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A Recipe for Great Reading!
SIBA Announces the 2010 Fall Okra Picks

(Columbia, SC)  Fall is for harvesting and here in the South the crop is Okra! Southern Indie Booksellers have a selected a seasoning of books for the Fall 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 2010 Fall 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!

The Okra Picks, 2010 Fall Edition:


Fiction:

A Perfect Love Song
by Patti Callahan Henry

9781593156169 Vanguard Press, October 2010 $15.95

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
by Tom Franklin

9780060594664  Morrow, October 2010 $24.99

I Still Dream About You
by Fannie Flagg

9781400065936 Random House November 2010 $26.00

Love, Charleston
by Beth Webb Hart

9781595542014 Thomas Nelson, September 2010 $14.99

My Only Sunshine
by Lou Dischler

9781891885723, Hub City, October 2010 $21.95

Virals
by Kathy Reichs

9781595143426 Razorbill, November 2010 (Penguin) $17.99

Zora and Me
by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon

9780763643003 Candlewick Press October 2010 $16.99Z

The Typist
by Michael Knight

9780802119506 Atlantic Monthly Press August 2010 $20.00

Nonfiction:

Carry the Rock
by Jay Jennings

9781605296371 Rodale September 2010

Greek Revival
by Patricia Moore-Pastides

9781570039393  USC Press October 2010 $34.95

My Reading Life
by Pat Conroy

9780385533577 Nan A. Talese, November 2010 $25.00

Southern Plate
by Christy Jordan

9780061991011 Morrow, October 2010 $27.50

They Came to Nashville
by Marshall Chapman

9780826517357 Vanderbilt U Press, October 2010 $25.00

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.

For more information on the Okra Picks program, visit SIBA’s website at www.sibaweb.com/okra.

SIBASIBA e-Ink!

Table of Contents

Frontline Bookseller Scholarships

#SIBA10 

New @ #SIBA10

 Old Favorites @ #SIBA10

SIBA Member Survey

Get In Bed Blog Project

Free Facebook Help

#followreader hosts @SIndies


New in the Document Library: 2010 SIBA Book Award Materials

11x17 Poster

Shelf Talkers

Book Marks


Mark Your Calendar!

Holiday Catalog Ordering Deadline
August 20

Okra Pick Nominations Due
Sept 1

SIBA Trade Show
Sept. 24-26
Daytona, FL




Coming Up on Circle of Sites

She's Gone Country

She's Gone Country
(5 Spot)

The Monkey Bible

The Monkey Bible
(Outer Rim Press)

The Miracle of Mercy Land

Miracle of Mercy Land
(Waterbrook)

The Typist

The Typist
(Atlantic Monthly)

My Only Sunshine

My Only Sunshine
(Atlantic Monthly)

 

 

August 2010

**Just confirmed! Walter Mosley will be at #SIBA10!

Dearest booksellers,

Buried in this newsletter towards the bottom is a little question---have you filled out your SIBA Member Survey? If you haven't yet done so, please contact SIBA for the survey link. Your feedback is incredibly important to us--if we don't hear from you, how will we know what you want?

In the meantime, enjoy the summer heat, and we hope we'll see you in Daytona in September for what's going to be a really fun show!

Two Frontline Bookseller Scholarships Available to SIBA Trade Show: 

The Karin Wilson Frontline Bookseller Scholarship and The Sally Brewster Frontline Bookseller Scholarship

Frontline booksellers are our biggest asset. They are the face of the store to the customers, greeting booklovers, handselling their favorites, setting the tone, and seeing more than can be imagined.

Highly regarded booksellers often share that attending the SIBA tradeshow as young frontline booksellers changed their lives. For the first time they saw what they did as a profession, filled with sharing and caring colleagues.  They brought back to their stores so much information, enthusiasm, and book suggestions. Others have said that being allowed to attend the SIBA tradeshow reinforces their value to the store and gives them the incentive to increase their efforts to make the store better and more profitable.  While some say "it's in the payroll" when it comes to expenses, isn't it better to think about the people on the payroll as a valuable asset that must be cultivated, educated and inspired?

So, sign up your frontline booksellers to attend the SIBA tradeshow, either with you or in your stead.  To apply for the Karin Wilson or Sally Brewster Scholarship, core member bookstore owners must submit to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the name & email of a frontline bookseller, who has never been to a SIBA Trade Show, that they would like to receive this scholarship. Scholarship recipients receive a free packet of all the event tickets plus two hotel room nights over the dates of the SIBA Trade Show (valued at over $400).

We want to thank Past Presidents Karin Wilson of Page & Palette; and Sally Brewster of Park Road Books for their service to SIBA with these Frontline Bookseller Scholarships.

 Publishers - don't you want to see more frontline booksellers, who are the ones who handsell your books, at the Show?  Donations for more scholarships are welcome, so contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

#SIBA10 – Talk about an Industry Hook-Up!

Southern indie booksellers are not a glum lot.  Most are excited about all of the potential provided by a largely free internet (bloggers, affiliate programs, Twitter, Facebook, Authors 'Round the South & more).  SIBA is also finding new ways to be relevant to the industry as a whole (selling books for member stores, directing thousands of readers to specific books while promoting her bookstores, pulling together Social Networking Summits & more); always looking to engage our collective clout.  SIBA is actively inviting book bloggers, booksellers, publishers, and other industry friends to the show with innovative new programming while keeping bookseller favorites.

Here is the registration form for the SIBA Trade Show – http://www.sibaweb.com/pdf/tradeshow/2010/2010regformA.pdf

 

New Stuff @ SIBA to be excited about:

Twitter Contest to win a free hotel room
(http://www.tradeshow.sibaweb.com/news/24-tweet-siba10-to-win)

Tweet Up a Rep Pick
(http://www.tradeshow.sibaweb.com/exhibitors/sponsorships/26-tweet-up-a-rep)

Social Networking Summit Redux
(http://www.tradeshow.sibaweb.com/schedule#thursday)

Technology Pavilion: The Future Delivered
(http://www.tradeshow.sibaweb.com/schedule#saturday)

Steal this Idea Breakfast
(http://www.tradeshow.sibaweb.com/schedule#sunday)

Here is the registration form for the SIBA Trade Show – http://www.sibaweb.com/pdf/tradeshow/2010/2010regformA.pdf


 

Old Favorites @ SIBA I'm looking forward to:

SIBA Supper featuring Fannie Flagg, I Still Dream about You (Random House); Emma Donoghue, ROOM (Little, Brown & Co. & #1 IndieNext Pick for SEPTEMBER); Benjamin Hale, The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore (Twelve)

Here's To Morrow Breakfast featuring James Swanson, Bloody Crimes; Christy Jordan, Southern Plate; and Robert Barclay If Wishes Were Horses

SIBA is quite excited to be hosting the 2nd Annual Writers Block Auction in Daytona on September 25th.  All of the authors listed below are invited and we hope to have a huge turn-out. We have 3 wonderful restaurants in Daytona that are going to host us:  Ocean Deck, Caribbean Jack's, and Stonewood Grill; all great local, indie restaurants.  Again this year, the winning bid will not only include dinner with the author, but a choice for a free meal for the author or a 20% discount for the entire party (NOT BOTH).  Bidding will start at $50, and bids must increase by a minimum of $1.  A percentage of proceeds will go to a charity of choice of our sponsoring restaurants.

Exhibits (http://www.tradeshow.sibaweb.com/exhibitors)
& Education (http://www.tradeshow.sibaweb.com/schedule#friday)”
& Authors (http://www.tradeshow.sibaweb.com/authors)

Plan to attend the SIBA Trade Show in Daytona, Florida.  All events are at indie sister hotels side by side on the seaside.  Hotel Information - Call to book your rooms at either hotel:  800-874-7420 (mention siba)
Rates are:  $139 at the Plaza Resort; $119 the Plaza Ocean Club

Attendee Registration form is here: 
http://www.sibaweb.com/pdf/tradeshow/2010/2010regformA.pdf


Available from Ingram, 978-0-9825205-0-5

Play a sample puzzle online!

Ordering information and puzzle solutions here


 

SIBA Member Survey – Help SIBA Help YOU!

A link to SIBA’s Survey for Core Members was emailed to you recently.  If you have completed the survey, THANK YOU!, and if you are a core member who missed the call to participate, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for link information.


Lady Banks' Pick of the Week!

The Eternal Ones

Okra PicksTime to Pick a Peck of Fall Okra Picks – Deadline for submissions Sep. 1

Submit your Okra Pick here: http://www.sibaweb.com/okra

SIBA announced the 2010 Summer Okra Picks—great southern books, fresh off the vine.  This is a fresh bushel of great picks.http://www.authorsroundthesouth.com/okra


SIBA's Get in Bed Blog Project

SIBA’s own Wanda Jewell has launched the Get in Bed Blog Project
Read more and sign up today
.


 

FREE Personalized Facebook Assistance from AMIBA for SIBA Members

A well-designed and maintained Facebook page can do much, much more than communicate with community members. It can connect your various web presences, serve as a recruiting tool for members and volunteers, boost your search engine rankings and eliminate the need to build a full website until after newer groups have a solid foundation (this can save lots of time and headaches while you solidify your identity).

AMIBA's Lily von Mosch, who teaches social media at Montana State University, will help new or existing AMIBA affiliates design or expand their Facebook pages, lead fans to learn more about your organization and engage them (in the real world and online). For example, leading each new visitor to your mission page before they see your "wall" makes them more likely to visit your website (if applicable) and engage. We'll show you how to create within Facebook an About Us page, Contact page, newsletter sign-up page and explain other options. You'll also learn how to set up Google Analytics to track visits, referring websites, visited pages and more.

See the new framework Lily just set up for AMIBA's Facebook page for ideas (and become a fan/participate while you're at it!). Call Lily at 406-582-1255 for assistance.


 

#FollowReader Hosts @SIndies

I was one of the guests at the weekly Thursday #FollowReader Twitter Chat this past week and it was so cool; an hour of fast and furious exchange with industry insiders across the globe.  It was pretty cool to be hearing from booksellers and bloggers in Canada, India, and England.

http://followthereader.wordpress.com/2010/08/06/regional-shows-the-new-hook-up-spot-for-booksellers-and-bloggers/


 

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

Trade Show 2010: Daytona, FL, The Plazas; Sept. 24-26

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 Revivals

How Tweet It Is

#SIBA10 

Holiday Catalog is Coming

 SIBA Book Awards

Pick a Peck of Okra

Get In Bed Blog Project

SIBA Affiliates with Stores to Sell Books

Deal of the Month


New in the Document Library: 2010 SIBA Book Award Materials

11x17 Poster

Shelf Talkers

Book Marks


Mark Your Calendar!

Bookseller Revivials!
July 19, 28

Holiday Catalog Ordering Deadline
August 10

SIBA Trade Show
Sept. 24-26
Daytona, FL



Coming Up on Circle of Sites

 

All I Ever Wanted
(Harlequin)

The Eternal Ones

Eternal Ones
(Penguin)

She's Gone Country

She's Gone Country
(5 Spot)

The Miracle of Mercy Land

Miracle of Mercy Land
(Waterbrook)

The Typist

The Typist
(Atlantic Monthly)

 

July 2010

Dearest booksellers,

If we wanted to sum up this newsletter in a series of hashtags, SIBA e-Ink would look something like this:

Come2R#revivals! Not2L8! FREE Hotel, tweet #SIBA10! #holidaycatalog & #bookawards R here! #okra 2! #getinbed w/us and #sellbks!

OK, here's that again, in English:

Come to the SIBA Indie Bookseller Revivals! It's not too late to sign up. Enter to win a free hotel night at the SIBA Trade Show--check out #siba10 on Twitter. It's nearly time to order your holiday catalogs, and the SIBA Book Awards have been announced. We're also taking nominations for the fall Okra picks. Visit the SIBA blog for more information on the "Get in Bed" project, and yes, SIBA has started to promote store online affiliate programs so they can SELL SOME BOOKS. Because that's what it's all about, right?

We want you all to sign up for twitter and make the world safe again for grammatically complete sentences. #READON!

SIBA Indie Bookseller Revivals Only Five Days Away – It’s not too late…

Your SIBA Board Members will play host across the south in July to southern booksellers at The Indie Booksellers Revival.  Each revival will be a day-long immersion kicking off with some hands-on education provided by each store followed by lunch with a writer, and ending with an Indie Inquiry among booksellers about how to go forward successfully in this ever changing industry.    Read more.


How Tweet It Is! Contest – Win a FREE Hotel Night during #SIBA10

A little bird told me. . .The hashtag for the SIBA Trade Show is #SIBA10.

Any member of SIBA who tweets - "How tweet it is. #SIBA10" between now and August 1st will be entered to win one free hotel night at SIBA 2010.  There will be 5 winners, so start twittering!  Follow SIndies to find out the latest Show news! Get your twitter account here: twitter.com

Here is the registration form for the SIBA Trade Show – http://www.sibaweb.com/pdf/tradeshow/2010/2010regformA.pdf

Shiver

#SIBA10 is Around the Corner – Mark Your Calendar

This year, the SIBA Trade Show is being held at sister indie properties that are side by side by the seaside.  And it is predicted that the air will be filled with book-talk among the southern book industry elite.  The most successful Southern Social Networking Summit Redux will be offered on Thursday.  Linda Barrett-Knopp of Malaprops’ credits the summit for Malaprops’ finding its sweet spot.  We are also expecting a host of bloggers so that booksellers can Get in Bed with a Blogger.  Education, Publishers, and Authors, oh my!  The ever popular Moveable Feast is back along with many SIBA favorites.  New this year is the Tweet Up a Rep and the Technology Pavilion where anyone visiting the exhibits can stop and learn a new piece of technology that will help you sell more books.  Twitter, Facebook and Ustream, oh my! 

See it all here: http://www.tradeshow.sibaweb.com/schedule

New for 2010! SIBA has partnered with Above the Treeline, provider of the book industry’s digital catalog Edelweiss, to provide Books@SIBA, a digital companion to their upcoming fall 2010 trade show taking place in Daytona, Florida on September 24 – 26. Books@SIBA will provide attendees, interested booksellers, bloggers, and other book industry professionals with an online resource to browse, share, tag, and order titles being featured at this year’s show. See http://www.abovethetreeline.com/booksatsiba

Here is the registration form for the SIBA Trade Show – http://www.sibaweb.com/pdf/tradeshow/2010/2010regformA.pdf


The Secret World of Walter Anderson

SIBA Holiday Catalog Info – Watch your email box next week

Information to order the SIBA Holiday Catalog will be emailed to you sometime in the next week so watch carefully so that you do not miss your opportunity to take advantage of this most valuable SIBA benefit.  Booksellers credit the Holiday Catalog as one of the big reasons for membership in SIBA. 

August 20, 2010: Deadline to order your catalogs, imprinted & non imprinted.

Title List
 2010 Holiday Catalog Title List (pdf)
 2010 Holiday Catalog Title List (excel)


Available from Ingram, 978-0-9825205-0-5

Play a sample puzzle online!

Ordering information and puzzle solutions here


Eli the Good

SIBA Book Award Winners Announced

This from Rick Bragg:

Hey,

Now, I can tell Homer Bundrum, Flora Fortenberry, Charles Hardy and the other old cotton millers that the story of their lives has won an award.

Thank y'all, for making it possible for me to do that.
Rick

This from Hester Bass:

Dear SIBA Booksellers,

Thank you so much for selecting The Secret World of
Walter Anderson for the 2010 SIBA Children's Book Award! I so appreciate all the support this book has received. I'll be touring again in the fall - let me know what I can do for you!

Best wishes and big hugs,
Hester

And this from the Lee Brothers:

Hi, SIBA, we are THRILLED about this!!! We truly believe the southern independents made all the difference with both our cookbooks, and we couldn't be more honored and humbled by their support. We'll be posting the announcement on Facebook and our website of course.

All best,
Ted

This from Kathryn Stockett:

"I was so nervous and excited to present The Help to all of you at the SIBA conference before the book was even published, and I am convinced that the book has made its way into so many readers' hands because of you and all the amazing independent booksellers around the south. I am humbled and grateful for this honor."

Kathryn Stockett, author of THE HELP

http://www.authorsroundthesouth.com/siba-book-awards


Lady Banks' Pick of the Week!

All I Ever Wanted

Okra PicksTime to Pick a Peck of Fall Okra Picks – Deadline for submissions Sep. 1

Submit your Okra Pick here: http://www.sibaweb.com/okra

SIBA announced the 2010 Summer Okra Picks—great southern books, fresh off the vine.  This is a fresh bushel of great picks.http://www.authorsroundthesouth.com/okra


SIBA's Get in Bed Blog Project

SIBA’s own Wanda Jewell has launched the Get in Bed Blog Project
Read more and sign up today
.


South of Broad

SIBA Affiliates with Bookstores to Sell Books to Southern Readers at Authors ‘Round the South

In support of SIBA’s core member bookstores that are selling books online and hosting affiliate programs, and to encourage those who are not, SIBA began on June 1 to include purchase options for selected titles to consumers at SIBA’s consumer website, www.authorsroundthesouth.com (ARTS), and in the Lady Banks’ Commonplace Book newsletter, via SIBA core member affiliate programs.  All core bookstore members with affiliate programs will be represented across the selected titles in a fair and thoughtful manner.  SIBA launched the online buy options with Lady Banks’ Bookshelf—a monthly selection of titles of interest to readers of southern fiction, and will grow the options across the Okra Picks and the SIBA Book Awards.  Any money realized from book sales will be applied to the further maintenance of the consumer site and outreach to consumers on behalf of SIBA’s core members. 

Read more.


Southern Farmers Market Cookbook

Deal of the Month

Be one of the first 15 bookstore members to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Southern Indie Crossword Puzzle Book in the subject line to get a free copy of SIBA’s own publication.  Put it beside the cash register and if it sells in 24 hours, please consider ordering a few.  It’s discounted 50% to you and sells for only $9.95.

Ordering information and puzzle solutions here


Dead Weight

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

Trade Show 2010: Daytona, FL, The Plazas; Sept. 24-26

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

SIBA Affiliates with Bookstores to Sell Books to Southern Readers at Authors ‘Round the South

In support of SIBA’s core member bookstores that are selling books online and hosting affiliate programs, and to encourage those who are not, SIBA began on June 1 to include purchase options for selected titles to consumers at SIBA’s consumer website, www.authorsroundthesouth.com (ARTS), and in the Lady Banks’ Commonplace Book newsletter, via SIBA core member affiliate programs.  All core bookstore members with affiliate programs will be represented across the selected titles in a fair and thoughtful manner.  SIBA launched the online buy options with Lady Banks’ Bookshelf—a monthly selection of titles of interest to readers of southern fiction, and will grow the options across the Okra Picks and the SIBA Book Awards.  Any money realized from book sales will be applied to the further maintenance of the consumer site and outreach to consumers on behalf of SIBA’s core members.

To date, SIBA has four stores participating in the program.  The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, NC; City Lights in Sylva, NC; Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL; and Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA.  All four stores are part of the IndieCommerce family.  SIBA will participate in any affiliate programs core members offer. SIBA wants to assist member bookstores in capturing the online market, and recognizes  that Affiliate Programs are a key element. E-commerce is becoming standard for retail  stores with a Web presence. Online sales are only gaining steam.  It is the Readers (with a capital R) who want to read everything, every way, that stores must reach. They are also the most stalwart supporters of indie bookstores, if those stores can offer the options they seek. 

After making a point to visit every bookstore website of core members of the organization,  SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell commented, “I was surprised that so few stores had affiliate programs.  I always imagined that there were school fairs, authors, book bloggers, local non-profits, and libraries that were selling books via affiliate programs with core member bookstores.  I was shocked to see that so few offered affiliate programs and even fewer promoted it as a service to their communities, both virtual and real-world.  I hope SIBA can help change that.”
July 1 marked the end of the first month, and SIBA has successfully directed, on average, 15 visits per bookstore. 

SIBA Summer 2010 Get in Bed Blog Project Has Launched

The 2010 Get in Bed Blog Project (GiB) is a summer-long initiative to promote cooperation between independent bookstores and their local book bloggers. The project will consist of weekly challenges to move participants closer to getting in bed with a blogger or bookseller.  Weekly posts will relay a challenge to book bloggers and booksellers. Each participant should spend the following week meeting the challenge.
 
Inspiration for GiB came from the Sophisticated Dorkiness’ Blog Improvement Project and Executive Director Wanda Jewell hopes the project will culminate at the 2010 SIBA Trade Show where booksellers and book bloggers will indeed get in bed together!

At her own blog, Wanda’s Wonderful Book Blog, Jewell explains “I am no expert.  I am not even a book blogger or a bookseller.  I read a lot of blogs about books and am interested in social media, and I do everything I can think of to market indie bookstores in the south.  One of the reasons I am hosting this project is because I want to support the “circle of books” – the connection between books, their readers and their writers.  I believe in support systems, and think this will be a fun way to get in bed and get better together.”
Booksellers & book bloggers that would like to be listed as participants need only email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Get in Bed Players | GiB Book Bloggers | GiB Booksellers