News you can use from the Land of SIBA: July 26, 2018
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Winner Receives $1000 - It Could Be YOU!

2014 Winner 

SIBA Booksellers are a creative bunch, are they not? Each year at the Discovery Show SIBA sponsors a table display contest for the winners of the Southern Book Prize right on the exhibit floor. Participating stores set up their tables the day before the exhibits open, and then exhibitors, attendees, and presenters all vote during the show for their favorite display. The store with the winning display receives a $1000 cash prize.  Your display can promote one, some or all of the 2018 Southern Book Prize Winners

The deadline to sign up is August 15th and at least eight (8) stores must enter for the contest to take place.

See earlier entries, and winners, fill out this form and show off your Southern Book Prize style! Enter Here!



Driving Eureka! Problem Solving with Data Driven Methods and the Innovation Engineering System 

by Wanda Jewell

Doug HallDoug Hall is fascinating.  I remember when he came out with Jump Start Your Brain and I was so impressed with his energy and mindset.  I was given the opportunity back then to visit his Eureka! Ranch and many times have looked back on that missed opportunity with regret. When I saw that he was going to be at Winter Institute in Memphis, TN, and that Richard Hunt of AdventureKeen was his publisher, I was determined to secure that opportunity again.  I didn't know then that Doug Hall is a Robin Hood of sorts.  He works with the largest corporations to provide the funds to give back to the smaller companies, like indie bookstores.  

Fast forward, Doug Hall invites all of the Regional Boards and Staffs to Eureka Ranch for two and a half days. Booksellers are calling me to find out - What is he selling? What's the deal? Why is he doing this? - and this is why - Doug Hall's mission is to "change the world through systems that enable innovation by everyone, everywhere, every day." And I'm hear to tell you two things: 1. He is well on his way. 2. You want to be part of this.

Doug Hall is an inventor, researcher, and author. He’s a chemical engineer by education who rose to the rank of Master Marketing Inventor at Procter & Gamble. At P&G, using the principles that would become Innovation Engineering, his team of three invented and shipped a record nine innovations in just twelve months. He’s been named one of America’s top innovation experts by A&E Top 10, Inc. MagazineThe Wall Street Journal, DATELINE NBC, CNBC, CIO Magazine, and the CBC.

Innovation Engineering is a new field of academic study and leadership science focused on System Driven Innovation. It applies Dr. Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge, made famous in manufacturing during the 1980s, to strategy, innovation, and how we work together. It’s taught as an undergraduate minor and graduate certificate on college campuses and through off-campus executive education programs that include Innovation Engineering Black Belt (mastery), Silver Belt (leadership), and Blue Belt (innovators).

I'm so excited and grateful that Doug has agreed to spend time with SIBA Booksellers.  He will be at Innisbrook for a four hour session with booksellers on Wednesday morning.  Everyone can innovate and Doug will share the tips & tricks to getting to the meaningful uniqueness that translates into innovations. Don’t just take my word for it!

"The days spent at Eureka! Ranch were among the most productive of any "retreat" I've been involved in...and, I've been involved in many. Doug guided us through numerous ways of thinking about issues and creating innovative solutions. I would encourage everyone to take advantage of Doug's amazing sessions."- Chuck Robinson (former owner Village Books, founder of Chuck Robinson Associates)

"The weekend retreat at Eureka! Ranch made me re-think many of my processes and systems, compelling me to break down the walls of the stagnant models I had build and relied upon. I've since utilized the training I received to better empower my staff, freeing up more of my time for innovation and creative work. I highly recommend training with Doug Hall."--Nicole Sullivan (Bookbar)

"The (free) tools that Doug Hall provided through his Innovation Engineering allow me to approach challenges with a new perspective and a structure by which to engage and empower others around me in meaningful ways."-Ann Seaton (NCIBA Staff)

"Doug's weekend retreat at the Eureka! Ranch was a fully comprehensive weekend filled with information, knowledge, innovation, excitement, and ideas.....ideas.....ideas!!! I highly recommend anyone to take advantage of an opportunity to be a part of this program!"--Donna Fell (Sparta Books)

"Doug's retreat at the Eureka! Ranch was one of the most creative experiences I've had in a training session. He really helped me think outside the box. His ability to be innovative and to explain his concepts to us was unique and downright inspiring. To have the opportunity to sit in a session with him would be a real treat not to be missed!" --Stephanie Crowe (Page & Palette)


The #SIBA18 exhibitor listing is being updated weekly as new vendors sign up for the Discovery Show. Booksellers can see a list of the exhibtors, along with whatever fall order specials they have in place for the holiday season. Note that often the show specials don't require being on site to take advantage of them, although naturally coming to the show brings a host of other advantages!

Register for #SIBA18 here.

University Press of Florida 

Univesrity of Press of Florida

Outstanding books on history, culture, literature, the arts, natural history, gardening, and cooking in the Southeast and beyond. Great gift books through Seaside Publishing. Show Special: 48% trade discount titles; 45% short discount titles; no minimum fee; free freight. Good through October 26 with code SIBA18.

Matchbook Marketing 

Matchbook Marketing

Matchbook is a marketing firm dedicated solely to independent bookstores. Sign up at our booth and receive $100 off any website package and/or $200 off our coop-based Dec/Jan print newsletter for first-time participants.




Fall Discovery Show Special!!! FREE FREIGHT on a minimum of 35 copies.



On Friday, July 20, booksellers from McIntyre’s Books, Quail Ridge Books, and The Country Bookshop gathered for a SIBA Bookseller Revival.  SIBA Board member Kimberly Daniels Taws presented with Josh Floyd of IngramSpark, giving an overview of how bookstores are utilizing Ingram Sparks’ services in various ways. Kimberly and her team shared their experiences working with local authors, and their approach to publishing with IngramSpark. They help local authors publish their own work, or publish for them. Their services include project management, local expertise, and quality book production. The Country Bookshop has published two authors under their imprint, with plans for more. They also offer authors resources to DIY.

Ingram Sparks’ Josh Floyd explained how his program works in bookstores across the country in ways similar to Kimberly’s, from being a part of a program offered to authors, to becoming the printer for a bookstore’s imprint. He praised Eagle Eye Book Shop of Decatur, GA for their success with offering marketing services. Josh also offered samples of store and business-branded journals, produced by IngramSpark, and an example of a calendar that stores could replicate if they wanted to do a store or community calendar.

Booksellers spent the afternoon brainstorming for next year’s Independent Bookstore Day, NC-Piedmont Style. Look for some great things to happen for the twelve indie stores participating!

Praise from attendees:

"This revival session was jam-packed with good information. My coworker felt we picked up more in that short period that was useful to our store going forward than any other education we participated in this year. It was intimate enough that we felt we had meaningful participation and had opportunities to ask questions/ hear from our fellow booksellers. In short, we look forward to attending our next one!”--Keebe Fitch, McIntyre's Books, Pittsboro, NC

"I thought the revival was terrific.  Josh gave a really valuable presentation on using Ingram Spark for setting up a bookstore publishing program. Having Kimberly's first-hand experience with it made it even more useful. I couldn't scribble notes and ideas down fast enough. Equally valuable was the opportunity to network with a few other stores in our area. With inspiration from Josh's presentation and the ability to brainstorm on the spot we were able to flesh out a whole campaign for promoting our stores, NC authors, and Independent Bookstore day through next year! Something that would have taken months of emails otherwise and wouldn't have been half as good (or fun). Thanks to SIBA for giving us this opportunity - and to Ingram for a great program, continued support - and lunch!”--Sarah Goddin, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC

"Thank you to everyone who came to the revival. We missed those of you who couldn’t join us! Josh did a fantastic job representing IngramSpark, a company that is truly changing the game of what is possible for our stores.” --Kimberly Daniels Taws, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC


Name:  Janet Geddis

Store and location: Avid Bookshop with two locations in Athens, Georgia

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Number of years as a bookseller: 7

Best part about being a bookseller?: You know this is an impossible question, right? Today I will say this: I have been blown away by the breadth and depth of friendships I've formed as a result of my bookseller role. From publisher reps to authors to coworkers to customers, I have a community of people who really understand me; after all, we speak a common language--the language of books. 

HeartbreakerWhat book(s) are you reading?: I just started Jessica Handler's 2019 novel, The Magnetic Girl. I'm a huge Jessica Handler fan and am loving it already. Yesterday I finished Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey and Jason Reynolds's For Every One

Favorite handsell of 2018: Issue one of Good Company magazine (from Design*Sponge founder Grace Bonney)

Best thing you did this year at your store: We've always made it known that we're in support of human rights, free speech, and anti-discrimination, but this year we've become even more outspoken.Through various in-store and offsite events and initiatives, we remind readers far and wide that we see them and want to hear all stories. 


Avid Bookshop Avid Bookshop Childrens Avid at 5 Points

Social Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc): 
9,336 Twitter followers
8,343 Facebook followers
12.8k Instagram followers

What are some ways you work with your community? In addition to frequent events and book clubs, we have two initiatives that allow us to participate meaningfully as Athens citizens: #avidgivesback and #avidinschools. These programs are ways for us to donate volunteer time, money, and in-kind donations to nonprofits, schools, and organizations that are making our city--and our world--better places. One example is the #avidgivesback project dreamt up by bookseller/author Will Walton. For every copy of his May 2018 novel (I Felt a Funeral, In My Brain) that was preordered at Avid, the bookselling staff committed to 25 minutes of volunteer time at the Athens Community Council on Aging's Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program. 

Do you have any community partners you work with regularly? Yes, we have so many community partners it's hard to name drop just a few! From various departments and clubs at UGA to famous rock clubs downtown to our nonprofit arthouse cinema to the Clarke County School District to our local library to the leisure services department, we work with groups that touch the lives of nearly every part of the Athens population. 

Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life? I definitely have passions that carry over into my bookselling life! I'm a professional patient advocate, writer, and speaker at, and I've used skills honed in that role to be more of an advocate for my staff and for myself as a small business owner. Oh, and my two cats, who make frequent appearances under the #petsofavid Instagram hashtag. 

Top priority for 2018: We're more than halfway done with the year, and I'm not sure I've made as much progress as I'd wanted to by now on one of my goals: to streamline the business, cut down on costs, and improve our profit margin. I know this is everyone's goal, but I'm making it a priority this year. Slow and steady wins the race, I hope!

Favorite SIBA programming benefit: While not listed as a specific benefit when you sign up for membership, the access we have to Linda-Marie and Wanda has been invaluable. To have two industry experts always eager and willing to pick up the phone or exchange some emails about unexpected issues or fun new ideas is amazing. 



Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Bookstore Number 1, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Lemuria, Malaprop's, McIntyre's Books, Square Books, The Country Bookshop, The Oxford Exchange, The Story Shop, Underground Books, and Union Ave. Books.

9781250020666 Rush 8/21/2018
"Rush is chock-full of many surprises. Patton presents all the fun parts of a sorority: the life-long friendships, exciting rush week, sympathetic and loving staff; and combines it with real life."

9780802128232 Small Fry 9/4/2018
"A fascinating and sometimes disturbing look at the man behind the genius of Apple."

9780062564047 Pride 9/18/2018
"As much as I love shorter books sometimes, this one I wanted to be longer. This is one of the best retellings [of Pride and Prejudice] I have read to date."

9781555978181 Sribe 10/2/2018
"Folkloric, tragic, and surreal. "

9781501167942 Southern Discomfort 10/2/2018
"One of those stories which reads more like southern Gothic fiction, but is as real as it can get. "

9780525559702 The Winters 10/16/2018
"I'm a big fan of the gothic novel, so a modern retelling of du Maurier's Rebecca is RIGHT up my alley."

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