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January 27 – 28, 2023

Author Registration Step 1 of 2

Before you begin

Have the following items on hand before you click the Pay Now button:

  • A credit card or PayPal account
  • Your author bio in a Word document
  • An author photo
  • An image of the front cover of one of your books
✓ Check the file size of images. Files exceeding 1 megabyte will not upload.


Credit Cards

WAG uses PayPal to securely process our credit card transactions, but you do not need your own PayPal account. You can just click the option on the PayPal screen labeled: “Pay with debit or credit card.”


Registration Instructions

Important: Registration is a two-step process that must be completed in a single session. Once you make your payment, you must finish the registration form and click the submit button. You cannot leave midway and come back later.

  1. Make sure you have your credit card, author bio, photo, and book cover ready.
  2. Click the Pay Now button. The fee is $25.00 until September 1st.
  3. Pay using a credit card or your PayPal account.
  4. When the payment transaction is complete, click the “Return to Merchant” option once and wait for the registration form to load.
  5. The registration-form page will appear. Fill in the fields, upload author bio, photo, and cover image, then click the submit button.
  6. Check your email. You will receive a payment receipt from PayPal and a confirmation message from the festival registrar. If you don’t see a confirmation email, check your spam folder.

To make a change or upload a file after you have registered, contact the festival registrar. Do NOT repeat the registration process, as it will create a duplicate entry and you will be charged twice.

Start here:

Important: After the PayPal transaction is complete, do not close your browser.
Click “Return to Merchant” on the PayPal screen to load the registration form.
You must submit a completed registration form or you are not registered even though you have paid.

By registering, you accept and agree to abide by our Terms of Exhibitor Participation. 


Terms of Exhibitor Participation

Writers Alliance of Gainesville, a non-profit organization herein referred to as WAG, presents the Sunshine State Book Festival as a venue for readers to meet authors and buy their books.

Registration Fee: Authors who wish to participate must register and pay a nominal fee for table space. The exhibit fee is $25 until September 1, 2023, and $50 thereafter, paid at the time of registration.

Refunds: Festival registration fee will be refunded if the cancelation request is received no later than January 2, 2023.

Exhibit Space: Each registered participant is allotted one half of an eight-foot table whose location will be determined by WAG. (Two authors per table, four feet of display space each.) The table, a chair, and tablecloth are provided.

Exhibitor check-in: begins January 28, 2023, at 8:00 a.m. All participants must be checked in by 9:30 a.m. and set up by 10:00 a.m. The festival is advertised to be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Participants should not take down their exhibit before 5:00 p.m.

Restrictions: Exhibitors may only sell books by authors registered for the Festival. Exhibitors may not sell merchandise other than books, except book promotion items directly related to the author’s books.

Exhibitors may not hang anything on the building walls or erect standing placards or signs that obstruct other authors’ tables or extend into the aisles.

Liability: Each exhibitor agrees to indemnify, and hold harmless Trinity United Methodist Church, Sunshine State Book Festival, and Writers Alliance of Gainesville for theft, personal injury, damage to goods, and circumstances beyond the festival’s control.

Sales and Taxes: All exhibitors are responsible for their own book sales, credit card processing, and tax reporting. WAG is providing only the exhibit space and does not have any financial involvement in sales transactions.