RAGT: an annual gathering
The 13th annual Reader & Author Get Together
was held June 7-9, 2018
The 14th annual Reader & Author Get Together
will be held June 6-9, 2019
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.
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, Sloane Savage & Alexis Anne
Alice In Wonderland
We’re All Mad Here…
Jump down the rabbit hole with us and start your day off right, or left, or upside down with a continental breakfast of assorted juices, coffee, tea, donuts, bagels, cream cheese, whole fruit + bacon and eggs! We won’t make you name your six impossible things before eating, but we are 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
If you like a little spice in your romance – and your food – join the “Seasoned Romance” authors for a tasty Taco Bar lunch featuring assorted toppings for chicken or beef tacos, fresh salsa, guacamole & chips, Spanish rice, refried beans, iced tea or coffee.
Sponsored by Karen Rose
Murder She Ate
We won’t keep you in suspense – our talented host is offering a dinner of BBQ Chicken & Ribs, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Corn Bread, Salad, Assorted Cakes & Pies, Iced Tea & Coffee – plus TV/Movie/Book detective theme game with prizes!
Sponsored by Lora Leigh & Gennita Low
Dive Into Summer with
Lora & Gennita
Lora & Gennita
Join Lora Leigh and Gennita Low for some steamy summer fun with snacks, a cash bar, and dancing with the DJ. Wear your favorite summer outfit – and don’t forget your hat and shades for a fun contest to see who wears the best!
Sponsored by Lexi Post, Donna Michaels, Tiffani Lynn & Victoria Vane
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Get your day off to a sparkling start with a continental breakfast of assorted juices, coffee, tea, donuts, bagels, cream cheese, whole fruit + bacon and eggs. And to really make it shine, one lucky attendee will win a piece of Tiffany jewelry. (Must be present to win).
Sponsored by Tina DeSalvo, Ella Quinn & Kathy Lyons
We Love Them All
From titled guys in tight pants to wild men with good hands, we love them all. Be they gentlemen, shifters, or the boy next door, we want them all! Join us as we celebrate romance in all its variety with a deli lunch full of choices: Sliced ham, roast beef, turkey, Swiss & American cheeses, specialty breads, soup du jour, potato or pasta salad, seasonal greens with assorted dressings, kettle chips, relish tray, cookies galore, coffee, iced tea – plus lots of fun and great prizes!
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.
Registration fees haven’t changed in a very long time, but because other costs have risen, we must include a slight increase in registration. Please be aware of those changes.
Authors & Industry – $125
(Authors, publishers, publicists, agents, author assistants)
Readers – $75
(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!
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.
- Sponsors register for the event in early January and are then listed on the website.
- General registration for everyone else begins March 13th.
- 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.