(Columbia, SC) -- Tthe Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) is pleased to announce the newest member of its team, Amy Cherrix. Amy is coming on board as SIBA's Author Liaison -- dedicated to helping authors make the most of the opportunities available from SIBA, so they can reach southern audiences and booksellers in the most effective, and cost-effective, way possible.


Amy comes to SIBA with a long history in publishing and bookselling, and is an author herself with a book due out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017. She understands the challenges faced by authors in the current market, and believes passionately in the importance of fostering good partnerships between authors and independent bookstores.

Amy began her publishing career by earning a master’s degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College, where she also taught graduate level courses in children’s lit. She went on to edit books at Houghton Mifflin Books for Young Readers and has also edited reviews for The Horn Book Guide. During graduate school, Amy honed her Jedi hand-selling skills at the fiercely independent Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA. Now a professional freelance editor, Amy consults and advises early career authors and industry veterans on every aspect of their creative work from crafting a pitch and finding an agent, to publication and marketing.

When she’s not reading or trolling the Internet for late-breaking children’s publishing headlines and tips, she writes books of her own. CURIOUS GEORGE DISCOVERS THE RAINBOW publishes this spring and LANDFALL: THE HURRICANE SCIENTISTS hits shelves in early 2017 as part of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Scientists in the Field series. She blogs at https://theslushpuppy.wordpress.com and you can tweet her @acherrix.

Amy will be available to answer questions about author-targeted SIBA programs like the Lady Banks Newsletter Interviews, the "Love an Indie" Author Badge program and the "STARS" program,
and to work with authors to design promotional campaigns in support of their
book tours.

Amy can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The newest titles are considered first for author appearances. 

The majority of the slots are filled by authors of books that pub in the Fall of 2015 and the Winter of 2016. 

Balance is achieved by having authors of contemporary fiction, nonfiction, biographic and childrens content as well as celebrity authors. Suggested authors will also be considered as speakers for panels and readings and other events. 

An administrative fee of $299 will be charged for each confirmed author at the SIBA Discovery Show. Sponsoring entities are not charged administrative fees. 

Please submit your suggestions via the form found at the bottom of this page, or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or fax (309-410-0211) or mail to: SIBA, 3806 Yale Ave., Columbia, SC 29205. The deadline is May 15, 2015.

If you have any questions call or email Wanda Jewell at the SIBA office at 803-994-9530;  wanda@sibaweb.com.

Beloved Sponsors of the Discovery Show do not pay author confirmation fees. If you are not a sponsor and are interested take a look:

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Southern BooksellerSIBA wants to set a date & get engaged! 
The date is Sep. 18th, and the engagement begins NOW!

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) has designated 2015 as the Year of Engagement. Recognizing that everyone involved in the book business is a bookseller at heart, SIBA is implementing "B3! Building Better Booksellers" – a new engagement program that rewards SIBA members for participating in the SIBA and Southern Bookselling community. Participation earns points, and the more points accumulated, the greater the rewards. Members who are active enough can earn enough points to pay their dues, receive free meal tickets to the SIBA Discovery Show, and even free travel and hotel accommodations. 

Some of the things that earn points for members include nominating books for the SIBA Book Awards and the Okra Picks, uploading photos to SIBA galleries, taking the holiday catalog, and sharing SIBA news on social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Even just opening SIBA’s email will earn points. 

The goal of the program is to engage the Southern Bookselling Community and raise the visibility of Southern Indie Bookstores, and increase the value of investing in programs targeted towards Southern bookstores and their customers.

B3! Building Better Booksellers is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts, which awarded SIBA a $40,000 grant at the beginning of the year in honor of SIBA’s 40th anniversary. The goal of the grant is to recognize the importance of Southern independent bookstores to the industry and the Southern literary community. Accordingly, one of the goals SIBA has set is to see every member store attend its 40th anniversary Discovery Show September 18-20 in Raleigh, North Carolina. SIBA members who participate actively in B3! Building Better Booksellers through engagement can receive an all-expense paid trip to the show.

But the real benefit will be in the heightened visibility and recognition they receive for their store, and the increased interest they get for the books they are…engaged in.

For more information click here

Winter is the time for Okra!

Columbia, SC – Although winter is a time for enjoying the year’s harvest, here in the South we’re still picking Okra! The Winter 2015 Okra Picks have just been announced--the best southern lit, fresh off the vine. All the chosen books have a strong Southern focus and are published between January and March, 2015, and all of them have fans among Southern indie booksellers; people who are always looking out for the next great writer who should be on your plate and in your TBR stack. So it is very likely the next time you visit your local Southern indie bookstore, someone will hand you one and say, “You’ve got to read this!”


The 2015 Winter Okra Picks

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Chris Scotton
9781455551927 | Grand Central Publishing | 01/06/2015 | 26.00

Hall of Small Mammals: Stories by Thomas Pierce
9781594632525 | Riverhead Books | 01/08/2015 | 27.95

Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm
9780525427506 | Viking Books | 01/22/2015 | 27.95

Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama by Hester Bass
9780763669195 |Candlewick Press (MA) | 01/27/2015 | 16.99

Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell
9781940210049 | Maiden Lane Press | 02/04/2015 | 16.00

My Sunshine Away by M O Walsh
9780399169526 | Putnam Adult | 02/10/2015 | 26.95

Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson
9780062302120 | William Morrow & Company | 02/17/2015 | 25.99

Sisters of Shiloh by Becky and Kathy Hepinstall
9780544400009 | Houghton Mifflin | 03/03/2015 | 24.00

Mosquitoland by David Arnold
9780451470775 | Viking Children's Books | 03/03/ 2015 | 17.99

A Season of Fear by Brian Freeman
9781623654078 | Quercus | 03/03/2015 | 26.99

Soil by Jamie Kornegay
9781476750811 |Simon & Schuster | 03/10/2015 | 26.00

Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly
9780062238610 | Greenwillow Books | 03/24/2015 | 16.99

Okra Picks are chosen every season by Southern Independent Bookstores. For more information visit sibaweb.com/okra.

(Columbia, SC) – In what is becoming a tradition for the organization, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) has just released a video book trailer of B.J. Novak’s best-selling children’s book, The Book With No Pictures. The video features authors who appeared at SIBA’s Discovery Show in September in Norfolk, each of whom reads a page from what has been described as a “wildly funny” and “irresistibly silly” book about the joys of made-up words, wacky sounds, and reading out loud to kids (both the real kind and the inner-child kind).

The Book With No Pictures

Clearly, some of the participating authors had no trouble tapping into their own inner child in order to read out “I am a robot monkey” (M.O. Walsh, My Sunshine Away) or “My head made of blueberry pizza” (J.E. Thompson, The Girl from Felony Bay), or even to break into a musical rendition of “Glug, glug, glug” --for which author Rachel Vail (Unfriended) deserves the SIBA version of a Grammy.

The Book With No Pictures

The video was produced by Linda Watson (Fifty Weeks of Green: Romance & Recipes) with her husband, videographer Bruce Watson, and is the second book trailer released by SIBA, the first being a rendition of It’s a Book, Lane Smith’s amusing look at the perks of print versus e-books, which was created at the 2013 SIBA Trade Show in New Orleans.

SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell came up with the idea for the book trailers as a way to harness the talent of the authors who attended the show. “Every year the show draws an incredible collection of  amazing, talented, funny writers who adore books,” she said. “The videos give them a fun way to share that passion, promote their own books a little bit, and also gives our member bookstores something fun and unique to share with their own customers.”

The Book With No Pictures has already spent six weeks on the Southern Indie Bestseller List.