Publishers / Authors
The Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (NCIBA) is a trade organization dedicated to supporting, nurturing and promoting independent retail bookselling in California. With over 500 members, including more than 200 booksellers, the NCIBA has been an experienced provider of services for nearly three decades.
Northern California Book Awards
The NCIBA presents the Northern California Book Awards every Spring. Read more about them on the Book Awards page.
2015 NCIBA Discovery Show - October 15-16
We’ll be holding our Fall show once again at the South San Francisco Conference Center, about a mile away from SFO. Here are our author opportunities - check back for further information we get closer to the show.
Thursday, Oct. 15, 10:15-10:45am
One “name” author speaking and taking questions for 20 minutes to kick off the show. Publisher pays $600; 50 books or galleys for signing. SUBMIT ASAP.
AUTHOR BUZZ LUNCH
Thursday, Oct. 15, 12-1:30pm
Seven authors with new books being published in Winter or Spring of 2015 speaking for 4-5 minutes apiece. Publisher pays $500; galleys at event are recommended but not required. NCIBA provides lunch for author and one publisher escort. SUBMIT BY JUNE 30. 125 booksellers attending - each publisher has a reserved table.
CHILDREN’S AUTHOR TEA
Thursday, October 15, 3:30-5pm
Four authors speaking for 15 minutes each. Publisher pays $500 and provides 125 books. NCIBA provides tickets for speakers and two publisher representatives. Speakers must have a Fall book. We arrange pre-signing of books with you and author. SUBMIT BY JUNE 30. 125 booksellers attending. Books passed out at the event are pre-signed by author.
ADULT AUTHOR BRUNCH
Friday, October 16, TBA
Four authors speaking for 15 minutes each. Publisher pays $500 and provides 125 books. NCIBA provides tickets for speakers and two publisher representatives. Speakers must have a Fall book available. We arrange pre-signing of books with author. SUBMIT BY JUNE 30. 125 booksellers attending. Books passed out at the event are pre-signed by author.
Friday, October 16, evening
Twenty-five invited authors at an evening book signing/meet-and-greet with booksellers. NCIBA provides free food & drink. Publisher pays $500 and provides 75-100 copies. We also request that attending publisher personnel serve as “escort” for authors at the event. SUBMIT BY JULY 31. 100+ booksellers visit tables for books/galleys and to chat with author.
Other Ways to Feature Authors and Books at Our Show
Last year alone, our Discovery Show featured:
- A perfume-making demonstration
- A display of drought-resistant air plants
- Birds and dogs featured in new books on hand to promote
- Food samples from new cookbooks served at our Author Reception
- A Welcome Reception sponsored by and featuring recipes from Mexico: The Cookbook.
In years past, we’ve had wine tastings, beer tastings, knitting demonstrations, poker tournaments - just to name a few.
The point is, we’re flexible and open to different ways of promoting authors and books. You have an idea? Give us a call. For more information, contact NCIBA Executive Director Hut Landon 415-561-7686
NCIBA Fall Eat Read Give Catalog
Want to reach book-buying consumers? This is your answer - a well curated, professionally designed catalog distributed by independent bookstores to customers in their neighborhoods and communities. You can view a pdf of last year’s catalog (61MB PDF) and access this year’s catalog contract (66KB PDF).
Let Our Bookstores Help You Sell More of Your Authors’ Books
Virtually every major newspaper in the Bay Area, including the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury, and Oakland Tribune, publishes a weekly bestseller list that is provided by NCIBA and reflects sales exclusively from our independent bookstore members. If your book is on the San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller List, it’s because our members put it their with their sales.
The Chronicle also publishes an ongoing Top Shelf feature provided by NCIBA and its members - short reviews of 8 new books recommended by a different independent bookstore each week in one of the country’s last stand-alone Book Review sections.
Top Shelf is one more way that NCIBA and our independent booksellers are providing more exposure for new titles.
The Northern California Independent Booksellers Association publishes a regular newsletter of interest to both booksellers and those in the publishing community.