SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

L.A. Times Festival of Books Booth 2019

Date/Time
Date(s) - 04/13/2019 - 04/14/2019
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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


Los Angeles Times Festival of Books SCBWI-L.A. Booth
Signing Opportunity for Authors and Illustrators

Registration now open!

Only 21 signing slots are available and they’ll go fast!
You must be logged in to scbwi.org and a PAL member to register as a signer.
All members are welcome to sign up as a volunteer.

What is the event?

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, attracting more than 150,000 book lovers, is the single best place to sell your product to America’s largest book buying market.

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

Signing Options

– 50 minute time slot: $28
– 1 hour and 50 minute time slot: $56
– 2 hours and 50 minute time slot: $83

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:

1. A spot at the table where you can sell, sign, and meet fans old and new
2. A listing of your information on the SCBWI-L.A. website with links to your site
3. A listing of your information on any printed material with the SCBWI-L.A. booth schedule

Prior to the event, you need to provide:

1. A written bio, approximately 150 words
2. One headshot
3. One book cover or illustration

We will use these files to create your spotlight on the L.A. region’s website. Please see our page from 2018 for an example of how we will display your information.

Please submit your information ASAP after registering as a signer, and no later than March 31.

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.

At the Event

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.

That said, 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 10′ booth with two 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 an 8′ table with two other presenters. We will have at least one volunteer assisting all three of you inside the 10′ X 10′ booth. Please remember the 10 minute transition time between presenters and that 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.

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

You must be logged in to scbwi.org and a PAL member to register as a signer. All SCBWI members are welcome to sign up as a volunteer.

If you first register as a volunteer and later wish to register to sign books, please email losangeles@scbwi.org to let us know.