Sunday, November 23, 2008

The 21st Annual Independent & Small Press Book Fair: December 6 & 7

The 21st Annual Independent & Small Press Book Fair: December 6 & 7
The next Independent and Small Press Book Fair will be held in midtown Manhattan on a prime weekend, December 6 and 7, to help increase revenue and exposure for independent publishers and small presses. Last year's Fair drew over 3,000 visitors. With a large selection of books and magazines on all subjects, the Book Fair is a lively and cost-effective way to sell your books and promote your press. Exhibitor space is limited, resulting most years in a sell-out of tables. Don't miss the opportunity to come together for this significant event!

December 6th from 10am to 6pm

December 7th from 11am to 5pm

We are pleased to offer paid-up NYCIP members a 20% discount. Publishers who wish to share a table can arrange a share with another press (except in the Library) or have this arranged by the NYCIP. For publishers who cannot be here in person, a discount also applies to displaying titles in the Cooperative Exhibition Room. Registering now will secure your ideal location! If you would like space in either the Library or Balcony, we urge you to sign up as soon as possible. The Fair is held at the New York Center for Independent Publishing in the landmark building of the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen in midtown Manhattan.

General Information
The Independent and Small Press Book Fair is free and open to the public, although a $1 donation is encour- aged. By holding the Fair on a prime weekend, in midtown Manhattan, the New York Center for Independent Publishing intends to encourage optimum sales and exposure for independent publishers and small presses. The Fair is an excellent, cost-effective opportunity to sell and promote your press, as well as meet other industry contacts. In addition, the Book Fair will present live book craft events, readings, a whole range of literary and book-related programs, a literary cafe and much more.

Complete information on participation in the Book Fair, accommodation suggestions, shipping of materials, publicity, events, and readings will be sent when applications are processed.

Advertising and Promotion
The Book Fair advertising and promotional campaign includes print advertising and publicity, street banners, full-sized posters, postcards, and handbills; more than 20,000 promotional pieces will be distributed throughout metropolitan New York.

Exhibitors will also receive a supply of promotional materials, enabling them to invite friends and customers to their booths and to place publicity in appropriate outlets. In addition, the Book Fair will be promoted widely in both the local and national media.

In the past, visiting members of the media and trade have included: The Village Voice, Kirkus Reviews, Independent Publisher, Library Journal, The New York Times, Foreword, Publishers Weekly, New York Press, Time Out New York,The New York Sun, as well as representatives of the larger publishing houses, bookstore chains, independent bookstores, distributors, wholesalers, and literary agents.

Sponsors of past Fairs have included: The Onion, The Brooklyn Rail, Book Expo, The Nation, Publishers Weekly, The New York Review of Books, Ingram, Bomb, The New York Observer, Chelsea Now, The Villager,, Rodale, and PGW.

Cooperative Exhibit Room
Publishers unable to attend the Fair in person may be represented by displaying books for sale in the Book Fair's Cooperative Exhibit Room. Two copies of each title may be sent. Titles are shown face-out, with a total of 50 pieces of printed flyers, order forms, or catalogs which may accompany the book(s). Staff members will oversee the Cooperative Exhibit Room. Sales are by check only, made out to the publisher, and will be mailed when the Fair has concluded. Co-op books are not returned, but are used for Center fundraising events. Please send books for the Cooperative Exhibit Room when notified by the NYCIP.

The Book Fair is open to all presses that have published at least one book. It is not necessary to be an NYCIP member to participate. However, paid-up publisher members of the NYCIP are granted a 20% discount on exhibitor space. The NYCIP prohibits participation of publishers who engage in "vanity" publishing (in which the publisher charges the author at full cost of production and sells the books back to the author).

Cancellation Policy
No refunds will be issued after November 1, 2008. A $50 administrative fee for refunds will be deducted to cover processing fees. All requests for refunds must be received in writing, via mail or fax and addressed to: Karin Taylor, Executive Director, New York Center for Independent Publishing, 20 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036. Fax: 212-840-2046.

Should any event arise prior to the Book Fair that would prevent its scheduled opening, such as a strike or Act of God, etc., it is expressly understood and agreed that the NYCIP may reschedule the event. Regardless of the reason for cancellation or postponement of the Book Fair, the NYCIP will not be liable for any loss resulting therefrom.

The New York Center for Independent Publishing
20 West Forty-Fourth Street
New York, NY 10036
212.764.7021 (phone)
212.840.2046 (fax)

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