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2014 Book & Blog Festival

Saturday March 15, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Marriott Magnificent Mile
(the conference hotel)

This year, the festival will be bigger and better than ever! Set in an evening of food, drink, and networking, the event includes a visit-the-author “passport” program, book giveaways, and a chance to pitch your ideas to an editor, agent, or art director. (Check out the stellar line-up: Laurie Buckle, Amy Collins, Faith Durand, Nina Elder, Cyndi Fecher, Jenni Ferrari-Adler, Denise Mickelsen, Kitty Morgan, Dan Rosenberg, David Tamarkin,  Emily Timberlake, Amy Treadwell, Joe Yonan... and maybe more!)

This is your chance to connect with your favorite writers, show off your own work -- if you’re an exhibitor -- and get autographed copies of the season’s best books.

The Book & Blog Festival is open to the public, so exhibitors get the chance to reach out to a wider audience.

Registration has officially closed, however we still have a few tables available. If you would like to exhibit, you will be responsible for bringing your own books and selling them directly. To reserve one of these last-minute tables, please contact Martha Holmberg at

Q: Who can exhibit?
A: Anyone who has authored a print or eBook in the world of food and drink. Anyone who has an active blog dedicated to the world of food and drink.

Q: Do I need to be an IACP member to exhibit?
A: No, but if you are a member, you receive our discounted member rate (see below).

Q: How do I register to exhibit?

A: Register online. If you are a book author, you will be asked to answer a few simple questions at the end of the registration form:
Book title(s), publisher(s), ISBN number, and whether you want the hardcover or paperback edition. If you want to present an eBook, you will be asked to supply the name and distribution platform of your book. If you are a blogger, you will be asked to supply the name and address of your blog.

Q: Who attends the Book & Blog Festival?

A: The Festival will be open to IACP Annual Conference attendees (as part of registration; there is no extra cost for this). It will also be open, as a ticketed event, to the general public. A single ticket for the public is $50, both online or at the door. Public tickets for the event will go on sale in mid-February.

Q: How much does it cost to be an exhibitor?
A: Pricing is set to make it affordable for IACP members, and to encourage non-IACP members to join the event. Book signing and blog presentation tables are available for 60 minutes or for the full two hours of the event. You may indicate a time preference for the Festival, however IACP reserves the right to assign time slots and table positions. Your assigned time slot and table number will be sent to you by March 10, along with instructions for arriving and setting up.
IACP members: $60 for 60-minute slot, $100 for 2-hour slot

Non-members:  $95 for 60-minute slot, $170 for 2-hour slot

Q: What’s included for participating authors/bloggers?

A: Several perks:
• Opportunity to meet your readers and network with other authors and bloggers
• Possibility of being interviewed on-site by attending media
• Chance to be involved in activities and promotions (book giveaways, etc.)

Q: What is the deadline for registering to exhibit?

A: March 1, 2014. Please note that tables and time slots are subject to availability. As we expect these tables to book quickly, we encourage you to register as soon as possible.

Q: Who will sell the books?

A: We are pleased to have The Book Stall from Winnetka, Illinois, as our bookseller. The Book Stall will be order, supply, and sell all books at the event. You may not bring in your own books, unless your book is self-published (see below) or an eBook. You will supply the ordering information for your book when you register to exhibit. For general questions about the Book & Blog Festival, please email Martha Holmberg,

Q: What if my book is self-published or out-of print?
A: If you have books that are out-of-print, self-published, or not readily available from a publisher in the United States, you may bring copies of the books and sell them directly yourself from your table. You’ll be responsible for taking any unsold copies with you.

Q: Can I have copies of books at my table?

A: An author may -- and should -- have one copy of their book for display purposes. You must bring your own display copy. The book must be clearly labeled DISPLAY COPY, to avoid confusion with the books that are for sale.

Q. Can I dress up my table?
A. Authors and bloggers can present any type of display or marketing materials you would like, as long as you can set up and break down the display easily. Wi-fi is available in the event space, so bloggers and eBook authors can connect to their work online. You must provide your own tablet, computer and/or monitor. Projectors are not available.

Note: admission to this event is included for Full Conference and Saturday Pass registrants.

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