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The #SIBA17 Discovery Show is coming to the Big Easy
September 15-17, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana
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Call for Authors
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 2017 and the Winter of 2018. Only titles that are represented on the exhibit floor are featured.
Balance is achieved 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 will be charged for each confirmed author at the SIBA Discovery Show. Sponsoring entities are not charged administrative fees.
Please submit your suggestions via the form found at the bottom of this page, or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or fax (309-410-0211) or mail to: SIBA, 3806 Yale Ave., Columbia, SC 29205. The deadline is June 1, 2017.
If you have any questions call or email Wanda Jewell at the SIBA office at
Glossary of Events
Beloved Sponsors of the Discovery Show do not pay author confirmation fees. If you are not a sponsor and are interested take a look:
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SIBA will work with any exhibitor who would like to be a SIBA Sponsor.
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Publishers & Authors: Please note that SIBA strives to build the best show possible and that our featured author slots go to the newest books first and come from exhibiting entities only. Books that are newly published in the fall of 2016 and the winter of 2017 are considered before any other titles.
Author Panels: All of the author panels take place on Friday. Author Panels are scheduled either from 11 AM - Noon, 3-4 PM or 4-5 PM. We plan panels around topics for which we have titles but we always try to do both a Children & Young Adult author panel. In years past we have had panels around State Books, History, Hideous & Haunting, and Book Club Reads. Any author on a panel should prepare to talk for no more than ten minutes and participate in a Q&A. All authors who appear on panels on will sign their books at the SignAround from 2-3pm on Friday afternoon. 75 Books are required plus a $399 confirmation fee.
Kick-Off Author Lunch: This lunch is on Friday from Noon – 1:45 PM and often features up to 5 authors. Expected attendance is 100. Authors pre-sign 100 books. Featured authors should speak for no more than 12 minutes. In addition to the pre-signed books, a $899 confirmation fee is required.
The First 180 Days Party is modeled on the ABA’s successful Winter Institute Author Reception only all of the authors have new books coming in the first half of 2016. This is a signing event limited to 25 authors. 75 galleys are required and there is a $499 confirmation fee author.
SIBA Supper: This supper is on Friday night from 7 – 9 PM, and features up to 5 authors. Expected attendance is 150. Authors at this event will pre-sign 150 books. Featured authors should speak for no more than 12 minutes. A $999 confirmation fee is required.
Late Night Event: SIBA & the Shoe Burnin’ Show: This literary hootenanny begins at 9:30 PM where selected authors will present a segment from their book accompanied by music. Author Shari Smith will put the pieces together and match them up to the musicians and a rollicking good time is guaranteed. Confirmation fee of $499 & 100 pre-signed books are required.
Breakfast Opportunities: In most cases, the Saturday & Sunday Breakfasts are sponsored by a publisher. Interested publishers should contact email@example.com for more details. Breakfasts are scheduled from 7:30-9 AM. In the event it is not sponsored, the confirmation fee is $799 & 100 pre-signed books are required.
Saturday Southern Lunch: This lunch is on Saturday from 1 – 2 PM and often features up to four authors. Expected attendance is 150. Authors pre-sign 150 books. Featured authors should speak for no more than 15 minutes. In addition to the pre-signed books, a $899 confirmation fee is required.
Parapalooza takes place on Saturday before the Saturday Supper between 5-6 PM. Authors are invited to read, with meaning, feeling, and enthusiasm, a single favorite hand-picked paragraph from their book. 100 Books are required and a $499 author confirmation fee.
Saturday Supper / Readers Dinner: This supper is on Saturday night from 7-9 PM, and features up to 5 authors. Expected attendance is 150. Authors at this event will pre-sign 150 books. Featured authors should speak for no more than 12 minutes. A $999 confirmation fee is required.
Late Night Event: In special cases, we will feature an author of some standing at this Late Night opportunity from 9:30 - 10:30PM on Friday. In the past, we have featured Gloria Gaynor, Marlo Thomas, Al Franken, Waylon Jennings, and we only offer this option if the author is a good fit. There is a $499 confirmation fee, though we do require 1o0 books.
Breakfast Opportunities: In most cases, the Saturday & Sunday Breakfasts are sponsored by a publisher. Interested publishers should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. In the event it is not sponsored, the confirmation fee is $799 & 100 pre-signed books are required.
Moveable Feast of Authors: This is the finale of the SIBA Trade Show and runs from Noon – 2 PM on Sunday. This event includes 20-25 authors at 20-25 tables. Only authors of books available by the day of the Feast are considered. The authors rotate from table to table visiting with booksellers (and consumers) over the time span. The authors may need to be available from 10 AM to 5 PM. This is a great event for all involved and is sponsored by Inkreadible Sponsor Bookazine. 120 books will be pre-signed at 10AM and a $599 confirmation fee is required.
#Read: Savannah, An Afternoon for Readers and Authors- Sunday, Sep. 18
#Read: Savannah is the consumer component of the Discovery Show. A ticketed event open to the public, this Readers' Afternoon Delight will include author panels and other programs to allow readers to meet and mingle with presenting authors. The Moveable Feast of Authors, starting at 12:00 Noon, will be the kick-off event of the day, and include both booksellers who are attending the show, and readers who purchased tickets. The day will begin at 10 AM for authors with the feast and will end at 5pm. Because of the public component, only authors with current books available at the time of #SIBA16 will be considered for The Moveable Feast. The Savannah area bookstores will sell books at the event, and will sell tickets in advance of the event. In addition to the Feast, authors will present on panels and programs the rest of the afternoon and mingle with readers.