One of our favorite parts of going to conferences is seeing all our authors in person! Publishing is a funny business, because you can work very closely with a person for years, talk to them weekly, and yet never have met them face to face. That’s why whenever Pocket Books goes to a convention, they like to have a “family dinner,” so that we can see all our authors, and they get to meet each other, too!

As you’ll see from the pics below, a good time was had by all! But before we could play, we have to work–presenting Gallery and Pocket at the RT Publisher Spotlight!

Exec. Ed. Lauren McKenna, flanked by Sr. Eds. Adam Wilson and Micki Nuding, speaks at the RT 2014 publisher Spotlight.
Exec. Ed. Lauren McKenna, flanked by Sr. Eds. Adam Wilson and Micki Nuding, speaks at the RT 2014 publisher Spotlight.

Then it was time for our dinner party!

We're very happy there are no "after" shots to go with this beautiful "before"!
We’re very happy there are no “after” shots to go with this beautiful “before”!
What's for dinner?
What’s for dinner?
Everything still looks pristine--party favors in place, and the wine is poured!
Everything still looks pristine–party favors in place, and the wine is poured!
We always love the party favors we use as place cards. This year it was a heart-shaped dish filled with pralines...and you can't see it, but the bottom of the dish says XOXO!
We always love the party favors we use as place cards. This year it was a heart-shaped dish filled with pralines…and you can’t see it, but the bottom of the dish says XOXO!

 

As the authors arrive, they first find their custom name badges, and then find a pleasing beverage!

Who needs a "Hello My Name Is" sticker when you can have your own book cover as an ID? Name badge necklaces for all our guests.
Who needs a “Hello My Name Is” sticker when you can have your own book cover as an ID? Name badge necklaces for all our guests.
Pocket and Gallery authors mix and mingle before dinner. Here you can see Sabrina Jeffries, Carrie Lofty, and in the background wearing white, our president and publisher, Louise Burke.
Pocket and Gallery authors mix and mingle before dinner. Here you can see Sabrina Jeffries, Carrie Lofty, and in the background wearing white, our president and publisher, Louise Burke.

 

Marketing Director Liz Psaltis and paranormal author Molly Harper share a cocktail selfie! This drink was called--no joke--"Sex on the Driveway."
Marketing Director Liz Psaltis and paranormal author Molly Harper share a cocktail selfie! This drink was called–no joke–“Sex on the Driveway.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the conversation flowed, it was soon time to take our seats and enjoy a toast before dinner…

Publisher Louise Burke leads a toast to all our amazing authors! Seen here: on the left, Lauren Billings (half of Christina Lauren); and starting at the end of the table, Christina Hobbs (other half of CL), Laura Griffin, Emma Chase, and Kristen Proby!
Publisher Louise Burke leads a toast to all our amazing authors! Seen here: on the left, Lauren Billings (half of Christina Lauren); and starting at the end of the table, Christina Hobbs (other half of CL), Laura Griffin, Emma Chase, and Kristen Proby!

 

And after that…well, then we put the cameras away! Hope all of you attending #RT14 are having a terrific time, and for those of us enjoying it vicariously, well, let’s all go have a “Sex on the Driveway”!