News you can use from the Land of SIBA: April 26, 2018
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5/1: Deadline to sign up for the Okra Picks Newsletter (here)
5/16: B3! Book Club: Your Leadership Edge (rsvp)
5/23: B3! Webinar: The Open Discussion Project and Bridging the Divide (rsvp)

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!


"It helped me de-clutter and focus on what is essential...It was very helpful to take notes and listen to her responses and critiques; her criticisms of all of the different press kits were the best part as she allowed her honest reactions and thought processes to come through rather than just leaving us to rely on her tip sheet...We're putting direct input from the webinar onto the page!" --John Cavalier, Owner of Cavalier House Books

SIBA booksellers who attended Maribeth Pelly's webinar "How to Prepare a Press Kit for your Store" are now working on creating or retooling their store press kits in advance of trips to Book Expo. Pelly, the event planner for Booktowne (NJ) and a professional marketing consultant,  live-critiqued eight press kits from small and large stores with different approaches to their events programming. Pelly noted SIBA-member stores tend to focus on their story and place in their community, which is very positive. However, she emphasized the importance of including an up-to-date grid, something lacking in most press kits critiqued, showing numbers for attendees, venue seating, and books sold at successful author events. Pelly's Easy Press Kit Checklist and Press Kit Template are now available in SIBA's Peer Brain Trust under "Working with Publishers." Pelly's next webinar with SIBA is How to Pitch Your Store to Publicists on Thursday, May 24 at 2PM. Attendees will learn how to have productive conversations with publishers at Book Expo's Speed Dating, and to stay on publishers' radar all year long. Please sign up to join us!

Read what booksellers learned


Over 80% of SIBA's bookstore members report to the New York Times Bestseller List, review books on Edelweiss, submitting to IndieNext, publishers, and SIBA plus maintain an extensive local media list. Over 90% report to the ABA Indie Bestseller List.

Combined our southern bookstores support over 1100 book clubs across the south reaching thousands of southern readers. The themes for these book clubs run the gamut and include:  Adult, Children, YA, YA for adults, Signed 1st Edition Clubs, Teen, Black Feminist Fiction, Sci Fi, Political, Mystery, Classic, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, International Literature, Women's Voices, "Monday Morning", Romance, Spanish, Small Press, Social Justice and many more.

SIBA stores combined have over 500,000 Facebook friends, over 300,000 Instagram, and over 200,000 Twitter followers.  In addition, SIBA and her stores email nearly 500,000 readers regularly. SIBA's social network reach is 22,000 on Facebook, 5000 on Twitter, and 1000 on Instagram making the total reach of SIBA and her stores well over one million!

Over 60% of SIBA bookstores attend the SIBA Discovery Show sending more and more booksellers every year increasing attendance by 10% on average since 2014.

We can carry this momentum forward into the future and imagine a day where we determine to send a message out to our million+ southern readers!


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

9781635830187 The Girl and the Grove 5/8/2018 
"The most heartwarming read of the year!"

9781635830187 The Art of Gathering 5/15/2018
"A fabulous and unusual take on the art of gathering -- whether for business or for purely social reasons."

9781492656623 Furyborn 5/22/2018
"Full of my favorite kind of character- strong, stubborn, and super-flawed."

9780316392389 Calypso 5/29/2018
"Reading these new stories was like catching up with an old friend."

9780525521228 Clock Dance 7/10/2018
"Readable comfort food that reminds us it is not only possible to make a new way in life, but it's never too late."

9781524733377 The Price You Pay 7/10/2018
"A smart, brash carnival ride with no brakes."

9781984822475 Instantly Southern 11/6/2018
"I can tell you I will be living off this book once it comes out. Delicious! "

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: The 2018 Southern Book Prize Finalists

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Thank you for your interest in SIBA,

Nicki Leone

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
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