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Here is a convenient Question and Answer for the upcoming Mesa Book Festival. Got a Question that isn't answered here?
When and Where?
Q: When & where is the festival?
A: For 2018, December 8th, 2pm-8pm. It is an outdoor affair on McDonald St. in DT Mesa, between Main and 1st AVE.
Costs to Attend
Q: Is there a cost to be an attendee?
A: It's totally free to the public. Save that $ and spend it with the authors who are participating.
Registration, General Q's
Q: I'm an author (or a publisher or a book seller), can I reserve a space (and how much)?
A: Yes, but not until we open registration. Space pricing and registration will be opened on August 15th (for the 2018 show).
Q: I'm not an author, or a bookseller, or a press. Can I reserve a space?
A: That will depend. We will be curating non-literary vendors to balance the event. You are welcome to reach out to us in advance at staff@mesabookfestival and see if you would qualify.
Q: I write (pick a genre). Can I get a space?
A: YES! We want authors across all genres and styles. The more variety we can promote, the more audience we expect will attend.
TPT Related Questions
Q: I have a non profit, and plan to accept donations, do I have to get and submit a TPT?
A: So, when you register, you will enter in your state Tax ID for your NP organization, then select a checkbox that says “Non Profit Tax ID”. In accordance with State regulations, you would follow their guidelines regarding accepting donations and reporting them accordingly. Visit the State of Arizona Website for further guidance, https://azdor.gov/transaction-privilege-tax-tpt
We cannot say you are OK or not OK to report/not report TPT from the sale items from your booth based on your NP status, if you are not sure, here are some accountants and tax professionals in Mesa: http://www.mesachamber.org/list/category/accounting-1017 .
It is our obligation to make sure that the State of Arizona receives documentation of the vendors that are representing.
Q: I do not plan to sell anything, do I need a TPT?
PUB (Pop Up Bookstore) Specific Q's
Q: I'm an author, I have books, I want a space, but I hate dealing with sales. Can you help?
A: Well, Kinda. We will have 2 exclusive booksellers, Bonny Books and Duncan's Books and More, that will be available to handle transactions for your books. They will also handle all sales tax and otherworldly government entity requirements, as well :). They will only be able to handle transactions in tyhe PUB, or Pop-Up Bookstore, which will be special booths on site. It is a seperate registration fee to have your books in that area, so read the registyration page carefully before you buy your space.
Q: Is there a consignment fee in the PUB?
A: Yes, 10% of sales.
Q: Is there a limit on the number of books that I can register for the PUB?
Side Event Specific
Q: Why a big poetry open mic?
A: We like Poetry. It's kind of a thing for us :). Poets will be able to register when we open event space registration.
Extra Services/Promotional Opportunities
Q: Will you have attendee bags? Can I put a flyer/coupon/fun toy in it to promote my thing?
A: YES! Go here, scroll to the bottom, and click the "pay now" button.