The first communication for 2013 GRL 2013 was just issued, and it’s a bright light in the dark days of winter. Atlanta can’t come soon enough for M/M enthusiasts. Here’s a link to the newsletter if you haven’t seen it:
The organizers are working very hard on our behalf but have made it clear that they need the participation and financial backing of publishers in order to keep the cost to a reasonable level for everyone. We all appreciate this objective as no one has any spare cash and we (authors, readers and publishers) will have to dig deep once more, but it will be worth it. The publishers did a great job last year and I for one appreciate all of the events they sponsored!!
Everything seems to be proceeding as expected. The major change from last year is that the number of authors will be capped at 100 which seems to me about right if the number of registrants for the Retreat is going to remain at around 400. However, there was one sentence in the newsletter that surprised and concerned me and here it is:
“We’ve also taken the list of must-have authors that you the readers have given us and are doing our best to pre-register them before the general author registration begins.”
A select list of authors who will be allowed to pre-register? This seems to be elitist and I’m sure that the organizers didn’t mean to give that impression. I’m just wondering what message they are sending to those authors who are not on the “approved” pre-registration list? One of the benefits I loved about GRL 2012 was meeting authors at all levels of our genre – well known and well respected to those who had only one book released. I think the newbies were as thrilled as the readers and their enthusiasm showed. I loved meeting them, yes even those authors whose books I had reviewed and said that I thought they needed to do a lot more work before their next release.
I know that the organizers have a lot of tough decisions to make which must be balanced between the needs of the readers who are looking forward to meeting their favourite authors and keeping costs in balance. However, I’m not sure that allowing the heavy hitters in our genre to pre-register is the right way to go as I think it will send the wrong message to those up-and-coming newbie writers as well as those not considered to be a “draw”. This is not a criticism, just an observation and I’m just one reader. I’m sure that many of you in GRL land may have a different opinion.
I would like to thank the organizers of GRL 2012 once again for the fantabulous job they did in Albuquerque, New Mexico and I’m sure the 2013 event in Atlanta, Georgia will at least equal if not exceed last year’s event. I don’t believe that the organizers intended to create two classes of authors.