Event Information

Freelance Fair & The Evolving and Advancing Methods of Book Publicity

November 14, 2012 - 11:00 AM
Open Book (Target Performance Hall) 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis
Member price: $20.00
Non-member price: $25.00

Event Description

Two events in one! MBPR is pleased to host a Freelance Fair in conjunction with the November luncheon meeting. The topic is a timely one and is sure to generate great discussion. 
The Fair will run for the hour preceding the meeting (11 a.m. to 12 p.m.) and will provide exhibitors the opportunity to display samples of their work and meet with publishers attending the luncheon meeting, which will run from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. 
Keep reading for further details on luncheon reservations and exhibitor registration. 
Event Details
As our world of publishing is quickly changing, so too are the methods we use to help our books reach readers. This discussion combines the perspectives of professionals from different publishing avenues on new technologies and platforms and how to best incorporate them with traditional publicity tactics. Panelists will also share insights and predictions on the landscape of book promotion and the ways in which reaching readers will continue to evolve.
Dara M. Beevas is a writer, editor, blogger, speaker and indie author. She mentors other indie authors as Vice President of Beaver's Pond Press, an award-winning mentoring publisher in the Twin Cities. She was previously an acquisitions editor for the American Chemical Society and has also worked at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She received her master's degree in publishing from George Washington University and was selected as an emerging writer by the Givens Foundation for African-American literature. She is the founder of Wise, Ink, an online community for indie authors. She is the author of The Indie Author Revolution: An Insider's Guide to Self-Publishing.
Sara Lien is the owner of Lien Public Relations. Sara holds a B.S. in journalism from Stephens College and a J.D. from Concord Law School. She is a former sportswriter for Real Sports Magazine, Women's Sports Wire, and Cedar Rapids Gazette. Sara has worked with CBS, CNN, Headline News, and the 700 Club, as well as Minneapolis media such as Kare 11, WCCO, Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, and KMSP Fox 9.
Lindsay Matvick is the senior publicist at Lerner Publishing Group. She also serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Library Foundation and as a member of the YALSA Awards and Booklist Marketing Taskforce. Prior to children's book publishing, Lindsay worked in television as a promotions producer at ABC, CBS, and NBC stations across the country. Lindsay's love for books was inspired by her mother who is a children's book author. Her favorite part of the day is family reading time with her husband, Clay, and son, Jack. 

Parking Information
There is a small side lot next to the Open Book building (just past the building on the right as you are heading east on Washington; for those heading west, turn on 10th or 11th and go down the alley to access the lot). If the Open Book lot is full, other options are:
• Meters along 10th and 11th take quarters; most cost $1.00/hour.
• Guthrie ramp is a block away. Enter on 9th Street (between Washington and 2nd Street South). 
• Municipal parking ramp across from the Mill City Museum (this is a longer walk because it is a block farther away and the entrance is on 2nd Street South). 
• Bike racks are available near both entries to the Open Book building.

Event Day Information
Doors open at 11:00 a.m. The Freelance Fair runs until 12:00 p.m., at which time the program begins. Fees, which include lunch, are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Reservations required. If space allows walk-ins, those without reservations will be charged $30 at the door. If you reserve a place, a lunch will be ordered for you and you'll be expected to pay for it whether or not you attend.
Click here to make your reservation, register, and pay online with a credit card. Please note: This is to make a reservation as an attendee, not an exhibitor at the Freelance Fair. See below for information on registering as an exhibitor.

If you prefer to pay at the door by cash or check, please email with your reservation request. Please indicate whether you will be attending as an MBPR member or non-member. 


Freelance Fair Exhibitor Registration

Exhibitor registration for the Freelance Fair is first come, first served, and is limited by space. The fee is $35 for MBPR members and $50 for nonmembers. Prepayment by credit card via Eventbrite is required (no cash, checks or payment at the door) and includes space at the Fair as well as admittance to the luncheon meeting. For more exhibitor information, contact Jim Bindas at (subject line: MBPR Freelance Fair).

Click here to register as an exhibitor at the Fair. Registrations accepted until noon, Friday, November 9.

Reminder: Exhibitor registration is prepay by credit card (via Eventbrite) only. 

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