The Buckeye Book Fair (a nonprofit organization) is one of Ohio's foremost literary showcase events that offers extensive statewide publicity and a proven audience of book buyers. Our annual author-signing event is a fundraiser for the organization and our grants for literacy program.
Publishers are welcome to submit new works by Ohio authors or books that are on Ohio topics. Our thirteen-member Steering Committee reviews books on a monthly basis. Authors participate by invitation only. There is no fee for authors to participate; nor does the Buckeye Book Fair provide honorariums or cover travel expenses.
To participate in the November 5, 2016 Buckeye Book Fair, the author, illustrator, or photographer is required to meet the following criteria:
1) The author must have a new book published after the previous Book Fair's deadline (of August 2015).
2) The author's book(s) must be readily available from the publisher(s) for sale at the November Book Fair at standard retail terms. Only books from traditional publishers can be accepted. The Buckeye Book Fair does not include self-published, on-demand, or eBook titles.
3a) The author must be an Ohio native, resident, or have a significant tie to Ohio, or 3b) have a book on an Ohio topic, or 3c) be a nationally recognized author on a fall tour.
How to Submit
To be considered, please submit a review copy of the book (galleys are permitted if the book is not yet printed) to: Buckeye Book Fair, 205 W Liberty St, Wooster, OH 44691.
There is no application to submit with your book, but make sure to provide us with: 1) Author (or publicist) contact information, including email address, and 2) Author's Ohio connection, if not an Ohio resident.
The Buckeye Book Fair will not refuse any submissions, but we cannot return review copies.
Submissions for the 2016 Book Fair must be received by August 31, 2016.
The Review Process
If you and your book meet the qualifications, the Buckeye Book Fair Steering Committee will review your book for possible inclusion in the Fair. The Steering Committee uses a number of criteria to evaluate books for inclusion. Some of the qualities the Committee looks for in books include the quality of the work and its printing and design, broad interest appeal, and the price and overall salability of the book.
Since the Fair can accommodate fewer authors than requests received for attendance, entrance is competitive and books that meet all the submission qualifications may be declined. Our goal is to provide an excellent and diverse product mix of books that we believe will sell the best so that the event is successful and enjoyable for the visitors and the participating authors and helps us reach our fundraising goals.
Most invitations are issued to authors who are sought out by the Buckeye Book Fair organizers. We are happy to review submitted works for possible inclusion, but because the Steering Committee must familiarize themselves with many books, this review process may take some time to complete.
If your book is selected for inclusion, you will be invited to attend the Fair. Invitations are issued on a rolling basis and all invitations will be issued by the end of September.