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Get Your Store on the Tour! Expert Advice on Preparing a Press Kit and Pitching to Publishers

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, March 28, 2018

 Maribeth PellyGet Your Store on the Tour! 

SIBA offers you two webinars with Maribeth Pelly, event planner at BookTowne and independent marketing consultant, to make it so!

Want to be a star at Publicists Speed Dating at Book Expo? Want publishers to choose you when they plan author tours? Stand out among your colleagues by signing up for both of these upcoming webinars.

Thursday, April 12 at 2PM: How to Prepare a Press Kit for Your Store.  In this webinar you'll learn:

  • How to put together a press kit.
  • How to improve an existing press kit.
  • How to highlight and format your store’s most compelling selling points (and which information to leave out).

For those with existing press kits, Maribeth will offer comprehensive reviews. Fourteen stores will receive a LIVE review of their press kits. The webinar will be recorded so you can share with your staff.

Thursday, May 24 at 2PM: How to Pitch Your Store to Publishers. After you’ve prepared your press kit, learn how to have a productive conversation with publishers, emphasizing how you can support their author tours. In this webinar you'll learn:

  • What publishers want to know (and what they don't).
  • How to build a successful author event program, even if you haven't had an author yet.
  • That store size doesn’t matter!
  • Tips for staying on publishers' radar all year long.

Attendees of these webinars are invited to a meet & greet pep talk with Maribeth at Book Expo before Publicists Speed Dating begins.

RSVP:, and include a copy of your current press kit. Deadline to register for April 12 webinar is Friday, April 6.

Tags:  authors  booksellers  bookselling  education  events  siba member hub 

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BookExpo’s “Introduce an Indie” Scholarships

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Thursday, March 22, 2018
Book ExpoAnnouncing BookExpo’s “Introduce an Indie” program in collaboration with SIBA and the ABA
BookExpo delivers a unique and valuable experience where independent booksellers explore the business of bookselling to increase their store’s profitability and community engagement. In order to ensure up and coming booksellers can enjoy this experience BookExpo is collaborating with the regional bookseller associations to bring eighteen new booksellers to BookExpo 2018, May 30-June 1 in NYC.


Winning booksellers must be both an ABA and SIBA member bookstore. They will be treated to a $400 AMEX gift card to pay for travel to BookExpo, a room at the official ABA hotel (The New Yorker) and a custom itinerary of meetings, education sessions and author events.
Applications must be filled out here by end of day April 6th: Indie-Contest/


  • Winners will be announced by April 10th.
  • BookExpo representatives will contact each regional association’s winners to discuss their individual goals for the show.
What your scholarship to BookExpo includes:


  • A $400 AMEX gift card to be used to pay for travel
  • A room at the official ABA hotel (The New Yorker) - Room and tax only – incidentals not covered
  • A custom itinerary of meetings, education sessions and author events
  • A mentor who will share tips and tricks on maximizing the BookExpo experience before, during and after the event
  • Each bookseller will receive a complimentary:
  • 3-Day badge to BookExpo for access to the exhibit floor and all conference sessions
  • Premium ticket to the BookExpo Adult Author Breakfast and Children’s Author Breakfast (one ticket per breakfast)
  • Collectible 2-Day BookCon badge for access to the exhibit floor and all panels
  • BookExpo will host a reception for the eighteen scholarship recipients in the VIP lounge onsite
  • BookExpo leadership staff will provide an onsite overview and tour of BookExpo
  • Exclusive opportunity to participate in meetings with executives of top publishers in their booths
  • Access to the ABA Lounge featuring a Galley Room, special Autographing Sessions


Tags:  BEA  booksellers  education  scholarship 

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Intern Attending the SIBA Trade Show

Posted By Raney Simmon , Thursday, October 16, 2014

As this is my first experience being an intern, I can say for sure one of the things I did not expect to do within my first month with SIBA was go to the SIBA trade show in Norfolk, Va. Caitlin Thigpen, a good friend of mine at Columbia College, is also an intern with SIBA and attended the trade show with me.  

Before going to the trade show, however, Caitlin and I helped Mrs. Wanda Jewell, our supervisor, with getting prepared. We printed out badges, organized tickets, and scheduled author interviews. Then before we knew it, the trade show began.  

To say I was excited is an understatement. I was exuberant at having the opportunity to collect galleys of books not yet released. I was also ecstatic because I was able to interview authors about their upcoming books.


One of the most enjoyable experiences for me attending the trade show was meeting all of the authors I was going to be interviewing. I was happy that I was able to interview authors about their new books. As a book worm, I have always wanted to talk to authors about their books and pick their minds as to what inspired them to write their stories. Being at the trade show, I was given that opportunity and found out a lot about the books I would be reading as well as the authors I interviewed.

Participating in the Civil War photo booth with the two sisters I interviewed about their book, Sisters of Shiloh, Kathy and Becky Hepinstall was also a lot of fun. During the whole photo process, they provided me with a lot of entertainment and really knew how to make me smile.


Seeing that there were so many people at the trade show who also had a passion for books really made me happy.

I enjoyed my time at the trade show. I gained some hands-on experience as both SIBA intern and reporter that I would not get anywhere else. And I received free books as well, which is a big plus for me.   

Tags:  authors  books  booksellers  SIBA  trade show 

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