Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Packing my bags to attend the Readers Favorite International Book Awards 2018 in Miami

I am packing my bags to attend the Readers Favorite International Book Awards 2018 in Miami in November.
Two of my books won awards this year.

Zeeka Chronicles: Revenge of Zeeka

I am Cancer Free: Cancer does not have to be a death sentence

About 250 to 300 authors and their families from all over the world are expected to attend the Award Ceremony which will be held at The Regency Hotel Miami.
I received this information from Readers Favorite:
Awards Ceremony Tips and Itinerary Social Media Hashtag: #ReadersFavoriteMiami2018

Congratulations on your award, and thank you for allowing us to celebrate with you at our Awards Ceremony in Miami!
We are going to do our best to ensure you have a great time.
To that end we wanted to provide you with some tips and an itinerary of our Awards Ceremony weekend.
We hope this document and the information on your Contestant’s page in your Author Area will answer all your questions.
If you need any help, now or in Miami, our support team is always available by phone, text or email. Have a safe trip and we look forward to meeting you!


The Regency Hotel Miami provides a free shuttle to and from the airport, as well as to a few other local destinations.
When you exit the airport, you will be outside the Departures level where you will see all of the cabs, buses and shuttles.
The shuttle for the hotel is on a permanent loop and will be by about every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Just keep an eye out for a van or shuttle bus with Regency Hotel on the side and wave them down when they approach.
You can also take a cab from the same area.
The hotel is only about 2 miles away.


When you check in, be sure to put a copy of your book on the check-in counter.
The hotel loves having the Readers’ Favorite group and wants to help you show off your book and has invited everyone to put their books up for display on the counter.
We pretty much sell out the entire hotel, so just about everyone you meet or pass in the elevator is a Readers’ Favorite author or guest.
So don’t forget to carry your book around everywhere you go and you will be surprised at how easy it is to strike up conversations and meet your fellow authors.


The Miami Book Fair International is about 7 miles away from the hotel, and unless you have a rental car, the best way to get there is by taxi. However, we have negotiated a reduced rate shared ride to and from the book fair on Saturday.
The cost is $15 per person round trip (cash or credit card).
The vans leave Saturday morning at 10am from the Regency Hotel Miami lobby. You do not have to sign up, just be in the lobby a few minutes before 10. When they drop you off they will explain when to return for pickup, which is generally around 2pm.


EVENTS SCHEDULE:


Event Time Location Details

Street Fair

Friday 10am-6pm

Miami Book Fair International. First day of the Street Fair.

Street Fair admission is free on this day only. The Readers' Favorite booth will be open displaying your books. Look in the Fair Goers Guide for the location of our booth.

Meet & Greet

Friday 7pm-?

Lobby and Poolside at the Regency Hotel Miami.

No cost, guests welcome, casual attire. Guest presentations will begin at 8pm in the meeting room adjacent to the pool. Presentations are about 20 minutes long with regular breaks. The event generally lasts a couple of hours with drinks and snacks provided.

Street Fair

Saturday 10am-6pm

Miami Book Fair International. Meet in the Regency Hotel lobby at 10am for a ride to the fair ($15 round trip).

Please check the Miami Book Fair website for admission prices. The Readers' Favorite booth will be open displaying your books. Look in the Fair Goers Guide for the location of our booth.

Awards Ceremony

Saturday 6pm-11pm

Le Club nightclub at the Regency Hotel Miami. The entrance is down the small hallway next to the elevators.

Formal and Semi-formal attire, no shorts or jeans please. Doors open at 6pm and the Awards Ceremony starts at 7pm. Bring one copy of your book, some business cards, and your ID Nametag that you picked up from the Friday Meet & Greet. If you did not pick it up then it will be waiting for you at the ceremony.

Bring cash if you wish to purchase alcohol at the bar (soft drinks, water and coffee are free). The finger food buffet will start at about 9pm, so have a snack before coming.

Street Fair

Sunday 10am-6pm

Miami Book Fair International. Last day of the Street Fair.

Please check the Miami Book Fair website for admission prices. The Readers' Favorite booth will be open displaying your books. Look in the Fair Goers Guide for the location of our booth.

Regency Hotel Miami • 1000 NW Le Jeune Rd. Miami, FL 33126 • Phone: 305.441.1600 • http://regencyhotelmiami.com

Miami Book Fair International • Miami Dade College, 401 N.E. Second Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 • 305.237.3258 • http://www.miamibookfair.com
Schedule of events


It looks like a really interesting and exciting week.
I am looking forward to attending these events.
They will be more fun events to add to my Travel Memoirs with Pictures.


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