Lots of publishers add their Event Grids to Edelweiss, which provides an interactive way to collect event proposals/bids for their touring authors. Basically, you can provide a list of your touring authors, including their tentative tour stops and any other information you would like to provide. Your accounts can submit their proposals based on the information you’ve provided, as well as the publisher-generated title information…all that rich bibliographic content found in all your Edelweiss title entries. You’ll see each account’s General Event Profile as well as their specific “event proposal” for each author. Bookstores, libraries, festivals, radio shows, etc. all use the event grids in Edelweiss to request author appearances.
The first step is to create a catalog or a collection listing all the titles you’d like included in your grids. Then, click your name at the top of any Edelweiss page to get to your profile page. To manage grids, you’ll need to be sure your account has Publicity Admin privileges, as shown below. Click Administration to get to the administration pages (or go here once you’re logged in: https://admin.edelweiss.plus/)
In that Administration page, click in to Administer Event Grids:
Click in to New Campaign, where you can name your grid, provide a brief description, decide for which venues your grids will be available, a due date (the date after which your grids will be closed for all users, and then you can choose your catalog or collection from a list of all your available catalogs and collections:
Once saved, scroll down to this new grid, and click into the tools icon to edit the grid’s particulars… this re-opens the screen shown above.
Click the Upload button to upload a spreadsheet with tour details. In the screen that pops up, it’s easiest to “Click here to export current event grid in excel” to quickly create a spreadsheet of all the titles in your grid in the format required for upload.
Once you’ve edited that spreadsheet with your tour details, just upload it to add all that information to your grid!
You can also go to your Event Grids page (click the Edelweiss icon at the top to get back to Edelweiss+ proper), to edit your grids title-by-title if that’s more your thing:
Click the name of your grid to enter it:
There, you can edit the Tour Information for each title:
Once completed, you can share this grid with your accounts. Go back to the Administration page, find that grid in the list, and click the Share icon here:
This will make the grid visible to all users to whom you or your reps have granted access. Learn more about granting access to accounts here. You’ll likely want to send an email to your contacts (outside of Edelweiss) to let them know that your grid is ready for their requests, along with whatever other pertinent information you generally like to provide. You may wish to provide a link to help documents that explains grid use from their perspective. You can find those here.
See details about working with these requests once your grid’s deadline has passed here. You will then simply go through the event proposals to find and schedule the most promising events
It’s up to you how you’d like to communicate with your accounts. A best practice is to respond to each account who submitted a request and let them know the status…yay or nay. This is, of course, up to you, and something that is not done through Edelweiss.
Once an Event Grid is “Closed,” or the Due Date has passed, you can Archive it to clean up your view. You’ll want to wait until your team is finished working on it, of course!