How To: Plan Your Convention Budget
by Lee French
What’s the minimum amount of money needed to work a table at a convention?
The bare minimum expenses:
To really succeed, you’ll need to invest a bit more:
Many shows offer plenty of time, but some require you to be in or out in two hours or less.
In total, aside from the table fee and transportation, a good, solid start needs about $400 for books, banners, bookmarks, and odds & ends. If you can catch sales for banners and similar items, you can keep the costs lower. The good news is that many of these items won’t need to be repurchased for every show, so your costs come down to books, table fees, bookmark/card replacement, and transportation for subsequent shows.
For more information about this subject, check out Working the Table: An Indie Author's Guide to Conventions by NIWA members and convention veterans Lee French and Jeffrey Cook.
Good luck, and don’t forget to order your books well in advance!
Lee French lives in Olympia, WA with two kids, two bicycles, and too much stuff. She has
published over a dozen fantasy and science fiction titles, including the bestselling SPIRIT
KNIGHTS young adult urban fantasy series. She is an active member of the Northwest
Independent Writers Association (niwawriters.com), the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of
America (sfwa.org), and the Olympia Area Writers Coop, as well as being one of two Municipal
Liaisons for the NaNoWriMo Olympia region and a founding member of Clockwork Dragon
Books. Find out more about her work at authorleefrench.com.