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|
Bayfield, Wisconsin -- Apostle Island Bookseller's picturesque location on the South Shore of Lake Superior is a coveted travel destination and cultural center.
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.)
- Duluth: 1.75 hours
- Minneapolis/St. Paul: 3.75 hours
- Madison: 5 hours
- Milwaukee: 6.5 hours
- St. Louis: 10 hours
- 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.
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.
This early draft schedule is in development and subject to change, but the start and end times won't change.
|Monday May 23||Tuesday May 24|
9:00-10:30 am - Lakeside Pavilion
Noon - Lakeside Pavilion
10:30 am-12:00 pm - Lakeside Pavilion
Program 3: Event reckoning
1:00-2:30 pm - Lakeside Pavilion
|Noon-1:00 pm - Lakeside Pavilion
3:00-4:00 or 4:30 pm - Lakeside Pavilion
|1:00-2:30 pm - Lakeside Pavilion
5:00-6:00 pm - The Dock Shop
8:00 pm - The Dock Shop
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.
Meal or Drink Event Sponsor
|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. Author placement details
Our pitch deadline has now passed. We are officially offering two styles of author events, with both hosted at Lakeside Pavilion.
- Estimated attendance: As of April 1, 65 booksellers and 8 industry members are registered
- Galleys: If you are able to supply 65 galleys for all attendees, we encourage it. We request a minimum of 50 galleys. In addition, please supply a galley request form for booksellers who can't attend to request a galley, whether it's paper or electronic
- Additional opportunities: 1) All authors are invited to have lunch together on Tuesday May 24 from noon-1:00 pm to network and socialize. 2) All authors are invited to join us at all the social opportunities listed in our program (plus publishers can host bookseller/author dinners as they prefer)
Keynote Author Breakfast
$750 placement fee
$400 placement fee
Tuesday May 24 / 9:00-10:30 am
Keynote author breakfast. Four keynote authors receive 10 minutes each to introduce their forthcoming book to our booksellers. This event will be followed by a casual book signing.
Tuesday May 24 / 1:00-2:30 pm
Moveable Sweets: Think Moveable Feast, but desserts. Twenty authors with forthcoming books sure to sell well in indie bookstores travel two-by-two to tables of booksellers to introduce their new titles, followed by a book signing for all. Desserts will be eaten.
If your author has been invited to one of the above events, please supply the following to Carrie Obry at email@example.com.
- Confirmation if they can attend
- Official author photo and book jacket
- Author's pronouns
- Author's dietary restrictions
- Name of guest if author would like to bring one
- Ship galleys requested above to:
Apostle Islands Booksellers
MIBA Spring Road Trip
AUTHOR / EVENT / QTY
112 Rittenhouse Ave
Bayfield, WI 54814