Trade Show FAQs

Overview

 

Questions & Answers

Question: Is the trade show open to the public?

Answer:

 

No. This is an industry show, and not open to the public. You must be a member of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance to attend.

 

Question: Do I have to be a member of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance to exhibit at the show?

Answer:

 

No, you don't. Exhibit space is open to anyone, but table rental prices are higher for nonmembers than for members.

 

Question: Can I sell my books at this show?

Answer:

 

As an industry trade show, #SIBA14 is attended by booksellers and book buyers, not the general public. Booksellers will place orders for their stores and open new accounts with new vendors. But as a rule they will not purchase stock to take back with them.

 

Question: I'm a publisher. How do I get my author into the program at the show?

Answer:

 

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance invites exhibiting publishers to submit authors in consideration for special events to be held Friday through Sunday, September 19-21, 2014. These programs will be held at the SIBA Trade Show in Norfolk, Virginia. It is imperative that you have registered to exhibit at the SIBA Trade Show before authors can be considered. The newest titles are considered first for author appearances. The majority of the slots are filled by authors of books that pub in the Fall of 2014 and the Winter of 2015. SIBA tries to balance speakers by having authors of contemporary fiction, nonfiction, biographic and childrens content as well as celebrity authors. Suggested authors will also be considered as speakers for panels and readings and other events. An administrative fee of $299 will be charged for each confirmed authorat the SIBA Trade Show. Sponsoring entities will not be charged the administrative fee. Please submit your suggestions via email or fax(309-410-0211) or mail to: SIBA, 3806 Yale Ave., Columbia, SC 29205. If you have any questions call or email Wanda Jewell at the SIBA office at 803-994-9530,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Question: I've registered to exhibit. How many people can I bring to staff my table?

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Exhibitors are allowed 6 free badges per table. If you need extra badges, you must contact the SIBA office.

 

Question: I'm an author. Can I still come to the show even if I'm not exhibiting?

Answer:

 

If you are a member of SIBA, you can come to the show, but only authors of exhibiting publishers are featured and please do not solicit at the trade show.

 

Question: I'm a bookseller. Can I bring my staff with me to the show?

Answer:

 

All show attendees receive three free badges. All exhibitors receive 6 free badges per table. Extra badges must be requested from SIBA.

 

Question: Why do you discriminate against online bookstores by making them pay more?

Answer:

 

It is not our intention to discriminate but to delineate. Brick and mortar stores have to put up an initial investment to get a physical bookstore off the ground and into the hearts of their communities. It takes both time and money. The great thing about the Internet is it does not require the ongoing overhead and initial investment that a brick and mortar business does require and in most cases, it has become an absolute necessity that these brick and mortar bookstores also have an online concern. The difference in dues payment is only $350, when we ask that a brick and mortar bookstore member buy or lease a building, buy books & other products, outfit the store with point of purchase areas and shelving, buy insurance, hire staff, and many, many other very expensive things which we do not ask of online bookstores. What we do ask of online bookstores is a demonstration of commitment via a mere $500 in dues payment.

 

Question: As a bookseller, what can I bring onto the show floor?

Answer:

 

Purses, book bags, back packs and shoulder totes are allowed. Wheeled carts, rolling luggage and any containers that are not carried are not allowed, except for medical reasons. Permits can be applied for at the registration booth on site.

 

Question: My plans have changed. Can a get a refund for my registration?
Answer: The cut off date for refunds is August 31.

Question: What do I get with my table rental?
Answer: SIBA hosts a line-of-site all-table-top show. Every table rental includes 36 sq ft of exhibit space with a 6 x 2.5 ft. table that is draped with a sign, and two chairs, withcarpet. Wallspaces are tables along the perimeter of the exhibit fl oor that allow for things to be hung and for larger items to be displayed. Table rental also includes badges, registration, free wifi and a 50 word directory listing that is printed both in the directory and online. Exhibitors can also participate in the exhibit hall scavenger hunt free of charge.

Question: What are set up, tear down, and exhibit hours?
Answer: Set Up: 
Friday, September 19th from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Exhibits Open: 
Saturday, September 20, from 9:00 am -1:00 pm, 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Sunday, September 21, from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Tear Down: 
Sunday, September 21, from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm.

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