F.A.Q. for Authors

A list of frequently asked questions and their answers (FAQ) for attending authors. Do you have a question you need answered? Email us.

How much is author registration?

This is still being determined for 2018.

In 2017, author registration was $50 plus $3.74 processing fees. Registration included space for the author and one assistant.

When is the next event?

The date, time and location of the 2018 is still being decided. It will be in July or August of 2018 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Please sign up for our mailing list to be notified when the details are finalized.

For author registration, is payment expected when I register?

Yes, payment is required at the time of registration. Our budget relies on paid registrations.

Is my author registration refundable?

Registration fees are not refundable. Our budget relies on paid registrations and we are unable to refund your registration fee.

Is my author registration transferable?

Yes, you may transfer it to another author. You are responsible for finding an author to fill your spot and informing the event organizers via email at contactus@ia-otherworlds.com.

When you email the event organizers to cancel your attendance/registration, please include whether another author will be taking your place and you are transferring your registration to them along with all of the new author’s relevant contact information. If you do not inform the organizers upon cancellation that another author will be taking your spot, the organizers may, at their discretion, make an attempt to fill the open table. Once that attempt is made, your registration is no longer transferable.

Registration fees are not refundable. Our budget relies on paid registrations and we are unable to refund your registration fee.

How do I cancel my registration?

You need to email the event organizers at contactus@ia-otherworlds.com. This is the ONLY acceptable way to inform the event organizers that you are unable to attend.

When you email the event organizers to cancel your attendance/registration, please include whether another author will be taking your place and you are transferring your registration to them along with all of the new author’s relevant contact information. If you do not inform the organizers upon cancellation that another author will be taking your spot, the organizers may, at their discretion, make an attempt to fill the open table. Once that attempt is made, your registration is no longer transferable.

Please remember that your registration is NOT refundable.

Am I required to help promote the event?

Yes, you must put forth a good faith effort in helping to promote I.O.W.A. We will provide you with a number of social media friendly images you can share as well as printable flyers to post around your community. Please share your efforts on your preferred social media outlet using the hashtag #OtherWorld18 or post a note in the author group.

We do monitor the attending authors and their efforts to promote the event. If we feel you have not made a good faith effort to promote our event, it is possible that you will not be invited to attend in subsequent years.

Please see our Promote I.O.W.A. page for details about how you can help promote I.O.W.A.

Why am I required to help promote the event?

Our budget is limited to the money coming in from author registrations. Most of our budget is taken up by venue rental fees and the required insurance coverage. This leaves very little left to pursue large advertising efforts.

We do monitor the attending authors and their efforts to promote the event. If we feel you have not made a good faith effort to promote our event, it is possible that you not be invited to attend in subsequent years.

Please see our Promote I.O.W.A. page for details about how you can help promote I.O.W.A.

How much space will I be allotted?

This is still being determined for 2018.

In 2017, each author will receive a 2.5′ x 4′ table space + 2 chairs.

What do I need to bring to the event?

  • Copies of your books
    • Recommendation from past attendees: About a dozen of each book. If you have a series, you may want to bring extra of book one in the series.
  • Business cards
  • Your Square and/or PayPal card swiper
    • It is HIGHLY recommended you practice using your device BEFORE the event. We will NOT be able to provide technical support for you during the event.
  • Money to make change
    • Recommendation from past attendees: A minimum of $150: $50 in ones, $50 in fives and $50 in tens.
  • Markers or pens for signing
  • Swag/Giveaways
  • Banner with your name
  • A tablecloth
  • A newsletter signup list and pens for people to use
  • A silver sharpie is helpful for signing eReaders and other dark things
  • Snacks and/or something to drink in case you can’t get away from your table
  • Chapstick

Do I have to bring my printed ticket/registration to the event?

This is still being determined for 2018.

What are my parking options at the event?

This is still being determined for 2018.

Will the tablecloths be provided?

This is still being determined for 2018.