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Reservations Now Open for the 2019 SIBA Holiday Catalog

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, April 18, 2019

2018 Holiday CatalogSIBA Holiday Catalog 2019 is now available to order advertising space! Space is very limited, so early reservations are advised.

With a circulation of 900,000 consumers, the SIBA Holiday Catalog remains one of the most popular and supported benefits of SIBA member bookstores. Catalog titles receive placement at the SIBA Discovery Show in September and ongoing support from SIBA in the holiday shopping season.

New for 2019: SIBA is increasing circulation via an electronic holiday catalog that compliments the print catalog powered by Shelf Awareness.  The first 100 titles booked will be included in email versions.

Catalog Details:

  • Circulation: 900,000 consumers
  • Deadline:August 9, 2019
  • Materials: 300 dpi 2”x4” jpg and 30 words of suggested copy
  • Billing:  charge backs will be taken by October 2020.
  • Catalog ship date: mid-September
  • Trade Show: please send 2 copies of each advertised title for placement on Ingram’s table at SIBA’s Fall Trade Show
  • Sidelines and gift product: note the special rate available for calendars, book lights, stationery, and other gift product

Earlybird Reservation Rewards: Book by May 15 to receive a 10% discount and one free reward from the following list:

  • SIBA bookstore mailing list
  • SIBA galley giveaway
  • One month placement on Lady Banks’ Bookshelf
  • Single exhibit table at SIBA’s trade Show 2018

Click HERE to book your space in this years’ Holiday Catalog!

https://www.ingramcontent.com/publishers/lp/siba

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Publisher Picks Summer Reading for Kids a Big Success!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, April 15, 2019

Last week’s B3! Webinar “Publisher Picks: Summer Reading for Kids” was a big success, notable for the diversity of titles presented, and the range of reading levels, from board books to YA. Booksellers from across SIBA territory attended, and many who couldn’t asked for the Edelweiss collection of titles and video presentation. Michelle Cavalier of Cavalier House Books was thrilled with the selection, commenting, “I love that the focus here was on small presses!! Also, love that one of the books highlighted was a bilingual title - I feel like we are seeing more and more of these every season and they work SO WELL for us. Not only do they speak to our mission of inclusivity and making all feel welcome in our shop but our teacher and librarian partners go crazy for them as there is a definite need for these in our schools! Honestly, I appreciate the diversity of the entire list, just wanted to highlight that fact. :)” A big thank you to presenters Nadia Almahdi of Little Bee Books, John D’Esposito of IPG, Catherine Onder of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Becky Monds of HarperCollins Christian Publishing.

 

Summer Reading for Kids Edelweiss Collection

Video of Summer Reading for Kids webinar

 Our next Publisher Picks webinars are:

JUNE - Fall Fiction

AUGUST - Small Presses Present Fall & Winter Lists

OCTOBER - Sidelines for Holiday Sales & Beyond

 

Please contact lindamarie@sibaweb.com if you’d like to present. There is no cost, just our booksellers’ appreciation!

Tags:  B3!webinar  Cavalier House Books  children's books  publisher picks 

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Maximizing Success at the SIBA Trade Show, Tip # 2: Become a Sponsor!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, April 15, 2019

“We don't have a small amount of time or a small amount of money committed to fulfilling our mission. As a willfully independent publisher, our investment in the SIBA Discovery Show allowed us to not only achieve critical business results, but it enabled our authors and us to initiate conversations with booksellers that unite our mutual passion and purpose as literary citizens.” –Steve McCondichie, founder of publisher Southern Fried Karma and generous sponsor at our 2018 SIBA Discovery Show and 2019 SIBA in the Springtime,


Becoming a sponsor is a such a great way to raise your visibility and deepen connections with booksellers throughout the show.We invite your creative ideas for sponsorship opportunities, and we will work with your budget to find just the right thing.


Existing Opportunities:

  • Sponsor a bookseller! For just $1000 you can bring a bookseller to the SIBA Discovery show. Many booksellers just can’t afford to come, but would love the opportunity and will forever sing your praises for making this possible. This sponsorship covers a bookseller’s hotel, meals, travel, and other incidental expenses.

  • Show Sponsorship for less than $5,999 This level includes logo placement on our Discovery Show website and emails, special sponsor drape on all exhibit tables, an enhanced listing in the Discovery Show Directory, and a waiver of all author confirmation fees.

  • Premiere Sponsorship for $5,999 This level includes all of the above AND an exclusive event opportunity at the show valued at $4800 and one FREE exhibit table.

  • Inkreadible Sponsorship for $8,999: This level includes all of the above AND one year of unlimited bookseller-targeted advertising (eBlasts, galleys &  giveaways, newsletter banner ads, etc),TWO free exhibit tables, and the opportunity to deliver an education session at the Discovery Show

Additional Opportunities:

We love coming up with creative ways to make exhibitors stand out and connect with our booksellers. Here are some ideas, and we’d love to hear yours!

  • Put your company logo or your lead title on our official hotel key cards

  • Sponsor a coffee and pastry cart in the exhibit hall

  • Sponsor a meal inspired by recipes from your fabulous new cookbook

  • Sponsor an afterhours cocktail party

  • Sponsor the bus tour of surrounding bookstores

  • Offer promotional items to include in our Exhibit Hall welcome bag to bookseller attendees

  • Offer welcome bags for bookseller hotel rooms (bottle of water, granola bar, postcard of Spartanburg, for example)


Please contact Wanda to discuss what you’d love to do as a SIBA Show Sponsor!

Tags:  discovery show  Southern Fried Karma  Sponsorship 

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Want a $100?

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Friday, April 12, 2019

You Get $100!

We want to help you pocket some hundreds, as in dollars.  Help us recruit new booksellers to the #SIBA19 Discovery Show, and for every first-time bookstore that you bring in, both you and the bookstore will receive $100 towards Discovery Show expenses.  Let your favorite booksellers know how much you’d love to see them in Spartanburg in September and make your plans to be there.  For every new bookstore you recruit, there’s $100 in it for you.  Make sure to tell the new bookstore to let us know you sent them for your $100.

Meanwhile, go ahead and get yourself registered as well. Register Now!

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!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Maximizing Success at the SIBA Discovery Show!

We’d love to see you at our SIBA Discovery Show in Spartanburg, SC in September. We’re hosting this year’s show in a city steeped in literary culture, with numerous indie bookstores close by in Spartanburg and Greenville, and many more within easy driving distance just over the border in NC, TN, and GA. Booksellers from across the south will attend to see what you and other publishers and non-book vendors have to offer their stores. Have you registered yet? Here’s a link to do that now

If you’re planning to exhibit at the upcoming SIBA Discovery Show, there are some things you can do to make the most of opportunities the show provides to connect with booksellers. Having a strategy in place to draw people to your booth is important to making the show a success for you. In the coming weeks, we’ll be offering some great tips we’ve learned over the  years.

Tip #1: Request a mailing list in advance of the show
Although it is difficult to obtain an attendee list before the event, if you are a member of SIBA you can request a mailing list of SIBA member bookstores at any time. The list includes both snail mail and email contact information. Use the list to communicate with booksellers in advance of the show. Reminding them of a booth signing or offering a small give-away they can pick up at the booth is an effective way to generate traffic to your exhibit space. Consider making appointments during show hours to meet them, hear what they need, and how you might meet those needs. Start connecting now to build relationships that will translate into winning opportunities for you and indie bookstores.

 

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Let’s Meet at Book Expo!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Let’s Meet at Book Expo!


SIBA’s Zone of Influence is mighty: 850 indie booksellers x one million readers=unbeatable promotion of your authors and frontlist titles. Let’s meet and discuss how we can partner with you to bring new titles and promotions you’re excited about to our audience. We’re setting up appointments to meet industry folks who want to learn more about SIBA’s 2019 Discovery Show in Spartanburg, SC, our annual Holiday Catalog, and our targeted promotions to member booksellers and a wide consumer audience. We’d love to meet with you! Please email lindamarie@sibaweb.com to schedule a meeting with Wanda Jewell, Executive Director of SIBA and Linda-Marie Barrett, Assistant ED. We look forward to hearing from you!


Please check out our 2019 Press Kit for details on our promotions.

 

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Would you like to be part of a future Publisher Picks session with SIBA Booksellers?

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Would you like to be part of a future Publisher Picks session with SIBA Booksellers?

SIBA’s new Publisher Picks program brings publishers and booksellers together outside of store visits and the Discovery Show. The opportunity to present will be particularly beneficial to SIBA member publishers whose reps may not get to visit all 150 SIBA member stores. And what’s more--it’s free!


What's involved: Every other month SIBA hosts sessions on Zoom where publishers, editors, and reps promote their favorite new titles to booksellers. Booksellers will earn B3! Points (which translate into dollars to pay for SIBA dues and events) for attending, get to know the territory’s reps, and discover some new titles to add to their store shelves. Buyers and frontline booksellers are encouraged to attend.

 

Would you like to present your titles at a future session? Please email lindamarie@sibaweb.com. We have openings for the following sessions:

 

JUNE - Fall Fiction

AUGUST - Small Presses Present Fall & Winter Lists

OCTOBER - Sidelines for Holiday Sales & Beyond


Tags:  B3! Webinars  Publisher picks 

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In Search of Some Wonderful Southern Stories

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Tuesday, March 12, 2019

It starts with a book.

We are looking for a dozen or so wonderful southern books.
 

TRIO is a traveling exhibit of art, music and literature that celebrates the inspirational power of great storytelling. Conceived by Shari Smith of Working Title Farm, TRIO is a testament to the way words, music and art can come together around the power of a single story. Each TRIO starts with a book, which is given to a musician who writes a song, and a visual artist who creates a work of art, each inspired by the story.

The TRIO exhibit debuts at the SIBA Discovery Show, and then travels around the South, hosted and sponsored by SIBA member bookstores. The cost to place your book in TRIO is $2900.

Contingent upon acceptance, placement in the TRIO exhibit means:

  • Your Book is traveled, promoted to bookstores, booksellers, art patrons, and music fans throughout the south all year long.

  • Exclusive launch at #SIBA19, the TRIO Exhibit is prominently displayed throughout the entire weekend of the Discovery Show.

  • A full year of cross promotion on social media from the songwriter plus the visual artist, plus continual social media on the TRIO Facebook page, and across SIBA’s 50,000 social media contacts

  • $1200 rebate in SIBA advertising

  • A Lady Banks feature of your TRIO title

Contact Wanda Jewell at wanda@sibaweb.com for placement information. Learn morehere.

Here's what writers have to say about TRIO:

"I can say this about my TRIO experience: I have sold out at every event I attended. But TRIO is not just about sales, it's about the family created among writers, visual artists and songwriters. And that family is unparalleled. I have met folks that are woven into my fabric for the rest of my life."
-Bren McClain, author of One Good Mama Bone

"Trio has been a wonderful experience. To see and hear your book through the talents of people like artist Robert Oren Eades and musician Radney Foster is something you do not expect when you sit down to write, but once the works come together they form a holistic artifact that is undeniably more powerful than a single book, a single piece of art, a single song. Trio has gotten my book into hands that may have otherwise never held it, and it has gotten my words into the eyes and ears of people who may never read them."
-Wiley Cash, author of The Last Ballad

Let us know if you'd like your title considered for Trio '20.

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Independent Bookstore Day and a Call for Submissions

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, February 28, 2019

Independent Bookstore Day
What are you doing for Independent Bookstore Day?

Independent Bookstore Day 2019 (IBD) is coming up on April 27. SIBA knows that many authors and book industry people pitch in as honorary booksellers, or volunteer storytime leaders, or impromptu bar tenders, or any number of other incarnations at their local indies.

If you or your authors will be spending IBD at a SIBA member store, let us know about it. IBD events are given extensive coverage in the Lady Banks newsletter and on SIBA's "ARTS" facebook page.

Call for submissions:

Lady BanksLeading up to Independent Bookstore Day, the Lady Banks newsletter will also be featuring a series of columns from writers on the value and importance of independent bookstores. Participating writers include Silas House, Taylor Brown, Bren McClain, Mark Powell, Julie Cantrell and Chris Offutt.

Columns will be published in future editions of the Lady Banks newsletter and shared on social media.

Authors who would like to submit a column should email it to Nicki Leone, nicki@sibaweb.com. Length should not exceed 500 words. Longer pieces may be edited for length. Please include an author photo and short bio with your submission.

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Would you like to be part of a future Publisher Picks session with SIBA Booksellers?

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Would you like to be part of a future Publisher Picks session with SIBA Booksellers?

SIBA is offering a new program to bring publishers and booksellers together outside of store visits and the Discovery Show: Bi-Monthly Publisher Picks via Zoom!  These sessions will be particularly beneficial to SIBA member publishers whose reps may not get to visit all 150 SIBA member stores.

 

What's involved: Every other month SIBA hosts sessions where publishers and their editors and reps can promote their favorite new titles to booksellers. Booksellers will earn B3! Points (which translate into dollars to pay for SIBA dues and events) for attending, get to know the territory’s reps, and discover some new titles to add to their store shelves. Buyers and frontline booksellers are encouraged to attend.


SIBA just hosted Small Presses Present their Spring & Summer Lists this week.  Michael Reynolds, Editor in chief of independent publisher, Europa Editions, Carin Siegfried, the Mid-Atlantic field sales representative at Macmillan, Emily Midkiff, editorial assistant and marketing director at Month9Books, Meg Reid, Director of Hub City Press, and Lynn York, publisher of Blair presented spring and summer titles to an audience of booksellers that included bookstore owners, buyers, and frontline booksellers. 


Would you like to present your titles at a future session? Please email lindamarie@sibaweb.com. Space is limited for each session. Our 2019 schedule, including the theme for each presentation, is below:


APR - Summer Reading for Kids

JUN - Fall Fiction

AUG - Small Presses Present Fall & Winter Lists

OCT - Sidelines for Holiday Sales & Beyond


Tags:  B3! Webinars  publisher picks  rep picks 

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