News you can use from the Land of SIBA: May 16. 2019
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5/28: BookExpo!
6/5: B3! Webinar - Keep Your Expenses on a Tight Leash (rsvp)
6/26: Publisher Picks: Fall Fiction (rsvp)

6/30: My Books and More websites shut down (what can your store do?)

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Publisher Picks: Fall Fiction


On Lady Banks Bookshelf this month:

Next week on Lady Banks Pick of the Week:


Resources and Links for Booksellers

The book industry has responded strongly to the news that Baker & Taylor is leaving the retail book market, with publishers, wholesalers, and industry organizations each implementing special offers and programs for booksellers forced to transition away from their major supplier.  

ABA Resource List | SIBA B&T Resource Page

Reach out to SIBA with any and all questions. If we can't find the answer, we'll be able to put you in touch with someone who can:

Talk to someone face to face: SIBA's Video Office Hours are every Wednesday, 2-5 pm EST at this link:

Talk to your colleagues. The collective wisdom of the SIBA community may have all the answers you need:

More information is available on the SIBA B&T Resource Page


Schedule | Hotel | Register

SIBA’s Discovery Show in Spartanburg, SC is going to be extra special, with a full schedule of author events, educational programming, and gatherings where seeing old friends and making new ones is top of the list. SIBA's Wanda Jewell and Linda-Marie Barrett visited recently for a site visit, and met with Patricia Byrd of the Spartanburg CVB, Anne Waters, Meg Reid and Betsy Teter of Hub City Bookshop & Press, and the good folks at the Spartanburg Marriott AKA Discovery Show Central. 

The Marriott is in downtown Spartanburg, a walkable distance from restaurants, the book shop, and other beloved local attractions. The hotel is lovely, spacious, and well-appointed, featuring three restaurants, a bar, and a cafe. After the day’s activities you can settle in, schmooze, and connect with other booksellers, authors, reps, and more. Here’s a peek at where you’ll be staying.

But you won’t want to stay in the hotel the whole time. Spartanburg-affectionately known as Hub City and Sparkle City- has so much to offer culturally. Come early as we’ll be offering a variety of things to do on Thursday, September 12, including a visit to Hub City Writers Project, and The Johnson Collection Gallery. Art lovers will also want to wander down to the AC Hotel and view the 40+ objects on view at the hotel—paintings, works on paper, sculpture and textiles—created by faculty members and students at the experimental arts enclave of Black Mountain College. The collection is really extraordinary, as is the hotel’s rooftop bar!

Word on the street is that SIBA’s 2019 Discovery Show is drawing a record number of booksellers, as Spartanburg is within driving distance of so many bookstores in NC, SC, VA, TN, and GA. We want you to be there, too. Here’s a link to find out more info and register.


Are you going to BEA and pitching your store to publishers? There’s still time to create a press kit, or update your existing one. Even if you're not going to BEA, having an up-to-date press kit is invaluable for events programming and media inquiries. The following stores took part in last year’s webinars with Maribeth Pelly, the event planner for Booktowne (NJ) and a professional marketing consultant, who live-critiqued eight press kits from small and large stores with different approaches to their events programming. A number of these stores are updating their press kits for BEA, but their 2018 versions are below. Want inspiration? Take a few moments to check these out:

Here's a link to the recorded webinars (you'll need to log in to view, but so worth your time!) A Template and Checklist are also available at the above link.

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Featuring a panel of three presenters of book-centered podcasts. Annie Jones, owner of The Bookshelf and host of From the Front PorchMitchell Kaplan, owner of Books & Books and host of The Literary Life, and author Anne Bogel (AKA Modern Mrs. Darcy), host of What Should I Read Next? have developed very popular podcasts with a national audience. Booksellers looking to grow their store brands, reach more customers in their communities and beyond, and maybe even sell more books, will learn much listening to these experts share their best tips.


The discussion ranged from the very basic ("how I got started") to the more technical -- how long should a podcast be? (30 minutes to an hour for a long podcast, 7-10 minutes for short form). How much time does an episode take to produce? (Ann Bogel says it takes 2 hours to produce a seven minute show, 10-15 hours to produce a 1 hour show) Should you have a separate website for your podcast? (Yes! says Annie Jones), Do you hire production staff? ("Yes," says Mitchell Kaplan. "Absolutely," says Anne Bogel. "Well, eventually," says Annie Jones, "but I still learned how to do it on my own so I wouldn't be stuck if he moved on.") -- to the completely geeky: software and microphones, podcast hosting and broadcasting issues.

Click here to watch (you must be a SIBA member bookseller to view)


SIBA promotes six new books every month to consumers in our Lady Banks Bookshelf promotion.These titles appear at the top of our weekly Lady Banks Commonplace Book newsletter, which has a circulation of over 60k.  We also feature them above the fold on the homepage of Authors ‘Round the South and on the cover image of the ARTS Facebook page with buy links promoted to our 15,000 Facebook friends. A different member store is featured with the titles every week. 

By promoting through Lady Banks, publishers are making an investment in SIBA member bookstores’ attention and market. SIBA works with them to select titles your customers are looking for, and then we drive those customers to your stores.  It’s very worth your while to bring Lady Banks Bookshelf titles in before the month begins, and put up a display.

What’s on the shelf in June? The June Collection on EdelweissShirtless Men Drink Free available through Ingram (must be logged in to Ingram to access).



Edelweiss+Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Book No Further, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Copperfish Books, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Fine Books, Octavia Books, Oxford Exchange, Page & Palette, Parnassus Books, Quail Ridge Books, Story on the Square, The Bookshop, The Country Bookshop, and The Little Bookshop.

9780316523097 Big Sky 6/25/2019
"A new novel from Kate Atkinson is a cause for celebration, and Atkinson has outdone herself with Big Sky." -- Clara Boza, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC

9780374268121 Stay and Fight 7/9/2019
"Who decides what makes a family? Stay and Fight is a weird and wonderful story of living off the grid, communal living and the enormity of being a parent." -- Rachel Watkins, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

9780399563058 The Lager Queen of Minnesota 7/23/2019
"I’m a teetotaler from the South, and now I want to move to Minnesota and drink beer." -- Annie Jones, The Bookshelf, Thomasville, GA

9781250229830 Desdemona and the Deep 7/23/2019
"A perfect read for those who wish that just beyond your bedroom wall may exist an entire world filled with clay giants, magic, goblin kings, and wonder." -- Caleb Masters, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC

9780525516095 Sing a Song 8/6/2019
"This beautiful book is the perfect way to introduce young readers to a powerful song and to the idea that even the youngest among us can make their voice heard. " -- Angie Tally, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC

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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