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Publicity Speed Dating

The most amazing event and a game-changer for bookstores.

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd St, New York, NY

* Registration open until 3/21/23 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

Event Details

There are THREE (3) Publicity Speed Dating events this year!

Wednesday, March 29 9:30am – 4:30pm, IN PERSON at Gotham Comedy Club (208 W. 23rd St, between 7th & 8th Ave, NYC)  for NAIBA member bookstores.  We are limiting attendance to 25 bookstores. Registration for this event closes on Monday, March 20 so we can prepare the meeting grid.

Booksellers: We have begun the assignment process. If you wish to attend, contact Eileen Dengler. The fee is $35

Publishers: We have filled the available tables. Please contact Eileen Dengler to discuss a wait list.

Wednesday, May 17, 9:30am – 4:30pm VIRTUAL for students of the Event Management Professional Booksellers Certification course.

Booksellers: if you are in the event management class, you will receive separate instructions to register.

Publishers: Please follow this link to register for this zoom meeting.

Wednesday & Thursday, June 14 & 15, 9:30am – 4:30pm VIRTUAL for bookstore members of NAIBA and SIBA. Thursday afternoon will focus on children's-only bookstores and children's event managers.

Booksellers: Use this link to register for this event. The fee is $35.

Publishers: Use this link to register for the zoom meeting.

For More Information:

Eileen Dengler
Eileen Dengler
Executive Director NAIBA (516)333-0681

What is Publicity Speed Dating?

15 minute individual appointments with 25 publishers (when in-person) or to a group of publicists (when we are virtual) to introduce your bookstore, share your event capabilities, and make broad requests to fill your event calendar.

Watch our publicity kit video and how to pitch your store video. Then, update your press kit and practice your pitch.

Booksellers must bring marketing kits to the in-person event. Virtual participants must email NAIBA ( their press kit by June 1.

Due to limited space, bookstores can only attend one of these speed dating events.

Featured Author at lunch on March 29:

Vanessa Walters, The Nigerwife (Simon & Schuster)