47th Annual Holiday Cheer
A Celebration of Oregon Authors
For nearly 50 years, the Oregon Historical Society has celebrated the literary talents of Oregonians at this annual holiday book sale and signing. Meet your favorite author, and take home a personally signed book for the perfect local holiday gift. All authors who are invited to participate have published in the current year, and many will have multiple books available for sale. Enjoy holiday treats, music, and more as we kick off the holiday season at the Oregon Historical Society!
Authors who submitted their application by the deadline of Friday, October 24 at 5 p.m. will be notified by November 1 of the status of their application.
Please note: Due to space limitations, we are unable to accept all applicants for this event. We do our very best to have a wide range of genres and subject matters present, and work to accommodate as many authors as possible.
1) Will you carry all three titles that are recommended on my application?
The Oregon Historical Society invites all authors to suggest three titles to have available at Holiday Cheer, however we will likely not be able to order all three titles. For all participants, OHS will order at minimum the 2014 publication that has made that author eligible to participate in the event, and it will be up to the Museum Store staff's discretion if they will order additional titles.
2) How are book sales facilitated?
The Oregon Historical Society will handle all book sales through our Museum Store. OHS will carry at minimum the author's latest title, which will be ordered directly through the author's publisher. If the author would like to have additional books at the event (up to three titles total), the author is able to bring those and be paid directly by the Oregon Historical Society at a 60(author)/40(OHS) sales split, no exceptions. Please see Question 4 for more details if you would like to provide your own copies for sale at the event.
3) Can I suggest that you carry more than three titles?
OHS limits the number of titles per author to a maximum of three in order to ensure fairness between new authors who are showcasing their first work, and those who have a long list of publications. While we would love to have everyone's books available for sale, fairness and space limitations make a limit of three books per author necessary to make this event successful.
4) What do I need to know if I am planning to provide my own copies of my book(s)?
Authors are welcome to provide copies of their books if arrangements are made in advance. If an author plans to provide copies of their own book, they will need to fill out a Book Submission Form, which will need to be emailed to Rachel Randles at Rachel.Randles@ohs.org by November 5. A W9 must also be submitted with the Book Submission Form in order for OHS to process payment. Prior to leaving the event, all authors will note the number of copies sold on the invoice provided, and will be paid following the event.
Books must be delivered to the Oregon Historical Society by December 1, 2014 in order to provide time for inventory and set up. Authors will need to carry out their books that night following the event unless advanced arrangements have been made.
5) When is my entry fee due?
Upon acceptance, all authors will be asked to pay a $25 entry fee, which is due by November 15, 2014. The Oregon Historical Society requests this entry fee in order to help the Society mitigate some of the costs incurred in ordering books for this special event. Without having these entry fees as part of the event revenue, the Society would be unable to continue producing this event, and we appreciate the support of all of the authors who participate in Holiday Cheer. As a thank you for your participation and generosity, all authors will receive a one-year family membership to the Oregon Historical Society.
Do you have additional questions that are not listed here?
Please contact Rachel Randles, Communications and Marketing Manager, at Rachel.Randles@ohs.org.