Hello, dearest and most beloved booksellers.
It's that time again....time for oh so many things! Nominations for the Board, voting on the Southern Book Prize, Okra Picks info, and so much more. Read on, read everything!
- SIBA has an app. For real! Download the "SocialLink" app from your Apple or Google Play store
- Call for Board Nominations
- The Southern Book Prize Loooong List Ballot is open. And the Conroy Legacy Award is seeking nominations
- There is now a resource page for the Spring Okra Picks
- There is a now a downloadable flyer of monthly staff picks from SIBA Bookstores.
- Registration is open for #SIBA17 in the Big Easy
- Introducing IndieCommerce Lite
SIBA HAS AN APP!
Yes, that's right, SIBA is now has an app! Available for iPhone and Android, SIBA's new "SocialLink" app allows you to check in to the SIBA member hub and your account from your phone or mobile device. Most of the news you see below will also appear in your "feed." In the future, SIBA will be posting important news to the app feed on a regular basis, so having it will give you an early heads up to important or just plain useful news.
Search for "SocialLink" in the Apple or Google Play store.
Once you've installed the app, log in to start viewing your feed and notices. Your account information is:
Your membership expires: @@membership_exp_date@@
You should also be able to set your account so you can log in with Facebook. Email email@example.com if you have any problems.
CALL FOR BOARD NOMINATIONS
It’s that time again to pick the bookseller leaders that will move SIBA forward. SIBA’s Board Members are a hard‐working bunch. Serving on the SIBA Board is both rewarding and enlightening. Consider someone today for a board position. Self‐nominations are encouraged. Anyone can nominate here:
Nominations close April 15.
THE SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE LONG BALLOT IS OPEN
The Southern Book Prize Loooong List has just been announced. Now it is time for booksellers to vote for the finalists. The ballot is open to all SIBA member core booksellers -- stores and store staff! Your store earns 2 b3! points for each ballot cast.
Go here to vote:
You need to be a current SIBA member bookstore/bookseller to vote.
If you have store staff not in SIBA's records that you would like added, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Each staff member must have their own unique email address.
The ballot closes April 3rd.
Remember also to nominate for the Conroy Legacy Award. The Conroy Legacy Award recognizes writers who have achieved a lasting impact on their literary community. Recipients will have shown the following attributes:
- They support independent bookstores, both in their own communities and in general.
- Their writing focuses significantly on their own home place.
- They support other writers in their community, especially new and emerging authors.
The Conroy Legacy Award is given to one writer in SIBA territory annually. A juried panel of member booksellers will choose among our Southern writers to determine the year’s winner.
Nominate an author here
SPRING OKRA PICKS RESOURCE PAGE
the 2017 Spring Okra Picks will be announced April 1, but SIBA booksellers can have a sneak peak. We've collected some helpful resources for all the Okra titles to make it easier for you to sell all these fanstastic books:
YOUR STAFF PICKS HAVE STREET CRED!
You've probably seen the header at the top of this and the Lady Banks emails, but have you clicked? SIBA collates store staff picks and recommendations for the Lady Banks newsletter and AuthorsRoundtheSouth.com. You can see the list here:
Fully sortable and searchable and linked back to the store that made the recommendation.
There is also now a monthly print out of new recommendations stores can download for a quirky, unpredictable reading list. A great resource for book clubs, educators and hard to please customers!
#SIBA17 REGISTRATION IS OPEN
It's never too early to register!
SIBA returns to the Big Easy this coming September for the #siba17 Discovery Show. We'll be at the Sheraton New Orleans, right on Canal Street, the same hotel we were in the last time we visited NOLA in 2013.
And a word to the wise -- New Orleans, like Savannah, is a popular destination. We had sellout crowds in 2013 and expect the same this year. Meal tickets, especially, went very quickly. So make your travel plans early: