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Reader Meet Writer Update

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Future of Reader Meet Writer

It is SIBA's goal to continue Reader Meet Writer after a two week break from June 15-July 1.  Half of the books that have been featured on Reader Meet Writer have made the Southern Indie Bestseller List the week following their appearance.  That bodes well for the program if that keeps up, and we need to hear from stores who are participating. These virtual events have been well received by booksellers, publishers, and authors alike.

Beginning in July, SIBA is going to offer two virtual events a week, one in the afternoon on Tuesdays and in the evenings on Thursdays.  We have confirmed Kristen Harmel on July 21st, and Odie Lindsey on August 6th.  We will fill in the remaining dates over the next few weeks and keep the calendar updated at the Reader Meet Writer site for booksellers.

All SIBA member bookstores are invited to participate, and join this list of participating bookstores. Just email wanda@sibaweb.com to be added to the list.

Tags:  #readermeetwriter  authors  booksellers  Covid-19  online events  Zoom Meeting 

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Galleys & Giveaways: If I Were You

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 7, 2020
Galleys & Giveaways

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

Eat. Sleep. Read. Southern.


If I Were You

If I Were You
by Lynn Austin

Tyndale Fiction, 9781496437303, 464pp.
Publication Date: June 2, 2020

From bestselling and eight-time Christy Award-winning author Lynn Austin comes a remarkable novel of sisterhood and self-discovery set against the backdrop of WWII.

1950. In the wake of the war, Audrey Clarkson leaves her manor house in England for a fresh start in America with her young son. As a widowed war bride, Audrey needs the support of her American in-laws, whom she has never met. But she arrives to find that her longtime friend Eve Dawson has been impersonating her for the past four years. Unraveling this deception will force Audrey and Eve's secrets--and the complicated history of their friendship--to the surface.

1940. Eve and Audrey have been as different as two friends can be since the day they met at Wellingford Hall, where Eve's mother served as a lady's maid for Audrey's mother. As young women, those differences become a polarizing force . . . until a greater threat--Nazi invasion--reunites them. With London facing relentless bombardment, Audrey and Eve join the fight as ambulance drivers, battling constant danger together. An American stationed in England brings dreams of a brighter future for Audrey, and the collapse of the class system gives Eve hope for a future with Audrey's brother. But in the wake of devastating loss, both women must make life-altering decisions that will set in motion a web of lies and push them both to the breaking point long after the last bomb has fallen.

This sweeping story transports readers to one of the most challenging eras of history to explore the deep, abiding power of faith and friendship to overcome more than we ever thought possible.

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THIS! Shari Stauch on metricool

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 7, 2020

THIS! Thursday Inspiration with SIBA is SIBA's new informal virtual club on Thursday afternoons at 1 pm, where booksellers share things that are working for them. Less formal than a webinar, the program encourages conversation and the exchange of good ideas. Last Thursday's inaugural program featured Shari Stauch from Main Street Reads in Summervile, South Carolina, who demonstrated how she uses the social media tracking and scheduling service Metricool to manage her social media presence and grow her audience. Email Linda-Marie to be notified of upcoming topics.

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Bookseller Chill, Week Six: How Far We've Come

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 7, 2020

Bookseller Chill with Bryan Robinson, Ph.D. is a six-week series that began on March 26 at 2 PM EST and continues each Thursday, same time, same zoom link, till April 30. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes and include concepts from Bryan's book: #Chill: Turn Off Your Job and Turn On Your Life (HarperCollins, 2019), followed by what Bryan calls simple, short "MicroChiller" meditations that will help us relax and restore during this time of great uncertainty. You can read Bryan's recent post at Forbes.com: The Psychology of Uncertainty: How to Cope with COVID-19 Anxiety.

See all six Bookseller Chill episodes

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Video: Keplers and the Future of Independent Bookstores

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 7, 2020

The May 6th event with the management team of Kepler's Books on the future of independent bookstores drew an unprecedented crowd of highly engaged booksellers, publishers, and book industry people from as far away as Italy and France. The Kepler's business model, which prioritizes paying living wages to its employees and community service in its programming, pulled the company from the brink of bankruptcy into a financially stable organization that has seen a 75% increase in employee wages across the board. The Kepler's team of Praveen Madan, Jean Forstner, and Amanda Hall describe the journey they took to re-invent the bookstore and offer some perspective on how others can apply the process to their own businesses. What they have to say will enlighten and inspire, even -- or maybe especially -- in these uncertain times.

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Reader Meet Writer: Lee Smith, Ruthie Lindsay, and What's Coming Up

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 7, 2020
Reader Meet Writer

Join this list of bookstores and choose from this list of events to present to your customers.  Stores are handling the events as they would handle their own virtual events -- it is left up to the stor. Some are selling the book as the ticket to attend.  Some are selling tickets for a flat rate that can then be used as a credit towards the book or any purchase from the store. Each store determines how they want to use the events to assist in selling more books. It is our hope that we are offering stores an easy way to sell books without the headache of managing a new tool.

The RMW Lee Smith (Blue Marlin) and RMW Ruthie Lindsay (There I Am) events are now available to view online. All SIBA member stores are invited to link, post, or embed them on your websites, in your newsletters, or your social media feeds, and to include your own store branding and purchase links:

You can also link to the Reader Meet Writer playlist

Paricipating stores, have you completed the events survey? This is a really important final step.  We need the data to carry this program forward.  Please complete this form for each event. 

May 8 at 5pm: Kimberly McCreight, A Good Marriage
May 12 at 5pm: Mary Kay Andrews, Hello Summer
May 13 at 4 pm: Katy Simpson Smith, The Everlasting
May 14 at 4 pm: Susan Beckham Zurenda, Bells for Eli
May 15 at 3 pm: Kristin Arnett
, Mostly Dead Things

Read more | Email Wanda to become a Reader Meet Writer Store

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Reader Meet Writer Recap: Lee Smith

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Lee Smith's appearance on Reader Meet Writer for Blue Marlin (an Okra Pick book) drew an audience of over 450 readers. The event is now available on video.  SIBA member stores are invited to embed the video on their own websites and use it in their own marketing efforts.

 
Born in the small coal-mining town of Grundy, Virginia, Lee Smith began writing stories at the age of nine and selling them for a nickel apiece. Since then, she has written seventeen works of fiction, including Fair and Tender Ladies, Oral History, and, most recently, Guests on Earth. She has received many awards, including the North Carolina Award for Literature and an Academy Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her novel The Last Girls was a New York Times bestseller as well as winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. She lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, with her husband, the writer Hal Crowther.

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Carousels of Paris

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, May 4, 2020

Galleys & Giveaways

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

Eat. Sleep. Read. Southern.


The Carousels of Parils

Carousels of Paris
by Kaye Wilkinson Barley, Donald Barley (photographer)

Publisher: Aakenbaaken & Kent
Pub date: 3/17/2020
Price: $29.99
Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780578600451
Available from Ingram

“Kaye and Donald Barley’s photographs of Parisian carousels capture the whimsy, wit, and charm of the raucous merry-go-rounds that pepper the cobblestone streets and manicured parks of the City of Light. So grab a copy of Carousels of Paris and let your imagination wander back to a world full of colored lights and painted horses, quaint carriages and playful tigers, fantastical griffins and endangered dodos.”
—Juliet BlackwellNew York Times bestselling author of The Lost Carousel of Provence and Letters from Paris

Kaye Wilkinson Barley has been fascinated by carousels since she was a little girl. She fell in love with Parisian carousels during her first visit to the city and returned home eager to learn more. Thus began her trip down the carousel research rabbit hole, enjoying every second of the journey.

Carousels of Paris captures the colorful motion of everyday life in the City of Light while chronicling the history and characteristics of these unique attractions.

Carousels are much more than amusement rides. They are emblematic of the fantastical and the fun, the wild and the tamed. With their varying degrees of ornamentation and craftsmanship, Parisian carousels have for more than a century signaled delight and merriment for children while igniting the still small spark of whimsy among adults.

“Simply enchanting! The carousels are delightful and the photographers manage to bring them to life. I half expected them to leap off the pages. I absolutely adored this book!”
—Jenn McKinlayNew York Times bestselling author and author of soon to be released Paris is Always a Good Idea

For more information visit www.kayewilkinsonbarley.com

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Bookseller Chill, Week Five: Mindful Awareness

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, April 30, 2020

Mindfull Awareness

Bookseller Chill with Bryan Robinson, Ph.D. is a six-week series that began on March 26 at 2 PM EST and continues each Thursday, same time, same zoom link, till April 30. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes and include concepts from Bryan's book: #Chill: Turn Off Your Job and Turn On Your Life (HarperCollins, 2019), followed by what Bryan calls simple, short "MicroChiller" meditations that will help us relax and restore during this time of great uncertainty. You can read Bryan's recent post at Forbes.com: The Psychology of Uncertainty: How to Cope with COVID-19 Anxiety.

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Lady Banks Bookshelf for May

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, April 30, 2020

SIBA promotes six new books every month to readers, the customers of our member stores, in our Lady Banks Bookshelf promotion.These titles appear at the top of our weekly Lady Banks Commonplace Book newsletter, which has a circulation of over 60k. We also feature them above the fold on the homepage of Authors 'Round the South and as the cover image of the ARTS facebook page, with buy links promoted to our 15,000 Facebook friends. Plus, we boost these titles on our Facebook page for thousands more views. A different member store is featured with the titles every week.

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

  • Pale by Edward A. Farmer
  • Little Tea by Claire Fullerton
  • Hello Summer by Mary Kay Andrews
  • A Leader's Guide to Giving a Memorable Speechby Donald J. Palmisano
  • Harbor for the Nightingale by Kathleen Baldwin
  • The Inevitable Past by Carrie Jane Knowles

Link to the Edelweiss Collection | All books are listed at Indiebound.com and Bookshop.org

PaleLittle TeaHello, SummerA Leader's Guide to Giving a Memorable SpeechA Harbor for the NightingaleThe Inevitable Past

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SIBA Office Hours Update

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Beginning May 1st, SIBA is making some changes to its Office Hours schedule:

Office Hours will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00 pm, EST. Anyone can drop in, but for security purposes registration will now be required. The upgraded link to the Office Hours will go live on Monday, May 4th:

New SIBA Office Hours Link

Thursdays will now be reserved for THIS! (Thursday Inspiration with SIBA) on most Thursdays, from 1-2PM.

THIS! is an hour of sharing best practices and tips for surviving, maybe even thriving, during Covid-19. Each week a featured bookseller will discuss what's working at their store, and take your questions. More casual than a webinar, more fun than figuring it all out by yourself. Let's be there for each other so we can all rise together. Pour a cup of coffee, grab a snack, and join us on THIS!, most Thursdays at 1 PM EST.

Other ways to reach SIBA and the SIBA commnity:

SIBA Booksellers Facebook Group
SIBA Booksellers "Watercooler" Google Group
SIBA Staff & Board

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Reader Meet Writer Recap: Steven Wright

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Steven Wright's appearance on Reader Meet Writer is now available on video.  SIBA member stores are invited to embed the video on their own websites and use it in their own marketing efforts.

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Read This! Highest Rated Reviews from SIBA Booksellers

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Reviewed by Booksellers

Some of the reviews submitted this week on Edelweiss+ from your fellow SIBA booksellers. SIBA members earn B3! points for every review if they join the SIBA community on Edelweiss. Email nicki@sibaweb.com to be added.

A Good NeighborhoodA Good Neighborhood by Therese Ann Fowler
April, 2020

Reviewed by Tricia Nociti, Reading Rock Books, Dickson, TN
On Edelweiss | Buy

I'm going to be chewing on this one for a while. I was unable to put it down, and yet, I was angry and upset throughout much of it. I'm not sure how that qualifies as far as reading experience, but it's a book I'll be thinking about and going back to for a long time. I think the most upsetting part is it felt exaggerated and yet I know it isn't. Very raw and very real.


Frances Mayes Always ItalyFrances Mayes Always Italy by Frances Mayes, April, 2020
Reviewed by Rene Martin, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC
On Edelweiss | Buy

We will want to return to Italy or visit if for the first time as soon as we can. Italy will need us and Frances has written the guide that will help us plan the trip now. In this richly illustrated guide (published by National Geographic!) Frances and Ondine Cohane travel the entire country and find the interesting and out of the way spots as well as the can't miss treasures of Italy. They include very practical information about what to see and do; where to stay, where to eat, and they introduce us to interesting people. It is the perfect book to dream with right now. Frances was scheduled to talk with us about this book in person but now that plans have changed she has sent signed book plates that will be available with every book. And just maybe she'll get to come see us in the fall!


The Happy Ever After PlaylistThe Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez, April, 2020
Reviewed by Chelsea Stringfield, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN
On Edelweiss | Buy

Sloan is literally stopped in her tracks by lost dog Tucker. When his owner Jason (both attractive and charming) shows back up to reclaim his dog, Sloan is swept off her feet. This is more than a romance - it's a heartfelt story about choosing happiness and being true to who you really are. Plus it comes with a built-in playlist!


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RMW Hosts 13 Events in MAY

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Monday, April 27, 2020

Reader Meet Writer Virtual Author Events for May

If you haven't signed up to participate in Reader Meet Writer Virtual Author Events, you can do so by simply emailing wanda@sibaweb.com.

Join this list of bookstores and choose from this list of events to present to your customers.  Stores are handling the events as they would handle their own virtual events. Some are selling the book as the ticket to attend.  Some are selling tickets for a flat rate that can then be used as a credit towards the book or any purchase from the store. Each store determines how they want to use the events to assist in selling more books. It is our hope that we are offering stores an easy way to sell books without the headache of managing a new tool.

When asked "Are you pleased with the outcome?", a resounding YES from participating booksellers:

  • "Yes! It came together very quickly for us and we're delighted that people joined in and bought some books. Thank you for putting this together."
  • "Yes - this was an opportunity to have an author event at a time when we otherwise could not at all."
  • "Yes-- I was super late in getting the word out so this was more than I'd hoped. I'd ordered 2 in for the store and they might not have sold without this. I sold those 2 locally, did one Direct-to-Home shipment and 1 on Bookshop."
  • "Yes, it attracted some readers that haven't attended our events in the past."
  • "Very pleased. Excited to participate again soon."
  • "Yes. We had I believe 86 RSVPs, but it looks like only 2/3 or so actually attended the event. 17 books in less than 24 hours for an online event is nothing to turn up our noses at! Some of these customers also purchased other books in their orders."
  • "Yes. My customers loved the chance to hear from such a beloved author!"
  • "Yes! Normally I sell ZERO hardcover debuts."

Last, and most important, only 18 of the current 60 participating bookstore have completed the events survey.  This is a really important final step.  We need the data to carry this program forward.  Please complete this form for each event.  Thanks!

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Read This! Highest Rated Reviews from SIBA Booksellers

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, April 23, 2020
Reviewed by Booksellers

Some of the reviews submitted this week on Edelweiss+ from your fellow SIBA booksellers. SIBA members earn B3! points for every review if they join the SIBA community on Edelweiss. Email nicki@sibaweb.com to be added.

Plenty of HugsPlenty of Hugs by Fran Manushkin, Kate Alizadeh (Illus.)
April, 2020

Reviewed by Dwan Dawson-Tape, Sundog Books, Santa Rosa Beach, FL
On Edelweiss

This is a simple joy - straight-forward, colorful illustrations with no fanfare , just a family having a wonderful day.


If I Had Your FaceIf I Had Your Face by Frances Cha, April, 2020
Reviewed by Cat Chapman, Oxford Exchange, Tampa, FL
On Edelweiss

Insightful, dark, and filled with really compelling descriptions for Korean bar food, Frances Cha's If I Had Your Face is led by perception and underlying psychological drive. It's a story that focuses on young women in states of transience and transition, in apartments and jobs and relationships that may or may not stand the test of time, and their thoughts--distorted, rebellious, exhausted--are revealed. Frances Cha masterfully approaches the volatility and equal warmth of this state, with a colorful backdrop of Seoul, surreal as it is bleak.


If It BleedsIf It Bleeds by Stephen King, April, 2020
Reviewed by Kate Towery, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA
On Edelweiss

There is nobody who writes better novellas than Stephen King, and If It Bleeds contains four spectacular stories! From calls to the grave in Mr. Harrigan's Phone, to giant billboard ads in The Life of Chuck, to a visit to Finders Keepers with Holly and crew, and finally to the desperation of a struggling author to just finish one book, just once, King doles out the thrills and chills, but also captures the human condition in all its many forms. And like a pyschic in a traveling renfaire, King seems to prepare readers to make sure they wash their hands and cover those sneezes!

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B3! Webinar on May 6 at 1 PM EST: Kepler's and the Future of Independent Bookstores

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Thursday, April 23, 2020

As many stores around the country are struggling for survival during the economic crisis triggered by the pandemic, now might be a good time, as challenging as it is, to look at the current business model of independent bookstores and ask: Do we want to go back to the old model or could we start imagining and building a better future for independent bookstores and people who are committed to them? Could we do some things differently going forward?

We will hear from the CEO and management team at Kepler's, a world famous bookstore based in Menlo Park, CA. Eight years ago, the Kepler's team decided to chart a bold new course and engaged their community to transform Kepler's into a Next Generation Bookstore. Many didn't believe their audacious goals – paying living wages, building a strong financial foundation, and Amazon-proofing their business. They will share their journey, their approach, their results, how they are faring during the current crisis, and their plans for the future. A Q & A will follow their presentation. Please RSVP lindamarie@sibaweb.com

About our presenters:

Praveen Madan

Praveen stumbled into bookselling in 2007 believing that bookstores had to be reinvented. He has loved books and bookstores since his days growing up in India. He was craving a meaning and purpose that he wasn't finding in his corporate career so he picked a cause he believed in. At the time he thought it would take him 2-3 years to figure it all out. Thirteen years later he thinks he is finally on the right track but still has a lot of work ahead of him. He became the CEO of Kepler's in 2012.

Amanda Hall

Amanda is the General Manager of Kepler's Books & Magazines in Menlo Park, CA. A former small-business owner from Chicago, she has channeled her retail knowledge and passion for books into Kepler's new mission-based model that supports community engagement, sustainability and staff welfare. She has a BS in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Master's in Social Work from the University of Illinois.

Jean Forstner

Jean is the co-founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit Kepler's Literary Foundation. She is a community leader with strong experience working with schools and nonprofits, building partnerships, and producing cultural and literary programs. Previously, she served as California State Director to U.S. Senator Alan Cranston. She is a graduate of Stanford University.

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Don’t Miss THIS!​

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, April 20, 2020

THursday Inspiration with SIBA (aka THIS!) is an hour of sharing best practices and tips for surviving, maybe even thriving, during Covid-19. Each week a featured bookseller will discuss what's working at their store, and take your questions. More casual than a webinar, more fun than figuring it all out by yourself. Let's be there for each other so we can all rise together. Pour a cup of coffee, grab a snack, and join us on THIS!, every Thursday  at 1 PM EDT.

THIS

This week (4/23) Kelly Justice, owner of Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia, will share her experience with Crowdcast, a platform for hosting online events. She's been hosting her new weekly program, Fountain Fix: Cocktails with Kelly! on Crowdcast and has much to share with you about her experience. 

Next week (4/30) Shari Stauch, owner of Main Street Reads in Summerville, SC, will discuss MetriCool, a tool for organizing and simplifying your tasks on social media.

Here's the link to join. See you there!

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Introducing Reader Meet Writer Virtual Author Series

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Monday, April 20, 2020

reader meet writer

BRING AUTHOR EVENTS RIGHT TO YOUR CUSTOMERS...

SIBA has created the Reader Meet Writer Author Series as an alternative for bookstores that—now that most of the country in under some version of a shelter-in-place order—are seeking to create ways to engage with their customers online. Participating stores will be able to invite their customers to exclusive video events with authors which are only available to SIBA stores. Events will be hosted by SIBA and can be attended by up to 1000 people. Bookstores handle all ticket and book sales from their customers.

Booksellers: Share your event feedback!

Publishers: Submit to the Call for Authors form!

Additional Resources:
Reader Meet Writer Code of Conduct
Reader Meet Writer Schedule
List of Participating Booksellers

Email Linda-Marie at lindamarie@sibaweb.com if you'd like to add your store to the list of participating bookstores.

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Looking Good for Zoom

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Monday, April 20, 2020
Lighting Tips for Virtual Appearances
  1. Find a place where you have natural light on your face.
  2. Consider also putting a standing lamp or light source facing you. Invest in a ring light.
  3. Be thoughtful that your back ground isn’t distracting.
  4. Crop your video to include your bust and hands should you want to hold up a book or gesture the way you might naturally.
  5. If you need water be sure to have it in reach.
  6. Wear a solid color, not white.

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RMW - Lee Smith & Ruthie Lindsay Coming Next

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Reader Meet Writer Update

We are adding authors to the schedule.  First, if you haven't signed up to promote the Reader Meet Writer (RMW) events and sell the books to your customers and want to, email wanda@sibaweb.com.  We have two events coming up next week.  Lee Smith is on Tuesday, and Ruthie Lindsay is on Wednesday.  Their books, Blue Marlin, and There I Am: The Journey from Hopelessness to Healing - A Novel, are both perfect books for the times.  And we will soon be offering three or more events a week.  Lee Smith has signed a limited number of bookplates in preparation for her SIBA Reader Meet Writer event (April 21 at 4 p-m). Booksellers who are interested in having some bookplates for their readers and/or those who are interested in hosting virtual events should email Lynn York at lynn@blairpub.com.  

Let us know how the events are working for you by participating in our survey, and by sending us quotes we can use for promotion with publishers or naysayers.  Is this helpful?  Is it working?  Let us know.  We are happy to do this heavy lifting but not if we are getting in the way.  

There is an Edelweiss collection of RMW titles and new titles will be added and, of course, we are keeping the website as up to date as possible.  Finally, some of you have asked for all of the zoom links and passwords in advance and I'm happy to provide these if  you want to get everything created in advance.  These passwords simply cannot end up on any public-facing websites or social media.  Let us know if you'd like to have all of that in advance. 

PARTICIPATING BOOKSTORES
AUTHOR SCHEDULE

What booksellers are saying about Reader Meet Writer:

Doing Great today!
"Our web traffic had fallen off then I sent out the notice for Lee Smith in (our version of) Shelf Awareness and we now have more than 35 participants and more than 20 books sales. 
 I am working hard to get the promos going on the rest of them. I don’t know if the others will be as popular - Lee Smith is a favorite in the mountains as you know - but its a great profit to effort ratio - thanks your and Wanda’s efforts. 
Our sales were only averaging about $200 a day - but we’ve hit $550 plus today. 
Hope you’re finding some fun time out there. I enjoy your flowers and outdoor pics on Facebook. I hope it won’t be too long till I can post grandkid pictures again." 

Stay safe
Doloris Vest
Book No Further
112 Market St SE | Roanoke, VA 24011
dolorisvest@booknofurther.com | www.booknofurther.com
540-206-2505

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