Hot Mojave Knights Readers’ Conference - Behind the Scenes
In February we interviewed Stella Price from Authors After Dark and questioned her about a conference that has been around a number of years and is quite successful. This month, we’re doing a different slant on reader’s conferences with an interview with the originators of Hot Mojave Knights that has its second event coming up in September. The ladies pooled their thoughts together and answered as one on the ‘why’ and ‘effort involved’ in a behind the scenes view.
Last year, 2013, was the first Hot Mojave Knights Readers’ Conference in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson. You’re coming up on your second HMK in September, 2014. What made you decide to hold your conferences in the Las Vegas area each year instead of different parts of the country as many do?
We always wanted to have a conference here in Las Vegas. We have a big community of talented and successful authors who live in the city. It seemed time to offer them a chance to showcase their work without having to travel. Plus, who wouldn’t want to come here? It’s Las Vegas!
SECOND ANNUAL HOT MOJAVE KNIGHTS READER EVENT!
September 25-28, 2014
Do you feel there were things for the first conference that worked well? Did you discover things that need to be changed and if so, what?
For our first year we were very happy with how well everything went. The only thing we really wanted to do for this year was to add another day so everyone wouldn’t feel so rushed to see everything. We are also starting at ten in the morning instead of eight since a lot of authors are night owls by nature.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of staying in the same general location?
Authors can bring their husbands, wives or boyfriends with them knowing there will be plenty for them to do while they are at the convention. They can even catch a show on the strip in the evenings if they so choose. The only down side to having anything here is the cost to put together this event. Las Vegas is expensive and it’s a bit of a balancing act with keeping the cost affordable for authors and attendees without going broke.
How did Hot Mojave Knights come to be? What is involved in putting together an event like this?
It was an idea Shannan Albright had several years ago after going to another event with fellow authors. R.M. Sotera and Johanna Riley caught the bug, and were happy to join the steering committee. It took lots of planning, delegation of duties and foot work to pull it off. It was four years in the planning, with very little interest at first. The first year was grueling, but all our planning paid off as we delivered a top notch event everyone could enjoy.
What are the 2014 dates? Do you plan to stay in the same month for future events if possible?
Our dates this year are September 25th – 28th and we plan to keep it around the same time each year. There are so many big conventions held during the summer and Las Vegas in the fall is beautiful. Not too hot or cold.
Where can readers and authors sign up? Is there a cap of the number of each that can attend?
You can register right on our website at www.hotmojaveknights.com on the registration tab. Right now we have no cap for those who wish to attend as a reader or author. We have capped the Spotlight Author and Featured Author spots. This is a great venue for first time authors to experience their first convention and gain new readership at an inexpensive price.
What are you long-range goals for HMK?
We have a five-year plan to expand into publishing; we have a Christmas anthology out and have plans to have others, inviting authors to submit for consideration. We also plan to have a second event for writing and craft for all authors. This is still in the talking and planning stage so it will be a while. We want HMK strongly established before we spring board to a second convention.
Would you like to share any additional information with us regarding September’s conference?
We are very excited to have some well-known authors on board this year. Heather Graham is our Keynote speaker for this event and Jade Lee, returning with Cindy Dees, who are doing an all day workshop on September 26th. There are very limited tickets, 30 maximum, but the opportunity they are giving to aspiring and established authors is very rare.
We are pleased with what we have accomplished so far and have great hopes for the future of Hot Mojave Knights. Through all the stress, long days and nights, and endless meetings to present the writing community with the very best convention in town, we are proud to host an event which will give everyone a perfect memory to last a lifetime. For with Hot Mojave Knights you can live the fantasy.
Columnist Lizzie T. Leaf: Award winning author, Lizzie T. Leaf enjoys writing Paranormal/Fantasy with a twist of humor and heat. Her Magical Love series is available in print and eBook at Passion in Print and other sellers. Beyond Magic, the first book in the series won the 2012 AOE Best Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi. The DEAD series is available through Musa Publishing where she also has two Christmas novellas, the Contemporary Fantasy, Forget the Mistletoe and Making Christmas, the LRC Best Historical winner and the 2012 Aspen Gold Best Novella winner. Re-releasing June 2013, two expanded Erotic Contemporaries, Barely Legal and Educating Amber.