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We're excited that you are interested in joining us for the Second Annual Scriptorium BookFest! This is a first-come, first-served opportunity. If you have Michigan Author friends who are interested in participating in our BookFest, and/or readers who are interested in becoming familiar with Michigan Authors and their books, please feel free to share the link to this page!
Last year's event was a wonderful success, but we had authors on a waiting list who could not join the BookFest. We're hoping to alleviate that problem this year by moving to a larger location. For 2019, The Scriptorium BookFest will be hosted at The Laurus Academy in Southfield, Michigan. It is conveniently located across from Southfield High School, with easy access to I-696 and M-10. A portion of the proceeds from author table reservations will be donated to the school, and we are asking each author donate one signed book to the school library, as well.
BookFest Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019
BookFest Time: 10am to 7pm Depending on author and space availability, we may offer children's events, author readings, and panel discussions in addition to general book sales. Keep a watchful eye on our Faceebook page as these details develop!
BookFest Location: The Laurus Academy is located at 24590 Lahser Road, Southfield, MI 48034 (see the map), with ample parking for both authors and readers. The school is located on Lahser Road, just south of Ten Mile Road, approximately one mile from the I-696 exchange. The Laurus Academy is a wheelchair accessible, non-smoking facility. Service animals are welcome.
BookFest Admission: Admission to attend The Scriptorium BookFest is FREE! We encourage readers of all ages to attend. We ask that children under the age of 13 years old be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Hourly Raffle Drawings: We will have several fun items available for our hourly raffle drawings. You never know what you may win when you drop your card in the box! Authors and their table buddies are eligible for hourly raffle drawings, too. You must be present to win.
Food & Beverages: Food Concessions for visitors will not be permitted inside the school. Authors may provide FREE, small, commercially wrapped candy or other snacks (cookies/chips) for visitors to their tables. Authors are asked not to sell food at their tables. Parents are asked to watch over their children and please be sure they have clean hands when handling books! Alcohol of any kind is not permitted on school grounds!
authors! Reserve Your Table NOW!
This is a first-come, first-served event. If you have Michigan author friends who are interested in participating in our BookFest, please send them the link to this page, or have them connect with us on Facebook. We are limiting our participants to MICHIGAN AUTHORS ONLY. We will make an announcement on our Facebook page, and on our website when tables have sold out.
Enrolling your book(s) in The Grey Wolfe Scriptorium Consignment Program for a minimum of six months is arequirement of participating in the BookFest. This will help to promote not only authors and their books, but also the bookshop, well after the festival is over. Participation in the Consignment Program is completely free to Michigan authors, and the particulars of that program are listed on our website. Books must be shelved at The Scriptorium one month prior to the BookFest date.
Author Table Reservation Fee: $80 per author for a full table (6 foot) includes one Panera catered boxed lunch. Table fees are not pro-rated for those authors who opt-out of lunch. One author per table, please. Half tables are not available. Authors may purchase an additional lunch for their table buddy, if they choose. Each author is also expected to donate at least one signed copy of one of their title(s) to The Laurus Academy Student Library. Books that are not "school-age appropriate" will be donated to the school's PTO Lending Library for teachers, administrators and parents.
Author Set Up Time: Authors may begin table set up at 9:30am-10am on Saturday. Table displays must be "family-friendly". We recommend that you enlist the help of a "table buddy" (one table buddy per author, please) to help with table set up and to spot you for breaks during the day. If you see another author who doesn't have a buddy, please be kind to your neighbors and spot them whenever the need arises.
Author Break Down Time: 7:00pm - 7:30pm. We ask that authors please do not begin to pack up tables until 7pm. It's important that our tables remain available for as many readers to visit as possible. You never know who may visit late in the day.
Book Stock: Authors are responsible for providing their 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. The Scriptorium will be open for business on BookFest day. If you run out of books, you still must remain at your table until the BookFest closes, engaging in promotion and perhaps handing out swag.
The Cash Register: Each author must have their own cash box, and we hope you will also accept credit and debit cards, as well. There will not be an ATM on the school grounds. WiFi is available for those authors processing credit cards on their phone or tablet via Square or a similar system. Contact us if you need help setting up your Square account. We are unable to assist with other payment platforms.
A Note To Authors Regarding 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! Remember, the latest PEW Research shows that it takes 28 impressions of an image for someone to take action on that message. Share often, saturate the airwaves with your message... it's the best way to see success!
If you are NOT agreeable to consigning your books at The Grey Wolfe Scriptorium, and/or if you are unable to commit to staying for the ENTIRE Festival (9:30am - 7pm), please DO NOT reserve a table at the BookFest.
Please keep in mind that all table fees are non-refundable. This is a first-come, first-served event.
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! Please remember: Space is limited... please act quickly to reserve your table!
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