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|Southern Traveling Authors Registration Service|
Southern Traveling Authors Registration Service, The Southern Bookstore Directory, and the ARTS Calendar of Bookstore Events.
What do Karen White, Hester Bass, Irene Latham and Patti Callahan Henry all have in common? They are a few of the over 200 authors who have already signed up for the Southern Traveling Authors Registration Service (STARS), an author directory service managed by SIBA and geared specifically towards expanding their member bookstores' audiences and customer base by encouraging authors and their readers to connect through independent bookstores.
How does it work?
By listing on STARS, authors become part of an extensive directory of literary speakers whose profiles are included in a searchable database available to bookstores, libraries, book clubs, civic organizations and indeed anyone who is interested in finding a writer to speak at a program or event. All arrangements to contact an author for an event or reading are automatically funneled through SIBA via the closest available SIBA bookstore.
The Southern Traveling Author Registration Service
The STARS Directory is a list of participating author members of SIBA. Authors on the list are highlighted in the Calendar, receive features in the Lady Banks newsletter, and receive profiles with information about themselves and their books which are promoted to both SIBA stores and their customers who might be looking for presenters for their events. STARS authors can also submit original content to the Lady Banks newsletter.
The Southern Bookstore Directory
All SIBA member bookstores are listed on our Bookstore Directory page. The listing is by state, and includes contact links for the store's website, email, and social network accounts (if we know them). Stores with active calendars are highlighted, as are stores that are participating in particular programs.
Authors receive SIBA benefits for linking to the Bookstore Directory page on their websites, so the page has ties to over a hundred authors, making it a common destination on the site. It is also the page we send to media interested in knowing who our members are, and how many independent bookstores there are in the South.
Find it online: All the SIBA Member Bookstores
The events calendar at STARS is one of the most actively accessed parts of the site. An average of a 130 bookstores list between 80-100 events every week, making is the most active event calendarSIBA booksellers can post their store events, which are collected in a searchable calendar, included in the Lady Banks newsletter, and shared on SIBA's social networks, including author tags and hashtags. Listing events on the STARS calendar is one way SIBA works to increase the visibity of its member stores in their own community and within the book industry.
Find it online: stars.authorsroundthesouth.com
I'm a touring author? How do I enter events on the ARTS Calendar?
Only SIBA member bookstores can enter events on the calendar. However, SIBA strongly encourages touring authors to include us on their press notices by adding firstname.lastname@example.org to their email lists. SIBA will encourage any member stores on their tour to make sure their event calendar is up to date.
How do I update my STARS profile?
Your STARS profile is updated automatically when you update your SIBA profile -- usually within 24 hours. The more completely you fill out your SIBA profile, the more effective your STARS profile will be.
I'm an author member but I don't see my name on the directory list! Why not?
There is certain information that must be present for your profile to be made active:
Your state (so we know where to list you)
What if I don't want to be listed in the STARS Directory?
Simply leave out any of the information above from your SIBA account, and your profile will not appear.
How do I add my new book to my profile?
Use the book submission form at the bottom of this page.
How do people request an author for an event from the directory?
All requests are made through a link on your STARS profile. The request is sent to SIBA, who pairs it with a SIBA member store and puts author and store in touch with each other and the person making the request. All events arranged via the STARS Directory must use a SIBA member bookstore as a partner.
Book Submission Form Instructions:
The more information you provide, the more accurate and "shareable" your listing will be. It takes about 24 hours for submitted books to appear on your profile, so plan accordingly. Questions or problems can be referred to email@example.com.
Author Name: Use this if your pen name is different from the name on your SIBA account.
Subject or Genre: Be as detailed as you like, but use commas between each subject
Book Description: This field does not allow any html formatting. It is just a short description of the book
Book Image: Files must be <500KB.