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A free, one-day literary celebration to promote a love of reading among young adults in the Greater Boston area.
A free, one-day literary celebration to promote a love of reading among young adults in the Greater Boston area.
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www.bostonteenauthorfestival.com | @BTAFest | #BTAF18

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 
  • Marketing

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.

Lastly, we always love interacting with people on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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.

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    Thank You!

    Let us show our appreciation for your donation by sending you a digital thank you letter!

    We’ll also send a list of book recommendations from all 12 team members with titles we feel don’t get enough love.

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    Enamel Pin

    Show your BTAF pride by rocking our adorable book heart enamel pin. Approximately 1x1.25".

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    Book + CAT Necklace

    Display your love of reading AND CATS with a handmade necklace featuring a majestic floof among the stacks!

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    "Exercise in Empathy" Print

    “Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for awhile.”

    Keep this important reminder close with handmade quote art by BTAF team member Meaghan! (8.5x11", unframed)

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    "The Love of Books" Print

    “The love of books is a love which requires neither justification, apology, nor defense.”

    Show off your literary prowess with this handmade quote art by BTAF team member Meaghan! (8.5x11", unframed)

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    "To Their Readers" Print

    “Books belong to their readers.”

    DFTBA! You can start by displaying this handmade quote art by BTAF team member Meaghan! (8.5x11", unframed)

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    Running Out of Time Neckalce

    "Why do you write like you're running out of time?"

    For all of those Hamilton lovers out there, we have added a new reward! Thanks to those who voted on the new design on Twitter!

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    "An Excellent Library" Print

    “I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

    Show off your literary prowess with this handmade quote art by BTAF team member Meaghan! (8.5x11", unframed)

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    "War Against Reality" Print

    “Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.”

    Defeat reality with this handmade quote art by BTAF team member Meaghan! (8.5x11", unframed)

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    Venue Map Poster

    Receive a fantasy-style map of the Cambridge Public Library and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School designed by BTAF team member Emilie! It’s gorgeous AND functional! (11x17")

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    Book Cozy

    Protect your books with one of these 7x10" color-themed and BTAF-branded cozies handmade by BTAF team member Emilie!

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    eReader Cozy

    Protect your ereader with one of these 4.5x6.5" color-themed and BTAF-branded cozies handmade by BTAF team member Emilie!

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    Exclusive Signed Poster

    Do you love authors and exclusive things?! Donors for this level will receive an 11x17" poster featuring the names and signatures of the full BTAF 18 lineup! Act quick, there are only 10 available.

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    Editor Query Critique

    Ready to start sending your novel to agents but looking to get a professional opinion on your all-important query letter first? Look no further! BTAF team member and Page Street editor Courtney Burke can help!

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    Phone Call with Patrice Caldwell

    Are you a TEEN writer who would love to know more about publishing? Have all of your questions answered on a 30 minute phone call with Disney editor extraordinaire Patrice Caldwell! (Note: This is NOT a book pitch session, but it IS an opportunity to learn about the publishing process from a knowledgeable and well-respected source!)

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    Everless Book Box

    Who doesn’t love exclusive swag? You definitely want this book box themed around EVERLESS by Sara Holland. Not only will you get a signed copy of the book, but you’ll also get a branded candle AND an exclusive time capsule from her launch event!

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    Anger Is a Gift Book Box

    What’s even cooler than exclusive swag? A book box curated by the author themself! Mark Oshiro will curate a one-of-a-kind collection of items inspired by his novel ANGER IS A GIFT, including a signed copy!

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    Nova Ren Suma Critique

    Do you have a short story or a section of a novel that needs a second pair of eyes? Look no further than Nova Ren Suma, bestselling author and creative writing teacher!

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    Erin Cashman Critique

    Get the best of both worlds with this level by award-winning author Erin Cashman! She’ll give you her feedback on both your query and first chapter so you’ll be ready to launch your work into the world!

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    Become a Book Character

    A favorite of years past: become immortalized in the pages of a novel! One of these four authors will include your name in their upcoming work: Adrienne Kisner, Claire Legrand, Kim Savage, or Rachel Lynn Solomon.

    Donors will be matched with the author of their choice in the the order that they donated.

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    Kiersten White Library 1

    Receive a Kiersten White library consisting of signed paperbacks of the Lada trilogy featuring the *UK covers*, a signed ARC of Bright We Burn, PLUS a BTAF tote bag.

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    Kiersten White Library 2

    Receive a Kiersten White library consisting of signed paperbacks of And I Darken and Now I Rise, signed ARC and hardcover editions of Bright We Burn, PLUS a BTAF tote bag.

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    Books + Cozy

    Receive 3 signed books from the BTAF18 lineup, in addition to one of our handmade cozies! The books may be a mystery, but you can trust us, they’re GOOD.

    For those picking up their packs at the fest, you can choose your bundle in the order you claim them at the Kickstarter table. For those purchasing from out of state, we’ll mail you a random pack!

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    ARC Tote

    Another favorite back by popular demand! Receive a tote bag featuring our brand new logo, 5+ ARCs from October 2018 or later, and an adorable BTAF branded mug!

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    Mary E. Pearson Library

    Receive a Mary E. Pearson library consisting of signed copies of the Remnant Chronicles and Dance of Thieves, PLUS a BTAF tote bag.

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    Mystery Book Box

    Are you ready for a surprise? 10 donors can receive an epic book box curated by US! Shh, it’s a secret what’s inside, but you can expect at least 1 ARC, a signed YA hardcover, a tote bag, either a nerdy accessory OR framed quote art, adorable Porter Square Books swag, and a bunch of fun bookish merch as well! What a deal!

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    Malinda Lo Library

    Receive a Malinda Lo library consisting of signed paperback copies of Ash, Huntress, Adaptation, and Inheritance, a signed hardcover of A Line in the Dark, PLUS a BTAF tote bag.

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    Holly Black Library

    Receive a Holly Black library consisting of signed copies of The Cruel Prince (HC), The Darkest Part of the Forest (PB), The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (pb), Tithe (HC), Valiant (HC), and Ironside (HC), PLUS a BTAF tote bag.

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    BTAF Fan Pack

    Are you a BTAF super fan? Show your love by rocking our 2018 merch! Donors will receive our full-color Heart of YA tote bag (designed by Meaghan and Emilie), a BTAF18 t-shirt, the enamel pin, the venue map poster, AND our list of book recs!

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    Front of the Line

    Want to skip the line for the BTAF18 signing? We're giving out just FIVE fast passes for those super dedicated readers who are too excited to wait.

    You'll also get all the awesome swag from our BTAF Fan Pack!

    NOTE: This pass is for ONE individual. If you want to go in with a friend or family member they'll need to purchase a separate pass.

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    Red Sox Fan Pack!

    For the sports-inclined reader, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is about to knock your sox off! They’ve donated TWO tickets to see a game from their skybox at Fenway Stadium on September 28th. (Psst, it's against the Yankees…)

    We’ll also throw in two BTAF18 t-shirts so you can represent your BTAF pride at the game!

    The donation includes access to food and beverages available in the suite. It’s along the 3rd baseline and offers a spectacular view!

    NOTE: These are NOT for resale! They absolutely must be used by the donor.

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