Lori Foster’s Reader & Author Get-Together

Barbara Vey -- June 8th, 2012

joysann

Hi. joysann here again to tell you about the Annual Reader & Author Get-Together.

Lori Foster, Duffy Brown, and Linda Keller started this little “Get-Together” near Cincinnati eight years ago to be just what it sounds like. They invited a few authors and put out word to a few fans through a loop, and somewhere between 50 and 100 people gathered at the Cincinnati Marriott North to enjoy an informal opportunity to meet and visit.

 

Now the hotel is overrun with 500 book enthusiasts for most of two days, and it’s become quite an event. Readers can meet favorite and find new authors, authors can work at building their readerships and meet with editors and agents, and everyone can simply enjoy a couple of days of fun in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Lori says she believes that a big part of the sense of community that develops is from the huge ballroom, open for the whole of the event, allowing participants to come and go as they please, providing plenty of seating, and allowing friends to gather and visit.

Author Island hosted a Country Western costume party with games and prizes

This year there were two book signings: Friday evening with Digital, POD, and other non-traditionally published authors, and those with donated print books to giveaway; Toni Blake, Jill Shalvis and Shiloh Walker. Saturday was the traditional book signing, sponsored by Barnes and Noble, open to the public, and taking up almost every foot of the hotel’s huge open atruim and into the restaurant and bar. Author Sherrilyn Kenyon signed at both events, with her excited die-hard fans waiting patiently for their turn to meet her.

At these events Lori Foster has been organizing an anthology book with donated novellas by herself and other authors, the proceeds of which go to a charity of her choice, this year benefiting the AAF – Animal Adoption Foundation – a no-kill animal shelter in Hamilton, Ohio.

Four of the five Love Bites Authors; Brenda Jackson, Lori Foster, Jules Bennett, Virna DePaul

Love Bites includes stories by Lori, Brenda Jackson, Catherine Mann, Jules Bennett, and Virna DePaul. It’s a remarkable endeavor.

In fact, the whole event is remarkable in that it is an high-energy, inexpensive event which packs a lot of punch for the money. A $50 registration fee includes a pizza night, 2 delicious buffet meals, and a Saturday morning Continental breakfast. One wonders how that can possibly be, but talking with Lori and Duffy Brown, one learns that the whole operation, which runs like clock-work, is done with very dedicated, enthusiastic and inventive volunteers, and the support of sponsors, like Liquid Silver Publishing, Turquoise Morning Press, Secrets Craving Publishing, Samhain Publishing. All of it…registration, the welcoming committee, raffle coordinators, transportation, troops donations coordinator, and official photographer, all of the work is done by volunteers.

One of the biggest features of the event is the Raffle Drawings. Everyone loves winning prizes, and when the money for the raffle tickets goes entirely to a special charity, donations are generously made. There were 175 raffle baskets donated this year from authors, reviewers, agents, editors, publishers, enthusiastic readers, and even the Marriott Hotel. The funds raised were donated to The One Way Farm Children’s Home, a non-profit organization that cares for the abused, abandoned, neglected, troubled youth, and children with disabilities. And the funds raised on this occasion? Nearly $11,000. Quite remarkable.

Lori Foster, Duffy Brown, and Linda Keller, and their intrepid fleet of volunteers are already planning for next year’s event, finding ways to make it run even more smoothly and provide the best of reader entertainment. Watch for registration in January… this year it sold out in less than one week.

Bottom Line: Lori? Duffy? Save me a place for next year, please.

109 thoughts on “Lori Foster’s Reader & Author Get-Together

  1. LuAnn McLane

    I have been attending from the beginning and every year the event gets bigger and better. I hated to miss this year (because of my move to FL)but I already have the Get Together on my list of events that I will not miss!

  2. Morgan Malone

    The best event! I love attending! Missed this year but will return next year! What a great effort by Lori, Duffy and everyone else. And you meet the absolute nicest women at this event, sweethearts one and all.

  3. Susan Carlisle

    My Barbara,you at hitting all the great spots. I hope to be one of those authors next year. The best thing about being an author is meeting readers.

  4. Dianna Love

    Lori, Duffy and Linda always give readers, and authors, a great event. I’ve attended many times in the past but couldn’t make it this year. Wonderful coverage of the weekend, Joysann! You’re smart to put your name in the hat early for next year. :)

  5. Nancy Naigle

    Great recap, Joysann. I had so much fun at this years Get Together. Even with the 500 attendee super-sized attendance it ran so smoothly. I love love love being a part of the charitable contributions this event brings to One Way Farm, our military and the Animal Adoption Foundation.

    The only drawback to the even being so big was there were some folks I actually did not cross paths with that I found out later were there. I’ll do a better job scouring that attendee list next year :) oh yeah, I’ll definitely be there in 2013, again!
    Hugs and happy reading~
    Nancy

  6. Macy Beckett

    I pink-puffy-heart LOVE this conference, and Duffy’s murder mystery party was to *die* for. (Badump-bump-chink!) The best part? This was my first year attending as a published author. I was like this the whole time: :-)

    Thanks for another fantastic event. I’m already looking forward to next year’s!

  7. Judy F

    I have gone every year and wouldnt miss it for the world. I love meeting authors and reconnecting with friends. Its a wonderful time.

  8. Becky Barker

    I had a great time at the event, too! {{Smooches}} to Lori, Duffy, Linda and all the fabulous volunteers. I laugh so hard when I spend the weekend with this crowd of friends:-)

    Hugs, Becky

  9. Marcia James

    It was great seeing Joysann at the Get-together, and I especially loved winning one of the Beyond Her Book raffle baskets! Mine was the one with all of the cool audio books in it. ;-) The Get-together is my favorite writer/reader event of the year. I really appreciate everything Lori, Duffy, and their volunteers do to make the event happen!

  10. Keri Stevens

    This is my annual “must-do” event and this year was the best yet. I laughed and talked myself hoarse and it took me two days to recover from all the fun. I’m so glad to see so many people planning to come back next year because I can’t wait to see you again!

  11. Lois Ruby

    I’ve had lots of books for kids published traditionally, and I visit family in Cincinnati. How do I get on your author list for next year? It all sounds fantastic. I want to be there!

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