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January, 2012

In This Issue

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More Than Words Can Say
More Than Words Can Say
(William Morrow & Company
)

Love Lifted Me
Love Lifted Me
(Thomas Nelson
)

Beyond Molasses Creek
Beyond Molasses Creek
(Thomas Nelson
)

Love, Charleston
Love, Charleston
(Thomas Nelson
)

Indomitable Will
Indomitable Will
(Crown Publishing Group
)

Temptation
Temptation
(David C. Cook
)

A Land More Kind Than Home
A Land More Kind Than Home
(William Morrow & Company
)

Relentless Pursuit
Relentless Pursuit
(David C. Cook
)

Leaving Church
Relentless Pursuit
(HarperOne
)

 

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SIBA is a trade organization for independent brick and mortar bookstores in the South.
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What's in this edition of SIBA eInk? It's time for many things! To renew your membership in SIBA. To nominate titles to the SIBA Book Award. To sign up for World Book Night. To put out the new Okra Picks. To register for GABBS Atlanta. To look for Waldo. To dream of Spain.


It's Time to Renew!

It is time to renew your membership if you want to be able to take full advantage of SIBA's benefits for the upcoming year. 

Membership dues are $150/year for booksellers...a mere $12.50 per month
$195/year for industry...only $16.25 per month

Please take a moment to renew your SIBA membership online and make sure all the contact information is correct. We use this information when we publish directories of SIBA members, such as the list of SIBA stores and STARS authors on Authors Round the South,  as well as company information that appears in SIBA's trade show directories.

Click here to manage your membership record online and use the login information below:

store name
store email*
*You may be asked for a password, which you will have to create if you have never logged in before.

Click here to download a membership form you can fill out and fax back in: SIBA dues form

If you are renewing your membership you have until March 1, 2012 before you lose access to SIBA benefits.

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Call for SIBA Book Award nominations

Time to Nominate the SIBA Book Awards

Is your favorite southern book of the year on this list?
The deadline to nominate books for the 2012 SIBA Book Award is February 14, Valentine's Day.

Nominate here
Get some great ideas here: Special to SIBA list

To be eligible, a book must be southern in nature, or by a southern author, or both. It must have been published in 2011 (no reprints, please). And the nomination must come from a SIBA member bookstore or a customer of a SIBA member store.

Go ahead and enter your nominations even if you see the book already on the list--we like to get your comments on the books you love.

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World Book Night: Be a Giver and a Store Sponsor!

World Book NightFebruary 1 is the deadline to be a book giver and store partner for World Book Night!

Who better than to pass along the joy of reading on World Book Night, April 23, 2012 than an independent bookstore? We think that at least a few thousand of the 50,000 book givers that day will be booksellers.  And it’s easy; just fill out the online form at www.worldbooknight.org , pour some of that passion into your answers, and you’re in.  

Spread the word! Post World Book Night info on twitter and on your Facebook pages. Here are two easy 140 character options:

Hey book lovers, be a volunteer book giver on World Book Night, April 23, 2012. Sign up at www.worldbooknight.org   by Feb. 1.  

Want to participate in a million book giveaway to promote reading?  Sign up at www.worldbooknight.org   by Feb. 1.

WBN is also looking for bookstores to act as pick-up locations for the book givers in their communities. Make your store the central hub of a group of people so passionate about books and reading they are willing to spend a night hanging out on street corners pushing books into the hands of complete strangers.

...hmmm, it sounds almost like they would be good indie booksellers!

To make your store the center of World Book Night in your area, go to worldbooknight.org and click on the Bookseller tab to fill out the form.

Any questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Spring Okra Picks: $50 in your cash drawer!

Okra PicksAnnouncing a fresh bushel of Okra Picks from SIBA! The current list of okra picks is here. Click on the cards to find out more information on the title. Some books even have first chapters available for download.

Follow #okrapicks on twitter!

SPECIAL OFFER for members who eat their okra!

By now, SIBA Bookstores should have received their Okra Pick cards. As a SIBA store member, you can earn $50.00 in SIBA credit each time you do an in-store Okra Picks display and report your sales of Okra Pick titles. The credit can be used for  anything SIBA, including Trade Show registration and meal tickets.

Download the sales report form:  okra picks sales report

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.

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SIBA and ABA Spring Education and Forums

Once again, SIBA and the American Booksellers Association will be on hand at the forth coming GABBS Atlanta Show (formerly Spring Book Show) in March to provide education. Seminars are still to be announced, but registration is open at  http://www.gabbs.net/GABBS_Atlanta.html

GABBS Atlanta

The ABA is also hosting a forum on March 13 at the Green Hills Public Library in Nashville, TN, courtesy of Parnassus Books. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Two Good Ideas from the ABA!

New WBN Poster Sends Out a Call to Book Lovers
A new 8½" x 11" poster that encourages book lovers to become World Book Night book givers is available for download. (Read more...)

 

Waldo Comes to Main Street

Waldo comes to Main StreetCandlewick Press and the American Booksellers Association are partnering to bring “Find Waldo Local” to Main Street USA this July. Indie booksellers nationwide are invited to host a month-long scavenger hunt for Waldo throughout local businesses. The community-wide event was developed to help spread the Shop Local message.

Candlewick Press wanted to “dovetail Waldo’s 25th anniversary celebration with the Shop Local movement by creating an exciting nationwide event to help ABA member bookstores remain strong and vibrant this summer,” said Elise Supovitz, director of field sales for Candlewick Press.

The idea stemmed from a Waldo promotion staged last year by Eight Cousins Bookstore

Find Waldo Local will start in participating communities on July 1, 2012, with kids and parents setting off on a hunt to find Waldo hidden in 20 local businesses. Waldo spotters will be eligible for prizes, and the event will culminate on July 31 with a grand ceremony held at the bookstore.

Candlewick is offering special terms on supporting orders and $50 in additional co-op, and will send a free kit containing everything to launch Find Waldo Local. Kit materials include a sturdy 40-inch Waldo standee, 20 mini Waldo standees, 20 Shop Local window clings, 220 “I Found Waldo” cards, and bag stuffers. Participation is capped at 250 stores.

Candlewick will also provide free prizes for participants, including 100 “I Found Waldo” buttons, five copies of Where’s Waldo? The Phenomenal Postcard Book, and one copy of Where’s Waldo? The Complete Collection box set. Complete details are provided in A Find Waldo Local brochure landing at bookstores in the January Red Box mailing and available here .

To participate, bookstores must sign up by March 1 at Indiebound.org/findwaldolocal and agree to additional terms listed here.

“Candlewick is absolutely thrilled to partner with the ABA on Find Waldo Local,” said Supovitz. “We’re celebrating our 20th anniversary this year and our business model of independence has remained unchanged over the past two decades. We are committed as ever to independent thinking and support of ABA-member independent bookstores.

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 Around the Region

The rain in Spain...

(Imagine appropriate background music!)
Win a 9 day trip to Spain as part of Workman's 1001 Places to See Before You Die Tour! Details and the entry form can be found here: http://www.workman.com/1000placesevents/
Deadline for entries is January 31, 2012. In store signage is available from Jessica Weiner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Chelsea Green partners with Bill McClung & Associates

Effective January 1, Chelsea Green Publishing has signed on with Bill and Terri McClung and their group to represent its books to trade accounts in the Southeast. This is the first time since 2006 that Chelsea Green has had independent trade representation. For more information contact
Michael Weaver
Chelsea Green Publishing
802/299-2422
802/299-2423 fax
877/696-5391
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Thank you for your interest in SIBA,

Wanda Jewell, Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205
803.994.9530
Fax: 309.410.0211
www.sibaweb.com

Thank you to SIBA's Inkreadible Sponsors 2011:
Baker & Taylor
Bookazine

Trade Show #SIBA12: Sept 7-9, 2012 at Naples Grande Beach Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Collection

Find your favorite authors at Authors 'Round the South
What I'm blogging: Wanda's Wonderful Book Blog
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About World Book Night sign-up: you as a giver and your store as a partner

Plus telling all your online friends!

World Book NightDear Booksellers,

Part One

Who better than to pass along the joy of reading on World Book Night, April 23, 2012 than -- YOU!
Yes, I envision that at least a few thousand of the 50,000 book givers that day will be booksellers.  And it’s easy; just fill out the online form at www.worldbooknight.org , pour some of that passion into your answers, and you’re in.

BUT wait .  . . there’s more.

We want you to tell others, many others.

Read on.

While the news of World Book Night in the U.S. came out in the fall via LJ, PW and elsewhere, and in December when we announced in USA Today and online that  the 30 World Book Night U.S. book list and that the book giver process had opened up to the public, December was not the best time to announce, obviously.  A number of factors pushed us to that date, but I never despaired; I knew then and know now that once you surfaced from the holiday madness, you’d rush to be givers. 

And tell others.

You see, WBN is ALL social media driven. No marketing budget and it’s not needed. There’s all of your followers, as well as those of authors, bloggers, librarians, and many many more.  From LJ, PW, Book Page, Shelf Awarness, BookReporter, Goodreads, indie tweets, publisher blogs, and from you, the message will go out.

And what’s the message that you can send out?

In under 140 characters:

Hey book lovers, be a volunteer book giver on World Book Night, April 23, 2012. Sign up at www.worldbooknight.org   by Feb. 1.   …..or……

Want to participate in a million book giveaway to promote reading?  Sign up at www.worldbooknight.org   by Feb. 1.

Note: Please link to the general site, not just the sign-up form; I’d like people to learn more, check out the book list, read about our mission . . . and THEN apply to be a book giver.

Yes, Virginia, there IS an application process. People do have to understand that there are clear rules and obligations, and that some thought has to go into where they want to give away their free WBN special editions, and why.  The publishing and book community is going to great expense, and even greater volunteer time, to get over a million dollars’ worth of donated paper, printing and shipping, and the authors have waived royalties, and it is simply essential that the book givers understand the goals of World Book Night: to find NEW readers.

I hope you’ll visit the site, noodle around . . . AND apply to be a book giver . . .. . . AND tweet your fingers off. And……..

Part Two

At the same time that we are asking each of you to be World Book Night book givers on April 23, 2012, we are enlisting bookstores and libraries to be locations for the book givers in your community to come pick up their box of free World Book Night books.

You see, we are not sending 50,000 boxes of 20 books each to their homes. We are sending the boxes to bookstores or libraries so YOU can be one of the community centers for World Book Night, as well as the beneficiary of some added foot traffic. This was done in the UK to great success.

But it’s not as easy as just raising your hand and saying you’re in. Alas, as with the book giver process, I need you to answer a few questions so I can be assured that the donated expense of World Book Night in the U.S. is going to good use. 

There will be some requirements to be a WBN book pick-up location, and a brief on-line form needs to be filled out. There are a number of questions that need an affirmative answer.

There are other requirements, as well. Sorry to be pain about this, but again, a LOT of people’s time and resources have gone into World Book Night, and this must be a focused, one-to-one person-and-book interaction. It’s much, much more that simply a free book giveaway.

Deadline is Feb. 1.

Please read more at www.worldbooknight.org under the Bookseller tab.
And feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions!

And tweet and email to tout le monde!!

Hey book lovers, be a volunteer book giver on World Book Night, April 23, 2012. Sign up at www.worldbooknight.org   by Feb. 1.  

Thank you!
Carl Lennertz
Executive Director
World Book Night U.S. 

FoxTale Book ShoppeWoodstock, Georgia was not a planned stop on the tour for New York Times bestselling author Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus, but she has decided to make a special trip. Why? Because there are some booksellers in the town who really, really, really love her new book.

When the owners of FoxTale Book Shoppe read The Night Circus, they knew it would resonate with a wide range of their customers, so it became their hand-sell title of the season.  One special customer loved the book so much she offered to design a window display for the store.  FoxTale posted a picture of the window on their Facebook page, which then caught the eye of their Random House rep, who raved all over the social network universe.

Night Circus Window

Erin Morgenstern was concluding her hardcover tour, with no plans to include a stop in Atlanta, no plans that is, until the window display image reached her via Twitter.  "I gasped.  I did," she said later.  Quickly, a dialogue was established between author and the FoxTale owner, Ellen Ward, leading to the involvement of Erin's Random House publicist, and --as if by magic-- a date was decided upon for the author to visit FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, Georgia, and witness firsthand the enthusiasm her debut novel has inspired.

Erin Morgenstern will be at Foxtale Book Shoppe on January 27 at 7 pm.  The event is ticketed. More information is available on their website.

Effective January 1, Chelsea Green Publishing has signed on with Bill and Terri McClung and their group to represent its books to trade accounts in the Southeast. This is the first time since 2006 that Chelsea Green has had independent trade representation. 

 
We're convinced that having more reps in the field will be a boon to buyers and to our books, and we're very pleased to have a quality rep group in the South to work with. 
 
Now entering its 28th year, the Vermont-based independent press Chelsea Green publishes and/or distributes between 35 and 50 titles a year on sustainable living and progressive politics.
 
For more information, contact:
 
Michael Weaver
Trade Sales Manager
--
Michael Weaver
Chelsea Green Publishing
802/299-2422
802/299-2423 fax
877/696-5391
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.chelseagreen.com <http://www.chelseagreen.com>
 
Chelsea Green Publishing--The Politics and Practice of Sustainability

Okra PicksDecember 21, 2011 (Columbia, SC)—Tis the season to be merry, but here in the land of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance it's also the season for a new harvest of Okra Picks. Southern Indie Booksellers have a selected the 2012 Spring Okra Picks—great southern books, fresh off the vine. It’s a bumper crop, a baker's dozen different 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 2012 spring releases (December 2011 through March 2012) and 3) There is a SIBA member Bookstore who is really excited about the book. So if you wanted to know what books you'd be reading over the next few months, check the list below! Southern booksellers love their Southern authors—we grow good books!

Spring 2012 Okra Picks

The Confession
by Charles Todd
William Morrow, January 2012

The Evening Hour
by Carter Sickels
Bloomsbury, January 2012

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
Grand Central Publishing, January 2012

The Healing
by Jonathan Odell
Random House, February 2012

The Rebel Wife
by Taylor M. Polities
Simon and Schuster, February 2012

The Same Sun Here
by Silas House and Neela Vaswani
Candlewick, February 2012

The Search Committee
by Tim Owens
Tyndale House, February 2012

What Happened to Hannah
by Mary Kay McComas
William Morrow, February 2012

Glow
by Jessica Maria Tuccelli
Viking, March 2012

The Hills Remember
by James Still
University Press of Kentucky, March 2012

The Iguana Tree
by Michel Stone
Hub City Press, March 2012

The Kentucky Derby
by James C. Nicholson
University Press of Kentucky, March 2012

Render Unto the Valley
by Rose Senehi
KIM Publishing/John Blair. March 2012

For more information visit Authorsroundthesouth.com/okra