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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Howdy, Chickies!

I'm cheating here. Instead of chatting about a writing topic I'm giving you the 411 on the June Reader/Writer Get-together Lori and I do each year. This will be our third and biggest year ever! We have two agents (Berkley and St Martin) and two agents coming in. Sweet! Okay, I realize if you are a reader this may not tickly your funny but it should! These are the gals that get the work from the author to the bookstore. They are our heroes. And this year they'll give a little talk on what's new and headed your way. Always nice to hear from the powers that be.

And there will be an author cookbook to ogle over and tons and tons of donated baskets to bid on and line dancing Saturday night and a huge bookfair and yummy food and a looooovely hotel and a very relaxed way to sit and chat with authors and readers. All this for $35. That covers your food for Fri night, Sat breakfast and lunch. What a deal! Lori and I take care of the other expenses. And any profits we make for the raffles and bookfair (not all, some goes to B&N) we donate to the YWCA battered women's shelter in Cincy. They will be there too to tell you how they spend the money. Last year we donated 2700! See picture above. :-)

So, if you can make it do! It's fun and casual (I wear pink jeans, T-shirt, gym shoes and cowboy hat!) I'm giving away new hats this year of a different nature. Come and see!

If you have any questions let me know. Need directions just let me know. Register at Lori's site Below is an outline of what's coming your way.

Hope to see you all!!!!!!!!

Hugs, Dianne

Readers and Writers Get Together
Lori Foster, Dianne Castell, Linda Keller
Friday June 1 - Sunday June 3
A portion of the book fair proceeds will benefit the

-- Meet authors Lori Foster, Dianne Castell, and more! (Check the updated list online)
-- Meet agents Jennifer N. Schober, Spencerhill Associates Ltd.
Roberta Brown, Brown Literary Agency
-- Meet editors Rose Hilliard, from St. Martin’s Publishing
Cindy Hwang, Berkley Publishing
-- Meet your online reader friends face to face.
-- Gab sessions, prizes, gift baskets, casual photo ops (bring your camera!), meet-the-author round-tables, pajama parties, used book trade, and more!
-- Book Fair Get the newest releases signed by your favorite authors!
-- For unpublished authors there will be opportunities to have your work critiqued by pubs, your questions answered, networking, etc...
Check for updates!

AND YOUR ROOM ( $99 + tax ) if you stay overnight

ROOMS: Friday night and/or Saturday night -- $99 per night plus tax
To get the $99 rate, tell them you’re with the LORI FOSTER READER AND WRITER GROUP

HOTEL RESERVATIONS: *must register by May 19th*
Call: 1-800-MARRIOTT or 513-874-7335 or Email:
Cincinnati Marriott North
(Just north of Cincinnati on I-75 at Union Center Blvd, exit 19)
West Chester, Ohio, 6189 Mulhauser Rd, West Chester, OH 45069-4842

Friday, June 1th Reception - open to all registered attendees.
6:00 to 11:00 pm register, agent and editor appointments; Reception in the Tri-County Room; refreshments & pizza party provided

Saturday, June 2th Events in the West Chester Ballroom III
8:00 am – donuts, bagels, coffee & tea
12:00 – 1:00 pm – lunch buffet
Barnes and Noble BOOK SIGNING (inside the hotel) 4:00 to 6:00 pm

Sunday, June 3th
“on your own” breakfast with friends or authors (sign up sheets available Fri & Sat)

PUBLISHED AUTHORS only attending the signing: contact Linda Keller directly at or call (513) 755 – 6193
Send letter (email) of intent by May 1st, ISBN and titles by May 11th

PUBLISHED AUTHORS attending the event: please register BEFORE contacting Linda. Send questions to Lori at


Stacy~ said...

Woo hoo, I can't wait! I am really looking forward to seeing everyone again. Less than 3 months away :)

Bookstoredeb said...

Hey Dianne! This will be my first time at the get together and I am really excited. Already have time off arranged from the new job and am trying to get things arranged in other areas too.

Look forward to seeing everyone there!

Judy F said...

Ok I am going to try this again....

I can't wait. Its a highlight of my year. Hopefullly I can come all three days. It all depends on the graduation plans for my niece.

Can't wait to see Stacy dancing on the tables again!!!!

Maria, Lover of All Things Romance said...

This is one of the many times where I say 'Damn! Why don't I live in the US of A?

Ann M. said...

I'd be their with bells on but not this year.

Look forward to attending maybe next year depending on being Stateside.

Keep up posted on purchasing the cookbook. I love cookbook. :)

jenniemadsen said...

Ah - now that sounds like a fun time!! But, alas, I am a little too far south or else I would be there!! Have a great time! Any chance you all will be at the RT convention in Houston?

Jodi said...

I so wish I was going to be able to make it this year. But, I'll have to live vicariously (sp?) through all of you once again!

Cryna said...

This looks so exciting. I wish it was something that I could make, but who knows maybe one year. But looking forward to hearing about it all, and seeing the pictures.

Pamk said...

whoohoo I sent my registration already. I had a blast last year and can't wait for this year.

Patty L. said...

Hi Dianne: I sent my registration in last week. I can't wait this will be my first time going. I can't wait to see your hats.