Getting Started For Coastal Magic 2019: Featured Blogger Introductions

Well, HELLO THERE, everyone!!

It’s been a little while since our 2018 Coastal Magic weekend, I hope you’ve all got some great memories from that event, and are ready to make some more at #CMCon19!

Some of the first things I have to do in the planning process are find amazing authors for you to get excited about, and incredible bloggers to help us get to know them all. The Featured Author announcement will be coming at the end of this month, but right now I’d like you to meet our Featured Blogger group.

 Jackie – http://www.literaryescapism.com

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Laura – https://littlereadridinghood.com

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Jay – http://joyfullyjay.com

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Tamye – https://bookscoffeeandcraftsnews.com

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Scherry – http://www.thenovellady.com

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Yvonne – https://lilysreviews.dreamwidth.org

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Jeff & Will – http://biggayfictionpodcast.com

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Rae – https://www.booksilovealatte.com

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Mandie – http://takingtimeformommy.com

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Some of these will be familiar faces. (Laura’s been with me since the first year!) Not only do they work hard to promote our authors and the convention BEFORE our weekend, they moderate our panels and do SO MUCH to help make sure Coastal Magic runs smoothly. I’m thrilled to have so many returning bloggers, and excited to get to work with some amazing new peeps.

The blogs these ladies and gents represent cover such a wide variety of genres and target audiences, kinda like us! Each month, from July through February, they will host Featured Author Spotlights. This is where you get the chance to learn a little more about each of our Featured Authors, get familiar with their writing before the event, and even win a prize or two! In addition to their own monthly posts, these will be the blogs involved in any of our convention sponsored blog events, to promote Coastal Magic and/or the authors. Those will generally happen around a holiday, and will all involve contests. 🙂

So… give these blogs a peek. Be sure to subscribe to them, and/or follow all of their social media outlets, so you don’t miss any of the 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… )

New Buzzfeed Community Blog About Coastal Magic!

Hello all!! Just in time for anyone who’s still on the fence about registering for Coastal Magic, Buzzfeed Community and I have listed 10 solid reasons you should do it! (Not to mention, some fun gifs to illustrate the point, lol!)

Time is running out for weekend registration, just a couple of weeks left! And February will be here before you know it!

So click the sneak peek below (the first benefit to attending) to check out this fun post on Buzzfeed. Then, sign up to come hang with some awesome authors and readers by the beach

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Win Your Way To Coastal Magic 2016!! Plus – Featured Author Reveals Start TOMORROW!

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I’m SO EXCITED because tomorrow we’re going to start revealing our 2016 Coastal Magic Featured Authors!! And if spending the weekend with amazing storytellers isn’t winning enough… we’re going to have a contest through the month of June, and you might WIN FREE REGISTRATION!!

Every day at noon (eastern), throughout the month of June, I’ll be posting a teaser graphic of one of our Featured Authors. The post will give you a little peek at the full graphic, and the FB page of the Featured Blogger that will host the reveal. Then, at 6pm, they’ll show you who the author is. I can’t wait to see all the guesses between noon and 6pm, from people trying to figure out who the author is! (And many days will have double reveals… so double the guessing fun!!)

As a way to make sure that anyone who might be interested in Coastal Magic actually SEES the information, we’re going to do a super easy social media contest to get our Facebook page to 1000 likes, and to share the list of awesome Featured Authors with book loving friends and family. One winner will get FREE REGISTRATION for our 2016 event!

Starting June 1st, when a new Featured Author is revealed on Facebook, share that post for one entry per author (that means on double reveal days, you can earn two entries). (Sharing on multiple platforms – like Twitter, Tumblr, & Instagram – and/or sharing the teaser posts would be awesome, and I would be SO thankful, but the Facebook reveal share is what will get you the daily entry per author.) I’ll be keeping track of the shares by following the hashtag #CMCon16. IF (ONLY IF) the Coastal Magic Convention FB page has at least 1000 likes by July 1st, I’ll draw one name to win a FREE registration. That’s only 172 likes from right now. We’ve got month and a whole lot of incredible author reveals before July 1st. I have no doubt you all can do this!!

Please keep in mind that we are ABSOLUTELY a no spam convention! Yes, I want the FB page to get more likes, and I am asking for social media shares from those of you who participate. But please do NOT go overboard. Enthusiasm is great, and very much appreciated, but we don’t need to annoy your timelines to spread the word about Coastal Magic. 🙂

If anyone has any questions about the contest, or anything else event related… just let me know. And make sure you’ve all got your calendars marked and your reminders set for July 1st, when general registration goes on sale (for anyone who doesn’t win the contest, that is!)

GOOD LUCK, everyone!!

See you all at noon eastern tomorrow with our first teaser!

Hey… That’s Coastal Magic in BTSeMag!!

We had the pleasure of having Myra and Simon from Book Trailer Showcase Book Reviews and online magazine (BTSeMag) with us at this year’s Coastal Magic. Simon took some AWESOME pictures (you’ll be seeing some of them in an upcoming video 🙂 ), and Myra was making the rounds, chatting with both authors and readers.

I was so excited to see THIS spread in the May/June issue of their emag, complete with our friend Lucienne Diver’s wrap-up post about the weekend.

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As a quick reminder… our Featured Bloggers for 2016 have been announced, and our Featured Authors will be revealed each day through the month of June. The reveal fun leads up to our general registration opening on July 1st.

As a smaller (by intent and design) event, our registration for readers will cap at 250. If you don’t want to miss out, be sure to register early. You can follow this blog, and catch us on our various social media pages for updates and reminders 🙂

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