October 10th, 2012


Children's/MG authors wanted for book-signing on Sunday, Dec 2nd

Wearing my NJ Authors' Network hat, I've arranged another book-signing at the COSI restaurant in Secaucus (700 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, NJ 07094). It will take place Sunday, December 2nd (11am - 4pm).

COSI READING general logo

The manager has requested a children's/middle grade theme. If you write in those genres, have books to sell, and would like one of the available places, here's a reminder of what's involved and what I need you to do:

The COSI READING Program in Secaucus and Hackensack
You need to be a member of NJAN to take part. It's free (all you have to do is join our Yahoo Group)

Promoting the events
On behalf of the New Jersey Authors' Network (NJAN), I'll provide the store managers with a digital copy of a promotional flyer for each event – I'll also provide one for the general program. COSI will promote each event locally (and on social media). When they let me know their relevant facebook links etc. I'll pass them on. NJAN will promote each event on its website etc. The authors involved will promote events on their website, social media etc. If other members would be kind enough to share these promo posts on their facebook pages, I'd appreciate it.

On event days
The authors set up as a group in the sofa area in the host restaurant, as directed by the store managers Karen (Secaucus) or Jon (Hackensack) on the day.

Sales and Sales Tax
Individual authors will be responsible for their own sales and sales tax.

Book Discounts
COSI customers showing a valid COSI receipt from the host restaurant, dated the day of the event, qualify for a $1 discount off each book they purchase from an NJAN author at the restaurant that day.

Free Swipe offer for COSI customers who purchase from visiting authors
Authors will provide any COSI customer who buys their book(s) with a receipt, which he/she can then use to obtain an additional `Free Swipe' of their COSI loyalty card when they next use it in the host restaurant.

Refreshments provided by COSI
In return for the discount we offer their customers, on event days, visiting authors may select one beverage and one standard item from the food menu (which looks delicious by the way) at no charge.

Advertising is important. I need to make up the relevant flyers as far in advance as possible, so if you're interested in taking part in any of these COSI READING events, here's what I need you to do:
Go to the 'Pics and bios for NJAN events' folder within the file section here

If you haven't already done so, create a folder called [your author name].

Upload a compressed, clearly-named (as in, the filename should make the content obvious to anyone, without them needing to open it) author mugshot.

Upload up to three, compressed (ie: no larger than 75kb), clearly-named photos of the book(s) you will bring for sale on the day.

Upload a document file named '[your author name] 40-word-bio', containing (you guessed it) a 40-word bio.

Please include any links in the wordcount.

When that's done, post a message here on the NJAN Yahoo board, letting me you'd like to take part.

If the scheduled events don't work for you, but you'd like to join in with future programs at one or both stores, let me know that too, so I can keep you in mind (but please make sure you upload the relevant info first).

I think that's everything for now. As always, if you have any questions, please let me know either in a comment here or on NJAN's Yahoo message board.