You’ve researched online or discovered the event through your local newspaper. You’ve filled out your paperwork, written your check, stuffed the envelope, and tossed it into the mailbox while doing a little excited happy dance.
Whether it’s your first book fair or festival or you are a seasoned attendee, going to a book event can be a very fun and exciting time. Meeting readers, other authors, and spending a day devoted only to books, including your own, what writer wouldn’t want that?
For some the cost of a book event can put a damper on your book budget, though. Some so much that the thought of going to one seems like a far off dream instead of a reality. With rising cost of everything how can one save money on a book event?
Attending a book event with another author is a great way to cut expenses in half. Whether it’s gasoline for the car, hotel for a nights rest, or even the table fee if a table can be shared, dividing the cost between two or even three authors will cut the expenses drastically.
Pack Your Own Food
If your are attending a one day book event, brown bagging your own lunch, water, and snacks can save you some big money. Not to mention give you one less thing to worry about, especially when you are in a town you’re unfamiliar with.
Use Household Decorations
If by chance you can find table decorations amongst the décor` already around your home, consider yourself lucky, and you should use them. Christmas lights, decorative candy dishes, empty wine bottles, even a picture frame you can use to hold a picture of your book cover, antiques, any little trinket or knick knack that could work, should be used.
Make Your Own Promotional Items
From business cards to rack cards to flyers, using your home printer can save you a lot of money. You can also print your own sticker labels to put on k-cups, water bottles, or any other promotional item you’ve thought of, and don’t forget you can also make your picture frame sign of your book cover to let people see the book before they even step up to the table.