FIRST THINGS FIRST:
6/1: Summer Okra Pick Nominations are due (here)
6/15: Deadline to submit to ABACUS (here)
6/20: B3! Webinar - Creating and
Managing a Successful Online Sales Campaign with Kelly Justice (rsvp)
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Coming up on Lady Banks' Pick of the Week
The current Southern Indie Bestsellers (PDF): HC | PB | Kids
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LADY BANKS GETS A NEW BOOKSHELF
SIBA's most popular consumer-targeted promotion gets an upgrade
Beginning in June, SIBA is updating one of its regular promotions to better benefit its member bookstores. "Lady Banks Bookshelf" is a collection of six books that are promoted for the month on Facebook and in the Lady Banks newsletter and AuthorsRoundtheSouth.com website. Publishers pay for placement, and books click through to a page on ARTS where they can purchase the book from a SIBA member store.
What is changing?
1) The store selection will no longer be random. Instead, a new store will be featured each week. Stores will be notified in advance when their week is scheduled.
2) The promotion will now take users to a mobile-friendly, easily shareable page promoting both the current books and the store for the week. All books will click through to the store's website for purchase.
3) Boosted promotions will now target audiences located geographically near the store.
4) Although the promoted books will still remain constant for an entire month, the promotion will refresh its look weekly, with new images, banners, tag lines, and social media posts.
5) Stores will be able to tag and share Lady Banks Bookshelf directly with their customers. Stores can also create Lady Banks Bookshelf pages on their own websites, making it easier for customers to view all the promoted books.
Sample banner for websites and newsletters:
LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD . . . PHOTOS!
Please help SIBA to help you!
In order to better promote her members to the book industry and the reading public, SIBA is developing an image archive of its member bookstores. We're seeking high-resolution images of store logos, store signs, storefronts, interior shots, events, and store owners and staff. Photos can be emailed email@example.com. Please include any necessary accreditation, and identification of store personnel. Members will earn B3 credit for every photo submitted.
FOUR SIBA BOOKSELLERS RECEIVE BINC HIGHER EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS
Twenty-seven booksellers have been selected to receive more than $100,000 as part of the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation's 2018 Higher Education Scholarship Program. Providing financial assistance to help booksellers achieve their dreams is one of the most rewarding parts of maintaining the bookseller safety net, according to Binc Executive Director Pam French. "Booksellers are people who make the world a better place. We hope that by providing them with the opportunity to learn and grow through higher education, we are helping them change the world even more," she said. "Congratulations to all of the college scholarship winners!"
Four of the recipients are SIBA booksellers: Abigail Parkes of FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, GA, Hannah Richardson of Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC, Sarah Skinner of Island Bookstore in Duck, NC, and Julie Wade of Downtown Books & News in Asheville, NC.
A list of scholarship recipients, including their goals and favorite books, can be found here. Information about how bookstore employees can apply for the 2019 Higher Education Scholarship Program will be released early next year.
ISN'T IT TIME YOU LOOKED AT EDELWEISS+?
Did you know that SIBA member bookstores have submitted over 500 reviews of books on Edelweiss+ in the last three months? The option to post reviews to SIBA at the same time as they are sent to Indie Next and publishers has proved so convenient and effective that SIBA regularly receives 20+ reviews from booksellers every week. You see some of the highlights below. But from our perspective here at SIBA, having such enthusiastic feedback has been invaluable. When eight different booksellers post rave reviews of Tommy Orange's book, There There, that tells us it's going to be an important title for SIBA members!
But Edelweiss is not just a tool for requesting review copies and posting reviews. Stores use it to communicate with sales reps, create and track orders, gauge the general interest in forthcoming books, research selections for book clubs and community groups, identify potential future events, and inform their staff about forthcoming books.
Watch last month's B3 Webinar, "Getting Your Staff on Edelweiss" to hear Jill Hendrix, owner of Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC, explain the many ways she uses Edelweiss in her store and encourages her staff to participate as well.
THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT
Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, The Country Bookshop, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, McIntyre's Books, Novel., Page 158 Books, Quail Ridge Books, Sunrise Books, and Underground Books.
9780802128508 Evolution 9/11/2018
" There's revolution in EVOLUTION, for sure. There's also something very close to revelation in it too."
9780399574221 The Line That Held Us 8/14/2018
"With the Southern grit of Daniel Woodrell and the rich Appalachian cadence of Ron Rash, David Joy is the new voice of Southern noir. "
9781250166623 Bob 5/1/2018
"Friends come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes they are even green with chicken feathers"
9780062673657 All of This Is True: A Novel 5/15/2018
"Before you even pack the sunscreen, put this fast-paced, multi-tiered thriller right on top of the beach bag."
9780525522119 My Year of Rest and Relaxation 7/10/2018
"A wonderful and oddly comic story that we all probably relate more to than we'd like to admit. "
9780062665652 Scream All Night 7/24/2018
"The book is everything the best B Horror movies are- hilarious, haunting and entertaining. "
9781481470377 Ocean Meets Sky 5/15/2018
"This is one of the most stunning picture books I've seen, and it deserves every award ever. "
9781684421633 The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival 8/21/2018
"quick and enjoyable read, but it includes some pretty heavy themes that kind of sneak up on you."
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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