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Books your fellow booksellers love -- reviewed on Edelweiss

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Fiction Addiction, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyres Books, Page 158 Books, Square Books, The Story Shop, and Union Avenue Bookshop.

9781573247436 Protest Kitchen 10/1/2018
"I love the way the book combines recipes with recommended actions for people who want to make a change."

9780440000785 Vox 8/12/2018
"An absolute must read for Fans of Station Eleven, the Handmaid's Tale and When She Woke, Vox may ironically be the discussion-starter of the season."

9781524733377 The Price You Pay 7/10/2018
"When this book is over you will want to take a shower for putting yourself on the side of the despicable miscreant. . .Funny thing is...it won't stop you from eagerly devouring every page of this one"

9781524732813 The Impostor 8/28/2018
"A perfect mix of Javier Marias' compulsive need to unpeel a topic and Emmanuel Carrere's introspective, self-reflective non-fiction."

9780525515029 Small Spaces 9/25/2018
"A deliciously creepy middle grade novel that will inspire under the covers flashlight reading."

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Avid Bookshop: Seeking Frontline Bookseller

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, May 21, 2018

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Avid Bookshop is seeking a frontline bookseller to work at both the Prince Avenue and Five Points shops 5 days/week, 40 hours/week. Avid Bookshop is a community-focused independent bookstore with two locations in Athens, Georgia. Frontline booksellers are the face of Avid, engaging with the community by sharing a love of the written word, curating our shops to suit their neighborhoods, and fulfilling orders for virtually any book in print.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist with the day-to-day functions of the bookshops
  • Promote literary engagement in Athens by connecting books to readers
  • Conduct author events in-shop and offsite
  • Receive new inventory
  • Build collaborative relationships with individuals in the publishing industry by
    reading and reviewing galley copies of frontlist titles
  • Behind-the-scenes work as needed (for example: publisher returns, web orders,
    problem-solving customer service issues, etc.)

REQUIREMENTS

  • 40 hours/week
  • Schedule flexibility
  • Weekend availability
  • Must be able to lift boxes up to approx. 40 pounds
  • Extensive knowledge of children's and adult titles, especially recently published
    titles
  • Willingness and ability to travel for bookselling conferences at least once
    annually

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong attention to detail
  • 1-2 years customer service or retail experience
  • Preferred: 1-2 years bookselling experience
  • Adaptability, ability to collaborate with a team
  • Genuine enthusiasm for reading, independent bookstores, and the book industry
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; willingness to write physical
    book reviews for our shops
  • Preferred: knowledge of Basil POS, Drupal
To apply, please submit resume, cover letter, and the following to avid.athens@gmail.com: Select four specific titles you would love to recommend to readers. For each of the four books, tell us the name of the book and the author(s), and write a 2-3 sentence review per book, with special emphasis on describing why someone should read that book. Cover letters may be addressed to Ms. Janet Geddis, owner/founder of Avid Bookshop.

 

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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 17, 2018

Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Fiction Addiction, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyres Books, Page 158 Books, Square Books, The Story Shop, and Union Avenue Bookshop.

9780525521228 Clock Dance 7/10/2018
"Willa Drake isn't just a character in a book. She becomes a friend you root for, someone you'd like to hug."

9780316516204 The Wrong Heaven 7/17/2018
"unbelievably funny and charmingly bizarre."

9780316176637 Transcription 9/25/2018
"Kate Atkinson is a genius"

9780999193518 Bald Knobber 10/2/2018
" I've always been struck by the way he manages to capture modernity in all its awkward quietness."

9780062424242 The Other Side of Lost 8/7/2018
"A 'Wild' for a younger audience."

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From the help desk: Questions on their way to becoming FAQs

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 17, 2018

 

Here at SIBA we answer a lot of questions. A LOT. By phone, by email, face to face during the weekly SIBA online office hours -- it isn't unusual for everyone in the office to field two or three questions from SIBA members every day.

We regard this as a good thing. Questions mean the people are engaged, that they are interested in SIBA's benefits. Questions can also help SIBA identify what's important to booksellers and what things we could be doing differently or better.

So acting on the assumption that for every time a person asks, there are six people with the same question who haven't, we thought it would be useful to post some of the questions we get, and some of the answers we gave.


Q: How do I get my store's events on the Lady Banks Calendar?

A: SIBA has a submission form stores can use, and a downloadable spreadsheet for submitting events in a batch:

http://sibaweb.site-ym.com/page/stars_bkstore

It takes about 24 hours for submitted events to appear on the calendar. Stores earn .50 cents in B3! credit for each event they submit.


Q: Can't I just email SIBA our events?

A: You can, but SIBA can't promise they will be added. SIBA has a few elves who generously offer their time to update things like store calendars, but they aren't always available, and SIBA stores have pretty busy schedules. The online form is the only sure way to make your events are listed.

Also, emailed events don't receive B3! Credit


Q: How can I find how much outstanding credit I have with SIBA?

A: Log in to your account and click on "My Profile" from the top menu bar. Then click on the "About" tab. Your SIBA Credit and B3! Credit can be found under the "Professional Information" Section. (Credit information is only visible to you, not to anyone else.)

 

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Bridging the Divide and the Open Discussion Project with Sarah Goddin and Chris Finan on Wed, 5/23 at 2PM!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Bridging the Divide and the Open Discussion Project with Sarah Goddin and Chris Finan on Wed, 5/23, at 2PM via Zoom!
 
Join Sarah Goddin of Quail Ridge Books as she discusses her store’s success with their “Bridging the Divide” book club. The club's goal is to foster dialog and better understanding between people with different political viewpoints and to provide a safe space for civil discourse on controversial or divisive topics. Chris Finan of The National Coalition Against Censorship will discuss The Open Discussion Project, which seeks to create a new kind of reading group that will bring people of opposing views into dialogue about the issues that divide us. Booksellers will have an opportunity to ask questions of Sarah and Chris, to explore how this programming could serve their stores and communities. Please RSVP lindamarie@sibaweb.com to sign up to attend.

Sarah Goddin is general manager of Quail Ridge Books, a 9000 square foot store in Raleigh, NC. She has been a bookseller for 40 years, starting with Waldenbooks in 1978, then opening and running her own store, Wellington's Books, in Cary, for 10 years, finally landing at Quail Ridge Books in 1996. Sarah has served on various ABA committees such as  the Booksellers Advisory Council, Education and Abacus task forces, and as chair of the Spring 2017 Indies Introduce adult book selection committee.

Chris Finan is executive director of the National Coalition Against Censorship, an alliance of 56 national non-profits, including the American Booksellers Association.  He has defended the First Amendment rights of booksellers for many years and most recently led American Booksellers for Free Expression.  He is the author of From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act: A History of the Fight for Free Speech in America.  His new book is Drunks: An American History, which will be released in paperback on June 5. 

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Make the Most of May: Join Us for Three Educational Opportunities to Be a Better Bookseller!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Make the Most of May: Join Us for Three Educational Opportunities to Be a Better Bookseller!



Wednesday, May 16 at 2PM:  B3! Bookclub discusses Your Leadership Edge: Lead Anytime, Anywhere by Ed O’Malley and Amanda Cebula. Sarah Bagby, owner of Watermark Books in Wichita, KS, praises this book as one that “teaches—or refreshes—skills for anyone to be a leader…[and] presents a step-by-step process designed to break down barriers in order to create change...This small book is a big gem.” Some things to consider in advance of our book club discussion: What are your leadership challenges? Are they technical or adaptive (the book will explain what this means)? Are you in a position of authority at your store? Are you fully-whelmed at work, or do you find yourself under/overwhelmed? Please email Linda-Marie if you need a copy of the book or have any questions about the book club.


Wednesday, May 23 at 2PM: Bridging the Divide and The Open Discussion Project with Sarah Goddin and Chris Finan. Join Sarah Goddin of Quail Ridge Books as she discusses her store’s success with their “Bridging the Divide” book club. The club's goal is to foster dialog and better understanding between people with different political viewpoints and to provide a safe space for civil discourse on controversial or divisive topics. Chris Finan of The National Coalition Against Censorship will discuss The Open Discussion Project, which seeks to create a new kind of reading group that will bring people of opposing views into dialogue about the issues that divide us. Please email Linda-Marie to sign up or if you have any questions.


Thursday, May 24 at 2PM: How to Pitch Your Store to Publishers with Maribeth Pelly. This is our second webinar with Maribeth Pelly, event planner at Booktowne and independent marketing consultant. Booksellers will find out how to have productive conversations with publishers, what publishers want to know (and what they don’t), and how to build a successful author event program, no matter what your store size. We’ll also observe a SIBA bookseller pitch to a publicist at Penguin Random House, and discover some great tips for online and in-person pitching. Attendees of this webinar are invited to a meet & greet pep talk with Maribeth at Book Expo before Publicist Speed Dating begins. Please email Linda-Marie to sign up or if you have any questions.

Tags:  authors  b3! webinars  BEA  booksellers  bookselling  education  siba member hub 

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Reviewed on Edelweiss -- the bookseller buzz on forthcoming books

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Book No Further, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, The Country Bookshop, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Page 158 Books, Parnassus Books, The Story Stop, and Union Avenue Bookshop.

9780802128256 Convenience Store Woman 6/12/2018
"The power of this novel is not in a sweeping landscape or journey, but in its intimacy, humor, and empathy with this very human, knowable woman."

9780062400734 Don't You Ever 7/3/2018
"Bishop walks readers through the surprise, the mystery, the joy and ultimately the heartbreak of finding and losing an all-but-unknown brother."

9780316392358 Calypso 5/29/2018
"Of course there are still times that I spit coffee all over myself because I made the mistake of drinking while reading."

9780062795250 What If It's Us 10/9/2018
"I grinned through reading most of this book. It's SO cute, but not in that super awful, sappy way...in a perfectly wonderful, hopeful, fantastic romantic way."

9780823440559 Dreamers 9/4/2018
"A story of a woman who had her life changed when she entered the public library for the first time. Beautiful, simple and brilliantly done"

9781524738235 Royals 5/1/2018
"I devoured this book in one day! The humor, romance and royal treatment was just what I needed to get my reading mojo back."

9780399574221 The Line That Held Us 8/14/2018
" From the first page to the last, the story will grip you and not let go like a Dwayne Brewer bear hug."

9781501192555 An Ocean of Minutes 7/10/2018
"I can't wait to hand this to our customers who want something just a tad off the beaten path."

9781501169038 The Map of Salt and Stars 5/1/2018
"A beautifully written look at what it means to come of age in the middle of a war, as well as the power of stories and how they shape us."

9780525520375 There There 6/5/2018
"I will be shoving this book into as many hands as I can."

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Let's Meet at Book Expo!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Updated: Monday, May 7, 2018

SIBA's Zone of Influence: 850 indie booksellers x one million readers = unbeatable promotion of your authors and frontlist titles!

 

Wanda Jewell

Linda-Marie BarrettLet's meet and discuss how we can partner with you to bring new titles and promotions you're excited about to our audience. We're setting up appointments to meet industry folks who want to learn more about SIBA's 2018 Discovery Show in Tampa, FL, our annual Holiday Catalog, and our targeted promotions to member booksellers and a wide consumer audience. We'd love to meet with you!

Please email lindamarie@sibaweb.comto schedule a meeting with Wanda Jewell, Executive Director of SIBA and Linda-Marie Barrett, Assistant Executive Director. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Tags:  #siba18  authors  BEA  booksellers  content marketing  Linda-Marie Barrett  trade show  Wanda Jewell 

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Galleys & Giveaways: Kickflip Boys

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, May 7, 2018
Updated: Friday, May 4, 2018

Galleys & Giveaways

Welcome to SIBA’s Galleys & Giveaways—our alert of review copies and resources available to booksellers. To help you harvest a great crop of Southern literature, SIBA and participating publishers are giving away the galleys and other materials below to southern indie booksellers on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are interested simply email the publisher to request a copy. Supplies are limited, so act quickly!

Liked what you read? Let everyone know!

  • Nominatefor the next season of SIBA's Okra Picks!
  • Nominatefor the next Southern Book Prize!
  • Sendnicki@sibaweb.comyour review for the Lady Banks newsletter
  • Submitto IndieNext
  • Reviewon Edelweiss+ (be sure to click the "SIBA" option in the review box)

N.B. These are review copies only, and not for resale.

Eat. Sleep. Read. Southern.


Kick Flip BoysKickflip Boys: A Memoir of Freedom, Rebellion, and the Chaos of Fatherhood, by Neal Thompson
Ecco / 5/15/18 / $27.99 / Hardcover / 9780062394347 

"Thompson captures the ache, fizz, yearning and frustration of being the father of adolescent boys." —Michael Chabon

"What a riveting, touching, and painful read!" —Maria Semple

"Fun, moving, raw, and relatable." —Tony Hawk

What makes a good father good, and what makes him feel like a fraud? Does less-is-more parenting inspire independence and strength, or does it encourage defiance and trouble? Kickflip Boys is the story of a father's struggle to understand his willful skateboarder sons, challengers of authority and convention, to accept his unconventional role as a vulnerable "skate dad," and to confront his fears that their out-of-bounds lifestyle will lead them too far afield.

With searing honesty, Neal Thompson traces his sons' progression through all the stages of skateboarding: splurging on skate shoes and boards, skipping classes and defying teachers, run-ins with security guards and cops, painting graffiti, drinking and smoking, and more. As the story veers from funny to treacherous and back, from skateparks to the streets, Thompson must confront his complicity and fallibility. He also reflects on his own adventures with skateboards, drugs, danger, and defiance. 

A "heartfelt and blunt" (Publishers Weekly) story of thrill-seeking teens, of hope and love, freedom and failure, Kickflip Boys reveals a sport and a community that have become a refuge for boys who resist mainstream expectations as they seek their own path. Ultimately, it's a deeply moving survival story of a loving modern American family, of acceptance, forgiveness, and letting go.

"I was immensely moved by Kickflip Boys ... a profoundly honest book and a true achievement." —Dani Shapiro

"The voice is brave, funny and fiercely honest." —Peter Heller 

To request a review copy: Martin.Wilson@harpercollins.com

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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser, The Book Stop, Bookmarks, The Country Bookshop, Fiction Addiction, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Books, Quail Ridge Books, and Hooray for Books.

9780525520375 There There 6/5/2018
"Filled with humor, sweetness, and rage"

9781250175366 Do Not Lick This Book 6/5/2018
"This delightfully disgusting book will not only have kids learning about the microbes that live on all of us, but actually transferring them around their own bodies!! Brilliant!"

9780316515283 Rule 9/11/2018
"This book has a real "edge of my seat" quality as that's where I was through the entire thing."

9780525522775 Ghosted 7/24/2018
"I can't remember the last time I actually said out loud, "Well, I didn't see THAT coming" while reading a book."

9780525522119 My Year of Rest and Relaxation 7/10/2018
"her characters are 80 percent train-wreck, 20 percent asshole, but the story, taken in whole, is a brilliant critique of our society's refusal to accept and inability to process grief."

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Make Your Mark at #SIBA18! A Call for store-branded merchandise

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, May 2, 2018


Make Your Mark at #siba18!

Make your mark at #SIBA18!
A call for Bookstore Branded Bookmarks and Swag

The theme of this year's Discovery Show is "Mark Your Mark," with an emphasis on the many ways bookstores can brand themselves and become icons in their own communities and in the industry. To that end, SIBA is going to feature bookstore-branded merchandise in an exhibit at the show, and we'd like to incorporate your store-branded bookmarks into show materials.

So here's what we'd like to have from stores:

1) Store Bookmarks. These will be featured in the show directory in other show materials. Stores can provide either electronic files or actually send the printed bookmarks, or both. Electronic files should be sent to nicki@sibaweb.com. Any pdf or high resolution image format is fine. Print materials should be sent to:

Make Your Mark at SIBA
c/o Nicki Leone
718 Hughes Rd.
Hampstead, NC 28443

Malaprop's Mug2) Store Swag. SIBA will have a display of store-branded merchandise in the Exhibit hall during the show, so now is the time to let your store shine. If you are interested in having your store swag featured contact Linda-Marie at lindamarie@sibaweb.com. Bookmarks, coffee mugs, tote bags, t-shirts, bags of coffee, buttons, magnets, aprons, tea towels. . .the sky's the limit.

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Planning Your "Year of Profitability" with help from the ABA!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, April 30, 2018
Updated: Friday, April 27, 2018

ABA CEO Oren Teicher and Senior Strategy Officer Dan Cullen presented “A Year of Profitability” at the SIBA Spring Forum in March. The forum was hosted by Flyleaf owner Jamie Fiocco, Vice President/Secretary on the ABA’s Board of Directors. Oren and Dan took turns presenting recommendations for scheduling bookseller tasks and strategy on a quarterly basis. Items discussed: routine operations, industry events, literary awards, marketing, finances, and holidays & celebrations. The large gathering of booksellers, mostly from North Carolina, had opportunities to ask questions, and offer their own suggestions on how they schedule their inventory, returns, marketing plans, and more. Thoughtful host Jamie Fiocco brought in delicious coffee, sandwiches, and cookies from a nearby indie business for the lunch break. 


For those who couldn’t make the forum, here’s a link to the ABA's powerpoint presentation, which covers the heart of the presentation. When the flyer handed out during the presentation becomes available, we’ll send out another alert and add to our Peer Brain Trust. Both will be under “Business Resources.” Happy Planning!

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Reviewed on Edelweiss -- the bookseller buzz on forthcoming books

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser, Fiction Addiction, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Books, Page & Palette, Quail Ridge Books, and The Story Shop.

9781635830187 The Girl and the Grove 5/8/2018
"the most heartwarming read of the year!"

9781594634925 The Art of Gathering 5/15/2018
"A fabulous and unusual take on the art of gathering -- whether for business or for purely social reasons."

9781492656623 Furyborn 5/22/2018
"full of my favorite kind of character- strong, stubborn, and super-flawed."

9780316392389 Calypso 5/29/2018
"Reading these new stories was like catching up with an old friend."

9780525521228 Clock Dance 7/10/2018
"readable comfort food that reminds us it is not only possible to make a new way in life, but it's never too late."

9781524733377 The Price You Pay 7/10/2018
"A smart, brash carnival ride with no brakes"

9781984822475 Instantly Southern 11/6/2018
"I can tell you I will be living off this book once it comes out. Delicious! "

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Benefits of Reporting to the New York Times Bestseller List

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The New York Times Best-Seller Lists, posted on the web on Wednesday nights and published every Sunday in the print Book Review, reflect sales reported by vendors offering a wide range of general interest titles. The sales venues for print books include independent book retailers; national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; supermarkets, university, gift and discount department stores; and newsstands.

It’s increasingly important for independent booksellers to make their voices heard on a national level. Please, demonstrate the importance of the indie sales channel by reporting your sales to this important national outlet for book news.

If you do not yet report your sales to the New York Times, you can submit a request for an application at https://bestsellers.nytimes.com/newstoreapp.

If accepted, you would be expected to send your confidential report with sales from the previous Sunday-to-Saturday period by noon on Tuesday Eastern time each week.

Reporting stores receive the following:

    Every Tuesday, you’ll receive an email letting you know what titles will be covered in the Book Review that weekend, giving you advance notice to order these titles for your loyal readers.
    The Times Digest with the pdf containing the Best-Seller Lists hours before they appear online and 10 days before they are listed in the print Book Review.
    A complimentary copy of the printed Book Review sent directly to your store.

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What We Learned at the Press Kit Webinar!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

SIBA booksellers who attended Maribeth Pelly’s webinar “How to Prepare a Press Kit for your Store” are now working on creating or retooling their store press kits in advance of trips to Book Expo. Pelly, the event planner for Booktowne (NJ) and a professional marketing consultant,  live-critiqued eight press kits from small and large stores with different approaches to their events programming. Pelly noted SIBA-member stores tend to focus on their story and place in their community, which is very positive. However, she emphasized the importance of including an up-to-date grid, something lacking in most press kits critiqued, showing numbers for attendees, venue seating, and books sold at successful author events. Pelly’s Easy Press Kit Checklist and Press Kit Template are now available in SIBA’s Peer Brain Trust under “Working with Publishers.” Pelly’s next webinar with SIBA is How to Pitch Your Store to Publicists on Thursday, May 24 at 2PM. Attendees will learn how to have productive conversations with publishers at Book Expo’s Speed Dating, and to stay on publishers’ radar all year long. Please sign up to join us!


A recording of Pelly’s Press Kit webinar will be available soon. Booksellers who attended shared the following:


“It helped me de-clutter and focus on what is essential...It was very helpful to take notes and listen to her responses and critiques; her criticisms of all of the different press kits were the best part as she allowed her honest reactions and thought processes to come through rather than just leaving us to rely on her tip sheet...We're putting direct input from the webinar onto the page!” --John Cavalier, Owner of Cavalier House Books


Having our newly minted press release critiqued by Maribeth was affirming. She thoroughly explained the rationale behind the advice she gave us for changes and helped me see how well we were and weren't communicating our strengths. Maribeth offers fresh eyes combined with real focus on the appropriate goals for each element of a press kit.” --Adah Fitzgerald, Owner of Main Street Books


“I enjoyed seeing what everyone else does and seeing the examples...I am planning on attending the next one and think it will be a great build on the previous material. I did make a quick reference numbers sheet which was something we were lacking. I have since shared with publicists and reps so hopefully will see some traction from that!”

--Jamie Rogers Southern, Operations Director of Bookmarks


“Avid definitely benefited from having our press kit reviewed by Maribeth. It was great to hear what we were doing right, and things we could improve upon. It was definitely worth my time to attend the webinar.” --Rachel Watkins, Communications Director of Avid Bookshop 

 

"The press kit webinar was so helpful. We learned so much and hope to implement what we learned very soon. The most helpful part was just being able to wrap our minds around what a press kit actually is, and what that consists of. The examples were phenomenal. Walking through what publishers look for and other things that give you a leg up when talking with publishers was an eye opener in the best way. We're still babies at this, so we really appreciate the time and effort y'all put in to this presentation." --Lauren Brown, Assistant Manager of The Story Shop

 

"I got a whole lot out of it.  I will be designing the [press kit] solely off what I have learned and it helped us out a whole lot.  I am so glad I got to be a part of it."--Jamille Christman, Marketing Director of of Eagle Eye Book Shop

 

"As quickly as we move past IBD, I will be using the template, and the copious notes I took during the presentation to design my very first store press kit. I found the evaluations of other bookstore press kits super helpful, as I am a visual learner. I will fashion mine according to the best examples Maribeth pointed out, and look forward to shopping it at BOOK EXPO."--Star Lowe, Owner of Star Line Books

 

 

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SIBA's Collective Clout is Bustin' Out!

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Over 80% of SIBA’s bookstore members report to the New York Times Bestseller List, review books on Edelweiss, submitting to IndieNext, publishers, and SIBA plus maintain an extensive local media list. Over 90% report to the ABA Indie Bestseller List.

Combined our southern bookstores support over 1100 book clubs across the south reaching thousands of southern readers. The themes for these book clubs run the gamut and include:  Adult, Children, YA, YA for adults, Signed 1st Edition Clubs, Teen, Black Feminist Fiction, Sci Fi, Political, Mystery, Classic, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, International Literature, Women’s Voices, “Monday Morning”, Romance, Spanish, Small Press, Social Justice and many more.

SIBA stores combined have over 500,000 Facebook friends, over 300,000 Instagram, and over 200,000 Twitter followers.  In addition, SIBA and her stores email nearly 500,000 readers regularly. SIBA’s social network reach is 22,000 on Facebook, 5000 on Twitter, and 1000 on Instagram making the total reach of SIBA and her stores well over one million!

Over 60% of SIBA bookstores attend the SIBA Discovery Show sending more and more booksellers every year increasing attendance by 10% on average since 2014.

We can carry this momentum forward into the future and imagine a day where we determine to send a message out to our million+ southern readers!

 

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Sign your store up for the Okra Picks Newsletter

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, April 19, 2018

OKRA PICKS NEWSLETTER

Sign up deadline is May 1

"Makes me want to read so many books you review. Better than Bookpage! Love my local bookseller!" -- a Midtown Reader customer on their Okra Picks Newsletter

Inspired by the success of the Shelf Awareness for Readers concept, the Okra Picks Newsletter is exactly what it sounds like -- a newsletter featuring the current season's Okra Picks, branded to your store and sent to your store's customers, with links back to your website for purchase.

See a sample here

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2018 Southern Book Prize Finalists

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Southern Book PrizeThe 2018 Southern Book Prize Finalists Announced

(Asheville, NC) – Southern independent booksellers have cast their votes for the Finalists for the 2018 Southern Book Prize. Thirty titles across eight different categories have been selected as representing the best in Southern literature. Prize categories are determined by the publisher-submitted BISAC categories of the 100+ titles originally nominated for the Southern Book Prize.

"This is a great list of books," commented Wanda Jewell, Executive Director of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. "It shows the wide range and depth of Southern literature."

Finalists go to juried panels of booksellers who will then decide on the winners in each category. Winners will be announced on July 4, "Independents Day."

2018 Southern Book Prize Finalists

FICTION

Bookshop at Water's End Same Beach Next Year Young Jane Young

Women and Family
The Bookshop at Water's End | Henry, Patti Callahan | Berkley Books | 9780399583117
Same Beach, Next Year | Frank, Dorothea Benton | William Morrow & Company | 9780062390783
Young Jane Young | Zevin, Gabrielle | Algonquin Books | 9781616205041

The Last Ballad The River of Kings Sing Unburied Sing The Weight of This World

Literary
The Last Ballad | Cash, Wiley | William Morrow & Company | 9780062313119
The River of Kings | Brown, Taylor | St. Martin's Press | 9781250111753
Sing, Unburied, Sing | Ward, Jesmyn | Scribner Book Company | 9781501126062
The Weight of This World | Joy, David | G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780399173110

Camino sland The Devil's Muse Gradle Bird The Night the Lights Went Out

Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense
Camino Island | Grisham, John | Doubleday Books | 9780385543026
The Devil's Muse | Loehfelm, Bill | Sarah Crichton Books | 9780374279776
Gradle Bird | Sasser, J C | Koehler Books | 9781633932630
The Night the Lights Went Out | White, Karen | Berkley Books | 9780451488381

Before We Were YOurs Desparation Road No One Is Coming to Save Us The Second Mrs. Hockaday

Southern Fiction
Before We Were Yours | Wingate, Lisa | Ballantine Books | 9780425284681
Desperation Road | Smith, Michael Farris | Lee Boudreaux Books | 9780316353038
No One Is Coming to Save Us | Watts, Stephanie Powell | Ecco Press | 9780062472984
The Second Mrs. Hockaday | Rivers, Susan | Algonquin Books | 9781616205812

CHILDREN'S & JUVENILE

Goldine Refugee Serafina and the Splintered Heart Tumble and Blue

Juvenile Fiction
Goldeline | Cajoleas, Jimmy | HarperCollins | 9780062498755
Refugee | Gratz, Alan | Scholastic Press | 9780545880831
Serafina and the Splintered Heart (Serafina Book 3) | Beatty, Robert | Disney-Hyperion | 9781484775042
Tumble & Blue | Beasley, Cassie | Dial Books | 9780525428442

Between Two Skies Dear Martin Flame in the Mist The Hate U Give

Young Adult
Between Two Skies | O'Sullivan, Joanne | Candlewick Press (MA) | 9780763690342
Dear Martin | Stone, Nic | Crown Books for Young Readers | 9781101939499
Flame in the Mist | Ahdieh, Renee | G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers | 9780399171635
The Hate U Give | Thomas, Angie | Balzer & Bray/Harperteen | 9780062498533

NONFICTION

Heating adn Cooling The Last Castle My Lfe LMy Love My Legacy Thunder in the Mountains

Biography and History
Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs | Fennelly, Beth Ann | W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393609479
The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home | Kiernan, Denise | Touchstone Books | 9781476794044
My Life, My Love, My Legacy | King, Coretta Scott ; Reynolds, Barbara | Henry Holt & Company | 9781627795982
Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War | Sharfstein, Daniel J | W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393239416

The Art of Loading BrushPotlikker Papers The Sunshine StateTears We Cannot StopThe Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and the Feebleminded

Nonfiction
The Art of Loading Brush: New Agrarian Writings | Berry, Wendell | Counterpoint LLC | 9781619020382
The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South | Edge, John T | Penguin Press | 9781594206559
The Sunshine State: Essays | Gerard, Sarah | Harper Perennial | 9780062434876
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America | Dyson, Michael Eric | St. Martin's Press | 9781250135995
The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded: Poems | Brown, Molly McCully | Persea Books | 9780892554782   

For more information about the Southern Book Prize, visit
The Southern Book Prize at AuthorsRoundtheSouth.com

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Reviewed on Edelweiss -- the bookseller buzz on forthcoming books

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, April 16, 2018

Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Books & Books, The Country Book Shop, Fiction Addiction, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Novel., Parnassus, Quail Ridge Books, and The Story Shop.

**Don't forget to sign up for the upcoming webinar on Edelweiss next week!:

B3! WEBINAR: GET YOUR EDELWEISS ON!

April 25 at 2PM: Getting your Staff on Edelweiss  with Jill Hendrix. Join Jill Hendrix of Fiction Addiction to learn how to use Edelweiss for reviews, requesting ARCs, author event proposals, etc., plus instruction on creating tags and filters to share with staff. Edelweiss is a wealth of information on the books your customers want.  And it is a wonderful way to get your store on the radar of many publishers.  Plus SIBA has her own share button where booksellers can let us know which books they love.  Earn B3! credit by attending the webinar and using Edelweiss to let us know about your fave titles.  RSVP with lindamarie@sibaweb.com.

 

9780374158378 The Electric Woman 5/1/2018
" Her memoir of her time on the road for a season as a performer in the last traveling sideshow is more than a documentary of a freak show. It is the story of a daughter coming to terms with the woman her mother was."

9780316556347 Circe 4/10/2018
"I think I now have a crush on Daedalus."

9780763693558 Alma and How She Got Her Name 4/10/2018
"a great introduction to family history or just a lovely way to dive into the deep stories behind everyday things ( like a child's name!)."

9780143133124 The Ruin 7/3/2018
"The complex plot, the seamless intertwining of stories and the dogged determination of Cormac to find the truth takes this superb crime novel on a great journey through Ireland, and on a roller coaster ride of suspense."

9781594634925 The Art of Gathering 5/15/2018
"This book is great for the business leader, the casual dinner party host, or the person who dreams of having deeper connections with the community around them."

9780525520139 Cherry 8/14/2018
" A sparse, unflinching look at war, addiction, crime, and desperation that -- impossibly -- also happens to be hopelessly romantic and caustically funny. "

9780735221314 A Terrible Country 7/10/2018
"part immersive travel guide, part cultural commentary (on both Russia and the US), and part coming of age/family novel with socialist revolutionaries and hockey. I loved it."

9780735231702 The Creature of the Pines 4/10/2018
"Constantly laughing out loud, with wonderful and colorful characters, it makes for a great read aloud. Pick it up as soon as you can, especially if you have elementary and middle grade boys!"

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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, April 12, 2018

Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser, The Country Book Shop, Downtown Books, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Fine Books, Octavia Books, Page 158 Books, Quail Ridge Books, and The Story Shop.

9780525515210 The Boy, the Bird, and the Coffin Maker 5/15/2018
"If the story doesn't pull you in (which would be difficult), then the artwork will!"

9780399557385 Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe 7/10/2018
"A sweet, clever, standalone adventure story with an art history/mystery twist thrown in for good measure, Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe should be smack dab on the top of the summer reading stack."

9780385542012 The Secret Token 6/5/2018
" I already know this is going to be my number one non-fiction/history pick for summer 2018."

9780525522119 My Year of Rest and Relaxation 7/10/2018
" Reading this novel feels something akin to watching a slow motion car wreck or seeing something that you know you're not supposed to be seeing. Grotesque and unsettling, but also magnificent and beautiful."

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