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… )

Coastal Magic 2014 Wrap Up

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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