The Author’s List of Things to Bring
Must Haves/Final Check:
_ Phone and Charger
_ Directions to Event & Host #
To Get There & Back:
__ Big sturdy tote bag or storage bin
__ Solid Boxes
__ Wagon/Dolly if you have lots of stuff
__ Check that it actually fits in your vehicle (including tall display stands/objects)
__ Rolling suitcase
For Your Books:
__ 5-7 copies for a stack on your table. If book is thin, plan on 8-10 copies/stack. If book is large, just 1-3 copies will work fine.
__ # of copies of each title you think is realistic to sell depending on the event.
__ A nice pen that doesn’t bleed. Make that 2 pens, in case you lose one.
__ 5 pens for others to use (signing up for your mailing list), ones that can walk away.
__ 1 display easel per title. Bring 2-3 extras in case the table size is odd or you end up with extra space to display more.
__ Price Signs or display. Ex: Mini Chalk Boards, Small business card size poster, wipe off board or 8×11 poster with book titles and prices.
__ Bookmarks and marketing materials
__ Posters and display easels
__ Small shelving unit
__ Pre-written signing slogans – on a notepad.
__ Bring a Lanyard (name tag) in case the event doesn’t provide them.
__ Table mat or poster for front of table with your name and website on it.
__ A postcard or 8×11 poster (in an acrylic or other display) with professional information about you, your work, your website, social media etc.
__ Business cards (For each of your careers) & __ Card Holder
__ Bookmarks, postcards, pamphlets, anything that provides information about you/your work. Bring a display if you’d like it to be on the table.
__ Poster, Nameplate with your website on it
__ Print out upcoming events list
__ Any media mentions, newspaper clippings that you can set out (great for extra table space)
__ Money box/bag
__ GET CASH OUT (days before)
__ Receipt book or paper for receipts
__ Inventory list (before and after event)
__ Record book
__ Mobile Payment Device (And it’s set up!)
__ Medicine (Take extra)
__ Water bottle
__ Money for other drinks/food
__ Snacks and meals (bite size and not messy)
__ Lunchbox/ice pack
__ Outfit Laid Out
__ Back Up outfit ready
__ Sweater/lap blanket/mini fan
__ Refreshing Kit (Deod/body spray/makeup/hairbrush/hairtie)
__ Map/Directions to Event
__ Event Host Phone # and Location # (in case you get lost or are late)
__ Phone Charger
__ Smaller wallet/purse so you are not lugging a big one around
__ Pen holder plus pencil case for travel/storage
__ Hand sanitizer and/or wet wipes
__ Bags (to give people who have full hands, think plastic grocery or small paper)
__ Travel Log (for auto, gas mileage)
__ Cushion/Back Support for chair
__ Extension Cords/Chargers
__ Post its or notepad
__ Business Card Holder (for those who give you theirs)
__ 2-3 ziplocks for random loose stuff
__ Mini trash can/bag
__ labels (if you lend out extra stuff to other event people)
__ Speaking necessities – if opportunity arises (laptop, presentation material, microphone)
Your Extra Stuff (Products/Services):
__ Postcards or poster with info about services
__ Business cards for other services you provide
__ Email Sign Up Sheet*
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