An Abundance of Riches

12414_42-49479165YOU GUYS!!!!! Holy word of mouth, Batman!!!

I can’t tell you how happy I am that everyone has been having such a good time at Coastal Magic. I know there are things that can be improved. I’m working hard to fill requests from this year, and make adjustments that will help each year better than the one before.

Right now I’m in the very cool, yet somewhat awkward position of saying… “WAIT… STOP… HOLD THE PHONE”!!

Between the authors I’ve emailed about attending next year… and those who have emailed me… I am OVERLOADED with authors!!! Now… not everyone has agreed/has been approved to be a Featured Author. But we’re getting really close to having TOO MANY COOL AUTHORS!!! Bet you never thought you’d see THAT statement, lol!!

The fact is… if I feature too many authors, then each will only get to be on one panel, and Meet & Greets, or author/reader meals will lose their “intimate” feel. We have to keep a good author to reader ratio in order to make our little shindig work.

So… if you’re an author who’s received an email from me… or if you’ve emailed me and I’ve already responded to you… we will certainly continue our discussions. If you are an author who sends me a request to participate from this point on… chances are you’ll be put on a waiting list. This is the list I’ll go to if a Featured Author cancels at some point before next February. I’ve pulled from the wait list each of the last two years… so it’s not a bad place to be… especially if you’re planning to attend as a reader, anyway.

I am SO lucky, and it’s such an amazingly odd “problem” to have. I would LOVE to include everyone, but that’s just not possible (keep in mind, if you’re an author who is attending as a reader, we can probably make a place for you at the charity signing). I LOVE that the word is spreading about Coastal Magic, and that more people are interested in participating, but that means spots are filling up faster.

Thank you ALL for your enthusiasm, and for your patience.

I’m hoping to post (with very few exceptions) the completed list of Featured Authors on June 1st. General registration will begin on July 1st.

2015 – It has begun :-)

2015_year_poster-rf34a718e6a9545deb6a3505b4749988d_i0j_8byvr_512No, I know it’s not 2015 RIGHT NOW… but believe it or not, the ball has begun a-rollin’ for the 2015 Coastal Magic event. It actually started back in March. It takes a LONG time to put together a shindig this cool 🙂

I have to say, the word of mouth has been AWESOME, and I’m so proud that people are talking about Coastal Magic as a fun event to attend. Every time someone emails me and says “so-and-so said they had such a good time, and that I had to get in touch with you”, it makes me smile. I know there are a LOT of really great events out there, thank you to EVERYONE who spends their hard earned money, and so precious time to come hang with us!!

So… just a quick update for those who are wondering. We will be back at the Hilton for the 2015 event. Featured Authors have already started registering, and general registration will begin on July 1st. I’ll post the Featured Author list on June 1st. There’s a chance it could change a bit after that, depending on author circumstances, but it should be pretty close to final at that point. Heck… it’s pretty close to full at THIS point. The interest has been fantastic and spots have been filling up like crazy. I’m actively working to fulfill some of the requests from attendees’ feedback forms after this year’s event. Keep your fingers crossed, guys. 🙂

One thing I do need some help with is Featured Bloggers. I have a core group of bloggers who have been with me from the beginning. They’ll be returning, but I need a few new faces. If you’re a blogger who features urban fantasy and paranormal romance on your site, and you’re interested in participating as a Featured Blogger at next year’s Coastal Magic, please email me at CoastalMagicConvention at gmail dot com. You don’t have to have the largest, most popular blog to be considered. You just have to be creative and dedicated to spreading the word about good books!

OH!!!! I almost forgot… have you all met Gregory?? He’s the new addition to our header, and I just love him. I have some other small website design changes coming in the next few months. Everything should be all redone and updated by the time general registration starts in July. Gregory will also be on our shirts! Yes, I’ve decided to make t-shirts available to purchase once registration begins. I’m still working on the design, but our logo, and Gregory, will both be there.

Ok… I think that’s about it for now. If you have any questions, leave them in comments and I’ll answer them as much as I’m able. Thanks, again, to everyone who’s planning to come to Florida next February. I can’t wait to see you all!!

*hugs*
Jennifer

Coastal Magic 2014 Wrap Up

thank_you_005Holy Wowza, ya’ll!!!! That was fun.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone who hung out in the gloomy rain this past weekend in Daytona. I hope those of you who came from ice & snow got to see our Florida sunshine on Sunday! Despite a few kinks in the fly-line, we had a really, REALLY good time.

I posted briefly on the convention’s Facebook page, but I’ll expand here, that there were a LOT of people who made this event possible. My book club girls put up with my crazy, and helped with the prep-work to get us ready… ya’ll are rockstars!!! I had a fantastic group of Featured and Registered bloggers who helped with promo during the year, and pretty much ran the show during the weekend, MODing all of the panels. Nicely done, ladies. I would have been fangirling everyone all by my lonesome if it wasn’t for the other readers who came from all over to join us. It was really amazing to me to see the connections as they were being made. Our sponsors, who helped provide the things we needed, and a few things we wanted :-).  And of course, the inspiration for the weekend, our Featured Authors. Your words move us to do wild things… they grow our imaginations, they motivate us to create friendships and communities, and they convinced this wee little blogger girl to throw a beach party and invite the cool kids. Thanks for coming to my shindig.

I know there were a few mishaps (last minute book deliveries, OY!… and, Rebecca, not only do I owe you a sunny vacation, but I hear I owe you breakfast, too?? *hugs*), and a few misunderstandings, but all-in-all we had a good time. I was looking through the feedback forms and have some ideas about ways to improve things for next year (last year you guys said you wanted an evening for all the authors and all the readers to hang out and really chat and such… no one said ANYTHING about a dancefloor, lol!!! But… message received… next year, we’ll have a dancefloor!!) I’ve also got some ideas for panels you’d like to see, and authors you’d like to have attend (MORE URBAN FANTASY and MALE AUTHORS!!!)… I’ll do the best I can 🙂

I want to say a special thank you to all of the authors who sold their own books at the signing, and offered our charity (Habitat for Humanity) a portion of their sales. (Books-A-Million donated 10% of all sales rung through our on-site register that weekend.) Your support means the world to me, and it will do so much good in that community. As a whole, we sold over $5000 worth of books ($1000 more than last year!!!), and the raffle baskets raised almost $160. That’s over $600 from our little(ish) group, I’m pretty darn proud of us.

I’ve seen a lot of pictures floating around (I need to upload mine to my computer to share), and I’ve read a few wrap up posts from others who were there. I’m going to start a running list of what I find over on the media page. I’ll update it from time to time, so check back if you’re interested in some of the shenanigans.

In response to those who’ve already emailed me to ask…

  • Yes, there will be a convention next year… Feb 5-8, 2015
  • I’m 95.5% sure it will be at the Hilton again
  • I’ll start contacting potential Featured Authors around the middle/end of March. (If you’re an author who’s emailed me at any point and asked to be on the waiting list/contact list for 2015, or if you were mentioned as a request on the feedback forms, I’ll be emailing you.)
  • I’ll start looking for Featured Bloggers around April/May – watch the website for more info
  • YES, there will be a dancefloor!

I think that’s it for me. I had an incredible time… met some really amazing people and got to hang with good friends. I think I’m finally NOT tired anymore, so that’s a good thing. Today I’m off of work, so I’ll be loading all of my new books onto my bookshelves and figuring out how I want to scrapbook my swag.

Thanks, again, for doing this with me… hope to see you all soon!!
Jennifer

Single Day Registration For Friday OR Saturday

onedayOk… full weekend registration closed, and on the website I mentioned the possibility of allowing Friday only or Saturday only tickets. I was fishing, really. Wondering if anyone would ask about it, or make a preference for those options known.

I’ve gotten a handful of inquiries now, so I’m going to go ahead and make this option available. From now, until February 3rd, you will have an opportunity to purchase Friday or Saturday only registrations.

            • Daily registration  will NOT include lunch on Saturday.
            • Daily registrants will receive a name badge lanyard, but welcome bags will be limited. You will NOT be guaranteed a bag, but there is sure to be swag enough for everyone. Lanyards and bags/swag should be picked up the morning of the day paid for.
            • Daily registrants will have access to all scheduled panels, meet & greets, and other author-organized activities happening on their day.
            • Daily registrants WILL have an option to have breakfast with an author, if that author still has room at their table. Please remember that all breakfasts are “each pays their own”. Available author list is on the Featured Author page menu.
            • Daily registrants will NOT have access to Supernatural Lasertag activity, unless they purchase their own pass to Daytona Lagoon (group rates will not apply).  If a single day registrant purchases this ticket on their own, please see Jennifer at the con on Friday to choose a team. Participating authors are on the Featured Author page menu.

Other important details

  • Single day registrations will be $35 each day.
  • There are no refunds available for full weekend registrations. I promise, you’ll get MORE than your money’s worth!
  • The Charity Booksigning on Saturday is still FREE and open to the public.
  • All daily registrations MUST be paid for and confirmed NO LATER than midnight Eastern on February 3rd.

If you’re interested in either Friday or Saturday only registration, please email me at CoastalMagicConvention at gmail dot com. Our EventBrite pages is closed, so all payments will be processed through the convention’s Paypal account. Please include “Friday Registration” or “Saturday Registration” in your email subject line.

Thanks for your interest, everyone… I’m excited that there were so many of you who wanted this option. I can’t wait to see you all there!!

Jennifer

I WONDER… Wednesday – Convention Questions :-)

I posted this today on my book blog… I’m curious what the followers here have to say about it… check it out 🙂 I wanna know what YOUR favorite part of a convention is 🙂

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