October 3, 4, 5 at Crowne Plaza O'Hare
Now more than ever, the independent market is crucial to bookselling. The collective voice of our booksellers’ promotional efforts can bring a book to the attention of readers in a way no other marketing plan can. We’d like to help you reach this vital market. Whether you’re a large, small, independent, or corporately owned publisher; a wholesaler or distributor; or a vendor with bookstore merchandise undefined please join us and discover the strong community of independent booksellers throughout the literary Midwest.
The Heartland Fall Forum is a members-only show. You must be a member of at least the host association to exhibit. Of course, we ask you to please become a member of each association or sustain your membership in each association, both of which offer marketing opportunities to exhibitor members all year.
Please see MIBA’s membership advantages and GLIBA’s membership advantages and become a member today.
The cost savings of a combined show is not to be missed. Our booth rates for 2013 are as follows. There is no increase from 2012!
- Booth A, 10 x 10 with two interior tables, $1,025
- Booth B, 10 x 10 with one interior table, $975
- Back Drop Table, 8 x 8, $780
- Regular Table, 8 x 6, $650
- Small Table, 5 x 5, $350
Download the registration form here. Complete it on your computer or by hand, and return it to Joan Jandernoa at the contact info listed on the form.
Exhibitors receive 5 free badges for their staff as part of their booth cost. Authors selected to fill an event slot at the show receive complimentary badges. Publishers bringing authors to the show for events on the exhibit floor can request complimentary badges for those authors (up to 5). If you have questions, please email Joan Jandernoa (joan @gilba.org OR email@example.com) your badge names (both staff and authors) and exhibitor affiliation and she’ll help you get everyone badged for the show.
Scholarships and Sponsorships
In creating this combined show, our member booksellers will be faced with increased and possibly prohibitive travel and staffing costs. We want, as you do, as many booksellers to share in this experience as possible. To that end, we’re asking our partners to sponsor bookseller travel scholarships. You may select a package or purchase individual scholarships in any quantity at the cost of $400 each. We’ve supplied an array of options so publishers and vendors of all sizes can support our booksellers and contribute to a successful show. Please see our Advertise/Sponsor page for complete information.
Rep Around: A Sales Rep Luncheon
Hearing the picks of the lists from sales rep throughout the industry is always a highlight of the show for booksellers. This year, we’re hosting a Rep Around Luncheon, which gives reps a direct connect to booksellers and reinvigorates the show floor for the afternoon. Click here for more information.
Rep Around Application Form
- Budget for a table for 8 attendees at our meal events. Invite the booksellers of your choice to join you, or better yet, ask us to assign booksellers to your tables for you so you meet a greater variety of people.
- Please call Joan at (616) 935-7704 if you require special accessibility or accommodations or have other registration questions.