Wednesday, July 9, 2014

In Print meeting Saturday July 12

Are you a writer living in the Rockford, IL or surrounding area?  Do you want to know more about writing science fiction?  Where do science fiction authors get their ideas, anyway?  How do they take the kernel of an idea and turn it into a novel?
If you want to find out a little more about these and other burning questions, please join us at the regular In Print meeting being held Saturday, July 12 at 1:00 p.m. at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 406 North Main in downtown Rockford.  In addition to hearing all the new and exciting news about the In Print writing group--including information on our upcoming Book Fair in October--you will hear from two amazing authors, who will have a presentation on their craft:

Ted Iverson, In Print member and In Print Board member (Membership), is the author of several novels, including Mission to the Stars Hostile Takeover, Mission to the Stars FTL, and also First Endeavors, a book containing two short stories.  Learn more about Ted at his website,

Matt Forbeck is also the author of numerous novels, including The Brave New World series, the Dangerous Games series, and as evidenced by his website,

It’s free, appropriate for all ages, and the public is welcome.  Hope to see you there!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chris Cacciatore at

We have several Board members who have terms that are expiring.  If you’re interested in holding a Board position, i.e. Treasurer, please feel free to come to the meeting and see Sandy Colbert, President of In Print.

The In Print group is an affiliate of the Chicago Writer's Association.  Membership in the In Print writer’s group is $30 per year, which includes the membership in the Chicago Writer’s Association.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

In Print Book Fair 2014


In Print, the Rockford Area Professional Writers Group is hosting its first ever independent Book Fair!  

As many of you may know, in the past we’ve held our annual book fair at Barnes and Noble. This year it will be held at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center in downtown Rockford. Although we have a great relationship with Barnes and Noble and appreciate the support that they have given us at the previous Book Fairs, they will not be involved in this event.

Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Hours: 11:00 to 4:00
Fee: $25.00 for In Print Members
        $30.00 for non-members


Your fee entitles you to a table space from 11:00 to 4:00. You may bring your promotional material as well all of your books that you wish to sell. 

The event will be heavily promoted on our website and Facebook page, as well as newspaper and other media advertising. 

We are very excited about this event and feel that it will be a success for our authors as well as for In Print. So please join us in bringing this great event to the Rockford area!


Sandy Colbert

President, In Print

Q & A 

Where is the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center? 

406 N. Main Street

Rockford, IL 61103 

If you are familiar with Rockford, it is one block over from the Coronado Theater. 

Their website is:  Please check it out. 

Yes, it was formerly a Presbyterian church. It is a beautiful building with great atmosphere. The event will be in the banquet hall. Panel discussions will be held in a small chapel space across the foyer. 

Since I’m not familiar with the area and since I’ll be there all day, is there a place nearby to catch a quick bite to eat? 

There are several places in the area, but it would mean driving or walking quite a few blocks. We will have a small refreshment stand where we will be selling coffee, water, soft drinks and packaged snacks. It’s not a problem if you bring a small lunch. 

How can I promote the event? 

We ask that you put it on your website and Facebook page, even if you cannot attend the event. And don’t forget word of mouth. In Print will do all that they can, but we will need everyone’s participation to get the word out. We do plan on doing a big media blitz. 

Will there be anyone available to help set up? 

The tables and chairs will be set up with your name plate. We do recommend that you bring someone with you so that your table is covered when you need to walk away. It also helps to have someone help with your setup if you have a lot of promotional material. There will be In Print volunteers there to help as well as to answer questions. 

What is the parking situation like? 

There is some street parking, but it has a two hour limit and we want to keep those available for our customers. There is a large parking lot about a quarter of a block away next to one of the other MPAC buildings, so parking will not be a problem. There is also parking across from the Coronado Theater.
11:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M.











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Please indicate if you are a current member of:


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Or neither __________________ 




Please complete entire application, including your signature. Incomplete applications cannot be considered for the event. 

All entry forms must be received no later than September 25th, 2014. Forms received after that date will be returned.

Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first come basis. So sign up soon!  



Signature and Date 


Please mail completed application with your fee to:

 In Print/Book Fair

 P.O. Box 2146

 Loves Park, IL  61130 

Email your questions to: 

All applications will receive a confirmation email.