Okra Picks: The Booksellers' Guide
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There's always a crop of great new books growing in the South...

The Okra Picks are a dozen and a half fresh titles chosen each season that SIBA Indie Bookstores want to handsell. These books are be southern in nature but can cover any genre, not just fiction. Southerners love their writers, and we want to be at the forefront of bringing them a strong selection of southern titles not to be missed each season. Modeled on the popular "Indie Next" lists but with a distinctive Southern flavor, SIBA's Okra Picks bring a harvest of good Southern reading to your customers.

The Okra Picks program demonstrates the important role of independent booksellers in creating early buzz for a book, and creating the momentum that can make a book a success. They are an early spotlight on books that are likely to "go national." On any given week an Okra Pick title can be found on the Southern Independent Bestseller List, and they show up at the end of the year when "Best of the Year" lists start to be published. They go on to be popular gifts during the holidays, and book club picks when they are released in paperback.

Okra Picks Resources

Current Okra Picks | Okra Picks Nominating Form | Okra Picks Sales Report
Logos & Art (ZIP archive) | Bookstore Marketing Assets


Which books are eligible?

Books must be set in the South, or by a Southern author, or both. Okra Picks targets forthcoming books that are receiving early buzz, so nominations must be for titles pubbing within the period of each Okra season.

Are self-published books eligible?

If they meet the above criteria and can be ordered at industry standard terms.

Who can nominate books?

Only SIBA Member Booksellers can nominate books. Nominations can be emailed to okrapicks@sibaweb.com or, you can use our new nomination form.

How can I nominate a book that hasn't been published yet?

Keep an eye on your inbox! SIBA sends out regular "Galleys & Giveaways" email alerts with offers of review copies of forthcoming books.

Why aren't there bookmarks printed for each Okra Pick title?

Publishers must request bookmarks to be created for their Okra Pick title.

B3! Points & Actions

Action # Points
Nominate an Okra pick 2
Report your Okra Picks sales (must sell 10 or more books total) 50
Post photos of your in-store displays of Okra Picks titles to Facebook and tag SIBA at facebook. com/ReaderMeetWriter 25
Use the #okrapicks hashtag on your social media accounts 2

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Peer Brain Trust- Links, documents, marketing and publisher resources related to the Okra Picks.
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Bookmark: The Yellow House Link Administration 8/1/2019
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Mark Your Calendar Link Administration 8/1/2019
2019 Summer Okra Picks Flyer Link Administration 8/1/2019
Okra Picks Logo Round (low res) PNG (47.61 KB) Administration 2/23/2016
Okra Pick Shelf Talker PDF (783.51 KB)  more ] Administration 7/1/2015
Okra logo slit cards PDF (599.71 KB)  more ] Administration 7/2/2015
Okra Picks Logo JPG (46.28 KB) Administration 4/15/2014