As this is our first year organizing BookFest mayhem, we're intentionally planning a smallish event. We simply don't know who of our Michigan Authors will be interested in participating or how many readers will attend... so we're ramping our BookFest gently; starting out small, and we'll gain momentum as the years go on. If there is enough interest from both authors and readers, we may hold two smaller events each year, to accommodate those who have busier calendars. Or perhaps just one huge BookFest at a different location... We'll just have to wait and see how it all plays out.
BookFest Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018
BookFest Time: Noon to 6pm
BookFest Location: Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 174 Bowers Street Clawson, MI 48017 The Eagles Aerie is located directly behind The Scriptorium (to the east), and there is ample parking at both buildings to accommodate attending readers. Attending authors are requested to please park at The Scriptorium. The Eagles Aerie is wheelchair accessible with a ramp at their front door, and support animals are welcome. The Eagles Aerie is a non-smoking facility.
BookFest Tickets: They're FREE! Yup, we want to encourage readers to visit and buy books.
Set Up Time: You can set up your table at either 5pm - 8pm on Friday, June 22, or at 11:30am on Saturday. However, your table MUST be prepared to receive readers when the festival opens at noon. Please send an email to BookFest@GreyWolfePublishing.com or call The Scriptorium at 248-629-6800 to let us know when you will be setting up, so we can make the Eagles aware, and have someone on hand to assist with boxes, if necessary. The event space will be locked overnight, so you can be sure your books will be safe.
Break Down Time: As this is our first foray into the wonderful world of Book Festivals, we're not sure how many people will attend, or what time of day will see the most foot traffic. Please stay until as close to 6pm as possible. We prefer to have a strong representation of authors for those readers who may attend later in the day. A complimentary Author Wrap Party will be held at 6:30pm at The Scriptorium so we can all celebrate the day with pasta and pizza (and perhaps sell additional books to the late-arrivals and Scriptorium customers) !
Book Stock: You are responsible for providing your own books for the BookFest. Inventory held on The Scriptorium shelves will not be substituted, should you run out of books (this is to maintain the integrity of our consignment records). However, if you do run out of books, you may send readers to The Scriptorium to buy copies that are on the shelves. And, if you feel so inclined, you can hang out at The Scriptorium after you've sold out, to be on hand to sign shelved copies, should readers want to buy them. If you choose to do this, we will post a sign on your BookFest table letting readers know where they can find you!
Revenue: You will be responsible to manage your own cash box and credit card processing throughout the day. And, of course, you keep 100% of the sales you make at the BookFest. Free WiFi is available for those processing credit cards on their phone or tablet via Square or a similar system.
Food & Beverages: Food and Beverages (aside from bottled water, or candy dishes on your table for visitors) will not be permitted inside the Eagles Aerie. However, throughout the day, an appetizer table along with assorted sweet & salty snacks, Keurig hot beverages, plus cold soda, juice, and water will be available at the Scriptorium. If you get hungry or thirsty, ask your table neighbors to watch your books while you jog next door for a little sustenance (authors will have special access to our back door, which is about twenty feet from the Aerie, to make this quest speedier). Just don't be away from your table for too long... you might miss sales!
Promotion: We expect that if you're going to commit to joining us for The Scriptorium BookFest, you will promote the thing like crazy! The more people you tell, the more books we all sell, the bigger the event gets to be next year! You can be sure that we'll be sharing the event on our social media channels, in our email blasts, on our website, with the local Chamber of Commerce, in press releases, and at our bookshop (of course)... and we expect that you will be just as enthusiastic and engaged as we are in getting the word out. After all, if no one comes, we've all wasted our time, haven't we? So, talk about it, post about it, tweet about it, blog about it, host a giveaway of some sort at your table or on your Facebook page, scream it from the rooftops, post flyers around your neighborhood... whatever it takes to get lots of readers in the door... do that!
Reserve Your Table below!
The Scriptorium BookFest is "first come - first served". We are limiting our participants to Michigan Authors, only. Our initial invitation is for authors who are currently on our shelves. If your books are shelved at The Scriptorium, this is an opportunity you don't want to miss. However, if you snooze, you loose. The deadline date for reserving tables is April 15, 2018. After that date, we will open the remaining table reservations to any other Michigan Authors who don't have their books shelved with us. The drop-dead reservation date is May 15, 2018; so if you missed the first one, and we still have tables available, there may be an opportunity for you to join us. Please keep in mind that all table fees are non-refundable.
If you have any questions, email us at BookFest@GreyWolfePublishing.com or call The Scriptorium at 248-629-6800. To avoid any unpleasantness, ask all of your questions before you pay your non-refundable table fee!
There are four different table size/configurations to choose from. Please remember: Space is extremely limited... please act quickly to reserve your table!
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