(Columbia, SC) – The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA), with the generous support of Baker & Taylor, is hosting an Owners Retreat for owners of independent bookstores at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown July 28-29. Registration is $50, which covers hotel and meals, and attendance is limited to 20 bookstore owners.

The Owners Retreat was created on the basis of feedback from booksellers to give store owners a place to discuss the challenges that they face as small business owners as well as independent booksellers, with a chance to brainstorm ideas and solutions in a focused setting. Among the topics that will be covered are Finances, Employee Relations, and Growing Your Business.

Dr. John Sherlock, from the Department of Human Services, Human Resources Program, Western Carolina University, will be the Keynote speaker for lunch on July 28th, speaking on Human Resource Management. Margaret Lane, author of Strength Finder, will be the featured speaker at breakfast on  July 29th, talking about Strength-Based Leadership.

The event also includes attendance at the SIBA Booksellers Summer Revival at Quail Ridge Books on July 29th.

For more information and to register for the Retreat, please visit:
http://sibaweb.site-ym.com/event/owners-retreat

(Columbia, SC) – The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) will be hosting a Summer Booksellers Revival at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC on Wednesday, July 29th. The event will run from 10 am to 3 pm and includes lunch. It is free of charge to SIBA member bookstores.

The Revival is designed to give booksellers a chance to network with each other and trade ideas in an informal setting. Among the topics scheduled for the event are:

  • Hosting Authors in Schools: How to Create a Program that's Successful for Authors, Publishers, Schools and Booksellers
  • Best Practices for Great Events, From the Proposal, Through the Event, to the Follow-up

The featured Lunch Speaker will be Bridgette Lacy, author of Sunday Dinner, thanks to the generous support of the University of North Carolina Press.

Booksellers interested in attending should RSVP to Sarah Goddin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
More information about the SIBA Summer Revival can be found at:
http://sibaweb.site-ym.com/?qrb_2015

(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

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:

  Put Your Money Where Your South Is!

FOR THE GLOSSARY OF EVENTS & AUTHOR ENTRY FORM, CLICK HERE!

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