Spring Road Trip Industry Member Engagement

Attend, sponsor, and pitch authors

To all our industry members:

We're excited to host you in Bayfield, Wisconsin. This setting will be an extraordinary opportunity to form lasting connections with our bookseller members. Please read on for all of our planned enagement opportunities.

Our Spring Road Trip is a unique opportunity to strengthen our network of bookseller and industry members in a close-knit setting that allows for relationships to form. This event will be our first in-person gathering after a two-year pandemic delay. This custom experience in Bayfield, WI is designed to rejuvenate our bookselling community by bringing our members together to get reacquainted and have fun while also having in-depth conversations about the new realities of bookselling operations. 

Photo credit Matt Goudreau, Bayfield in running for Best Coastal Small Town Apostle Islands Booksellers
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Purchase a sponsorship
Pitch an author

Overview

Location

Bayfield, Wisconsin -- Apostle Island Bookseller's picturesque location on the South Shore of Lake Superior is a coveted travel destination and cultural center.

Our event will be take place at three venues in downtown Bayfield within walking distance of each other: The Dock Shop, Lakeside Pavilion, and Apostle Islands Booksellers.  

For those flying in, Bayfield is most accessible via Minnesota, not Wisconsin. Fly into Duluth, the closest airport with daily direct flights from both MSP and Chicago, rent a car, and drive 1 hour and 40 minutes to Bayfield.

You can turn your trip into a complete experience by visiting bookstores in Duluth (Zenith Bookstore, The Bookstore at Fitger’s, Amazing Alonzo!) and Ashland WI (Spinster Books) on your way to Bayfield, home to Apostle Islands Booksellers and Honest Dog Books. (If you want suggested for an extended bookstore tour, please ask us and we'll help you create an itinerary.)

Drive Times

  • Duluth: 1.75 hours
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul: 3.75 hours
  • Madison: 5 hours
  • Milwaukee: 6.5 hours
  • St. Louis: 10 hours

Airports

  • MSP International, Minneapolis/St. Paul - major hub with many car rental options
  • Duluth International, Duluth, MN - daily flights from Chicago O’Hare and MSP
  • Gogebic Iron County Airport, Ironwood, Michigan - daily flights from Chicago O’Hare

We are happy to arrange for pickups/shuttles from Duluth or Ironwood. Closer to the time of the event, we'll arrange carpools from the Twin Cities and Duluth.

Lodging

Book a room with our room block at The Bayfield Inn. Contact The Bayfield Inn directly to make a reservation at 800-382-0995 and mention “MIBA Block” to receive the group discounted rate.

Schedule

This early draft schedule is in development and subject to change, but the start and end times won't change.

All events will take place at three venues in Bayfield within walking distance of each other: The Dock ShopLakeside Pavilion, and Apostle Islands Booksellers.  

Monday May 23 Tuesday May 24
10:00 am
Self-guided walking tour of Bayfield with stops at Apostle Islands Booksellers and Honest Dog Books

8:30-9:30 am
Breakfast 

Noon
Lunch 

10:00 am 
Program 2

1:00-2:30 pm
Social event at The Dock Shop
Noon-1:00 pm
Lunch 

3:00-4:30 pm
Program 1 

1:30-3:00 pm
Program 3
5:00 pm
Cocktail hour 
4:00 pm 
Closing reception at Apostle Islands Booksellers

Register to attend 

Opportunities

1. Sponsor the event

We love working with our industry partners to help you build relationships with the indie bookstore market. Sponsorships can be purchased using the button below or when you register to attend.

Purchase a Sponsorship

Meal or Drink Event Sponsor
$250
Unlimited

Roundtable Sponsor
$500
3 available

All-event sponsor
$2,000
1 available

Your company profile in “Sponsors” section of MIBA’s homepage (activated on purchase) Your company profile in “Sponsors” section of MIBA’s homepage (activated on purchase) Your company profile in “Sponsors” section of MIBA’s homepage (activated on purchase)
Your company info distributed at the event (fliers, catalogs, swag, galley, etc.) Your company info distributed at the event (fliers, catalogs, swag, galley, etc.) Your company info distributed at the event (fliers, catalogs, swag, galley, etc.)
Logo and sponsorship acknowledgement associated with the specific meal or drink event Logo and sponsorship acknowledgement on event web page, all event emails, and at event, including program and tent cards Logo and sponsorship acknowledgement on event web page, all event emails, and at event, including program and tent cards
One free e-blast to MIBA members Two free e-blasts to MIBA members
Classic Feature in our newsletter "Get to know the Spring Road Trip Sponsors” (150 words) Deluxe Feature in our newsletter "Get to know the Spring Road Trip sponsors” (750 words)
Representative from your company can speak to group (limit 5 minutes)
Banner ad of your choice on our home page at time of purchase through end of show

2. Pitch authors

One of the most enjoyable aspects of our spring programming is learning about new titles and authors. Booksellers often form relationships with these authors, promote them in store and online, and invite them to in-store events. Several of our featured Spring authors have gone on to be become close collaborators with our indie booksellers.

Deadline: March 7

Please pitch your authors before March 7 for consideration for keynote and premiere positions. We can take additional pitches for standard participating authors after this date. 

Details

  • Pitch on Spring/Summer and Fall 2022 authors
  • Given the intimate setting of the event, we are booking only as many as 15-20 authors. Be judicious with your author pitches! Share only those especially primed for the indie market. Pitch no more than 1-3 authors per publisher depending on your size.
Reception Moveable Feast* Keynote
$300 $400 $750

To pitch an author

Pitch an author

* Please note, our program is actively in development and will be created directly in response to the education ideas and author/speaker pitches we receive during the pitch process. The author categories/costs above are a general guideline; the specific events we host will be finalized later on. We encourage you to think creatively with us and share not only authors, but in-house speakers and education/programming ideas.

Additional details

  • Estimated attendance: 65 booksellers
  • Galleys: 50 galleys are requested for each event if possible
  • Author lunch: We create an opportunity for the authors to come together to share a meal and network