Application Guidelines

Applications are now OPEN!

Please review the guidelines below prior to submitting your application. 

How is an author considered?

To be considered, the author’s book(s) must:

  • be available through a national distributor (e.g., Ingram and Baker & Taylor)
  • be coded as returnable through the distributor and have an ISBN and a bar code

Should a self-published author apply?

Self-published titles and works published through a vanity or joint venture press, a subsidy publisher, a print-on-demand service, or by the author of the book, will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

When will authors be contacted about participating in the 2018 YAS Book Con?

Invitations to participate will go out on a rolling basis from May 1, 2018 through July 13, 2018—or until all available author slots are filled.

What are the expectations of authors, if selected?

All participants must be available to sign books from 9am to 2pm on Friday, October 19, 2018.

While all authors will be assigned to participate in panel discussions, those chosen to teach workshops will be contacted individually.

Who decides which authors are invited?

YAS Book Con is a sister event to the SOKY Book Fest held annually in April. SOKY Book Fest is a partnership of WKU Libraries, Warren County Public Library, and Barnes & Noble Booksellers. The invitation decision will ultimately be made by the WKU Libraries Literary Outreach Coordinator in consultation with other members of the SOKY Book Fest partnership. The goal of the partnership is to create a festival with a roster of authors that blends genres, audiences, age ranges and interests.  Authors will be chosen based on applications and by direct invitations to authors who do not apply, but whose presence would enhance the event.

The partnership reserves the right to accept or reject any applications, at its sole discretion.  All decisions are final.

What happens if an author cannot attend once accepted?

Cancellations must be sent in writing to the coordinator no later than 1 month prior to the event date.

Applications are now OPEN!

Please review the guidelines below prior to submitting your application. Applications are open from May through July 9th.