RAGT: an annual gathering
The 15th annual Reader & Author Get Together
was held June 6-9, 2019
The 16th annual Reader & Author Get Together
will be held June 4-7, 2020
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.
Here are some of the Benefit Books from Previous RAGTs:
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.
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.
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, our Facebook page, our Facebook Group, 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 – $100
(Readers, bloggers, husbands)
Hotel room per night – $139
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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!
2020 Books to Anticipate
More Info for 2020
- The 16th annual Reader & Author Get Together
will be held June 4-6, 2020
- 2020 has filled all author spots. If you’d like to attend in 2021, be sure to fill out the google form that Lori will post in early June 2020.
- Lori will finalize sponsors in late September to early October for the 2020 event. Those sponsors will be updated on the site throughout January 2020.
- Sponsors register for the event in early January and are then listed on the website.
- General registration for everyone else begins in March.
- 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.