As in person events become more and more unfeasible, bookstores are looking for effective online alternatives. One of the most popular of those is Zoom, the video conference platform SIBA uses for its own webinars and online office hours.
Of course some people just can’t have nice things. No sooner had Zoom become the go-to alternative for events, than “zoombombing” became a thing: Internet trolls, taking advantage of open and public meeting links to log on and hijack meetings by sharing highly inappropriate material from a series of sock-puppet accounts. Meeting hosts found they had lost control of their own meetings and were unable to control the behavior of trolling attendees. Some meetings even had to be canceled.
Luckily, Zoom has some built-in safeguards that are easy to enable and will prevent troublemakers from gate-crashing your online event.
For public (open) meetings:
Never use your Personal Meeting ID to host public events. Once that information it out there, anyone can use it to log into your personal meeting space. Always general a new meeting ID for every planned event.
Enable your waiting room, so you can control when people come in to your meeting.
Mute all attendees on entry. Even if your attendees are well behaved, random background noise from open microphones will disrupt your event.
Disable video for attendees. A troll can’t do much if no one can see them.
Only allow the host to share their screen. It’s your event, don’t let attendees hijack the stage.
For private or restricted meetings
Stores that are planning on using Zoom to replace cancelled author events should go a step further and control attendance by managing who is allowed to sign on. Here are some options:
Use a guest list and have users sign in to join the meeting. If you sell tickets through an application like Eventbrite, you can create a guest list from your ticket purchases and prevent unknown users from accessing the meeting.
Lock the meeting once it has begun, to avoid unwanted disruptions.
Assign a meeting password. You can share your meeting ID publicly, but provide the password only to authorized attendees through Direct Messaging.
Turn off extra features that might cause a distraction: file transfers, annotations, even private chat.
Assign a cohost who is responsible for managing chat and attendees so you can concentrate on the presenter.
On Thursday, March 19th, SIBA hosted an hour-long online town hall meeting with the American Booksellers Association via Zoom. The main topic was, naturally, the impact of COVID-19 on bookstores and what the ABA was doing to respond to the crisis.
Since that meeting, only a week ago, the landscape has already changed drastically as the United States has documented an exponential rise in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases. Measures that were discussed as “coming” – forced closures, shelter in place orders – have now arrived. SIBA stores are struggling to adapt to a new environment where their greatest strength, their physical presence in their community, has been restricted by quarantine measures.
“It is a question of when, not if, these measures will be implemented in our communities,” commented SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell at the beginning of the town hall meeting. The “when” arrived for many stores within days.
On hand from the ABA to answer questions were Allison Hill, CEO, Joy Dallanegra-Sanger, COO, Ryan Quinn, Member Liaison for SIBA Territory, and Dan Cullen, Senior Strategy Officer.
Bookstores should also note these essential tools:
Take a coffee break with the ABA on Zoom: Tuesdays and Thursdays here (meeting ID 749 778 583)
“Our number one priority is how to support bookstores so that they are all still here when the crisis is over.” – Allison Hill
The ABA’s primary focus is has been on advocating for measures that will relieve bookstores of the immediate cash flow issues they face from forced closures. One of the first steps was to donate $100,000 to Binc, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation. Binc’s priority is to provide emergency aid to booksellers who face unexpected expenses.
At the same time, since stores find themselves having to switch to online sales to maintain any kind of cash flow, the ABA is waiving membership dues through June and has expedited payments on Indiecommerce and Indielite sales and implemented a donation module that stores can activate on their IC sites.
Another step was to create a continuously updated page of resources for booksellers. The ABA has called on SIBA and the other regional associations to help them research local, regional, and national resources for stores with a focus on “what’s real, what’s now, and what’s the most actionable for booksellers.”
In advocating for bookstores, the ABA is lobbying with the national and local governments for grants rather than loans, moratoriums on evictions, and extensions of tax deadlines. Their priority is that any money made available by economic stimulus measures is easily accessible to bookstores and small businesses.
They are also interceding with publishers on behalf of stores for delay of payment options. Hill noted that publishers are willing to offer grace periods to stores on a case by case basis, and strongly encouraged booksellers to talk to their reps. When questioned how the crisis was affecting publishing houses, Hill noted that the greatest concern is how long the crisis will last, whether or not publication schedules need to be delayed, how to promote books in the current situation, and what the industry will look like in the summer and fall as trade conferences are postponed or canceled, and book events and tours are no longer feasible.
Hill noted that keeping supply chains open has been a priority in all coronavirus responses. Ingram has been declared an “essential” service, as have USPS, UPS, and FedEx for shipping to residential (though not commercial) addresses.
And because the situation for stores can change very rapidly, the ABA is very concerned with helping stores anticipate “the next stage” of change in their community, whatever it is. There is usually only a 24-48 hour window to comply with shelter-in-place order. For that reason, they have added resources and technology to their Indiecommerce team. They have also created a team to research options for hosting virtual author tours, working with publishers for more open licensing agreements that would allow bookstores to host virtual readings, storytimes, and book clubs.
They are also collecting data – store hour changes and closings, and other operations changes, as well as tips and “best practices” for stores that find themselves unable to get to their building. (“Bring your gift cards home with you!” said Pete from Green Apple Books).
Despite the gravity of the situation, Hill closed on a positive note, reporting that the ABA’s own financial managers feel that although the next two quarters will be volatile, consumerism will come back strongly once the COVID-19 crisis has passed.
Questions and Answers from the ABA Meeting:
How do we support our employees if we are shut down: Is it better to furlough or layoff employees?
The ABA is researching options for stores and will post information on their COVID-19 page. Furloughed workers can claim unemployment, but it varies by state how much. They should not perform any work. Layoffs are also state-regulated, with some states offering work-share programs. COVID-19 and Labor Law
What is the difference between Bookshop and IndieLite. Do we need both?
Stores should explore all options. Everything helps. IndieLite sales earn more per transaction than Bookshop sales, but signing up to be a Bookshop affiliate puts you in the general pool. Bookshop is also returning the full 30% of sales to their store affiliates for the next eight weeks, in effect returning their entire profit to the stores. Stores should also look at partnering with Libro.fm. They have already raised $20K for stores. Bookshop | IndieLite | Libro.fm
Will publishers stop taking returns?
Publishers are committed to staying operational as long as possible, but they may be required to close their warehouses.
What will happen to ABACUS?
ABACUS has been canceled for the year, on the basis that any data collected now will not be relevant in the new financial landscape.
(Adapted by Robert Martin, Executive Director of the Independent Booksellers Consortium, with permission from Bookshop Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, CA)
Part of the anxiety booksellers must face during this outbreak is whether having employees come into the store to process web orders and do curbside pick up is risking exposure for them. To that end, we created a set of rules for the employees. Maybe this will help others.
Managers will never schedule more than 10 people in the store at the same time.
Please wash your hands with soap and water when you first arrive before doing anything else.
The store should try to keep a 6 ft. distance between employees and set up work stations to be at least 6 feet apart.
Do not use public transportation to get to work--let your manager know if that is your only method so they can try to find an alternative for you.
Employees coming into work need to be self isolating at home otherwise so as to not spread germs here. If you are not self isolating during your non-work hours, please let your manager know so they can find appropriate tasks for you to safely complete.
The household situation of employees is also important to communicate--if you live with anyone who takes public transit, interacts with others for work, or is otherwise at risk.
The bathrooms should cleaned and de-sanitized every morning by a professional crew, and staff are only using your bathrooms (not the building's bathrooms).
Every work station and phone should be sanitized before you start working in the morning and then sanitized again every two hours.
Once a manager assigns you to a particular station, only use that station, except when you need to use a shared register (which should be the minimum amount possible).
Sanitize a pen and then carry that one pen with you for the rest of the day instead of sharing pens.
Any shared documents (phone log, etc.) should no longer be required.
Most importantly: do not come into work sick, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water consistently, do not touch your face, and cough/sneeze into your sleeve.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to be added.
The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin, 3/24/2020
Reviewed by Lizy Coale, Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, FL On Edelweiss
Like Neil Gaiman writing fan fiction of 100 Years of Solitude but about New York City. Powerful and exquisite. I loved it.
And Then the Fish Swallowed Him by Amir Ahmadi Arian, 3/24/2020
Reviewed by Erin Cox, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN On Edelweiss
This novel sucks you in like a story that relative of yours would tell. An uncle, maybe, who doesn’t bother telling it exactly like it happened. Still, you can’t stop listening. And eventually, you realize the stories are about something else entirely. This book is like that, if your uncle is Iranian, tells stories like Joseph Heller, and has some harrowing things to say about the power of the state on the soul.
Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker, 4/7/2020
Reviewed by Kelly Justice, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA On Edelweiss
Chronicling the lives of the Galvin family, Kolker tells the stories of their 12 children born from 1945 to 1965, six of whom suffered from debilitating, and in some cases fatal, schizophrenia. By revealing the almost unbelievable misery of this one family, he is also illustrating the many faces of psychiatry and mental health treatment over history from relatively benign, if ineffective, treatments to what we would now consider torture. He also exposes the psychiatric drug industry for the greedy, uncaring, opportunistic practices that have been the standard for decades. This look at schizophrenia and its effect on individuals, families, and societies is inspiring as it is disturbing and I hope its publication helps to accelerate change in the mental health industry and the hearts and minds of the public at large.
Board members do not get paid for service but all expenses incurred are covered by the organization. The position requires attendance at 3 board meetings annually (See Policy 13A: Board meeting agendas) plus a Carver training session and adequate preparation for all meetings is also required. The board seeks persons from the core membership taking into account the following: relevant Policy Governance skills (including the ability to work within group decisions, to use conceptual categories of Ends and Means, to judge performance only against previously stated expectations), relevant industry skills and knowledge, geography, and store size.
SIBA’s current Board members will assess interest among potential candidates. A slate will be determined from the potential candidates by the Board of Directors and presented for vote by the membership before the Fall Discovery Show.
SIBA’s Virtual Office Hours on Zoom are changing beginning Monday, March 23. Instead of 2-5 PM EST on Wednesdays, we're offering daily opportunities for booksellers to connect and feel part of community. We invite you to join SIBA for lunch every weekday from 1-2 PM EST. We'll continue to host our webinars on Wednesdays (and on other days!) and are planning much more virtual communication with you during this time.
In support of your mental well-being, we are offering a six-week series, Bookseller Chill, beginning March 26 at 2 PM EST and continuing each Thursday, same time, same zoom link, till April 30. Led by psychotherapist Bryan Robinson, each session will last approximately 30 minutes and include concepts from his 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.
Bookseller Chill with Bryan Robinson, Ph.D. is a six-week series beginning March 26 at 2 PM EST and continuing each Thursday, same time, same zoom link, till April 30. Each session will last 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.
Today's events are creating anxiety that challenges our resilience and ability to act, make good decisions, even sleep. This series provides tools to cope, and a window of time to share with your colleagues as you experience guided meditations and counsel. Come to as few or as many sessions as you like, and please bring your staff. RSVP email@example.com to attend. These sessions will be recorded for later viewing.
Bryan Robinson, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist who has built his career on the themes of resilience, work/life balance, and well-being. He's a contributor to Forbes Magazine, Psychology Today, and writes a weekly column for Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington's new company. He's very excited about this series and hopes as many of you can participate as possible.
Cavalier House Books co-owner and SIBA Board member John Cavalier will present "Tips for Managing an Unexpected Crisis," focusing on business strategies during COVID-19. During a time of crisis, it's vital to put a plan in place, as a thoughtful response can mean the difference between persevering and closing up shop. John will talk generally and specifically about how you can work with your staff and community to craft a plan that will help you achieve your goals. He'll also provide a list of concrete steps you can take to build resiliency for your store's future and daily operations.
John and Michelle Cavalier experienced their worst year in business after a string of natural disasters culminated in the Great Louisiana Flood of 2016. During that crisis they saw widespread school closures in their area as well as a complete halt to the local economy for non-essential goods and services. They emerged even stronger as a business. Join us for this special webinar to hear how the Cavaliers are approaching the current crisis, and what steps you can take to shore up and even improve your business during this uniquely challenging time.
Bring your questions and concerns for a Q & A after the presentation.
Every time I hear the term "flatten the curve," I sing it to myself in the voice of Waylon Jennings to the tune of the Dukes of Hazzard theme. And then I add ... Some day the mountain might get us but the virus never will. That's one of my dumb little coping mechanisms in this time of heightened anxiety.
It's bizarre. One of our staffers here at our store likened this pandemic to the slowest moving hurricane possible. I agree. The uncertainty is intense and the news of so many of my friends shuttering their doors for a yet to be determined period of time makes me feel nauseous.
For us, it's school book fairs. Louisiana has closed all schools for a month and with their closure around $60,000 in anticipated revenue has dried up literally overnight. Will we have time to reschedule? Can we pursue alternate sales strategies? How will we move all of this inventory? How much can we return? When will we have to close our store as well? When will we reopen? Will we have the cash to get through the pandemic? The slower summer?
The anxiety can be crippling.
My wife and I were discussing all of these things and we asked ourselves, "What are we going to do?" For us, the answer is the same thing we did in 2016. That year was our worst year in business owing to a string of natural disasters in our area that culminated in the Great Louisiana Flood of 2016. During that crisis we saw widespread school closures in our area as well as a complete halt to our local economy for non-essential goods and services. Those consequences were dumped on us then much like the consequence of the coronavirus is being heaped on all of us now.
It's tough to distill an experience like that into actionable steps to take in response and it's tough to try to cherry pick lessons that can be shared with others, but there are a few fundamentals that I know to be true and I'd like to remind everyone of them at this time.
Focus on solutions and not problems. There are of course economic realities and uncertainties yet to be revealed, but don't lose sight of your goals, hopes, and dreams. Figure out how you want to emerge from this pandemic and then take the necessary steps to get there. For us, we're looking at being cash poor and time rich for several months so I aim to come out of the other side of this leaner, more efficient, and more organized than ever before. I'm also looking at business and personal debt restructuring as well as strategies to be more responsive to opportunities so that as they present themselves I can be ready to pounce.
People are people. Everyone is experiencing this and everyone is going to have a rough go for a bit. Honesty and communication are essential. Express your concerns to your landlord, your credit reps, your sales reps, your banks as soon as possible. Don't wait to be late on a payment. You have infinitely more credibility and wiggle room if you are upfront and present a plan of action rather than sweeping problems under the rug. Go to your bank or your landlord or whomever right now and make sure they know your story and that they are on your team. Lead them to a solution, rather than presenting your problems.
The future is what we make it. Certainly the randomness and unexpectedness of this pandemic would make it seem otherwise, but we have to remember that most of our anxieties and frustrations come not from the virus itself but from our collective response to it. This is the hard way wisdom is earned. We are a community. We are parts of other communities. We are our own leadership as well as our own source of authority. We have to take comfort in knowing that the experience of today can lead us to a stronger tomorrow.
Community is everything. Whenever you feel like everything is at its worst, someone will surprise you. Whenever you feel like you are all alone, someone will surprise you.
Deep breaths and baby steps. Remember your goals and your assets. Share your talents. Think about others. Be honest and open. Create and share solutions. Take comfort and find strength in the various communities you are a part of. Lean on other people - metaphorically of course (#socialdistancing). Don't just react, plan.
The Binc Foundation can potentially offer booksellers support during a public health emergency. Assistance may be available for the medical expenses of booksellers. Binc may also be able to help booksellers in specific cases where store closure and/or loss of scheduled pay creates a financial hardship for the individual/family.
Binc may be able to help with medical expenses or personal household expenses under the following circumstances:
If a bookstore employee contracts an illness and cannot go to work.
If a member of a bookseller’s household contracts an illness and the employee is forced to quarantine themselves to prevent further spread of the virus.
For the events listed below, an official state, county or city Public Health Emergency restricting public interaction must be declared and documented.
If a bookseller loses more than 50% of their scheduled work hours because residents are told not to go to work.
If a bookseller loses more than 50% of their scheduled work hours due to a mandatory quarantine.
If a bookstore loses a significant amount of business due to forced store closure or restrictions on residents’ movement and the store is unable to pay store rent and/or utility expenses, Binc may be able to help.
Posted By Nicki Leone,
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
(Asheville, NC) The Search Committee and Board of Directors of the Southern Independent
Booksellers Alliance is pleased to announce the selection of Linda-Marie Barrett as SIBA’s
incoming Executive Director. She will step into the position on June 16, 2020, when the
current Executive Director, Wanda Jewell, retires. “I’m leaving SIBA in better hands than
my own, and that feels really good,” said Jewell. “I couldn’t be more delighted.”
Barrett brings a strong strategic vision to the organization at a time when the book
industry is adapting to a rapidly evolving environment. She writes, “During this very
dynamic time in our industry, SIBA needs, more than ever, to offer programming that
addresses current member needs. This means being in constant conversation with member
bookstores to hear what’s happening ‘on the ground,’ looking outside our industry for
opportunities, and considering new partnerships in communities, and regionally. My
passion, and SIBA’s primary goal, is to give booksellers the tools they need to be successful
and achieve their dreams. I’m so honored to be taking on this role and look forward to
working with the SIBA Board and all our member bookstores to see what possibilities we
can create together.”
Barrett was chosen in a unanimous decision after a robust, four-month-long search. “The SIBA Executive Director
Search Committee has completed an exhaustive pursuit,” said Search Committee member Shane Gottwals of
Gottwals Books in Byron, Georgia. “While we talked to many qualified and motivated candidates, it was abundantly
clear that Linda-Marie Barrett is just the right person to lead SIBA. She knows the industry and can relate to the
needs of core members in an unparalleled way.”
Barrett brings to the position of Executive Director thirty years’ worth of experience in the industry as a bookseller
in all levels from frontline bookseller to senior buyer, manager, and co-owner of Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café in
Asheville, North Carolina. While at Malaprop’s she played a leading role as a bookseller advocate and activist, and
her op-ed piece responding to author boycotts of bookstores in the wake of North Carolina’s H.B.2 controversy was
published in the New York Times.
Mitchell Kaplan, owner of Books & Books and the former President of the American Booksellers Association wrote in
support of Barrett’s selection, “My admiration for Linda-Marie runs deep. She possesses a rare core of qualities that
will guarantee success in this new position; she’s incredibly organized, creative, entrepreneurial, and passionate
about independent bookselling, and independent bookselling in the South, to be specific.”
Barrett is a past Board member of SIBA and has worked extensively with the American Booksellers Association,
serving on the Bookseller Advisory Council and as a presenter at Winter Institute. For the past three years she has
been SIBA’s Assistant Executive Director, responsible for much of the day to day operations of the organization.
As Assistant Executive Director, Barrett spearheaded the development of SIBA’s online educational programming
which has resulted in over a dozen webinars on a wide range of topics including Inventory Activism, Time
Management, Podcasting, Managing Expenses, and Launching a Book Festival.
“SIBA stands like a beacon in the world of regional trade associations because of Wanda Jewell’s 30 years of
dedication,” noted Gottwals. “Our new executive director has a mighty legacy to follow, but Linda-Marie Barrett has
the skills and experience required to keep us shining brightly for many years to come.”
For more information contact SIBA at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Independent Bookseller has launched a database which consolidates available education session resources from all regionals, ABA events, and individual booksellers.
It is grouped by topics such as "inventory," "diversity," "finances," and "operations," but can also be searched by keyword using the search field. Sessions are also organized by date, so newer materials will appear at the top of each section:
The 2020 scholarship program supports booksellers and comic retailers’ dependents, spouses, and partners in pursuing their higher education goals. Binc will again this year award seven (7) $3,500 scholarships to the dependents of booksellers or comic retailers and one (1) Karl Pohrt Tribute Scholarship award of $5,000 will be granted to an owner or employee of a physical bookstore who has overcome a learning adversity or is a nontraditional student.
Bank on Booksellers 2020
We are in the planning stages for a Bank on Booksellers online piggy bank auction and you are the first supporters to find out! The auction will go live for a week in June of 2020.
Binc will be providing more updates and assets to help spread the word about this fun auction. The bidding at the last auction raised over $20,000.
Posted By Nicki Leone,
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Just in time for stores that are planning their Independent Bookstore DAy events, SIBA's January webinar on Organizing multistore events is now available to view. The webinar features presenters Sarah Goddin, buyer and former General Manager of Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC, and Kimberly Daniels Taws, buyer and manager of The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC will discuss their organization, The Independent Bookstores of Piedmont, NC. This organization , which represents 12 stores, offers a unique Independent Bookstore Day promotion involving a calendar featuring a store a month, with incentives to visit all 12 stores to receive a discount card and be entered into drawings.
Alsom Tom Lowenburg, co-owner of Octavia Books in New Orleans, Louisiana, discusses their local spin on the national IBD event. Because the national date conflicts with NOLA’s Jazz Fest, they’ve worked together with other New Orleans indies on a “New Orleans Independent Bookstore Day,” which takes place at a later date and encourages participation and multi-store visits with a scavenger hunt and a passport.
(Available to SIBA members only, you must be logged in to view)
SIBA promotes six new books every month to the customers of indie bookstores in our Lady Banks Bookshelf promotion. These titles appear at the top of our weekly Lady Banks Commonplace Book newsletter, which has a circulation of over 60k. We also feature them above the fold on the homepage of Authors 'Round the South and on the cover image of the ARTS Facebook page with buy links promoted to our 15,000 Facebook friends. A different member store is featured with the titles every week.
By promoting through Lady Banks, publishers are making an investment in SIBA member bookstores' attention and market. SIBA works with them to select titles indie readers are looking for, and then we drive those readers to SIBA member stores. Booksellers can boost sales by bringing in Lady Banks Bookshelf titles before the month begins, and putting up a winning display. Send in a photo of your display and earn 20 B3! points, too!
Our March featured titles are:
Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture by Grace Elizabeth Hale Pride of Eden by Taylor Brown Writers & Lovers by Lily King Me & White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad Finding Home by Karen Kingsbury The Last Taxi Driver by Lee Durkee
On Wednesday, February 12 at 2PM EST, SIBA hosted “Small Presses Present Spring and Summer Lists” as part of our Publisher Picks: Best Bets for SIBA Booksellers series. In this bi-monthly series, publishers, editors, marketing directors, and reps present their favorite frontlist titles via Zoom to booksellers. Besides forging important connections with publishers and their reps, attending booksellers discover new titles to add to their store shelves and earn 10 B3! Points. Please rsvp email@example.com to attend future Publisher Picks Sessions.
Michael Reynolds is the Editor in Chief at Europa Editions. He is the recipient of the 2016 Golden Colophon Award for Superlative Achievement & Leadership in Independent Literary Publishing, awarded by the Community of Literary and Magazine Presses. He is a member of the Independent Publisher Caucus Steering Committee, and the founder of Bookselling Without Borders, a scholarship program that diversifies the culture of reading by building bridges between the American bookselling community and the international book industry.
Brad Simpson just joined Blackstone in 2019, having been in the publishing industry since 2001. During that time, he has worked with public and academic libraries, schools and retail bookstores. He’s represented several products over the years in both the content and tech spaces; and has been involved in nearly every format available under the sun including print, physical and digital audio, e-books, and large print.
Ellen Whitfield is a senior publicist at JKS Communications. With a strong journalism background, Ellen balances her understanding of “the other side of the desk” when it comes to media pitching with a true love of an avid bibliophile. She has been part of the community of journalists in her more than seven years experience in print media with such well-respected outlets as The Dallas Morning News, and The Advocate. Her experience on the editorial side of travel, community and lifestyle sections of newspapers, social media and online media is to the benefit of authors in a variety of genres.
Ellen Adler is the publisher of the New Press, a nonprofit public-interest book publisher with a social justice mission. Their goal is to publish books that promote understanding and discussion of the issues that affect us all, and to provide ideas and inspiration for the activists, teachers, policy makers, and everyday citizens who are working to refresh American democracy.
Michele Misiak is a Marketing Director with Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group where her area of focus is on fiction. Michele has spent the last 20 years connecting with readers through books. The first 10 years were with Waldenbooks/Borders in Field Management, selling directly to readers.
Noelle Chew is the Marketing Director of Fiction with Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group. She has been in publishing for the past 11 years, first as a publicist and now in advertising. She encourages you to check out the blog bethanyfiction.com for more information on BHP titles.
Binc wants to help SIBA help you! We have $300 to help booksellers who need assistance attending a MMBS event. Do you need gas money, or financial assistance to help offset paying staff while you are out of the store? Let us know what you need and we'll let you know how we can help with funding. Email Linda-Marie with your requests.
But wait, there’s more! We’re awarding special prizes to attendees of the March Madness Bookseller Series.
SIBA will award one SIBA 2020 Discovery Show All-Pass (a ticket to all meals) to a SIBA-member attendee of each MMBS event (only one All-Pass per member).
SIBA will award one free trip to the SIBA 2020 Discovery Show (in NOLA!) from a drawing of all SIBA-member attendees to MMBS events.
We have such a fabulous line-up of educational offerings, many of which feature author luncheons, an afternoon store tour, and networking opportunities. What are you waiting for? Sign up today and you can release any FOMO right now.
Asperfell by Jamie Thomas
Uproar Books, Feb. 18, 2020
trade paperback, $18.50
"Wonderfully inventive... Sure to win over fantasy readers." -Publishers Weekly
Just released this week, ASPERFELL is a lavishly written gothic fantasy for YA & New Adult readers who love Jane Austen but wish she’d dabbled in blood magic.
Briony, a sharp-tongued child of privilege, grew up exploring the spirit-haunted woods surrounding her family’s country estate. When she’s arrested and sentenced to death for magic she never knew she possessed, Briony chooses to flee into the otherworldly fortress of Asperfell, where the true heir to the throne is held prisoner. But life in Asperfell is nothing like she expected, and the prince has no interest in rescue. Now, Briony must survive caged madmen and demented spirits if she hopes to convince the prince to escape back home in time to stop a civil war.
For a free review copy of ASPERFELL in paperback or ebook, please email Rick Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Paperbacks are limited to the first 50 requests. For ebooks, please specify .epub or .mobi.
“Winningly combines the comedy of manners found in Regency romances with the high spirits of magical school adventure fantasies.” -Publishers Weekly
Has your store created merchandise that could be sold in other stores? Unique wares, art, etc? List it on Maker Marketplace
ABA bookstore member booksellers are invited to apply now for the 2020 BookExpo Bestsellers Grant Program, which is designed to make it possible for indie booksellers to experience and benefit from all that BookExpo has to offer.
The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time. Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter's "trustees" and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.
The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance is a trade association which represents hundreds of bookstores and thousands of booksellers in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky,
Virginia, and Mississippi. SIBA exists to empower, promote, and celebrate our core member bookstores in a spirit of partnership. "Core members" are independent, privately held, brick and mortar, commercially zoned bookstores with a
retail storefront, in our region.