cac3-150x1502.pngIn less than 3 weeks, the Chanticleer Authors Conference, with Awards Banquet, and the 3 Day Book Fair will begin (CAC15)! It is an exciting and busy time here at Chanticleer Reviews!

We’ve had requests for more information about the annual  4 day CAC15 event that will take place on September 26, 27, 28, & 29, (Saturday through Tuesday Evening) 2015 in Bellingham, Wash. Of course, there is more detailed information on the Chanticleer Reviews website.

Here is a quick synopsis of what to expect at CAC15.

First of all, attendees may register for the complete four days, three days,  two days, one day, or just the Awards Banquet day. There are many options to choose from to accommodate most schedules.

Lodging is available at the Hotel Bellwether, rates starting at $189 per evening OR the Lakeway Best Western, rates starting at $118 per night including shuttle service to and from the Lakeway.

Saturday, Sept. 26th sessions and events will take place at the Bellingham Yacht Club, at Squalicum Harbor on beautiful Bellingham Bay.

  • Registrations open from 9 a.m.  until 5 p.m.
  • Coffee, tea, and soda will be available along with snacks (included with registration)
  • Sessions begin at 9:30
  • Casual Luncheon (included with registration)12:30
  • Sessions restart at 1:30
  • Last session ends at 4:45 p.m.
  • “Appy Hours” sponsored by Books I Love will begin at 5 p.m.
  • BYC opens doors to membership
    • Cash (no host) Bar available
    • Appetizers will be provided
  • Casual dinner buffet begins at 6:15 (included with registration)
  • The Penny Stinkers Band (live music and dancing) starts at 7:30 p.m.

Sunpdf2015 conf-poster-11x17print-outlines (1) (2)day, Sept. 27th we move to the luxurious Hotel Bellwether located on beautiful Bellingham Bay and the BOOKS By the BAY BOOK FESTIVAL begins!

  • Registration open from 8:30 until 5 p.m. at the Hotel Ballroom Foyer.
  • Book Room Manager will be available for Book Drop-off beginning at 9 a.m. at the Hotel Ballroom Foyer.
  • Coffee and Tea will be available adjacent to the Book Room and Exhibitor’s Hall
  • Sessions begin at 9 a.m.
  • Book Room open from 11 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
  • Keynote Luncheon Presentation begins at 12:30
  • Sessions begin at 1:30
  • Author Panel Discussions (open to the public) 4 p.m.
  • “Appy Hours” presented by Books I Love begins at 5 p.m.
  •  Cash No-host bar
    • Appetizers available at 6 p.m. (included)
  • Book Room closes at ~6:30 p.m.
  • Buffet Dinner with Announcements and Keynote Speakers 7:00 p.m.
  • The party continues at the Lighthouse Bar at the Hotel Bellwether

Monday, Sept. 28th the conference continues at the luxurious Hotel Bellwether located on beautiful Bellingham Bay.

  • Registration open from 8:30 until 5 p.m. at the Hotel Ballroom Foyer.
  • Coffee and Tea will be available adjacent to the Book Room and Exhibitor’s Hall
  • Be sure to sign up for reserved spaces at local restaurants. Sign-up sheets will be located at the registration table. Each restaurant group will have a Dinner Diva or Divo to lead the way. All are with walking distance.
  • Sessions begin at 9 a.m.
  • Book Room open from 11 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
  • Keynote Luncheon Presentation begins at 12:30
  • Sessions begin at 1:30
  • Author Panel Discussions (open to the public)
  • “Appy Hours” cocktail networking presented by Books I Love begins at 5 p.m.
    • Cash No-host bar
    • Appetizers available at 6 p.m. (included–adjacent to Book Room and Open Bar)
  • Book Room closes at ~6:30 p.m.
  • Dinner Time: Reservations with Chanticleer’s Dinner Divas and Divos at begin 7:15 – 7:30
    • The Hearthfire
    • Giuseppe’s Al Porto
    • Kiru Kiru Sushi
    • Anthony’s Seafood
    • The Lighthouse at the Hotel Bellwether
    • The Loft (casual dining)
    • Nicky’s Bella Marina (the best Fish and Chips in town/Burgers/fresh salmon ) located near the BYC — very casual.
  • The party continues at the Lighthouse Bar at the Hotel Bellwether

Tuesday, Sept. 29th  Tonight is the Awards Banquet at the Hotel Bellwether Ballroom

  • Registration open from 8:30 until 6:30 p.m. at the Hotel Ballroom Foyer.
  • Coffee and Tea will be available adjacent to the Book Room and Exhibitor’s Hall
  • Sessions begin at 9 a.m.
  • Book Room open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
  • Keynote Luncheon Presentation begins at 12:30
  • Sessions begin at 1:30
  • “Appy Hours” cocktail networking time presented by Books I Love begins at 5 p.m.
  • Author Panel Discussions (open to the public)
    • Cash No-host bar
    • Appetizers available at 6 p.m. (included)
  • Book Room closes at ~7 p.m.
  • The Annual Chanticleer Awards Dinner with Announcements followed by the Chanticleer Awards Ceremony 7:15 p.m.
  • The celebration party continues at the Lighthouse Bar at the Hotel Bellwether

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What May First Place Award Winners Expect at CAC15:

 

 

  • First Place Awards Designation on Name-tag
  • Gold Award Seals for books (seals will be placed on award winning books that will be for sale in the book room) and will be given to First Place Award Winners upon picking up registration packets.
  • Priority for Book Signing Events at Books By the Bay
  • Recognition at the Awards Banquet (on screen)
  • Presentation of Chanticleer Blue Ribbons at Awards Ceremony – on stage
  • Group photo with other 1st Place Award Winners of the related genre
  •  All First Place Category Winners will compete for the Overall Genre Grand Prize (i.e., CLUE, CYGNUS, Chatelaine, etc.)
  • The Grand Prize GENRE Award Winners will be announced after all First Place Category Winners (in attendance) for all genres have been recognized.
  • The Overall Genre Winners will compete for the CHANTICLEER BEST BOOK GRAND PRIZE of $1,000 will be the last award announced

Any Finalists attending will be asked to stand and be recognized at the Chanticleer Awards Banquet.

The Books By the Bay Book Fair will be held at the Hotel Bellwether on Sun., Mon., & Tues. from 11 a..m. until 6:30 p.m. The book room will be open to the general public for 3 days. Parking and admission is free.

Upon picking up your name badge and program, you will receive your gold stickers to put on your books in the book room. If your books were shipped ahead, we will adhere the stickers to the winning titles.

And then a few weeks later, you will receive your digital badges to use for websites, digital media, Internet and Social Media, and your winning title will be placed in the queue for receiving its Chanticleer Book Review package. And, of course, there will be more goodies to come! Click here for more information about the prize packages for award winners!

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  • Each 2014 First in Category winner of each genre competition will receive a 6-month subscription to Bublish’s Authorpreneur Dashboard.  Winners will be contacted by email after the Genre’s Official List of First in Category Winners has been posted on the Chanticleer Reviews website. 
  • Each of the Ten Genre Grand Prize  winners will receive a 1-year subscription to Bublish’s Authorpreneur Dashboard and a one-hour social media intensive session with Bublish professional social media experts (a $370 value for  each of the Ten Genre Grand Prize Winners). Prize to be awarded at the 2015 Chanticleer Authors Conference Awards Banquet for Best Books 2014.  
  • The Chanticleer Overall Grand prize winner will receive one-week of social promotions of their book through all Bublish social outlets (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest) AND an email blast to all Bublish readers.  This is valued at $500 for the week of social promotions and $225 for the email blast.  Prize to be awarded at the 2015 Chanticleer Authors Conference Awards Banquet for Best Books 2014.  

Now that is something to CROW about!

Don’t Delay! Register Today! 

If you decide to attend, please accept these discount codes to use for registration:

  • $100 off from 3 or 4 day package: D4MQ9J2UD72M
  • $50 off from the one or two day registration package: 50OFFCWCCAC15

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If you are planning to attend, please let me know as soon as possible so that we can send you information about the book room, etc.

Don’t delay! Register for CAC15 today!

There are also conference specials for two different hotels at two different rates. These can be found on the website.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at KBrown@ChantiReviews.com

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