Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Decatur Book Festival SCBWI Booth

Date(s) - 08/31/2019 - 09/01/2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Why is SCBWI/Southern Breeze sponsoring a booth for authors and illustrators? As one of the largest book festivals in the U.S., the Decatur Book Festival in Georgia is:

A terrific way to highlight our local authors and illustrators through book sales/signings and shared social media about the event.

A prime place to raise awareness of SCBWI/Southern Breeze and recruit new members.

A possible avenue to help our authors/illustrators book more school visits through raising awareness of their availability.

A fabulous opportunity for participating members to work as a team, to boost each other, DBF, and SCBWI, during festival planning, in the booth, and on social media.

Although the DBF is a fabulous opportunity for authors and illustrators to develop their brand and market their books, it is too expensive for most. The DBF is also NOT having an “Emerging Voices” tent this year, so new authors have very little chance to gain name recognition.

SCBWI/Southern Breeze Sponsorship:
Because it is also an opportunity for SCBWI/Southern Breeze to gain some recognition, we will fund a significant portion of the cost for the booth at the DBF. The primary goal of the sponsorship is to increase awareness of both SCBWI and our published members. To make our booth more inviting, it will be expanded and supplied with electricity and fans to keep participants and visitors cool. We will also be in a more central location and have more tables so that we can stock member books and members can leave promotional materials in the booth throughout the festival.
Published Member Participation:
We need a minimum number of participants registered before May 14. In the event there is insufficient interest, refunds will be made to those who have registered prior to that date.
FEES to participate
Fees will be accessed in the “workshop” section of the registration form. Participation is limited to current SCBWI members.
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Bookstore Only (not signing at booth): $10.00 per book
  • Limited to books available via the bookstore through standard distribution channels and terms
  • Book info must be submitted for bookstore via google form AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
  • If the bookstore reports that your book is not available your fees will be refunded.
Featured Author or Illustrator (2 hours in booth): $35.00 per shift SOLD OUT
  • You must designate at least one time slot, but may select two. Slots will fill on a first-come/first choice basis. Registrations will not be approved if no slot is selected.
  • Each paid shift includes up to 3 bookstore titles we can stock through the bookstore during the festival (max 2 shifts and 6 books).
  • Book info must be submitted for bookstore via google form AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
  • If the bookstore reports that your book is not available you may bring and sell copies yourself during your shift(s) but must report all sales and taxes collected on the forms required by the DBF.
Published Member Agreement
Participants in SCBWI/Southern Breeze’s presence at the Decatur Book Festival recognize that what they do will reflect on SCBWI, the Southern Breeze Region, and other published members. Consistent with this, participants will agree that:
  • They will adhere to the SCBWI code of conduct set out at
  • They will support and promote not just their own published work but also SCBWI and other published members.
  • They will develop a pitch for their books and an activity of interest to DBF visitors to encourage them to visit the booth.
Structure and flow:
The SCBWI/Southern Breeze booth will have 3 parts:
2-3 greeters will stand at the booth entrance to engage with passers-by to make them aware of SCBWI and the published authors featured during that hour.
“Hi, are you a reader or a writer?”
“Hi, do you have children or teens in your life?”
“Have you ever wondered what a dog sees?”*
*This pitch is an example of what was used by one of the featured signers last year. Specific individual pitches will be used depending on who’s in the booth that shift.
2nd section, inside
After meeting interested individuals, greeters bring them into the booth and talk a bit about SCBWI/school visits/membership benefits/grant opportunities, giving them appropriate literature.
3rd section, inside
The greeters then pass interested individuals off to the bookstore & featured authors who are signing/selling books (2 tables)
Participants may register for up to two shifts at the booth.
For each 2-hour shift participants work 1 hour as a greeter and 1 hour as a featured author/illustrator to sign/sell books.
NOTE: Adjustments will be made should the shift(s) selected conflict with an author or illustrator’s presentation on a main stage.
Social Media and Promotional Materials:
As a participant in the SCBWI/Southern Breeze Decatur Book Festival booth, participants agree that they will coordinate with other participants and team leaders to promote our presence via social media platforms to encourage the greatest visibility for all participants. Participants may also bring and set up banners and signs promoting their books during their shift(s), but will be entirely responsible for setting these up and removing them at the end of their shift(s).