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ARRC2013: Thanks to our sponsors

7 February 2013

Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors and supporters!

Wow! What a wonderful response we have had from so many people in support of ARRC2013! This is my first ARRC and when I accepted the role of sponsorship coordinator I must confess I was a little daunted. I was perfectly happy to talk to people, I love people, people are fascinating! But wait a minute, I have to ask them for money? This turned out to be easier than I expected! This year’s ARRC saw the most involvement of sponsors and supporters since its inception in 2009, and really shows that the Australian Romance Readers Convention has come into it’s own and is a recognised event for the industry.

Our sponsors have come from around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA and the UK. It has been exciting to see the interest in Australian romance readers reaching around the globe! We have also welcomed some returning sponsors and supporters. There are a number of these who have been involved since the first ARRC in 2009!

major sponsorsThe very first sponsor on board was Booktopia–we were thrilled when they took up the platinum sponsor package. Booktopia have been extremely supportive of ARRA ever since ARRC09, and this year they have been very generous, both in terms of sponsorship and also promotion of the event via their website.

Our two gold sponsors–both new sponsors for ARRA–are eXtasy Books and Kobo. eXtasy are bringing books with them for giveaways and Kobo have donated ereaders for door prizes, as well as arranging a special meet-and-greet function with author Indigo Bloome (see below for details).

We are also thankful for the continuing support of Harlequin Australia and Penguin Australia–both silver sponsors.

This year we are thrilled to have Steam eReads as our name badge sponsor and Nalini Singh as our satchel sponsor. (Yes, that’s right–everyone gets to go home with a Nalini Singh bag!) And we would also like to thank the Romance Writers of Australia, who are sponsoring the book-signing event this year.

In addition, we have our wonderful award sponsors–Carina Press, Galaxy Books, Harlequin, Love Books, Choc Lit, eXtasy Books and Booktopia.

A special mention must go to all our supporters: authors, bookstores and publishers. Your support both in supplying books and other prizes, as well as giving so generously of your time, all contributes to the success of the convention and we thank you for that.

Sponsorship has now closed for ARRC2013. However we will still be accepting goodies for the goodies table, as well as raffle and door prizes, until 15 February.

Once again, thank you to everyone who has made my job so easy—our sponsors and supporters of ARRC2013. It is definitely shaping up to be a fantastic event!

ARRC2013 Sponsorship Coordinator


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Indigo Bloome will be appearing exclusively with Kobo at ARRC2013 on Saturday 2 March. Visit the Kobo stand on Saturday morning, and enter for a chance to win an intimate meet-and-greet cocktail reception with Indigo that evening (before the Gala Dinner). Come by the Kobo table during the book-signing event from 3.30 to 5.30 pm to meet Indigo, take pictures and get some fun Kobo swag.

If you are not registered for ARRC2013, you can still come along to meet Indigo. The trade area is open to the public and you can buy a ticket for the book-signing event at the door.


  1. 12 February 2013 7:48 pm

    Oh gosh, I so wish I was going! Thansk to all the sponsors, I know it will make a huge difference.
    Ohhhh – I wish I was going!!!!

  2. 8 February 2013 7:42 pm

    Thanks Cindy for all you have done and thanks to the sponsors for helping to make ARRC an event to remember

  3. Anonymous permalink
    8 February 2013 11:47 am

    Congrats to Cindy on such a great job. Also a huge thanks to all the sponsors, like Helen I love the ARRC and it wouldn’t be possible with out the support.

    See you soon!


  4. helensibbritt permalink
    7 February 2013 7:08 pm

    I have to send out a big thank you as well to the sponsors and supportors I so love going to the conventions and without you all it would not be possible and to Cindy well done I have been in your postion and loved it

    Have Fun All
    See ya in a few weeks

  5. 7 February 2013 5:37 pm

    Thanks to all the fantastic sponsors. It’s such a treat to come to ARRC every second year!

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