News you can use from the Land of SIBA: July 11, 2019
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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)
9/13: #SIBA Discovery Show

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Publisher Picks: Fall Fiction

#SIBA19 Discovery Show


On Lady Banks Bookshelf this month:

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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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On Wednesday, June 26 at 2PM EST, SIBA hosted “Fall Fiction” as part of our Publisher Picks: Best Bets for SIBA Booksellers series.  In this bi-monthly series, publishers, editors, marketing directors, and reps present their favorite frontlist titles via Zoom to booksellers. Besides forging important connections with publishers and their reps, attending booksellers discover new titles to add to their store shelves and earn 10 B3! points. The following industry folks presented: Eric Svenson, sales representative for HarperCollins, Bob Werber, sales representative for IPS, Gavin Grant, publisher of Small Beer Press, Tina Deniker, Southern regional in-house sales manager for Penguin Young Readers, and Amanda Bostic,  publisher of Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction.

Edelweiss Collection of Presented Books

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Celebrate the importance of indie bookstores on Amazon's Prime Day

San Francisco’s Green Apple Books has created social media posts to bring attention to the value of indie bookstores on Amazon’s Prime Day, which begins Monday, July 15. Green Apple is encouraging all indie bookstores to make use of the posts, customizing with store photos that reflect the importance of shopping local and supporting community. 

  • “On this #PrimeDay, remember that Amazon won’t bring scores of authors to your community for FREE events each year. #ShopLocal” (with a photo from an event or of a famous author at the store)

  • “On this #PrimeDay, remember that Amazon won’t entertain your kids with a FREE drag queen story hour. #ShopLocal” (with a photo from recent event)

  • “On this #PrimeDay, remember that you can’t get engaged to your fellow booklover at Amazon. #ShopLocal” (with a photo of a couple that recently got engaged at the store)

  • “On this #PrimeDay, remember that Amazon won’t reinvest all its money in your neighborhood to keep local cafes, restaurants, services, and schools thriving. #ShopLocal” (with a photo of neighboring shops)

  • “On this #PrimeDay, remember that Amazon won’t donate a gift card to your school fund-raiser. #ShopLocal” (with a photo of envelopes to schools with the store’s return address)

  • “On this #PrimeDay, remember that Amazon employees aren’t represented by a union. #ShopLocal #UFCW #ShopUnion” (with a photo of the store’s collective bargaining agreement)

  • “On this #PrimeDay, remember that you never have to pay an annual fee for $.99 shipping at #ShopLocal” (with a photo advertising 99-cent shipping on the store site)


Edelweiss+Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Book No Further, Bookmiser, Books & Books, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Books, Octavia Books, Oxford Exchange, Page & Palette, Page 158 Books, Quail Ridge Books, Righton Books, Square Books, Story on the Square, The Country Bookshop, The Little Bookshop, Wonderland Bookshop, and Wordsworth Books

After the Flood Layla's Happiness Dominicana 
Hungry Jim She's the WorstAmerican Royals 

9780062889362 After the Flood 9/3/2019
"The issues of trust, family and loss were powerfully drawn and made for a riveting read!" -- Stephanie Crowe, Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL

9781592702886 Layla's Happiness 9/3/2019
"This story of family, community, love & happiness reads beautifully and leads to wonderful, important conversations."-- Cristina Russell, Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL

9781250205933 Dominicana 9/3/2019
"Dominicana offers a wonderful glimpse into the universal story of risks and love and the powerful pull of family and traditions." --Laura Taylor, Oxford Exchange, Tampa, FL

9781452149875 Hungry Jim 9/3/2019
"A little bit WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, a little bit MR. TIGER GOES WILD, but wholly it's own." -- Hannah DeCamp, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

9781534436589 She's the Worst 9/3/2019
"A sweet, fun book about sisterhood." -- Jennifer Jones, Bookmiser, Roswell, GA

9781984830173 American Royals 9/3/2019
"American Royals has the juiciness of Gossip Girl with the excitement of Princess Diaries." -- Deanna Bailey, Story on the Square, McDonough, GA

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