Book Fest Author Information

  1. This is a family-oriented event open to the public. There is no cost for the public to attend.
  2. All registered and approved authors must have at least one physical title on hand to sell. (There is no limit to the number of titles offered for sale.)
  3. We recommend that authors selling their own books obtain a PayPal or Square reader to be able to process debit/credit card payments, besides cash and/or check if desired. Each author will be responsible for processing his/her own sales and for following all state and local policies regarding collecting and remitting sales tax.
  4. Southern Willow Publishing’s Annual Indie Book Fest will be held at Central Georgia Technical College. This will be the largest event we have ever done. We are cutting off registration at 75 authors. There will be on-site security, vendors, and authors in all genres.
  5. Applications will be accepted on a first- come, first-served basis. Applications will be reviewed within 48 hours. Please check your email for a decision. If approved, an invoice will be sent to your email. Payment required within 72 hours to secure the spot. All sales are final.
  6. Authors must provide an author photo (headshot or face and shoulders only) emailed to Southern Willow Publishing along with a short biography of 200 words or less.
  7. Author must complete his/her own application and payment via SWP’s website and invoicing system. (Registration fee: $50, non-refundable, due at time of approval.)
  8. Southern Willow Publishing and Central Georgia Technical College will provide all tables and chairs for the event. Authors are responsible for all books, advertising, promotional tools, etc.
  9. Two chairs will be supplied for each table. Exhibitors may bring their own table coverings. Advertising, signs, and banners may only be placed on tabletops if they do not exceed 2 feet, or taped to the front of the table. If assigned to a table against a wall, posters may be mounted there (without damage to the wall).
  10. Festival hours are 2PM to 6PM. Authors will be allowed to set up their tables beginning at noon and are expected to stay until the close of the festival at 6PM. All displays must be in place no later than thirty minutes prior to the beginning of the event.
  11. Authors will cover all costs associated with travel, lodging, meals, shipping costs, sales, business licensing fees, tax remittance and any/all other costs associated with participating in the Indie Book Fest.
  12. Authors, feel free to hold your own drawings and giveaways at your table to be held throughout the day to increase visibility.
  13. Authors are encouraged to promote their participation via social media platforms and other marketing strategies. SWP will advertise online, via social media, on the radio, in local newspapers, and via local news stations.


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