SIBA e-Ink!

SIBASIBA e-Ink!

In this issue

IndieCommerce & SIBA Affiliates

Spring Book Show

Get Your Twitter On!

 Email Science

#write4red

Spring Okra Picks

SIBA Book Award Ballots

Lady Banks' Pick of the Week



(Not) in the Document Library:
The #write4red toolbox


Mark Your Calendar!

March 25-27
Spring Book Show in Atlanta

April 1
Deadline to return your SIBA Book Award ballot!



Great Ideas from Booksellers

“We just partnered with a local travel agent to create a “literary bus tour” of our area . It starts and ends at the store, and an author goes along for the ride as a guide.”

Cavelier Books

(from the Great Ideas Breakfast at #siba10)


Coming Up on
Circle of Sites

(click on a jacket to see ordering information)

Georgia Bottoms

Georgia Bottoms
(Little Brown)

Beyonders

Beyonders
(Simon & Schuster)

Already Home

Already Home
(Mira/Harlequin)

Cooking in the Moment

Cooking in the Moment
(Crown)

Southerly Course

A Southerly Course
(Crown)

Beyonders

Gone with a Handsomer Man
(Minotaur)

Fine Art of Insincerity

The Fine Art of Insincerity
(Howard Books)

March 2011

Dearest booksellers,

By now, you should have received your ballots for the 2011 SIBA Book Award. Remember you have until April 1 to get it back to us and make sure your vote (and your favorite book) is counted.

Wanda Jewell


A Special IndieCommerce Program & SIBA Affiliates

The American Booksellers Association is making their IndieCommerce Solution available to ABA members at a reduced price.  This solution is sophisticated and robust and offers an affiliate option which all bookstores should be exploiting to increase sales.  It’s time to give this opportunity some serious thought.  The ARTS site is driving traffic to participating bookstores at a rate of 2000+ clicks per month.  Participating bookstores are Fountain Bookstore, Malaprops Bookstore & Cafe, Flyleaf Books, Inkwood Books, Alabama Booksmith,Octavia Books, The Regulator and City Lights.

Bottom Line:  An affiliate solution is the single, best way to assist your community in selling books on your behalf while adding to everyone’s bottom line. 


Spring Book Show Around the Corner - Atlanta, Mar. 25-27

The SIBA Board of Directors & Staff and ABA Staff will be on hand at the largest remainder book show in the South.  We will be providing education both mornings in Atlanta at the Spring Book Show.  Get efficient, informed & educated. 

Bottom Line:  Networking with other booksellers is the single best indicator of success.  Show up for this opportunity to learn, share, and gain the tools needed to move forward successfully.


Get your twitter on and win a #SIBA11 Hotel Night!

Do you read Bennie & the Gets!?  A host of twittering booksellers do, and they let us know and someone has won an #SIBA11 ALL Pass.  Drumroll, please - @burrybooks has won the first SIBA Twitter Contest in 2011.  Congratulations to Burry Bookstore of Hartsville, SC.  And thanks to everyone who entered.  Oh, and you can win more than once!

Bottom Line:  Any core member who tweets the following: I’ll be at #SIBA11, will you? will be entered into a drawing for a free hotel night at #SIBA11.  The deadline for tweets is St. Patrick’s Day. 


Email Science & What I Learned

I recently attended a webinar with Dan Z. and 20,000 other friends, and after looking at over 1 billion emails, he shared a ton of surprising & valuable info.  Here’s what I learned!

Bottom Line:  Your emails don’t matter unless they are read.


#write4red

 There is still time to participate in this great cause and endear your store to your community at the same time.  Writers for the Red Cross is a robust site that has gotten lotsofcoveragefromtheindustryandmainstreammedia, and SIBA has helped make this happen.  And you can too!  There’s an auction, buying options, a bookstore toolbox, a blog, avatars, and more.  Check it out to find ways to participate.  I cannot say enough times how important it is to get your affiliate status turned on at your website if you use the IndieCommerce Solution (and if you are still trying to decide, see the offer you cannot refuse.)

Bottom Line:  It is opportunities like this one combined with the affiliate stores that allow SIBA the flexibility to turnaround and drive traffic into your bookstore website.  Get on board today!


 

Okra PicksSpring Okra Picks – We Grow Good Books!

Spring is in the air, so it is time to grow some good reading! Southern Indie Booksellers have a selected the 2011 Spring Okra Picks —great southern books, fresh off the vine. A baker’s dozen of titles representing a wide range of tastes, all the books selected have the following things in common:  1) They are Southern in nature. 2) They are 2011 Spring releases and 3) There is a SIBA member Bookstore who is really excited about the book. Southern booksellers love their Southern authors—we grow good books!  Use the marketing Okra Toolkit.

Bottom Line:  This is a marketing opportunity to help you sell more new books.  Stock these.  Do a display.  Watch them fly out the door.


SIBA Book Award Long Ballots have been mailed - Finalists Announced April 1!

The Long List for the 2011 SIBA Book Award has just been released by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. The “Long List” includes every eligible title nominated for the award—over seventy-five books representing the bookseller and reader favorites of 2010 in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s, young adult and cooking categories. From Tom Angleberger to Isabel Zuber, Ron Rash to Fannie Flagg, Civil Rights struggles to Cold War coming of age stories, and football games to blueberry farms, the Long List is the ultimate southern reading list from the people who would know—southern indie booksellers.

Bottom Line:  Ballots must be returned by April 1, 2011.  No joke!


   

Lady Banks' Pick of the Week!


SIBAWanda Jewell
Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Dr.
Columbia, SC 29205
803.994.9530

Trade Show 2011: Charleston, SC, Sept. 17-19

Find your favorite authors at authorsroundthesouth.com
Become a Fan of SIBA's Facebook page
Follow me at www.Twitter.com/RubyJewell
Ask me about Free Book Stimulus Plan

 

SIBASIBA e-Ink!

In this issue

Survey Results

Get Your Twitter On!

SIBA Book Award Long List

 #write4red!

Spring Book Show

Spring 2011 Okra Picks

What can SIBA Do for Me?

#siba11

SIBA takes a Stand?

Lady Banks' Pick of the Week



New in the Document Library:
2011 Welcome Kit


Mark Your Calendar!

March 25-27
Spring Book Show in Atlanta




Great Ideas from Booksellers

“We give a free book with every purchase of $10 or more. We use books we’ve pulled from inventory that aren’t returnable, review copies and remainders.”

Susan Smelser, The Book Worm Bookstore

(from the Great Ideas Breakfast at #siba10)


Coming Up on
Circle of Sites

Ritual of the Monkey

Ritual of the Monkey
(Authorhouse)

Lost Gate

The Lost Gate
(Tor)

Georgia Bottoms

Georgia Bottoms
(Little Brown)

Beyonders

Beyonders
(Simon & Schuster)

February 2011

Dearest booksellers,

SIBA welcomes Bookazine to another year as an Inkreadible! Sponsor. We appreciate all the support Bookazine offers, and their commitment to southern indie booksellers, and we look forward to another great year with them.

What could your store be doing more of? In this edition of SIBA eInk your fellow booksellers have some suggestions. 

Also in this newsletter: Win a free hotel night at #siba11, Book Awards and Okra Picks, Writers for the Red Cross, Spring Book Show and SIBA takes a stand for tax fairness!


SIBA’s Single Question Survey Results – What 9% of Bookstores Could be Doing More Of… (SEE #8)

What do you sell other than new books? And here are the results:
22 stores participated in the survey
1. (Tie) 73% sell Gifts for Adults & Used Books
2. (Tie) 68% sell Greeting Cards & Gifts for Kids
3. 40% sell Art
4. (Tie) 36% sell Rare Books & Other which included the following:  Gift baskets, music, art supplies, and dvds, book covers, book lights, jewelry, pocket books, calendars, & church supplies
5.  27% sell retail food (chocolate bars, etc.)
6.  (Tie) 23% sell clothing & magazines
7.  Surprising to me, sell coffee (14%)
8.  Only 9% sell Services/Classes

Here are some great ideas from bookstores of #8 in action:

Kid Camps - http://web.me.com/camphalfblood/Camp_Kane_Chronicles/Information.html
Writing Workshops - http://www.changinghands.com/event/sansevieri-thompson
Literary Events - http://andersons2.indiebound.com/educator-events
Adult Classes - http://www.breathebooks.com/calendar/index.php
Book Classes - http://www.politics-prose.com/category/promotionsandevents/class
Combined book sales - http://rjjulia.indiebound.com/just-right-book
Signed First Editions Club - http://www.alabamabooksmith.com/signed-first-editions-club-0
Summer Camps - http://www.littleshopofstories.com/camps.php
Author Lunches - http://www.bookyourlunch.com/
Parties - http://www.harleysvillebooks.com/event/junie-b-mushy-gushy-valentine-party
Baby Gift Registry - http://www.booksinc.net/BabyGiftRegistry
Cooks with Books - http://bookpassage.com/events_calendar/cooks%20with%20books%20events
Pitchapalooza - http://www.booksmith.com/event/pitchapalooza-booksmith-calling-all-writers
Traveling Book Club Trips - http://www.bookvault.org/files/bookvault/2011%20schedule%5B1%5D.doc
Signed Broadsides - http://www.squarebooks.com/introducing-square-books-broadside-series
Workshops - http://www.sthelensbookshop.com/event/teen-writing-workshop
Bottom Line:  Differentiate yourself.  Start small and build.  Creating Services/Classes offers the largest growth area for indie bookstores as it is hard to reproduce on-line. 



Get your twitter on and win a #SIBA11 Hotel Night!

Do you read Bennie & the Gets!?  A host of twittering booksellers do, and they let us know and someone has won an #SIBA11 ALL Pass.  Drumroll, please - @burrybooks has won the first SIBA Twitter Contest in 2011.  Congratulations to Burry Bookstore of Hartsville, SC.  And thanks to everyone who entered.  Oh, and you can win more than once!

Bottom Line:  Any core member who tweets the following: I’ll be at #SIBA11, will you? will be entered into a drawing for a free hotel night at #SIBA11.  The deadline for tweets is St. Patrick’s Day. 


SIBA Book Awards 2011 Long List Looks Like Literature!

“Delightful!” “Wonderful!” “Amazing!” “I loved this!”

The final long list of the 2011 SIBA Book Awards is now up!

http://www.sibaweb.com/siba-book-award/nominations

SIBA received over 150 nominations this year from booksellers and their customers, each wanting to make sure that their favorite southern book of 2010 was on the final list. The final tally of nearly eighty books represents what booksellers think is the best Southern literature of the last year – in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, children’s, cooking and young adult.  And let’s face it, who would know better than the booksellers?  And remember that all of the nominees are invited to participate in The Writers Block Auction at #SIBA11.

Bottom Line:  The SIBA Book Awards translate into both sales and promotion of SIBA’s core members.  Watch your snail mail for your opportunity to vote for the 2010 SIBA Book Award Finalists.


#write4red -- It’s not too late to get on board with Red Cross for Writers

Join Inkwood, The Regulator, City Lights, Flyleaf Books, Alabama Booksmith, Octavia Books, Fountain Bookstore, and Malaprops in this exciting opportunity for bookstores to connect with booklovers via the Writers for the Red Cross month-long event in March in celebration of Red Cross Month.  More info here:

http://www.sibaweb.com/siba-news/siba-news/205-bookstores-participating-in-writers-for-the-red-cross

Toolbox for Bookstores: http://www.box.net/writersfortheredcross
Bottom Line:  Opportunities come up where booksellers are invited to connect with nationally know entities and this is one of them. 

Follow Writers for the Red Cross at #write4red on twitter!


Spring Book Show News
Education brought to you by the ABA and SIBA

The American Booksellers Association (ABA) will host both an Efficiency Session and a Bookseller Forum Friday, March 25th of the Spring Book Show at the Cobb Galleria, Atlanta, GA. Starting at 8:30am and ending at 11:30am, ABA will deliver the education and opportunities for input that you crave.  ABA's own Dan Cullen will facilitate both sessions.

http://www.springbookshow.com

Efficiency 101: Getting Your Act Together
In order to manage your business efficiently, you need specific organizational skills. This seminar will provide the right tools to evaluate how you spend your time and to create personal systems that will keep you on the right track. 
At the ABA Bookseller Forum, booksellers can meet with ABA staff and members of the ABA Board of Directors to discuss industry issues, voice concerns and offer input on the future direction of ABA, and receive updates on ABA programs and initiatives.

On Saturday morning, March 26th, SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) will host two 90 minutes (8:30 - 10am) Roundtable discussions for Booksellers - one focused on large stores and another on small stores.  Both sessions will be solution-oriented and idea-crammed! Come with all of your challenges and fixes to share with other booksellers!

Booksellers Linda Barrett Knopp from Malaprops Bookstore & Cafe; and Emily Bell of Page & Palette will facilitate the Large Store Session.  Large stores are defines as more than 25 employees and/or more than 4,000 square feet. 

 

Okra PicksOkra Picks – Spring 2011

Spring is in the air, so it is time to grow some good reading! Southern Indie Booksellers have a selected the 2011 Spring Okra Picks —great southern books, fresh off the vine. A baker’s dozen of titles representing a wide range of tastes, all the books selected have the following things in common:  1) They are Southern in nature. 2) They are 2011 Spring releases and 3) There is a SIBA member Bookstore who is really excited about the book. Southern booksellers love their Southern authors—we grow good books!

Book information and toolkit:
http://www.sibaweb.com/okra

The Okra Picks, 2011 Spring Edition:

Fiction:

Georgia BottomsGeorgia Bottoms by Mark Childress
Little Brown and Company
Publication Date: February 23, 2011
9780316033046
Hardcover | $24.99 | 288 pages

Under the Mercy Trees

Under the Mercy Trees by Heather Newton
Harper Paperbacks
Pub Date: January 01, 2011
9780062001344
Fiction | $13.99

Electric BarracudaElectric Barracuda by Tim Dorsey
HarperCollins
On Sale: February, 2011
9780061876899
Hardcover | $24.99

Gone with a Handsomer Man

Gone With a Handsomer Man by Michael Lee West
Minotaur Books
April 26, 2011
9780312571221
Hardcover |352 pages | $24.99


The Dry Grass of AugustThe Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew
Kensington
Mar. 29, 2011
9780758254092
Paperback | $15

 

Nonfiction:

Tales from a Free-Range ChildhoodTales from a Free-Range Childhood by Donald Davis

John F. Blair
March 2011
978-0-89587-507-5 | $19.95 hardcover
978-0-89587-509-9 | $12.95 paperback
256 pages; 5.5 x 8.5



High on the HogHigh on the Hog by Jessica Harris

Bloomsbury
January 2011
9781596913950
hardcover | $26


The New Southern Garden CookbookThe New Southern Garden Cookbook: Enjoying the Best from Homegrown Gardens, Farmers' Markets, Roadside Stands, and CSA Farm Boxes by Sheri Castle

University of North Carolina Press
April 4, 2011
Hardcover | $35.00
9780807834657



A Southerly CourseA Southerly Course: Recipes and Stories from Close to Home by Martha Hall Foose

Crown
On Sale: April 12, 2011
Hardcover | 256 pages |$32.50
ISBN: 978-0-307-46428-6 (0-307-46428-8)



Working SouthWorking South: Paintings and Sketches by Mary Whyte

University of South Carolina Press
January 31, 2011
Paperback | 128 pages |$29.95
ISBN-10: 1570039674
ISBN-13: 978-1570039676



Alabama AfternoonsAlabama Afternoons:  Profile and Conversations by Roy Hoffman
University of Alabama Press
Mar. 22, 2011
Hardcover |$29.95

 


Fighting the Devil in DixieFighting the Devil in Dixie by Wayne Greenhaw
by Wayne Greenhaw
Lawrence Hill Books
Jan. 1, 2011
Hardcover | $26.95
9781569763452


Watch for more Okra Picks promotions.  Visit the Okra Picks Patch at www.authorsroundthesouth.com.  Lady Banks will introduce the Okra Picks to over 5000 consumer subscribers in the September issue.  Okra Pick titles will be highlighted on the Southern Indie Bestseller list. SIBA will post at www.sibaweb.com marketing and promotional materials as part of an “Okra Picks toolkit” for booksellers to help them talk up these titles.


What Can SIBA Do for ME?

The SIBA Welcome Kit http://www.sibaweb.com/pdf/welcomekit.pdf  is an extensive piece that outlines the many benefits of SIBA Membership.  We’ve added a handy legend to identify the characteristics of benefits noting which benefits save money, or connect with customers, are free, easy, fun, or popular, allow you to be seen and network, and which are high tech or low tech.  Spending a few hours with this brochure is well worth it!

Bottom Line:  SIBA belongs to you.  We want to help you sell more books and thrive in your communities.  Set aside a couple of hours to read this invaluable Welcome Kit.  http://www.sibaweb.com/pdf/welcomekit.pdf 


#SIBA11 and beyond…

SIBA will be extensively promoting a day change at #SIBA11.  In the even years, 2012, 2014, etc.  SIBA will hold fast to its FRI, SAT, SUN schedule but will be experimenting  with the schedule in the odd years such as 2011, 2013, and on.  This year, in Charleston, SC, our day of education will be held on Saturday ending with the SIBA Supper, exhibits will open on Sunday with The Writers Block Auction ending that day, and Monday will be our half-day of exhibits, $1000 Raffle, and The Moveable Feast of Authors.  See when and where future SIBAs will be held here:  http://www.tradeshow.sibaweb.com/

Bottom Line:  Trade Show #SIBA11 will be held in Charleston, SC, at the Embassy Suites Hotel Airport / Convention Center ; Sept. 17-19; a Sat - Mon schedule – Book Your Room Here - http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/C/CHSEMES-SIB-20110913/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG


SIBA Takes a Stand for Sales Tax Fairness

SIBA Board member Jill Hendrix

Both the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Executive Director Wanda Jewell and SIBA Board Member Jill Hendrix of Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC, were invited to the table with the South Carolina Retail Association and the Retail Industry Leaders Association to discuss with each other and with elected officials across South Carolina the issue of Sales Tax Fairness. 

At dinner with the South Carolina Ways & Means Committee, Wanda Jewell & Jill Hendrix were seated with Chairman Dan Cooper.  We shared our concerns and came away invigorated for the next day of rounds at the SC State House.  Beginning at 9am, we met and talked with Governor Nikki Haley, and then Lieutenant Governor Ken Ard.  We then went to the upstairs lobby and button-holed several elected officials to express our concerns.  We then went on to meet with the House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Harrison, and the Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler.  It was a long and exciting day. 

SIBA & Fiction Addiction were joined in this effort with  the ABA, CVS, Home Depot, Best Buy, Walgreens, Bi-Lo,  Piggly Wiggly, IGA, Target, Food Lion, and Walmart; the South Carolina Retail Association, and the Retail Industry Leaders Association.  Jewell shared, “Needless to say, it was interesting to find ourselves all on the same side.”  Hendrix expressed, “The American Booksellers Association had done all of the ground work to be involved in this.  It felt both effective and easy as it did not take much time, and I felt prepared.”  Jewell noted, “Jill Hendrix was articulate on the behalf of indie bookstores and was as prepared as any participant to discuss the issues of Sales Tax Fairness.”
 

Lady Banks' Pick of the Week!



SIBAWanda Jewell
Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Dr.
Columbia, SC 29205
803.994.9530

Trade Show 2011: Charleston, SC, Sept. 17-19

Find your favorite authors at authorsroundthesouth.com
Become a Fan of SIBA's Facebook page
Follow me at www.Twitter.com/RubyJewell
Ask me about Free Book Stimulus Plan

SIBASIBA e-Ink!

In this issue

One question survey

SIBA Book Awards 2011

Okra Pick Nominations Due

Welcome Kit & Twitter Contest

 Bennie and the Gets!

SIBA Partners with Writers for the Red Cross

#2011 Trade Show

Banner-for-Dues Membership Offer

Lady Banks' Pick of the Week



New in the Document Library:
2011 Welcome Kit


A SIBA Shout Out!

SIBA thanks the following bookstores for nominating to the SIBA Book Award and encouraging their customers to do the same. Are you on this list?

Accent on Books
Alabama Booksmith
Barnhill's
Blue Bicycle
Blue Elephant Bookshop
The Book Shelf
City Lights
Classic Bookshop
Cold Water Books
Country Bookshop
Cover to Cover Books & More
Curiosity Books
Fiction Addiction
Flyleaf Books
Fountainhead Bookstore
Foxtale
Hub City Bookshop
Inkwood Books
Lincoln's Loft
Malaprop's
Nightbird Books
Octavia Books
Page & Palette
Park Road Books
Phillips & Lloyd
Quail Ridge Books
Ram's Head Bookshop
Regulator
Square Books
Two Sisters Bookery
Wild Iris Books


Mark Your Calendar!

February 14
deadline to nominate for SIBA Book Awards

January 31
deadline to nominate for the Spring Okra Picks

March 25-27
Spring Book Show in Atlanta

January
Time to renew your SIBA membership!



Great Ideas from Booksellers

“We go around to book clubs and groups to talk about upcoming books and make recommendations. We call ourselves The Sisterhood of the Traveling Books.”

–Laura DeVault, Over the Moon Bookstore and Artisan Gallery

(from the Great Ideas Breakfast at #siba10)


Coming Up on
Circle of Sites

Fighting the Devil in Dixie

Fighting the Devil in Dixie
(Chicago Review Press)

The Collectibles

The Collectibles
(Downstream Press)

As the Sycamore Grows

As the Sycamore Grows
(Summers BridgewaterPress)

If Wishes Were Horses

If Wishes Were Horses
(Harpercollins)

Ritual of the Monkey

Ritual of the Monkey
(Authorhouse)

Lost Gate

The Lost Gate
(Tor)

Georgia Bottoms

Georgia Bottoms
(Little Brown)

Beyonders

Beyonders
(Simon & Schuster)

January 2011

Dearest booksellers,

Happy, happy New Year. SIBA has lots of things planned for 2011 that will help you run your businesses, and SELL MORE BOOKS. To help us with this ongoing mission, please take a moment to fill out the SIBA One Question Survey:

SIBA’s One Question Survey
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZNY3VYM

Bottom Line:  This will assist the SIBA Board of Directors and Staff in providing for core members. 


SIBA Book Awards 2011

It’s time to nominate your favorite reads from 2010 for the SIBA Book Award.  We offer six categories.  Encourage your staff and your customers to nominate titles. 

See the nominees to date here: http://www.sibaweb.com/siba-book-award/nominations 

Make your nomination here:  http://www.sibaweb.com/siba-book-award/nomination-form

And remember that all of the nominees are invited to participate in The Writers Block Auction at #SIBA11.

Bottom Line:  The SIBA Book Awards translate into both sales and promotion of SIBA’s core members.  Make sure it is a list you are proud to promote.


Okra Picks Spring 2011!

Okra PicksNominate your spring Okra Picks here: http://www.sibaweb.com/okra/okra-pick
We will announce the next crop of Okra Picks on January 31

Bottom Line:  Like the SIBA Book Awards, the Okra Picks also translate into sales and promotion for SIBA’s core members.  It is a great hook with consumers.


SIBA’s Welcome Kit & Twitter Contest!

The SIBA Welcome Kit, newly updated for 2011, is an extensive piece that outlines the many benefits of SIBA Membership. Download a copy and make sure you are getting the most out of SIBA. 

Along with encouraging you to spend an afternoon exploring the ins and out of the SIBA Welcome Kit, we also want to promote the most valuable and popular benefits in a new monthly column Bennie & the Gets! here in SIBA Ink and at my blog:  Wanda’s Wonderful Book Blog

Below is the first of many Bennie & the Gets!

Bottom Line:  Any core member who follows @SIndies and tweets the following: I read Bennie and the Gets! will be entered into a drawing for a free ALL PASS meal ticket at #SIBA11.  The deadline for tweets is Valentine’s Day

We will be hosting a Twitter Contest in every SIBA eInk between now and August, 2011.

Bennie & the Gets!

This month’s highlighted benefit of SIBA Membership is the Free Book Stimulus Plan (FBSP)

 Any core member store can participate and it is a high-value perk for which the bookstore has to do very little.  Check out the above link for materials for both in-store and on-line. 

You will see where we have added a new facet to FBSP via the Caught U Reading Program  that came out of the Good Ideas Breakfast at #SIBA10. 

We have member stores who have placed the FBSP website on their receipts and stores that have printed out the mail-back form as a bag stuffer.  SIBA has collected a contact list of hundreds and hundreds of southern readers via this program and does outreach on members’ behalf regularly. We have had many participants from Alpharetta, Suwanee, and Duluth, GA; Elizabeth City and Franklin, NC; and Tampa, FL.  We’ve given away over 2000 books. It is a great way to thank your customers and who doesn’t love getting a free book in the mail? 

Bottom Line:  Anyone who shops in your store can mail their receipt attached to the form found at www.freebookstimulusplan.com and they are mailed a free book handpicked by me from my library of books from 20 years with SIBA. 

 

 

Writers for the Rec CrossSIBA Partners with Writers for the Red Cross

Booksellers & writers partner to raise awareness for the Red Cross

http://www.writersfortheredcross.org will go live in mid-February, with active fundraising beginning March 1-31.  It is modeled on the highly successful “Do the Write Thing for Nashville” fundraiser, which raised $74K in ten days following last spring’s devastating floods.

This national, online event is intended to raise funds for, as well as awareness about, the Red Cross and its work in communities.  Writers for the Red Cross (WRC) will be auctioning off publishing related items and services donated by authors, publicists, agents, and editors. They will also have daily guest posts from authors about “What the Red Cross Means to Me” and a daily countdown of “31 Things You Didn’t Know About the Red Cross.”

How can your store participate?
For $0:
Stores which have a website affiliate relationship with SIBA will automatically be included.  Key titles on writersfortheredcross.org will be linked to SIBA affiliates for purchase, and SIBA will donate any commission earned for those sales back to the Red Cross on behalf of the bookseller.
If you are an IndieBound eCommerce store and don’t have your affiliate option turned on, there is still time to be included. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before February 15.  

For $99
Writers for the Red Cross will include your store and a link on their bookstore “Appreciation Page.”  Throughout the online event, SIBA and WRC will be doing call-outs to this page and urge visitors to explore the independent bookstores featured there.

For $199
In addition to a link on the “Appreciation Page,” Your store will be featured prominently as a “featured bookseller” on the home page of the event, along with an image of your choice linked to your store website or email.  Your store and image will be featured for at least one day on the site, perhaps longer depending on how many stores choose to participate. 

For both participation levels
SIBA and WRC will help get the word out of any event or promotion organized by individual stores in support of the Red Cross.  The site will include an online calendar of all bookstore activities supporting the Red Cross (Blood Drives, author events, in-store sales, etc.)—as well as upbeat blog post mentions of bookseller efforts to help the Red Cross.

Read more about how your store can support the Red Cross here:

http://www.sibaweb.com/siba-news/siba-news/203-siba-partners-with-writers-for-the-red-cross


SIBA Tradeshows – ODD & EVEN

#SIBA11 is Sat, Sun, Mon.

SIBA will be extensively promoting a day change at #SIBA11.  In the even years, 2012, 2014, etc.  SIBA will hold fast to its FRI, SAT, SUN schedule but will be experimenting with the schedule in the odd years such as 2011, 2013, and on. 

This year, in Charleston, SC, our day of education will be held on Saturday ending with the SIBA Supper, exhibits will open on Sunday with The Writers Block Auction ending that day, and Monday will be our half-day of exhibits, $1000 Raffle, and The Moveable Feast of Authors.  See when and where future SIBAs will be held here:  http://www.tradeshow.sibaweb.com/

Bottom Line:  Trade Show #SIBA11 will be held in Charleston, SC, at the Embassy Suites Hotel Airport / Convention Center ; Sept. 17-19; a Sat - Mon schedule – Book Your Room Here - http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/C/CHSEMES-SIB-20110913/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

 

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Time to Renew Your SIBA Membership

Banners-for-Dues program returns with more options

Nominations for the SIBA Book Award, and nominations for the Okra Picks, are only eligible if they are made by or on behalf of SIBA Member stores.  It's a new year, and that means it’s time to renew your membership dues for next year.

You can do that here

Or, you’ll be happy to hear that SIBA is once again offering its Circle of Sites Banner-for Dues program.  If you allow SIBA to run a banner on your website, we will waive your membership dues for 2011. Banners change weekly, with no other work or requirement from you. Your membership is sponsored by advertising publishers.

What’s new for Circle of Sites in 2011?

  1. We now offer the option of a horizontal or vertical banner.
  2. In order to be eligible for free membership dues, the banner must appear “above the fold” –that is, visible to viewers when they first open your store site.

Stores interested in participating in the 2011 Circle of Sites program should contact Nicki at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Lady Banks' Pick of the Week!


SIBAWanda Jewell
Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Dr.
Columbia, SC 29205
803.994.9530

Trade Show 2011: Charleston, SC, Sept. 17-19

Find your favorite authors at authorsroundthesouth.com
Become a Fan of SIBA's Facebook page
Follow me at www.Twitter.com/RubyJewell
Ask me about Free Book Stimulus Plan

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SIBASIBA e-Ink!

Table of Contents

Holiday Catalog Toolkit

FBSP/Caught U Reading!

Call for SIBA Book Award Nominationss

 Okra Picks Nominations

Banner-for-Dues Program Returns!



New in the Document Library:
Holiday Catalog Toolkit

Shelf Talkers

Bookmarks

Fliers

and more!



Mark Your Calendar!

October 1 - February 14
nomination period for SIBA Book Awards

December 1 - January 31
nomination period for the Spring Okra Picks

January 1
Time to renew your SIBA membership!



Great Ideas from Booksellers

“We involve all of our floor and front end people in the selection of frontlist, we pass around the catalogs and make sure everyone gives feedback.”

--Doug Robinson, Eagle Eye Books

(from the Great Ideas Breakfast at #siba10)


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Saving Max

Saving Max
(Mira)

November/December 2010

Dearest booksellers,

We know you are madly busy, so this is a short (but important!) end-of-year newsletter from SIBA. Take a few moments to read through; we've included links to materials to help you sell more books from the Holiday Catalog (and more books in general). We're also looking for nominations for both the 2011 SIBA Book Awards and the next crop of Okra Picks, AND we have added features to the popular Free Book Stimulus Plan program, including a "Caught U Reading" card you can hand out to people you see reading books in public places.

And finally, it is the end of the year, which means your SIBA membership needs to be renewed. Once again, SIBA is offering its "Circle of Sites" banner-for-dues program, with some added options for banner sizes and formats.

Happy Holiday Bookselling!

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 Holiday Catalog Toolkit

OliviaAt this point your SIBA holiday catalogs are being delivered to your customers in their Sunday papers, sitting in stacks around your shop, and stuffed into bags at your counter.  You’ve placed your orders and set up your displays. 

To help you make the most of your holiday catalog sales, SIBA has downloadable materials and signage for your store and your website, including an online version of the catalog, spreadsheet titles lists, shelf talkers featuring the irrepressible Olivia and Dewey, “shop local” bookmarks, flyers and bag stuffers.

All available for booksellers at our catalog link: http://www.sibaweb.com/catalog

FBSP/Caught U Reading!

Help your customers get more bang for their buck this holiday season by promoting Free Book Stimulus Plan in your store.  Wanda Jewell’s popular “give back” program for bookstores is still going strong:  Any customer who sends her their receipt from shopping at your store will get a free book from her.  You get the sale, your customer gets a free gift, and Wanda gets to clean out her bookshelves. Everyone wins.
Send your customers to http://www.freebookstimulusplan.com for more information.

Hand out the flyer at your counter or stuff it in your bags:
http://www.authorsroundthesouth.com/docs/fbsp.pdf

Check out the FBSP Toolkit online, with all the usual posters, shelf talkers, website buttons, and whatnot to use in your shop.
http://www.sibaweb.com/toolkits/cat_view/89-toolkits/93-free-book-stimulus-plan-toolkit

Caught U Reading!

“Caught U Reading! You deserve a free book!”

One of the best ideas we heard at #SIBA10  this year came from Bound to Be Read Books, who have come up with a “Caught U Reading” campaign to hand out coupons to people they see reading books in public places. So we stole the idea (with their permission, we promise!)
As part of SIBA FBSP project, we’ve created bookmarks that fit in your average wallet that stores can download and add their own logo and store information to. On the reverse side of each bookmark are directions for the recipient to fill out their information and staple a store receipt to the bookmark, and send it in to FBSP.

Store staff can carry these around and hand them out to anyone they see reading in public.

Click here for the downloadable bookmarks that you can customize with your own store logo. In Eight different designs!:

http://www.sibaweb.com/toolkits/cat_view/89-toolkits/93-free-book-stimulus-plan-toolkit/112-caught-u-reading

Caught U Reading!

 

SIBA Book Award nominations are open

What was the best southern book you read this year?  Nominations are now open for the 2011 SIBA Book Award:
http://www.sibaweb.com/siba-book-award/nomination-form

Books must be set in the South, by a Southern author, or both. They must have been published in 2010 (no reprints, please) and nominations must be submitted by Valentine’s Day, 2011.

Who can nominate? Well for the first round, anyone who works for or shops at southern indie bookstores. SIBA is now including links to the nominations form in the weekly bestseller list and monthly Lady Banks’ Commonplace Book newsletter—both of which reach directly to your customers.

You can encourage your customers to nominate their favorite southern books, but they will have to tell us what bookstore they shop at.  Non-SIBA store nominations won’t be eligible. So send your customers, and your staff, to the link above to nominate their 2010 favorites in the following categories:

  1. Cooking
  2. Childrens
  3. Fiction
  4. Nonfiction
  5. Poetry
  6. Young Adult

You can see the list of nominations here (this list is periodically vetted for eligibility)
http://www.sibaweb.com/siba-book-award/nominations


 Okra Pick Nominations are open!

Okra PicksOkay, now that you’ve told SIBA about your favorite books of the past year, what are the books you are most looking forward to this Spring? Nominations are now open for the Winter/Spring Okra Picks. These are forthcoming Southern books with release dates between Jan – April. 

Nominate here:
http://www.sibaweb.com/okra/okra-pick

You must be with a SIBA-member Bookstore to nominate.


 

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Time to Renew Your SIBA Membership
Banners-for-Dues program returns with more options

So you’ll notice the key words in the last two articles were “must be a member of SIBA.” Nominations for the SIBA Book Award, and nominations for the Okra Picks, are only eligible if they are made by or on behalf of SIBA Member stores.  And with 2010 winding down and the holiday season upon us, that means it’s time to renew your membership dues for next year.

You can do that here:

Or, you’ll be happy to hear that SIBA is once again offering its Circle of Sites Banner-for Dues program.  If you allow SIBA to run a banner on your website, we will waive your membership dues for 2011. Banners change weekly, with no other work or requirement from you. Your membership is sponsored by advertising publishers.
What’s new for Circle of Sites in 2011?

  1. We now offer the option of a horizontal or vertical banner. We heard from many stores that the horizontal banners didn’t always fit into their website design gracefully. For those of you with narrow two- or three-column sites, we now have a vertical option we can provide.
  2. In order to be eligible for free membership dues, the banner must appear “above the fold” –that is, visible to viewers when they first open your store site.

Stores interested in participating in the 2011 Circle of Sites program should contact Nicki at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Lady Banks' Pick of the Week!


SIBAWanda Jewell
Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Dr.
Columbia, SC 29205
803.994.9530

Trade Show 2011: Charleston, SC, Sept. 17-19

Find your favorite authors at authorsroundthesouth.com
Become a Fan of SIBA's Facebook page
Follow me at www.Twitter.com/RubyJewell
Ask me about Free Book Stimulus Plan

SIBASIBA e-Ink!

Table of Contents

#siba 10 by the numbers

Holiday Catalog Materials 

Call for SIBA Book Award Nominationss

 Be a Goober! Okra Picks Challenge

Georgia Unchained!

Does Google See You?

Free video for indie store sites



New in the Document Library:
Holiday Catalog Toolkit

Shelf Talkers

Bookmarks

Fliers

and more!



Mark Your Calendar!

October 1 - February 14
nomination period for SIBA Book Awards

December 1 - January 31
nomination period for the Spring Okra Picks



Great Ideas from Booksellers

“To get our online friends into our real world store, we’re hosting a “Facebook Friends Day” that is only promote on our Facebook page. Facebook friends who come in that day get an extra discount.”

Sue Hamm, Island Books in Carolina Beach, NC

(from the Great Ideas Breakfast at #siba10)


Coming Up on
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The Fall of the House of Zeus

The Fall of the House of Zeus
(Crown)

October 2010

Dearest booksellers,

We hope you are all still simmering with the great ideas you gleaned from this year's #siba10 trade show. To help you keep those good ideas percolating, this edition of SIBA eInk is packed with tools to help you make the most of the your favorite books, authors and other ideas from the show. Along the left you'll see some of the great ideas other booksellers shared at the Great Ideas Breakfast. Below, you'll find articles with links to free videos and author interviews you can use on your websites, links to shelf talkers and bookmarks that you can use to promote the books in the holiday catalog, a free guide on increasing your store's visibility on Google, and calls for nominations for the 2011 SIBA Book Award. (That's right, start nominating now, while you still have all those great books from the show fresh in your mind!)

Happy Holiday Bookselling!

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 #SIBA10 by the numbers

How many people came to the SIBA Trade Show? What did they have to say? Relive the show or “visit” for the first time at the #siba10 hashtag:

Join the…

  • 147 Bookstores
  • 145 Exhibiting Companies
  • 342 Booksellers
  • 324 Exhibitors
  • 127 Authors
  • 25 Bloggers/Media
  • 818 Total Attendance

…that were part of the show and bring their good ideas into your store.

Visit Wanda’s Wonderful Book Blog to read  what folks are saying about their #SIBA10 experience.

Also be sure to visit the Trade Show site at tradeshow.sibaweb.com  for:

  • videos of author interviews and seminars
  • a full list of authors, exhibitors and attendees at the show
  • the Books@SIBA catalog
  • candid shots of towel elephants and people in bed together!

The Holiday Catalog hits customers’ mailboxes this week!

OliviaBy now, stores that ordered the SIBA Holiday Catalog should have received their shipments, and the  catalog is finding its way into the hands of holiday shoppers across the South. To help you make the most of the catalog, SIBA has created the holiday catalog toolkit:

http://www.sibaweb.com/catalog

Which includes templates for bookmarks, signs and shelftalkers featuring this year’s popular catalog cover models, Dewey the library cat, and the irrepressible Olivia!

Also available are links to pdf and online versions of the entire catalog for your websites, and spreadsheet titles lists to help you keep track of your stock.

Special Offer:

The SIBA Book Award winners are featured in the holiday catalog, including Nonfiction Winner Rick Bragg’s The Most They Ever Had. Signed hardcover editions of this book are available from Baker & Taylor, or in case quantities at 50% discount from Page & Palette Bookstore. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.
 

First call for SIBA Book Award nominations

By now, dear booksellers, you’ve been through most of the fall releases and you are stocking up  on all your favorite titles of the year for the holiday season.  Why not take a moment to nominate some of them for the 2011 SIBA Book Award?

The nomination form is here:
http://www.sibaweb.com/siba-book-award

and you can encourage your customers to nominate books as well.
Remember, to be eligible the book must be southern, or written by a southern author, and it must have been published in 2010. (No reprints)
You can nominate in any of these categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cooking, Children’s, Young Adult.


 At least be a Goober!

Okra PicksThe current list of Okra Picks has received such an enthusiastic response that it has prompted The Bermuda Onion Weblog to host an “Okra Picks Blog Challenge” between October 1 and March 30, 2011. You can sign up here at one of four levels (the easiest of which is “Goober”!):
http://bermudaonion.wordpress.com/2010/10/01/okra-picks-challenge/

Come on! Who doesn’t want to be a goober?

See who has accepted the Okra Picks Blog Challenge
http://bermudaonion.wordpress.com/okra-picks-challenge/

Read more about the Okra Picks: http://www.sibaweb.com/home/okra

Download a poster here


 

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Georgia, Unchained

Why is it when people go a rambling, they need to do it in a big blue bus?
The Moth radio show’s “Unchained Tour of Georgie” kicked off last week. A busload of storytellers, musicians, and all around vagabonds are travelling through the state visiting fourteen independent bookstores and singing songs and telling stories. It’s part of the “America Unchained” initiative first put forth by AMIBA, and you’ll recognize some of their stops:

http://theunchainedtour.org/events-calendar/

SIBA Board member Emily Bell has been along for the ride

Follow The Unchained Tour of Georgia
http://theunchainedtour.org/

America Unchained is November 20

This broad campaign is all about generating awareness for the vital economic impact local indies have on our economies -- at a critical time of year when personal spending spikes and the chains lobby heavily for those dollars.  Unchained mainly is a media and visibility campaign; participation is easy, and we help with lots of ideas and instruction.  We time this campaign to grab public and media attention right before the holiday whirlwind.  The power of visibility for your group cannot be over-stated -- it makes a big difference.  Click here to access information on Unchained and here for awareness-raising and visibility ideas to explore for the holidays.  As always, feel free to contact us with any questions!  Help us help you -- please let us know what your group has planned and the number you calculate (read the campaign information for explanation)  -- we use this information in our national press release and in talking with reporters.  They love to know what's going on locally!


Lady Banks' Pick of the Week!

Does Google see you?

One of the most popular sessions at #siba10 was Jack Heape’s workshop on increasing your website and business’s ranking with Google. Even when the session was done, Jack spent the rest of the weekend talking one on one with stores who wanted to put his advice into practice.

The handout Jack created for the session, Finding Your Place; How to Increase Your Bookstores Local Business Rankings in Google is available for SIBA members to download for free:
http://www.tradeshow.sibaweb.com/home/documents

Social media and the internet are changing the way businesses operate. Learn the latest trends and the best tools to improve sales, customer relations, and publicity/branding. To help you understand these trends and what they mean to your bookstore, SIBA is featuring Internet Marketing Expert Jack Heape as a speaker at # SIBA10. Jack is the author of several books and hundreds of articles on the topic of internet marketing.


Free video for your websites

Independent America: Rising from Ruins Offered Free from Snagfilms.com & HRH Media

HRH Media, which produced both Independent America: The Two-Lane Search for Mom & Pop and Independent America: Rising From Ruins -- two great tools that have enhanced many of our collective public education efforts -- have partnered with Snagfilms.com to bring Rising From Ruins to a much larger audience for freeRising from the Ruins will be the featured film on Snagfilms for the next week, beginning tomorrow.  We're doing our part to help spread the word, and we hope you'll help.

Visit Snagfilms.com to snag the page link or the code to embed in your website, newsletter, or blog, or pass the link along through your social media tools.  (By the way, one of the people featured is John Besh, whose cookbook My New Orleans was a finalist for the 2010 SIBA Book Awards)


SIBAWanda Jewell
Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Dr.
Columbia, SC 29205
803.994.9530

Trade Show 2011: Charleston, SC, Sept. 17-19

Find your favorite authors at authorsroundthesouth.com
Become a Fan of SIBA's Facebook page
Follow me at www.Twitter.com/RubyJewell
Ask me about Free Book Stimulus Plan