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(Columbia, SC) – The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA), with the generous support of Baker & Taylor, is hosting an Owners Retreat for owners of independent bookstores at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown July 28-29. Registration is $50, which covers hotel and meals, and attendance is limited to 20 bookstore owners.

The Owners Retreat was created on the basis of feedback from booksellers to give store owners a place to discuss the challenges that they face as small business owners as well as independent booksellers, with a chance to brainstorm ideas and solutions in a focused setting. Among the topics that will be covered are Finances, Employee Relations, and Growing Your Business.

Dr. John Sherlock, from the Department of Human Services, Human Resources Program, Western Carolina University, will be the Keynote speaker for lunch on July 28th, speaking on Human Resource Management. Margaret Lane, author of Strength Finder, will be the featured speaker at breakfast on  July 29th, talking about Strength-Based Leadership.

The event also includes attendance at the SIBA Booksellers Summer Revival at Quail Ridge Books on July 29th.

For more information and to register for the Retreat, please visit:
http://sibaweb.site-ym.com/event/owners-retreat

(Columbia, SC) – The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) will be hosting a Summer Booksellers Revival at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC on Wednesday, July 29th. The event will run from 10 am to 3 pm and includes lunch. It is free of charge to SIBA member bookstores.

The Revival is designed to give booksellers a chance to network with each other and trade ideas in an informal setting. Among the topics scheduled for the event are:

  • Hosting Authors in Schools: How to Create a Program that's Successful for Authors, Publishers, Schools and Booksellers
  • Best Practices for Great Events, From the Proposal, Through the Event, to the Follow-up

The featured Lunch Speaker will be Bridgette Lacy, author of Sunday Dinner, thanks to the generous support of the University of North Carolina Press.

Booksellers interested in attending should RSVP to Sarah Goddin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
More information about the SIBA Summer Revival can be found at:
http://sibaweb.site-ym.com/?qrb_2015

(Columbia, SC) -- Tthe Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) is pleased to announce the newest member of its team, Amy Cherrix. Amy is coming on board as SIBA's Author Liaison -- dedicated to helping authors make the most of the opportunities available from SIBA, so they can reach southern audiences and booksellers in the most effective, and cost-effective, way possible.

Amy

Amy comes to SIBA with a long history in publishing and bookselling, and is an author herself with a book due out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017. She understands the challenges faced by authors in the current market, and believes passionately in the importance of fostering good partnerships between authors and independent bookstores.

Amy began her publishing career by earning a master’s degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College, where she also taught graduate level courses in children’s lit. She went on to edit books at Houghton Mifflin Books for Young Readers and has also edited reviews for The Horn Book Guide. During graduate school, Amy honed her Jedi hand-selling skills at the fiercely independent Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA. Now a professional freelance editor, Amy consults and advises early career authors and industry veterans on every aspect of their creative work from crafting a pitch and finding an agent, to publication and marketing.

When she’s not reading or trolling the Internet for late-breaking children’s publishing headlines and tips, she writes books of her own. CURIOUS GEORGE DISCOVERS THE RAINBOW publishes this spring and LANDFALL: THE HURRICANE SCIENTISTS hits shelves in early 2017 as part of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Scientists in the Field series. She blogs at https://theslushpuppy.wordpress.com and you can tweet her @acherrix.

Amy will be available to answer questions about author-targeted SIBA programs like the Lady Banks Newsletter Interviews, the "Love an Indie" Author Badge program and the "STARS" program,
and to work with authors to design promotional campaigns in support of their
book tours.

Amy can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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 2015 and the Winter of 2016. 


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 of $299 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 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or fax (309-410-0211) or mail to: SIBA, 3806 Yale Ave., Columbia, SC 29205. The deadline is May 15, 2015.


If you have any questions call or email Wanda Jewell at the SIBA office at 803-994-9530;  wanda@sibaweb.com.
 

Beloved Sponsors of the Discovery Show do not pay author confirmation fees. If you are not a sponsor and are interested take a look:

  Put Your Money Where Your South Is!

FOR THE GLOSSARY OF EVENTS & AUTHOR ENTRY FORM, CLICK HERE!

Winter is the time for Okra!

Columbia, SC – Although winter is a time for enjoying the year’s harvest, here in the South we’re still picking Okra! The Winter 2015 Okra Picks have just been announced--the best southern lit, fresh off the vine. All the chosen books have a strong Southern focus and are published between January and March, 2015, and all of them have fans among Southern indie booksellers; people who are always looking out for the next great writer who should be on your plate and in your TBR stack. So it is very likely the next time you visit your local Southern indie bookstore, someone will hand you one and say, “You’ve got to read this!”

 

The 2015 Winter Okra Picks

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Chris Scotton
9781455551927 | Grand Central Publishing | 01/06/2015 | 26.00

Hall of Small Mammals: Stories by Thomas Pierce
9781594632525 | Riverhead Books | 01/08/2015 | 27.95

Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm
9780525427506 | Viking Books | 01/22/2015 | 27.95

Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama by Hester Bass
9780763669195 |Candlewick Press (MA) | 01/27/2015 | 16.99

Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell
9781940210049 | Maiden Lane Press | 02/04/2015 | 16.00

My Sunshine Away by M O Walsh
9780399169526 | Putnam Adult | 02/10/2015 | 26.95

Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson
9780062302120 | William Morrow & Company | 02/17/2015 | 25.99

Sisters of Shiloh by Becky and Kathy Hepinstall
9780544400009 | Houghton Mifflin | 03/03/2015 | 24.00

Mosquitoland by David Arnold
9780451470775 | Viking Children's Books | 03/03/ 2015 | 17.99

A Season of Fear by Brian Freeman
9781623654078 | Quercus | 03/03/2015 | 26.99

Soil by Jamie Kornegay
9781476750811 |Simon & Schuster | 03/10/2015 | 26.00

Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly
9780062238610 | Greenwillow Books | 03/24/2015 | 16.99

Okra Picks are chosen every season by Southern Independent Bookstores. For more information visit sibaweb.com/okra.