Romancing the Capital 2018

Eve Langlais is hosting Romancing the Capital, her fabulous annual reader event, again in 2018, and I’ll be attending one more time. Registration is open and the list of attending authors is posted on the site. In 2018, RTC will be from August 2 – 4. It sounds as if I’ll be teaching a longer workshop on Thursday, an intro to publishing for new writers, as well as all the fun events at the conference itself. Registration for this event sells faster every year, so don’t miss out.

Romancing the Capital 2018

Look for a pre-order form for books closer to the date, and remember that the booksigning on Saturday is open to the public.

I hope to see you there!

Home from Romancing the Capital

I just had the most wonderful weekend at Romancing the Capital, Eve Langlais’ reader event in Ottawa, Canada. This was the third year for the conference, and it was the third time I’ve attended. The pictures below were taken by Jess Ripley, who photographed the event.

This conference starts with a half-day of panels about writing and publishing. I taught one panel called “I’ve written a book – now what?” which was Eve’s title and a HUGE topic. She had to come and tell me to stop as I was running long. (No matter how carefully I time a workshop by reading it aloud, it always takes longer to deliver in person.) And here I am. 🙂
Deb Cooke's workshop at RTC2017I was on two more panels that day. One was about negotiating with publishers and agents, with Coreene Callahan and Darynda Jones:

Negotiating with Agents panel at RTC2017 with Coreene Callahan, Darynda Jones and Deborah Cooke

And the second was on the choices available to authors, being traditionally published, indie or hybrid, with ‘Nathan Smith, Elle James, myself and Milly Taiden. It was so interesting to hear all the differing perspectives.Publishing Panel at RTC 2017 with 'Nathan Smith, Elle James, Deborah Cooke and Milly Taiden

I was on two fun historical romance panels: the first was with myself (as Claire Delacroix), Sharon Page, Anna Markland and Barbara Devlin.

Historical Romance Panel at RTC 2017 with Claire Delacroix, Sharon Page, Anna Markland and Barbara Devlin

The second was with Anna and Barb again:
Historical Romance panel at RTC2017 with Anna Markland, Claire Delacroix and Barbara DevlinI had help at my Knights vs. Dragons puzzle session, from Sharon Page (who continued to wear her tiara, but it really suited her), Mary Ann Abraham and Amy Ruttan. We put together puzzles in this session of my book covers and there are prizes – for the very first time, one of the puzzles was finished by Sophie and her team. It was the new cover of The Princess and I was blown away that they completed it in just 45 minutes. I loved seeing the cover 24″ high, too.

Knights vs. Dragons at RTC2017 with Sharon Page, Mary Ann Abraham, Deborah Cooke (aka Claire Delacroix) and Amy Ruttan

We also had a panel discussion about Dragons! From the left, Coreene Callahan, Eve Langlais, myself and Milly Taiden. Notice that we’re all wearing beautiful crocheted shawls (oops. Eve must have taken hers off. The room was very warm). The pattern is called Wingspan and the reader who created them for us – along with custom dragon pins – was JosĂ©e. What a treat and a lovely surprise! (Doesn’t Milly look like she’s making trouble?! She is so cute!) I’ll give you a better look at the shawl on Friday.

The panel discussion on dragons at RTC2017 with Coreen Callahan, Eve Langlais, Deborah Cooke and Milly TaidenI was particularly spoiled at this conf this year. Dayna and Sylvie brought me a personalized gift box with goodies inside. Eniko and Mary Ann made me an armband with a dragon on it and a pair of those wonderful ear wires that look like dragon ears. Eniko also made me a dragon egg of my own. I also finally met both Amanda and Mary, who have been big Dragonfire fans for a long time. they were the first readers to tell me that they were getting Dragonfire tattoos and I saw their matching tattoos this weekend. Mary blew me away by dressing as the Wyvern for the costume ball. That’s the first time anyone has dressed as one of my characters and told me about it, so I got a bit sniffly. 🙂

There were so many great moments. I got to hug Felicia, another Dragonfire fan. Haidee and her daughter came to the conf again this year, which meant more hugs. Brigitte realized I was also Claire Cross and brought her Berkley trade copies of the Coxwells from her keeper shelf for me to sign. (More hugs.) Sharon Page and I (as always) ended up having nachos together, drinking wine and talking about publishing. It’s become a tradition. 🙂 I finally met Barb Devlin and Anna Markland, two historical romance authors I’ve known for ages online. I met the president of ORWA and have my fingers crossed that we’ll work out a date for me to teach at the Ottawa chapter soon. I know I’m forgetting people and apologize for that – it was an awesome weekend, filled with fun.

And then there was the booksigning. As always, it was terrific at RTC – so many books and so much fun! I shared a table with Ashlyn Chase, but once the doors were open, we were too busy to chat. The first pic is before the doors were opened and the second is after.Deborah Cooke (aka Claire Delacroix) at the booksigning at RTC2017

Deborah Cooke (aka Claire Delacroix) at the booksigning at RTC2017 As in the past two years, Romancing the Capital 2017 was a completely amazing event. I’m really hoping that Eve Langlais decides to host this reader conference again next year. It’s such fun, and we’re getting used to seeing some familiar faces each year – as well as meeting new attendees! As a complete bonus, I came home with plot bunnies. I’m excited to be planning out a new project.

Now, here’s the wonderful part: to celebrate RTC and so you can live vicariously, I have TWO reader registration bags to give away. They’re jammed full of goodies! Please comment on this post and tell me what you love best about reader conferences. If you haven’t ever been to one, tell me why you’d like to attend one. I’ll pick two winners at the end of August. Because the bags are bulky, this contest is only open to readers in the US and Canada. Good luck!

Edited to add – Congrats to ERIN, who is the winner of one of the registration bags. The other one will be chosen from the Facebook comments.

Packing for RTC2017

I’ve just about finished packing books and swag for Romancing the Capital this week in Ottawa. This is a fabulous conference and I love attending it. Eve Langlais does a terrific job of organizing everything, and I suspect everyone has as wonderful a time as I do.

This year, Eve is once again giving charm bracelets to registrants, so they can collect charms during the conference. I made my book charms for this, and got a little bit carried away. (All those book covers…I had to try them all!) Here’s my box of charms for that giveaway – and the book charms aren’t even all in the box yet! It’s going to be full to bursting!

Deborah Cooke's box of book charms for Romancing the Capital 2017

I also harvested some of the charms to make clips with entire series of books on them. These will be prizes in my Knights vs. Dragons session:

Prometheus Project key fob made by Deborah Cooke

Dragons of Incendium series key fob made by Deborah Cooke

We do puzzles in that session and complete for prizes—I have puzzles made of my book covers. This year, the puzzles are Fallen, The Beauty Bride, the new cover for The Princess and Wyvern’s Outlaw, which is a cover reveal.

I made some dragon clips as doorprizes for the panel discussion about dragon shifter romance:

Shiny Dragon Clips made by Deborah Cooke

And there is swag for the registration bags. This year, I did coloring packs. Here are three of them taken apart so you can see what’s inside. There are three postcards in each bag—one for Fallen, one for The Beauty Bride and one for Wyvern’s Mate—with the cover on the front in full color and a line drawing on the back to colour, then the package of pencil crayons with a sharpener in the lid. Each set is packed up in a yellow organza gift bag. They’re cropped in this picture, because the postcards have codes on them for attendees to download these three books for free. I did the line drawings myself. 🙂

Coloring Swag for RTC2017 from Deborah CookeIn addition to all of this, there are two kinds of dragon necklaces, and temporary dragon tattoos. Here’s one kind of necklace – these have semi-precious stones in the dragons’ talons. This year, they have black cords but my office dragon still likes them:
New dragon swag from Deborah CookeThere are tote bags for Knights & Dragons and there are bookmarks. Finally, there are books. Lots of books, many of which were pre-ordered.

Promotional Tote Bag from Claire Delacroix and Deborah CookeThis is one conference I’m glad that I drive to, because I can pack everything in the truck. This year, though, there won’t be much space left for passengers!

I’m teaching a workshop on Thursday at 1 PM on publishing, then participating in a lot of panel discussions. It’s going to be busy and fun. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you who are planning to attend! Remember that Saturday’s booksigning at Romancing the Capital is open to the public.

RTC 2017 Booksigning

Romancing the Capital

This week, I’m heading out to a reader conference in Ottawa, Canada. This is the first year for Romancing the Capital, and I’m really looking forward to it. (I’m also glad that I’m not flying, as I have so much stuff to take along!)

The booksigning on Saturday is open to the public, so even if you’re not attending the conference, I hope to see you there!

Signing at Lori Foster’s RAGT

This weekend, I’ll be at Lori Foster’s Reader-Author Get Together in West Chester Ohio. I’ve wanted to go to this event for a long time, so am really excited about attending this year.

At the book fair, I’ll be signing and selling copies of Serpent’s Kiss, The Highlander’s Curse, and Abyss, plus I think they’re going to order copies of Kiss of Fire and Flying Blind. I’ll also be donating some baskets with books and goodies for the raffle. (See yesterday’s post about that.)

Hope to see you there!

Go South

Take a look over on the sidebar and you’ll see the link for Coastal Magic 2015. This reader conference will be in February in Daytona Beach Florida, which is not a bad place to be in February (even if it rains that weekend, as it did this year. You don’t have to shovel rain.) The conference focuses on paranormal romance and urban fantasy, and it’s a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and the chance to chat with fans. It’s not a huge conference (like RT or RWA) which makes it more casual. I’ll be a featured author again at the conference next February and would love to see some of you there.

The list of attending authors will be posted in June, and registration opens July 1. Have a think about coming south next winter and being part of the fun.

Romancing the Capital

Yesterday I booked for a new readers’ conference. This one’s exciting because it will be in Canada and I’m glad to see an event for readers on our side of the border. The first Romancing the Capital conference will be in April 2015. Eve Langlois is putting this together. A number of us have talked about having a reader conf in Canada one day, so kudos to Eve for making it happen.

Will I see you there?