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8/7: B3! Webinar: Elizabeth Emens, Life Admin (rsvp)
8/15: Deadline to order imprinted holiday catalogs (here)

8/15: Deadline: Four Questions Survey (here)
9/1: Fall Okra Pick Nominations Due (here)
9/13: #SIBA19 Discovery Show (register)
9/19: Deadline to order non-imprinted holiday catalogs (here)

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#SIBA19 Discovery Show


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

Don't leave it to the last minute! Registration is open for SIBA Discovery Show, September 13-15 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

Hollins Exposition Services Provides Bookseller Shipping at SIBA Discovery Show in Spartanburg, SC


Booksellers flying into the Discovery Show often want to ship items home, and SIBA provides this service. We also want the pricing to be transparent so everyone understands what they are being charged. On-site bookseller shipping services is provided by Hollins Exposition Services.

Bookselling shipping will be available from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the exhibit hall on Sunday, September 15.

There is a charge of $15 per box which covers labeling, taping, transporting back to Greensboro, off loading and delivery to UPS for outbound shipping.  This is in addition to the regular UPS charges which are based on weight and dimensions. 

There is also a UPS store 3 miles from the Marriott Spartanburg, and a US Postal Office a half mile away.


The SIBA Discovery Show is only a little over a month away, which means that bookstores should be creating their plan of action now to make the best use of the show. The current list of exhibitors is now available, and show specials are being added daily.

Note, especially, the listings in red and dark blue. These are show sponsors, and first-time exhibitors:

Bookish Birds -- A #SIBA19 First Time Exhibitor!

We upcycle old books into new gifts, creating page art and ornaments using pages of books destined for the trash. We love our bookstore partners (many are SIBA members) and look forward to meeting more booksellers and discussing our designs. SIBA special: Free shipping on orders of $250 or more.

Stylus Publishing -- A #SIBA19 First Time Exhibitor!

Stylus publishing focuses on higher education, covering such areas as teaching and learning, student affairs, professional development, and gender racial diversity on campus. We distribute clients such as Mercury Learning & Information and Baseball Prospectus Books. SIBA special: Buy 5 copies of Baseball Prospectus books, Get 1 free

SIBA19: Authors | Schedule | Exhibitors | Attendees | REGISTER!


There are so many things coming up at the show this year but I'm particularly excited about our Milk & Cookies Pajama Silent Reading Gathering on Friday night.  These are a few of my favorite things: cookies, pjs, books, and reading with friends - I imagine this could be a great event for bookstores to host and I'll let you know how easy it is.  The hardest part may be picking out my pajamas.  I hope everyone will bring their book and settle in for a couple of hours of community silent reading.  I think this could be healing.  Let's find out.

Hub City Press

Saturday Night Hub City Press is hosting a blow-out celebration after the Readers Dinner.  It's right across the street from the hotel and will be a night to remember.  Spartanburg is so excited we are bringing all of you to their town and they want to show us a good time.  So make sure to put this event on your dance card.  You don't want to miss it.  Drinks are on Hub City!



SIBA Holiday Catalog

Outside of the Discovery Show, the Holiday Catalog is SIBA's most popular member benefit. A gift-giving resource for your customers, it features options for every kind of reader. This great tool for selling books is beloved by booksellers and customers across the South, with a reach of almost a million readers.

The Holiday Catalog has Print, Email, and Web components, allowing you to maximize your catalog sales across all your sales platforms: in-store, online, and via your store mailing lists.

Don't wait to sign up -- no extra copies are printed, so once the ordering deadline has passed, they will no longer be available.

Important Dates:

August 15: Deadline to order imprinted Catalogs
September 19: Deadline to order non-imprinted catalogs

Click here to place your catalog order.

Click here to read more about the Holiday Catalog, including the new Catalog Email Newsletter, powered by Shelf Awareness

Print | Email (NEW!) | Web


John D'Esposito

Name: John D’Esposito

Employer: Independent Publishers Group (IPG)

States in your territory:Alabama (AL), Arkansas (AR), Florida (FL), Georgia (GA), Kentucky (KY), Louisiana (LA), Mississippi (MS), North Carolina (NC), South Carolina (SC), Tennessee (TN), and Virginia (VA).

Number of years as a rep: This is my first year as a rep. It has been an eye-opening experience as I’ve now looked into the world of independent booksellers and their effect on communities and the consumption of all types of literature.

Best part about being a rep: Working closely with the dedicated independent bookstore employees, seeing the enthusiasm and passion the publishing industry shares, better understanding the customer base in each region, and having a small influence on how and where great literature finds its home.

What were you doing before you became a rep? Most recently I worked for HarperCollins in New York as a Foreign Rights Associate, where I sold translation rights into over thirty-five territories for four major HarperCollins imprints. Before that, I worked as a Literary Scout for Mary Anne Thompson Associates and as a Foreign Rights Assistant at Trident Media Group.

What's the coolest thing/a great idea you've seen at one of your stores? Drag Queen Storytime and/or a book delivery service (like ordering a pizza, but books!).

Do you see Edelweiss reviews from booksellers? Occasionally! However, I’d love to see more and begin interacting more frequently using this great industry wide resource we share.

Do you follow any stores especially closely on social media? What are they doing right? I think if you have an active social media presence, you’re already ahead of the game. There are so many people out there looking for a sense of community and to share enthusiasm towards their interests. Reviewing books and kicking off discussions on social media can be a great way to interact with your customers. Also incentivizing them with special social media promotions can be a great way to increase your audience and promote events.

What can a bookseller do to make a sales call more effective? Being forthright about how much time you can devote to the call and your personal preferences. Some accounts enjoy discussing IPG’s list title by title, others only like going over the highlights. Some prefer to submit an order and only expect a small additional list of suggestions, while others prefer a curated list based off past orders and conversations. As a rep, I’m always happy to direct our call in the direction you’d prefer! Whatever is easiest and most effective for you.  

Most memorable thing that’s happened during a sales call? Mid call our building was struck by lightning, all of the power went out in the building, and a small fire started close by. Being evacuated in the midst of a huge rainstorm was a sales call I certainly won’t forget. It may sound like a ‘dog ate my homework’ moment, but I promise I didn’t hang up – the power went out!  

What’s one thing you wish bookstores would do, or do more often? Take a chance on more fiction. There are so many great voices out there – from smaller and independent publishers – that deserve to be given a chance to sell, to have a prominent spot on the shelf, and find an audience. 

Favorite book you’re currently promoting: Into Captivity They Will Go by Noah Milligan (adult), How to be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters (YA), and A Friendship Yarn by Lisa Moser (children’s).

What three things should a bookstore have when they come to meet with you at your booth at the #SIBA19 Discovery Show? Unfortunately, I will not be attending SIBA this year – it coincidentally falls on the week of my wedding! However, my colleague Aaron Howe will be there. I think it's always helpful to have a business card, time to get to know each other and hear more about IPG’s amazing list, and a sense of adventure – it can be fun to pick up a title you may not have normally sought out.


Edelweiss+Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ . Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Copperfish Books, E.Shaver, booksellers, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's, Novel., Oxford Exchange, Page 158 Books, Parnassus, Square Books, Star Line Books, Story on the Square, The Little Bookshop, and Writer's Block Bookstore

Ungrateful Refugee I'm Not Dying with You Tonight There Was a Black Hole that Swallowed the Universe Chick and Brain: Sell My Foot Imaginary FriendGrand Union 

9781948226424 The Ungrateful Refugee 9/3/2019
"This is a book that should be read by everyone. . .Nayeri urges us all to go beyond shallow political maneuvering to see the real, human stories hidden within the people we meet." -- Hannah DeCamp, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

9781492678892 I'm Not Dying with You Tonight 8/6/2019
"Sucks you in from the first page and leaves you wondering what's next when you finish."-- Lizy Coale, Copperfish Books , Punta Gorda, FL

9781492680772 There Was a Black Hole that Swallowed the Universe 9/3/2019
"Um, so this is one of the most excellent picture books that's ever been made? Like, I read it and I could not believe how much fun I had! I forced all my coworkers to read it." -- Carl Kranz, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

9780763679361 Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot! 9/3/2019
"Laugh out loud funny reading to my nephew! This book made me a superstar in his eyes!" -- Suzanne Lucey, Page 158 Books, Wake Forest, NC

9781538731338 Imaginary Friend 10/1/2019
"Chbosky weaves an incredibly creepy tale, reminiscent of early Stephen King. There's creepy woods, invisible forces, and precocious kids. This one will keep you up at night." -- Jennifer Jones, The Bookmiser, Roswell, GA

9780525558996 Grand Union 10/8/2019
"Grand Union is an excellent collection for our present cultural moment: sharp, prescient, and bold." -- Caleb Masters, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC

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