Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

L.A. Times Festival of Books Booth 2016

Date(s) - 04/09/2016 - 04/10/2016
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

L.A. Times Festival of Books
University Park Campus - Los Angeles, CA 90089




Registration for book signing opens February 28.

Registration closes March 27.
Volunteers are welcome to sign up at any time during the registration period.


The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (April 9-10, 2016), attracting more than 150,000 book lovers, is the single best place to sell your product to America’s largest book buying market. LATFoB page

SCBWI-L.A. has purchased a booth at the festival. As a PAL or Full member, you can rent time in the booth for selling & signing your work. You will share your time with five other SCBWI PAL or Full members.


1 hour and 50 minutes: $37.50
50 minutes: $22.50

The fee you pay SCBWI-L.A. will help recoup costs for the event so we might continue to provide such services in the future. It includes:

Ø      Either a 50 minute or 1 hour and 50 minute time slot – depending on which you purchase – at the table where you can sell, sign, and meet fans old and new

Ø      A listing on the SCBWI-L.A. website with links to your site

Ø      A listing on any printed material with the SCBWI booth schedule


Bios, pictures, art and links: As stated above, your fee includes a listing on the regional website of when you're appearing, your bio, headshot, cover art and links to where fans can buy your work. In order to create this, we'll need those items from you at the time of your registration or as soon thereafter as possible, but no later than March 27.

The SCBWI booth is not a store, so pre-sales are encouraged – meaning fans can bring materials bought before the event for signing, so promote your appearance and encourage pre-sales. It will save time if you have a long line. Of course you are welcome to sell your books during your signing time.

Donation Participation: We may donate generically signed books to a couple of schools. If you would like to participate, please let us know what book or books you will be providing so we can determine if we will do the donation this year. We will let you know prior to the festival whether to bring the signed donation material to the event.

A sample of how your bio will appear on our site:

R.S. Mellette

Signing Saturday from 1:00pm – 2:50pm

R.S. Mellette's debut novel, Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand, is just released from Elephant Bookshelf's Press. Prior to Billy Bobble, Mellette's Sci-Fi short stories were published in the anthologies: The Fall: Tales from the Apocalypse, Spring Fevers and Summer's Edge. Mellette is an Associate Director of Dances With Films. He wrote the first web-to-television intellectual property, "The Xena Scrolls," for Universal Studios' Xena: Warrior Princess. Mellette is a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America and a regional board member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Click here to learn more about R.S. Mellette

Click here to purchase Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand


Presenters are responsible for all of their own sales. If you're taking cash, you'll have to make your own change. If you are swiping cards on your cell phone, you're responsible for all of the technology involved with that. You're also responsible for your own sales tax.

You may leave a box of your books at the SCBWI booth prior to your presentation time, but ONLY ON THE DAY OF YOUR PRESENTATION, and only as space is available on a first come basis. Any materials left at the end of the business day will become the property of SCBWI (we'll use them for various giveaways, so they won't go to waste). All boxes must be stackable, meaning we can put heavy things on top of your stuff without collapsing your box or the materials inside of it. Artwork, easels, posters and other odd-sized materials can be stored for the day only if space is available. Please be understanding and have an alternate plan if a volunteer tells you, "I just don't have the room."

If you have a huge following, and expect a hundred people, please feel free to bring a friend to work your line – selling books ahead of your signing, putting post-it notes of how to personalize the signing, etc. We will have volunteers, but can't guarantee we'll have enough to loan out to you.

You will be presenting at a table in a 10' X 20' booth with five other authors or illustrators. You are welcome to bring promotional material such as bookmarks, postcards, fliers, etc. but be respectful of the professional next to you.

If you have posters or artwork that requires an easel (yours), please:

1)      Make sure it can be set it up behind your chair without causing traffic problems,

2)      Make sure you can set it up in the 10 minutes before your time without disturbing the professionals who are still presenting.

3)      The volunteers managing the booth may say your poster doesn't fit, so please have a Plan B in mind that doesn't include your display.

There are ten minutes between the end of your presentation time and the next presenter. During this time, others will still be presenting. Please be punctual and polite in making the transition. We will try to inform the people at the end of your line that time is running out, but if you still have fans when your time is up, feel free to step out of the booth to engage with them.


We will provide you with a chair at one of two 8' tables with two other presenters. We will have at least one volunteer assisting all six of you inside the 10' X 20' booth. Please remember the 10 minute transition time between presenters – anything you bring has to be set up in that time. When setting up, please do not block the space in front of any people who are signing.


We have switched from PayPal to for our credit card processing. It is the only option to pay for this event. We hope this will eliminate the issues experienced with PayPal during the registration process. is the service the main office uses for Summer and Winter Conference.
We are not responsible for any technical difficulties that may arise during registration.

If you wish to be on a wait list for a specific time, please e-mail that day & time information to: You may also register for another time that is available now.

Refund Policy: There will be no refunds for this event.

You must be logged in to and a PAL or Full member to register.

If you previously registered as a Volunteer and wish to register to sign books, please let us know.