Hello, dearest and most beloved booksellers.
Forgive the length of this email, but 2017 has brought with it some changes and new features to your SIBA membership, so this is a quick guide to what's new, upcoming, and ever so important. Please take the time to read through.
- SIBA in the Springtime (3/6-3/7) is open for regstration. Click here. Hotel reservation deadline is 2/17. Click here for that
- Introducing the Idea Box: Send your ideas about the perfect Discovery Show to SIBA. Click here.
- Introducing the Conroy Legacy Award! The Southern Book Prize nomination deadline is Valentine's Day. Click here to nominate.
- The 2017 Booksellers Benefits Package is now available. Download it here
- B3! -- it's way easier! Click for details
- Circle of Sites/Banner for Dues: upgrades are happening this spring. Email Nicki for details and new code
- Programs you might not know about, but would be huge help: Trio | Peer Reviews
- Welcome to the new Member Hub! Now mobile friendly and with Facebook login. Check your account. (Your username is: @@username@@)
SIBA IN THE SPRINGTIME
Writing the future of the SIBA Discovery Show
Open to everyone with a vested interest in the show:
booksellers, exhibitors, publishers, sales reps
$99 (meals included), Free for core member bookstores
March 6-7, 2017
The Crowne Plaza - Airport in Atlanta
Reservations: Call 866/750-3365, use Group Code SIB
Room Rate: $119 + 7% state sales tax.
Online hotel reservations
ROOM RATE CUT OFF DATE IS 2/17/2017
Online Event Registration
If you could change something about the SIBA Discovery Show, what would it be?
You will remember that last fall the talk of the Discovery Show was the plan to move the Fall Show to the spring, and partner with the GABBS show in Atlanta. Although the closure of the GABBS show has meant that plan will not go forward, the announcement has generated a lot of great discussion on the future of the SIBA Discovery Show, and how to keep it relevant and useful for our members.
To that end, SIBA is hosting it's regular "SIBA in the Springtime" education, with a focus on "writing the future of the SIBA Discovery Show." Join your fellow booksellers and book industry professionals for a day of brainstorming about the future direction of the Show. Imagination in encouraged. Bring all your dreams -- big and small.
The two-day event includes an author dinner on March 6 with three of your "Okra Pick" authors -- Michael Knight (Eveningland), Gina Kolata (Mercies in Disguise), and Taylor Brown (The River of Kings) plus two favorite Atlanta-based writers -- Patti Callahan Henry (The Bookshop at Water's End) and Joshilyn Jackson (Almost Sisters).
The American Booksellers Association will also be on hand to host a lunch, forum, and spring education presentation on March 7.
It is so very important that we hear from you. SIBA in the Springtime is FREE to core-member bookstores, so don't wait, register now.
THE IDEA BOX
If you can't make SIBA in the Springtime next month, or if you can, but you've already got so many ideas you just can't contain them all, then you can put your thoughts in THE IDEA BOX.
The Idea Box is a new benefit for SIBA members, a place to submit feedback, hopes, wishes, and dreams to the SIBA staff and indeed the entire SIBA membership. Ideas can be reviewed and voted on by members. SIBA uses the votes to gauge member interest and get an idea of how strongly you feel about something.
Right now, the Idea Box is geared towards re-envisioning the Discovery Show. So submit your ideas about what you think would be the perfect show. What you submit will help frame the discussion in Atlanta.
Click here to share your great ideas!
THE SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE &
THE PAT CONROY LEGACY AWARD
The nomination deadline is Valentine's Day, less than a week away. Make sure your favorite southern books are represented. Click here.
New this year is the "lifetime achievement" category, the Conroy Legacy Award. The Conroy Legacy Award recognizes writers who have achieved a lasting impact on their literary community. Recipients will have shown the following attributes:
- They support independent bookstores, both in their own communities and in general.
- Their writing focuses significantly on their own home place.
- They support other writers in their community, especially new and emerging authors.
The Conroy Legacy Award is given to one writer in SIBA territory annually. A juried panel of member booksellers will choose among our Southern writers to determine the year’s winner.
Nominate an author here
THE BOOKSELLERS BENEFITS PACKAGE
The 2017 edition of the Booksellers Benefits Package, which explains the details of your SIBA membership and all the programs and benefits is now available to download. Click here.
Even if you think you know what's available, it's worth taking a look at the new edition, which covers new programs and changes for 2017. Plus the front cover is a handy calendar of upcoming deadlines and important dates that really should be posted right on the staff room door!
The B3! Engagement Program, whereby bookstores can earn points and rewards, up to and including an all-expenses paid trip to the SIBA Discovery Show, has been simplified to make it easier to use and track.
- Fewer Levels -- we've kept the important milestone levels in the program, but did away with the intermediary ones.
- Simplified Social Media Tracking. Now, to earn points for social media activity you simply have to tag SIBA on Facebook and Twitter.
Twitter: @LadyBanks, @ReaderMtWriter
Facebook: @ReaderMeetWriter, @SouthernIndependentBooksellersAlliance, @LadyBanks
Useful hashtags: #okrapick,#southernbookprize,#siba17, #parapalooza, #southernindie, #readbuygive, #trio
CIRCLE OF SITES/BANNER-FOR-DUES PROGRAM
If your store is participating in the Banner-for-dues program you need to know the system is being upgraded this spring to a more effective, stable, and secure platform. This will require you to post new code on your websites. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the code. The deadline is July 1, after which the old code will no longer be supported.
If you have ecommerce on your store site and are not doing the Banner-For-Dues program, you can contact Nicki to see if you are eligible. Basically any site where you can search for a book by ISBN qualifies. Once your banner is up, you don't have to do anything else, so it is an easy, hassle-free way to keep your SIBA membership current.
NEWISH PROGRAMS YOU MIGHT NOT BE AWARE OF
TRIO: TRIO is a traveling exhibit of art, music and literature. The TRIO exhibit debuts at the SIBA Discovery Show, and then travels around the South for the next twelve months, hosted by and sponsored by SIBA member bookstores.
SIBA sees TRIO as a unique opportunity for its members. It is an example of the of the real world power of real world connections, and can’t be mimicked in a virtual environment. By bringing TRIO to their town, a SIBA store can create
create ties with other community organizations, reach new audiences, and bring attention to the store. Click here for more info.
PEER REVIEWS: Simply put, a peer review is booksellers helping booksellers. If you feel like there is room for improvement in your store (and who doesn’t feel this way?), friendly fellow booksellers will visit your store, look at areas that are causing you concern, and off er constructive and confi dential feedback. Contact Wanda at email@example.com to schedule a review or become a reviewer.
THE NEW MEMBER HUB
Over Christmas SIBA launched its new "Member Hub" designed to be easier to access, easier to navigate, and easier to participate in. Some of the highlights:
- You can now log in with your Facebook account.
- It is mobile-friendly, so create a shortcut on your phone and check in often.
- It is modeled on a Facebook-like layout, so you have a "feed" with all the important recent SIBA news.
- It is easy to upload and share information.
Put a shortcut on your phone and login to see for yourself.And while you are there, make sure your account information is up to date. Here's what we have for you:
You username: @@username@@
Your name: @@first_name@@ @@last_name@@
Your email: @@email@@
Your store: @@employer@@
Your member type (store/staff): @@member_type@@
Your membership expiration: @@membership_exp_date@@ *
**if your member type says "staff" then your expiration date is whenever your bookstore's membership expires.
and some more information that may be useful (for bookstores only):
Your oustanding SIBA credit: ##CREDIT##
Your B3! points: ##B3TOTAL##
Are you a Circle of Sites store?: ##CIRCLEOFSITESBANNER##
Your ecommerce system:
(if you have ecommerce, but are not a Cirle of Sites store, contact firstname.lastname@example.org about participating)
Square footage of your store: ##SQUAREFEET##
Store location: ##MAINSTREET##
Store town size: ##TOWN##
Year incorporated: ##YEARINCORPORATED##