Almost Time for RT: What to Look For

In about two weeks, I’ll be headed to the RT Booklovers Convention, May 1-5 in Kansas City at the Sheraton Crown Center. This convention is HUGE, and it will be both my first RT and my first big mega-conference, so I’m filled with some strange combination of excitement, fear, and dread of blisters on my feet 🙂

If you’ve been to RT before, got any tips on things to do or look for?

I’ll be blogging from RT this year, with prizes and goodies as I find them. If you’re going to be there, here are a few places you can find me:

On Wednesday, May 1, I’ll be wearing my Susannah Sandlin hat and participating in “MONTLAKE MANIA–A SCAVENGER HUNT.” It’s from 1:15-2:15 p.m. in Room New York B, Ballroom level. There will be a new Kindle Fire giveaway plus lots of free books. Other authors participating are Tracy Brogan, Catherine Bybee, Coreene Callahan, Caroline Fyffe, Debra Holland, Kim Law, Barbara Longley, Nancy Naigle, Robin Perini, and Laurin Wittig.

On Friday, May 3, I’ll be wearing my Suzanne hat and moderating a panel called “FROM FORKS TO BON TEMPS: WHY SETTING AS CHARACTER WORKS.” We’ll be talking about the settings of our own books but also other books we think do a really good job of using their settings effectively. (I’m talking about Forks and Bon Temps, and you might be surprised by my opinions!) Other authors participating are: CJ Ellisson, Leanna Renee Hieber, Lisa Kessler, and Laurie London. The session is 10-11 a.m., in Van Horn B on Mezzanine Level.

And, of course, I’ll be signing and giving away swaggishness at the Giant Book Fair on Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Exhibit Hall A, Mezzanine Level. There will be 400 authors participating. OMG. You can see a list of the authors who’ll be signing HERE. (And you can JUST go to the book fair and bring your stuff to get signed, without having to register for the whole conference.)

Next year, RT is in New Orleans, and you think I won’t be all over that?!

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

16 thoughts on “Almost Time for RT: What to Look For

  1. I’m going to be an RT virgin this year, too! I’ve got my RT haircolor done, and my RT eyebrows waxed…Because I can’t think about all those people, and how overwhelming it’s all going to be!

    I look forward to stalking you, you can find me at the Seymour Agency’s Shooting Stars Gala on Wednesday from 5-6. I don’t think I’m on the official list, because I wasn’t officially signed with Nicole when I registered for the conference, but I’ll be there, SWAG in hand (and maybe I should consider ordering TAS personalized bandaids…something I’m SURE will be used and not thrown out!)

    • Yay–look forward to meeting you in person! Waiting until next week for the RT haircolor–LOL. I’m marking your agency event on my agenda. Fun and, yeah, scary…so many people!

  2. i’m dreaming of attending such an event though i’m sure i would be frightened and stressed ^^

    i wish you a lot of success!!!

    oh the only tips i can give are from other kind of convention but still must be useful: good shoes, bag! ( you never know what you can find/get or buy so better to have a few at hands), a list of thing to prepare before like power teh camera, phone etc ^^ and one of the thing you want to see/do etc

    • Yes, I think I’m going to take a big bag on wheels since I have to haul around some of my books to give away and hope to score some other books to bring home…because, you know, I don’t have enough books–LOL.

    • I think it’s going to be a blast, and a nice reward after being under such tight, tight deadlines all spring. I turn in my last episode of Storm Force the day before I leave!

  3. I was at RT last year. It was amazing! Unfortunately, the hospital computer system goes live the week of RT and I’m the point person for our clinic so I can’t go this year. I’m so disappointed! The big thing I did not anticipate was the amount of free books I went home with-about 60! I had brought books to sign as well. What I really ended up doing was having my favorite authors sign the back of my Kindle or book plates. The books get heavy carrying all day long and there really was not enough time between sessions to run back to my room because I pretty much went to every session I wanted. Some sessions are super popular and I would recommend getting in line at least 15 min prior to the session to make sure you are able to get in. Also I highly recommend to room were the they have the gift basket raffles. Not only were there some tremendous prizes, but the was a schedule for different authors to rotate for meet and greets. Very informal just waiting for the readers. I met Darynda Jones there and was a total fan girl. RT was beyond my dreams. I really hope I can get there next year!

    • One of my best friends is in charge of liaison between IT and the physicians at the hospital and clinics she works as they transition over to a computerized record system, and the go-live dates have been hectic. Good luck with it!

      Okay, now I KNOW I’m taking the bag with the wheels just for books. Good tip about the popular sessions. I’m doing two of the meet-and-greet hours in the raffle room–I think they’re calling it “RT Cafe.” The whole thing sounds like fun!

      (And next year…New Orleans!)

  4. I feel so much better reading about all these first timers going! I am attending also for the first time and am beyond excited…perhaps a tad nervous(more like FREAKED) but can’t wait. I’m hoping authors will sign my iPad case since there are so many to have to lug books around. Hope to meet lots of new people.

    Will get my RT hair and eyebrows done next week!

    • Yes, I think there are a lot of us who will be first-timers this year! I’m actually pretty shy, so I have a bizarre combination of excitement and fear 🙂