BREAKING: BTAF18 TO BE WICKED AWESOME!
The Boston Teen Author Festival continues to grow in response to the thriving YA community in the Greater Boston area.
The Boston Teen Author Festival, Inc. aims to encourage a love of literature among young adults in the Greater Boston area by bringing in authors and talent from across the country, particularly those who reflect the diversity of our readers.
There’s no denying that Boston has a long and impressive literary history; many of our beloved classics were born from Massachusetts authors. However, until recent years there had been a noticeable lack of events featuring YA novels and authors. BTAF was founded in 2012 to fill that hole in the community via a free, one-day event where readers of all ages and backgrounds could come together to celebrate their love of YA books and meet their favorite authors. (And, hopefully, discover some new favorites along the way!)
This year will bring our seventh annual event and we continue to be free and open to the public thanks to the generous donations of sponsors and donors like you. Last year we became an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit, allowing us to continue to grow and do our best to be the heart of YA in Boston.
In order to bring this year’s festival to fruition, we need a total of $8,500 via Kickstarter and sponsorships to cover all of our expenses. Those include:
- Operating Costs
- Author Experience Costs
- Day-Of Expenses
- Merchandise and Kickstarter Rewards
Operating Costs: A set amount each year goes toward funding our website, renewing our domain name, and non-profit maintenance fees.
Author Experience Costs: Now that we’re solidly established we want to work toward making the author experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible. We plan to offer transportation from the hotel block to the venue the morning of the festival, cater the author and volunteer lunch, and offer other refreshments throughout the day in the greenroom and at the signing. We also have our standard costs of name tags, lanyards, and small appreciation gifts to thank the authors for donating their time to our event.
Day-Of Expenses: A lot goes into the day of the festival, including but not limited to the printing of programs and signage, volunteer and team shirts for easy identification, food truck permits, banners, a U-Haul rental for the transportation of books and supplies, and manufacturing the free welcome bags all attendees receive.
Merchandise and Kickstarter Rewards: We’ve been asked many times throughout the years to provide certain items for sale at the festival itself and this year we hope to deliver on those requests. In addition to manufacturing all of the items to the right, we plan to make sure to have enough totes, T-shirts, mugs, and other branded items to sell in September.
Marketing: A lot also goes into making sure people show up at the event! We need funds for sponsored social media posts, promotional bookmarks and flyers, potential newspaper or radio spots, and a Snapchat filter the day of the fest. Additionally, due to our new branding, we need to have a new step-and-repeat banner printed for 2018 and the years to come.
BTAF is entirely volunteer-run by a group of passionate readers across the industry. From booksellers to publishers, we’ve got every angle covered!
You can meet everyone on our non-profit board, planning team, and advisory board on our website.
NOTE: For all physical prizes we’re assuming that donors will pick them up at the festival. If you are a donor who cannot attend the festival or is not from Massachusetts, we are happy to ship prizes! However we’ll need you to cover shipping costs via PayPal once we send them out. These fees are not incorporated into the campaign because we don’t know how much each item will cost yet, and because any shipping added to your donation goes toward our overall goal which doesn’t have shipping budgeted into it and therefore takes money away from other plans. Thank you for understanding!
Can’t decide which awesome prize to go for? If you’re attending the festival the following items will be on sale the day of the event: The enamel pin, our venue map poster, BTAF branded mugs, and our full-color heart of YA tote bag.
We've got a TON of other exciting prizes as well, including Red Sox tickets, query critiques, signed books, and more! Check 'em out! -->
Are you interested in attending the Boston Teen Author Festival or just finding out more? You can see the full list of attending authors here. Click here for the new and improved schedule. To sign up for our monthly newsletter, you can click here.
Risks and challenges
“But you can’t get to the place you most want to be without taking a chance.” - Susane Colasanti, Waiting for You
There are always risks that come with change and growth, but there are also risks to stagnating. We understand that by extending our goals and what we plan to offer in September there are more things that can go wrong. But with our vastly larger planning team and an advisory board of industry professionals we believe we can work through any roadblocks that may come our way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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