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Interview with VaLinda Miller, owner of Turning Page Bookshop in Goose Creek, SC

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Thursday, August 6, 2020

VaLinda MillerName: VaLinda Miller

Position at the store: Owner

Store and location: 
Turning Page Bookshop
216 Saint James Ave STE F Goose Creek, SC 29445

Social Media Stats:
Facebook-1,422, Instagram-3.4K, Twitter-806

Store press kit: www.turningpagebookshop.com

Events and buyer contact info: Arrylee Satterfield/VaLinda Miller

Number of years as a bookseller: 6

Best part about being a bookseller?: New Books

What book(s) are you reading?: The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel; Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement by John Lewis and Mike D'Orso; The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson; This is my America by Kim Johnson; Bookmarked for Murder by V.M. Burns

Favorite handsell of 2020: All of V.M. Burns' Mystery Bookshop series, Hannibal B. Johnson's Black Wall Street: From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa's Historic Greenwood District), and JoJo Moyes' The Giver of Stars

Best thing you did this year at your store in response to Covid? Hired a company to come in two or three times a week to sanitize the store. Ensure staff and myself wear masks. Blessed to have emergency funds available to cover expenses and blessed that I was able to telework for my full time job.

What are some ways you work with your community? Joined the political arena to understand the needs of the community. Involved in Race talks with the mayor and the community. Provide free books with an apple or healthy snacks for kids. Volunteer for Charleston County Library. Board member of the Friends of the SC Library. Yearly Bring Your Child to Work Day.

Do you have any community partners you work with regularly? Not on a regular basis. Only when needed.

Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life? The love generated by my grandmother (She had to drop out of school when she was 14 years old) who walked me to my first library because she knew Rep. John Lewis and other blacks were denied a library card.Rep. John Lewis, as was my grandmother, was told that libraries were for whites only and she was powerfully determined to see that I got a library card and read every book in that library.Those librarians took me in their heart and when I would walk without my grandmother, having gone without food for that day, they fed me peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.I will always for the rest of my life thank them for feeding me books and food.It's my passion in life to continue to support all independent bookstores and libraries and provide food and books for kids.

What e-commerce platform are you using, and why did you choose it? Square and Go-Daddy. I use them because they are cheap and I have lots of computer geek friends who can help me.

Top priority for 2020/2021: Save for one year of expenses. Open a second bookstore. Continue working my full-time time. Have more virtual signings. Improve website. Improve social media. Work more in the political arena.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit: SIBA Discovery Show

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New Voices New Rooms: A Directors' Dialogue

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, August 5, 2020

2020 has been a challenging year, to say the least. But if there is a silver lining to be found it is perhaps that so many bookstores have risen to that challenge, finding new and creative ways to stay in business and serve their communities.

Organizations like SIBA and NAIBA have also had to become creative and innovative in order to serve their member bookstores. Creativity and innovation are the driving forces behind New Voices New Rooms: the joint SIBA/NAIBA virtual show.

Eileen Dengler and Linda-Marie Barrett

Eileen Dengler, the Executive Director of NAIBA, and Linda-Marie Barrett, the Executive Director of SIBA, came together to harness the resources of both organizations in order to produce a virtual event that would go above and beyond in meeting the needs of their member stores. They recently sat down together (on video, of course, from their own respective offices) to talk about New Voices New Rooms, its challenges and some of the hopes they have for the event.

What are your roles at New Voices New Rooms?

Eileen: Linda-Marie and I are working (virtually) shoulder-to-shoulder to create the programming, fill the exhibit hall, and dream up fun events for all who wish to be part of this great bookselling community.

Linda-Marie: We want to create programming that’s compelling and meaningful for everyone involved: booksellers, authors, publishers, and vendors. We intend to curate each event carefully to make some virtual magic. Just you wait and see :)

What are some of your goals for this event?

Eileen: I want this virtual event to reach the booksellers and publishers who felt an in-person meeting was either hard to attend because of time or money constraints, or who didn't know about this community of booksellers and publishers. A community that champions and cheers each other, and lends a helping hand and sage advice so everyone succeeds.

Linda-Marie: To that end, we are crafting events that offer booksellers things they expect and need from a tradeshow and things they might not have thought of or expect from a virtual show: A fun and productive experience that inspires. Insider info about books and gifts that they can use to handsell with great success. Education they can take action on immediately. Connections with publishers and vendors that enhance their businesses. Opportunities to engage with each other and network. Meaningful communication is a high priority for New Voices New Rooms.

What have been some of the challenges to creating this event?

Linda-Marie: Running a virtual trade show is new to SIBA and NAIBA, though we’ve both been running online events for years. We’re learning new things every day, and challenging ourselves to consider every angle of our programming from an attendee’s perspective. How can we make this easy, safe, responsive, engaging, and worthwhile? We have a great team in place that’s tech-savvy, very experienced with running a trade show, and focused on doing this expertly.

Eileen: The technical side of hosting a virtual event has been a challenge. It is not as simple as sending out a zoom invite and sitting in front of your screen at the appointed time. It is complicated, time consuming, and intricate, and we are fortunate to have the skills great staff from SIBA and NAIBA to guide us, research options, and create a platform that is user focused and friendly.

What are you most excited about?

Eileen: Through this virtual conference, the doors are going to open wide to so many more booksellers and publishers, and these new connections, friendships, and business relationships is so exciting for me.

Linda-Marie: One of the upsides to a virtual show is that geographic barriers are less important, and we will be able offer presentations from writers who would probably not be able to come to an in person event. So we’ll see more presenters from other countries, or who are usually in such high demand their schedule is very limited. And perhaps people who normally wouldn’t be attending a show. I’d love to see more editors at the shows. And because virtual means you get these little windows into people’s living rooms, offices, and lives, you get to “meet” writers in their own environment, so to speak. Imagine talking to a cookbook author in their own kitchen! (I really like to cook).

What do you hope booksellers will take away from New Voices New Rooms?

Eileen: These new voices in new rooms will give us all more ideas, contacts, and a stronger sense of belonging in our community.

Linda-Marie: Community is vital! It’s always been a goal of these shows to give our booksellers skills to help them make their businesses successful, and access to new books and products that they will want to sell. Those goals haven’t changed, but this year I think there is an added one: to bring our bookstores through the pandemic and begin feeling excited about the future. It seems like a long way away right now – everything is so volatile and uncertain. But we also need books and literature more than ever. That hasn’t changed, it has become more important. And I think our bookstores know it and want to be there for their communities.

Do you see New Voices New Rooms as a model for future events?

Linda-Marie: I do. It has been really rewarding working with Eileen and Kit at NAIBA and seeing their perspective on things, and I think it is a natural partnership. We seem to give each other lots and lots of great ideas! So we intentionally built New Voices New Rooms with the potential for future programs in mind. The “infrastructure” of the event is stable and ready to be used for more things if we decide we want to.

Eileen: I think we are all learning and appreciating new ways of doing business and getting together. As we plan and imagine the future, virtual events for bookstores and the associations will be part of our formats. New Voices New Rooms could very well live on. We shall take the good and move forward from there to a better place.

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THIS! RAMP & The SIBA Holiday Catalog

Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, July 31, 2020

Watch the Q&A session between with Susan Shoger and Ashley Vogelmeier about the 2020 SIBA Holiday Catalog. The catalog will be an important tool for stores in the upcoming uncertain holiday season.

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Lady Banks Bookshelf for August

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, July 28, 2020

SIBA promotes six new books every month to readers, the customers of our member stores, 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 as the cover image of the ARTS facebook page, with buy links promoted to our 15,000 Facebook friends. Plus, we boost these titles on our Facebook page for thousands more views. A different member store is featured with the titles every week. We give SIBA member stores a heads up on each month's featured titles, to encourage in-store and online displays.

For publishers looking to promote their new titles out to readers across the South, Lady Banks Bookshelf is our greatest value because of high visibility and engagement across multiple platforms. Contact us for more information or to get your titles on "The Shelf" in coming months.

Coming up in August:

  • Rules for Being Dead by Kim Powers
  • Etiquette for Runaways by Liza Nash Taylor
  • Loathe at First Sight by Suzanne Park
  • Lake Life by David James Poissant
  • Borrowing Life by Shelley Fraser Mickle
  • This is My America by Kim Johnson

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Galleys & Giveaways: The Way Out

Posted By Nicki Leone, Sunday, July 26, 2020

Galleys & Giveaways

Liked what you read? Let everyone know!

N.B. Any review copies offered are not for resale

Eat. Sleep. Read. Southern.


The Way Out

The Way Out
by Armond Boudreaux

Publisher:  Uproar Books
Pub date: Sept. 29, 2020
Price: $16.95
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781949671087
Available from Ingram

Enjoy sci-fi thrillers with a political edge? Get a free copy of THE WAY OUT by Armond Boudreaux in paperback or ebook today!

Fast-paced and thought-provoking, THE WAY OUT is set in Atlanta, Georgia, and the mountains of North Carolina fifty years in the future.

Called a medical miracle, the artificial womb ensures the perfect health and flawless development of every unborn child. Natural pregnancy is now unnecessary risk—and quickly criminalized as a danger to both mother and fetus.

As a reporter, Jessica Brantley makes new enemies on a daily basis covering both sides of the controversial new law. Her search for the truth behind this world-changing technology leads to an unimaginable discovery—the existence of children with terrifying telepathic powers.

This truth is no secret to former U.S. Marine Valerie Hara. Her illegally born eleven-year-old son can’t help but hear the thoughts of everyone around him. Soon, these two fearless women will be branded as terrorists, hunted by the military, demonized by the media—and drawn into a desperate fight for the freedom of the human race.

Author Armond Boudreaux of Statesboro, Ga., is now scheduling in-person and virtual events at bookstores throughout the Southeastern U.S.—please contact us to be part of his tour!

For a free review copy, email Rick Lewis at rick@uproarbooks.com. Please specify paperback or ebook.

 

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Black Voices Promotional Print Catalog Available to Indie Booksellers

Posted By Nicki Leone, Sunday, July 26, 2020

Matchbook Marketing has partnered with Franklin Web Printing to produce an 8 page print newsletter promoting Black authors across all genres. Matchbook donated curation and design, and Franklin Web donated staff time and the use of its presses. As a result, this 8-page issue is available for just the cost of the paper it is printed on and shipping. This translates to $29.50 for the minimum order of 250 copies.

The newsletter features jackets and publisher blurbs of 59 books, plus lists of additional titles in each section. To keep costs low, this special edition has singular branding and will not reflect each store. Nevertheless, Matchbook expects the issue to increase sales for indie bookstores who distribute it.

Viewpoint Books in Columbus, IN has generously purchased 750 copies to donate to stores who can't afford these at present. So the first three stores to let Matchbook know they could use this help will get 250 copies totally free of charge.

The deadline to order copies of the edition is Sunday, August 9. Copies should arrive in store by August 21. A full list of titles and their blurbs are available on the order site: https://welovebooksellers.com/black-voices-special-edition/  

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Hub City Writers Project Seeks Bookstore Manager

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, July 23, 2020

The Hub City Writers Project is hiring for the position of Bookstore Manager of its award-winning Hub City Bookshop. This is a great opportunity to play a central role in the operations of this downtown community nonprofit bookstore, which has twice been named one of the “South’s Best Bookstores” by Southern Living magazine and was named Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance “Bookstore of the Year” in 2019.

The Hub City Writers Project is a dynamic literary arts organization whose mission is to “Cultivate readers and nurture writers.” In addition to the bookshop, the organization boasts an awarding-winning independent press, and conducts educational programming for writers and community outreach to readers to drive its mission.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Bookstore Manager manages the operation of the Hub City Bookshop; and supervises, trains, and evaluates bookstore staff and volunteers. The Bookstore Manager performs assigned duties under the administrative direction of the Executive Director of Hub City Writers Project.

Central duties may include:

  • Handling customer service issues both in the store and online. Set “plan of day” and organize the floor and back room staff priorities. Oversee merchandising and cleanliness of the bookshop inside and see that equipment is in good repair. Conduct routine inventory assessment and resolve any discrepancies
  • Personnel management. Interview and hire new staff along with senior staff and board liaison. Handle disciplinary issues and time off requests along with senior staff and board liaison
  • Create the weekly work schedules and coordinate time off requests. Find coverage for staff and volunteers who call in sick or work when last-minute shortage cannot be filled
  • Review and revise procedures and policies alongside senior staff and board liaison
  • Plan and manage the maintenance of bookstore accounting records and processes and familiarity for POS systems, preferably Booklog, and Quickbooks
  • Work with bookshop events coordinator/social media director to host and plan events
  • Assist in planning organization-specific events including Independent Bookstore Day, Donor Appreciation Party, Delicious Reads, and other occasional special events
  • Work with Hub City Press staff to promote its titles through bookstore channels
  • Participate in weekly staff meeting; bring issues to the attention of the ED on a timely basis
  • Perform related duties as required or assigned

Desired skills and qualifications:

A high level of organization, especially when managing calendars, high volumes of email, and time sensitive tasks. A high level of written and verbal communication skills, as well as ability to prioritize and manage your time. Ability to collaborate with others and problemsolve, all while maintaining a positive communications style

  • Ability to empathize and have difficult conversations
  • Ability to maintain a levelheaded response to stress
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office. Familiarity with basic accounting principles preferred
  • Availability and willingness to work a mix of days, nights, and weekends
  • 13 years of retail management experience, 3 years or more of independent bookstore experience, or equivalent, relevant experience in the overall world of publishing
  • Knowledge of Local First issues and ability to talk about and advocate for independent bookstores is preferred
  • Access to a car is necessary

Salary is comparable to other nonprofit organizations of similar size and commensurate with experience. This is a fulltime position.

How to apply:

Interested candidates must apply by sending a complete packet of cover letter and resume with current contacts for three references to anne@hubcity.org with the words “Bookstore Manager” in the subject line.  Cover letters, which must be no longer than two pages, should detail your qualifications for the position. Concise cover letters and resumes are encouraged. Be sure to send your materials to us as clearly labeled file attachments in Word or Adobe (.pdf) formats. No telephone inquiries. All questions and complete applications with current contact information for yourself should be addressed to anne@hubcity.org. We will not consider incomplete submissions.

Timing:

The Hub City Writers Project will continue to accept applications until July 27,2020. We anticipate hiring for this position by August 3, 2020.

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Reader Meet Writer August Schedule

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, July 22, 2020

We're excited to present the August Schedule for Reader Meet Writer, our virtual author event program. Reader Meet Writer events are co-hosted by up to 65 participating SIBA-member stores. Wiley Cash, our Conroy Legacy Award recipient and the author of The Last Ballad, A Land More Kind than Home, and This Dark Road to Mercy is our host.


August Schedule:

Odie Lindsey, author of Some Go Home, in conversation with Chanelle Benz
Thursday, Aug 6 at 7 PM EDT

Some Go Home is a searing debut novel following three generations fractured by murder in fictional Pitchlynn, Mississippi that complicates notions of race, class, history, and identity.

Odie Lindsey is also the author of We Come to Our Senses: Stories. He received an NEA-funded fellowship for veterans, holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is writer-in-residence at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Chanelle Benz has published work at Guernica, Granta.com,The New York Times, Electric Literature, The American Reader, Fence, and is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize.

Kim Powers, author of Rules for Being Dead, in conversation with Louis Bayard
Tuesday, August 11 at 5 PM EDT

An unlikely love child of Mark Childress' Crazy in Alabama and Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones, Rules for Being Dead pays homage to the movies of the 1960s and vividly conjures the machinations of small-town Texas with a wicked sense of humor and an unexpected tenderness.

Kim Powers is a two-time Emmy winner and author of the novels Dig Two Graves and Capote in Kansas, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir The History of Swimming, a Barnes & Noble Discover Book and Lambda Literary Award finalist for Best Memoir of the Year.

In the words of the New York Times, Louis Bayard "reinvigorates historical fiction," rendering the past "as if he'd witnessed it firsthand." His acclaimed historical novels include national bestseller Courting Mr. Lincoln and the highly praised young-adult novel, Lucky Strikes.

Sarah M. Broom, author of The Yellow House, in conversation with Imani Perry
Thursday, Aug 13, 7 PM EDT

The Yellow House is a brilliant, haunting, and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East. It is also the winner of the 2019 National Book Award in Nonfiction.

Sarah Broom has also published her work in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Oxford American, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among others.

Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and the author of six books, including the award-winning Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry.

Adam Rutherford, author of How to Argue With a Racist
Tuesday, Aug 18, 3PM EDT

How to Argue With a Racist shows us how being a responsible and enlightened citizen on the matter of race today requires us to know what modern genetics actually can and can't tell us about human difference. Racial categories still vexing our societies do not align with observable genetic differences—and those differences are, in fact, so minute that they serve as evidence of our commonality.

Adam Rutherford is a geneticist, science writer, and broadcaster. He is also the author of The Book of Humans and A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction.

Justin A. Reynolds, author of Early Departures
Thursday, Aug 20 7 PM EDT

Early Departures is a smart, funny, and powerful stand-alone YA contemporary novel, with a speculative twist in which Jamal's best friend is brought back to life after a freak accident...but they only have a short time together before he will die again.

Justin A. Reynolds's debut novel, Opposite of Always, was an Indies Introduce selection and a School Library Journal Best Book, and is being developed for film with Paramount Players. He lives in northeast Ohio with his family. You can find him at www.justinareynolds.com.

Heather Bell Adams, author of The Good Luck Stone
Thursday, Aug 27 7 PM EDT

The Good Luck Stone moves between the verdant jungles of the war-torn Philippines and the glitter of modern-day Savannah, Georgia, as friendships new and old are tested, and characters discover you can only outrun your secrets for so long.

Heather Bell Adams is also the author of the novel Maranatha Road, winner of the gold medal for the Southeast region in the Independent Publisher Book Awards and named to Deep South Magazine's Fall/Winter Reading List. She is also a nationally-recognized scholar on the works of Ron Rash.

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Meet the Children's Editors at Simon & Schuster on Wed, July 29 at 3PM EDT

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The Children's Editors from Simon & Schuster will present their fall lists to SIBA booksellers on Wed, July 29 at 3 PM EDT. This is such a great opportunity for your buyers and event coordinators to see which titles S & S want indie booksellers to know about; it's also a perfect time to begin or deepen your relationships with the editors behind the books! Other benefits that come with attending our event.

  • increased visibility of your store with Simon & Schuster
  • insider track to the titles getting the most promotion this fall
  • insider info to up your handselling game with customers
  • insight into the passion these editors have for the books they've helped birth
  • witnessing editors handsell their titles and improving your own techniques

Please RSVP lindamarie@sibaweb.com to attend.

The Editors

Caitlyn Dlouhy, VP & Editorial Director, Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

Caitlyn Dlouhy likes to say she grew up in a tree…because it was in the massive willow in her parents' backyard where she did most of her reading, hiking up the limbs with books tied to a rope to haul up once she reached just the right branch. From that perch in a teeny tiny coastal town, she could see the whole world… through the lens of books. Her publishing choices have always reflected that – from middle grade and teen fiction to picture books, as well as a smattering of graphic novels, nonfiction, and poetry. Caitlyn's drawn most toward voices unusual and unexpected. Her books have topped New York Times bestseller lists (as well as lists of the most banned books in America) and have received great acclaim: a Newbery Medal and Honors, a National Book Award and Finalists, Printz honors, Coretta Scott King Awards and honors, a Pura Bel Pre Award, and more. She has the great pleasure of working with such incredible, award-winning authors and illustrators as Laurie Halse Anderson, Ashley Bryan, Doreen Cronin, Sharon Draper, William Joyce, Cynthia Kadohata, Betsy Lewin, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, and Jason Reynolds, just to name a few.

Reka Simonsen, Editorial Director, Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Reka Simonsen loves to work on books all across the age range, though she has a real soft spot for middle grade novels, especially those that can turn kids into lifelong readers. She looks for believable, engaging characters whose voices she can't forget, and stories with that special blend of humor and heart. She has been lucky enough to work with amazing authors and illustrators, including Margarita Engle, Carole Boston Weatherford, Evan Turk, Brian Pinkney, Frank Morrison, Jamie Sumner, Melanie Crowder, Sean Qualls, and Lloyd Alexander, among others. Books she has edited have received a Newbery Honor, a Geisel Honor, a Sibert Honor, a Coretta Scott King Honor, Pura Belpré Awards and Honors, and more. Before joining Atheneum, she worked at assorted publishers and bookstores including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, and Books of Wonder.

Denene Millner, VP & Editorial Director, Denene Millner Books

Denene Millner is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and director of the Denene Millner Books imprint. She has written thirty books for adults, teens, and children, among themAround the Way Girl, a memoir with actress Taraji P. Henson, and Early Sunday Morning, a children's picture book. She is also the founder of MyBrownBaby.com, a critically acclaimed blog that examines the intersection of parenting and race, and the host of Speakeasy with Denene, a podcast produced by Georgia Public Broadcasting. She's always loved children's books—the illustrations, the color, the whimsy, the beauty of the stories—and is particularly drawn to books that celebrate the everyday beauty and experience of African American children. Her imprint, Denene Millner Books, is a love letter to children of color who deserve to see their beauty and humanity in the most remarkable form of entertainment on the planet: books. Denene lives in Atlanta with her two daughters and their adorable Goldendoodle, Teddy.

Sarah McCabe, Editor, Margaret K. McElderry Books

Editor Sarah McCabe joined Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing in October 2014. Before that, she worked at Springer International Publishing and did freelance projects with Open Road Integrated Media and Full Fathom Five. She received her bachelor's degrees in English and journalism at the University of Kansas and her Master of Science in Publishing at New York University. Sarah is drawn to lush, inventive fantasies; accessible, character-driven science fiction (especially if it's set in space!); emotionally complex heroes and sympathetic villains; detailed worldbuilding; reimagined classics and fairytales; stories exploring the nature of humanity and morality; as well as anything with a time travel, alternate history, or parallel universe hook. Her editorial projects include Lisa Maxwell's New York Times bestselling The Last Magician trilogy, Emily Suvada's This Mortal Coil trilogy, and the upcoming Fall 2020 Indies Introduce selection, Legendborn by Tracy Deonn.

Paula Wiseman, VP & Publisher, Paula Wiseman Books

Before joining Simon & Schuster in 2002, Paula Wiseman began her publishing career at Dial Books for Young Readers, now a division of Viking Penguin. She later became Vice President and Editor-in-Chief at Philomel Books, a division of GP Putnam, as well as Vice President and Editorial Director of Silver Whistle Books, a division of Harcourt Inc. In 2003, she launched her own imprint for Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, with the publication of Clorinda by Robert Kinerk and illustrated by Steven Kellogg. Paula Wiseman Books has since gone on to publish over seventy award-winning and bestselling titles across formats—from picture books, to novelty books, to novels. Her imprint focuses on stories and art that are childlike, timeless, innovative, and centered in emotion. Paula has worked with some of the most beloved talents working in children's books today, including Matthew Van Fleet, Patricia Polacco, Kadir Nelson, Raúl Colón, and Rosemary Wells.

Allyn Johnston, VP & Publisher, Beach Lane Books

Allyn Johnston has been working in children's publishing in her native California for twenty-four years. Founded in 2008, Allyn's Beach Lane Books imprint publishes books for all ages and across all genres with a primary focus on lyrical, emotionally engaging, highly visual picture books for young children. She has worked with some of the industry's most celebrated authors and illustrators, including Mem Fox, Lois Ehlert, Marla Frazee, Cynthia Rylant, Jeanette Winter, Arthur Howard, Jan Thomas, Mark Teague, Angela DiTerlizzi, Elana K. Arnold, and more. Among her editorial projects are such award-winning,New York Timesbestselling favorites as Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury; and A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee and All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee, both of which received a Caldecott Honor.

Siobhan Ciminera, Editorial Director, Simon Spotlight

Siobhan Ciminera is the Editorial Director of Simon Spotlight, an imprint devoted to media tie-in's, licensed properties, and brands. She has worked on projects featuring such popular characters as Daniel Tiger, PJ Masks, and the Peanuts gang, adapting their stories to an array of innovative formats—from board books and storybooks, to unique novelty and pop-up books. She's also worked extensively on Simon & Schuster's Ready-to-Read program, a line specifically dedicated to emerging readers, overseeing the introduction of new series and genres within the Ready-to-Read line—from bestselling nonfiction series likeReady to Read: You Should Meet…; to conversions of celebrated backlist classics like Cynthia Rylant's Henry & Mudge, Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin's Click, Clack, and works by Eric Carle; to original stories from beloved, award-winning authors like Jane Yolen and Marilyn Singer.

Jeffrey Salane, Editorial Director, Little Simon

Jeffrey Salane is the Editorial Director of Little Simon, an imprint devoted to the youngest readers with a focus on board books, novelty books, picture books, and chapter books. His projects have included some of Simon & Shuster's most beloved, bestselling chapter book series—from Heidi Heckelbeck,Sophie Mouse, and The Critter Club, to Captain Awesome, Galaxy Zack, and Desmond Cole, Ghost Patrol. He's also overseen the introduction of the imprint's fresh, fun, and innovative board book series, including the Twinkle, Twinkle series, the New Books for Newborns board books, and the stunning Once Upon a World and Celebrate the World series. Jeffrey has worked with a number of celebrated, bestselling authors, including Rod Campbell, Karen Katz, Eric Carle, Lois Ehlert, and Sandra Boynton.

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Galleys & Giveaways: Gobbledy

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, July 16, 2020

Galleys & Giveaways

Liked what you read? Let everyone know!

N.B. Any review copies offered are not for resale

Eat. Sleep. Read. Southern.


Gobbledy

Gobbledy: A Novel
by Lis Anna-Langston

Publisher: Spark Press
Pub date: October 20, 2020
Price: $16.95
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780578600451
Available from Ingram

Ever since eleven-year-old Dexter Duckworth and his brother, Dougal, lost their mom, everything has been different. But “different” takes on a whole new meaning when, one day just before Christmas (or Kissmas, as they call it), Dexter finds a golden rock in the forest that hatches into an adorable alien. Gobbledy is smarter than he seems and is lost on planet Earth. Before long, Gobbledy takes Dexter, Dougal, and their best friend Fi on an adventure of friendship, family, and loss―one that requires them all to stay out of trouble, protect Gobbledy from a shadowy group called the Planetary Society, and prepare for their school’s Winter Extravaganza Play, where Dexter has to be a dreaded Gingerbread Man.

Gobbledy is a fun-filled holiday story that adds up to two brothers, three friends, unlimited jars of peanut butter, a ketchup factory, and one little alien far, far from home.

All inquiries should go to:

Publicity: Frazier Public Relations, Contact: Sherry Frazier, (O) 540-338-1545 (M) 703-431-7895, SherryFrazierPR@aol.com
Marketing: Advance Reviews, Blog Tour and Reviews, National Book Tour, National Media Campaign, Book Signings, and Interviews.

 

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2020 Holiday Catalog Title List

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, July 16, 2020

The SIBA Holiday Catalog Preliminary Title List

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SIBA has its preliminary list of titles that will be featured in the 2020 Winter Catalog. Books are still being added, so this list will grow over the next couple weeks:

Spreadsheet Edelweiss CATALOG ORDERS  Brochure

If you haven't placed your catalog orders, don't delay. The deadline is August 7, and as is usual no extra catalogs will be printed so if you don't order now, you won't be able to later.

  • Catalogs and shipping are free for the first 12,500 catalogs.
  • The minimum order to receive imprinting is 2000.
  • Imprinting costs $150, but SIBA is paying $40 of that fee, so your imprinting cost is only $110.

New this year: Direct Mail Options

In the past SIBA has always shipped catalogs to your store, but left it up to you to get them out to your customers. This year, you can have RAMP handle mailing for you via either Direct Mail, or Saturation Mail, or a combination of both. Postage rates are competitive and the reduced back and forth shipping means less waste and a more environmentally-friendly process.

Direct Mail: Upload your mailing list and let RAMP handle all the mailing.

Saturation Mail: Send catalogues to all the mailing addresses within a zipcode range.

SIBA recognizes that the future is very uncertain, and stores are asking themselves how they can reinvent their business to meet the challenges they face. But one thing that has not changes is the importance of the relationship of a small business with its local community. Active websites and busy social media accounts are great for keeping your customers informed and up to date, but the odds are there are people right in your immediate area that you aren't reaching.

Saturation mail can help with that. Your store catalog in the mailing box of every resident in a nearby neighborhood, or along every postal route, could bring your store to the attention hundreds of new customers.

RAMP is offering a webinar on the ins and outs and benefits of Saturation Mail on Thursday, July 23 at 2pm. It is well worth attending just to learn more about how Saturation Mail works and can be a tool for your business.

Meeting Link

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Deanna Bailey appointed to the SIBA Board, 2020 Slate announced

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, July 9, 2020
The SIBA Board has appointed Deanna Bailey to fill the empty seat on the board. Deanna will step into the position after completely Carver Training in the late summer.  

Kelly JusticeDeanna Bailey is the Buyer for Story On The Square in McDonough, GA. She went to Marshall University in West Virginia where she received her bachelor's in Public Relations and her Master's in Health Care Administration; she is currently secretary for Marshall University's Black Alumni. She worked in human resources for mental health homes and flu clinics with a focus on recruitment and hiring before her bookselling career. When Deanna isn't reading she is drinking lots of coffee, traveling to see her friends, going to concerts, running, tennis, and hanging out with her family.

The 2020 Board Slate has been announced. Two positions are coming open.


Current board members are:

Seat 1: Edgar Allan Poe - Janet Geddis, Avid Bookshop, GA
Seat 2: Flannery O'Connor- Shane Gottwals, Gottwals Books, GA COMING OPEN
Seat 3: Julia Peterkin - John Cavalier, Cavalier House Books, Denham Springs, LA
Seat 4: Doris Betts - Deanna Bailey, Story on the Square, McDonough, GA
Seat 5: Lafcadio Hearn  - Kelly Justice, Fountain Bookstore, VA  COMING OPEN

The slate:

Kelly Justice, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA
Lucile Perkins-Wagel, Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, FL
Lyn Roberts, Square Books, Oxford, MS
Jamie Rogers Southern, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC
Shari Stauch, Main Street Reads, Summerville, SC
Angela Trigg, The Haunted Bookshop, Mobile, AL
Anne Waters, Hub City Books, Spartanburg, SC

Ballots have been sent to SIBA Bookstore members. Every store is allowed one vote. Voting ends on July 31, 2020.

Board Slate Biographies:


Kelly JusticeKelly Justice

Kelly Justice, the current SIBA Board president, has been selling books independently since 1989 in stores across Virginia. She became the owner of Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia in January 2008. She has served on the ABA's Booksellers Advisory Council and currently serves on their IndieCommerce Task Force. She maintains close connections with the ABA staff and board regarding issues affecting small stores in the South, like her own, in hopes of keeping them aware of special needs that these stores may have. She has been an active member of SIBA since 1996. She previously served as a board member for SIBA for six years including a term as president. Kelly is trained in the Carver Governance Model under which the SIBA Board functions. She used to own a comedy booking agency and still loves watching and following stand up comedy as a hobby.


Lucile Perkins-WagelLucile Perkins-Wagel

Lucile Perkins-Wagel is a bookseller at Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda, FL, the caretaker of three rambunctious cats, and a lifetime lover of stories. She became a bookseller in August of 2019 after a seven-year career with the United States Air Force, during which she held a variety of leadership positions (many of which she had to learn how to do successfully after she was already in them). She is currently working on her MA in English, after which she hopes to earn her MBA with a focus on Entrepreneurship. Lucile believes books have the ability to bring people together and help people understand one another in a uniquely beautiful way, and she feels honored every day to be in a position to share stories with others for a living. She hopes to spend the rest of her life in the bookselling community, and, as such, she would love the opportunity to give back to her peers and to amplify as many diverse voices as possible as a member of the SIBA board.


 

Lyn RobertsLyn Roberts

Lyn Roberts is the general manager of Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi. Founded in 1979 by Richard and Lisa Howorth, Square Books has since grown to four stores on five floors in three buildings: Square Books, general books, Off Square Books, lifestyle & leisure books, Square Books Jr, children's books, and, the newest addition, Rare Square Books, collectible books, all within 100 feet on the square. Lyn began work at Square Books in 1988 and became the general manager sometime in the 1990s. The highest honors bestowed on the store have been the 2013 Publishers Weekly Bookstore of the Year award and, in 2018, being selected by authors to receive the SIBA Bibb Award. "All Are Welcome Here" begins the manifesto and unofficial motto of Square Books. This ethos extends to the entire book community and, recognizing that the health, success, and friendship of independent booksellers everywhere is a boon to all, she strives to be an engaged and supportive citizen of that community. Lyn believes that of all the valuable resources and benefits that SIBA provides, bringing together booksellers is the most important.


 

Jamie Rogers SouthernJamie Rogers Southern

Jamie Rogers Southern began her career in the book industry at the Alabama Booksmith in her native Birmingham eighteen years ago. She was an Education Coordinator with the American Booksellers Association and coordinated ABA's BEA and Winter Institute programming. She has been working with Bookmarks, a literary arts nonprofit organization in Winston-Salem, NC, for ten years and is currently its Operations Director. Bookmarks began as a book festival and has grown to include school programming, year-round events, and opened a nonprofit independent bookstore in 2017. Jamie is currently a member of the ABA's Bookseller Advisory Council. She previously served on the SIBA Board (and is eligible for re-election) and has undergone Carver training.


Shari StauchShari Stauch

Owner of Main Street Reads (est. March 2019), an indie bookstore in Summerville, SC (outside Charleston), Shari Stauch has been involved in publishing, marketing, and PR for 35 years. Opening MSR fulfilled a lifelong dream of bringing together authors and readers through events and book clubs to promote books at the community level. She has been involved with SIBA as a participant and exhibitor for several years, keen to promote success and encourage connections between indie booksellers, publishers, and authors.

As former board chair of Charleston’s Center for Women and SC's Women's Business Center, Shari ran the Women’s Writer Series, and she is past producer, with author Bren McClain, of the SC Writers Conference along with Charleston’s Pubsense Summit. She currently serves on the board of the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society (New Orleans), Charleston’s Rotary Auxiliary (treasurer) and the Summerville Rotary Club, where she chairs their literacy committee and recently helped establish a library of children’s books in the Summerville Medical Center’s NIC-U.


Angela TriggAngela Trigg

Angela Trigg is the owner/operator of The Haunted Book Shop, a new & used bookstore in Mobile, AL. She's also a Romance writer writing under the pen name Angela Quarles. An avid reader herself, she writes books she'd like to read--laugh-out-loud, smart romances that suck you into her worlds and won't let you go until you reach The End. She is a RWA RITA® award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, time travel, and steampunk romance. Library Journal named her steampunk, Steam Me Up, Rawley, Best Self-Published Romance of 2015 and Must Love Chainmail won the 2016 RITA® Award in the paranormal category, the first indie to win in that category. Angela loves history, folklore, and family history and combined it with her active imagination to write stories of romance and adventure.


Anne WatersAnne Water

Before moving to Spartanburg with her family eight years ago, Anne owned and managed The Green Goat Gallery & Blue Ewe Yoga Studio in Spencer, NC. Prior to that, she worked as VP of sales and marketing at John F. Blair, Publisher, in Winston-Salem, where she moved from her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas. In Little Rock, she began her bookselling career at Capitol Bookstore before embarking on her publishing career at August House Publishers. So, managing the Hub City Bookshop has brought her full circle.

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It is time to place your winter catalog order!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, July 9, 2020

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Ordering is now open for the SIBA Holiday Catalog!

This year SIBA has joined four other regional associations: NEIBA, GLIBA, MIBA, and NAIBA in RAMP -the regional association marketing partnership -- to produce our 2020 SIBA Holiday Catalog. By joining in with the collective bargaining power of other regional associations, SIBA has been able to create a robust catalog featuring many new publishing partners. There has been a strong commitment to including diverse titles by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color authors, and an active attempt to include books that are receiving strong bookseller support and buzz. (Much of the latter comes from the reviews booksellers post in Edelweiss, so if you aren't doing that, start now!)

Deadline to place your orders is August 7!
The Target date for Catalog delivery is November 1
Questions: Suzanne Shoger suzanneshoger@gmail.com

 

ORDER HERE | Brochure

WHAT IS THE SAME

1) Your first 12,500 Catalogs are completely free. Anything more than that can be purchased in boxes of 500 for $55/box. (or 11 cents per catalog for direct mail, see below)

2) Shipping for your order is free whether you are shipping to your store or to a newspaper for insertion, or both.

3) Your catalogs can be imprinted with a minimum order of 2000. That is down from last year's minimum order of 5000 and better reflects the needs of our smaller stores and more environmentally responsible ordering. There is a $150 imprinting cost, but SIBA will pay for $40 of the price, so the charge for you is $110.

4) Free html catalogs will be available to all stores. IndieCommerce, IndieLite, and Bookshop.org stores will have URLs available to link directly to their shopping carts. A template html page will also be available for stores that use other e-commerce platforms.

WHAT IS NEW

1) Direct Mail Option. Stores can choose to upload their mailing list and have their order direct-mailed to their customers.

2) Saturation Mail Option. Reach potential customers in your area that may not know about your store. Stores can opt to have their catalogs delivered to mailing addresses within a targeted area or zip code.

Mailing costs are competitive at 20 cents per catalog.

 

The holiday catalog has always been one of the major and most popular benefits of SIBA membership. This year, the ability to reach regular and potential customers is more important than ever. No matter what the situation looks like in the fall, the catalog can be a vital way to generate sales. Don't miss the opportunity.

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B3! Webinar: 7 Strategies to be More Time Efficient

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, July 6, 2020

Need time management tools to address your never-ending bookseller to-do list, and reset your work/life balance? Join us as Dr. Deborah "Dr. DJ" Johnson-Blake, an expert on time management, presents "7 Strategies to be More Time Efficient" on Wednesday, August 12 at 2 PM EDT. Dr. Johnson-Blake will share strategies to help you take control of your time, improve your efficiency, and create a more productive lifestyle. Please RSVP to attend.

About our Presenter:

Dr. Deborah "Dr. DJ" Johnson-Blake is the CEO of The Writing Pad, LLC, a writing, editing, and consulting firm focusing on proofreading, editing, and customized writing. She is an award-winning assistant professor at Liberty University, and a corporate trainer and speaker, helping participants improve relations and achieve personal and professional goals in the workplace and beyond.

When she is not working with her students, clients, and giving back to her community, she is busy speaking and promoting her books and conducting training. She is also the author of Managing Time on Purpose, a practical guide based on theory and best practices that can be used to help people become more time management efficient. She is a co-author of Women Level Up and Lead, and K.I.S.S. Destiny Fears Goodbye. Her most recent book is 52 Time Management H.A.C.K.S.: Hacking Actions to Conquer and Kick Life's Setbacks.

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Meet the Editors Buzz Panel with Macmillan

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, July 6, 2020
Meet the Editors Buzz Panel with Macmillan
Wednesday, July 22 | 3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT

George WitteBryn ClarkLindsey HallRuoxi ChenWes Adams

If you're a buyer or event coordinator, get this event on your calendar! Join us to hear editors from Macmillan present three books each: one that's currently on sale, one featured Fall title, and one scheduled far out, but exciting to share with booksellers now.

The Editors:

George Witte, St. Martin's Publishing Group
Bryn Clark, Flatiron Books 
Lindsey Hall, Tor 
Ruoxi Chen, Tor
Wes Adams, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

The panel will be moderated by Dominique R. Jenkins, Senior Manager, Author Events & Services at Macmillan, with help from reps Jeff Willmann and Carin Seigfried. Macmillan will welcome a lively Q & A from booksellers after the presentations. 

Please RSVP to attend.

More on our presenters:

Bryn Clark, Flatiron Books:
Bryn Clark is a nonfiction editor at Flatiron Books, focusing on mission-driven memoir, narrative nonfiction, political, and/or social commentary books highly driven by the author's own story. She has worked with New York Times bestselling author and political journalist Sarah Kendzior on her books The View from Flyover Country and Hiding in Plain Sight to expose the corruption and injustices within the American economic, social, and political systems. Recently, Clark has also edited rower and activist Arshay Cooper's coming-of-age memoir, A Most Beautiful Thing, which tells the story of America's first all-Black high school rowing team and was released as a documentary narrated by Common. She lives in Brooklyn.

George Witte, St. Martin's Publishing Group:
George Witte is editor in chief at St. Martin's Press, and was founding editor and publisher of Picador USA. During his 35 years at St. Martin's, George has published numerous New York Times bestsellers, as well as books that have received, or were, finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, PEN Award, and others.

Ruoxi Chen, Tordotcom:
Ruoxi Chen was born in Chengdu, raised in Boston, and lives in New York City, where she edits science fiction and fantasy for Tordotcom Publishing. She speaks Mandarin and a little Sichuan dialect, which is the equivalent of having a serious Southern drawl in Chinese, so even though she's never lived south of New York in the US, she's Southern Chinese at heart and excited to sit down with stores in the SIBA region.

Wesley Adams, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group:
Executive Editor Wesley Adams started at FSG as an editorial assistant in the summer of 1987 with a salary of eleven thousand five hundred dollars and still stuck around for the next 33 years. He loves working on books about kids who are up against it yet forge ahead with humor and pluck, and is delighted by outrageous comedy and books that make waves. Wesley edited Dead End in Norvelt by his longtime friend and author Jack Gantos, which won the Newbery in 2011. His dream projects are both the books that end up on kids' summer reading lists for school and the books they sneak-read during class.

Lindsey Hall, Tordotcom:
Lindsey Hall is a senior editor from Tennessee, currently based in NYC. She got her start in publishing at Hachette and had the pleasure of joining the Tor team in 2017, where she acquires fantasy, science fiction, and mainstream speculative fiction for Tor's adult list.

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THIS! Angela Trigg on making life easier with ManyChat

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, July 2, 2020

Angela Trigg talks to SIBA Booksellers about how she uses ManyChat to track and respond to customer queries from almost any source.

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New Voices New Rooms is Live!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, July 2, 2020

New Voices New Rooms

Registration is now open for New Voices New Rooms!

Booksellers | Publishers | Schedule | Advertising

Here is what you need to know and where you need to go:

Schedule

We are working hard to create a fun and innovative program that will be both engaging and useful. All events will take place via Zoom and some will be recorded or prerecorded. Links will be posted in the schedule as they are confirmed. Only registered attendees will be able to access the events.

Registration

Registration grants access to all NVNR Events, so publishers and exhibitors need to register if they wish to attend. It is the equivalent of creating your show badge. Registration is also strictly limited to members of SIBA and NAIBA. If your membership is not current, you will be contacted to renew your membership before you can attend the events.

Registration will also add you to the New Voices New Rooms newsletter list, which is the primary way that we will keep you informed about the show.

Booksellers

Your registration grants you access to the entire show. The schedule is still in its nascent stage, but as events are confirmed all attendees will receive first notice. You will also receive the "Show Box" of review copies and other goodies prior to the event.

Publishers

Exhibit and Sponsorship information can be found here.
Advertising Opportunities are listed here

All exhibitors and advertising is being processed through NAIBA and can be purchased here: Publisher Sponsorships and Exhibit Reservations
(note that purchasing exhibit space does not register you for the event. You still need to register at the link above to be able to attend events).

Who to contact:

Questions about registration: Nicki Leone nicki@sibaweb.com
Questions about the program: Linda-Marie Barrett lindamarie@sibaweb.com
Questions about sponsoring: Eileen Dengler: naibaeileen@gmail.com
Questions about exhibiting: Kit Little: naibabooksellers@gmail.com

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Meet the Editors at Simon & Schuster!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Editors from Simon & Schuster will present their adult fall lists to SIBA booksellers on Wed, July 15 at 3 PM EDT. This is such a great opportunity for buyers and event coordinators to see which titles S & S want indie booksellers to know about; it's also a perfect time to begin or deepen relationships with the editors behind the books! Please rsvp lindamarie@sibaweb.com to attend.

Editors presenting:

  • Lauren Wein (Avid Reader Press)
  • Michelle Herrera Mulligan (Atria Books)
  • Joe Monti (Saga Press)
  • Lauren Spiegel (Gallery Books)
  • Sean Manning (Simon & Schuster)
  • Kathy Belden (Scribner)
  • Ronnie Alvardo (Tiller Press)
  • Rebecca Thomas (Adams Media)

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Lady Banks Bookshelf for July

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, June 30, 2020

SIBA promotes six new books every month to readers, the customers of our member stores, 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 as the cover image of the ARTS facebook page, with buy links promoted to our 15,000 Facebook friends. Plus, we boost these titles on our Facebook page for thousands more views. A different member store is featured with the titles every week.

For publishers looking to promote their new titles out to readers across the South, Lady Banks Bookshelf is our greatest value because of high visibility and engagement across multiple platforms. To support the efforts of publishers launching books during this challenging time, we're offering this, and all of our other promotions (except the RAMP holiday catalog) for half-price through July 1st. Contact us for more information or to get your titles on "The Shelf" in coming months.

July Titles:

The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert, ISBN 9781368053297
Regaining Paradise by Paul Corson, ISBN 9781644389430
Adobe Moon by Mark Warren, ISBN  9781432838164
Stay by Bobbie Pyron, ISBN 9780062839237
The Adventure of the Murdered Midwife by Liese Sherwood-Fabre, ISBN 0998411299
Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby, ISBN 9781250252685

Edelweiss collection

Adobe MoonStayBlacktop WastelandThe Voting BoothThe Adventure of the Murdered Midwife Reagining Paradise

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Announcing the 2020 Summer Okra Picks!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Drumroll, please! It's time to announce the 2020 Summer Okra Picks! These titles, selected by SIBA booksellers, are either set in the South and/or written by an author based in the South. They're the new books SIBA booksellers are most excited to hand sell this season. We love this list and we hope you do, too!  Create displays, promote pre-orders, and check them out for yourself.  Ingram is offering an extra 2% discount ( use the "SR" promo code) on these titles, as part of their Summer Reads promotion. If you aren't sure how to enter the code, contact Marsha Wood at Marsha.Wood@ingramcontent.com.

The 2020 Summer Okra Picks:

  • Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby, Flatiron Books
  • After Squidnight by Jonathan E. Fenske, Jonathan Fenske (Illustrated by), Penguin Workshop
  • Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha, Tor Books
  • Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey, Ecco
  • Guillotine by Eduardo C. Corral, Graywolf Press
  • The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi, Emily P. Freeman (Foreword by), WaterBrook
  • Loathe at First Sight by Suzanne Park, Avon
  • When These Mountains Burn by David Joy, G.P. Putnam's Sons
  • RESPECT by Carole Boston Weatherford, Frank Morrison (Illustrated by), Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrated by), Nancy Paulsen Books
  • The Deepest South of All by Richard Grant, Simon & Schuster
  • Pea, Bee, & Jay #1: Stuck Together by Brian "Smitty" Smith, Brian "Smitty" Smith (Illustrated by), HarperAlley
  • The Big Door Prize by M. O. Walsh, G.P. Putnam's Sons

Edelweiss collection of titles

Downloadable flyer for your displays

More info at Authors 'Round the South

Blacktop WastelandAfter SquidnightDeal With the DevilMemorial DriveGuillotineThe Lazy Genius WayLoathe at First SightWhen These Mountains BurnRESPECTI Am Every Good ThingThe Deepest South of AllPea, Bee, & Jay #1The Big Door Prize

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