Wondering how author talks work at the Detroit Jewish Book Fair? Accepted an invitation to give a talk at the Detroit Jewish Book Fair? Below you’ll find all of the information you’ll need about our author talks, but you can always email [email protected] for more details.
Where does the Detroit Jewish Book Fair happen?
Most of our events are at the JCC of Metro Detroit, in West Bloomfield, MI. West Bloomfield is a suburb of Detroit, located about 45 mins from the Detroit Metro Airport. We do occasionally present events in other places throughout the Detroit Metro area. See below regarding local transportation, etc.
Does the Detroit Jewish Book Fair pay authors to speak?
Not usually, but we are open to negotiating.
Does the Detroit Jewish Book Fair cover travel expenses for visiting authors?
Yes. We cover travel, meals, local lodging, and local ground transportation for visiting authors. Please note that we do not cover expenses for social travel that may be adjacent to a book fair event.
Is there a program for local authors?
Indeed there is. Click here to learn more.
How will I figure out where to be and when?
We will make your travel arrangements with you and provide you with a detailed itinerary before your arrive. Volunteers will drive you around and make sure you arrive where/when you need to. Though you will be offered food and drink constantly, volunteers will also likely take you out for meals. If you prefer to be on your own at certain points, just let us know and we will arrange it. If we don’t have a volunteer to take you out for a meal, we will offer recommendations for restaurants and reimburse you for that expense.
Does the Detroit Jewish Book Fair sell books by visiting authors?
Yes. We have the books by our speakers for sale both at their talk and throughout the 8-day fair.
How many books will I sell?
This varies quite widely. Generally speaking, a good talk will generate more book sales. We do not usually make guarantees about the number of books we will sell.
How many people will come to my talk?
Again, this varies widely. Daytime talks range from 50-150 people, while evening talks are usually 200 or more. Overall attendance at the Book Fair was around 6,000 in 2018.
Does the Detroit Jewish Book Fair report to the New York Times Bestseller list?
Not at this time. We order books directly from publishers in order to sell them at the best possible price while working to fund our operations. If you or your publisher require that we purchase your books from an NYT reporting seller, let us know and we can discuss.
AUTHOR TALK LOGISTICS
What should I talk about?
Our audience tends to enjoy hearing about the topic of your book (especially if it’s nonfiction), how and why you chose that topic, the writing process, how the book relates to current events, and any relevant historical context. Generally speaking, they are most engaged by good and interesting stories.
Should I do a reading?
Generally, our audience does not enjoy readings. Including a page or so of reading during your talk can work well, but we expect these to be talks, not readings.
How long should I plan to speak for?
Our sessions are scheduled for an hour. We recommend about 45 minutes of speaking and about 15 minutes of Q&A. Our audiences really love the Q&A portion, so we do require that you reserve at least 10 minutes for that.
What’s the tech setup?
Unless otherwise specified, we’ll have a screen, a projector, presentation remote, and a microphone for you. If you plan to use a digital presentation of any kind, please bring it in PowerPoint format on a USB drive. We prefer to let you control your presentation via remote control, but someone will be available to advance slides if needed. If you plan to play video or include audio, please notify us and also bring that on a USB drive.
Still have questions? Email [email protected] to contact our office.