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Meet the Author Fair: Call for Submissions

Are you a published author based in the Chicagoland area?  

If so, we invite you to apply to participate in our local author fair on Saturday, October 19. It’s an excellent opportunity to showcase your books and connect with book lovers in our community.

  • Online applications will be accepted through July 12. (The application appears at the bottom of this page.)
  • Accepted authors will be notified by September 3.

Application & Eligibility Criteria

  • Priority will be given to authors residing in Northbrook.
  • Applicants must currently reside in the Chicagoland area to be eligible.
  • Manuscripts will not be accepted; authors must be edited and published or self-published.
  • Applicants must send one review copy of their book to the Library by July 12 to be considered, unless the book is already in the Library's collection. If the applicant has published multiple books, please send the most recent one.
  • Promotional material will not be considered.
  • Preference will be given to authors whose books have been professionally reviewed.
  • The selection committee reserves the right to accept or refuse any applicant at its discretion.

Please note

  • Authors must be present at the event to participate.
  • Each author will be provided with one table, a chair, and a name tag.
  • Authors are responsible for their table setup.
  • Library staff will not be available to assist authors with setup, breakdown, or any issues with devices/technology that the author brings.
  • Selected participants agree to donate one book for a drawing at the event.
  • The library will not provide reimbursement for travel or expenses, pay authors for participation, or include their book in the library collection.
  • A selection of authors from various genres and age groups will be chosen to provide attendees with a diverse experience.
  • I understand that I must supply a copy of my book to the Northbrook Public Library as part of the application process. 

  • I understand that if selected to participate in the Meet the Author Fair, I am responsible to supply my own books to sell and that library staff will not be available to help with sales. 

  • I will be responsible for providing change, providing a card reader, or accepting money via an online payment platform (e.g., Venmo, Square, etc.). 

  • I understand that the books I sell must be offered at or below retail price and not any higher.

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