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Why Daneen Goodwin thinks you should come to #SIBA19

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, May 13, 2019

 

 

#SIBA19 Discovery Show

Up all night reading at #SIBA19 in Spartanburg, South Carolina

September 13-15, 2019 (Friday - Sunday)
The Spartanburg Marriott

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Any vendor that gets a bookstore to the Discovery Show that has never been before can each enjoy $100 towards show expenses.

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Charlie Young on why you should come to #SIBA19

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, May 7, 2019

 

 

#SIBA19 Discovery Show

Up all night reading at #SIBA19 in Spartanburg, South Carolina

September 13-15, 2019 (Friday - Sunday)
The Spartanburg Marriott

REGISTER HERE

Any vendor that gets a bookstore to the Discovery Show that has never been before can each enjoy $100 towards show expenses.

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Maximizing Success at the SIBA Discovery Show: Make Your Social Network Connections Early!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, May 7, 2019

If you’re planning to exhibit at the upcoming SIBA Discovery Show, there are many ways you can make the most of opportunities the show provides to connect with booksellers. Set things in motion by making your social network connections early. Here’s a list of SIBA member Bookstores.  Go on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter, get to know them and like them. Say nice things about them and let them know you’ll be at the SIBA Discovery Show. This is such a great way to introduce yourself and maybe even set up an account in advance of the Show. Let them know you look forward to meeting or seeing them again. 

 

Tags:  discovery show  social media  tips 

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Independent Bookstore Day, a Tale of Two NC Cities

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Thursday, May 2, 2019

Two indie stores, Sassafras on Sutton in Black Mountain and Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh had great Independent Bookstore Days, for different reasons.

 

I visited with Susanne Blumer, co-owner of Sassafras, as the day began. The weather was beautiful and the store was hopping by 11am. Sassafras had to close after a heavy snow in December caused the roof of their building to collapse. They just reopened in March. Assistance through their Libris business insurance kept the staff employed and morale up during the months of closure. Since reopening, business has been up 80% over last spring. The community is very supportive of the store, and Black Mountain is also a booming tourist destination and well-known writer, artist, and music community.  Right now, Susanne is working hard to keep up with orders for her Southern Lit Candles (she somehow finds time to make her own candle line AND run a business) and the increase in business in the store.

 

On dealing with an unexpected closure that stretched on for months, Susanne said, "I would say that the entire industry was extremely supportive when we had our collapse. We heard from other bookstores, publishers, vendors, industry professionals… so many. Since we’ve reopened, we’ve received hand-written notes and phone calls congratulating us on reopening. The community couldn’t have been more supportive when we closed. I received multiple offers of places to move the store temporarily, offers to help move merchandise, to clean, promises that they would be back when we open. And since we’ve reopened, the community has come out in full force. Not a day goes by that someone doesn’t come in and tell us how much they missed us and how glad they are that we are back open. We all really missed it when we were closed!"

 

 

 

Over in the Piedmont, Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh also had a terrific Independent Bookstore Day! General Manager Sarah Goddin said, “Our sales were up 70% over a typical Saturday this time of year, but more importantly we had a store full of people most of the day, all of whom were having a great time supporting independent bookstores. We had lots of kids' events throughout the morning, the Poetry Fox in the afternoon, really good cookies all day along with give-aways every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Elaine Neil Orr, author of Swimming Between Worlds, brought in a basket full of treats for the Quail Ridge Books staff, becoming even more beloved by booksellers. One customer, Criss Crissman, brought in her 2019 calendar "North Carolina's Literary Luminaries and the Bookshops That Love Them" with stamps from all 12 Piedmont, NC indie bookstores stores featured. Now that is indie love!

 

Tags:  independent bookstore day  Quail Ridge Books  Sassafras on Sutton 

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Okra Picks Schedule Change

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Okra Picks Deadline Change: Deadline for SUMMER Okra Picks nominations is May 15

Okra PicksBeginning in May, SIBA's Okra Picks program calendar has been updated to give booksellers and publishers more time to promote each season's titles and to allow for active pre-order campaigns for the forthcoming books. Accordingly, nomination deadlines for each season have been pushed back by two weeks. The new Okra Picks schedule is as follows:

  • Spring (April-June titles):

    Nomination Deadline: February 15
    Okra Picks Announced: April 1

  • Summer (July-September titles):

    Nomination Deadline: May 15
    Okra Picks Announced: July 1

  • Fall (October-December titles):

    Nomination Deadline: August 15
    Okra Picks Announced: October 1

  • Winter (January-March titles):

    Nomination Deadline: November 15
    Okra Picks Announced: January 1

Okra Picks 

Okra Picks is SIBA's program to highlight forthcoming books of southern interest that its booksellers are especially excited about. Since its inception, the program has spotlighted new books by favorite southern authors such as Joshilyn Jackson, Rick Bragg, Ron Rash, and Tayari Jones, and also break out books by debut and emerging authors such as Wiley Cash, T. Geronimo Johnson, Brian Panowich, Leonard Pitts, Jr. and Holly Goddard Jones.

Nominations are only accepted from SIBA member booksellers, and may be submitted in any of the following ways:

Via the Okra Picks nomination form
By submitting a review to Edelweiss
By emailing the nomination to okrapicks@sibaweb.com

More information about Okra Picks can be found at

https://sibaweb.site-ym.com/page/ad_opx

Current Season Okra Picks | Okra Picks Archive

 

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Why come to #SIBA19?

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, April 30, 2019

 

 

#SIBA19 Discovery Show

Up all night reading at #SIBA19 in Spartanburg, South Carolina

September 13-15, 2019 (Friday - Sunday)
The Spartanburg Marriott

REGISTER HERE

Any vendor that gets a bookstore to the Discovery Show that has never been before can each enjoy $100 towards show expenses.

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Maximizing Success at the SIBA Discovery Show!, Tip# 4: Create a Stand-Out Directory Listing

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, April 26, 2019

Your table reservation includes a 50-word listing for the print and online show directory. Attendees use the directory to prioritize their time on the show floor, so it's very worth taking your time to craft a stand-out listing. You don't need to include info they can find on Google, you need to provide information that will get booksellers to come by your booth. Highlight your author booth signings, show specials, prize giveaways, or perhaps a chance to learn a magic trick or receive a tarot reading. Be creative and get your message out there.

Need more than 50 words or want to place an ad highlighting award-winning titles, an event you're sponsoring at the show, or a very special happening at your booth? Check out our exhibitor tradeshow package  or contact wanda@sibaweb.com for options. 

 

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Share Your Smarts with SIBA Booksellers!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Booksellers, authors, and other publishing industry colleagues sharing their best practices, creative insights, and life hacks is what makes SIBA's educational programming so valuable to members. If you'd like to be part of our educational programming at the #SIBA19 Discovery Show September 13-15 in Spartanburg, SC, we welcome your proposals. Although we can't guarantee your proposal will be selected for this event, it may be considered for future programming.  Please fill out this form and we'll be in touch. Thank you so much for your time and interest!

 

Tags:  Bookseller education  Discovery Show  eurekasiba 

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Maximizing Success at the SIBA Trade Show, Tip #3: Share the Good Times

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, April 22, 2019

Make Your Booth a Photobooth!

Booksellers love to document their Discovery Show experience on social media. Many of their followers are bookstore customers and other booksellers. You can build your brand as they build theirs by being a booth that’s fun to visit time and again for social media sharing. Consider creating a cool photobooth at your booth. Blow up a book jacket that features a space where booksellers can insert their face into the image (and story!). Or offer props (sparkly eyeglasses, carnival masks, top hat, etc.) to put on while holding up a fan or a broadside or some other prop that promotes you and is fun for them. Create an archway to stand under that’s festooned with your messaging in vivid and share-worthy ways. In other words, be creative and become a destination booth. Offer to take photos with their camera, but do take photos with yours, too, to share the good times with your followers.  

 

 

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We'd Love Your Books On Our Shelf!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, April 22, 2019

SIBA promotes six new books every month to consumers 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, with click-through to purchase. We inform our booksellers of the Shelf titles in our weekly newsletter, create an Edelweiss collection for ease of ordering, and reward them for displays. This promotion is consumer-facing and bookseller-engaged!

 

Since SIBA redesigned Lady Banks Bookshelf last year, this promotion experienced a 23% increase in audience reach (from 17K to 22.5K), a 16% jump in engagement (from 585 to 700) on social media, a 10% rise in impressions, and a 14% rise in click throughs via email. SIBA attributes the success to a more strongly focused target audience, more active engagement with member bookstores, and a fresh, more visually appealing presence that also appeals to the reader's sense of adventure and individuality.

 

What we know: Lady Banks Bookshelf titles become SIBA bestsellers. Would you like to feature an upcoming title? We have one opening in June and excellent availability in July and going forward into the year. Please contact lindamarie@sibaweb.com to reserve your space or for more information.

 

 What’s on the Shelf in May? The May collection on Edelweiss.

Shining: Ole Smoky Moonshine Family Cookbook by Jessi Baker

Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank

Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane

Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide by Tony Horwitz

Lowest White Boy by Greg Bottoms

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

 

       


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