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Young Adults Rule at RT Teen Day

Barbara Vey -- May 8th, 2013
Liz Czukas

Liz Czukas

Since I didn’t get a chance to attend Teen Day at RT, YA author Liz Czukas has gracious offered to fill us in as Cub Reporter.  Liz is a freelance writer living outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Ask Again Later (HarperTeen, March 2014) is her first novel.  Visit her website, or follow her on Twitter @lizczukas.


This weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Romantic Times Convention in Kansas City.  As a Young Adult writer, I love that RT has a track just for the YA Genre, with plenty of fantastic authors on hand.


"Survival Tips--Getting Your Characters out of Tough Situations" panel, with J.A. Souders, Cole Gibsen, Kelley Armstrong, Kimberly Derting, and Carrie Ryan, moderated by David Macinnis Gill.

“Survival Tips–Getting Your Characters out of Tough Situations” panel, with J.A. Souders, Cole Gibsen, Kelley Armstrong, Kimberly Derting, and Carrie Ryan, moderated by David Macinnis Gill.

The sessions ranged from marketing to romance, from survival tips to issue books with panelists including plenty of big names in the YA world along with some up-and-comers.  On Friday night, HarperCollins and Avon hosted the Red Slipper Party where tons of authors were on hand for a book signing event where attendees got heaps of books!



YA Alley (Picture by Morgan Dormus)

YA Alley (Picture by Morgan Dormus)

Saturday was the all-day Teen Day event, starting with the huge book signing featuring YA Alley where all the Young Adult authors were gathered for fans.  The lines for Veronica Roth got so huge, they started giving out bracelets!  Later, teen readers could see their favorite authors talk on some special panels just for them.  The night ended with the Teen Party where authors mingled with readers for chatting, book signing, and even dancing. Kiera Cass gathered fellow authors and fans for a video of her signature dance move.


The camaraderie is unmatched, the laughter is non-stop, and the books I got to bring home will keep me reading for months!  RT should be on your list if you love YA.

Bottom Line:  It made me smile to see the YA readers sitting on the floor in the hall with their noses pressed inside their new purchases…they just couldn’t wait to get home to start their adventures.


2012 Calendar…want to be on it?

Barbara Vey -- May 24th, 2011

Just a very short post today because I’m in New York and heading to Book Expo America (BEA).  It’s a huge conference so I’ve got a lot to soak up.

I’ve been doing a lot of traveling lately and visiting several writing groups and conferences, so I wanted you all to know that I’m already working on my 2012 travel calendar.  In January I’ll be traveling to meet the Space Coast RWA chapter, March I’ll be a keynote speaker at the Silken Sands Conference in Pensacola, Florida.  April is the RT Booklovers Convention and Spring Fling by the Chicago RWA.  RWA Conference is in July and September I’ll be going to Dragon Con in Atlanta.  Also in September, I’ve been invited to the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference in Dallas.  Lots of new people to connect with.




If you have an event you’d like to invite me to, please email me at bvey@publishersweekly.com   2012 will be here before you know it and I’d love to get you on my calendar.  But right now I’m off to the Javits Center.



Bottom Line: Today is Brothers Day and I have four brothers.  I hope they don’t find out about this because I didn’t get them anything.

Romance Trading Cards

Barbara Vey -- April 1st, 2011

People love collecting things, beanie babies, stamps, dolls and now author Jeannie Lin was telling me about the latest craze in the world of romance, Romance Trading Cards.  She was nice enough to explain to us exactly what that is and how to get in on it.

A lot of people have been asking about Romance Trading Cards (RTCs) lately and the explanation is simple: Authors create trading cards featuring their books and readers can have fun collecting them all.

RTCs started as a whimsical conversation on Twitter one evening between a handful of romance authors. Soon we started hashtagging #romancetradingcards on Twitter and asking “Who’s in?” By the end of the first several hours, the number had grown over a modest ten authors. I sensed something would tip if we just nudged it so I put it on my website and started listing names. From there, other
authors chimed in and it got to the point where authors and readers were asking each other, “Are you in on this #romancetradingcards craze?”

By the weekend, nearly a hundred authors had jumped in and my critique partners, Amanda Berry and Shawntelle Madison, created a website to collect all the information and showcase the cards Romance Trading Cards.

It was the collective excitement online that got the whole thing rolling. The beauty of the idea is it’s so simple and cheap to join. It allows authors to be creative and provide a way for readers to get something special and collectible that’s unique to each book—and it all hinges on the strong sense of community within the romance genre.

The excitement and creativity I’ve seen from authors and readers has been so uplifting. The beauty of it is we’re really seeing how fast the Internet and a community can mobilize and I’m just thrilled to see something positive really take root. It is my dream that RTCs will be more than a fad and that you’ll find
Romance Trading Cards wherever romance authors and readers meet.

The big unveiling will be in Los Angeles in a week as RTCers will converge at the RT Booklovers Convention with trading cards in hand. We even have a buttons and stickers so readers can find us:

Visit Romance Trading Cards for more information and to see samples of all the cards. Then let the fun begin!

And to start you off, Jeannie Lin is picking 3 commenters to each receive a pack of 8 cards.  The winners will be posted on Monday, so check back to see if you’re one of the lucky ones.

Bottom Line: I know I’ll be collecting them and try to make a whole set to give away on the blog.

Gearing Up for Conference Season

Barbara Vey -- March 21st, 2011
I wish I were traveling to all these places, but I'll be staying in the U.S.

I wish I were traveling to all these places, but I'll be staying in the U.S.

Finally, my favorite time of year is almost upon us.  No, not Christmas.  Since my kids are grown and gone, my favorite time is conference time for all things book related.  While my schedule isn’t as full as last year, I’ve got some great things coming up this year.


In 2 weeks I’m headed to Los Angeles for the RT Booklovers Convention.  This puppy is huge with lots of authors and readers.  There’s panels (yes, I’ll be on one), book signings, an award ceremony and of course, parties.  Lots of parties including a vampire ball and faerie ball.  Dean Koontz will be there as a special guest and the fan favorite cover model competition.  And did I mention that it will be in Los Angeles?  I’m just hoping I have enough time to stop at Disneyland.  After all, I am a kid at heart.

At the end of April, I’ll be headed to Huntsville, AL for the Heart of Dixie Romance Readers’ Luncheon.  I’ve never been there and I’ve heard it’s a great time.  Another new event to break in.


I also get to go to BEA (Books Expo America) in New York.  I was only there for one day a couple of years ago and I had a blast.  It’s so exciting with tons of authors, publishers and any with anything to do with publishing.  I was like a kid in a candy store and I was only in the exhibit hall.  This year I’m hoping to go to some of the actual sessions.


The other big conference in New York will be the RWA (Romance Writers of America). I’m honored to be on a panel there this year.  Their book signing is amazing.  It’s free and open to the public with all monies from books sold going to literacy.  It gives me chills to see fans lined up to meet their favorite authors and discover new ones.  Although this is a working conference for many of the writers, there always seems to be time to socialize and the publishers parties are to die for.  I’m expecting a lot since the event is on their home turf.  And I’ll also get to attend Lady Jane’s Salon where they have authors read from their own books in a very cozy atmosphere with an audience of enthusiastic romance fans.


In between, I’ll be flying to Detroit to give a workshop to their GDRWA members.  I love the intimate gatherings and getting to know both the published and unpublished authors in the group.  There’s also the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books where I’ll be on both a panel and acting as a moderator for a panel of romance authors.


I’ve been invited to do a workshop with author Dianna Love for the GRW in Atlanta.  Since I’ve gotten to attend a meeting of theirs in the past, I know the talent in this group.  Excited to visit with all of them again.  I’ll be in Ohio twice this year.  Once for their reader luncheon and once for their Central Ohio Fiction Writer’s Annual Conference in Columbus where I’ll be doing a workshop.  More people to share the joys of Facebook and Twitter with.


I do admit that I’m in withdrawal because I won’t be able to attend the San Diego Comic Con, but I will be at DragonCon in Atlanta and it’s unique fan based style.  Always an experience and such fun.

If I win the lottery, I’d love to attend Moonlight and Magnolias, RomCon, Novelists, Inc., Thrillerfest, Emerald City, WRW, New Jersey Romance Writers  Conference, Crimebake, WisRWA and many more.  But it’s always fun to dream about and hopefully some people will step up to be cub reporters for the events I cannot attend.  I know my readers love reading about the events they can’t always attend and I’m honored to represent them.  I try to report back what it’s like to be a reader living the dream.

Here’s where I’ll be this year:

RT - April 6-10 Los Angeles

Heart of Dixie Romance Readers’ Luncheon – April 30 – Huntsville

GDRW – May 17 – Detroit

GRW – May 21 – Atlanta

BEA - May 23-26 New York

SEWFB - June 17-18 Waukesha

Lady Jane’s Salon – June 27 – New York

RWA – June 28-July 1 – New York

DragonCon - September 2-5 – Atlanta

Central Ohio Fiction Writers – September 30-October 1 – Columbus

Ohio Readers Luncheon – October 20 – Medina

Bottom Line: I think there should be a magic card, just for me, that lets me travel to every single conference.

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