2015 Newsletter updates

 

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Did you miss a Newsletter about this year’s Meet, or can’t find it in your filing? We know the feeling! Here’s a summary of everything posted so far to potential attendees for the event. The most recent mailing is first.

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19 September 2015

Just a few words to finish off, before we get into UK Meet 2016.

Thank you

Thanks to everyone who stuffed bags, helped on the desk, did panels, said hello to newbies and made them welcome and generally made the weekend go smoothly. What a fantastic atmosphere you created; we couldn’t do this without any of you. Also, a heartfelt “well done” to all who bought raffle tickets – we raised £494 for Albert Kennedy Trust.

Thinking ahead

We’re collating all your feedback on the world’s biggest spreadsheet; that really clarifies what we need to tinker with. We’re aware we need to revisit quality control for panels to ensure they’re all up to the standard you expect and we’ll need to do a bit of work about better embedding our event values, but all of this is eminently doable.

Make sure you’re on our big newsletter list (sign-up linked from any page of our website) if you’re interested in next year’s event.

 

Not even saying nuffink about whether it’s 2016 yet…

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08 September 2015

We’ll be seeing you all very soon, but just wanted to remind you of a few key things which people have asked us to clarify.

Gala dinner

Dress code is ‘wear what you feel fabulous in’ so jeans are fine, evening dress is fine, anything is fine!
Event starts at 6.30pm with complimentary drinkies. Seats to be taken by 7.00pm for the entertainment to start. There will be wine/Shloer on the tables, care of our funds.

Book Fair 

Tables have now been allocated. We’ll put the plan of authors/tables on display on Saturday; tables will be marked with numbers and authors’ names.

Don’t forget that at 5.15pm, which is the official end of the book fair, we’ll be asking you to collect up your belongings; if you want to carry on selling, chatting or schmoozing, then you can use the Lancaster Room for as long as you want but we must have the Kings Room and Kings Foyer clear by 5.30pm.
Publisher tables will be relocated to the Lancaster Room by hotel staff and whisked back again for the Sunday session.

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02 September 2015

Two important reminders!

Swag bags

If you’ve volunteered to stuff the delegate bags on Saturday morning at 9am, thank you – you make our job easier. Always room for one or two more so long as you all remember NO STUFFING BEFORE 9 AM. Spotlight delegates have until 8.55am that morning to get their swag to the stuffing room.
(While we’re on the subject, we’d also ask our spotlight peeps to take home any remaining swag with you at the end of the event, as we do tend to find boxes of stuff left over and it seems such a waste to chuck it.)

Book Fair 

Spotlight delegates, this is your last chance to book a place. We put this to bed this week so let Charlie know by 3rd September if you want a space to sell your wares.

Don’t forget that at 5.15pm, which is the official end of the book fair, we’ll be asking you to collect up your belongings; if you want to carry on selling, chatting or schmoozing, then you can use the Lancaster Room for as long as you want but we must have the Kings Room and Kings Foyer clear by 5.30pm.
Publisher tables will be relocated to the Lancaster Room by hotel staff and whisked back again for the Sunday session.

Only nine sleeps to go!

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30 August 2015

We have a spare place that’s just become available. We’ve gone through our entire waiting list now, mailing all ‘active’ and non-active members of same but it seems it’s no longer needed there.

We are now putting this place out on general offer – reply to this e-mail if you want it, but only if you can guarantee taking it. We’re too close to the event to dither. First come, first served!

Only 12 sleeps to go…

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28 August 2015

It’s two weeks to UK Meet, and today’s mailing is about the hotel and the event rooms.

Keep UK Meet tidy!

While we have exclusive daytime use of the whole conference area  – so much more space than even last year – there is a dinner booked for the main room on Saturday evening. (We got first dibs on the Palm Court.)
Therefore, at 5.15pm, which is the official end of the book fair, we’ll be asking you to collect up your belongings; if you want to carry on selling, chatting or schmoozing, then you can use the Lancaster Room for as long as you want but we must have the Kings Room and Kings Foyer clear by 5.30pm.
Publisher tables will be relocated to the Lancaster Room by hotel staff and whisked back again for the Sunday session.
(While we’re on the subject, we’d also ask you to take home any remaining swag with you at the end of the event, as we do tend to find boxes of stuff left over and it seems such a waste to chuck it!)

Friday hotel check in:

Most rooms at the Marriott will be available on Fri before the formal check-in time of 4pm. If anyone’s room is not available, and they’re booked on the walk, there’ll be a place to store luggage until they have time to check in.

Marriott bar hours:

On Friday night, the hotel bar will be open until 12 and on Saturday night until 12.30. After 11pm, the bar will only accept charges to the room, no cash. Note: room service is always available.

Don’t forget the hotel restaurant won’t be open on Sunday night, however there are plenty of places to eat nearby for those who stay over.

Only fifteen sleeps to go!

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25 August 2015

Book Fair – this is your last chance to book a space

If you’d like a place(usually a share of a table) at the book fair, please mail Cathycathylaird22@googlemail.com who will keep the master list, and, nearer the time, allocate you a place. Sponsor delegates will have a dedicated table during the event so don’t need a book fair slot.

How many books should I bring and what should I charge?

Prices authors sell at vary. Often it’s cover price, but some find that a flat £5 rate for author copies (it’s all profit on them) sells more copies and it’s easier for the punters. Generally people don’t sell as much as they expect to; often the sales follow on after these sort of events. It’s still a chance to reach new readers if you have a new book, or would like people to see your backlist. We suggest that you bring a couple of copies of each book, depending on how many paperback books you have out. And maybe a list or card of any ebooks you have, as a reference. If you sell out, you can always send a copy later to a disappointed buyer. We think it more important to have a welcoming smile on your face for anyone who stops by your table, browsing the books.

What else will I need?
A float! People won’t necessarily have change, especially if you charge odd amounts.  And a small stock of something like business cards or bookmarks, so that people can pick those up, even if they don’t want to buy a book at the time. It’s a chance to make new friends, and they may also remember you and your books and put you on their “to be read” list in future.

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23 August 2015

It’s fewer than three weeks to UK Meet, so we’ll be sending you lots of important information (and your tickets!) during that time. Please make sure you read it all; we promise there will be no spam. Today’s missive is our last call about entertainments.

Pirate walk

Leaves from the hotel foyer at 4pm on Friday 11th, so please be there in good time, those of ye hearties that have signed up. Still a few places left so let us know if you want one.

Friday entertainment

There are still some tickets available, on general sale via the website. (By general sale we mean not initially restricted to delegates.) You won’t be able to pay on the night, so must decide in advance!

Gala dinner

We’ve unexpectedly had some tickets become available. If you want one (or two) please let us know ASAP before we go into final lockdown with the hotel.

And finally…

If you fancy doing your own thing, either during or either side of the event, Anna Martin has done us a great guide to eating out in Bristol. Why not check it out?

Please note that the Marriott restaurant will not be open on Sunday night.

Only twenty sleeps to go!

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06 August 2015

Book Fair

If you’d like a slot (usually a share of a table) at the book fair, please mail Cathycathylaird22@googlemail.com who will keep the master list, and, nearer the time, allocate you a place. Sponsor delegates will have a dedicated table during the event so don’t need a book fair slot.

How many books should I bring and what should I charge?

Prices authors sell at vary. Often it’s cover price, but some find that a flat £5 rate for author copies (it’s all profit on them) sells more copies and it’s easier for the punters. Generally people don’t sell as much as they expect to; often the sales follow on after these sort of events. It’s still a chance to reach new readers if you have a new book, or would like people to see your backlist. We suggest that you bring a couple of copies of each book, depending on how many paperback books you have out. And maybe a list or card of any ebooks you have, as a reference. If you sell out, you can always send a copy later to a disappointed buyer. We think it more important to have a welcoming smile on your face for anyone who stops by your table, browsing the books.

What else will I need?
A float! People won’t necessarily have change, especially if you charge odd amounts.  And a small stock of something like business cards or bookmarks, so that people can pick those up, even if they don’t want to buy a book at the time. It’s a chance to make new friends, and they may also remember you and your books and put you on their “to be read” list in future

Swag

Swag bags will be filled at 9am on Saturday in the Lancaster Room (one of the event rooms) of the Marriott hotel. Please get swag to us by 8.55am to ensure it gets included. You can have swag on your book fair table, but can’t thrust it

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05 August 2015

We have a wonderful extra service arranged around the UK Meet panels, entertainments and general fabulousness. Templedragon has offered to set up a photography studio session for professional photographs of authors, readers, bloggers – basically anyone who’s at the UK Meet and wants a really good quality photo. 

Read all the details at our blog

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01 August 2015

Six weeks to UK meet, so time to share some things which are new for this year’s event.

Celebration board

People aren’t great at getting their lights out from under their bushels, so we’ll be giving you the chance to do so. Want to tell everyone about your first/fifteenth book contract? Or your first/fifteenth grandchild? Or your bumper crop of rhubarb? Or anything else you’re bursting with pride about? Jot it on a post-it and stick it on the board, which you’ll find in the Lancaster Room.

Weather quiz

Yes, we know; the great British obsession. We’ve got 25 excerpts for you to match to the book/author. There will be prizes!

Ongoing stuff

Book Fair:

Details for this will come out this month, via the spotlight list.

Friday entertainment tickets are on general sale via the website. (By general sale we mean not initially restricted to delegates.) There are still some left.

Event tickets:

These will go out by e-mail in the weeks leading up to the event. If you haven’t had yours by 4th September, please shout.

Bag stuffing:

This is the biggest job of the weekend, usually supervised by the indomitable Cathy. It’s a great way to break the ice, for those of you new to the meet. Room for a few more to help, so if you’re willing to be ready at the Lancaster Room at 9.00am Saturday 12th, please let us know.

September is very close…

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26 July 2015

It’s now less than two months to UK meet! Lots still going on, though.

Friday entertainment tickets are now on general sale via the website. (By general sale we mean not initially restricted to delegates.)

We’ve got a great event lined up – entry (including exclusive use of the venue up to 10pm) costs £18 per person, and covers buffet food, one drink, and meeting HM Queen Elizabeth II. (Well, a lookalike for Her Majesty!)

Reception desk/registration

If you’ve volunteered to help, you’ll be getting the rota/instructions in the next week. We’re pleased to announce that complementary tea and biccies will be available for delegates on the Friday afternoon, in the event welcome area.

Gala dinner payments

Due by July 30th. Please pay direct to ukmeet@yahoo.co.uk

Book Fair

Details for this will come out in August, via the spotlight list.

Event tickets:

These will go out by e-mail in the weeks leading up to the event. If you haven’t had yours by 4th September, please shout.

Bag stuffing:

This is the biggest job of the weekend, usually supervised by the indomitable Cathy. It’s a great way to break the ice, for those of you new to the meet. If you’re willing to be ready at the Lancaster Room at 9.00am Saturday 12th, please let us know.

September is very close…

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24 July 2015

We’re delighted to be able to share this exclusive offer with you lovely people! UK Meet mailing list members can claim 25% off any DAY ticket (Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November) for the Festival of Romantic Fiction 2015 which is in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.

The Festival convention is a weekend of celebration of romantic fiction of all kinds, and our special guests this year are bestselling authors Milly Johnson and Adele Parks. This year’s theme, given the location, is “Shakespeare and Love” with optional visits to the Bard’s birthplace. Events include a book crush, grand tea party and chances to meet more than 50 authors. The convention is attended by readers, bloggers, authors and publishers and there is a chance for budding writers to pitch their works-in-progress.

You will need to use the discount code UKMEET .
Ticket booking link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/festival-of-romantic-fiction-2015-tickets-16014315248

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19 July 2015

Friday entertainment tickets on sale!

These are now on general sale via the website. (By general sale we mean not initially restricted to delegates.)

We’ve got a great event lined up – entry (including exclusive use of the venue up to 10pm) costs £18 per person, and covers buffet food, one drink, and meeting HM Queen Elizabeth II. (Well, a lookalike for Her Majesty!)

Swag:

Spotlight delegates, please note that we have at present 152 attendees in total – having said this number would not increase, we acquired another sponsor delegate! You’ll need to get your swag to us at the hotel by no later than 8.55am on the Saturday morning (full details will follow). If you need to post stuff to the Marriott for them to keep in store, mail us and we’ll give you the contact details. If you’re having a table at the book fair, you can display giveaways there as well. We don’t allow people to hand out swag at any other time.

Other news

Event tickets:

These will go out by e-mail in the weeks leading up to the event. If you haven’t had yours by 4th September, please shout.

Bag stuffing:

This is the biggest job of the weekend, usually supervised by the indomitable Cathy. It’s a great way to break the ice, for those of you new to the meet. If you’re willing to be ready at the Lancaster Room at 9.00am Saturday 12th, please let us know.

Gala dinner payments

Due by July 30th. Please pay direct to ukmeet@yahoo.co.uk

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11 July 2015

Friday entertainment:

Tickets for these will go on general sale next week. (By general sale we mean not initially restricted to delegates.) Please look out for our e-mail. This event will be more informal than the gala dinner but just as special.

Tickets:

These will go out by e-mail in the weeks leading up to the event. If you haven’t had yours by 4th September, please shout.

Bag stuffing:

This is the biggest job of the weekend, usually supervised by the indomitable Cathy. It’s a great way to break the ice, for those of you new to the meet. If you’re willing to be ready at the Lancaster Room at 9.00am Saturday 12th, please let us know.

Spotlight delegates, please note that we have at present 151 attendees in total – this number will not increase. You’ll need to get your swag to us at the hotel by no later than 8.55am on the Saturday morning (full details will follow). If you need to post stuff to the Marriott for them to keep in store, mail us and we’ll give you the contact details. If you’re having a table at the book fair, you can display giveaways there as well. We don’t allow people to hand out swag at any other time.

Ongoing July deadline items…

Gala dinner payments

Due by July 30th. Please pay direct to ukmeet@yahoo.co.uk

Pirate walk places

Some places left for the 4pm Friday walk; let us know if you want one for you or your ‘plus ones’.Details in the archive.

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3 July 2015

Now that June is done, we can start on July’s job list, item one of which is delegate goodie bags. The stuffing of these is the biggest job of the weekend, usually supervised by the indomitable Cathy. If we can get a team of twenty odd ‘stuffers’ it’ll be done in no time. (It’s a great way to break the ice, too.) If you’re willing to be ready at the Lancaster Room at 9.00am, please let us know.

Spotlight delegates, please note that we have at present 151 attendees in total – this number will not increase. You’ll need to get your swag to us at the hotel by no later than 8.55am on the Saturday morning (full details will follow). If you need to post stuff to the Marriott for them to keep in store, mail us and we’ll give you the contact details. If you’re having a table at the book fair, you can display giveaways there as well. We don’t allow people to hand out swag at any other time.

Ongoing July deadline items…

Gala dinner places

We have only three places left. Mail us if you want to grab one. Payment due by end of July, direct to ukmeet@yahoo.co.uk .

Pirate walk places

Some places left for the 4pm Friday walk; let us know if you want one for you or your ‘plus ones’.Details in the archive.

Pitches

We have some opportunities left for pitching a story to one or more of our fantastic sponsors. We’d like to get those locked down well before the event, to ensure smooth logistics so get in quick! Details in the archive.

IIs it September yet?

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27 June 2015

Please take a minute to read this, as we’d hate for you to miss out on something important.

27th June (TODAY!)

Deadline for printed programme “share our favourite reading/writing related places” content.
All contributions to jl.merrow@gmail.com by end of today.

30th June (TUESDAY!)

Deadline for USB content. Every Spotlight delegate gets a file on the delegate USB sticks, which they can fill with up to 10MB of content to hook in new readers.

Please send your completed files through to Elin,  elingregory@gmail.com .

30th June (TUESDAY!)

Balance payment for delegate places due. Non-payers have been mailed but we’re still waiting for some of you.

Time is ticking on these July deadline items…

Gala dinner places

We have only a handful left. Mail us if you want to grab one. If you have your place, please return your registration form. (All non-returners have been chased). Payment due by end of July.

Pirate walk places

Some places left for the 4pm Friday walk; let us know if you want one for you or your ‘plus ones’.Details in the archive.

Pitches

We have some opportunities left for pitching a story to one or more of our fantastic sponsors. We’d like to get those locked down well before the event, to ensure smooth logistics so get in quick! Details in the archive.

It’s nearly July and we’re avoiding looking at our to-do lists…

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18 June 2015

There are two important dates looming.

27th June

Deadline for printed programme “share our favourite reading/writing related places” content. We’re looking for some more short contributions along the lines of:

“I always go to XYZ Fest because the networking opportunities for authors are fantastic.”
“My go to site for book recommendations is www.YYZreaders.com because they feature a wide variety of genres and the reviews there are honest.”

Flagrant self promotion will be discarded. All contributions to jl.merrow@gmail.com by 27th June at the latest.

30th June

Deadline for USB content. Every Spotlight author gets a file on the delegate USB sticks, which they can fill with up to 10MB of content to hook in new readers. Please don’t exceed that amount.

For inspiration, here are a few ideas of things you could include:
Biographies
Bibliographies with cover art and buy links
Flash fiction
Complete self published short stories, novels, and novellas
Excerpt chapters from published works
Discount vouchers for self published stories

You can make the files available in any format you can manage. PDF is the most widely accessible and far preferable to a Word doc as it’s easier for readers to view on their ereaders. In the past some authors also included mobi/prc and epub files of their stories.

The really important bit

Free fiction: Please use the following naming convention for any story files: YourAuthorName_YourTitle. Remember to include a copyright notice at the beginning to protect your content.

Excerpts from published stories: These should be named using the convention SAMPLE_YourAuthorName_YourTitle, and will ideally contain the first couple of chapters of a longer work, with a buy link at the end. Please make sure you have permission from your publisher before sending us one of these.

Creating PDFs: If you’ve never created a pdf, it’s very simple using most word processing programs, and you should be able to find an online guide if you need one. Do make sure that if you’re writing under a pen name, before conversion you go into your file properties and change the author name to your pen name – otherwise your real name will become part of the pdf metadata and visible on some ereading software. Keep your font size reasonably large for pdf conversions (12/14pt) as most ereaders don’t magnify the text in a satisfactory way.

Please send your completed files through to Elin,  elingregory@gmail.com,  who will spend a fun couple of days compiling them all and uploading onto our nifty, UK Meet branded USB drives.

We look forward to receiving content from you all, so that our delegates can have the most fantastic bit of swag ever to take home with them!

It’s June already!

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13 June 2015

We had this great idea…

We always like to have useful, “keeper” articles in the printed programme and thought that this year it would be good for us to share our favourite reading/writing related places. What we’re looking for are some short contributions along the lines of:

“I always go to XYZ Fest because the networking opportunities for authors are fantastic.”
“My go to site for book recommendations is www.YYZreaders.com because they feature a wide variety of genres and the reviews there are honest.”

Authors, publishers, readers, bloggers can all contribute. Flagrant self promotion will be discarded. All contributions to jl.merrow@gmail.com by 27th June at the latest.

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13 June 2015

The ‘exclusive to delegates’ sales period for the gala dinner is now finished and we have a few tickets remaining to go on general sale. Let us know if you want a space – when they’re gone they’re gone, and all payments must be made by July 30th. The menu looks fabulous, as does the entertainment.

September looks dangerously close…

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06 June 2015

Reminder!

We have lots of stuff going on and some important deadlines approaching.

Balance payment: due by June 30th, which is just over four weeks away. If you don’t pay the balance in time we’re afraid you’ll default on your place. We have a waiting list who would snap it up!

USB content (FAO spotlight delegates and sponsors). Don’t forget to send us your content for the USB sticks by 30th June. The guidance on content was spotlight delegate e-mails. Details inthe newsletter archive. Please send your completed files through to Elin, elingregory@gmail.com. Late files can’t be accepted.

Entertainment
Have you booked for the pirate walk 4pm Friday?
Have you reserved your gala dinner place?
Have you returned your gala dinner booking details form?

Publisher pitches. Don’t leave it too long to nab one, as they’re going fast! 

Programme: Please check the updated programme which has, in response to requests from past years, had the names of panellists included. If you see your name on there and think “I didn’t know about that!” then chances are you’ve missed an important e-mail from one of the team. Please let us know immediately.

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05 June 2015

The captain’s parrot ate part of the last e-mail. He’s regurgitated it and it’s now included below (see highlight).We’ve arranged a Pirate themed walk at 4 pm on the Friday afternoon of UK Meet.Pirate Pete says he’ll pick up at the Marriott Royal; pirate dress is optional but welcomed (there will be spare hats). The walk takes 90 minutes plus drinking time at the various authentic pirate taverns visited (where group members get a 20% discount if they wish to imbibe) and he’ll deliver walkers to the evening entertainment venue* if the times work out that way. 
Cost £6 per walker to be paid and settled on the night. Maximum group of 30.
Please let us know if you’re interested.*Details of Friday evening entertainments to be released towards the end of June.

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29 May 2015

Gala dinner: we’ll be sending out a separate e-mail later today about how to book your place.

Balance payment: due by June 30th, which is just over four weeks away.

Programme: Please check the updated programme which has, in response to requests from past years, had the names of panellists included. If you see your name on there and think “I didn’t know about that!” then chances are you’ve missed an important e-mail from one of the team. Please let us know immediately.

Registration desk: We’ve had one of our Friday afternoon registration desk volunteers pull put of the event so we need to replace them on the rota. Anybody (who’s not already on the list!) fancy doing one of the best jobs the event has to offer, let us know.

Ongoing, important checklist:

USB content (FAO spotlight delegates and sponsors). Don’t forget to send us your content for the USB sticks by 30th June. The guidance on content was in the last spotlight delegate e-mail. Details in the newsletter archive. Please send your completed files through to Elin, elingregory@gmail.com.

Publisher pitches. Have you booked one? Don’t leave it too long, as they’re going fast!  Gala dinner: we’ll be sending out a separate e-mail later today about how to book your place.

Balance payment: due by June 30th, which is just over four weeks away.

Programme: Please check the updated programme which has, in response to requests from past years, had the names of panellists included. If you see your name on there and think “I didn’t know about that!” then chances are you’ve missed an important e-mail from one of the team. Please let us know immediately.

Registration desk: We’ve had one of our Friday afternoon registration desk volunteers pull put of the event so we need to replace them on the rota. Anybody (who’s not already on the list!) fancy doing one of the best jobs the event has to offer, let us know.

Ongoing, important checklist:

USB content (FAO spotlight delegates and sponsors). Don’t forget to send us your content for the USB sticks by 30th June. The guidance on content was in the last spotlight delegate e-mail. Details in the newsletter archive. Please send your completed files through to Elin, elingregory@gmail.com.

Publisher pitches. Have you booked one? Don’t leave it too long, as they’re going fast! 

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16 May 2015

Update:

Happy to Hug? If you’re not, don’t worry. We’ve invested in some splendidly psychedelic badges only to be worn if you’re a touchy-feely type and to be left off if you want people to leave you in peace!

Event tickets will be rolling out to delegates by e-mail in August.  Just to remind you that these aren’t transferable – if you have to pull out of UK Meet, please let us know so we can offer your place to the next person on the mailing list.

We’re continually updating the programme with bits and bobs. By the time of the next newsletter we’ll have filled in all the main panels with the names of our panellists (don’t say we don’t listen to what you want!)

Very important checklist:

USB content (FAO spotlight delegates and sponsors). Don’t forget to send us your content for the USB sticks by 30th June. The guidance on content was in the last spotlight delegate e-mail. If you need it re-sent, let us know. Please send your completed files through to Elin, elingregory@gmail.com.

Publisher pitches. Have you booked one? Don’t leave it too long, as they’re going fast!

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2 May 2015

Publisher pitches:
If you want to book, please do so soon, as they’re going fast! Just to remind you, the following publishers will be taking
pitches during UK Meet. If you want to pitch to one or more of these, please reply to this e-mail stating who you want to pitch to and any times it would be best to avoid.

Manifold – Only interested in projects with a complete (or substantially complete) first draft by the time of UK Meet.

Riptide – Want authors to bring with them information on their completed manuscript- title, genre(s), word count, and orientation of their story, along with a paragraph or two about the story.

Samhain – want authors to come prepared to tell them about their book.  Notes: Authors should also know that Samhain doesn’t publish YA, although we do publish NA.  So if the characters are below eighteen, it’s not really worth pitching to them.

Totally Bound – Would need pitchers to bring a series and book synopsis as appropriate, including details of book length.

Wayward Ink – Would like a synopsis and brief bio.
Ylva – Will need a synopsis of what pitchers want to talk about and their bio.Gala dinner:
We’ve had some questions about this, so, to clarify…we’ll be offering tickets initially (and for a limited period) just to delegates. When that time is up, they’ll go on general sale for delegates, partners, pals, etc.

Please don’t let it be September quite yet…

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2 May 2015

Attention Spotlight Authors,

We’ve established a nice tradition of giving all delegates USB drives and this year will be no exception! The idea again is that they’ll be filled with free fiction—excerpts and complete works—as well as more information about the publishers and Spotlight authors attending the Meet.

Every Spotlight author gets a file on the USB stick, which they can fill with up to 10MB of content to hook in new readers. Please don’t exceed that amount.

Our final deadline for content is 30th June.

For inspiration, here are a few ideas of things you could include:
Biographies
Bibliographies with cover art and buy links
Flash fiction
Complete self published short stories, novels, and novellas
Excerpt chapters from published works
Discount vouchers for self published stories

You can make the files available in any format you can manage. PDF is the most widely accessible and far preferable to a Word doc as it’s easier for readers to view on their ereaders. In the past some authors also included mobi/prc and epub files of their stories.

The really important bit

Free fiction: Please use the following naming convention for any story files: YourAuthorName_YourTitle. Remember to include a copyright notice at the beginning to protect your content.

Excerpts from published stories: These should be named using the convention SAMPLE_YourAuthorName_YourTitle, and will ideally contain the first couple of chapters of a longer work, with a buy link at the end. Please make sure you have permission from your publisher before sending us one of these.

Creating PDFs: If you’ve never created a pdf, it’s very simple using most word processing programs, and you should be able to find an online guide if you need one. Do make sure that if you’re writing under a pen name, before conversion you go into your file properties and change the author name to your pen name – otherwise your real name will become part of the pdf metadata and visible on some ereading software. Keep your font size reasonably large for pdf conversions (12/14pt) as most ereaders don’t magnify the text in a satisfactory way.

Please send your completed files through to Elin,  elingregory@gmail.com,  who will spend a fun couple of days compiling them all and uploading onto our nifty, UK Meet branded USB drives.

We look forward to receiving content from you all, so that our delegates can have the most fantastic bit of swag ever to take home with them!

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24 April 2015

The following publishers will be taking pitches during UK Meet:

Manifold – want to see a synopsis and sample chapters ahead of time, if possible. Only interested in projects with a complete (or substantially complete) first draft by the time of UK Meet.

Riptide – Want authors to bring with them information on their completed manuscript- title, genre(s), word count, and orientation of their story, along with a paragraph or two about the story. Plus a brief history of their publication, if any, and their contact information.

Samhain – want authors to come prepared to tell them about their book.  Would like a synopsis describing the full plot from beginning to end plus the first four chapters (or about forty pages) of the book.  Notes: Authors should also know that Samhain doesn’t publish YA, although we do publish NA.  So if the characters are below eighteen, it’s not really worth pitching to them.

Totally Bound – Would need pitchers to bring a series and book synopsis as appropriate, including details of book length.

Wayward Ink – Would like a synopsis and brief bio.
Ylva – Will need a synopsis of what pitchers want to talk about and their bio.

If you want to pitch to one or more of these, please reply to this e-mail stating who you want to pitch to and any times it would be best to avoid. (Check with the draft programme here.) We’ll do the timetabling and give you further details of what’s needed!

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24 April 2015

This is the first of many e-mails that will be packed with information so do read carefully!

Publisher pitches:
This year we have an unprecedented number of publishers offering to hear pitches. Six – yes, count ’em, six! We’ll send the details out in a separate e-mail over the next few days, as we don’t want something so important to get missed.

Gala dinner:
Tickets will go on sale in the next couple of months. We can confirm that the hotel will take account of dietary requirements and offer a range of choices for each course. Last year they even surprised one of the delegates by producing a pudding which wasn’t on the original menu but “we thought you might prefer this given your needs”!

Maps of Bristol:
The Tourist Information Office have supplied us with a stack of lovely A3 size maps of the centre of Bristol, with the Marriott and local attractions clearly featured. These will be available from the event registration desk (although when they’ve gone they’ve gone!)

“Weather with you” competition:
We’re delighted to announce that there’ll be competition running during the meet, for people to match snippets of text concerning weather to the books they came from. Thanks to all the authors who sent excerpts – we now have a full house. There will be prizes to be won.

Hotel rooms:
Clare has negotiated another 5 rooms each night within our deal, so if you still need to book at the Marriott, you can. 

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14 April 2015

We’re going to do a quiz this year and, being based in Britain, it has to concern the weather. What we need are  excerpts (around 50 words and no saucier than PG) and we’ll get people to match them to the books/author they come from.If you’d like to join in, please send us a) the excerpt itself, b) the title it comes from (must be already published) and c) your name!The first 20 we receive will be the ones we use.Is it September yet?

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14 April 2015

One of the things people love about UK Meet is that you’re dealing with people, not a booking system, and we try to keep everything personal and friendly. But, as the event has grown, this is becoming a big challenge. You can all help us keep the cosy approach, by:

  • Reading what we send you. We spend an awful lot of time dealing with questions we’ve already answered. 🙂
  • Responding when we ask for a response. We don’t have the capacity to keep chasing people.
  • Checking the website before asking us something. Many things we’re asked about are already posted on there.

This will become even more vital as we enter the run up to the Meet over the next few months. We’ll be selling entertainment tickets, giving promo opportunities, etc, so keep your eyes peeled. It breaks our hearts when people say, “Thanks for all the e-mails. I’m afraid I haven’t been reading them. I’ve missed the deadline for xxx. Can you still fit me in?” (The heartbreak isn’t that they’ve missed out – it’s the not reading the e-mails!)

Please don’t let it be September quite yet…

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1 April 2015

Welcome to anyone whose first newsletter this is! Please everyone read and respond to the question at the end.

Utterly authorly

Thanks for all those who volunteered to facilitate these discussion panels; we can now put several of them to bed.  We still need a few more volunteers, for these:

  • Moving from fanfic to original fiction
  • Worldbuilding
  • Book formats – audio, etc
  • Comic books, visual stuff
  • Author vs character voice

Let us know if you’d like to help.

Entertainment:

Yes, there will be a gala dinner, with lots of entertainment! Unfortunately the band we had booked (since last September) to kick the evening off in style have split up, (boo!) but we’ve managed to source another great choir who we hope will serenade us before the meal starts. And, of course, Liam is chasing those waiters and other delights. More details soon.

Friday we have booked a very special ‘guest’ to join us, and are sourcing a suitable venue. (Alas, the Mauretania is being refurbished so can’t accommodate us in September.)

This year will see the return of the ever popular walks, if there’s enough interest. “Pirate Pete” can take groups on a walk/talk around Bristol’s waterfront area on the subject of naval tradition, piracy and the slave trade, picking us up from the Marriott.  Prices are determined by time and numbers, so we need to know who’d be interested and when would work. So, please can you tell us if
a) you’d be interested in a guided walk
b) if 3pm Friday works
c) if 4pm Friday works
d) if 5pm Friday works
e) if 6pm Friday works (that might clash with part of the evening do, or be an alternative to it).

You can say yes to more than one option.

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1 April 2015

We often get asked about the waiting list and people’s progress up it, so wanted to share the fact that we’ve been able to give ten places to waiting list people, due to cancellations. In fact we’ve offered to more than ten ‘waiters’ but not everyone has been able to take the offer up. We’re hopeful more places will become available, but can’t promise.

The Queer Company event in Oxford on 9th May still has some places available and has a cracking list of attendees. There will be panels, speakers, and an opportunity to pitch to Manifold (must be arranged in advance). If other publishers would like to hear pitches at the event Manifold would be happy to co-ordinate appointments for them. See details here.

Is it September (or even May?) yet…

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21 March 2015

Thank you to everyone who volunteered for the welcome desk. We have a full house now!

Utterly authorly

This “new” session is an author/other industry professionals oriented version of the Buffet of Banter (although readers and aspirant authors are more than welcome to drop in to any of the discussions).  For those of you who haven’t been to UK Meet before, these sessions are less formal, with small groups of people talking about things they’re interested in, and the opportunity to move between chats. Now the panels have been put to bed, we’re looking for people to lead/co-lead these discussion groups. We have a few volunteers already, but could always do with more.

The planned topics, based on last year’s feedback, are:

  • Cover art – stages of development, etc
  • Moving from fanfic to original fiction
  • Worldbuilding
  • Ménages
  • Book formats – audio, etc
  • Comic books, visual stuff
  • Author vs character voice
  • Non-verbal character communicationThis week’s job:
    We’ve had some changes to our list of delegates, as cancellations have led to tickets allocated to people on the waiting list. Please can you check we have your details/links right?

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14 March 2015

Update on the impact of the Bristol half marathon – our contact at the organisers says:

I don’t anticipate any problems for your guests as we have been able to maintain access and egress to and from the Marriot in past years, but can I suggest you contact our highways team a couple of weeks before the race if you have any concerns (traffic hotline ). I confirm that there are no pedestrian restrictions although they may need to observe a fence line. We are able to permit vehicle access through the closure barrier on Park Street and in a special lane back to Park Street for guests exiting the hotel. The only difficult times are when the runners are actually assembled in the road just before the 9.30 and 10am starts.

We’ll send more info out with the tickets in August.

Welcome desk volunteers:
We already have a list of peeps who’ve volunteered to do meeting/greeting/giving out programmes/etc on the Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. If you’d like to help for half an hour with this (and it’s a fantastic way for newbies to ease their way in), please let us know.

Panels:
All volunteers for main panels have been e-mailed. Please make sure you’ve responded to Cathy to let her know you received your notification.

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12 March 2015

We’re always pleased to share news about events which might be of interest to our pals within the genre, so we’re delighted to give a heads up for “Queer Company”.

This one-day event, run by Manifold Press, will be “a small, friendly gathering designed to engage and inspire” and takes place on Saturday 9 May 2015 at The Jam Factory in Oxford.

There will be panels, speakers, and an opportunity to pitch to Manifold (must be arranged in advance). If other publishers would like to hear pitches at the event Manifold would be happy to co-ordinate appointments for them. See details here.

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8 March 2015

Many thanks to Jay Northcote, who let us know that Bristol half marathon has been scheduled for the Sunday of UK meet. We hope this will all be done and dusted by the time we finish for the day, but it might affect people who are staying at other hotels in terms of crossing the road! We’ve contacted the organisers for more info, but you can download an information pack from that website. Note – this is not part of the official entertainment for the event, but feel free to enjoy the sight of all those runners…

Payment:
The early bird discount period has now expired, so if you need to pay the balance from now on, it’s £100 (£130 total) for a spotlight, £80 (£110 total) for a general ticket.

Panels:
If you’ve volunteered to be on one, you’ve been sent an e-mail by Cathy to confirm details. If you think you’ve volunteered, and haven’t heard, let us know.

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21 February 2015

The draft progamme is now on the website. As you can see, we’ve taken on board many suggestions from previous years so we have:
  • three rooms, so there’s even more fun, and a place for people to just chill and chat at times
  • longer (but fewer) panels
  • main panels content decided by mailing list vote
The programme is not set in stone and may change, particularly the Readerzone/Utterly Authorly discussion tables. If you’ve volunteered to be on a panel, you’ll be hearing from Cathy soon, if you haven’t already!
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15 February 2015
While we don’t yet have a date or venue, our thoughts are turning to UK Meet 2016.Due to unprecedented demand for places this year, we’ve decided to have a priority booking period for 2016, only open to members of this mailing list. So don’t unsubscribe! We’ll be releasing more details of how this will work as we go along, because we’ll be introducing some new things to try to ensure ticket sales are administered as fairly as possible.Is it gin o’clock yet?
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14 February 2015
If you’re wondering what will happen when in the months ahead, we’ve posted a timeline on the blog. The important things which are imminent area) contacting panel volunteers (please read and respond to the e-mails she sends or Cathy will nip your ankles!)
b) deadline for early bird payments at the end of this month. On March 1st, the balance price goes up.Spotlight authorsHave you taken advantage of your blog spot opportunity? We just need theanswers to:
If you wrote an autobiography, what would its title be and why?
What has your writing/ blogging journey been like from the start until now?
What do you hope to get from UK Meet that’s different from other conferences?Readers:
Many thanks to everyone who signed up for “Novel Novel Openings” – we now have a full panel! If any of you would like to take part in the Readerzone session on Saturday afternoon (think Buffet of Banter but reader focussed), please let us know. Everyone:If you find that you can’t attend the event, please let us know as soon as you can. We have a very eager waiting list desperate for tickets.
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31 January 2015

Readers:

Charlie needs two more readers to volunteer for the “Novel Novel Openings” panel, which will be the first formal session on the Saturday. Think Novel Openings (as done at UK Meet this year and back in Brighton) but instead of authors reading, we’ll have readers sharing a short piece from one of their favourite LGBTQ books and telling us why they love it so. Reply to this or contact Charlie direct if you’d like to be one of her very special team.

We’d love more readers to be involved generally this year. If any of you would like to take part in the Readerzone session on Saturday afternoon (think Buffet of Banter but reader focussed), please let us know, as Elin will be whipping you in over the next few months.

Want to help but not sure with what? Just shout and we’ll find you the right opportunity!

Spotlight delegates:

Have you received your e-mail about blogging opportunities? Have you send it back to us with your answers to the questions?

Everyone:

If you find that you can’t attend the event, please let us know as soon as you can. We have a very eager waiting list desperate for tickets.

Please don’t forget you only have five weeks to pay your balance if you want to take advantage of the early bird rate.

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24 January 2015

Is it 2015 yet? Yes, it is! And have you seen our wonderful list of sponsors? We’ve had it confirmed that at least two of them – Wayward Ink and Samhain – will be hearing pitches, but we’ll be organising dates and times for that much nearer the event. Watch your inboxes in February for details about panels.

Please don’t forget you only have five weeks to pay your balance if you want to take advantage of the early bird rate.

We have a few new registrants, thanks to some cancellations; if you’re one, can you check that we have the right details and flag/s for you on the attendees page?

Is it September yet?

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22 January 2015

A happy New Year to all of you. Yes, it’s 2015 at last and time for the first opportunity for our spotlight authors.

We’d love to feature as many of you as we can at our blog, so please send us the answers to these simple questions (total of no more than 500 words per post, s’il vous plait) and blog wizard Liam will get you lined up.

1) If you wrote an autobiography, what would its title be and why?
2) What has your writing/ blogging journey been like from the start until now? 
3) What do you hope to get from UK Meet that’s different from other conferences? 

Is it September yet? (You don’t need to answer that – it’s rhetorical).

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6 January 2015

Wishing you all a happy new year.

2015 won’t just see the 6th UK Meet, there’ll be the inaugural Euro Pride Con, which we’re delighted to give a mention to. Our friend Marc is hard at work organising it!

Update on the UK Meet waiting list is that we’ve managed to offer some patient ‘waiters’ tickets (because of cancellations) and will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Please note that if you’ve paid your deposit and want to benefit from the early bird rate, you must pay by 28th February.

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10 December 2014

This is likely to be the last newsletter for 2014 so we’d like to start it by sending you season’s greetings.

UK Meet may be nine months away but we’re still working hard; in 2015 we’ll be unveiling the draft programme and detailing the two smashing evenings of entertainment we have planned.

Don’t forget to make sure you’ve checked off these:

Some authors have registered for a general ticket. That’s absolutely fine, as not every author (or indeed, blogger, cover artist, etc) wants the extra spotlight opportunities. If you change/have changed your mind and want to upgrade to a spotlight (it happens) please let us know, then you can simply send the extra £10 by Paypal to ukmeet@yahoo.co.uk.

Newer registrants, can you check that we have the right details and flag/s for you on the attendees page? (If you’ve only registered in the last few days you may not have appeared there yet.) You can have up to two flags. For example, if you’re an ex-pat Scot living in the US, you could have the Saltire and Old Glory, if you want. Let Clare know if there’s a change to be made.

Is it 2015 yet? (Yes – almost!)

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16 November 2015

As you know, an unprecedented demand for places has meant that UK Meet is, at present, sold out and we’re administering a waiting list.

We’ll have a better idea in early 2015 if we’ll have additional places to offer. People do pull out and, for example, sponsors don’t always take up the places allocated to them. We’ll offer those tickets to the waiting list on a strictly first come, first served basis. (We’ve already been able to accommodate the first two people listed!)

If you would like to be put on the waiting list, please let Charlie or Clare know.

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16 November 2015


We’re delighted to say that we have two cracking guest speakers lined up fro UK Meet 2015. KJ Charles and Elizabeth North will be sharing their wisdom and wit with us; sessions not to be missed.

You may be aware that we’ve closed registration as we’re full, although we’ll have a better idea in early 2015 if additional places would be available (for example those we’ve set aside for our major sponsors aren’t always taken up.) Talking of sponsors, we already have some smashing ones on board. We do appreciate the support they give us.

This week’s action points:

Some authors have registered for a general ticket. That’s absolutely fine, as not every author (or indeed, blogger, cover artist, etc) wants the extra spotlight opportunities. If you change/have changed your mind and want to upgrade to a spotlight (it happens) please let us know, then you can simply send the extra £10 by Paypal to ukmeet@yahoo.co.uk.

Thanks to those who’ve already volunteered for the “Novel novel openings” panel – we need a few more readers to fill all the slots. This which will be the first formal session on the Saturday. Think Novel Openings (as done at UK Meet this year and back in Brighton) but instead of authors reading, we’ll have readers sharing a short piece from one of their favourite LGBTQ books and telling us why they love it so. Reply to this or contact Charlie direct if you’d like to be one of her team.

Ongoing jobs:

Newer registrants, can you check that we have the right details and flag/s for you on the attendees page? (If you’ve only registered in the last few days you may not have appeared there yet.) You can have up to two flags. For example, if you’re an ex-pat Scot living in the US, you could have the Saltire and Old Glory, if you want. Let Clare know if there’s a change to be made.

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05 November 2014

Due to unprecedented demand for places, registration for UK Meet 2015 has now been suspended and a waiting list set up. (A welter of post GRL registrations gobbled up our remaining tickets.)

If you would like to be put on the waiting list, please let Charlie or Clare know. While we have no tickets to offer at present, the situation may change as it’s a long time to next September and things may change, for example if delegates cancel their places.

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01 November 2014

Hi everyone! Lovely to see such a wonderful mixture of old and new faces booked for the event.

This week’s action point:
Charlie needs eight readers to volunteer for the “Novel novel openings” panel, which will be the first formal session on the Saturday. Think Novel Openings (as done at UK Meet this year and back in Brighton) but instead of authors reading, we’ll have readers sharing a short piece from one of their favourite LGBTQ books and telling us why they love it so. Reply to this or contact Charlie direct if you’d like to be one of her team.

News:
We now have names for the two new Buffet of Banter style sessions. The ‘winners’ are: Author session “Utterly Authorly”; Reader session “Readerzone”. Thanks to everyone who voted.

Ongoing jobs:
Newer registrants, can you check that we have the right details and flag/s for you on the attendees page? (If you’ve only registered in the last few days you may not have appeared there yet.) You can have up to two flags. For example, if you’re an ex-pat Scot living in the US, you could have the Saltire and Old Glory, if you want. Let Clare know if there’s a change to be made.

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23 October 2014

We’ve booked the first of the entertainment acts for 2015! Yes, the gala dinner will be happening again, as will a very special Friday night event, but we probably won’t be taking bookings for them for a while yet. Plenty of others things to keep us busy.

Not least of which is ensuring we fulfil our vision of inclusivity. We’d love more male readers, authors, bloggers, etc to come along to UK Meet, so our Liam has been wondering where they all are. Don’t leave it too late and miss out on a place, lads!

Also, it’s your very last chance to vote for what we call the two new “I can’t believe it’s not the buffet of banter sessions. Please vote by letting us know which title you like best from each of the two categories.

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19 October 2014

This week’s action point:
Have you voted for your favourites from the potential titles for the new Buffet of Banter sessions?
Please let us know which title you like best from each of the two categories.

And a reminder.  Can you check that we have the right details and flag/s for you on the attendees page? (If you’ve only registered in the last few days you may not have appeared there yet.) You can have up to two flags. For example, if you’re an ex-pat Scot living in the US, you could have the Saltire and Old Glory, if you want. Let Clare know if there’s a change to be made.

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11 October 2014

This year we’re splitting the Buffet of Banter into a session for readers and one for authors, under the umbrella title of “I can’t believe it’s not the buffet of banter”. (Great title, Liam!) We’d like YOU to vote for what we call the two sessions.Please vote by letting us know which title you like best from each of the two categories.

Reader session possible titles:
Jamboread
Reader’s ruckus
Readerzone
Read it, love it
Reader I read it
Readathon
Reader I fancied him
Reader I shagged him
Reader I married him
Readers’ rumpus
Veni, vidi, legi

Author session possible titles:
Utterly Authorly
Author author!
Write it, love it
Authors’ anonymous
Authorly
Talking write
Authors’ voice
Authorial voice
And while we’re here, please note we’ve updated the hotel booking information on our websiteDelegate bookings are rising steadily, although we still have places available. Will keep you updated as we get closer to capacity.
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23 September 2014

Please read this carefully!

You can now book your accommodation at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel for UK Meet 2015, but make sure you use the direct hotel number, 0117 9255 100 (44 117 9255 100 from overseas). We can’t guarantee that the central reservations/online bookings systems are working that far ahead.

When booking, please quote the event name and date to get the special rate: “UK GLBTQ 11 SEP 2015″

Attendees are responsible for their own bookings. We have a limited number of rooms put aside for our attendees, at £115 per room per night (single occupancy), £125 per room per night (double occupancy). The rooms available will all be at least their standard Queen-sized option. Booking will also include complimentary use of the Leisure Club in the hotel. Booking cost includes breakfast for the one or two people sharing.

ADDED to website:
HOTEL BOOKINGS are now open on 0117 9255 100 (+44 117 9255 100 from overseas).When booking, please quote the code B0O (b, zero, letter o) or the event name and date to get the special rate: “UK GLBTQ 11 SEP 2015”.
PLEASE NOTE the rooms available all contain one queen-sized double bed, to be shared by up to a maximum of 2 people. These are rules set by the Marriott group, and we have no influence over them.
There are no twin-bedded rooms available at this special rate, although you can book them on your own behalf at £145 a night.

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15 September 2014

Hotel booking for UK Meet should be open from 25th September 2014. We’ll confirm that via this list, once your intrepid team have completed a dry run or two!

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08 September 2014

Morning all! This is the first of the regular e-mails you’ll be getting from UK Meet. If there’s news to share you should hear it first here. If there are deadlines looming, this is where they’ll loom.

The first deadline is September 15th, when we start to put the panel plan to bed. We have eleven potential topics for front led panels, so, we’d like you to help us finalise the top six (others will appear as discussion tables at the revamped Buffets of Banter.) We’ve already had over fifty responses (we’ll know if you try to vote twice!)

Please would you a) let us know your top six from the list below
b) tell us if you’d like to be involved in leading any of these sessions

1 Reader focus group – to enable readers to feedback to publishers what they’d like. R
2 BDSM workshop R/A
3 Cover art – stages of development, etc R/A
4 Value of reviews – to readers, authors, etc Using sites such as Goodreads. R
5 Tropes – avoiding or using creatively R/A
6 Sex scenes – read them, write them, love them or hate them? R/A
7 Unlocking your dark side – convincing killers, gripping plots and the like R/A
8 Mystery, myth and magic – legends and the like as an inspiration A
9 Character building workshop A
10 Humour in fiction – R/A
11 Moving from fanfic to original fiction A

R indicates mainly aimed at readers, A indicates mainly aimed at authors/industry professionals, R/A means of potential interest to both.

Speak now or forever hold your (mushy) peas!

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05 September 2014

Registration for UK Meet 2015 is now open. You can find all the details at the website.   

Every ticket includes all the panels and discussions during the weekend, all refreshments and a buffet lunch on both days, plus the now-legendary UK Meet tote bag, full of promotional gifts from the authors and publishers, a souvenir programme and a USB stick full of free fiction!Two very important things:

As previously, we don’t insist that you pay in full when booking; that doesn’t go with our ethos. (Although we’re very grateful when you do so.) However, we will be asking for a deposit with booking this time, for various reasons mainly concerned with preserving what little sanity the team has left. For example, last year we had a small but significant (in terms of work) number of people who booked a place, didn’t pay and were never heard of again, no matter how often we tried to contact them. It’s frustrating to have to close registration because the event is officially full when you suspect it isn’t really.
Please note that you won’t be able to book with the hotel at present, as their registration for next September isn’t yet open.
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01 September 2014
The UK Meet team are delighted to announce that UK Meet 2015 will be taking place on 11th to 13th September at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

Why Bristol again? Not just because the Marriott gave us such a wonderful event last year. We’ve sourced many venues in the various cities suggested to us and have yet to find one that suits all our needs, at a reasonable price. We could lower our expectations or significantly increase the ticket costs, but we’re reluctant to go down that line. The Bristol package is, at present, simply the best in terms of facilities and value for money.

And best of all? We’re keeping the early bird ticket at the same price this year!

We’ll also be keeping all the things you love so much about the weekend and introducing some new elements to make it even better. More things directed at readers, while just as much for authors and publishers! (And butlers. Liam promises butlers.)Registration opens on September 5th, via the website.
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