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
Discretionary Cash Sponsors:
- Summer Hanford
- Melanie Jayne
- Nancy Naigle
- Constance Phillips
- Heather Slade
- Lauren Smith
- Amanda Uhl
- Wendi Zwaduk
Sponsors of Specific Items:
- Event T-Shirts – This year, T-Shirts are available to order from CafePress
- Newbie Greeter – Wendi Zwaduk
- Goodybags – Monette Michaels & Paige Tyler
- Programs –
- Badges & Lanyards – D. Renee Bagby
- Graphic Design – Robin Ludwig Design Inc.
- Barnes & Noble Gift Cards –
Sharon Hamilton, Barbara Devlin & Lucinda Race
- Autograph Booklets – Lora Leigh
- Autograph Posters – Stephanie Burke
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.
Many of you are already at the hotel, awaiting our regularly scheduled activities, but until announcements are made in the ballroom on Thursday at 6:00pm, drop into one of the listed rooms to visit with authors, grab some swag, join a bookclub, take photos, meet up with other attendees – and just have fun with a fast and loose schedule that depends on YOU and what you want.
- GLENDALE (Author Boardroom):
Celebrating Our Heroes
Contemporary romance and romantic suspense authors Stacey Joy Netzel, Donna Marie Rogers and PJ Fiala would love for you to join us as we CELEBRATE OUR HEROES.
Games with prizes:
*Who Do You Think She Is?
*Decorate a toiletry bag (to be donated to our veteran's and their families at Fisher House WI)
Come for an hour, or stay for the day. You'll have fun either way!
- GLENDALE (Author Boardroom):
Tina DeSalvo's Reader-Palooza Boardroom!
Join the fun, where the activities are planned for YOU, the Reader! There will be Reader-Palooza games, Book-Palooza Arts & Crafts (awesome souvenirs to take home!) and a lot of LAUGHTER-Palooza excitement! All this is topped off with an extraordinary amount of AWESOME-Palooza DOOR PRIZES drawn throughout the day!!!
All that fun and excitement gets AMPED UP because Tina has invited some of your favorite authors to join the activities!! Their names are a Hidden-Palooza secret that will be posted at the BOARDROOM door during the weekend.
“I look forward to being with y’all for a READER-Palooza great time”
- LIBERTY (Author Boardroom):
Come relax and hang out away from the crowd with Jayne Rylon, Amy J. Hawthorn and Lila Dubois, where readers rule. We'd love to get to know you better. Pull up a seat to chat, bling your badge, play a game, color a book cover or spin the prize wheel. Our books and reading-themed T-shirts will also be on sale all weekend. Feel free to shop and get your books autographed without waiting in line at the signings!
- SHARONVILLE (Author Boardroom):
Welcome to Romancelandia!
Travel beloved scenic roads and explore new worlds in Romancelandia with contemporary romance authors Regina Kyle, Stefanie London, Naima Simone and Priscilla Oliveras. We'll have fun and games with old favorites like Dirty Doodles (our slightly off-color version of Pictionary), Titillating Taboo (our romance-oriented version of the classic card game), and Book Cover Bingo, as well as new adventures playing games like the singing sensation Encore (don't worry, you don't have to actually sing well) and Build A Romance, where you, the readers, write a romance one sentence at a time--without seeing almost all of what's already been written! Plus Q&A, lots of prizes, and more laughs then you can shake a paperback at.
- SPRINGDALE (Author Boardroom):
Seasoned Romance Boardroom 2020
We're all about sexy silver foxes and the strong, independent women who tame them. Drop by for coffee or tea (and Lindt chocolates!) with Morgan Malone, Gracie Guy, Judy Kentrus and Lucinda Race as we celebrate love stories with men and women over 35. Enjoy games, craft projects, a movie and Bingo while we discuss new books and upcoming projects. Our books are available for purchase in the Boardroom, or you can grab some swag and take a fun photo with George Clooney, Idris Elba and Dwayne Johnson! Remember...you're not 21 any longer, maybe your book boyfriend shouldn't be either!
- HAMILTON (Publisher Boardroom):
Entangled Summer Carnival
At Entangled, romance reigns supreme. Come join the fun! Play exciting games with Ophelia London, Sasha Summers, and Abigail Owen, who will be in the Entangled boardroom during all of RAGT for Hunky Bingo, games, crafts, and oh so much more. Come one come all, step right up, and walk away a winner!
- FAIRFIELD (Author Boardroom):
Friday & Saturday
You and some friends want to sponsor together? Great! Four authors max for group sponsorship of boardrooms. Thanks.
Meal & Party Sponsors
Sponsored by Lori Foster
Early Bird Party!
The following authors plan to attend the Wednesday “meet and greet.” There’ll be time to chat and take photos, and some of the authors have individual activities planned. Don’t miss this great opportunity!
Choice of hot and cold hors d’oeuvre with iced tea and lemonade. Bartender available also.
D. Renee Bagby
Stacey Joy Netzel
Cari Lynn Webb
Justin M. Woodward
Thursday Evening Party
Sponsored by Sheila English
From steampunk to classic monsters, modern day Maleficent to ghostly heroines and heroes with a touch of the unexpected from today. Costume contest and fabulous prizes!
Snack on chips and pretzels with iced tea. Bartender available also.
Sponsored by Melinda Curtis, Annie Rains & Cari Lynn Webb
A SMALL TOWN BED & BREAKFAST
Check out Annie, Cari, and Melinda’s Small Town Bed & Breakfast! Stop in for breakfast, play their “Plot a Romance” game, and you could go home with a prize! They’ve got swag for everyone, prizes for jammies/sleep accessories (PG only please!) and creative readers.
Continental breakfast with bacon & eggs.
Taco bar. Assorted toppings for chicken or beef tacos. Fresh salsa & chips. Spanish rice, refried beans. Assorted cookies, coffee and tea.
Chef’s American Buffet. Fried chicken, vegetable lasagna, roast redskin potatoes, vegetable, salad, rolls and butter. Assorted pies and cakes, coffee and tea.
Sponsored by Jules Bennett & Jessica Lemmon
Monte Carlo Night
Black & white clothing, costume jewelry, feathers & elbow gloves. (Have fun with it!)
Sponsored by PJ Fiala, Stacey Joy Netzel & Donna Marie Rogers
THE MORNING AFTER
Continental breakfast with bacon & eggs.
Deli Bar. Soup du Jour, potato salad, pasta salad, seasonal greens with assorted dressing. Sliced ham, roast beef, turkey, Swiss and American cheese, specialty breads, kettle chips, relish tray. Assorted cookies, coffee and tea.
Compliments of the The Marriott
Pizza Party. Assorted pizzas, potato chips, pretzels, and dips. Vegetable crudité with ranch dip. Assorted sodas & water station.
Saturday Evening Party
Sponsored by Jenn Stark & Toni Blake
5th Annual Booklovers’ Bingo & Pajama Party
Don’t pack your PJ’s too early! Join us for the 5th Annual Booklovers’ Bingo Bash and get ready to win big, have fun, and shout at the top of your lungs! Players wearing PJs (Family Friendly Only!) are welcome with special prizes awarded, along with giveaways and prizes for Bingo winners.
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 do 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 send 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.