Exhibit Curation Guidelines

IPNE exhibits at the major book shows are curated. By this process, our intent is to raise the overall quality of books that readers and industry professionals can discover through the public face of IPNE. 

This process is designed to enhance the reputation of the organization as a whole and its members individually, as it does with similar organizations.

Books will be considered for exhibit if they meet A and B, below:

A. ONE OR MORE OF THESE:

  1. IPNE Award winners or finalists.
  2. Winners or finalists of other established awards programs.
  3. Books accepted to previous shows under curation guidelines.
  4. Books on established trade organization publication lists (see guidelines).
  5. Library of Congress Catalog Number.
B. AND BOTH OF THESE:
  1. Publisher has completed, signed, and submitted our curation checklist.
  2. Completed IPNE profile, including book metadata and cover images.

If you don't meet at least one of the first set of 5 qualifications, send a copy of the book by the shipping deadline of the event at which you wish to exhibit. Books that do not meet the currently posted guidelines will be returned and exhibit fees refunded; and publishers will be offered mentoring sessions and resources to help their books meet curation for future exhibits. Final curation approval rests with the IPNE Board of Directors.

Former board member Kathy Brodsky at the Boston Book Festival, 2015

Book 'em - at IPNE events!

Scroll down this page to view events currently open for registration

The Independent Publishers of New England participates in three major cooperative book-marketing events each fall, and a number of smaller ones.

The "Big Three" this year include:

  1. New England Independent Booksellers Assn. (NEIBA). Reach 1,000 regional booksellers, agents, distributors, and readers.
  2. New England Library Assn. (NELA). Reach 600 regional librarians.
  3. The Boston Book Festival (BBF), every October in Copley Square, Boston. Event draws estimated 15,000 avid readers.
You'll also find IPNE exhibits and members at events like the Boston Book Festival's Hubbub children's festival in Boston; Bookstock in Woodstock, Vermont; New England  Authors Expo in Danversport, MA; the ARIA Authors Expo in Rhode Island; League of Vermont Writers; and other regional festivals, town days and markets. Suggest one in your area! 

Farther afield? Not to worry - you don't have to attend, or even be in New England, to exhibit at most of our events; though you may wish to attend when you can. It's fun to mingle and help other Indies; you'll get backstage access to excellent networking; and you'll be able to represent your books as only you can! Click here to join one of our event Project Teams.

Perhaps best of all, exhibiting with IPNE is a small fraction of the cost of mounting a full exhibit on your own. Our volunteers get to know your books and represent them with genuine enthusiasm, even after the shows are over. Please join us!

Book Shows, Festivals & Education

Upcoming events

    • 19 Oct 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Boston, MA (Copley Square)
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    Reach New Readers at New England's 

    Premiere Bookselling Event!

    BosonBookFest 2019 is October 19 - IPNE registration opens soon!

    Use #IPNEatBBF on social media!

    Everyone at IPNE is excited to host an exhibit at the Boston Book Festival (BBF) for our 10th year! What's even more terrific is that IPNE can represent small publishers and author-publishers at this important event, even though self-publishers are not allowed as solo exhibitors. 

    Because the BBF is so well attended by a concentrated crowd of book lovers, it creates a special opportunity for independent publishers to interact with the public and attract new readers. And remember: space is limited, and this show will fill up fast.

    About the Boston Book Festival

    The Boston Book Festival, now in its 10th year (2019), is the largest literary event in New England. It takes place in Copley Square, Boston every October, with tent booths ringing the square and author and publisher events in the Boston Public Library and surrounding buildings. Well-known authors give readings and talks, and the mood is festive!

    About the IPNE at BBF Exhibit

    IPNE's Boston Book Festival 2019 exhibit is a members only. If you're not a member, first join IPNE as a publisher or vendor member. Then, register for BBF and we will send information on where to send an additional copies (5) copies of your book for sale at the festival. 

    • Exhibit. The IPNE exhibit fee of $40 covers one (1) book and no more than 25 corresponding 4x9 rack cards (4x9 is the only size allowed). Please include your ordering URL on the rack card. The IPNE sales team will be selling the books. Authors/Publishers will receive 90% of the selling price. IPNE reserves the option to donate unsold books or post them for sale on our Facebook store. Leftover promotional materials cannot be returned.
    NOTE: Authors & publishers may not remain in the booth or alter the display in any way. This policy allows customers to view and buy your books more easily.
    • Sign. Signing sessions last for 50 minutes and begin at 10 am and end at 3 pm.  Final scheduling is at the show coordinator's discretion. 
    • Fees for current members. Exhibit fees for members are $40 for each book, with discounts to a maximum of three (3) books. A 50-minute signing session is $35.
    • Online registration. Registration is all online through our website. Once you are registered, we will follow up with information about setup, sales, volunteering, and other details.
    • Booth Etiquette.  The coordinators will arrange the display to allow customers to view and buy your books easily. Except when selling, authors may not remain in the booth or alter the display in any way. Authors may not bring items besides books or and rack cards except during a sign & sell session.
    • Sales & Inventory: The IPNE sales team will be selling the books. Authors and publishers will receive 90% of the selling price. Unsold books may be retrieved at the booth only; IPNE is not able to pack and store your books. IPNE reserves the option to donate unsold books or post them for sale on our Facebook store. Leftover promotional materials cannot be returned. 
    • Email the coordinators if you have questions or need help with online registration, and good luck at the show!

Past events

27 Feb 2019 Metro Boston Publishers Meetup
11 Feb 2019 Metro Boston Publishers Meetup
15 Dec 2018 Independent Publishers of Vermont
29 Nov 2018 Metro Boston Independent Publishers
17 Nov 2018 IPNE 7th Annual New England Publishing Conference 2018
25 Sep 2018 New England Independent Booksellers 2018 (NEIBA)
15 Sep 2018 Metro Boston Independent Publishers
02 Jun 2018 Metro Boston Independent Publishers
07 Apr 2018 Metro Boston Independent Publishers
01 Apr 2018 IPNE 5th Annual Book Awards 2018 - Submissions
21 Feb 2018 Market Your Indie Book Workshop - Hardwick VT
20 Feb 2018 Market Your Indie Book Workshop - Montpelier VT
03 Feb 2018 Metro Boston Independent Publishers
02 Dec 2017 IPNE@ARIA2017 - Rhode Island Book Expo
04 Nov 2017 IPNE 4th Annual Book Awards & Publishing Workshop
04 Nov 2017 Metro Boston Independent Publishers
28 Oct 2017 Boston Book Festival 2017
22 Oct 2017 New England Library Association 2017 (NELA)
18 Sep 2017 New England Independent Booksellers 2017 (NEIBA)
28 Jul 2017 2017 Bookstock, VT
26 Jul 2017 New England Authors Expo 2017
19 May 2017 IPNE 4th Annual Book Awards 2017 - Submissions
15 May 2017 IPNE 2017 Spring/Summer Catalog
21 Mar 2017 Bookstore Workshops in Vermont
10 Dec 2016 IPNE 2016 Annual Meeting & Elections
03 Dec 2016 IPNE@ARIA2016 - Rhode Island Book Expo
21 Oct 2016 IPNE 2016 Conference Exhibitor/Sponsor
21 Oct 2016 IPNE 2016-2017 Conference Catalog
21 Oct 2016 IPNE 6th Annual New England Publishing Conference 2016
21 Oct 2016 IPNE 3rd Annual Book Awards 2016
16 Oct 2016 New England Library Association 2016 (NELA)
15 Oct 2016 Boston Book Festival 2016
21 Sep 2016 New England Independent Booksellers 2016 (NEIBA)
29 Jul 2016 2016 Bookstock, VT
27 Jul 2016 New England Authors Expo 2016
05 Apr 2016 IPNE/APSS Webinar - Media & PR Secrets
26 Mar 2016 IPNE Metro Boston Meetup - 2016 Events Preview
30 Jan 2016 Metro Boston Meetup & Printing Plant Tour
05 Dec 2015 IPNE 2015 Annual Meeting & Elections
26 Oct 2015 NELA Conference 2015 (New England Library Association)
24 Oct 2015 Boston Book Festival 2015
25 Sep 2015 New England Publishing Conference 2015
25 Sep 2015 IPNE 2015 Fall Catalog
29 Jul 2015 New England Authors Expo
24 Jul 2015 Bookstock in Woodstock, Vermont
30 May 2015 IPNE Metro Boston - 2015 Events Preview
28 Mar 2015 IPNE Metro Boston Branch - Special Sales Workshop
06 Dec 2014 IPNE Annual Meeting & Elections
22 Nov 2014 IPNE Metro Boston Branch - Cranky Pants Publishing
08 Nov 2014 ARIA - Rhode Island Book Expo
30 Oct 2014 IPNE Metro Boston Branch - with Bunker Hill Press
25 Oct 2014 Boston Book Festival
19 Oct 2014 NELA Conference 2014 (New England Library Association)
30 Sep 2014 NEIBA Fall Conference 2014 (New England Independent Booksellers)
04 Apr 2014 New England Publishing Conference 2014
04 Jan 2014 IPNE Book Awards
20 Oct 2013 NELA Conference 2013 (New England Library Association)
06 Oct 2013 NEIBA Fall Conference 2013
26 Aug 2013 Book Ads, IPNE Fall Catalog, Deadline Sept. 18
19 Apr 2013 New England Publishing Conference 2013
27 Oct 2012 Boston Book Festival
14 Oct 2012 NELA Conference 2012 (New England Library Association)
03 Oct 2012 NEIBA Fall Conference 2012
28 Jul 2012 Bookstock (taking place in Woodstock, Vermont)
27 Apr 2012 New England Publishing Conference 2012
03 Dec 2011 IPNE Digital Publishing Tutorials: Tutorial 2. Digital Book Production: Deep Dive
22 Oct 2011 IPNE Digital Publishing Tutorials: Tutorial 1. Digital Publishing: An Introduction
15 Oct 2011 Boston Book Festival
12 Oct 2011 NEIBA Fall Conference 2011
02 Oct 2011 NELA Conference 2011 (New England Library Association)
30 Jul 2011 Bookstock (taking place in Woodstock, Vermont)
15 Nov 2010 How to Negotiate Large-Quantity Sales
08 Nov 2010 Preparing For And Making Presentations For Large-Quantity Sales
01 Nov 2010 How to Find More Buyers for Your Books in Non-Bookstore Markets
19 Oct 2010 November 2010 Vendor Spotlight
17 Oct 2010 IPNE Annual Members Meeting - Pay your own lunch
17 Oct 2010 NELA Conference 2010 (New England Library Association)
16 Oct 2010 January 2011 Vendor Spotlight
16 Oct 2010 December 2010 Vendor Spotlight
09 Oct 2010 October 2010 Vendor Spotlight
01 Oct 2010 NEIBA Fall Conference 2010
31 Jul 2010 Bookstock (taking place in Woodstock, VT)
04 Jun 2010 Espresso Book Machine tours
15 Jan 2010 American Library Association - Midwinter Meeting 2010
18 Oct 2009 NELA Annual Conference
02 Oct 2009 NEIBA - New England Independent Booksellers
25 Sep 2009 Burlington Book Festival 2009
06 May 2009 Massachusetts Library Association
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