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Book-signing event

20 August 2012

On Friday 17 August the Australian Romance Readers Association held an epic book-signing event in conjunction with the annual Romance Writers of Australia conference on the Gold Coast. In the end we had 65 romance authors signing–a couple of authors had to withdraw in the week before the signing, but we then gained one on the day.

We started set up of the room from about 2 pm on the Friday afternoon, and with the help of a number of member volunteers we quickly had it all ready to go:


The books out on the table were those that Harlequin Australia had very generously supplied for all their authors–nearly 1000 books were available for readers to pick up for free. As usual these proved very popular and many readers left with more books than they could comfortably carry.

We also had three lucky door prizes–enormous boxes filled with items donated by all the signing authors. Everyone who attended the signing received a free ticket for this draw. Here are the winners:


We also ran a separate “signature hunter” prize for those who managed to collect a signature from each author in their souvenir booklet. Only four managed to accomplish this, and a random draw awarded the prize to Aimee.

This year we were extremely lucky to have the volunteer services of Marie Miller (aka Elle Fynllay), who is a professional photographer. So for the very first time we have a group photo of our signing authors – and what a group:

There are a few authors missing from the picture, including Eloisa James (whose flight was delayed, so she didn’t arrive until 5 pm). Her fans were waiting patiently for her when she arrived.

Feedback from both authors and readers has been extremely positive–everyone had such a wonderful time and they are already looking forward to the next one in Brisbane.

ARRA also had a trade stand at the conference on the Saturday. It was great fun to sit on the edges of the RWA conference and see just how skilled they are at bringing so many elements together to make the conference fabulous. I think we learnt a lot from them. And I’m pleased to say we have also received many new membership applications from the event.

As promised, I have brought back two of the souvenir booklets, which have been signed by all the authors that were there. (Many thanks to volunteer Tracey for taking them around the room to get them signed.) Any members who couldn’t make it to the signing have a chance to win one of these two books. Just sent us an email (at telling us how many authors are shown in the group photo above. Everyone who gets the number correct will go in the draw to win a booklet. The giveaway closes on 20 September.

We also have some booklets left over. If you are interested in purchasing one (they are $10 each, plus postage), contact us at

  1. 30 August 2012 5:41 pm

    This was my first ARRA event and I was impressed with the professionalism and enthusiasm. Next time I’ll know to take a bigger bag to carry all the books :). What a thrill to meet some of my favourite authors and a few new ones too. A well organised and very enjoyable experience. Keep up the good work!

  2. Susanne Bellamy permalink
    29 August 2012 3:25 pm

    There was such a lovely feel to this event, and I had some wonderful chats with “old” and “new” authors. It was well organised and lots of fun. Thanks.

  3. loupie permalink
    29 August 2012 12:50 pm

    Huge congratulations to ARRA for a fun, well run, event. The vibe in the room was wonderful – it warmed the cockles of my librarian’s heart to see so many people passionately talking about the books that they love to read and write. What a delightful, insightful, and enthusiastic bunch Australian romance readers are!

    • arrawebmaster permalink*
      29 August 2012 1:34 pm

      We are so glad you enjoyed it Louise. And thank you so much for your help in promoting the event – it was really appreciated – and very successful. Debbie

  4. Sophie Grant permalink
    22 August 2012 8:13 am

    Thank you for a great signing, my first one! I was lucky enough to win the last lucky door prize, what a fantastic stash of goodies and books. Thank you to all of the authors who generously donated for the prizes. Also thank you to Harlequin Australia for donating their authors books for us to have for free!

  5. 22 August 2012 4:20 am

    Thanks for a great signing, girls! Always lovely to see you!

  6. Tina B permalink
    22 August 2012 1:41 am

    Wonderful pictures! It looks like they had a great turn out. 🙂

  7. Malvina permalink
    21 August 2012 3:11 pm

    Epic does not even *begin* to describe this event! It was … even more epic than epic! Huge thanks to ARRA for the hard work, I loved every second in that signing room…. and mailed myself home 3 postpacks of books which have just arrived. Off to play, now! THANKS ARRA!

  8. Brooke Moody permalink
    21 August 2012 2:31 pm

    It looks like it was a fabulous event and a job well done by all the organisers. Makes me look forward to March all the more.

  9. 21 August 2012 1:48 pm

    Thanks for an awesome, event, guys. It was so well organised and a pleasure to attend. Much appreciated!

  10. lynette williams permalink
    21 August 2012 10:25 am

    wishing I was there but as I will be attending in march some thing had to go

  11. aimskye permalink
    21 August 2012 10:20 am

    Thanks to Debbie, Heather, Helen, Rose & Debbie Jay for organising a great event!

    Thanks to the authors who were there!


    • arrawebmaster permalink*
      21 August 2012 11:05 am

      And a huge thanks to Aimee, Sarah, Allison, Tracey, Mary, Maggie, Natalie and Marie for being volunteers at the event. With so many details and tasks to deal with, we literally could not have done it without you guys!

  12. 21 August 2012 7:17 am

    Wonderful event. My hearty thanks and a big well done to all involved.

  13. 20 August 2012 8:13 pm

    It was my first ARRA signing also and I would like to compliment the organisers on creating such a professional event. Well done!

  14. arrawebmaster permalink*
    20 August 2012 7:29 pm

    We are so pleased that you all enjoyed it, and we hope you will join us at ARRC2013 in Brisbane next March. (Maggie, we will save a spot for you!)

  15. 20 August 2012 7:22 pm

    Was a wonderful event – thanks ARRA for being such a strong force for celebrating romance.

  16. Maggie Nash permalink
    20 August 2012 7:00 pm

    I am so disappointed that I couldn’t make it this time, but I’ll be there in March! Well done Debbie, the committee and all the volunteers!

  17. Anonymous permalink
    20 August 2012 6:58 pm

    What a great event – so many fab authors and tons of readers. It was a big success!

  18. 20 August 2012 6:46 pm

    This was my first ARRA signing and I’d like to thank all the ARRA volunteers for a wonderful evening. It was well organised and a lot of fun!!! I met so many readers and found out some had travelled from various distances to make the event. Amazing! 🙂

    I look forward to the next event!

  19. 20 August 2012 6:43 pm

    It was a lot of fun!

  20. louiseforster permalink
    20 August 2012 6:34 pm

    Thanks everyone at ARRA for their time and effort setting up a Brilliant book signing event!
    The atmosphere was buzzing with happy readers and writers. You pulled it off in style 🙂

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