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Becoming a Festival Author

Festival Staff / October 2, 2014

The Tucson Festival of Books is widely known for its unique panels, inspiring workshops and record-breaking crowds that entice best-selling authors from across the country to attend the Festival each March. The Festival Author Committee is responsible for inviting authors and scheduling all programs for the event.

We welcome self-published and emerging authors to apply for inclusion in the Festival. The selection criteria for both Presenting Authors and Author Pavilion participants are outlined below.

Presenting Authors

The Tucson Festival of Books Author Committee works year-round to identify authors to serve as Presenting Authors at the Festival. We strive to identify authors from a variety of subject areas and diverse genre. Panel sessions are created at the sole discretion of the Author Committee.

In addition to the presenting authors invited by our committee, we welcome nominations from authors, publishers, publicists and the general public. In 2014 alone, over 500 authors were nominated; of those, a limited number were selected to present at the Festival.

Nominations for the 2015 Festival are now closed. Nominations for presenting authors for the 2016 Festival will open on Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

To assist with planning for 2016, our criteria for nominations is likely to include:

  • Book must be a recent publication (published between August 1, 2014 and January 31, 2016)
  • Book must be published by a well-established publishing house or one of their imprints (self-published books, titles published by independent / boutique publishing houses, e-books, textbooks and books published outside of the United States are not eligible for consideration)
  • A nominated author, if selected to participate as a Presenting Author, is responsible for all travel and lodging expenses associated with attending the Festival
  • Nominations for the 2016 Festival will be accepted April 1, 2015 through October 1, 2015

Nominated authors will receive information related to their status after the committee has had an opportunity to review the nomination. Authors / books that do not meet the stated criteria may choose to participate in the Festival via the Author Pavilion or as an exhibitor.

Author nominations for the 2015 Festival are closed...Author Pavilion opportunities still exist.

Author Pavilion

The Tucson Festival of Books welcomes authors from a variety of subject areas and diverse genre to participate in the Festival. In 2014 alone, over 500 authors applied for consideration. Nearly half of those authors chose to participate in the Author Pavilion.

Registration information for the Author Pavilion will be emailed in November. Registration is completed on a first-come, first-served basis. Specific information for the Author Pavilion will be provided in the registration email.

General information for the Author Pavilion -

$35 registration fee entitles author to:

  • One 2-hour time slot in a shared venue with up to 10 authors per Pavilion
  • One-half of an 8-foot table to display materials, meet and greet the public, and sign and sell your publication (room for author and one assistant)
  • Promotion via the Tucson Festival of Books website indicating your participation in the Author Pavilion
  • Information in the Arizona Daily Star Festival of Books insert identifying your participation

Not included with Author Pavilion participation:

  • Electricity
  • Presentation or reading opportunity
  • Business license costs required to sell books in the City of Tucson

Those eligible to participate in the Author Pavilion are expected to:

  • Provide their own book(s) for sale and follow all local policies regarding business licensing and tax remittance (determining the appropriate number of books to bring is the sole responsibility of the author)
  • Promote their participation via social media platforms and other marketing strategies (strong marketing via electronic platforms may increase sales)
  • 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 Festival (individuals traveling from out-of-state should consider the costs associated with attending the Festival and carefully weigh the costs and benefits of participating in the Author Pavilion)

Add your information to the Author Pavilion list here

Author Pavilion registration information will be emailed in November.

Registration instructions will be provided in the email
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Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

University of Arizona Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Helios Education Foundation
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores

Key Sponsors

Marshall Foundation
Miriam Brucker Trust
William & Mary Ross Foundation

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