Membership in the Midwest Author Directory: $60 annually
Authors currently residing in or originally from North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan are eligible to join MIBA.
Where would booksellers be without authors? If booksellers are the backbone of the industry, authors are its beating heart. The partnership between authors and independent bookstores is crucial for the success of both parties -- most authors make their first public appearances among the shelves of an independent bookstore, and indie booksellers are often the vocal champions of an unknown author that eventually leads to widespread recognition. MIBA is commited to supporting all aspects of the book industry in the Midwest, and this includes making sure that authors are educated and prepared to work with independent bookstores.
If you are a Midwest-based author looking maximize your visibility among MIBA's member bookstores, as well as to other regional authors and to the larger book industry community, we encourage you to purchase a listing on our Midwest Author Directory. Our member bookstores will use this to invite authors to participate in readings, author events, book festivals, and other engagement opportunities, and the industry at large sees your listing as a confirmation that you have read and adopted the industry standards for working with independent bookstores. Once we have processed your application, we will send an invoice for your membership, payable online or by check.
NOTE: all authors listed in the directory must include an independent option for all books sold on their website. This can either be a link to Indiebound.org or to a local independent bookstore. Please ensure your compliance prior to filling out the form.