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Meet the Bookseller: Tony Peltier, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, March 14, 2018

TonyMeet the Bookseller: Tony Peltier, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC

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How long you've been a bookseller: I've been a bookseller for 16 years. 10 years at Borders and 6 at Quail Ridge.

Best part about being a bookseller: . . .is the books! I get to buy and sell books for a living! And, of course, connecting with people through books.

 

 

Tony's Staff FavoritesBooks I'm reading:
I just finished Sadness is a White Bird by Moriel Rothman-Zecher. Almost finished The Sea Beast Takes a Lover by Michael Andreasen. In the middle of Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi. And just started The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner.

Sadness is a White Bird Frankenstein in BaghdadThe Mars RoomThe Sea Beast Takes a Lover

They are all wonderful and completely different from each other.

 

Spill Simmer Falter WitherFavorite handsell of 2017:
Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume
So beautiful and beautifully written, devastatingly sad, but in a way that reminds you that you're alive.

Social Media Handles: I'm not on social media. I did Twitter for about 6 months, but made myself delete it.

Best thing we did this year at the store:
I'd have to say, the amazing people we hired this year. We have a wonderful staff, but this year in particular we added some incredible people with great experience in and out of bookselling

Top priority for 2018: Get the word out. Get all these amazing books in people's hands and brains.

And get people to realize that if they don't buy from us, we won't be around forever. Don't take your independent bookstore for granted.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
Hmm. I'm embarrassed to admit I don't really know what they are. I know that SIBA gave scholarships to two of our staff to go to New Orleans, which they raved about. I've never actually attended a SIBA conference. I'd love to learn more about what SIBA does.

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A non-golfer at the Valspar Championship. AKA, The Site Visit

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Innisbrook ResortWhen Wanda Jewell told me that our annual site visit to the Innisbrook Resort in preparation for upcoming Discovery Show in September would be in March, she did warn me. "It will be during Valspar" she cautioned. I must have looked blank, because she added "the golf tournament." I shrugged and nodded. It was Florida. There would be golf, I thought.

Tiger Woods on the last day at ValsparIt wasn't until we hit the traffic on US 19 and found ourselves behind a row of coach buses that I realized, oh it's a GOLF TOURNAMENT. So my first introduction to the Innisbrook Resort was one of confused, milling excitement. Golf cart taxis and trams were zipping to and fro. Lines of people wearing sun visors and carrying beach bags and sun block stood at security check points, waiting to be, uh, wanded. Someone had created an exhibit of Tiny Houses near the walkway that led down to the 15th hole. Boy are they tiny. I think I'd need about six just for my books. Adults were walking around with martinis and mojitos in plastic cups. Kids were running around wearing straw hats and grasping paper fans stapled to wooden popsicle sticks.

I'm not a huge golf fan, but I still immediately called my dad. "Guess where I am!" I gloated.

Normally, a site visit means seeing the space "in action" on a normal day. This was hardly normal. Tiger Woods was on the premises, playing like he hadn't for the last five years. The enthusiasm was infectious. And oddly enough, I think being on site during a major event like Valspar was useful because we got a sort of "sky's the limit" view of the possibilities, and we got to see the resort staff really rise to every occasion.

So what do we have to look forward to in September?

Copperhead CourseWell, the place is beautiful.

That was abundantly clear despite the lines and the traffic and the security details. There are many lovely places to walk and it was not lost on me that the ospreys were nesting and not at all bothered by the crowds. I usually spend the week of the Discovery Show all but trapped in a hotel, so having so much open green space around me was addictive.

exhibit hall foyerThe exhibit hall is beautiful.

The foyer has a skylight the length of the building making it bright and welcoming. I think we're going to be putting the TRIO exhibit there. For exhibitors, loading in and out is going to be a dream. The loading docks are RIGHT THERE, and yet somehow invisible. No contending with creaky hotel elevators.

 

suiteThe rooms are really, really comfortable.

At Innisbrook, you have the choice between a "deluxe guestroom" and 1- and 2-bedroom suites. And I will say right now it is worth it to upgrade to the suite if you can. If you share with another person, or a couple people, they are less expensive per person than the guestroom, so this is the Discovery Show where you bring along family for a little vacation. And the suites come with a full kitchen: Fridge, stove, the works. When I come in September, I'm bringing my own coffee maker. No more trying to live off those little coffee pods hotels all have now!

There are something like five restaurants, three bars, a spa, and four or five pools on site.

Which is fortunate, because one thing about Innisbrook is that it is its own contained little world. Getting offsite takes some effort, and I am guessing most folks when they get there, are going to want to stay there. And speaking of food: It is, of course, very good. The menus are heavy on the seafood, naturally. So if you have special dietary concerns, be sure to let SIBA know when you register.

It looks like things are farther away than they really are.

It took me a little while to get used to the idea that all the program events would be a different building from where I was sleeping. Just out of curiosity, I tried to see how long it would take me to walk from my room to the exhibit hall, the building farthest away from where we were staying. At an amble it took me twelve minutes. With the tram service, it will take less time than an elevator ride. In fact, the hotel liaison told us they actually test their tram schedules against elevators in other hotels to make sure they have their times beat. "Think of the trams like a horizontal elevator" she said. Horizontal elevators with sunshine and fresh air!

So why are you still reading? Go register for #SIBA18 now!

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Meet our 15,000 Friends!

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Sunday, March 11, 2018

Are you creating events on Facebook?  SIBA would like to co-host those events with you.  When creating the event just choose Authors 'Round the South as your co-host.  It's easy and likely to increase not only awareness but attendance at events.  This makes it easy for SIBA share the upcoming event with her 15,000+ Facebook friends and followers.  Be sure to tag the author and publisher in your events post.  We are at your service.

 

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Read This Next! News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, March 8, 2018

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INTRODUCING READ THIS NEXT!

Read This Next!

"Booksellers beat algorithms all day long. One thing an algorithm cannot do is read a book, think of you, and know it is your kind of book. This is something booksellers do all day long, and in their sleep. Through Read This! Books with Street Cred, we're bringing SIBA booksellers' thoughts about their favorite new books to readers in every indie store across the South."--Wanda Jewell, Executive Director, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

Beginning this spring, SIBA booksellers will have another tool for selling new releases they love: Read This Next! Books with Street Cred.

Building on the success of AuthorsRoundTheSouth.com's Read This! Books with Street Cred, SIBA will offer seasonal collections featuring the hottest new releases hand-picked and hand-curated by member booksellers. SIBA booksellers will have access to downloadable shelf-talkers, a downloadable flyer of the seasonal collection, and links to hundreds of books in our Read This! archive. SIBA looks forward to providing printed shelf-talkers and flyers as we launch our Read This Next! Extended and Read This Next! Kids in Summer 2018.

Read ThisNext! complements SIBA's Okra Picks by drawing attention to new releases beyond our geographical borders, highlighting that southern booksellers read everything and everywhere, and are passionate about literature. Want a sneak peak? Visit Read This!

Download the Read This! Flyer


ABA/SIBA SPRING BOOKSELLERS FORUM

Friday, March 23 @ Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC

10-11:30       A Year of Bookstore Profitability Education Session from ABA
ABA will present a year-long calendar of effective steps that bookstores can implement — as well as key cost-saving programs — to boost sales and improve the bottom line. This session is applicable to all bookstore employees, and booksellers will be invited to join the conversation and share thoughts about initiatives they use to improve profitability each quarter.

11:30-1:15    ABA Bookseller Forum & Lunch
Booksellers will have the opportunity during the open forum segment to discuss any of their concerns related to ABA, the book industry in general, and other issues. The spring forum discussions are a critically important vehicle for ABA to gather feedback from members, and all are encouraged to come prepared to discuss their concerns.

1:15-2            Talking about Amazon and Localism in Your Community
An open discussion among booksellers on how to talk with your customers and others in your community in order to raise awareness of the impact on the local economy of purchasing from online and big box retailers. We'll share ways to engage customers, staff, elected officials and other small business owners in a positive, productive conversation on the benefits of buying local, and the true impact of Amazon's growing presence within our economy. Using studies from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Civic Economics, ABA - as well as others - we'll talk about ways to educate your community on the importance of supporting local businesses. Discussion to be moderated by former SIBA President and current ABA Vice President Jamie Fiocco, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC, and Oren Teicher, ABA CEO.

Contact Jamie@flyleafbooks.com for more information


INSIDE YOUR BOOKSELLERS' BENEFITS PACKAGE:

THE PEER REVIEWS

Bookseller Benefits PackageSimply put, a peer review is booksellers helping booksellers. If you feel like there is room for improvement in your store (and who doesn't feel this way?), friendly fellow booksellers will visit your store, look at areas that are causing you concern, and offer constructive and confidential feedback.

Midtown Reader in Tallahassee, Florida, recently had a peer review session with Linda-Marie Barrett (SIBA) and Jill Hendrix (Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC):

"Thanks to Linda-Marie Barrett, Jill Hendrix, and all of SIBA, Midtown Reader had an educational and enriching few days of learning more about our store and the community of independent booksellers that make our business possible! We were thrilled to have them last week and look forward to working with them again in the future." --Mallorie

Peer Reviews are intensive and entirely confidential. For more info, and to request a review (or to be a reviewer) click here.


IMPORTANT CIRCLE OF SITES INFORMATION

Stores participating in the Banner-for-Dues program (aka "Circle of Sites" aka "Lady Banks Pick of the Week") should be aware that if your store site is converted to a secure site (that is, if your website now begins with "https") you may need to make a small update to your banner code for it to run properly. Contact nicki@sibaweb.com if you have the SIBA banner installed, but can't see it on your website.

SIBA keeps a calendar of the upcoming titles on its website, which members can access anytime. Here are the titles scheduled for March and April:

Beneath the SurfaceeAnatomy of a MiracleDread NationTurnip Greens and TortillasThen She Was Gone


B3! WEBINARS & BOOK CLUB

March 14 at 2PM: B3! Book Club discusses When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink (keynote speaker at WI18)

Daniel Pink gave the keynote speech at Winter Institute this year. ABA members can now view his talk on the ABA website.


 

The B3! Book Club schedule is here:

Click here for more webinars and registration info



BRILLIANT BOOKSELLER IDEA(S) OF THE WEEK:

Noir Reads: a monthly subscription box featuring Black authors that includes a reading guide and access to an online book club forum!

http://www.noir-reads.com

Jump on several trends by supporting diverse reading choices, helping your customers become better versions of themselves, and easing the buying process with home delivery! What targeted subscription services would work well with your community?


MORE BRIEF BUT HIGHLY USEFUL NEWS

  • Shop Local, Live Local: AdventureKEEN and Binc: AdventureKEEN will donate 3% of your 2018 purchases to Binc and return 3% back to your store. The deadline to sign up is March 31. Sign up here

  • Don't forget, you can earn $100 for referring a first time exhibitor to the SIBA Discovery Show: We want to make this easy so if you or your exhibitor emails SIBA and mentions the bookstore who recruited them, or the exhibitor they have recruited, a $100 credit will be applied to your account.  Only first-time exhibitors who purchase their exhibit table at full price will qualify for the $100 credit.  Booksellers can recruit more than one exhibitor, receiving $100 of credit each time that can be used towards any SIBA event for any bookseller you choose. Send your favorite potential exhibitors SIBA's show information packet.


Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser, Country Bookshop, Flyleaf Books, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Page 158 Books, Fiction Addiction, Union Avenue Bookshop, and Fountain Bookstore.

9780062856395 Melmoth 10/16/2018
"Listen! You can hear echoes of Mary Shelley ringing in Perry's gorgeous prose."

9781501156212 The Death of Mrs. Westaway 5/29/2018
"I feel like every book by Ware that I read is better than the last."

9780374228194 Our Kind of Cruelty 5/8/2018
"Spending 300 pages inside the mind of Mike Hayes is an adventure you won't soon forget. "

9781524763558 A Place for Us 6/12/2018
"Reminiscent of the Kite Runner, this novel will resonate for years to come."

9780316434805 Red Clocks 1/16/2018
"Margaret Atwood lives on in this vulgar, funny, political scope of a future world imagined. Could not stop reading and wondering if this could be us someday"

9781609454517 Disoriental 4/17/2018
"Fascinating, informative, and exceptionally well-written. I highly, highly recommend it!"

If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie.



In the last issue: Inventory Activism, B3! Credit, and a EUREKAsiba Reading List

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#siba18: Fall Discovery Show
Sept 13-15 THU-SAT | Tampa, FL
 

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Ingram Content Group 

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ABA/SIBA Spring Bookseller Forum

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, March 7, 2018

ABA/SIBA Bookseller Forum

Friday, March 23 @ Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC

10-11:30       A Year of Bookstore Profitability Education Session from ABA
ABA will present a year-long calendar of effective steps that bookstores can implement — as well as key cost-saving programs — to boost sales and improve the bottom line. This session is applicable to all bookstore employees, and booksellers will be invited to join the conversation and share thoughts about initiatives they use to improve profitability each quarter.

11:30-1:15    ABA Bookseller Forum & Lunch
booksellers will have the opportunity during the open forum segment to discuss any of their concerns related to ABA, the book industry in general, and other issues. The spring forum discussions are a critically important vehicle for ABA to gather feedback from members, and all are encouraged to come prepared to discuss their concerns.

1:15-2           Talking about Amazon and Localism in Your Community:
An open discussion among booksellers on how to talk with your customers and others in your community in order to raise awareness of the impact on the local economy of purchasing from online and big box retailers. We'll share ways to engage customers, staff, elected officials and other small business owners in a positive, productive conversation on the benefits of buying local, and the true impact of Amazon’s growing presence within our economy. Using studies from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Civic Economics, ABA - as well as others - we’ll talk about ways to educate your community on the importance of supporting local businesses. Discussion to be moderated by former SIBA President and current ABA Vice President Jamie Fiocco, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC, and Oren Teicher, ABA CEO.

Contact  Jamie@flyleafbooks.com for more information and to RSVP.

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Read This Next! Books with Street Cred

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Read This Next! Books with Street Cred

"Booksellers beat algorithms all day long. One thing an algorithm cannot do is read a book, think of you, and know it is your kind of book. This is something booksellers do all day long, and in their sleep. Through Read This! Books with Street Cred, we're bringing SIBA booksellers' thoughts about their favorite new books to readers across the South."--Wanda Jewell, Executive Director, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

Beginning this spring, SIBA booksellers will have another tool for selling new releases they love: Read This Next! Books with Street Cred.

Building on the success of AuthorsRoundTheSouth.com's Read This! Books with Street Cred, SIBA will offer seasonal collections featuring the hottest new releases hand-picked and hand-curated by member booksellers. SIBA booksellers will have access to downloadable shelf-talkers, a downloadable flyer of the seasonal collection, and links to hundreds of books in our Read This! archive. SIBA looks forward to providing printed shelf-talkers and flyers as we launch our Read This Next! Extended and Read This Next! Kids in Summer 2018.

Read This Next! complements SIBA's Okra Picks by drawing attention to new releases beyond our geographical borders, highlighting that southern booksellers read everything and everywhere, and are passionate about literature. Want a sneak peak? Visit Read This!

Download the Read This! Flyer

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B3! Book Club and Points: News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, February 26, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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FIRST THINGS FIRST: REALLY IMPORTANT DEADLINES


INVENTORY ACTIVISM WEBINAR NOW ONLINE

Erica Merrell's Wild Iris Books was a feminist bookstore and community center in Florida. Kimberly Daniels' The Country Bookshop is in a small historic town in central North Carolina. Two completely different communities, and two different, creative approaches to "inventory activism." There's more to it than just facing out a few books!

Inventory Activism


HOW COME I HAVE $10.20 in B3! POINTS?

Bookseller Benefits PackageIn the new edition of your Booksellers Benefits Package you will see that SIBA has updated and simplified the way we track B3! points for our members. The goal is to encourage and reward stores for participating in SIBA programs, so the new formula is quite simple:

500 points = $50 in SIBA credit

 

That means every point is worth ten cents. So rather than keep a running total of points, SIBA has started handing out virtual dimes like there is no tomorrow.

Those dimes will accumulate in store accounts as SIBA credit until the Discovery Show. After the show, the total reverts back to $0.00 and stores can start building up credit again for the next year. B3! credits can be applied to any SIBA expense, including store dues. Stores only have to request to use their credit, and SIBA will apply it.

For a list of what earns credit, click here


EUREKAsiba RECAP AND READING LIST

EUREKAsiba is a necessary event! I feel like a lot in our industry goes unquestioned or taken for granted and EUREKAsiba gives us all an opportunity to present and discuss topics that are both important and perhaps sometimes overlooked! -- John Cavalier, Cavalier House Books, Denham Springs, LA

By all accounts, SIBA's inaugural EUREKAsiba event was a big success. Feedback from attendees and presenters has been enthusiastic. SIBA will be making all the presentations available on video soon, but in the meantime, here's a list of some of the books and resources different presenters mentioned in their talks:

Jill Hendrix, in her talk "Profit is Not a Dirty Word" recommended two personal finance books that she used to help understand her store's financial goals and relationship to profitability:

  • All Your WorthAll Your Worth by Elizabeth Warren
  • Meet the FrugalwoodsMeet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living by Elizabeth Willard Thames
  • She also recommended Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster Into a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michaelowicz

Kelly Justice, in "Small Store, Big Mouth" stressed the importance of reading outside the industry, especially when it comes to being aware of trends. She watches Shark Tank, the business-themed reality television show, and sets a couple hours aside every month to read a variety of business and culture-themed magazines: Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Wired, (and Variety, naturally!)

Kelly also made a point of the importance of picking "mentors" both in and outside of the book industry -- people whose leadership example she admires and tries to emulate. Oprah was on her list, but so was Barbara Corcoran, Anthony Bourdain, and RuPaul!


EARN $100! DISCOVERY SHOW SEEKS NEW EXHIBITORS

#SIBA18 Discovery ShowYou get $100.  You get $100.  You get $100.  

In order to grow the Discovery Show, SIBA is asking its bookstore members to reach out to potential exhibitors they would like to see on the show floor. You all have local companies you love who would benefit from the exposure -- help us to bring them to the rest of SIBA territory!

Any bookseller who recruits a first-time Exhibitor to the 2018 Discovery Show in Tampa gets $100 for themselves and $100 for their exhibitor that can be used towards any subsequent SIBA programming.

We want to make this easy so if you or your exhibitor emails SIBA and mentions the bookstore who recruited them, or the exhibitor they have recruited, the credit will be applied to your account. 

Only first-time exhibitors who purchase their exhibit table at full price will qualify for the $100 credit.  Booksellers can recruit more than one exhibitor, receiving $100 of credit each time that can be used towards any SIBA event for any bookseller you choose.

Send your favorite potential exhibitors SIBA's show information packet.

Registration is now open for booksellers and exhibitors!


OKRA PICKS NEWSLETTER: LAST CALL

Normally the newsletter would be sent the middle of February, but this season we've scheduled it for after EUREKAsiba, so you still have time to participate.

See a sample here | Sign up here


COMING UP ON LADY BANKS PICK OF THE WEEK

SIBA has received several requests from booksellers to be informed what books are going to be advertised on "Lady Banks Pick of the Week" -- the banners running on store websites as part of the banner-for-dues program.

SIBA keeps a calendar of the upcoming titles on its website, which members can access anytime. Here are the titles scheduled for March and April:

Alabama SpitfireBeneath the SurfaceeAnatomy of a MiracleDread NationTurnip Greens and Tortillas


B3! WEBINARS & BOOK CLUB

March 14 at 2PM: B3! Book Club discusses When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink (keynote speaker at WI18)

Is the last chocolate always the best chocolate? Robert Gray's recent column in Shelf Awareness newsletter is all about Daniel Pink's book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. It makes fascinating reading:

http://www.shelf-awareness.com/issue.html?issue=3191#m39509 


 

The B3! Book Club schedule is here:

Click here for more webinars and registration info



BRILLIANT BOOKSELLER IDEA(S) OF THE WEEK:

Taking a familiar symbol and making it new: Does anything say "Valentine's Day" more than conversation heart candies?

In anticipation of Valentine's Day, Brilliant Books in Traverse City, Mich., shared a photo of its window display on Facebook: "We put our own bookish spin on conversation hearts with our new window display!" (see here)


MORE NEWS

Firestorm Books, Asheville, NC, is seeking worker-owners:

As a worker-owned co-operative, Firestorm is not seeking “employees,” but worker-owners:  future co-owners of the business who both participate in daily retail operations and possess the managerial skills to help the co-op achieve growth. Additionally, as a community-supported, horizontally-organized collective with anarchist roots, Firestorm seeks future co-owners who have affinity with our collective model and commitment to liberatory social movement.



Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop Turnrow Books, The Country Bookshop, Malaprop's, McIntyre's Books, Page 158, Quail Ridge Books, and Fountain Bookstore

9781328781604 Moon 4/17/2018
"MOON is my favorite picture book of the season."

9781555978051 A Lucky Man 5/1/2018
"Jamel Brinkley's debut presents us with beautifully constructed stories that are both grounded and far-reaching."

9780525520375 There There 6/5/2018
"A magnificent and thunderous debut - Tommy Orange has announced himself as a powerful new voice in American letters."

9781524767570 The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl 5/1/2018
" Sweet enough to be a summer read and powerful enough to be a strong Newbery contender"

9781484767603 Drawn Together 6/5/2018
"What a fantastic picture book! I was astounded at the artwork by Dan Santat"

9781101972014 Guardian Angels and Other Monsters 3/6/2018
"a collection of futuristic short stories that would feel at home as episodes of Black Mirror on Netflix"

If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie.



In the last issue: Meet Frank Reiss, A Cappella Books

Is your membership current?
Renew here | Booksellers Benefits Package

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Thank you for your interest in SIBA,
 

Nicki Leone
SysAdmin
nicki@sibaweb.com


Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
51 Pleasant Ridge Drive, Asheville, NC 28805
803.994.9530
Fax: 309.410.0211
www.sibaweb.com

 
#siba18: Fall Discovery Show
Sept 13-15 THU-SAT | Tampa, FL
 

Many thanks to our 2018 Inkreadible Sponsors below:

BookazineBaker & Taylor
Ingram Content Group 

The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts

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Booksellers - Earn $100 for Discovery Show referrals! News you can use from the land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, February 8, 2018

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EUREKAsiba
: change your bookselling life!

There is still time to register

EUREKAsiba: (noun.) A cry of joy or satisfaction when one finds or discovers something during the SIBA EUREKA Talks.

REGISTER

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 9am – 5pm
followed by Reception & Dinner from 6-9pm
Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta – Airport.  | Atlanta, GA

Kick-start your creative side!:

Take Your Social Media to the Next Level / Sarah Benoit, JB Media Institute
What Books and Other Objects Tell / Elaine Neil Orr, author
Be-Do-Have = Do More! Goal setting for lifestyle change / Eddie Heinzelman, musician
Is Profit a Dirty Word? / Jill Hendrix of Fiction Addiction
A Self-Published Author Walks Into Your Store...What Do You Do? / Gordon McClellan, DartFrog
Does Place Still Matter? Three Ways to Write Southern Today / Kim Wright, author
Sensual Marketing: Creating Intimacy Through Storytelling / Gwyn Ridenhour, Matchbook Marketing
Literary Bridges: Action-Focused Multicultural Inclusion Tactics for Bookstores and Booksellers / BrocheAroe Fabian of Quail Ridge Books
Big Mouth: Big Marketing / Kelly Justice of Fountain Bookstore
Beauty and the Badass: Origins of the Hero-Princess Archetype / Geanna Culbertson, author
The Dance with the Devil: Adversity and Creativity / Radney Foster, song-writer & author


EARN $100! DISCOVERY SHOW SEEKS NEW EXHIBITORS

#SIBA18 Discovery ShowYou get $100.  You get $100.  You get $100.  

Booksellers, let's get to work. And grow our show.  Any bookseller who recruits a first-time Exhibitor to the 2018 Discovery Show in Tampa gets $100 for themselves and $100 for their exhibitor that can be used towards any subsequent SIBA programming. We want to make this easy so if you or your exhibitor emails SIBA and mentions the bookstore who recruited them, or the exhibitor they have recruited, the credit will be applied to your account.  Only first-time exhibitors who purchase their exhibit table at full price will qualify for exhibitor or bookseller reimbursement.  Booksellers can recruit more than one exhibitor, receiving $100 of credit each time full price is paid, that can be used towards any SIBA event for any bookseller you choose.

Registration is now open for booksellers and exhibitors!


OKRA PICKS NEWSLETTER

Sign up deadline is February 15

Unless you've been hiding under a rock this week, you have heard the news: The Eagles won the Superbowl! Oh yeah, and OPRAH HAS PICKED AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE FOR HER BOOK CLUB!

Here in the land of SIBA we're tickled that an Okra Pick has become an Oprah Pick. SIBA stores can take advantage of the momemtum by signing up for the 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.

Normally the newsletter would be sent the middle of February, but this season we've scheduled it for after EUREKAsiba, so you still have time to participate.

See a sample here

Sign up here


Bookseller Benefits PackageTHE 2018 BOOKSELLER BENEFITS PACKAGE

The 2018 edition of your membership brochure is now available for download.

Including up-to-date information about SIBA Programs and member benefits, a calendar of important dates for the year, and plenty of great ideas to help you make the most of your membership.

View here


badgeTHE SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE

Nominations are due by February 14! | NOMINATE HERE

#southernbookprize #SBP18

What books can be nominated? For a book to be eligible, it must be set in the South, or the author must be Southern (preferably both) and it must have been published within the previous calendar year.


B3! WEBINARS & BOOK CLUB

February 14 at 2PM: Inventory Activism with Kimberly Daniels and Erica Merrell.

Join Erica Merrell, former owner of Wild Iris Books, and SIBA Board member Kimberly Daniels of The Country Bookshop as they explain how inventory can be a powerful force when serving customers. Whether your customers are looking to make changes in social, environmental or local issues, find out how the activist mantra of thinking global, acting local can increase customer engagement and revenue for your store.

March 14 at 2PM: B3! Book Club discusses When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink (keynote speaker at WI13)

Click here for more webinars and registration info


MEET THE BOOKSELLER!

Frank Reiss (Photo by Jon Mayes)Frank Reiss, A Capella Books, Atlanta, GA

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Name: Frank Reiss (photo by Jon Mayes)

Store and location: 
A Cappella Books, Atlanta

Number of years as a bookseller: 34

Flight PathBest part about being a bookseller?:
Being around readers--the most interesting people there are.  

What book(s) are you reading?:
Mercy Seat by Elizabeth Winthrop, The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert and President Carter: The White House Years by Stuart Eizenstat.

Favorite handsell of 2017:
White Rage by Carol Anderson and Flight Path by Hannah Palmer

A CappellaBest thing you did this year at your store:
Two things: We started a monthly fiction series at our neighborhood brew pub. We call it "Writers at the Wrecking Bar" and it's allowed us to present great authors who are not necessarily famous in an environment that feels more distinctive and significant than the simple, traditional in-store reading/signing. Also, we finally got on the book club train. We now have 9 different clubs going for readers of all types, and it's been amazing, and heartening, to see the level of engagement that this had led to.

Social Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc): 
Facebook 4000
Twitter 3000
Instagram 1600

Top priority going into 2018:
After all these years of renting space, we finally have the opportunity to buy the building we're in! That transition will be driving a lot of our activity, specifically about the physical layout of the store, in the coming year and beyond.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
Just having access to the sounding board of other booksellers and folks invested in helping booksellers. 


BRILLIANT BOOKSELLER IDEA(S) OF THE WEEK:

Books as Party Favors for Dinner Guests!

Offer book catering services in which you curate a selection for each guest, or choose one signed first edition selection for the guest list. Offer your customers party favor book selections that create conversations and last well after the dinner. More here.

Readers Theater!

Bring together theatre and literature by partnering with a local theatre to hold micro-theatre productions in your store. More here.


WILLIE MORRIS AWARD FOR SOUTHERN FICTION

Nominations are open for the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction. The winning book is chosen for the quality of its prose, its originality, its sense of place and period, and the authenticity and appeal of its characters. The book must be set in the South, defined as one or more states of the original Confederacy (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia). It must be published in the year designated. For example, the book that will receive the award in October, 2017—Kim Wright's Last Ride to Graceland—was published in 2016. Books published in 2017 are being considered for the prize now. Short stories and linked short stories are not eligible. The winning book must be a classic novel, of at least 50,000 words.

The deadline for 2017 books is March 31, 2018.

For next year's award, booksellers, publishers and authors are invited to send one copy of a book published in 2017 to:

Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction
654 Madison Avenue, Suite 703
New York, NY 10065 

For additional information, inquire via email: info@WillieMorrisAward.com

The Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction Prize Flyer

The Willie Morris Award


Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Page & Palette, Fiction Addiction, McIntyre's Books, Bookmarks, Books & Books, and Page 158!

9780316154888 The House of Broken Angels 4/17/2018
"This book is beautiful in its writing, voice, and sadness."

9781481497497 Space Opera 4/3/2018
"I hadn't finished reading the first sentence of Space Opera before I knew I would love it, and it only got better from there."

9781328778239 Girl Made of Stars 5/15/2018
"This book is important. This book is compulsively readable and full of beauty. This book should be your next read."

9780735223523 The Great Believers 6/19/2018
"The Great Believers is the kind of book you make time for, the kind you cancel plans and turn your phone off for."

9781542048989 I Felt a Funeral in My Brain 5/29/2018
"This is one of the most spot-on assessments of the elusive space between grief and growth that I've ever read."

9781250175366 Do Not Lick This Book 6/5/2018
"WHY NO FLOOR DISPLAY???????? WHY???????? THIS BOOK IS GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WANT PLUSH AND PAPER DOLLS AND BOOKMARKS AND BRANDED KLEENEX AND HAND SANITIZER NOW!!!!!!!!!."

9781250182265 Lies 9/11/2018
"Just when you think you have got to have it figured out the plot throws the curve ball for the win"

If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie.



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Sept 13-15 THU-SAT | Tampa, FL
 

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EUREKAsiba and The Southern Book Prize: News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, January 25, 2018

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EUREKAsiba: change your bookselling life!

A A cry of joy or satisfaction when one finds or discovers something during the SIBA EUREKA Talks.

REGISTER

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 9am – 5pm
followed by Reception & Dinner from 6-9pm
Atlanta, GA

Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta – Airport.  
Cut-off for hotel reservations is Monday, January 29th
For reservations call 1.800.362.2779

Denise Kiernan Elaine OrrMinrose Gwin
Geanna Culbertson Kim Wright Radney Foster 

Are you missing Winter Institute? We have a solution: Known nationally for our innovation , SIBA is putting together a vibrant annual day for booksellers: EUREKAsiba, and we want you there. Inspired by TED (and if you are not familiar with TED, take 4 minutes and watch this to get an idea), we have put together a day of speakers on topics that will cause you to shout EUREKAsiba: a cry of joy or satisfaction when one finds or discovers something during the SIBA EUREKA Talks.

We've rounded up a spectacular list of booksellers, industry innovators, musicians, and writers who will deliver talks on topics that can increase your productivity, creativity, and commitment plus inspire and dazzle. The day also includes lots of time for interaction with your peers, and a bevy of writers that will excite your handselling efforts. And the price is right at only $39 per bookseller which includes lunch and dinner plus an author reception.

The date is February 20th in Atlanta, GA at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta – Airport. The cut-off for hotel reservations is Monday, January 29th and reservations can be secured by dialing (number here). If you are still uncertain about whether you can attend, please share any obstacles and let us help get you there. Don't let EUREKAsiba happen without you.

REGISTER

 

 


GET YOUR STAFF INVOLVED

SIBA wants to reach your frontline booksellers

Did you know that every SIBA core member store can add as many staff as they'd like to their account? SIBA encourages stores to include their staff under their accounts so they have access to all the information and opportunities available to SIBA member booksellers, including information about scholarships, review copy offers, calls for nominations for Okra Picks and the Southern Book Prize, and heads up about important upcoming events.

Here's how to add staff members to your account:

  1. Log in. Then navigate to your account profile by clicking at the top of the page where it says "Welcome"
  2. Click on the "Information & Settings" tab on the left in your profile.
  3. Select "Sub-accounts" from the options at the top of the profile.

From there, you can create sub accounts yourself, or send invites to your staff. Every account must have it's own unique email address, so there is no need to sign up all your staff under the store email. But you can invite them using their own email.

You can also simply send a list of your staff -- names and email addresses -- to nicki@sibaweb.com, and SIBA will add them to your accout.

 


THE SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE

Nominations are due by February 14! | NOMINATE HERE

#southernbookprize #SBP18badge

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 2018 AWARD

Each year, hundreds of booksellers across the South vote on their favorite "handsell" books of the year. These are the "southern" books they have most enjoyed selling to customers; the ones that they couldn't stop talking about. The Southern Book Prize was created to recognize great books of southern origin.

What books can be nominated? For a book to be eligible, it must be set in the South, or the author must be Southern (preferably both) and it must have been published within the previous calendar year.

Who can nominate a book? Books can be nominated by SIBA-member booksellers. But stores can submit nominations on behalf of the their customers, so if you are not a bookseller, you can request your local bookstore nominate a title on your behalf.

If I nominated an Okra Pick, does that count? It sure does! All Okra Pick books are automatically included as Southern Book Prize nominations.

 


B3! WEBINARS

February 14 at 2PM: Inventory Activism with Kimberly Daniels and Erica Merrell.

Join Erica Merrell, former owner of Wild Iris Books, and SIBA Board member Kimberly Daniels of The Country Bookshop as they explain how inventory can be a powerful force when serving customers. Whether your customers are looking to make changes in social, environmental or local issues, find out how the activist mantra of thinking global, acting local can increase customer engagement and revenue for your store.

Click here for more webinars and registration info

 


MEET THE BOOKSELLER!

Stephanie Jones-ByrneAmy Loewy, Garden District Book Shop, New Orleans, LA

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Name: Amy Loewy

Store and location: 
Garden District Book Shop
2727 Prytania Street,New Orleans, LA 70130

Number of years as a bookseller: In April 2018, 20 years and all 20 at the same shop.

King ZenoBest part about being a bookseller?:
People (customers, booksellers, authors). Putting an incredible book in someone's hands.  

What book(s) are you reading?:
King Zeno by Nathaniel Rich

Favorite handsell of 2017:
The Devil's Muse: A Maureen Coughlin Novel by Bill Loehem 

Garden District BookshopBest thing you did this year at your store:
Love events with the interview component, where an author is interviewing another author. We had many of these events this year and it's impossible to choose one: Jesmyn Ward, Nathaniel Rich, Morgan Babst, etc. Also great events with: Jessica Harris, Jenny Lawson, Donna Brazile, Isabel Allende, Sheryl Sandburg, etc.

Social Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc): 
Facebook 3341 Likes, 3268 Followers
Twitter 3605 Followers
Instagram 2364 Followers

Top priority going into 2018:
Coming up with ways to make more exciting events.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
Discovery Show, Southern Book Prize & The Conroy Legacy Award, community.  

 


Northshire Books

BRILLIANT BOOKSELLER IDEA OF THE WEEK:

Encouraging Diversity in Young Readers

Northshire's 'Open Mind' Scholarship
Northshire Bookstore, with locations in Manchester, Vt., and Saratoga Springs, N.Y., has launched the Open Mind Scholarship, which is designed to honor "the diversity of thought, feelings, information and perspectives found in books, as well as the power of books to change people's lives." Each year the Northshire will award $1,000 scholarships to two college-bound high school seniors, one from New York and one from Vermont. To enter the contest, students must write up to one page on how a book has exposed them to something new and how it has impacted their lives.

 


Bookselling without BordersBOOKSELLING WITHOUT BORDERS

Scholarship applications are now being accepted

Bookselling Without Borders is a program that has been developed to encourage diverse and international literature and also to connect American booksellers to the global publishing community. It is generously supported by Catapult, Europa Editions, Graywolf, The New Press, Other Press, Princeton University Press, Rutgers University Press — and also by Ingram Content Group and the Frankfurt Book Fair U.S. Bookseller Prize.

Twelve all-expenses-paid scholarships will be awarded this year.

Applications take only two minutes; recipients will be notified in March; applications are accepted between now and February 28 and can be submitted online here.

 


Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Page & Palette, Fiction Addiction, McIntyre's Books, Bookmarks, Books and Books, and Page 158!

9781609454517 Disoriental 4/17/2018
"This story is one that needs to be read!! I loved it !!"

9780316393843 And Now We Have Everything 4/10/2018
"I often tell people that becoming a mother was equal parts wonderful and abysmally dark and get blank stares but here it is, a tale like mine, articulated with clarity and wit!"

9781947793019 Who Is Vera Kelly? 6/12/2018
"A spy novel for readers who avoid spy novels."

9780451490537 Let Me Lie 3/13/2018
"She will have your head spinning as you take the clues and think you know who done it only to be yanked down another dark path and shown you're completely wrong."

9781542048989 The Promise Between Us 1/16/2018
"People joke about their OCD symptoms but reading this makes you cringe for the person living with the very real anxiety laden world of a mother trying to tamper down her demons without the medication and therapies not offered to someone who can't afford health insurance."

9781250099655 After Anna 4/10/2018
"I knew from the first page that After Anna was going to be something really different."

9780553419054 Macbeth 4/10/2018
"This version of Macbeth by Jo Nesbo provides plenty of action and bloodshed to keep fans of either author entertained."

If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie.



In the last issue: IBD Catalog and Binc Scholarships

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Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
51 Pleasant Ridge Drive, Asheville, NC 28805
803.994.9530
Fax: 309.410.0211
www.sibaweb.com

 
#siba18: Fall Discovery Show
Sept 13-15 THU-SAT | Tampa, FL
 

Many thanks to our 2018 Inkreadible Sponsors below:

BookazineBaker & Taylor
Ingram Content Group 

The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts

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IBD Catalog, Binc Scholarships, and B3! Webinars: News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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IBD EXCLUSIVE ITEMS AVAILABLE TO ORDER

Fight the Power Utility PouchStores participating in Independent Bookstore Day must place orders by February 2!

The fourth annual Independent Bookstore Day will be celebrated at independent bookstores across the country on Saturday, April 28th. Bookstore Day is proud to announce the 2018 catalog of exclusive items.

The 2018 catalog is live at www.indiebookstoreday.com. Bookstores have until FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2018 to place their Bookstore Day orders online. Bookstore Day will also be present at Winter Institute in Memphis to answer questions and take orders in person.

BINC HIGHER EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS

The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation will begin accepting applications for its annual Higher Education Scholarship Program on January 14, 2018. Applications will be accepted until March 5, 2018.

Binc will award up to $109,000 in scholarships to eligible bookstore employees/owners, Independent
Bookseller Association employees, as well as former Borders Group employees. Dependents of these
employees are also eligible to apply. The awards will be broken down as follows: twenty-four (24)
awards of $3,500, two (2) awards of $10,000, and one (1) Karl Pohrt Tribute Scholarship award of
$5,000 granted to an independent bookstore candidate who has overcome learning adversity or is a non-traditional student.

To apply for a Binc Scholarship, visit the Scholarship America website at
https://www.scholarsapply.org/binc


B3! WEBINARS

"Authors in School Programs" is now available to view

Creating Community: Developing and Maintaining an Authors in School Program with Jamie Rogers Southern. 

Jamie Rogers Southern of Bookmarks will discuss how to develop an Authors in School Program to increase your brand awareness with teachers, parents, and young readers in your community. An Authors in Schools program allows you to work with local and visiting authors who can give presentations, lead workshops, and otherwise speak about their books that tie in with ongoing curricula.

Click to watch Creating Community Webinar

Next Up:
February 14 at 2PM: Inventory Activism with Kimberly Daniels and Erica Merrell.

Join Erica Merrell, former owner of Wild Iris Books, and SIBA Board member Kimberly Daniels of The Country Bookshop as they explain how inventory can be a powerful force when serving customers. Whether your customers are looking to make changes in social, environmental or local issues, find out how the activist mantra of thinking global, acting local can increase customer engagement and revenue for your store.

Click here for more webinars and registration info


EUREKAsiba REGISTRATION IS OPEN

A day for creative exploration and inspiration for you & your business

SIBA in the Springtime 
Presents

EUREKAsiba
A cry of joy or satisfaction when one finds or discovers something during the SIBA EUREKA Talks.

REGISTER

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 9am – 5pm
followed by Reception & Dinner from 6-9pm
Atlanta, GA

We offer this for any booksellers that cannot make it to Winter Institute in Memphis, or do get to Memphis and find they are just getting started.  This is a new exciting offering from SIBA where we hope to emulate our own form of 99U, The Moth, Ignite, Idea City, TED, Big Think or Gel Conference. Enter EUREKAsiba!  We hope you'll join us.  

Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta – Airport*
4700 Southport Road, Atlanta, Georgia
Secure reservations by dialing 1.800.362.2779
Hotel Reservation Deadline: January 29, 2018

Authors Appearing at SIBA in the Springtime (more to come):

Denise Kiernan Elaine OrrMinrose GwinGeanna Culbertson Kim Wright Radney Foster 

Denise Kiernan, The Last Castle (Simon & Schuster)
Elaine Neil Orr, Swimming Between Worlds (New American Library)
Minrose Gwin, Promise (William Morrow)
Geanna Culbertson, The Crisanta Knight Series (BQB Publishing)
Kim Wright, Last Ride to Graceland (Gallery Books)
Radney Foster, For You to See the Stars (Working Title Farm)

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MEET THE BOOKSELLER!

Stephanie Jones-ByrneStephanie Jones-Byrne, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC

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Name: Stephanie Jones-Byrne

Store and location: 
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

Number of years as a bookseller: More than 14 all together. I worked at a used, rare and antiquarian shop in Florida for about 9 years and have worked at Malaprop's twice for a total of about 5 years.

Best part about being a bookseller?:
This is really boring, but it's talking to people about books. There are new and fascinating conversations to be had every day.  

What book(s) are you reading?:
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele.
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich, The Infinite Future by Tim Wirkus

Favorite handsell of 2017:
I have two: The Power by Naomi Alderman and Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff 

staff picksBest thing you did this year at your store:
This is really tough. The store hosts wonderful authors and is consistently amazing thanks to a lot of teamwork. If I have to pick the best thing I did personally, it would be revamping our "Blind Date With a Bookseller" system. We choose staff favorites, wrap them in brown paper and put descriptive terms on them along with the ISBN and price so folks can buy them knowing what makes them great reads, but not knowing what they are. We were handwriting the information, but it has become so popular that it was becoming a full-time job. So, I made a template that allows us to make and print labels for each book. We print several labels at time and keep them filed so a bookseller can quickly wrap a book and glue on a label. It's still a big job to keep up with demand, but I think it's a bit easier now.

MalapropsSocial Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc): 
Facebook @malapropsbooks 14,181 likes
Twitter @Malaprops 16,400 followers
Instagram @malapropsbookstore 1,791 followers

Top priority going into 2018:
I joined the Author Events and Marketing team in 2017 and it's a great team. I want to help continue to expand our events, streamline our event processes and grow our audience and community.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
SIBA helps booksellers to be resources for each other. It can save a lot of wheel reinventing.  


BRILLIANT BOOKSELLER OF THE WEEK:

bullet journalingBeing in step with the trend "Assisted Development."
Trendwatching.com notes that "post-demographic consumers of all ages are crafting new narratives of adulthood. In 2018, they'll look to brands to help. Changing social attitudes, converging economic pressures and endless choice have scrambled the way millions of people think about, attain – or avoid! – traditional markers of adult life. Now, post-demographic consumers will look to brands to teach them life skills, let them outsource daily tasks, or help them realize personal life goals." Two NC bookstores are doing just this by hosting workshops to help readers organize their lives through bullet/dot journaling:

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville: Dot Journaling Workshop with Clara Boza: Back by popular demand: Dot Journaling! Dot Journaling, also known as Bullet Journaling®, is sweeping the world as a smart, one-place-for-everything approach to journaling, planning, tracking, and note-taking. It's a system that will help you organize the present, record the past, and plan for the future.

Bookmarks in Winston-Salem: Bullet Journal Workshop: Learn from our friend, Molly Keener, as she leads you through creating your own bullet journal.


Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to The Oxford Exchange, Underground Books, Square Books, Avid Bookshop, Quail Ridge Books & Music, Page & Palette, Fountain Bookstore, Fiction Addiction, Cavalier House Books, Bookmarks, and The Country Bookshop!

9781101967386 Love and Ruin 5/1/2018
"McLain is the master storyteller and the guru of historical fiction!"

9781594634512 Florida 6/5/2018
"Groff creates a wide range of characters, settings, and plots that avoid cliche. In their own way, each character seems to be searching for a sense of belonging and meaning, and I found myself rooting even for characters that I didn't fully like."

9780316262286 Ghost Boys 4/7/2018
"This is a novel to be shared with children; read it with them, discuss it with them, together we can gain the tools we need in order to live better."

9781616206253 Southernmost 6/5/2018
"What a beautiful story of love, regrets and responsibility. Book clubs will love this one.?"

9781501175183 By the Book 2/6/2018
"I think Persuasion is one of Austen's best novels, and I definitely loved this take on it. The college setting was well done, and Adam is a great Captain Wentworth."

9781250173836 Caged 7/10/2018
"Read this book, you will be enthralled and horrified at the same time."

9781442472457 Thunderhead 1/9/2018
"even when I thought I knew what would happen, a new twist would turn my perception on its head."

If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie.



In the last issue:EUREKAsiba and Brandie Johnson of Read Herring Books

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803.994.9530
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#siba18: Fall Discovery Show
Sept 13-15 THU-SAT | Tampa, FL
 

Many thanks to our 2018 Inkreadible Sponsors below:

BookazineBaker & Taylor
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The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts

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EUREKAsiba is open for registration! News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, January 10, 2018

EUREKAsiba REGISTRATION IS OPEN

A day for creative exploration and inspiration for you & your business

SIBA in the Springtime 
Presents

EUREKAsiba
A cry of joy or satisfaction when one finds or discovers something during the SIBA EUREKA Talks.

REGISTER

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 9am – 5pm
followed by Reception & Dinner from 6-9pm
Atlanta, GA

We offer this for any booksellers that cannot make it to Winter Institute in Memphis, or do get to Memphis and find they are just getting started.  This is a new exciting offering from SIBA where we hope to emulate our own form of 99U, The Moth, Ignite, Idea City, TED, Big Think or Gel Conference. Enter EUREKAsiba!  We hope you'll join us.  

Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta – Airport*
4700 Southport Road, Atlanta, Georgia
Secure reservations by dialing 1.800.362.2779
Hotel Reservation Deadline: January 29, 2018

Authors Appearing at SIBA in the Springtime (more to come):

Denise Kiernan Elaine OrrMinrose GwinGeanna Culbertson 

Denise Kiernan, The Last Castle (Simon & Schuster)
Elaine Neil Orr, Swimming Between Worlds (New American Library)
Minrose Gwin, Promise (William Morrow)
Geanna Culbertson, The Crisanta Knight Series (BQB Publishing)

EUREKA Talk topics (more to come) include:

The Strange Kindness of Booksellers / Brian Lampkin of Scuppernong Books
Is Profit a Dirty Word? / Jill Hendrix of Fiction Addiction
Literary Bridges: Action-Focused Multicultural Inclusion Tactics for Bookstores and Booksellers /  BrocheAroe Fabian of Quail Ridge Books
Does Place Still Matter? Three Ways to Write Southern Today / Kim Wright, author
Little Bookstore, Big Mouth / Kelly Justice of Fountain Bookstore

Schedule of Events:

(Breakfast is included for everyone staying at the Embassy Suites)
9-Noon EUREKAsiba Talks & Salon Gatherings
10-4 Galley Room Open

Noon-1:30 Lunch
1:45-4:45 EUREKAsiba Talks & Salon Gatherings
5-6 Author Reception & Happy Hour
6-8 Dinner

Fees:

SIBA Core Member Booksellers: $39 each
Industry Members: $99 each
Non-Members: $200 each

Hotel Info:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta – Airport * 4700 Southport Road, Atlanta, Georgia
Secure reservations by dialing 1.800.362.2779

REGISTER


MEET THE BOOKSELLER!

Brandie B. JohnsonBrandie Bradshaw Johnson, Read Herring, Montgomery, AL

"We just want people to come and see the new store, see the new changes that we've made. If they've been in the store in the past-we've made some updates and upgrades. But it still has that vintage, comfortable feel" - Brandie B. Johnson

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Name: Brandie Bradshaw Johnson

Store and location: 
Read Herring, Montgomery, AL

Number of years as a bookseller: Less than one.

Best part about being a bookseller?:
 Read HerringI love that I get to help further the life of a book. It was written, published, printed, now it's waiting to be read. So often the books that I handsell are books that a customer wouldn't necessarily find on their own. Books that aren't going to be on Amazon's "frequently purchased" list, or on the front table of a big chain store, or even on a best seller list. But they're incredible books all the same, they just need a little help getting into people's hands. And, watching a customer's face when they realize you've just handed them the bookthat book they really wanted to read but just didn't know it, is elating. . 

What book(s) are you reading?:
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah and The Alienist by Caleb Carr. I don't usually read two books at once because I get all mixed up on characters, but with one being a biography and the other a novel, I haven't yet confused myself. 

Favorite handsell of 2017:
Matzo Frogs by Sally Rosenthal. It's a precious children book about a group of frogs making the traditional Jewish Matzo Ball soup. The best part was, I didn't know when I suggested the book that the customer's grandchildren were Jewish, and when I produced the book she was delighted; not only because her grandchildren would find the frogs to be cute and funny, but because, of all of the children's books I could have picked, I chose to suggest a children's book that celebrates a culture I did not even know the customer had a personal connection to.  . 

Best thing you did this year at your store:
We rebranded. The store was originally The NewSouth Bookstore. The bookstore shares a building with the publisher NewSouth Books, owned by my business partners. My partners and I came to the realization that promoting two separate businesses, with almost identical names, in the same location was pretty darn hard. So, Read Herring was born. My parents and I crafted a 5' 5" red fish that has a top hat and suitcase. He traveled around downtown Montgomery for a week, standing in front of local businesses. We had a big campaign with social media posts, newsletters, and custom postcards with Swedish fish attached promoting the new name and encouraging people to go find the fish (we named him Harry) and take a picture with him. If they posted the picture on our Facebook page and used the hashtag #wellreadherring, they were entered into a drawing for daily prizes. Anyone who found him in every location had a chance to win the grand prize. The daily prizes were books that related to the type of business Harry was at that day. The grand prize was a basket full of merchandise/gift cards from all of the participating businesses. We made the news a few times and had a feature article in the business section of The Montgomery Advertiser. It was a ton of fun. There's talk of our rebranding campaign being submitted for consideration for a design award.

Read Herring LogoSocial Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc): 
We have roughly 250 Facebook followers. We don't have a Twitter right now. I have zero tweeting skills and I think if you're going to have the account, it needs to be well run. Our biggest draw is our newsletter. It usually hits a 14% to 21% open rate, which is higher than the standard for the retail industry, or at least that's what Mail Chimp tells me. Our newspaper is really great here and they like to throw little blurbs and pictures of the store in to the paper when they can. Our customer base is not as vested in social media. Word of mouth and general foot traffic also drive customers to the store. 

 

Top priority going into 2018:
Expanding the store. We have plans to add a stellar children's area and sprinkle in some sidelines. I regularly wake up at 3 am mumbling things like "Dad can build a tree to go in the corner. Oh, and carve a bench out of a log!" Really though, we have some exciting plans for the space. Getting kids interested in reading and making it a fun experience is honestly one of the most important things a bookstore does. 

I think other than the children's space, my top priority is just to keep the momentum up. We had record breaking sales in October and our foot traffic has increased in the past few months. I want to keep the store out in front of the community and make it one of those places people are drawn to. You know the kind of space I'm talking about. That quintessential small town bookstore, where you just want to hunker down in one of the chairs and read the day away. The kind of place Jesmyn Ward or Michelle Obama might want to pop by... A girl can dream, right? 

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
The Peer Brain Trust. I just recently found it on the SIBA website and I think it's great! So often my partners and I will talk about programs and ideas we'd like to implement and then spend days spinning our wheels and wracking out brains trying to figure out where to start. The most helpful one I've found so far is the working with schools section. Now that we're adding a children's section, forming relationships with our local schools is a must. This section has given me some good ideas and allowed me to find a "jumping off point" if you will. 


BRILLIANT BOOKSELLER OF THE WEEK:

Create a photo-op spot in your store (with store logo) to capture current trend of chronicling our experiences via selfies on social media: (via Shelf-Awareness)

Image of the Day: 'Every Book Is a Tardis'

Kurtis Lowe of Book Travelers West took this photo of owner Lisa Reid in the new Tardis featured in her store, Lucy's Books in Astoria, Ore.

Why a Tardis in a bookstore? Reid explained: "Every book is a Tardis, so a Tardis in a bookstore seems reasonable."


Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Underground Books, Square Books, Avid Bookshop, Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe, Quail Ridge Books & Music, Flyleaf Books, Page & Palette, Fountain Bookstore, Fiction Addiction, M. Judson, and Books & Books!

9781250088567 This Is How It Always Is! 1/23/2018
"There is nothing simple about this book, yet it didn't feel like an "issues" book.!"

9781250111197 Behind Her Eyes 1/30/2018
"Everything you want in a thriller with a twist at the end you'll get the hashtag associated with the release #WTFThatEnding! Oh. And it doesn't have "Girl" in the title. Bonus!"

9781501176265 Sadness Is a White Bird 2/13/2018
"This devastating, beautifully wrought story reminds us that the mentality of Us vs Them can only end badly for both."

9780316213592 Sheep 101 3/13/2018
"Who knew there was such a need for a counting sheep tutorial?"

9780553447583 Anatomy of a Miracle 3/13/2018
"This book has ruined me. It was so good I don't want to read anything else. I've been in a funk for days since I finished it knowing that nothing else is going to measure up."

9781250111777 Gods of Howl Mountain 3/20/2018
"I think Taylor Brown shook Tom Robbins and Flannery O'Connor in a cocktail shaker with whiskey, cannabis, and sassafras and out poured Granny May."

9781938235382 Whiskey & Ribbons 3/6/2018
"Cross-Smith has serious storytelling talent."

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2018 Winter Okra Picks: A Bumper Crop of Delicious Reads!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, January 1, 2018

Okra PicksThe 2018 Winter Okra Picks have been selected by Southern Indie Booksellers – a season's worth of delicious reading with a Southern flavor. This season's harvest is a bumper crop of eighteen delicious reads.

All the Okra Picks have a strong Southern focus and publish between January and March, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers – who have chosen these dozen and a half – books as those they are most excited to hand sell. And all will make readers push them into the hands of friends and family, saying, "You've got to read this!

The Road to Bittersweet The Road to Bittersweet Robicheaux Daily Writing Resistance 

The Road to Bittersweet by Donna Everhart
Kensington Publishing Corporation | 9781496709493 | 15.95 | January 2018

Steal Away Home
by Billy Coffey
Thomas Nelson | 9780718084448 | 15.99 | January 2018

Robicheaux
by James Lee Burke
Simon & Schuster 9781501176845 27.99 January 2018

Daily Writing Resilience: 365 Meditations & Inspirations for Writers
by Bryan Robinson
Llewellyn Publications | 9780738753430 | 19.99 | January 2018

Uner a Cloudless Sky Fire Sermon The Afterlives The Problim Children 

Under a Cloudless Sky
by Chris Fabry
Tyndale House Publishers | 9781414387789 | 15.99 | January 2018

Fire Sermon
by Jamie Quatro
Grove Press | 9780802127044 | 24.00 | January 2018

The Afterlives
by Thomas Pierce
Riverhead Books | 9781594632532 | 27.00 | January 2018

The Problim Children
by Natalie Lloyd
Katherine Tegen Books | 9780062428202 | 16.99 | January 2018

Marabel and the Book of Fate An American Marriage The Promise Whiskey & Ribbons 

Marabel and the Book of Fate
by Tracy Barrett
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316433990 | 16.99 | February 2018

An American Marriage
by Tayari Jones
Algonquin Books | 9781616201340 | 26.95 | February 2018

Promise
by Minrose Gwin
William Morrow & Company | 9780062471710 | 25.99 | February 2018

Whiskey & Ribbons
by Leesa Cross-Smith
Hub City Press | 9781938235382 | 27.00 | March 2018

Dreaming in Chocolate Daisy Cakes Bakes The Hush The Past Is Never 

Dreaming in Chocolate
by Susan Bishop Crispell
St. Martin's Griffin | 9781250089076 | 15.99 | February 2018

Daisy Cakes Bakes: Keepsake Recipes for Southern Layer Cakes, Pies, Cookies, and More
by Kim Nelson
Clarkson Potter Publishers | 9780451499417 | 25.00 | February 2018

The Hush
by John Hart
Thomas Dunne Books | 9781250012302 | 27.99 | February 2018

The Past Is Never
by Tiffany Quay Tyson
Skyhorse Publishing | 9781510726826 | $24.99 | March 2018

Gods of Howl Mountain I Was Anastsia 

Gods of Howl Mountain
by Taylor Brown
St. Martin's Press | 9781250111777 | $25.99 | March 2018

I Was Anastasia
by Ariel Lawhon
Doubleday Books | 9780385541695 | $26.95 | March 2018

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B3! Webinars and Book Clubs, and Winter Okra Picks: News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, January 1, 2018
Updated: Friday, December 29, 2017

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B3! 

B3! Building Better Booksellers

New for 2018: SIBA B3! Book Club and Webinars, online during SIBA Office Hours at 2 pm

1/10: B3! Webinar
Authors in Schools Programs with Jamie Rogers Southern, Bookmarks

2/14: B3! Webinar
Inventory Activism with Kimberly Daniels, The Country Bookshop,
and Erica Merrell, former owner of Wild Iris Books


3/14: B3! Book Club
"When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing" by Daniel H. Pink

3/21: B3! Webinar
Non-Traditional Bookstores: Hybrids, Pop-ups, Non-Profits
with Jamie Rogers Southern, Bookmarks, and Anne Waters, Hub City Bookshop


4/25: B3! Webinar
Edelweiss with Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction

5/16: B3! Book Club
"Your Leadership Edge: Lead Anytime, Anywhere"
by Ed O'Malley and Amanda Cebula


7/11: B3! Book Club
"Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping"
by Paco Underhill, updated and revised version.

Email Linda-Marie Barrett at lindamarie@sibaweb.com to reserve your space.

MEET THE BOOKSELLER!

Anne WatersAnne Holcomb Waters, Hub City Books

Anne has 18 years of bookselling experience, beginning at the Capitol Bookstore in her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, where she worked for five years. She then turned to trade book publishing, serving as publicist for August House Publishers in Arkansas and vice president of sales and marketing for John F. Blair, Publisher in Winston-Salem, N.C.

After ten years with Blair, she purchased, revitalized and managed the Green Goat Gallery in Salisbury, N.C., a regional art and craft gallery. She also founded and operated the Blue Ewe Yoga Studio in Salisbury.

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Name: ​Anne Holcomb Waters

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Hub City Bookshop, Spartanburg, SC

Number of years as a bookseller: Nine: the past four at Hub City and five at Capitol Bookstore in Little Rock, AR, 1988-1993​

Best part about being a bookseller?:
Connecting books and people. 

What book(s) are you reading?:
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi (who worked on this fabulous debut novel while a HCWP's writers-in-residence last year), All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greeenwood (I am embarrassed by how much I enjoyed this book), Varina by Charles Frazier (just started), and Malagash by Joey Comeau, published by Canada's wonderful ECW Press (on the horizon). 

Favorite handsell of 2017:
Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur because this collection sings to the blossoming poet in all of us. We've sold 56 and counting . 

Best thing you did this year at your store:
Promoted our bookseller Leena Dbouk to assistant manager/events coordinator.

Top priority going into 2018:
Make Hub City Bookshop a destination bookstore for readers and writers!

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
The SIBA Discovery Show, which I first attended as a newbie publicist for August House Publishers in 1993. It is still a grand place to discover wonderful books and sidelines, mingle with authors, make new friends and catch up with old ones.
 


OkraWINTER OKRA PICKS

A bumper crop!

The first thing booksellers will notice about the 2018 Okra Picks is that it is a loooong list. Eighteen titles instead of the usual twelve or thirteen. Thats because with the advent of the new "Send to SIBA" option on Edelweiss, SIBA received almost three times as many nominations for Okra Picks as it has in the past. Watch for your Okra Box mailing in early January.

The Road to Bittersweet by Donna Everhart
Kensington Publishing Corporation 9781496709493 15.95 January 2018

Steal Away Home by Billy Coffey
Thomas Nelson | 9780718084448 | 15.99 | January 2018

Robicheaux
by James Lee Burke
Simon & Schuster | 9781501176845 | 27.99 | January 2018

Daily Writing Resilience: 365 Meditations & Inspirations for Writers
by Bryan Robinson
Llewellyn Publications | 9780738753430 | 19.99 | January 2018

Under a Cloudless Sky
by Chris Fabry
Tyndale House Publishers  | 9781414387789 | 15.99 | January 2018

Fire Sermon
by Jamie Quatro
Grove Press | 9780802127044 | 24.00 | | January 2018

The Afterlives
by Thomas Pierce
Riverhead Books | 9781594632532 | 27.00 | January 2018

The Problim Children
by Natalie Lloyd
Katherine Tegen Books | 9780062428202 | 16.99 | January 2018

Marabel and the Book of Fate
by Tracy Barrett
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316433990 | 16.99 | February 2018

An American Marriage
by Tayari Jones
Algonquin Books | 9781616201340 | 26.95 | February 2018

Promise
by Minrose Gwin
William Morrow & Company | 9780062471710 | 25.99 | February 2018

Whiskey & Ribbons
by Leesa Cross-Smith
Hub City Press | 9781938235382 | 27.00 | March 2018

Dreaming in Chocolate
by Susan Bishop Crispell
St. Martin's Griffin | 9781250089076 | 15.99 | February 2018

Daisy Cakes Bakes: Keepsake Recipes for Southern Layer Cakes, Pies, Cookies, and More
by Kim Nelson
Clarkson Potter Publishers | 9780451499417 | 25.00 | February 2018

The Hush
by John Hart
Thomas Dunne Books | 9781250012302 | 27.99 | February 2018

The Past Is Never
by Tiffany Quay Tyson
Skyhorse Publishing | 9781510726826 | $24.99 | March 2018

Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown
St. Martin's Press | 9781250111777 | $25.99 | March 2018

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon
Doubleday Books | 9780385541695 | $26.95 | March 2018

And don't forget to report your Fall Okra Pick sales!


PodcastBRILLIANT BOOKSELLER OF THE WEEK:

Reach new audiences and chronicle your store events and favorite reads with a podcast:

http://www.anniebjones.com/podcast/

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Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Page & Palette, Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser and Bookmarks!

9781635571585 I Found My Tribe 3/6/2018
"Oh my! Such lovely poetic writing that detail such difficult times!"

9781452150147 Hello Hello 2/6/2018
"This little gem of a picture book is as beautiful as it is multifaceted."

9780062686664 Tangerine 3/27/2018
"Take nothing for granted in this debut that is much more than the sum of its influences."

9781524797027 Need to Know 1/23/2018
"Clear your calendar because you won't want to do anything until you finish this book! This was intense without being over the top - fans of espionage thrillers are going to love it!"

9780399590504 Educated 2/20/2018
"This memoir captivated me from chapter one and continues to haunt me long after I finished it. This is a compelling, can't-stop-reading story perfect for readers of all genres. Moving, emotional and uplifting!"

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Christmas shopping trends, Online website sales up: News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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AVERAGE SALES ONLINE AT INDIECOMMERCE SITES UP 31%

Sales data collected by Google Analytics for November 2017 showed that aggregate online sales for IndieCommerce sites were up 31 percent compared to the same period in 2016.
IndieCommerce sites also experienced dramatic increases in the average conversion rate, which increased by more than 22 percent over November 2016. The average value of an online order placed during this period also increased from $46 to $49.09.

The Google data also indicates that there was substantial growth in the online sale of signed books and prepaid tickets for store-sponsored events.

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Annie B. JonesMEET THE BOOKSELLER!

Annie Butterworth Jones, owner and managing partner of The Bookshelf

A Tallahassee native, Annie began living her Kathleen Kelly-dream in 2013, when she took over operations of The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia. Annie and her husband Jordan now happily call downtown Thomasville home, and Annie spends her days among fellow readers and the books she loves. She adores leading story time for local little ones and acting as the shop's very own Nancy Drew, determined to find just the right book for just the right person. Annie currently co-hosts From the Front Porch, The Bookshelf's weekly podcast about books, small business, and life in the South. (In 2016, Annie was featured as one of Southern Living magazine's 50 innovators changing the South, and The Bookshelf was recently named Small Business of the Year by the Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce.) 

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Name: Annie B. Jones

The BookshelfStore and location: 
The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia

Number of years as a bookseller: Six years

Best part about being a bookseller?:
The moments when I connect with a customer on a book we both read and loved. Those conversations are like mini-book club meetings, and they're my favorite thing. 

What book(s) are you reading?:
I'm always drowning in ARCs, so right now I'm reading The Queen of Hearts, a debut novel releasing mid-February. (Jury's still out, but I like what I've read thus far.) I try to read one fiction and one non-fiction at a time, so I'm also reading David Leibovitz's L'Appart, which is perfect to pick up and put down during this hectic season. 

Favorite handsell of 2017:
Do I have to pick just one? Probably Young Jane Young, but I also loved selling Rabbit Cake and Little Fires Everywhere this year. 

The Bookshelf InteriorBest thing you did this year at your store:
We're in an off-the-beaten-path location, and it can be tough to get authors to come to our small town, so for Small Business Saturday, we invited other entrepreneurs to come do pop-up shops in our store. We wanted to celebrate small businesses we loved, and it wound up being such a great day. We hosted our local kids' craft studio, which meant 5-year-old entrepreneurs got to sell their handmade goods in our bookstore, and an 11-year-old author signed copies of her self-published book. (We were basically all in tears watching the joy on their faces.) To top it all off, we did a live recording of our store podcast in partnership with The Popcast, a pop culture podcast we're big fans of. It was a jam-packed day, but everything went swimmingly, and we got to partner with so many people we loved. It was perfect.

Top priority going into 2018:
I'd love to see us maintain and sustain our growth. So much of 2017 was experimenting and seeing what worked, which was great, but also exhausting. I want to keep doing the things we do well, and if possible, eliminate the excess for my own well-being and the well-being of my staff.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
SIBA has introduced me to fellow booksellers I wouldn't have met otherwise, and those connections have allowed me to create a network of people I trust with my business. As someone still relatively new to the whole bookselling enterprise, some of SIBA's educational courses and seminars have also been really helpful. 


LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

Consumer insights from Google

'Twas the week before (and after) Christmas, when shoppers went nuts.

Would it surprise you to hear that we see 34% more shopping searches on Christmas Day than on Black Friday? That's just one of the eye-opening consumer trends we're watching closely now that the 2017 holiday season is in full swing. With mobile, shoppers know they can easily find and get what they're looking for up until the last minute. So despite all of the improvements retailers have made to shipping speed and product availability, many people still wait to buy. That means that a lot of December's holiday shopping happens right before—and even after—Christmas, giving more reason for retailers to continue to drive store traffic from online and offline media throughout the Christmas shopping season..

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Strand ToteBRILLIANT BOOKSELLER OF THE WEEK:

Create Store-Branded Merchandise to reflect customer tastes and the personality of your store.

20-plus years of book totes from The Strand Bookstore. Don't you want one of each?

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Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Copperfish Books, The Country Bookshop, Downtown Books, Fiction Addiction, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, The Oxford Exchange, and Vero Beach Book Center.

9781427212689 The Great Alone 2/6/2018
"Wonderful! Well-drawn characters navigate painful, almost impossible situations exacerbated by the beyond-tough Alaskan environment."

9780525522874 How to Stop Time 2/6/2018
"Such an interesting concept...people living for hundreds of years. Not forever, but long enough to experience times that turn into well-known history."

9780553419054 Macbeth 4/10/2018
"Nesbo did an excellent job of melding the theatre of Macbeth with the grittiness of a 70s drama--think Serpico on the Elizabethan stage."

9780805243321 This Narrow Space 1/30/2018
"I went into this book interested in the cultural and medical experiences of an accomplished physician; I came out blown away by the reflections of a profoundly gifted writer."

9780062676979 The House of Impossible Beauties 2/6/2018
"Set in and around the drag scene of 1980s, this is a novel completely and utterly alive, in character, setting, and prose."

9780062667601 That Kind of Mother 5/8/2018
". . . a beautiful, bold novel about motherhood, race, and privilege. With a singular aesthetic and style, Alam explores the limits of family and of knowing those closest to us."

9780545709569 I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain 5/29/2018
"How in the world do I review this book? It's a love poem; it's a eulogy; it's poetry; it's prose; it's uplifting; it's heart-cracking."

9781619023345 Heart Berries 2/6/2018
"Terese Marie Mailhot addresses numerous people she has loved in her life--a mother, a father, a lover, and others--and in doing so, she gets right to the core of it: what it feels like to love, to accept love, despite our and its limitations."

9780062429933 Rich and Pretty 6/7/2016
". . . reads like a romance between two friends, exploring the ups and downs that occur in any long friendship."

9781250127488 Brave Enough for Two 6/12/2018
"With classic-feeling illustrations and a gentle back and forth story, Hoot and Olive is reminiscent of the friendships found in the AA Milne Winnie the Pooh stories. "

9781451657647 Lost in the Beehive 4/10/2018
"A novel that reads like a memoir in the manner of Patty Smith, and even Jeannette Walls. I often forgot it was fiction, that these were not real people."

9781250081438 The Resurrection of Joan Ashby 8/29/2017
"This is the kind of book that changes the reader alongside the change of the characters."

9780778330691 Rosie Colored Glasses 2/20/2018
"Wolfson's first novel is a beautifully heartbreaking work that deals with the effects of opiates on addicts and their families."

9781250140227 The Bishop's Pawn 3/20/2018
"Berry's venerable Cotton Malone will lead you on a journey unraveling a mystery that will leave you wondering long after you finish reading this book."

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Meet the bookseller! Annie Butterworth Jones, The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Annie B. JonesMEET THE BOOKSELLER!

Annie Butterworth Jones, owner and managing partner of The Bookshelf

A Tallahassee native, Annie began living her Kathleen Kelly-dream in 2013, when she took over operations of The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia. Annie and her husband Jordan now happily call downtown Thomasville home, and Annie spends her days among fellow readers and the books she loves. She adores leading story time for local little ones and acting as the shop's very own Nancy Drew, determined to find just the right book for just the right person. Annie currently co-hosts From the Front Porch, The Bookshelf's weekly podcast about books, small business, and life in the South. (In 2016, Annie was featured as one of Southern Living magazine's 50 innovators changing the South, and The Bookshelf was recently named Small Business of the Year by the Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce.) 

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Name: Annie B. Jones

The BookshelfStore and location: 
The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia

Number of years as a bookseller: Six years

Best part about being a bookseller?:
The moments when I connect with a customer on a book we both read and loved. Those conversations are like mini-book club meetings, and they're my favorite thing. 

What book(s) are you reading?:
I'm always drowning in ARCs, so right now I'm reading The Queen of Hearts, a debut novel releasing mid-February. (Jury's still out, but I like what I've read thus far.) I try to read one fiction and one non-fiction at a time, so I'm also reading David Leibovitz's L'Appart, which is perfect to pick up and put down during this hectic season. 

Favorite handsell of 2017:
Do I have to pick just one? Probably Young Jane Young, but I also loved selling Rabbit Cake and Little Fires Everywhere this year. 

The Bookshelf InteriorBest thing you did this year at your store: 
We're in an off-the-beaten-path location, and it can be tough to get authors to come to our small town, so for Small Business Saturday, we invited other entrepreneurs to come do pop-up shops in our store. We wanted to celebrate small businesses we loved, and it wound up being such a great day. We hosted our local kids' craft studio, which meant 5-year-old entrepreneurs got to sell their handmade goods in our bookstore, and an 11-year-old author signed copies of her self-published book. (We were basically all in tears watching the joy on their faces.) To top it all off, we did a live recording of our store podcast in partnership with The Popcast, a pop culture podcast we're big fans of. It was a jam-packed day, but everything went swimmingly, and we got to partner with so many people we loved. It was perfect.

Top priority going into 2018: 
I'd love to see us maintain and sustain our growth. So much of 2017 was experimenting and seeing what worked, which was great, but also exhausting. I want to keep doing the things we do well, and if possible, eliminate the excess for my own well-being and the well-being of my staff.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
SIBA has introduced me to fellow booksellers I wouldn't have met otherwise, and those connections have allowed me to create a network of people I trust with my business. As someone still relatively new to the whole bookselling enterprise, some of SIBA's educational courses and seminars have also been really helpful. 

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Meet the bookseller! News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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MEET THE BOOKSELLER!

Mary Ruthless, Foggy Pines Books, Boone, NC

foggypinebooks.com | facebook | twitter | instagram | email

Mary RuthlessName: Mary Ruthless—Born and raised in the mountains of western North Carolina, I was always an avid reader. I taught myself to read at age 3 because I was too impatient to wait for someone else to read me a story. I was never without a book growing up and my love for reading only grew with each book I read. I received my BA in English Literature from Appalachian State University in 2011 and went on to manage the small bookstore that was in town at the time. When the owner decided to move on and focus on her own writing, I bought it and turned it into Foggy Pine Books. I have a 10 year old son, Liam, who also harbors a deep love of books; 2 dogs, Anya and Athena; and a cat, Smoke. 

Store and location: Foggy Pine Books—Boone, NC 

Number of years as a bookseller: 4 1/2 years—3 at Black Bear Books after college, 1 1/2 at Foggy Pine Books 

inside Foggy PineBest part about being a bookseller?: This is such a tough question because I love everything about being a bookseller—from reading new books to putting them in the hands of excited readers. My favorite part, however, is being able to talk about literature all day long. I love engaging with my customers, making recommendations, and learning about new authors from others. I get stopped all the time around (our very small) town because someone recognized me as "the book lady" and just had to tell me about the book they're reading or to ask me about a title in the store. It's humbling and exciting to know that those little conversations about books that I love so much also matter to the people having them with me. 

What book(s) are you reading?: Future Home of The Living God by Louise Erdrich, The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty, A Gathering of Shadowsby V. E. Schwab, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco 

The Bear and the NightingaleFavorite handsell of 2017: The Bear & The Nightingale by Katherine Arden — brilliant and beautiful novel set in medieval Russia with excellent characters and plenty of fairy tale-type magic. 

Best thing you did this year at your store: I did a lot of great things this year (wink wink) but I think the best decision I made was to switch my bestseller display from the NYT bestsellers to the Southern bestsellers. My customers engage with the display much more and many of the "Southern Only" titles really catch their eye. It has boosted my bestseller sales and gives my customers a sense of place as soon as they step in the door. 

 

Foggy Pine Books new location 

Top priority going into 2018: My top priority for 2018 is to establish the store in our new location which includes: customer retention, community visibility, expansion of titles offered, and hiring new employees. We're looking to open in the new space by mid-January and it's definitely the most important thing on my to-do list right now. 

Favorite SIBA programming benefit: Other than the annual trade show (because it's the most obvious answer), the Okra Picks are hands-down my favorite benefit. I look forward to the bookmarks/cards that come in the mail with each new batch and I love arranging the new Okra Pick display, writing shelf talkers, and hand selling them to my customers. Then, I get to start in on another round of reading great Southern literature so I can nominate the next Okra Picks. 


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR 2018 PW AWARDS

for Bookstore and Sales Rep of the Year

PWPublishers Weekly seeks nominations for the 2018 Bookstore of the Year and Sales Representative of the Year Awards. The winning independent bookstore and sales representative will be featured in an upcoming issue of Publishers Weekly magazine and honored in a ceremony to be held in New York City in spring 2018.

Finalists for both awards will be named in January at Winter Institute 13 in Memphis, Tenn.

Authors, booksellers, publishers, distributors, and others with ties to the book industry are invited to nominate their favorite bookstores and sales representatives for the PW Bookstore of the Year and PW Sales Rep of the Year Awards. (Please note that candidates cannot nominate themselves, nor can family members nominate them.)

Please email nominations by January 8, 2018 to: Judith Rosen at PWawards@publishersweekly.com. No nominations or letters of recommendation will be accepted after that date.

Criteria for the awards:

PW 2018 Bookstore of the Year:
Publishers Weekly will honor an independently owned bricks-and-mortar bookstore in the U.S., which has been in operation for at least four years. In your nomination, please note what makes the bookstore special and to provide contact information, including your name and industry affiliation. This letter will be read by the judges to help determine which bookstore wins the 2018 award. Bookstores that have previously received the award cannot be nominated, nor can sister stores of past winners.

PW 2018 Sales Rep of the Year: We welcome nominations for outstanding telephone and house reps as well as independent sales representatives. Please include an example of the rep's commitment to excellence, as well as contact information, including your name and industry affiliation. This letter will be read by the judges to help determine which sales representative wins the 2018 award. Sales representatives can only win the award once.


BRILLIANT BOOKSELLER OF THE WEEK:

Importing Book-Giving Traditions from Other Countries and giving it a personal twist.
The Jólabókaflóð tradition began during World War II after Iceland gained its independence from Denmark; at the time, paper was one of the few commodities that was not rationed.

More info here



Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the new "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Bookmiser, Bookmarks, Books & Books, Copperfish Books, Octavia Books, Page 158 Books and Fiction Addiction.

The Promise | 9780062471710 | February, 2018
Furyborn | 9781492656623 | May, 2018
Sky in the Deep | 9781250168450 | April, 2018
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow | 9780316508889 | October, 2017
Everybody's Welcome | 9781524771652 | October, 2018
Dreaming in Chocolate | 9781250089076 | February, 2018
I Was Anastasia | 9780385541695 | March, 2018
Rosie Colored Glasses | 9780778330691 | February, 2018
Everless | 9780062653659 | January, 2018
The Armored Saint | 9781501962417 | March, 2018
Foolish Hearts | 9781627799379 | December, 2017
Close to Home | 9780143131052 | March, 2018
Tangerine | 9780316556347 | April, 2018
The Cardboard King | 9781524719371 | June, 2018

If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie.



In last week's issue: Holiday Catalog resources

Is your membership current?
Your name: @@first_name@@ @@last_name@@
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Your member type (store/staff): @@member_type@@
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Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205
803.994.9530
Fax: 309.410.0211
www.sibaweb.com

 
#siba18: Fall Discovery Show
Sept 13-15 THU-SAT | Tampa, FL
 

Many thanks to our 2017 Inkreadible Sponsors below:

BookazineBaker & Taylor
Ingram Content Group 

The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts

SIBA | 3806 Yale Dr. | Columbia, SC 29205
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Meet the bookseller: Mary Ruthless of Foggy Pine Books in Boone, NC

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Meet the bookseller: Mary Ruthless of Foggy Pine Books in Boone, NC

foggypinebooks.com | facebook | twitter | instagram | email

Mary Ruthless Name: Mary Ruthless—Born and raised in the mountains of western North Carolina, I was always an avid reader. I taught myself to read at age 3 because I was too impatient to wait for someone else to read me a story. I was never without a book growing up and my love for reading only grew with each book I read. I received my BA in English Literature from Appalachian State University in 2011 and went on to manage the small bookstore that was in town at the time. When the owner decided to move on and focus on her own writing, I bought it and turned it into Foggy Pine Books. I have a 10 year old son, Liam, who also harbors a deep love of books; 2 dogs, Anya and Athena; and a cat, Smoke. 

Store and location: Foggy Pine Books—Boone, NC 

Number of years as a bookseller: 4 1/2 years—3 at Black Bear Books after college, 1 1/2 at Foggy Pine Books 

inside Foggy PineBest part about being a bookseller?: This is such a tough question because I love everything about being a bookseller—from reading new books to putting them in the hands of excited readers. My favorite part, however, is being able to talk about literature all day long. I love engaging with my customers, making recommendations, and learning about new authors from others. I get stopped all the time around (our very small) town because someone recognized me as "the book lady" and just had to tell me about the book they're reading or to ask me about a title in the store. It's humbling and exciting to know that those little conversations about books that I love so much also matter to the people having them with me. 

What book(s) are you reading?: Future Home of The Living God by Louise Erdrich, The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty, A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco 

The Bear and the NightingaleFavorite handsell of 2017: The Bear & The Nightingale by Katherine Arden — brilliant and beautiful novel set in medieval Russia with excellent characters and plenty of fairy tale-type magic. 

Best thing you did this year at your store: I did a lot of great things this year (wink wink) but I think the best decision I made was to switch my bestseller display from the NYT bestsellers to the Southern bestsellers. My customers engage with the display much more and many of the "Southern Only" titles really catch their eye. It has boosted my bestseller sales and gives my customers a sense of place as soon as they step in the door. 

Foggy Pine Books new location 

Top priority going into 2018: My top priority for 2018 is to establish the store in our new location which includes: customer retention, community visibility, expansion of titles offered, and hiring new employees. We're looking to open in the new space by mid-January and it's definitely the most important thing on my to-do list right now. 

Favorite SIBA programming benefit: Other than the annual trade show (because it's the most obvious answer), the Okra Picks are hands-down my favorite benefit. I look forward to the bookmarks/cards that come in the mail with each new batch and I love arranging the new Okra Pick display, writing shelf talkers, and hand selling them to my customers. Then, I get to start in on another round of reading great Southern literature so I can nominate the next Okra Picks.  

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Okra Picks Deadline is 12/1! News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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Okra PicksOKRA PICKS DEADLINE IS 12/1

December 1st is the deadline to nominate books for the 2018 Winter Okra Picks. This is for books that will be published between January 1 and March 31. Nominated titles must be Southern in nature, or by a Southern author, or both. Nominate here

Those of you who post reviews to SIBA via Edelweiss+ --and thank you for that! We're receiving 5-10 new reviews every week! -- don't have to worry about re-submitting them as Okra nominations. We include all eligible titles in the nominations list.

 


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STORE HOLIDAY CATALOGS

OctaviaWe're starting to see the Holiday Catalog on SIBA store websites! If you have taken the catalog this year and still need to get the online version onto your site, contact nicki@sibaweb.com. If you have your online catalog posted, make sure we know about it -- stores earn B3! points for having the catalog on their website.

City Lights

SIBA's support of the catalog began last week, with the first installment of the "Lady Banks Gift Guide" in the Lady Banks newsletter. From now through the end of the year, we'll be promoting a selection of catalog titles in the newsletter, linked back to a SIBA member store for purchasing.

Starting December 1, the ARTS Facebook page will be promoting the catalog titles as well, and linking back to the Holiday Catalog and Gift Guide on authorsroundthesouth.com. The books on that page click through to SIBA member stores, so for the entire month of December we'll be driving our social media followers to your store websites for the books in the catalog.

and here are a couple graphics you can download to use in your own catalog promotions:

as seen in our holiday catalog as seen in our holiday catalog


Creating Community: Developing and Maintaining an Authors in Schools Program with Jamie Rogers Southern

 Wednesday, January 10 at 2pm
- online webinar link | RSVP

Jamie Rogers Southern of Bookmarks will discuss how to develop an Authors in Schools program to increase your brand awareness with teachers, parents, and young readers in your community. An Authors in Schools program allows you to work with local and visiting authors who can give presentations, lead workshops, and otherwise speak about their books that tie in with ongoing curricula.


BRILLIANT IDEA OF THE WEEK:
Book Subscription Services and Branding

Parnassus Books (Nashville, TN) has turned their strong YA events program into a book subscription service:

"ParnassusNext is a monthly subscription box of the best new young adult books, curated by the experts at Parnassus Books. Always first edition hardcover books. Always signed by the author."

More info here



In last week's issue: Indies First, Holiday Survey insights, batch event entry

Is your membership current?

Renew here | Booksellers Benefits Package

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Nicki Leone
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nicki@sibaweb.com


Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205
803.994.9530
Fax: 309.410.0211
www.sibaweb.com

 
#siba18: Fall Discovery Show
Sept 13-15 THU-SAT | Tampa, FL
 

Many thanks to our 2017 Inkreadible Sponsors below:

BookazineBaker & Taylor
Ingram Content Group 

The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts

SIBA | 3806 Yale Dr. | Columbia, SC 29205
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Are you on the map? News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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indies first signINDIES FIRST:
Has the Indies First Sweepstakes Begun Without YOU?

In celebration of Indies First on Small Business Saturday, beginning today, shoppers at indie bookstores can enter the American Booksellers Association's new #shopindiesfirstsweepstakes for a chance to win $1,000 worth of books from Penguin Random House.

Between Wednesday, November 15, and Sunday, November 26, customers can enter the sweepstakes by posting a message on Twitter or Instagram and using the hashtag #shopindiesfirstsweepstakes along with the location tag, the social media handle, or the name, city, and state of a U.S. independent bookstore.

A random drawing will be held on Friday, December 15, to select five lucky grand prize winners, who will win $1,000 worth of books. Each bookstore with a winning customer will also win $1,000 worth of books to donate to a local nonprofit of their choice.  More details here
 

Are you on the map?

Here's what's happening across the region on Indies First:

Indies First 

Make sure your activities are represented!


KEY INSIGHTS: DELOITTE'S 2017 HOLIDAY SURVEY

Economic outlook & holiday spending:

  • Holiday shopping season accounts for more than $1 Trillion and more one quarter of annual US retail sales
  • Holiday spending expectations continue to rise in large part due to improved household finances
  • Gifts only represent one third of average holiday spend, with the bulk of shopper budgets going to non-gift items and experiences
  • Average expected spend for the 2017 holiday season is $1,226 per respondent
See the entire survey here

BRILLIANT IDEA OF THE WEEK:
Partner with building developers to create libraries for residents

Some building developers are adding libraries to common spaces


UNDISCOVERED TREASURES: ARTS CALENDAR EVENT BATCH ENTRY WORKSHEETS

"Why aren't my store's events on the calendar?"

SIBA publishes the event calendars of our member stores in the Lady Banks Newsletter, and sends out state-specific calendar listings to all our Lady Banks subscribers. So it isn't uncommon for a store to see the list of upcoming author readings, book club meetings, tarot card sessions (really! you know who you are!) and wonder "why aren't our events listed?"

Events appear on the calendar one of two ways:

  1. SIBA elves put them there
  2. Stores upload their own events

Of course, there are only so many elves. And this time of year they get farmed out to Santa. So the most reliable way to ensure your store events are listed is to upload them yourself. Plus you now earn 5 B3! points for every event you add. Here's how to do it:

Add a single event | Add multiple events (Excel File) | Add multiple events online (Google Docs)

It takes about one business day for uploaded events to appear on the calendar.

More at the Peer Brain Trust


SHARE & COMPARE: AN IDEA GENERATOR SURVEY

Do you use a sidewalk sign?

Results from last week's survey, "Does your store have a cafe?"




In last week's issue: B3! Engagement & Bookstore Marketing Kits

Is your membership current?
Your name: @@first_name@@ @@last_name@@
Your store: @@employer@@
Your member type (store/staff): @@member_type@@
Your membership expiration: @@membership_exp_date@@ *

**if your member type says "staff" then your expiration date is whenever your bookstore's membership expires.

Renew here | Booksellers Benefits Package

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Nicki Leone
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nicki@sibaweb.com


Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205
803.994.9530
Fax: 309.410.0211
www.sibaweb.com

 
#siba18: Fall Discovery Show
Sept 13-15 THU-SAT | Tampa, FL
 

Many thanks to our 2017 Inkreadible Sponsors below:

BookazineBaker & Taylor
Ingram Content Group 

The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts

SIBA | 3806 Yale Dr. | Columbia, SC 29205
You are receiving this email at @@email@@. If you wish to stop receiving email from us, you can simply remove yourself by replying with "unsubscribe" in the subject or by visiting: @@unsubscribe_url@@

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B3! Engagement, Webinars, & Book Clubs: News You Can Use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, November 16, 2017

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B3! ENGAGEMENT WITH SIBA: What's in it for you?

B3Online webinars, programs, and resources to help Build Better Booksellers

SIBA's B3! Building Better Booksellers program is all about creating connections, sharing knowledge, finding resources, and improving your business. Participation also earns points, and the more points accumulated, the greater the rewards. Members who are active enough can earn enough points to pay their dues, receive free meal tickets to the SIBA Discovery Show, and even free travel and hotel accommodations. Check out the many ways you can build points.

In 2018, SIBA's B3! Program expands with B3! Webinars and a B3! Book Club.

SIBA has decided to expand the potential of our "Wednesdays with Wanda" online office hours. We'll now be using some of that time to host webinars, discussions, and presentations of interest to booksellers.

Our B3! Webinars are designed to provide booksellers with more opportunities to improve different areas of their business. Webinars last for one hour and include Q & A time with the presenter. We encourage owners, managers, and frontline booksellers to attend. We always welcome your suggestions for future topics. Email Linda-Marie Barrett at lindamarie@sibaweb.com to reserve your space. Here's our winter schedule:

Creating Community: Developing and Maintaining an Authors in Schools Program with Jamie Rogers Southern: Wednesday, January 10 at 2pm
- online webinar link | RSVP
Jamie Rogers Southern of Bookmarks will discuss how to develop an Authors in Schools program to increase your brand awareness with teachers, parents, and young readers in your community. An Authors in Schools program allows you to work with local and visiting authors who can give presentations, lead workshops, and otherwise speak about their books that tie in with ongoing curricula.

Inventory Activism with Kimberly Daniels and Erica Merrell: Wednesday, Feb 14 at 2pm
- online webinar link | RSVP
Join SIBA Board Members Erica Merrell of Wild Iris Books and Kimberly Daniels of The Country Bookshop as they explain how inventory can be a powerful force when serving customers. Come learn how to best fill this customer need, walk away with title recommendations, and share your success stories. Whether your customers are looking to make changes in social, environmental or local issues, find out how the activist mantra of thinking global, acting local can increase customer engagement and revenue for your store.


BRILLIANT IDEA OF THE WEEK:
WORKSHOPS AND RETREATS

Bring your community together with workshops and retreats that generate revenue for your store

Flatiron Writers Room Pop-Up Writing Retreat


BOOKSELLER INPUT NEEDED:
A NOTE FROM IBD DIRECTOR SAMANTHA SCHOECH

Hello booksellers and book readers,

Want to know a secret? We are creating a super-cool Book Club Journal for Bookstore Day 2018. And we need the help of our fellow booksellers and readers.

The Book Club Journal will have lists of recommended titles from famous authors (like, ahem, David Sedaris), and from booksellers across the country. That's where you come in.

Please send us your most fun, insightful, readable list of 10 titles you would recommend to a book club. Each list should have a theme. We want the expected: "American classics you lie about reading" and the surprising: "Great novels set in deserts." Feel free to include all genres as well as fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Titles can be both familiar and esoteric.

Please send your themed lists to schoech70@mac.com by December 1 for consideration*. Include your name, bookstore and city, and your favorite genre. Subject line should read BOOK LIST.

Thank you and please share this with your colleagues!

Yours in slinging books,

Samantha

*We may not be able to use all the lists submitted. We reserve the right to edit or combine lists, but we will let you know if yours has been altered.


NAIBA MEMBERS' MARKETING KITS

From the "Why didn't we think of that?" Department: SIBA's sister organization to the north, the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) showcases member marketing kits

From Eileen Dengler, NAIBA Executive Director:

NAIBA region bookstores are amazing places, and I bet you only know a few of them. Our stores have posted their marketing kits on the NAIBA website so you can discover new places for your deep list of author events. Please check it out and take advantage of the opportunity to put authors in new markets.

Full details here


UNDISCOVERED TREASURES: AUTHORS & BOOKSELLERS, NATURAL PARTNERS

Authors & Booksellers: Natural PartnersAt the North Carolina Writer's Network's 2017 fall conference, Nicki Leone gave a presentation called "Authors & Booksellers, Natural Partners" -- the goal of which was to talk to writers about the best way to approach bookstores (make an appointment, don't just show up!) and work with stores as partners, rather than adversaries.

Here's a link to the power point presentation

And here, if you can sit through it, is the presentation with the audio, including the audience questions. (the first minute or so is waiting for the session to get started)

More at the Peer Brain Trust


SHARE & COMPARE: AN IDEA GENERATOR SURVEY

Does your bookstore have a cafe?

Results from last week's survey, "Do you use an online scheduling program for your employees?"


In last week's issue: Holiday catalog resources and Indies First tools


RETAIL HOLIDAY TRENDS: Making your list and checking twice

Check out these 2017 Holiday trends and consider your preparations in light of customer expectations. Are you stocked up on gift cards, offering a consumer-friendly approach to shipping, and hosting an e-commerce site? Read on for more tips on making the most of your holiday season.


Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the new "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Books & Books, Octavia Books, McIntyre's Books, Page 158 Books and Fiction Addiction.

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily Pan | 9780316463997 | March, 2018
Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories | by Kelly Barnhill | 9781616207977 | February, 2018
Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang, illustrated by Max Lang | 9780553537864 | May, 2018
If You Had a Jetpack by Lisi Detlefsen, illustrated by Linzie Hunter | 9780399553295 | April, 2018
I Walk with Vanessa by Kerascoet | 9781524769550 | February, 2018
Who Is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht | 9781947793019 | June, 2018
Fox Hunter: A Charlie Fox Thriller by Zoe Sharp | 9781681777771 | June, 2018
Gertie Milk and the Keeper of Lost Things by Simon Van Booy | 9780448494586 | October, 2017

If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie.


Is your membership current?

Renew here | Booksellers Benefits Package

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Nicki Leone
SysAdmin
nicki@sibaweb.com


Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205
803.994.9530
Fax: 309.410.0211
www.sibaweb.com

 
#siba18: Fall Discovery Show
Sept 13-15 THU-SAT | Tampa, FL
 

Many thanks to our 2017 Inkreadible Sponsors below:

BookazineBaker & Taylor
Ingram Content Group 

The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts

SIBA | 3806 Yale Dr. | Columbia, SC 29205
You are receiving this email at @@email@@. If you wish to stop receiving email from us, you can simply remove yourself by replying with "unsubscribe" in the subject or by visiting: @@unsubscribe_url@@

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