Hello, dearest and most beloved booksellers,
As we get ready for the summer, here are the latest thing happening in the land of SIBA you should know about. Note especially the new Okra Picks Newsletter opportunity --
- Entering events on the ARTS Calendar is easier than ever!
- Announcing the Okra Picks Newsletter
- The Circle of Sites/Banner-for-Dues Program is being upgraded
- A video guide to the SIBA Member Hub
- Be a judge for the Southern Book Prize
- Registration is open for #SIBA17 in the Big Easy
SUGGEST A TITLE FOR THE SIBA HOLIDAY CATALOG!
Is there a book you'd like to see in the SIBA Holiday Catalog? Wanda Jewell is at BEA this week, meeting with publishers, talking up your stores, and generally being her vivacious and indefatiguable self. And while I know it is pretty early to be thinking about the holiday shopping season, now is the time publishers are making decisions about what they are going to promote in the regional holiday catalogs.
So if there's a title you'd like to see in SIBA's Holiday Catalog, click on the link below to submit a suggestions. Wanda will get the information and try to talk to the publishers while she's at BEA.
Act fast! BEA only lasts a week!
NOMINATE SUMMER OKRA PICKS!
June 1st is the deadline to nominate books for the Summer Okra Pick Season:
Books need to be published between July 1 and September 30, and must be by a Southern author, or Southern in nature, or both.
Watch for your Okra Pick mailing!
There was an 11th hour title change for one of the Okra Picks: Echolocation by Mark Powell is now Small Treasons - new title, new cover, same ISBN. The book goes on sale June 2, and you will be receiving updated materials before the end of the month.
SIBA has also created the Okra Picks Newsletter, which can be sent out on your behalf to your customers. Click here for more information:
CIRCLE OF SITES UPGRADE DEADLINE
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.
Have you signed up for IndieLite? Then your store is eligible to be in the CoS program!
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.
Currently appearing on Circle of Sites, (aka Lady Banks' Pick of the Week):
#SIBA17 REGISTRATION IS OPEN
It's never too early to register!
SIBA returns to the Big Easy this coming September for the #siba17 Discovery Show. We'll be at the Sheraton New Orleans, right on Canal Street, the same hotel we were in the last time we visited NOLA in 2013.
And a word to the wise -- New Orleans, like Savannah, is a popular destination. We had sellout crowds in 2013 and expect the same this year. Meal tickets, especially, went very quickly.
Make your travel plans early:
THE SIBA MEMBER HUB: VIDEO GUIDES
The new SIBA member hub has become more and more active as members sign on, check in with the site, and explore the different ways they can communicate with others and manage their own accounts. To help members understand the new site layout, SIBA Board member Stefanie Crowe and staffer Nicki Leone have been recording a series of short videos that take a quick tour through some of the site features.
The SIBA Member Hub: An Introduction
Here's the link to view all the videos as they are posted (about twice a month)
DOWNLOAD THE SIBA APP!
SIBA is now has an app! Available for iPhone and Android, SIBA's new "SocialLink" app allows you to check in to the SIBA member hub and your account from your phone or mobile device. Search for "SocialLink" in the Apple or Google Play store.
Once you've installed it, log in to start viewing your feed and notices.