Well, we’ve managed to get through the first 10 years of bookish shenanigans… who’s up for a few more??
If you raised your hand, or said “me!”, I’ve got news for you! The 11th annual Coastal Magic Convention will be February 23-26, 2023. Mark your calendars and tag all your book buddies. After two years of virtual events, I’m so excited to be heading back to the beach next year. (Yeah, I know, that was supposed to be the gameplan THIS year… but I think we we’ve got a great chance of actually being able to DO it, this time.)
I’m sorry this announcement has been so delayed. Obviously we weren’t the only organization that had to cancel or postpone their in-person events the last couple of years. Right now, getting hotel space at a reasonable rate (event space and room rates), especially if your preferred dates are somewhat limited, is SUPER difficult. As much as the Hilton has been a fantastic home for us for many years… with so many changes, and so much competition, I just wasn’t able to reach an agreement with them. However… it’s not all sad news!!! Our new home has been one of my top choices every time I’ve looked for space for us. And they’ve just done a major facelift and refresher on the entire property, so I’m really loving the new feel of the place!
The Plaza Resort & Spa is only a few blocks north of our previous location, still right on the beach. There is dining on site, and lots of options within the immediate couple of blocks around the hotel. The event space is gorgeous, the hotel reps have been a delight, and I’m very, very excited to start making new memories in this lovely location!!
As a reminder — those of you who completed BOTH registration steps for the 2022 weekend (the form on EventBrite, and the payment through PayPal) will have their registration transferred to our 2023 event. You’re all set. Everyone received a notification of that from EventBrite back in February, but I’ll be sending a second email to confirm your intention to attend next year soon. There will be an announcement when those emails start to go out, so you’ll all know to watch for yours. 🙂
We’ll still be starting general registration for anyone who is NOT being transferred from this year on June 1st, as usual, along with opening up our group block for the hotel. We will also be doing our Featured Author Reveal — and I can’t wait to announce all the incredible authors who will be coming to hang out by the beach with us!!!
June will also be the start of this “season” of our Reading Challenge, and I’ll be sharing some of our plans for CMCChats, author spotlights, games and contests, and other fun stuff to look forward to!! Watch our Facebook Authors & Attendees group for some Q&A posts and/or live chats in early June. I’ll be around to answer as many of your questions as I can.
I hope you’re all as excited as I am to start our second decade together. 🙂