Midwest Connections has grown by leaps and bounds in the past year, thanks to increasingly active participation from booksellers like you. More publishers are eager to participate, and more authors and books with ties to our region are finding their ways into readers' hands. Thank you to everyone who supports the program and uses our display materials to promote the literary culture of the Midwest.
Changes to Rebate Structure
To help make Midwest Connections a sustainable program, and to further maximize the impact the program has on sales and exposure for selected titles, we're adjusting our rebate structure to reward booksellers for additional promotions.
Effective beginning with rebate requests for January 2016's picks, MIBA will no longer offer $50 for using the free display materials we send out each month. Instead, you'll earn $25 for your display, but you'll be able to earn the difference back by employing an additional promotional strategy. The total rebate amount will remain at $125.
Here's how to maintain your $125/month rebate offer.
Join Our Committee
Have you ever wondered how Midwest Connections Picks are selected? We use a team of booksellers to look for titles and select the slate of picks every month. If this sounds like something you or one of your staffers would enjoy, please email Robert for more information. We'd love to hear from you.
Publishers! We’d like to put your authors in front of key Twin Cities booksellers this spring. Build buzz for new titles, forge connections, and help authors get acquainted with local booksellers.
How? We're hosting a Spring Forum with ABA on March 16, 2016 in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (exact location TBD). The first part of the day will be education for booksellers only; the second part of the day will be a social author event (est. 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm). We estimate 60 booksellers will be in attendance--owners, managers, and frontline booksellers.
The exact format is dependent on how many authors join us. If we have more than 10, we’d host a Moveable Feast style author/bookseller speed dating event. If fewer join us, we’ll give authors an opportunity to address the audience individually. Either way, we’ll wrap up the event with a book signing.
Booksellers meeting authors in Minneapolis in 2014. See more pictures on Facebook.
2014 Spring Author Event in Minneapolis
Our spring meeting in 2014 was in Minneapolis and also featured an author social.