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.
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An Indie 2 Indie Opportunity
NCIBA, with the help of SIBA’s Executive Director Wanda Jewell, is launching The Indie Bookseller Maker Marketplace, a way for booksellers and bookstores creating unique items to wholesale market to other bookstores. Do you make journals, cards, notebooks, magnets, buttons, bookmarks, or other items that you believe could reach a larger market? The Indie Bookseller Maker Marketplace will promote your items through regional newsletters and other industry sources.
The link with the info on how to participate is here.
Baker and Taylor's My Books and More Sites will shut down on June 30. Now is the time to sign up for the ABA Membership Offer and IndieLite Promotion
The American Booksellers Association is offering ABA members who will no longer have website support three free months of the IndieLite e-commerce service. Following the three-month free trial, the monthly hosting fee will be discounted to just $25 a month for the remaining nine months of the year. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to take advantage of these offers.
Name: Abby Fennewald
Employer: W.W. Norton
Contact info: email@example.com, cell: (202) 597-0406
States in your territory: Maryland, DC, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana (So, 12 total – yes, I count DC as a state.)
Number of years as a rep: Zero! I’m 2 months in!
Best part about being a rep: Getting to come visit so many great stores! It’s been so fun to have a reason to come see so many great stores that I had always wanted to visit, and discover new stores I didn’t know about.
What were you doing before you became a rep? I was a bookseller. I was an events manager at Politics & Prose in DC and then Marketing and Events Director at BookPeople in Austin, TX.
Do you see Edelweiss reviews from booksellers? Most of them! If I go looking they’re of course in there, and I get some notifications when you submit them to the publisher. But add me as a friend on there and I’ll see them for sure!
Do you follow any stores especially closely on social media? What are they doing right? I’ve started following many of the SIBA stores, and the best ones are the ones that allow the store’s personality to shine through, whether it’s by featuring books that other stores aren’t or having a particularly funny tone in their captions.
What can a bookseller do to make a sales call more effective? I’m very much still learning this – but for this season, what’s been most helpful are the stores who really help me get to know them – if a book doesn’t work for you, tell me why! That way I can make better suggestions the next time. I’m also really interested in getting to know booksellers in the store beyond owners and buyers, so introduce me to whomever is working the floor!
Most memorable thing that’s happened during a sales call? A buyer answered a phone call and ended up talking to another business in town about how a regular customer has been sending gifts via the bookstore to an employee at this other business. They’re all okay with the gifts, but the customer is confused about which of the employees he actually likes. Next time he calls, the bookstore is going to help him clear that up! (Now that’s customer service.)
What’s one thing you wish bookstores would do, or do more often? I’m a big fan of the pre-order campaigns stores have started. Beyond that, I think one of the most interesting things stores can do is highlight backlist titles – it’s refreshing to recall a book from years ago that has fallen off the radar. It can give a great flavor to the store.
Favorite book you’re currently promoting: Well, from the summer list my favorite is Patsy, by Nicole Dennis-Benn. From the fall, probably James Verini’s They Will Have to Die Now. It’s just incredible war reporting and a true must-read.
What three things should a bookstore have when they come to meet with you at your booth at the #SIBA19 Discovery Show? Three seems like a lot – I’m most interested in seeing press packets and talking about what kinds of books have been working well for you in the past few months, or sections you’d like to grow and work on. And, if I haven’t been to your store, show me some photos!
SIBA and participating publishers are giving away the galleys and other materials below to southern indie booksellers on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are interested simply email the publisher to request a copy. Supplies are limited, so act quickly!
Liked what you read? Let everyone know!
N.B. These are review copies only, and not for resale.
Eat. Sleep. Read. Southern.
Lulu’s Café by T. I. Lowe
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: June 4, 2019
Mass market, $7.99
“T. I. Lowe has crafted a terrific novel with characters to root for.” —Francine Rivers
When a damaged young woman is given a chance to reclaim her life in a small South Carolina town, she must reckon with the dark secrets she left behind in order to accept the love she deserves.
On the run from a violent past, Leah Allen arrived in tiny Rivertown, South Carolina, battered and broken, but ready to reinvent herself. By a stroke of fate, Leah is drawn to the Southern hospitality of a small café, looking for a warm meal but finding so much more. Lulu, the owner, offers her a job, a place to stay, and a new lease on life. Through Lulu’s tenacious warmth and generosity, Leah quickly finds herself embraced by the quaint community as she tries to put herself back together. Given she’s accustomed to cruelty, the kindness is overwhelming.
Soon Leah meets Crowley Mason, the most eligible bachelor in town. A lawyer and friend of Lulu’s, Crowley is wary of Leah’s sudden, mysterious arrival. Despite his reserve, something sparks between them that can’t be denied. But after all she’s been through, can Leah allow herself to truly love and be loved, especially when her first urge is to run?
Exploring the resiliency of both the heart and the spirit, Lulu’s Café gorgeously illustrates how old scars can finally heal no matter how deep they seem.
To request a review copy, write to Andrea Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT
Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser, Books & Books, Copperfish Books, Ernest & Hadley Booksellers, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Givens Books, Gottwals Books, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Page & Palette, Page 158 Books, Story on the Square, Sundog Books, Sunrise Books, The Country Bookshop, and Wonderland Bookshop
9781641290579 Under the Cold Bright Lights 7/2/2019
"This book is like riding a roller coaster: there's a leisurely build up to the top, but once the heads start rolling it's a wild ride." -- Lizy Coale, Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, FL
9781549173189 Swipe Right for Murder 8/6/2019
"Quirky, murdery, and fast paced!. . . Chock full of death rays, drone attacks, and Daft Punk looking assassins, Swipe Right for Murder is the definitive dark comedy of the summer!"-- Kate Townsend, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA
9781984806970 The Passengers 8/27/2019
"I would say this is absolutely one of the best books I've read in a long time. I read it so quickly that my husband wanted to read it right after." --Courtney Dziadul, Gottwals Books, Macon, GA
9781984830173 American Royals 9/3/2019
"A ridiculous, effervescent joyride of a novel. " -- Cristina Russell, Books & Books, Coral Gables, Florida
9781368024334 Grace Goes to Washington 9/3/2019
"Gorgeous illustrations full of life back up an interesting story about leadership, citizenship and compassion. I'd love to see this in school libraries!!" -- Dwan Dawson-Tape, Sundog Books, Santa Rosa, FL
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