Just in time for stores that are planning their Independent Bookstore DAy events, SIBA's January webinar on Organizing multistore events is now available to view. The webinar features presenters Sarah Goddin, buyer and former General Manager of Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC, and Kimberly Daniels Taws, buyer and manager of The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC will discuss their organization, The Independent Bookstores of Piedmont, NC. This organization , which represents 12 stores, offers a unique Independent Bookstore Day promotion involving a calendar featuring a store a month, with incentives to visit all 12 stores to receive a discount card and be entered into drawings.
Alsom Tom Lowenburg, co-owner of Octavia Books in New Orleans, Louisiana, discusses their local spin on the national IBD event. Because the national date conflicts with NOLA’s Jazz Fest, they’ve worked together with other New Orleans indies on a “New Orleans Independent Bookstore Day,” which takes place at a later date and encourages participation and multi-store visits with a scavenger hunt and a passport.
(Available to SIBA members only, you must be logged in to view)
SIBA promotes six new books every month to the customers of indie bookstores in our Lady Banks Bookshelf promotion. These titles appear at the top of our weekly Lady Banks Commonplace Book newsletter, which has a circulation of over 60k. We also feature them above the fold on the homepage of Authors 'Round the South and on the cover image of the ARTS Facebook page with buy links promoted to our 15,000 Facebook friends. A different member store is featured with the titles every week.
By promoting through Lady Banks, publishers are making an investment in SIBA member bookstores' attention and market. SIBA works with them to select titles indie readers are looking for, and then we drive those readers to SIBA member stores. Booksellers can boost sales by bringing in Lady Banks Bookshelf titles before the month begins, and putting up a winning display. Send in a photo of your display and earn 20 B3! points, too!
Our March featured titles are:
Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture by Grace Elizabeth Hale
Pride of Eden by Taylor Brown
Writers & Lovers by Lily King
Me & White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad
On Wednesday, February 12 at 2PM EST, SIBA hosted “Small Presses Present Spring and Summer Lists” as part of our Publisher Picks: Best Bets for SIBA Booksellers series. In this bi-monthly series, publishers, editors, marketing directors, and reps present their favorite frontlist titles via Zoom to booksellers. Besides forging important connections with publishers and their reps, attending booksellers discover new titles to add to their store shelves and earn 10 B3! Points. Please rsvp email@example.com to attend future Publisher Picks Sessions.
Michael Reynolds is the Editor in Chief at Europa Editions. He is the recipient of the 2016 Golden Colophon Award for Superlative Achievement & Leadership in Independent Literary Publishing, awarded by the Community of Literary and Magazine Presses. He is a member of the Independent Publisher Caucus Steering Committee, and the founder of Bookselling Without Borders, a scholarship program that diversifies the culture of reading by building bridges between the American bookselling community and the international book industry.
Brad Simpson just joined Blackstone in 2019, having been in the publishing industry since 2001. During that time, he has worked with public and academic libraries, schools and retail bookstores. He’s represented several products over the years in both the content and tech spaces; and has been involved in nearly every format available under the sun including print, physical and digital audio, e-books, and large print.
Ellen Whitfield is a senior publicist at JKS Communications. With a strong journalism background, Ellen balances her understanding of “the other side of the desk” when it comes to media pitching with a true love of an avid bibliophile. She has been part of the community of journalists in her more than seven years experience in print media with such well-respected outlets as The Dallas Morning News, and The Advocate. Her experience on the editorial side of travel, community and lifestyle sections of newspapers, social media and online media is to the benefit of authors in a variety of genres.
Ellen Adler is the publisher of the New Press, a nonprofit public-interest book publisher with a social justice mission. Their goal is to publish books that promote understanding and discussion of the issues that affect us all, and to provide ideas and inspiration for the activists, teachers, policy makers, and everyday citizens who are working to refresh American democracy.
Michele Misiak is a Marketing Director with Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group where her area of focus is on fiction. Michele has spent the last 20 years connecting with readers through books. The first 10 years were with Waldenbooks/Borders in Field Management, selling directly to readers.
Noelle Chew is the Marketing Director of Fiction with Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group. She has been in publishing for the past 11 years, first as a publicist and now in advertising. She encourages you to check out the blog bethanyfiction.com for more information on BHP titles.
Binc wants to help SIBA help you! We have $300 to help booksellers who need assistance attending a MMBS event. Do you need gas money, or financial assistance to help offset paying staff while you are out of the store? Let us know what you need and we'll let you know how we can help with funding. Email Linda-Marie with your requests.
But wait, there’s more! We’re awarding special prizes to attendees of the March Madness Bookseller Series.
SIBA will award one SIBA 2020 Discovery Show All-Pass (a ticket to all meals) to a SIBA-member attendee of each MMBS event (only one All-Pass per member).
SIBA will award one free trip to the SIBA 2020 Discovery Show (in NOLA!) from a drawing of all SIBA-member attendees to MMBS events.
We have such a fabulous line-up of educational offerings, many of which feature author luncheons, an afternoon store tour, and networking opportunities. What are you waiting for? Sign up today and you can release any FOMO right now.
Asperfell by Jamie Thomas
Uproar Books, Feb. 18, 2020
trade paperback, $18.50
"Wonderfully inventive... Sure to win over fantasy readers." -Publishers Weekly
Just released this week, ASPERFELL is a lavishly written gothic fantasy for YA & New Adult readers who love Jane Austen but wish she’d dabbled in blood magic.
Briony, a sharp-tongued child of privilege, grew up exploring the spirit-haunted woods surrounding her family’s country estate. When she’s arrested and sentenced to death for magic she never knew she possessed, Briony chooses to flee into the otherworldly fortress of Asperfell, where the true heir to the throne is held prisoner. But life in Asperfell is nothing like she expected, and the prince has no interest in rescue. Now, Briony must survive caged madmen and demented spirits if she hopes to convince the prince to escape back home in time to stop a civil war.
For a free review copy of ASPERFELL in paperback or ebook, please email Rick Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Paperbacks are limited to the first 50 requests. For ebooks, please specify .epub or .mobi.
“Winningly combines the comedy of manners found in Regency romances with the high spirits of magical school adventure fantasies.” -Publishers Weekly
Has your store created merchandise that could be sold in other stores? Unique wares, art, etc? List it on Maker Marketplace
ABA bookstore member booksellers are invited to apply now for the 2020 BookExpo Bestsellers Grant Program, which is designed to make it possible for indie booksellers to experience and benefit from all that BookExpo has to offer.
The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time. Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter's "trustees" and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.
Professional Bookseller Certification powered by NAIBA
Anyone interested in being an instructor for any of the modules in the Professional Bookseller Certification program should fill out this form. If you have any forms, documents or ideas that would help this program, please email NAIBA.
Registration for booksellers interested in certification will begin later this year as modules are completed.
Posted By Nicki Leone,
Friday, February 14, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
The 2020 Southern Book Prize Winners
(Asheville, NC) – Celebrate Independents! Announcing the 2020 Southern Book Prize Winners -- the best in Southern literature, from the people who would know . . . Southern Independent Booksellers and their independently minded customers. Designed to honor great Southern voices, The Southern Book Prize is awarded to books published in the previous year that are Southern in nature – either by a Southern author, or set in the South, or both.
Nominated by booksellers and selected via popular vote by Southern booksellers and their customers, the 2020 Southern Book Prize Winners were selected from a list of finalists from ballots submitted by over 1000 Southern readers, representing over 150 Southern independent bookstores. The chosen books represent the indie answer to the question “What was the best Southern book of the year?”
2020 Southern Book Prize Winners
The Magnetic Girl by Jessica Handler Hub City Press, 9781938235481
“A grand, dark, mysterious historical novel filled with dark power and ambivalence, The Magnetic Girl captures a time and place, not only in the life of a teenage girl but in our country as well. Filled with the shifting longings of adolescence against a vaudeville backdrop, Handler's novel explores the dangerous journey from childhood to adulthood when our budding powers both enthrall and terrify us.” – Brian Lampkin, Scuppernong Books, Greensboro, NC
Tell Me A Story: My Life with Pat Conroy by Cassandra King Conroy William Morrow, 9780062905628
“Cassandra King Conroy tells a compelling story of her courtship and marriage to Pat Conroy. As you can imagine, being with him was never boring, and Cassandra has the stories to prove it. Filled with laughter as well as tears, you will be carried through the ups and downs of Pat's life like the tidal current of Pat's beloved Battery Creek outside his Beaufort home. As hard as it is to read about Pat's sickness and death, Cassandra writes about it with compassion and love. Her words from the heart are truly beautiful.” – Linda Hodges, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi Wednesday Books, 9781250144546
“Chokshi's dazzling world of alchemy and occult is unforgettable and I will dream of golden bees and gilded ballrooms until the sequel comes out. Astonishingly beautiful and fantastically imagined.” – Sami Thomason, Square Books, Oxford, MS
The 2020 SIBA Discovery Show is now open for registrations!
Happy Valentine's Day to SIBA's Publisher and Vendor partners! #SIBA20, the 2020 SIBA Discovery Show, is now open for registrations. As a Valentine's gift to SIBA's beloved exhibitors, all prepaid table rentals are 45% off through Valentine's Day (no extensions!):
The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance is a trade association which represents hundreds of bookstores and thousands of booksellers in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and Mississippi.
SIBA exists to empower, promote, and celebrate our core member bookstores in a spirit of partnership. "Core members" are independent, privately held, brick and mortar, commercially zoned bookstores with a retail storefront, in our region.