One of my favorite places to go as an author is Lori Foster’s RAGT (Readers and Authors Get Together). It’s tough to get in as an author, so I go as a reader. I’ve been going to RAGT for seven years. Last year, Lori sold out of tickets in less than ten minutes! So I need to be on the ball this year, mouse hovering over the registration button.
If you’re one of the lucky 520 people to get in, there are many fun and inspiring things to do. Meet other people. Boardroom activities. Dancing. Eating. Playing bingo. And…did I say eating? The food, sponsored by some of the generous authors who attend the conference, is amazing. I’m also quite fond of the giant cookies the Marriott bakes every year. Thank you Marriott!
There are so many interesting people to meet, readers and authors alike. It’s worth the long drive or flight to Cincinnati. Not to mention, I get to see my friend, author Kimberly Adkins, every year in a comfortable, laid-back, and sometimes energetic setting.
And then there’s the fabulous raffle. Baskets of goodies are donated to raise money for one amazing charity. RAGT2019 raffle basket proceeds will go to CancerFree KIDS, a local organization with a mission to eradicate cancer as a life threatening disease to children.
This part of the convention has become an obsession of mine. Every year, I strive to out-do myself by bringing the biggest, most stuff-ed’est (yes, I typed that) baskets ever. The bigger the basket, the more money raised. Together with Kimberly Adkins, we make the Doctor Who basket bigger and better than the previous years. We don’t care if we win anything, as long as we raise as much money as possible for such a wonderful cause.
RAGT2018 funds went to the Animal Adoption Foundation, www.AAFPets.org – a local no-kill animal shelter. RAGT18 raised over 28,000!
Next year, let’s go for 30k+ for the kids!