2015 is just around the corner, and the 2015 KidLitCon Planning Committee is hard at work planning our ninth annual conference for children’s literature bloggers, readers, and allies. KidLitCon is a gathering of people who blog about children’s and young adult books, including librarians, authors, teachers, parents, booksellers, publishers, and readers. Attendees share a love of children’s books, as well as a determination to promote diversity in literature, foster a love of books, and to get the right books into young readers’ hands. People attend KidLitCon to discuss issues like the publisher/blogger relationship, to dish about the buzz on the next big series, to debate the benefits and pitfalls of writing critical reviews, and explore ways to overcome blogger burnout. People also attend KidLitCon for the chance to spend time face to face with kindred spirits, other readers who care passionately for children’s and YA literature.
This year, KidLitCon will be in Baltimore, Maryland, and although a date is still to be determined, it will most likely be between late September and early November.
There will be abundant opportunities available at our Baltimore Con for publishers and authors to participate. In the past, there have been book signings, editor-led panels, and publisher-sponsored author talks and luncheons. While we’re not yet sure what the shape of the 2015 KidLitCon will ultimately be, we wanted to be sure to get on your radar before the end of the year so that you can include us in your 2015 budget. We really hope you’ll join us! Some of the options you might want to consider are:
- Sponsorships. Underwrite a meal, happy hour, snacks, door prizes, or the printed program. If you can set aside as little as $250, we’ll work with you to craft a solid sponsorship plan that will benefit attendees as well as provide good publicity value for you.
- Suggest a keynote speaker, other speaker or session proposal.
- As a small volunteer organization, we cannot pay travel expenses for speakers, so you might consider assisting any authors interested in attending with travel expenses. It would also be a great opportunity for you to encourage your authors who are within driving distance of Baltimore.
- Provide ARCs for attendees.
- Provide publishing house promotional swag, such as screen-printed T-shirts and bags linked with specific book campaigns, bookplates and bookmarks, stationery, etc.,
KidLitCon generally attracts between 50 and 150 attendees, many of whom are influential bloggers in the children’s literature community. Many KidLitCon attendees have also been Cybils Awards judges. We’re a small but dedicated group with a loud voice.
You’re invited to be in on the ground floor of the planning and participating in this year’s con. We will be in touch early in 2015 as we have more information, but if you are interested in any of the opportunities above, please contact us so that we can begin to work out the details with you.
Sheila Ruth, Conference Co-Organizer
for KidLitCon 2015