The 2009 Romantic Times Booklovers Convention is going to cost $490 next year. Can you believe that? The hotel alone will cost $121 for a single room and since I don’t do roommates (personal reasons), that’s going to hurt. I guess someone forgot to tell the folks at RT about the mortgage fallout or the gas crunch because I don’t see any slack being cut.
Considering the other things I have going on in my life right now, I’m seriously rethinking RT. Even if I didn’t have those other things, I’d still be putting up roadblocks on this. Five-hundred bucks is too much and I don’t care how much fun I have or how many books I bring home. It won’t amount to the conference costs. My only hope is to find a cheaper hotel within walking distance. I’ve found one, but I’m not sure how much walking is required and that will become a huge factor later on. So much for hoping to make a full week out of it at Disney and , too. If I make it to RT 2009, I have a feeling that will be my last year.
Pity, too. I LOVE RT’s conventions. There aren’t any lines drawn in the sand regarding the definition of published versus non-published. I met Victoria and Kim, two lovely ladies of a Illinois library system, and some fabulous authors who I adore to this day. The panels are great and so are the fans. The parties are a riot.