News you can use from the Land of SIBA: March 29, 2018
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4/1: Call for nominations for the 2019 Conroy Legacy Award (here)
4/6: Deadline to register for "How to Prepare a Press Kit for Your Store" Webinar (rsvp)
4/6: Deadline to apply for BookExpo's Introduce an Indie Scholarship (here)
4/15: Deadline to Nominate a SIBA Board Member (here)
4/16: Social Media and Content Marketing with Sarah Benoit (Register now)

Important and useful links:

#SIBA18 Discovery Show
Coming up on Lady Banks' Pick of the Week
The current Southern Indie Bestsellers (PDF): HC | PB | Kids
Bookseller Benefits Package
|| The Booksellers' WaterCooler || Read This!


Expert advice on creating a press kit and pitching your store to publishers: two webinars with Maribeth Pelly. Maribeth PellyGet Your Store on the Tour! 

April 12 at 2 pm

SIBA offers you two webinars with Maribeth Pelly, event planner at BookTowne and independent marketing consultant, to make it so!

Want to be a star at Publicists Speed Dating at Book Expo? Want publishers to choose you when they plan author tours? Stand out among your colleagues by signing up for both of these upcoming webinars.

 In this webinar you'll learn:

  • How to put together a press kit.
  • How to improve an existing press kit.
  • How to highlight and format your store's most compelling selling points (and which information to leave out).

RSVP:, and include a copy of your current press kit. Deadline to register for April 12 webinar is Friday, April 6.

More info here


We also want to help you pocket some hundreds, as in dollars.  Help us recruit new exhibitors to the #SIBA18 Discovery Show, and for every first-time exhibitor that pays full price to exhibit that credits your store with bringing them in, both the bookstore and the exhibitor will receive $100 towards their show expenses.  Let your favorite vendors know how much you'd love to see them in Tampa in September and make your plans to be there.  For every new vendor you recruit, there's $100 in it for you.  

More info here


Book ExpoAnnouncing BookExpo's "Introduce an Indie" program in collaboration with SIBA and the ABA
BookExpo delivers a unique and valuable experience where independent booksellers explore the business of bookselling to increase their store's profitability and community engagement. In order to ensure up and coming booksellers can enjoy this experience, BookExpo is collaborating with the regional bookseller associations to bring eighteen new booksellers to BookExpo 2018, May 30-June 1 in NYC.
Winning booksellers must be both an ABA and SIBA member bookstore. They will be treated to a $400 AMEX gift card to pay for travel to BookExpo, a room at the official ABA hotel (The New Yorker) and a custom itinerary of meetings, education sessions and author events.
Applications must be filled out here by end of day April 6th Indie-Contest/



Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, The Country Book Shop, Fiction Addiction, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Fine Books, Quail Ridge Books, Sunrise Books, and The Story Shop

9781524767570 The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl 5/1/2018
"I found myself unexpectedly emotional at the end - I wish I could send it in a time machine to my younger self."

9781250167026 Anger Is a Gift 5/22/2018
"Mark Oshiro "gifts" the reader something extraordinary: power. I have pages marked so that I might return to them again when I need them."

9780062676788 The Word Is Murder 6/5/2018
"This story is a novel but it sure feels like a memoir. What is he up to?"

9780525633013 There There 6/5/2018
"This book captures you in it's beautiful fist and doesn't let you go."

9781594634512 Florida 6/5/2018
"I'm sure Barack Obama will love this collection as much as Fates and Furies."

9781368003551 We Don't Eat Our Classmates 6/19/2018
"I LOVED THIS BOOK! As soon as I read it, I ran around to 4 different coworkers and made them also read it."

9781250161567 Leverage in Death 9/4/2018
"I can't believe there are 47 of these and there are still new and different ways that people can kill each other."

More bookseller reviews

If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie.

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Thank you for your interest in SIBA,

Nicki Leone

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
51 Pleasant Ridge Drive, Asheville, NC 28805
Fax: 309.410.0211

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