with us!) and get ready to have fun! There will be prizes, laughter, books chats, author shenanigans and more as we travel around Romancelandia!
Join Teri Anne Stanley, Regina Kyle, Avery Flynn & Kimberly Kincaid
Pendleton schedule →
- GRANT (Author Boardroom): Drakon Press Author Lounge!
Come and Meet Drakon Press, LLC. We will have Featured Author readings with reader prizes, complimentary henna tattoos, multiple gift basket drawings for RAGT17 attendees that stop in and introduce themselves, as well as two Author Pitch Sessions, one on Friday and one on Saturday, where authors interested in collaborating with Drakon Press can present their ideas to founders, Tarah and Cate. Throughout the conference, the Drakon Press authors will have Book Lovers Grab bags for sale to support the Book Chicks of Greater Cincinnati Foundation to promote children’s literacy and alleviate poverty in the Greater Cincinnati area. Join Catherine Beaumont, Tarah Scott, Sue-Ellen Welfonder & Barbara Devlin.
Grant schedule →
- RIVERVIEW (Author Boardroom): Author Chats!
Want to chat up your favorite author? Here’s your chance! Authors will be open to questions on industry, writing, upcoming books, existing characters and more. Limited space so get there early! Schedule may vary, so keep checking!
Riverview schedule →
- Suite 124 + boardroom (Blogger Boardroom): Literary Escapism Blogger Lounge!
Enjoy “meet & greets” with authors and bloggers, as well as social media panels moderated by bloggers. Hang out with authors and bloggers in a relaxed setting. Check out the author swag areas, and/or learn more about social media and how it can work for you.
Suite 124 + Boardroom Schedule →
You and some friends want to sponsor together? Great! Four authors max for group sponsorship of boardrooms. Thanks.
Meal & Party Sponsors
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.
As an added bonus for high-level sponsorship, Lori will request a square promo image from you so we can show you off around this site.
Here’s how it works:
Around this site are small sections like the two examples directly below. Each section features four 144x144px images. Go ahead and refresh the page. Notice how the Sponsor Squares changed around, and how each set is different? That’s because the ad sections are randomly pulling four images from a pool of Sponsor Squares. When there aren’t many in the pool, the impressions will be more frequent. When there are more in the pool, the impressions will be fewer.
Things to note:
Since this is not run through an ad server, we can’t provide stats on how many impressions and click-thrus achieved — it’s not that we won’t do it, it’s that we can’t. We will not have that data to provide.
SPONSOR SQUARE ART SUBMISSION:
Lori will prompt you for your art, and send you the link to this section on the site. Reply to that email with your Sponsor Square attached, after you have made sure that your art complies with the two guidelines below:
1) The image is created in RGB, and is no smaller than 300px square. This will ensure that the ad looks nice on retina screens.
2) The file name is something that will be logical to us. If you save the file as “RAGT-ad.jpg” please think for a moment how confusing that will be for us if even two people to that. We suggest putting the name that is associated with the ad into the file name. So if your ad is for Jane Author, your file name could be something like janeauthor-ragt-ad.jpg, or even just jane-author.jpg. Thanks. Failure to do this will significantly delay getting your ad into the pool of ads displaying.
When you in your Sponsor Square, make sure to include the URL you’d like that image to link to. Please don’t assume we know you want to link to your home page.