Conference Spotlight: Critique Round Table Sessions

Greeting from Conference HQ!

Thinking about signing up for a critique round table at conference? Act now, because registration is required and these sessions are filling up! NOTE: Registration for these sessions closes July 15.

The critique round table sessions are among the most popular offerings at RMFW Colorado Gold. Three and a half hours in length, the round tables offer you a chance to receive detailed critique on ten pages of your work and allow you the time to give feedback on the work of the other members in your group. The round tables are a unique opportunity to experience specific critique with other writers as well as an agent or editor. This year, we have 14 sessions to choose from, monitored by an attending agent or editor. Attendees may sign up for one or two round tables. Sessions are offered Friday morning at 8:00 AM and Friday afternoon at 1:00 PM. The tables are open to 8 critique participants and 2 auditors.

Critique Participants: You will submit the first ten pages of your manuscript, plus a one-page synopsis of your story, to be critiqued by the agent/editor of your choice as well as by the other participants at your table.

Critique Auditors: You will only observe; you will neither submit pages nor offer critiques to participants. This is a great way to see how critique works and be a fly on the wall. Hear other authors' feedback on the submitted work and listen as the attending agent or editor shares their insights.

Once registration closes, participants will receive further instructions from RMFW volunteer, Scott Brendel, who manages all the things with Round Table Critiques. He will provide details on everything, including where and how to submit your pages, which will be due August 9.

These sessions are a $40 add-on for participants, $15 for auditors. Deadline to register is July 15. Pages are Due Aug 9.

Conference Bookstore & Friday Author Signing Event

The Colorado Gold Conference Book Sale is a great way to promote yourself as an author and sell copies of your books. Not only are there over 400 attendees, the public is also invited to attend the Friday night book signing. Please spread the word to your friends and fans.

Sign up begins June 1st at 10:00 AM

Eligibility

There are two book sale opportunities at Colorado Gold:

1. The Conference Bookstore (Fri 1pm - Sun 2pm)
2. The Friday Author Signing Event (Fri 8-10pm)

Lots of people ask if they are eligible for the bookstore and signing on Friday. Here is a breakdown of who is eligible for both of these things:

Eligible for Bookstore:

  • Keynotes, Mentors, Special Guests, Presenters, and Panelists.
  • All RMFW Members, even if you're unable to attend the conference.

Eligible for Friday Night Author Signing:

  • Keynotes, Mentors, Special Guests, Presenters, and Panelists.
  • RMFW PAL members (Traditionally Published Author League)
  • RMFW IPAL members (Independently Published Author League)

For information on how to become a member of RMFW PAL or RMFW IPAL, click the links or locate the information under the menu above: About > Published Authors > IPAL or PAL Membership.

Ways to Participate in Friday Night Author Signing and/or Bookstore

  1. CONSIGNMENT (Bring your own books): 
    • New for 2017: If you choose to consign your books, this will be handled through RMFW. RMFW will pay you 85% of the selling price of your books sold. You will be responsible for bringing your own books and checking them in at the bookstore on Friday. If you are coming in from out of state and consigning, we have arranged for you to be able to ship your books to us ahead of time. Be sure to contact us to arrange this.
  2. ORDERED through WHO ELSE! BOOKS:
    • If you choose to have your books ordered and brought to conference by Who Else! Books, Nina and Ron Else are happy to order your books for the conference bookstore.

How Are Authors Chosen for the Friday Author Signing Event?

VIPs, Mentors and Special Guests, our Honored Guiding Member, and WOTY and IWOTY nominees are guaranteed a table at the Friday night book signing. We are currently working on the floorplan for the Friday night event. At the time of this writing, it appears we will have a total of 54 spaces for authors. Because space is limited, we are implementing a first-come, first-served sign-up for all other authors. There will be a proportionate amount of space allocated for IPAL and PAL members, based on their membership.

After the sign-up process, we will contact you personally to confirm the information you submitted about your books. We will also post the authors on the website in case emails don’t reach recipients. Also note that if there are any cancellations by those authors who were assigned a table, the next name on the waitlist will be chosen as a replacement.

When and How to Sign Up

Sign up begins June 1st at 10:00 AM and runs through July 15th at 11:59 PM (or until we are at capacity). You’ll fill out a form on the rmfw.org website, accessible from a link on the home page and conference page. The form will ask for the same information as in previous years. Make sure you complete the entire form.

Everyone who wants to be in the bookstore and signing must complete the form. Be prepared to provide the following information:

  • How you plan to participate: bookstore, Friday author signing, or both
  • Author information including your name, pen name, and email address
  • PAL/IPAL membership status and additional information about your eligibility
  • Information about each of your books for ordering and payment purposes
  • Whether you’re bringing books on consignment or prefer to have your books ordered
  • Any additional special instructions

Now mark your calendar! Return here to the RMFW website on June 1st and reserve your spot in the bookstore Friday author signing event. Because space is limited, we are implementing a first-come, first-served sign-up for all other authors. There will be a proportionate amount of space allocated for IPAL and PAL members, based on their membership.

Note to Presenters: If you plan to recommend any books on writing craft during your sessions, we appreciate your sending the titles to Nina of Who Else! Books at who_else@att.net. She will do her best to include your recommendations in the conference bookstore. And don’t forget to mention during your workshop that the bookstore has your suggestions in stock.

Correction: 5/8/17 - This blog was originally posted with language that stated books ordered through Who Else! Books would pay a percentage back to the authors. This was incorrect. Only consigned books will result in payments back to the authors. 

 

About This Year’s Conference Bookstore and Signing

RMFWConference_Chalkboard_booksaleandsigningThe Colorado Gold Conference Book Sale is a great way to promote yourself as an author and sell copies of your books. Not only are there over 400 attendees, the public is also invited to attend the Friday night book signing. Please spread the word to your friends and fans.

It takes time to order books, design the book signing area layout, and get the bookkeeping set up for our seller, Who Else! Books. And space is limited in both the bookstore and at the Friday night signing. That’s why we ask that everyone eligible provide advance notice they wish to participate. If you miss the deadline to sign up or we’ve reached our limit, you will be out of luck. So read on, be informed, and don’t miss out on this event!

Eligibility

Lots of people ask if they are eligible for the bookstore and signing on Friday, so here’s a list of who can participate in the Friday night signing:

  • Anyone who is presenting a workshop or participating on a panel
  • RMFW PAL members
  • RMFW IPAL members

If you are an RMFW member, you can have your books in the bookstore, even if you can’t attend the conference.

For information on how to become a member of RMFW PAL or RMFW IPAL, click the links or locate the information under the menu above: Members > IPAL or PAL Membership

Ways to Participate

  1. Eligible authors can request a spot at the Friday night signing. That way, you can talk to readers, sign your books, and sell copies through Who Else! Books. Nina and Ron Else are happy to order books for the store or take copies on consignment. They will pay you 75% of the selling price of your consigned books sold at Conference.
  2. Authors can have copies of their books at the conference bookstore, whether or not they participate in the book signing. Nina and Ron Else are happy to order books for the store or take copies on consignment.
  3. This year we’ve added after-panel book signings outside the bookstore, another opportunity to meet readers. If you are a panelist and you want to participate in an after-panel signing, you are responsible to sign up to ensure your book is available in the bookstore. Also make sure you identify that you want to participate in one of these signings on the sign up form. And in case you’re wondering, you can participate in both after-panel signings and the Friday night signing.

How Are Authors Chosen for the Book Signing?

Special guests, Honored Guiding Members, and WOTY and IWOTY nominees are guaranteed a table at the Friday night book signing. Because space is limited, we are implementing a lottery drawing to select all other authors. That way, there is no need to hurry and sign up early this year, although you must sign up before the deadline. We will draw participating authors in the signing proportionately, based on total PAL and total IPAL members.

After the lottery selection process, Nina Else will contact you personally mid to late July about your books. We will also post the authors drawn on the website in case emails don’t reach recipients. Please make sure to add who_else@att.net to your email address book and promptly reply to her emails. Also note that if there are any cancellations by lottery winners, we will draw for replacements.

When and How to Sign Up

Sign up begins May 20th and runs through July 1st at 11:59 (Edit: date moved up on 5/23) PM MDT. This year you’ll fill out a form on the rmfw.org website, accessible from a link on the home page and conference page. The form will ask for the same information as in previous years plus a few more items. Make sure you complete the entire form. If you leave out information Who Else! Books needs for accounting, you risk not being a part of the book sale and signing.

Everyone who wants to be in the bookstore and signing must complete the form. Be prepared to provide the following information:

  • How you plan to participate: bookstore, book signing, and/or after-panel signing
  • Author information including your name, pen name, and email address
  • PAL/IPAL membership status and additional information about your eligibility
  • Information about each of your books for ordering and payment purposes
  • Whether you’re bringing books on consignment or need your books ordered
  • Any additional special instructions for Who Else! Books

Now mark your calendar! Return here to the RMFW website on May 20th and reserve your spot in the bookstore and enter the book signing lottery.

Note to Presenters: If you plan to recommend any books on writing craft during your sessions, we appreciate your sending the titles to Nina of Who Else! Books at who_else@att.net. She will do her best to include your recommendations in the conference bookstore. And don’t forget to mention during your workshop that the bookstore has your suggestions in stock.

Post by Nina & Ron Else of Who Else! Books and Bonnie Biafore, Book Signing Coordinator

5/17/16 Correction: When originally published, this article incorrectly stated "Special guests, presenters, Honored Guiding Members, and WOTY and IWOTY nominees are guaranteed a table at the Friday night book signing..." This has been corrected to remove presenters from those guaranteed a table.