CMCon17 Lunch With An Author Signup Link

Below is the link to select an author to sit with during lunch on Saturday at this year’s Coastal Magic. As a reminder… some authors’ spaces fill very quickly, so please have a few options in mind. (This is also a good time to check out some authors that you may not be as familiar with!!) Also remember that you and your friend(s) may not all be able to sit with the same authors. Space is limited, and the only fair way to operate the signup is for each person to only make one selection at a time (do yours first, then go back into the page to make selections for someone if they’re not able to do it, themselves).

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0449aba72fa2fb6-cmcon17

I’ll be answering questions as quickly as I can on the FB group page, and any posted here on the blog.

P.S. — Just in case there’s any confusion, you MUST be registered to attend Coastal Magic (either the full weekend or for Saturday only) in order to attend the Lunch with an Author. If you haven’t registered yet, you can still do so via the instruction on the “Registration” page on this site.

Lunch With An Author Signups Start At 8:00PM!!

It’s almost TIIIIIIIIIME!!!! The Lunch with an Author is a fun, relaxed way to get in a little extra chat time with our Featured Authors. Below are a few things to keep in mind before/while you make your selection in 30 minutes…

  1. The process will go faster if you’ve already signed into the page. Just go to SignupGenius.com (if you don’t already have an account) to create your login. Then, you’ll be ready to go tonight when the link goes live.16344339_10154092667477407_1756123711_n
  2. Please be sure to have a list of three or four authors you’re interested in spending your lunch with. Some authors will have their spots fill up almost immediately. This happens every year. While I understand that everyone has favorites, I also hope that we have enough fabulous authors in attendance that each of will have a long list to choose from.
  3. You might consider selecting an author that you’ve never read, or someone you’re not familiar with. This is a great time to find new authors to add to your TBR lists!! And you never know, you just may start some fun new friendships.
  4. Authors will NOT be bringing any giveaways for the lunch groups. The focus here is spending time with each other and chatting. There are many other opportunities during the weekend for authors to share swag or goodies.
  5. ONLY SIGN UP FOR ONE PERSON AT A TIME. Space is limited, and the goal is to give everyone a fair chance to select their “wish list” authors. One person claiming all of an author’s spots for their friend group negates that goal. If you MUST sign up someone else (they’re unable to sign up themselves, etc.), you will have to complete your own signup, then do your friend’s separately. This means you may not get to sit with your book buddy or group. Look at it as an opportunity to get to know multiple authors, then swap stories about your lunchtime conversations.
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That should be it. It’s a super simple process, but if anyone has any questions, just let me know. Keep your eyes peeled for the link to be posted in 30 minutes, at 8pm eastern. HAVE FUN!!!

Coastal Magic Convention 2017… One Week Away!! (AAAHHHHHH!!!)

I feel like the last month has FLOWN by, and the idea that we’re only a week away from seeing everyone for the 5th annual Coastal Magic is a bit mind boggling! It’s awesome, and also I’M NOT READY, lol!!

There’s always so much to do in the “home stretch”, so here’s a quick rundown of what you can expect between now and our weekend by the beach.

  1. Lunch with an Author signups!!
    Lots of people have been asking about this, it’s one of the highlights of the weekend. After the first couple of years, having to rearrange and adjust and try to re-seat disappointed readers… I learned that this has to be done as close to our event as possible. This *hopefully* bypasses the issue of people selecting to sit with an author, that author having to cancel for some reason, and then trying to find places for those readers with other author groups. This makes us all nervous, I know, and I’m sorry… but it’s necessary. In case you missed the social media posts (and a reminder, if you did see them) our signups for this year’s lunch will be SATURDAY, JAN 28th at 8PM, eastern. This will *hopefully* give readers in all time zones a fair opportunity to make their selections. Some things to remember about the lunch:

    1. Please be sure to have a list of authors you’re interested in spending your lunch with. Some authors will have their spots fill up almost immediately. This happens every year. While I understand that everyone has favorites, I also hope that we have enough fabulous authors in attendance that each of will have a long list to choose from.
    2. Consider selecting an author that you’ve never read, or someone you’re not familiar with. This is a great time to find new authors to add to your TBR lists!! And you just never know, you may start some fun new friendships.
    3. Authors will NOT be bringing any giveaways for the lunch groups. The focus here is spending time with each other and chatting. There are many other opportunities during the weekend for authors to share swag or goodies.
    4. I will post the link for the signups (we’ll be using SignupGenius.com again) on all of our social media and this blog at 7:30pm, and the link will go live at 8pm.
  2. Volunteer Signup Form!!
    This is the first year (after being asked for a couple of years) that we’ll have a volunteer signup! If you checked the box when you registered to help out for 1, 2, or 3 hours during the weekend, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for specific time blocks. We’ll need some extra hands at the registration desk, setting up for activities, and more. Hopefully, everyone who’s interested will be able to find some times between their “can’t miss” panels. Thank you, in advance, for your help. The offers are very much appreciated!! I’ll have that signup form ready for you this weekend, as well. The link will be emailed to the address on your registration.
  3. We still have limited space available for single day and two day registrations. If you, or someone you know, wanted to come hang with us, but couldn’t get away for the whole convention — there’s still a chance to join us! The graphic below has the pricing and activity info for each day. Be sure to share it with your book loving, beach loving friends!cmcon17singledayreg1

There are a few more things up my sleeve for the next week… so keep your eyes on our social media (FB and Twitter) for additional updates.

Thank you all for your enthusiasm and excitement. I can’t wait to see everyone! (Actually, I can! I have more things to print, and lists to check off, and people to email… and, and, and… )

CMCon17 Halloween Flash Fiction with B A Tortuga — Books Make Me Happy

We have two more awesome flash fictions, today, from two more returning Featured Authors at Coastal Magic. I’m always happy for a chance to hang out with B A Tortuga, and I’m just as happy to have her participating in this event. Don’t forget to comment below her story with a question or comment for her…

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