NOTE: We are planning for an in-person
event in 2021. However, due to Covid-19, the event may be entirely
virtual or a hybrid. A final decision will be made in late May. All
registered authors and vendors will be included regardless of the
Following is the information regarding our
usual in-person event for future reference.
General admission to the Festival
(including author exhibits, seminars, and featured author sessions) will
be FREE to the
public and this 14th annual event will feature
● Corporate/publisher booths ● Author exhibits
● Small business/educational institution booths
● Featured author discussions and signings
● Up Your Game! Author Enrichment Sessions ● Thursday
● Free Workshops and Seminars ● Breakfast on Friday and Saturday
Book Club Meet and Greet ●
The 2021 Festival will be marketed nationwide to over 1,100
Black book clubs, 25,000 book readers, 100 libraries, and 1,000 chapters
of non-profit organizations (e.g., sororities, fraternities, etc). National and local media will be apprised of the event.
A full-color NBBF Newspaper will be distributed to schools and other
strategic locations throughout
the greater Houston area during the weeks leading up to the event.
The newspaper will include the full Festival schedule, as well as
information on featured authors, entertainment and workshop presenters.
The event will also be heavily promoted throughout the NBBF social
media network (Facebook and Instagram), which has 85,000+ fans.
Authors may obtain a covered table during the Festival. Author
tables include two chairs, two badges (for an assistant, if needed) and
table signage. In addition, authors who register with tables will
receive one (1) ticket to both breakfasts on Friday and Saturday. Authors will be
grouped according to genre for easy reader navigation through the Festival
The authors will be grouped
according to genre and there are 23 different genres, as shown below.
|1) African Diaspora
||6) Christian Fiction
||21) Science Fiction
||22) Teens/Young Adults
||13) Mainstream Fiction
||23) Urban Fiction
the 2021 Festival will be held on church property, the display of books
with profanity or nudity on the covers is strictly
prohibited. In addition, books in the erotica genre cannot be displayed.
Author tables may be reserved with a deposit, according to the
following schedule (all NBBF fees are non-refundable):
[Author registration fee includes one (1) ticket to
both Friday and Saturday breakfasts]
Registration (Photo fee of $89 for website placement)- $300.00
|Late Registration #1
- $350.00 [After 07/31/2021] - 50% deposit
#2 - $350.00 [After 09/15/2021] 50% deposit w/remainder due within
Once your deposit is made, the
author's name and link will be added to the NBBF web site within 48
hours of registration. AFTER
making your deposit, upload your author/book information here:
Make your deposit of $100.00
for your author table by clicking "Add to Cart" here:
To have your photo placed on the NBBF website pay your one-time author photo fee
of $89.00 by clicking "Add to Cart" here. Your photo will be added
to the NBBF website within 48 hours of receipt of payment and photo.
The photo is optional.
To make interim payments or to pay
amounts that are different from those shown above, log into your Paypal account and send the payment
to the following email address:
In the subject, put "NBBF Payment," your payment will be posted to
your NBBF account, and you will receive a confirmation email. For
authors that have already made deposits, you should have already
received a Paypal invoice from which you can make incremental payments.
The author/vendor packet should be downloaded and
reviewed by all authors who reserve tables, and is available here:
NBBF accepts a limited number of
non-book/small business and institutional vendors. The standard registration rate for small business vendor tables is only
$400.00, with a 50% deposit due upon registration with the final
balance due by August 31, 2021. The small business/institution vendor packet should be downloaded and
reviewed by all vendors who reserve tables, and is available here:
Once the deposit is made, the vendor's name and link are added to
the NBBF website and remain there until October 31, 2021, which provides
the vendor with months of free exposure. Tables include two (2)
tickets to both breakfasts on Friday and Saturday. To make your $200.00
deposit, click "add to cart" below:
making your deposit, upload your small business information here:
The standard registration rate for publisher exhibits is only
and a deposit of 50% due upon registration.
The remaining balance is due by August 31, 2021.
Publisher exhibits include
12' x 6' draped tables, 4 chairs, 4 vendor badges and table signage and 4 tickets to
both the Friday and Saturday breakfasts. The
publisher/vendor packet should be downloaded and reviewed by all
publishers who reserve tables, and is available here:
Once the deposit payment is made, the
publisher's name and link are added to
the NBBF website and remain there until October 31, 2021. To make your $250.00
payment, click "add to cart"
making your deposit, upload your publisher information here:
HOTELS: The host hotel is the
Sheraton North Houston and rooms are $89.00/night. NBBF will provide
complimentary shuttle service to and from the Sheraton daily. A list of
hotels close to the venue are online
For more information, please
contact us via e-mail at: