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Okra PicksIsn’t it a little early to pick okra?

SIBA Announces the 2010 Winter/Spring Okra Picks—great southern books, fresh off the vine.

(Columbia, SC)-It may still be frosty outside but in the South it’s always Okra Season!  Southern Indie Booksellers have a selected a basket full of books for the 2010 Winter/Spring Okra Picks—great southern books, fresh off the vine. From aliens to debutantes, Barbie dolls to black-eyed peas, these titles highlight just what it is that makes Southern literature great.  All the books have the following things in common:  1) They are Southern in nature. 2) They are Winter/Spring 2010 releases and 3) There is a SIBA member Bookstore who is really excited about the book. Southern booksellers love their Southern authors!

The Okra Picks, 2010 Winter/Spring Edition:

Fiction

Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives by Brad Watson
W.W. Norton, March 2010
9780393057119 $23.95

An Unfinished Score by Elise Blackwell
Unbridled Books, April 2010
9781936071661, $24.95

Burning Bright: Stories by Ron Rash
Ecco, March 2010
9780061804113 $22.99

Fireworks Over Toccoa by Jeffrey Stepakoff
St. Martin’s Press, April 2010
9780312581589, $22.99

Hold Up the Sky by Patricia Sprinkle
New American Library,  March 2010
9780451229144, $15.00

How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly by Connie May Fowler
Grand Central Publishing,  April 2010
9780446540681, $23.99

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, January 2010
9780670021390, $25.95

This is Just Exactly Like You by Drew Perry
Viking,  April 2010
9780670021543, $25.95

Nonfiction

Confessions of a Rebel Debutante by Anna Fields
Harpercollins, April 2010
9780399156311, $24.95

Enchanted Evening Barbie and the Second Coming by Rheta Grimsley Johnson
New South Books, April 2010
9781588382504, $24.95

Gullah Cuisine: By Land and Sea by Charlotte Jenkins and William Baldwin
Evening Post Publishing Company with Joggling Board Press,  March 2010
9780981873596, $36.95

I Love You, Now Hush by Melinda Rainey Thompson and Morgan Murphy
John F. Blair, February 2010
9780895873781, $16.95

Lincoln on Trial by Burrus M. Carnahan
University of Kentucky Press, February 2010
9780813125695, $30.00

Watch for more Okra Picks promotions.  There will be The Okra Picks Patch at www.authorsroundthesouth.com.  Lady Banks will introduce The Okra Picks to over 5000 consumer subscribers in the February and March issues.  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.

Wanda Jewell, Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205
803.779.0118
Fax: 803.779.0113
www.sibaweb.com

Opening or Buying a Bookstore?

The training and education you need to prepare for owning and operating your new business is one of the most critical investments you can make. 

Plan to attend the next intensive workshop retreat – Opening A Bookstore: The Business Essentials – March 15-19 on Amelia Island (near Jacksonville, FL).  The week will include key topics from start-up costs and strategies for making a profit to choosing a computerized management system and selecting your opening inventory.  With rave reviews from hundreds of graduates over the years, this program offers you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the book industry and will give you the strategies and contacts to help you launch a successful independent bookstore.

Avoid the all-too-common misconception that a small bookstore can’t be that hard to start and operate. It’s a complex business regardless of size. Take time to train for your new career so you can launch a successful bookstore that is a sustainable business, one that will contribute to your local community for years to come. 

The workshop, offered in spring and fall each year, is facilitated by Mark and Donna Paz Kaufman of the Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates and is co-sponsored by the American Booksellers Association. For details, visit  PazBookBiz.com.

SIBA has new numbers. 

The new phone number for SIBA is 803.994.9530.

The current fax number for SIBA is: 309.410.0211.

The previous numbers will work for a short time.

 

Southern Social Networking Summit a HIT!

Video Clips (posted by Trey Pennington)

Consuming Books Blog Post

Novel Thoughts

Photos (taken by Curtis Rogers from the SC State Library)

SIBA is planning a second Summit in June of this year.  Watch here for more details.

 


 

Southern Social Networking Summit (#ssns)
Meeting on the application of on-line social networking to the arts, humanities & business

Dates:
Wed., Jan. 6, 2010 (starting at 10am) & Thu., Jan. 7 (ending by 3pm)

Location:
Hyatt Regency Greenville, 220 North Main Street, Greenville, South Carolina, USA 29601
Tel: +1 864 235 1234 Fax: +1 864 232 7584
Mention code: SSNS when making reservation
Hotel Reservations Online

Thorny Details:
Registrants should have a working knowledge of the Internet and already be making some social networking efforts. Minimally, you should have a Twitter account and Facebook account set up, and have either a blog or website or both that is maintained somewhat regularly. Meals will be provided except dinner which will be dutch treat.

This event is free to the participants who stay overnight at the Hyatt Regency Greenville. The room rate is $99. If you do not stay at the Hyatt, the cost is $135. There will be no refunds. You will be required to forward your reservation confirmation for the Hyatt Regency Greenville to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a special discount code to use when registering to avoid the $135 summit registration fee.

Register here

You must pre-register by Jan. 1, 2010, Limited to the first 150 people. Every participant is invited to bring promotional materials, products, brochures, or other materials that they would like to share with other participants. Take this opportunity to increase your visibility across the south. We are all in this together.

Motivation and strategy:
The arts & humanities have made strides in applying insights from their field to social networking, particularly those involving reaching their direct constituents. So far, however, it has had a minimal impact on what may be the most significant challenge: reaching the masses. This meeting brings together those from varied domains to brainstorm about policies and programs aimed at invigorating our social networking efforts. The main thrust of the meeting will be to brainstorm about practical solutions to specific problems that are impeding progress in dealing with the ever changing explosive opportunities in social networking. There will be four sessions (see below), each focusing on a different broad topic area. Each begin with a briefing by a domain expert who will provide background information about the topic and propose some concrete problems for the group to address. Brainstorming will then take the form of breakout group meetings followed by larger group presentations. The four topic areas are:

  1. How to make time for all the social networks - Facebook, Twitter, Ning, LinkedIn, Glue, Google, Delicious, Wet Paint, Net Galley, Author Buzz, Library Thing, Squidoo, FourSquare, CloudProfile and so many more…
  2. What’s on-line that will feed my work? What’s free and how do I get it? Marketing Partnerships and how to make them work?
  3. What does the research tell us? What trends are coming down the pipe? And how do we manage it all with small staffs and smaller budgets?
  4. Increasing the effectiveness of our combined efforts. How do we move the conversation from insiders to outsiders?

Schedule (subjecCrush It!t to adjustments)

Day 1, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010

  • 9:00-10:00    Breakfast (please come and meet the other participants)
  • 10:00–11:00 Welcome and Presentation on Motivation & Strategy for Successful Social Networking with business guru and wine guy Gary Vaynerchuk, author of Crush It! http://garyvaynerchuk.com/
  • 11:00-11:30 Break & Book Signing with Gary Vaynerchuk & David Allen
  • 11:30-12:30 Introduction and questions for brainstorming: How to make time for all the social networks - Facebook, Twitter, Ning, LinkedIn, Glue, Google, Delicious, Wet Paint, Net Galley, Author Buzz, Library Thing, Squidoo, and so many more with the world's leading authority on personal and organizational productivity David Allen, author of Making It All Work, Getting Things Done, and Ready for Anything. http://www.davidco.com/
  • Making It All Work12:30-1:00  Break & Booksigning with David Allen
  • 1:00 -2:00   Breakout group brainstorming (over lunch)
  • 2:00 -2:30   Breakout group reports
  • 2:30-3:00    Break
  • 3:00-4:00    Introduction and questions for brainstorming: What’s on-line that will feed my work? What’s free and how do I get it? Marketing Partnerships and how to make them work with social media marketing & viral marketing scientist Dan Zarrella, author of The Social Media Marketing Book. http://danzarrella.com/
  • 4:00-4:30    Break & Book Signing with Dan Zarrella
  • 4:30-5:30    Breakout group brainstorming
  • 5:30-6:30    Breakout group reports
  • Dinner 7:00  Table 301 Family of Restaurants (Dutch Treat with a 20% discount to all)

The Social Media Marketing BookDay 2, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010

  • 8:00-9:00    Breakfast
  • 9:00-10:00  Introduction and questions for brainstorming: What does the research tell us? What trends are coming down the pipe? And how do we manage it all with small staffs and smaller budgets? Curtis Rogers, Communications Director for the South Carolina State Library
  • 10:00-11:00 Breakout group brainstorming
  • 11:00-12:00 Breakout group reports
  • 12:00-1:10   Lunch to include SIBA presentation
  • 1:10-2:10      Introduction and discussion: Increasing the effectiveness of our combined efforts. How do we move the conversation from insiders to outsiders? Trey Pennington, founder of Pennington Marketing and the Social Media Club of Greenville, SC
  • 2:10-3:00     Group discussion and closing reflections

Twitter Summary:
Southern Social Networking Summit #ssns: Greenville, SC Jan w/Gary Vaynerchuk, David Allen, Dan Zarrella- http://www.sibaweb.com/ssns


 

#SSNS Sponsors

 

Fiction Addiction

Fiction Addiction is an independent bookstore located in Greenville, SC. Carrying new and used books as well as gift items, this indie bookstore specializes in fiction but also carry nonfiction and can special-order anything that is in print.

Harper Studio


HarperStudio

HarperStudio is committed to partnering with authors to publish books in a way that is effective, creative, and sustainable.  We believe books are a vital part of our culture.  We believe traditional publishing models are broken and are experimenting with new ones.  We believe in embracing technology.  We believe the future is now. 

The Hyatt

Hyatt Regency Greenville

Hyatt Regency is a global hospitality company with widely recognized, industry leading brands and a tradition of innovation developed over our more than fifty-year history whose mission is to provide authentic hospitality by making a difference in the lives of the people we touch every day.

North Carolina Writers' Network

The North Carolina Writers' Network connects, promotes, and serves the writers of this state. We provide education in the craft and business of writing, opportunities for recognition and critique of literary work, resources for writers at all stages of development, support for and advocacy of the literary heritage of North Carolina, and a community for those who write. The North Carolina Writers’ Network believes that writing is necessary both for self-expression and a healthy community, that well-written words can connect people across time and distance, and that the deeply satisfying experiences of writing and reading should be available to everyone.

 

The Open Book

The Open Book

The Open Book staff is dedicated to the love and knowledge of books. Our personal customer service is based on both handing you the book you want, and offering you knowledge about other books that may be to your interest. We are more than a book retail store. We are a part of our community.

The Open Book was started by Tom Gower in 1972.His daughter Margaret worked in the store all through high school, and managed the McAlister Square location when it opened in 1978. That's when Duff Bruce was hired and eventually he and Margaret were wed. The Open Book moved to its current location in the early '90's and the other locations were closed.

 

South Carolina Book Festival

SC Book Festival

The 2010 SCBook Festival will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC on February 26–28, 2010.  Friday, February 26th Events: Featured workshops at various locations around the Columbia area during the day will be offered for a nominal registration fee. In the evening, join us for the annual opening night reception presented in partnership with the University of South Carolina University Libraries.  More details will follow as the festival schedule develops in the coming months.  Saturday, February 27th and Sunday, February 28th: All events are free and open to the public. The weekend activities feature award-winning authors discussing their works and other interesting literary topics. Autographing your copies of books along with others you may purchase on site will be located within the Exhibit Hall. More than 100 exhibitors set up their booth spaces where you can shop all weekend long for that special literary treat. All events are open and free to the public: all seats for author presentations are first-come basis. Visit our schedule page for more information as time draws nearer.  We hope to see you at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in February.

Social Media Club of Greenville

Social Media Club of Greenville

Social Media Club Greenville is a group of enthusiasts helping each other use social media for meaningful engagement with real people. With regular monthly meetings and special training programs and workshops, Social Media Club Greenville works to bring people together to share knowledge, connections, and enthusiasm. For more information, contact Trey Pennington at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or join our Facebook group and be in-the-loop http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=42980322582

Social Media Club of Greenville

South Carolina Arts Commission

The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.

South Carolina State Library

South Carolina State Library

The South Carolina State Library is the primary administrator of federal and state support for the state’s libraries. The Library is a national model for innovation, collaboration, leadership and effectiveness. The Library’s mission is to optimize South Carolina’s investment in library and information services. In 1969, as the result of action by the General Assembly, the State Library Board was redesignated as the South Carolina State Library and assumed responsibility for public library development, library service for state institutions, service for the blind and physically handicapped, and library service to state government agencies. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Library is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and other sources. For more information, visit www.statelibrary.sc.gov or call 803-734-8666.

 

SIBA

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) was formed to unite in one organization individuals and businesses actively engaged in the writing, selling, publishing, distribution and/or promoting of books in the South. SIBA provides a forum to discuss common problems and share ideas; offers educational programs and workshops for the benefit of its members; and strives to promote a high standard of ethics and business practices among the membership. SIBA exists to help indie bookstores become a more profitable business, and sell more books.

Table 301

Table 301

 

Table 301 is a group of restaurants, a group of people who truly love food and a group of businesses dedicated to the highest standards of hospitality.

Diverse in exquisite flavors, and consistent in excellent service, Table 301 creates experiences that make Greenville, SC an irresistible stop on the culinary map.

At every Table 301 establishment, every table is the best table in the house.

Table 301 Restaurants are offering a 20% discount to all attendees of the Southern Social Networking Summit for the duration of the event, from January 5-7. 

SIBA believes in its booksellers and takes a leap of faith

(Columbia, SC)—In order to demonstrate the collective clout of independent bookstores and booksellers in the South, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) has taken an unprecedented, and daring, step. In a new policy just announced to its members this week, SIBA has offered to forgo collecting membership dues from its stores for the upcoming year if the stores in turn will allow SIBA to place a single banner ad on their store websites.  The ad, whose content will be sold by and controlled by the organization, will appear simultaneously on every participating SIBA store site for the duration it is booked—giving it extensive regional exposure.

“We are always looking for ways to show the impact and clout our stores have on the market,” said SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell, who says she envisioned a “circle” of store websites collectively promoting the same title, at the same time, to their customers—something she is confident will both help boost sales of the book and raise the visibility of the stores with publishers.

“Of course, waiving the dues for stores that participate is a real carrot,” said Jewell, who acknowledges that the economy remains a challenge to SIBA’s member stores and that they need to find ways to cut expenses. “We’re happy we’ve found a way to help, and can still give stores access to all the many benefits of being a member of SIBA.” she said.

But forgiving dues for participating stores is not without its own repercussions for the organization. SIBA relies on income from membership dues and is therefore betting that revenue generated from the ad space on store sites will make up what would have been collected in dues.  Jewell says she is confident that will happen—so confident that she regards the collective advertising model as an entirely new way for trade organizations like SIBA to operate.

According to Jewell, the response from stores so far has been “very enthusiastic.” Within hours of announcing the program more than twenty stores had signed up, included such high-profile booksellers as Books & Books in Miami, Florida, Page and Palette in Fairhope, Alabama, and The Regulator in Durham, North Carolina.

The current list of participating stores includes the following (and more are added daily):

A Novel Experience - Zebulon, GA
As the Page Turns - Greenville, SC
Author Squad – Huntersville, NC
Bay Books – Bay St. Louis, MS
Bayou Books - Gretna, LA
Beauty and the Book – Jefferson, TX
Blue Elephant Bookshop - Decatur, GA
Book and Cranny – Statesboro, GA
Bookin it! – Belmont, NC
Books & Books  - Coral Gable, FL
Book Swap of Carrollwood – Tampa, FL
Bound to be read– Atlanta, GA
Burry Bookstore - Easley, SC
Capitol Books & News – Montgomery, AL
Chapters Bookshop – Galax, VA
City Lights - Sylva, NC
Deb's Bookstore – Cullman, AL
Dee Gees - Morehead City, NC
Eagle Eye Books – Atlanta, GA
Family Bookshop – DeLand, FL
Fiction Addiction - Greenville, SC
Fireside Books and Gifts – Forest City, NC
Flyleaf Books – Chapel Hill, NC
Hall Book Exchange – Gainesville, GA
Island Bookstore - Duck, NC
Literary Book Post - Salisbury, NC
Lorelei Books - Vicksburg, MS
Malaprops Bookstore & Cafe - Asheville, NC
Orchard House Books - Smithfield, NC
Pablo's on Market - Athens, AL
Page & Palette – Fairhope, AL
Page After Page – Elizabeth City, NC
Phillips & Lloyd - Hayesville, NC
Quartermoon Books - Topsail Island, NC
Regulator – Durham, NC
Retro Cinema & Books – Washington, GA
Simple Pleasures Books & Gifts – Ashland, VA
Spellbound Books - Asheville, NC
Sundial Books - Chicoteague Island, VA
Swift Books – Orangeburg, SC
That Bookstore in Blytheville – Blytheville, AR
The Bookstore – Huntsville, AL
Two Sisters Bookery – Wilmington, NC
Words Bookstore – Hardy, AR
Yawn's Books - Canton, GA

The SIBA Bookstore Banner Program is not the first time the organization has experimented with collective advertising. Earlier this year SIBA, in cooperation with the eight other regional booksellers associations, implemented a banner ad program that appears on each of the nine associations’ websites.  But that program is targeted towards industry, where as the Bookstore Banner Program is designed to reach directly into the consumer market.

“It’s a much more ambitious undertaking,” said Nicki Leone, SIBA’s Web site administrator. “We’re coordinating dozens of sites with a weekly rotating series of banners.” Over the next few weeks, SIBA will be concentrating on helping its stores to add the special banner links to their Web sites and testing the delivery system. The Circle of Sites banner ad has already begun to appear on some store sites.

Leone added that SIBA will also be working with bookstores so they know the schedule of upcoming ads, and providing statistical information to publishers so they can evaluate the effectiveness of the program.

The SIBA Bookstore Banner Program will go live on January 1st. SIBA has designed a creative pricing model that will be attractive to publishers.