News you can use from the Land of SIBA: April 19, 2018
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4/16: Social Media and Content Marketing with Sarah Benoit (Register now: better late than never!)
4/25: B3! Webinar: Getting your staff on Edelweiss with Jill Hendrix (more here)
4/27: Deadline to request to be a Southern Book Prize judge (click here)
5/1: Deadline to sign up for the Okra Picks Newsletter (here)

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!


The Southern Book Prize Southern independent booksellers have cast their votes for the Finalists for the 2018 Southern Book Prize. Thirty titles across eight different categories have been selected as representing the best in Southern literature. Prize categories are determined by the publisher-submitted BISAC categories of the 100+ titles originally nominated for the Southern Book Prize.

"This is a great list of books," commented Wanda Jewell, Executive Director of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. "It shows the wide range and depth of Southern literature."

Finalists go to juried panels of booksellers who will then decide on the winners in each category. Winners will be announced on July 4, "Independents Day."

2018 Southern Book Prize Finalists


SIBA is looking for eager and enthusiastic booksellers to be judges in the Southern Book Prize. As a judge, you will read and rate the finalists in one of the Prize categories. There are seven fiction categories, juvenile, and three nonfiction categories.

click here to see the nominated titles in each category

You'll send your ratings to SIBA, who will tally them to determine the winners in each category.  Your ratings are kept anonymous, but any feedback or comments you submit for any of the books may be used, with your permission, in promoting the winners and the finalists.

Any bookseller who is an owner or staff at a SIBA member store can be a judge. And SIBA will award 10 B3! points to the bookstore for each judge. So get your staff involved!

Click here to apply to be a judge


  1. Save your document with a clear name. Example: YourStoreName_Year_PressKit.pdf
  2. Include information about your location: distance from major cities, universities, airports, public transportation, etc.
  3. Is the entire document relevant to publicists? This is important.
  4. Bold important copy.

These are only a few of the things Maribeth Pelly discussed in last week's highly informative Press Kit Webinar. The webinar itself will be up soon for members to view. But in the meantime here's a link to the check list Pelly uses herself when she is updating her store's press kit:

An Easy Press Kit Checklist


Sign up deadline is May 1

"Makes me want to read so many books you review. Better than Bookpage! Love my local bookseller!" -- a Midtown Reader customer on their Okra Picks Newsletter

Inspired by the success of the Shelf Awareness for Readers concept, the Okra Picks Newsletter is exactly what it sounds like -- a newsletter featuring the current season's Okra Picks, branded to your store and sent to your store's customers, with links back to your website for purchase.

See a sample here

Sign up here


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Books & Books, The Country Book Shop, Fiction Addiction, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Novel., Parnassus, Quail Ridge Books, and The Story Shop.

**Don't forget to sign up for the upcoming webinar on Edelweiss next week!:


April 25 at 2PM: Getting your Staff on Edelweiss  with Jill Hendrix. Join Jill Hendrix of Fiction Addiction to learn how to use Edelweiss for reviews, requesting ARCs, author event proposals, etc., plus instruction on creating tags and filters to share with staff. Edelweiss is a wealth of information on the books your customers want.  And it is a wonderful way to get your store on the radar of many publishers.  Plus SIBA has her own share button where booksellers can let us know which books they love.  Earn B3! credit by attending the webinar and using Edelweiss to let us know about your fave titles.  RSVP with

9780374158378 The Electric Woman 5/1/2018 
"Her memoir of her time on the road for a season as a performer in the last traveling sideshow is more than a documentary of a freak show. It is the story of a daughter coming to terms with the woman her mother was."

9780316556347 Circe 4/10/2018
"I think I now have a crush on Daedalus."

9780763693558 Alma and How She Got Her Name 4/10/2018
"A great introduction to family history or just a lovely way to dive into the deep stories behind everyday things ( like a child's name!)."

9780143133124 The Ruin 7/3/2018
"The complex plot, the seamless intertwining of stories and the dogged determination of Cormac to find the truth takes this superb crime novel on a great journey through Ireland, and on a roller coaster ride of suspense."

9781594634925 The Art of Gathering 5/15/2018
"This book is great for the business leader, the casual dinner party host, or the person who dreams of having deeper connections with the community around them."

9780525520139 Cherry 8/14/2018
"A sparse, unflinching look at war, addiction, crime, and desperation that -- impossibly -- also happens to be hopelessly romantic and caustically funny. "

9780735221314 A Terrible Country 7/10/2018
"Part immersive travel guide, part cultural commentary (on both Russia and the US), and part coming of age/family novel with socialist revolutionaries and hockey. I loved it."

9780735231702 The Creature of the Pines 4/10/2018
"Constantly laughing out loud, with wonderful and colorful characters, it makes for a great read aloud. Pick it up as soon as you can, especially if you have elementary and middle grade boys!"

More bookseller reviews

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

In the last issue: 2018 Spring Read This Next!

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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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