News you can use from the Land of SIBA: June 13, 2019
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6/26: Publisher Picks: Fall Fiction (rsvp)
6/30: My Books and More websites shut down (what can your store do?)
7/9: Indie Next Nomination Deadline for September Titles (here)
7/10: B3! Book Club: Elizabeth Emens, Life Admin (rsvp)
7/15: Indie Next Fall Kids List Deadline (here)
7/15: Deadline to apply for Binc/Macmillan Professional Scholarships (here)
8/7: B3! Webinar: Elizabeth Emens, Life Admin (rsvp)

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Publisher Picks: Fall Fiction


Publisher Picks: Fall Fiction


Publisher Picks: Fall Fiction


On Lady Banks Bookshelf this month:

Next week on Lady Banks Pick of the Week:


Up all night reading at #SIBA19 in Spartanburg, South Carolina

September 13-15, 2019 (Friday - Sunday)
The Spartanburg Marriott 


Any vendor that gets a bookstore to the Discovery Show that has never been before can each enjoy $100 towards show expenses.

Schedule | Hotel | Register


ABAABA Membership Offer and IndieLite Promotion

In light of the recent B&T news, we are partnering with the American Booksellers Association to offer a discount on ABA membership. Members of SIBA are invited to join the ABA for the rest of the year at the discounted rate of $50. We believe association membership is vital to enable our organizations to more effectively advocate on behalf of the indie channel.

In addition to this offer, for those stores who were participants in B&T’s Books and More e-commerce platform, ABA’s IndieCommerce team is offering the following promotion: 3 months of their IndieLite platform free, followed by $25/month for the remaining 9 months of the first year. We hope by reducing start-up costs, you’ll be able to more effectively utilize the e-Commerce platform to improve sales.

The ABA member promotion is through January 31, 2020, at which time you can renew your membership for $199 for the year. ABA offers quarterly and monthly payment options. IndieLite will be $50/month after the first promotional year.

Please complete the ABA application using the promo code regional19 or contact ABA’s membership team at if you’d like to take advantage of these offers.


Jill HendrixJill Hendrix, owner of Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC, and founder of Stress Less, a blog where she shares “tools and musings to reduce stress and increase joy,” presented her approach to “Keeping Your Expenses on a Tight Leash” in a recent SIBA webinar. The webinar was interactive throughout, with Jill asking booksellers to share about various financial topics, including financial stress, and goals.

Jill described her own journey from feeling great financial stress to getting her store’s finances on track and achieving a healthier work/life balance. She explained her path to a mindset shift and how this supported initiating positive changes in her business. Some topics covered:

  • Changing your attitude toward money, expenses, and profit
  • Sorting expenses into four “houses”: rainmaking, protection, productivity, consumption
  • Evaluating expenses to determine if they are achieving their goals
  • Involving community--employees, a working group of other business owners, your bookkeeper--in the process

Jill also offered quick wins, such as opening a new bank account and transferring 2% of every cash/check deposit into that account, and making a pruning date, by creating a repeating calendar entry “Prune My Expenses,” and allowing 3-4 hours for the process. 

You can view the webinar here*
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To get Jill’s free Throttle Down to Go Big Workbook, sign up for her email list

To apply to beta-test her business coaching service, fill in the application

Books she mentioned in her presentation:

  • Profit First by Mike Michalowicz
  • The One Thing by Gary Keller
  • Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Here's a complete list of Jill’s recommended business books:


With LifeWay Christian Stores closing its brick-and-mortar locations, many of their customers are looking for Christian books from other sources, including independent bookstores. Knowing what books to bring in can be challenging for buyers who don’t know this market. While at BookExpo, SIBA reached out to HarperCollins Christian Publishing’s Dan Van Gorp, Senior Director of Independent Retail, who provided their bestselling titles at LifeWay during the last 12 months. We’ve created an Edelweiss Collection for booksellers, and will continue to add titles as we reach out to other publishers for this market.


The Independent BooksellerSIBA booksellers have a great free resource in The Independent Bookseller, a website that includes a calendar of bookselling events that you can download to your store’s Google calendar, a publishing industry directory to guide you on the relationships between publishers, imprints, distributors, and rep groups, a book award database, and more handy links and facts. Sign up for their weekly newsletter and you’ll receive news and updates, including action items on ABA, regional association, and publisher programming deadlines. Founder Robert Martin writes, "I've been creating and curating resources for independent booksellers at because I believe in independent bookstores. They are crucial to strong communities, just as they are crucial to a free, diverse, and just way of life."



Macmillan Diversity Scholarship Returns: Nine Scholarships Will be Awarded in 2019

AbacusThe Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarship, a program sponsored by the Binc Foundation and Macmillan Publishers, provides the opportunity to attend a regional fall trade show to booksellers who are underrepresented within the book industry. The application period will run from June 15th through July 15th. For full details and eligibility requirements, please see the online application here.

Fixtures for Sale:

City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, North Carolina is closing its sister store,  Catching Light Books in nearby Cullowhee. They are liquidating assets which include an Anthology POS system, some lovely trade fixtures, and the remaining merchandise (New, Used, and Non-book items; original cost ~$10K). See the list at their shared Google Drive folder | more info 

Turnrow Books for Sale

Turnrow Book Co., the 13-year-old independent bookstore located in Greenwood, MS is officially for sale. Owner Fred Carl, Jr. is currently working with his General Manager and accountant to finalize the valuation and asking price. Turnrow was founded by Jamie and Kelly Kornegay in 2006. Since then, Turnrow has been the Delta's headquarters for new books for adults and children, signings by major authors, community events, live music, and art exhibitions. Turnrow survived the financial crisis of 2008 and the rise of Amazon by adapting to online sales and curating an ever-evolving inventory of hand-selected books by its small staff. Frequently mentioned in national media as "the most beautiful bookstore in America," Turnrow has featured all manner of author visits, from intimate conversations to large-scale talks or panels with over 150 guests. Turnrow has hosted events with three Man Booker Prize winners, four Pulitzer Prize winners, two National Book Award winners, one Newberry Medal winner, one Caldecott Medal winner, and three James Beard Award winners. In the past four years, Turnrow has stepped up its commitment to local schools, bringing authors to visit with students and stocking classrooms and libraries with new books. One year ago, Turnrow was featured by the American Booksellers Association at its annual Winter Institute, which brought over a hundred booksellers and publishers from around the world to tour the store and downtown Greenwood. Turnrow was honored as Main Street Greenwood’s Retailer of the Year for 2017 and as the Greenwood-Leflore Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year for 2018.

Serious inquiries should be directed to or by calling (662) 453-5995.

Now Hiring: General Manager, Turnrow Books

Turnrow is also hiring a full time General Manager. The General Manager position would report to the store owner, unless the potential owner decides to assume the General Manager role. more info


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, Itinerate Literate, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Books, Page & Palette, Story on the Square, The Bookshelf, Underground Books, and Wordsworth Books.

9781982113162 The Need 7/9/2019
"...a thriller for those who love to question everything." -- Olivia Schaffer, The Bookshelf, Thomasville, GA

9780451491879 The Bookish Life of Nina Hill 7/9/2019
"This is a perfect read for summer or anytime you want something to warm your heart."-- Itinerant Literate, North Charleston, SC

9781250191922 The Merciful Crow 7/30/2019
"Spectacular world building and strong characters" --Sarah Carr, McIntyre's Books, Pittsboro, NC

9781538745823 Hollow Kingdom 8/6/2019
"Who knew the zombie apocalypse could be this funny" -- Lia Lent, Wordsworth Books, Little Rock, AR

9781948226226 In the Country of Women 8/6/2019
"...a book about resilience and love that beautifully celebrates the American immigrant story" -- Rachel Watkins, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

9780525509288 How to Be an Antiracist 8/20/2019
"...the perfect book for our historical moment" -- Caleb Masters, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, 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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