NZ Independent Book Festival

Practicalities: Are you Ready?

18 September 2015
North Shore Events Centre

October 3, 12 pm to 4 pm
October 4, 10 am to 4 pm
Books for Sale, Author Signing,
Publishing Professionals, Workshops,
Seminars, Licensed Café,
Family Entertainment
Come and meet Louise, NZIBF Organiser and get a sneak peek.  North Shore Events Centre  Tuesday 22nd Sept,
from 10.30am - 11.30am.

Check out our new website:

Timing - Set up / Preparation / Opening Hours / Clean-up

Friday 2nd October: 
  6.00 pm - 9.00 pm - Optional Day for Setting up your Stand

Saturday 3rd October:  
  8.00 am - 11.30 am - Setting up your Exhibitor Stand
11.00 am - 11.30 am - Exhibitor Only Seminar (info to come)
12.00 pm -   4.00 pm - Doors open to visitors
  4.00 pm -   6.00 pm - Happy hour for Exhibitors at the onsite cafe'

Sunday 4th October:
  8.00 am - 9.30 am - Adjust your stand, Chat with other exhibitors
10.00 am - 4.00 pm - Doors open to visitors
  4.00 pm - 5.00 pm - Pack down your stand, take your rubbish
What to Bring 

1. Cash Float:  Guide $100 - $200
There will be a single ATM withdrawal machine available at the venue offering $10, $20 and $50 notes.  PLEASE bring your own cash float rather than relying on this ATM.  This is to ensure visitors have access to cash throughout the festival to purchase your books, and also makes sure there is enough funds to last throughout the festival.  Keep your cash float denominations low.  However, be aware of visitors asking to exchange their $50 or $100 notes before walking off without purchasing.

2. Your Grab Bag
Cash Float
Stationery:  pens, sellotape, pens, blue-tac, calculator, pens
Newsletter Signup Sheets
Goodie bags or Giveaways
Your Mobile Phone
Tablecloth and Props
Food and Drink
Tissues.  Nothing worse than feeling a sneeze building up

3. Stock
It might seem obvious but you need to consider the quantity of stock you'll have at the festival.  A suggestion would be to bring at least 1/2 a 'publishers' box.  If you run out of stock make sure you are able to provide the customer with the delivered product at the same cost.    As mentioned in a previous email, put out a small selection of display books available for customers to peruse.   Nothing worse than a large collection of tatty books for you to take home.

4. A Smile
Face ache and extra laughter lines may be the down side of smiling, but it'll be worth it.  People generally prefer to engage with happy sellers. 

Facilities on Offer 

Toilets - You'll be relieved to know that the toilet facilities for exhibitors just off from the exhibitor lounge. Visitor toilets are located next to the café. 

Kitchen - There is an exhibitor only kitchen available for making your own hot drinks.  Unfortunately there isn't a microwave.  This is also in the exhibitor only area and has tables and chairs available so you can have a break while someone else watches your stand.

Café - The onsite café is licensed and will be open during visitor opening hours and happy hour on Saturday evening.  It has a varied selection of hot and cold food and drinks available, including beer and wine.

Parking - Ample free parking is located directly outside the venue for exhibitors and visitors.  There are ten disability parking spaces, painted yellow, on the right hand side of the main entrance.  Please do not park in these spots at any time unless you have a disability permit.

Handy Website Links

9 Reasons to Keep Smiling

Here's the final Exhibitor Layout & Listing
 (we've had some teething probs with the new website so this image is temporarily located on the Kapowai Books website)

The Official NZ Independent Book Festival Poster
Click Here for Poster Image

(Right click on the poster to save or print.  We'd love you to get in touch if you are able to distribute posters for promotion in your community or by social media:  Email Louise - 
Next Friday's Newsletter:  The Week Before Last!

The NZIBF Videos are ready for Viewing and Sharing

NZIBF Welcome Video - Click Here

NZIBF Books for Readers - Click Here

Write, Publish and Sell your own Book - Click Here


Thank you to our festival's Sponsor Supporters

Thanks Smartwork Creative for designing our artwork.
Thanks BookPrint for our website and for printing our marketing material.
Thanks Nielsen Book Services for sponsoring the free seminars.
Thanks Asia Pacific Offset Ltd for sponsoring the Wifi and advertising. 
Thanks Creative Hub for offering the discounted creative writing course for our newsletter readers and the prize of a free creative writing course for festival goers.

Thanks to our Advertisers for their ongoing support.

Rae McGregor: 
Radar Man
Claire Bunt
What Ever Happened to Milo? 

Philip Holdway-Davis
Triumph on the Western Front

Sheryl L Beaumont
The Carlswick Treasure

Mary Therese Duggan
Miracles - The Magic of Life

PDR Lindsay - Writer's Choice


Alexis Waterhouse
Voices of Pain and the Voice of Hope

Dr A. C. Lamont & Gillian N. Eadie
7-Day Brain Boost Plan

Anita Mary
Blood on the Mirror

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