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Southern Traveling Authors Registration ServicePresenting the Southern Traveling Author Registration Service
Bringing authors and booksellers together

Columbia, SC - September 16, 2008 -


Announcing STARS
How does it work?
Who can use STARS?
What can you do with STARS?
Welcome to STARS

Dear SIBA Booksellers,

announceHave you ever had a phone call like this?  "Hi, I'm an author and I'm going to be visiting your town next week, can I do a signing at your store?"  When I was manager at Bristol Books, I used to get those kinds of calls all the time and it was incredibly frustrating-there was never enough time to adequately promote a signing like this, especially with an author who was unknown to the area. And yet, we wanted to have a busy events schedule and we were often asked to find authors for book club meetings and what not. I felt like I missed some great opportunities. 

It was those kinds of calls and their attendant frustrations that gave SIBA the idea for a new service:
SIBA is pleased to give its members a sneak-peak into its newest service for its members, the Southern Traveling Authors Registration Service (STARS).  STARS is a part of the Authors 'Round the South website, and operates as a "speakers bureau" geared specifically towards Southern independent bookstores.
 
howHow does it work?

Authors who are traveling in the South and want to schedule events while on the road list their upcoming trips on their STARS profile page.  Each time a trip to a specific town is entered, an announcement is sent to close by SIBA stores, notifying them that the author will be in the area and is available for events, speaking engagements, book club discussions, etc.  Booksellers interesting in having the author for an event can log on to the STARS site to see specific information about the author, including descriptions of their books, links to their websites, blogs, newsletters and online press kits, and publicity contact information.

whoWho can use STARS?

SIBA stores can view and use all the contact information provided by the author. Bookstores can also forward STARS announcements to their own customers and community organizations. Many of you are approached as a resource for finding speakers for book clubs, civic organizations, local book festivals and schools. Now you can use STARS to help fill those requests.  You can also promote the STARS author list to groups as a general resource for finding new authors.

However, ONLY SIBA STORES HAVE ACCESS TO SPECFIC AUTHOR CONTACT INFORMATION.

SIBA wants this service to bring authors and customers to you. For that reason, ALL  requests and events must go through a SIBA-member bookstore.  A book club or civic group interested in scheduling a STARS author can make a request on the author's profile page, and that request will get forwarded to the closest SIBA member store as a potential event.  The general public does not have access to the author's contact email, phone, or other necessary information. YOU DO.

whatWhat can you do with STARS?

STARS can save you time! Aside from using STARS to augment your own events programs, you can also promote the site as a resource in your community, and use the service as a way to streamline and filter the calls you get from authors looking to schedule signings in your store.  How many times have you been contacted by an author you have never heard of, and asked to schedule a book signing a week or two away?  SIBA knows that some stores can receive as many as two or three calls a day. It is time consuming and distracting to explain to each caller why such a last-minute event won't work.
Now, you can simply direct these callers to the STARS website and ask that they list their requests and upcoming tours there.  Authors must be a member of SIBA, or published by a member of SIBA to be able to list on STARS. 

Also, because STARS gives authors a way to list upcoming tours months in advance, you have more time to publicize any event or appearance you do schedule.

welcomeWelcome to STARS!

STARS opened to beta-testing two weeks ago, and currently there are 55 authors on the STARS site. The program will be officially launched at the SIBA Trade Show, and an open call for participation will go out October 1st.

Those 55 authors have listed about 35 different upcoming trips and they'd like independent bookstores to know that they are willing to schedules events for.  Normally, SIBA would send out isolated announcements to stores in the area of each listing, but we wanted to give you an idea of how far-reaching and extensive the STARS list can be, so here it is in one big list. (Also, normally, we would not send out information about events that are only days away-the trip calendar will grow as more authors participate, and stores will only receive announcements about potential events that are at least a month out)

You can click on a state to see authors coming to that state. The list is arrange by STATE, then by TOWN. To see more information about an author, you can click on their name to view their STARS profile page. AND, if you are interested, you can log in to view their contact information and schedule an event.

SIBA hopes you will find this a valuable service. Please feel free to send us feedback about what you'd like to see in the future.

Nicki Leone
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Meet some STARS! 

The following authors are on the road and interested in doing events at or with independent bookstores. (You can click on a state to go directly to authors coming to your area)

AL | FL | GA | NC | SC | TN | VA

ALALABAMA

Birmingham

from 10/17/2008 to 10/19/2008
Elizabeth O. Dulemba, author of Paco and the Giant Chile Plant ~ Paco y la planta de chile gigante
Paco takes the familiar "Jack and the Beanstalk" tale and gives it more than a few new twists. Told as a fractured fairy tale, our hero, Jack, is now called Paco, and the story takes place in a beautiful desert setting in the American Southwest. The story is presented as an English text with embedded Spanish in rojo. A vocabulary page is included to jump start learning in either language

Mobile

from 11/7/2008 to 11/7/2008
Theodore Pitsios, author of The Bellmaker's House

Orange Beach

from 11/13/2008 to 11/13/2008
Theodore Pitsios, author of The Bellmaker's House

FLFLORIDA

Miami

from 10/20/2008 to 10/26/2008
Jesus Sanchez, author of Max Science and the Burned Out Bulb
Illustrated children's book that teaches the operation of the incandescent lamp

and Building a Nation One Person at a Time
This book is for people seeking meaning in their personal life. It is focused on revealing the maximum potential each individual has to offer.

Orlando

from 10/13/2008 to 10/19/2008
Jesus Sanchez, author of Max Science and the Burned Out Bulb
Illustrated children's book that teaches the operation of the incandescent lamp

and Building a Nation One Person at a Time
This book is for people seeking meaning in their personal life. It is focused on revealing the maximum potential each individual has to offer.

GAGEORGIA

Atlanta

from 10/1/2008 to 10/8/2008
Jesus Sanchez, author of Max Science and the Burned Out Bulb
Illustrated children's book that teaches the operation of the incandescent lamp

and Building a Nation One Person at a Time
This book is for people seeking meaning in their personal life. It is focused on revealing the maximum potential each individual has to offer.

from 11/7/2008 to 11/8/2008
Susan Spain, author of THE DEEP CUT
A teenager's struggle for his father's approval leads to unimagined heroism.

Lawrencville

from 10/18/2008 to 10/18/2008
Susan Spain, author of THE DEEP CUT
A teenager's struggle for his father's approval leads to unimagined heroism.

Norcross

from 10/3/2008 to 10/5/2008
Suzanne Adair, author of Paper Woman
(Patrick D. Smith Literature Award winner) As the American Revolution batters the Carolinas, thirty-three-year-old widow Sophie Barton leaves her home in Georgia to investigate her father's murder and plunges into a hornet's nest of espionage, terror, treachery, and more murder.

And The Blacksmith's Daughter
As the American Revolution batters the Carolinas, pregnant seventeen-year-old Betsy Sheridan, daughter of Sophie Barton (Paper Woman), leaves her home in Georgia to track down her Patriot spy husband and becomes entangled in the chaos leading up to the bloody Battle of Camden in South Carolina.

And Camp Follower
As the American Revolution batters the Carolinas, journalist Helen Chiswell, mistress of David St. James (Sophie Barton's brother from Paper Woman), becomes entangled in the chaos leading up to the bloody Battle of Cowpens in South Carolina.

Savannah

from 10/9/2008 to 10/12/2008
Jesus Sanchez, author of Max Science and the Burned Out Bulb
Illustrated children's book that teaches the operation of the incandescent lamp

and Building a Nation One Person at a Time
This book is for people seeking meaning in their personal life. It is focused on revealing the maximum potential each individual has to offer.

NCNORTH CAROLINA

Black Mountain

from 9/17/2008 to 9/18/2008
Char Solomon, author of Tatiana Proskouriakoff: Interpreting the Ancient Maya
This is a biography of a pioneering woman archaeologist who broke into her field when it was a male-dominated, Ivy League profession.

Central Piedmont area

from 9/8/2008 to 9/30/2008
Jesus Sanchez, author of Max Science and the Burned Out Bulb
Illustrated children's book that teaches the operation of the incandescent lamp

and Building a Nation One Person at a Time
This book is for people seeking meaning in their personal life. It is focused on revealing the maximum potential each individual has to offer.

Chapel Hill

from 10/13/2008 to 10/17/2008
Al Manning, author of The Curmudgeon's Book of Nursery Rhymes
Beloved nursery rhymes told with a twist.

Concord

from 10/21/2008 to 10/21/2008 comments
Scott Owens, author of The Fractured World
2008 Collection of poetry
And The Persistence of Faith
1993 collection of poems

from 11/6/2008 to 11/11/2008
Ramona (Ronnie) Stone, author of A Year in the Sun
A book for lovers of the sea, armchair sailors, and incurable dreamers. At age 53, and with no prior sailing experience, Ronnie Stone moves from her armchair beside a dying fire to the deck of a small Voyager 26 to sail, for a year, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Bahama Islands. The book is the true, first-person narrative of that journey. Following the shattering loss of an adult son to AIDS in 1985, Ronnie accepts three spontaneous invitations that change her life. In so doing, she encounters the healing capacity of sea and sky, solitude and companionship, time and timelessness.

Gastonia

from 9/27/2008 to 9/27/2008
Scott Owens, author of The Fractured World
2008 Collection of poetry
And The Persistence of Faith
1993 collection of poems

New Bern

from 1/23/2009 to 1/27/2009
Ramona (Ronnie) Stone, author of A Year in the Sun
A book for lovers of the sea, armchair sailors, and incurable dreamers. At age 53, and with no prior sailing experience, Ronnie Stone moves from her armchair beside a dying fire to the deck of a small Voyager 26 to sail, for a year, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Bahama Islands. The book is the true, first-person narrative of that journey. Following the shattering loss of an adult son to AIDS in 1985, Ronnie accepts three spontaneous invitations that change her life. In so doing, she encounters the healing capacity of sea and sky, solitude and companionship, time and timelessness.

Raleigh

from 9/17/2008 to 9/19/2008
Catherine Carter, author of The Memory of Gills
The Memory of Gills is altogether an astonishing, seductive, and finally irresistible book of poems. Carter is a skillful, imaginative, and witty visionary. Here is a poet who hears the voices of the sensate world calling, pleading, cajoling, and although she says, in 'Hearing Things,' 'I don't / know how to answer, what / to say,' don't believe her. She does know. And her poems say what she knows with a zest and inventiveness that no reader will soon forget."--Kathryn Stripling Byer

from 9/27/2008 to 9/27/2008
Suzanne Adair, author of Paper Woman
(Patrick D. Smith Literature Award winner) As the American Revolution batters the Carolinas, thirty-three-year-old widow Sophie Barton leaves her home in Georgia to investigate her father's murder and plunges into a hornet's nest of espionage, terror, treachery, and more murder.

And The Blacksmith's Daughter
As the American Revolution batters the Carolinas, pregnant seventeen-year-old Betsy Sheridan, daughter of Sophie Barton (Paper Woman), leaves her home in Georgia to track down her Patriot spy husband and becomes entangled in the chaos leading up to the bloody Battle of Camden in South Carolina.

And Camp Follower
As the American Revolution batters the Carolinas, journalist Helen Chiswell, mistress of David St. James (Sophie Barton's brother from Paper Woman), becomes entangled in the chaos leading up to the bloody Battle of Cowpens in South Carolina.

from 10/26/2008 to 10/26/2008
Scott Owens, author of The Fractured World
2008 Collection of poetry
And The Persistence of Faith
1993 collection of poems

from 11/1/2008 to 11/30/2008
Karen Dodd, author of Carolina Comfort
Three generations of women from one family with grits, good humor, and crystal bowls full of garden grown flowers. Short stories about growing up in the fifties.

and Carolina Comfort II
Looking back over the past 50 years of life of losing parents and siblings, battling cancer and becoming a grandmother. Short story essays about life and always finding joy and its rewards. Dodd writes in different family voices in this memoir as seen through the eyes of her grandmother, father and granddaughter. Living aboard stories and some fiction with older protagonists also provide enjoyable reading. All the stories in this collection have won awards or been published elsewhere.

And Down East on Nelson Island
Rachel visits her grandfather on an island off the coast of NC and neither her grandfather or she has an idea of what to expect from this first time visit. When the crusty retired fisherman sees the girl in her white Mary Janes and fancy dress, the first thing he does is take her to the island consignment store to outfit her with clothes. She never been to a second hand store much less a yard salae! A pair of twins, an island recluse, a hurricane and a blooming romance turn Arthur Austin's summer into something he never thought he'd enjoy

And Begin Again, Quinn
Quinn Winslow wants to retire to her coastal home to volunteer, garden, cook family recipes and enjoy her new-found wealth, but an ex-husband, an old boyfriend and a new boyfriend have her wondering what is going on. Add to her dilemma the fact that members of her Investment Club are involved in tragic accidents and Quinn decides she must discover the problem before she becomes part of the death statistics.


from 11/13/2008 to 11/13/2008
Suzanne Adair, author of Paper Woman
(Patrick D. Smith Literature Award winner) As the American Revolution batters the Carolinas, thirty-three-year-old widow Sophie Barton leaves her home in Georgia to investigate her father's murder and plunges into a hornet's nest of espionage, terror, treachery, and more murder.

And The Blacksmith's Daughter
As the American Revolution batters the Carolinas, pregnant seventeen-year-old Betsy Sheridan, daughter of Sophie Barton (Paper Woman), leaves her home in Georgia to track down her Patriot spy husband and becomes entangled in the chaos leading up to the bloody Battle of Camden in South Carolina.

And Camp Follower
As the American Revolution batters the Carolinas, journalist Helen Chiswell, mistress of David St. James (Sophie Barton's brother from Paper Woman), becomes entangled in the chaos leading up to the bloody Battle of Cowpens in South Carolina.

Raleigh, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Selma

from 11/7/2008 to 11/11/2008
Cree Forman author of  Phil and The French Country Inn
It has the French blue, red and white stripes down the cover front with an oval picture of the restaurant in the center, between the blue and red stripe

And The French - Captured Completely Book has vertical blue, red and white stripes on front cover. At the top, in the blue stripe, is a picture of St. Jean Pied de Port, in the southwest of France

Salisbury



from 10/20/2008 to 10/20/2008
Scott Owens, author of The Fractured World
2008 Collection of poetry
And The Persistence of Faith
1993 collection of poems

Smithfield

from 2/5/2009   to 2/6/2009
Sherry Austin, author of The Days Between the Years
Southern fiction

and Where the Woodbine Twines
Southern fiction set in the SC lowcountry

and Mariah of the Spirits: and Other Southern Ghost Stories
Literary ghost stories set all over the South

Waynesville

from 9/27/2008 to 9/27/2008
Lorraine Tate, author of Going Home
A story within a story. A contempory saga affected by a Civil War story conveyed in epistolary form.

West Jefferson

from 10/16/2008 to 10/16/2008
Ramona (Ronnie) Stone, author of A Year in the Sun
A book for lovers of the sea, armchair sailors, and incurable dreamers. At age 53, and with no prior sailing experience, Ronnie Stone moves from her armchair beside a dying fire to the deck of a small Voyager 26 to sail, for a year, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Bahama Islands. The book is the true, first-person narrative of that journey. Following the shattering loss of an adult son to AIDS in 1985, Ronnie accepts three spontaneous invitations that change her life. In so doing, she encounters the healing capacity of sea and sky, solitude and companionship, time and timelessness.

Wilmington

from 10/25/2008 to 10/25/2008
and from 11/15/2008 to 11/15/2008
Suzanne Adair, author of Paper Woman
(Patrick D. Smith Literature Award winner) As the American Revolution batters the Carolinas, thirty-three-year-old widow Sophie Barton leaves her home in Georgia to investigate her father's murder and plunges into a hornet's nest of espionage, terror, treachery, and more murder.

And The Blacksmith's Daughter
As the American Revolution batters the Carolinas, pregnant seventeen-year-old Betsy Sheridan, daughter of Sophie Barton (Paper Woman), leaves her home in Georgia to track down her Patriot spy husband and becomes entangled in the chaos leading up to the bloody Battle of Camden in South Carolina.

And Camp Follower
As the American Revolution batters the Carolinas, journalist Helen Chiswell, mistress of David St. James (Sophie Barton's brother from Paper Woman), becomes entangled in the chaos leading up to the bloody Battle of Cowpens in South Carolina.

Wilson

from 3/16/2009 to 3/18/2009
Catherine Carter, author of The Memory of Gills
The Memory of Gills is altogether an astonishing, seductive, and finally irresistible book of poems. Carter is a skillful, imaginative, and witty visionary. Here is a poet who hears the voices of the sensate world calling, pleading, cajoling, and although she says, in 'Hearing Things,' 'I don't / know how to answer, what / to say,' don't believe her. She does know. And her poems say what she knows with a zest and inventiveness that no reader will soon forget."--Kathryn Stripling Byer

SCSOUTH CAROLINA

Charleston

from 1/27/2009 to 1/28/2009
Scott Owens, author of The Fractured World
2008 Collection of poetry
And The Persistence of Faith
1993 collection of poems

TNTENNESSEE

Nashville

from 10/10/2008 to 10/12/2008
Elizabeth O. Dulemba, author of Paco and the Giant Chile Plant ~ Paco y la planta de chile gigante

Paco takes the familiar "Jack and the Beanstalk" tale and gives it more than a few new twists. Told as a fractured fairy tale, our hero, Jack, is now called Paco, and the story takes place in a beautiful desert setting in the American Southwest. The story is presented as an English text with embedded Spanish in rojo. A vocabulary page is included to jump start learning in either language

and Glitter Girl and the Crazy Cheese
Lilly can't go out to play until she finishes her lunch, but what's she to do when the cheese jumps up from her sandwich and runs out the cat door?

And The Prince's Diary
Young Prince Stephen has a problem: how to find the girl he calls Cinderella. He has seen her from afar, but figuring out how to meet her proves difficult. In this charming version of the Cinderella story, take a peek at the Prince's personal diary as he tells the well-known story from his point of view.

Ready for Bed!
"I don't want to go to bed!" If you're a parent of a preschool-age child, you've probably heard this before. And you probably know about the crying, fits, and complaining - by both of you - that can follow. Ready for Bed! offers healthy, lasting solutions.
With honesty and gentle humor, each book in the ParentSmart/KidHappy series shows parents how to handle daily transitions by giving encouragement, offering choices, and validating feelings. The result: you get through everyday challenges with less stress while building your child's emotional

Ready for the Day!
Getting a preschooler out the door in the morning can be a frustrating battle of wills complete with crying and complaining - by parents and kids alike. Ready for the Day! offers healthy, lasting solutions.
With honesty and gentle humor, each book in the ParentSmart/KidHappy series shows parents how to handle daily transitions by giving encouragement, offering choices, and validating feelings. The result: you get through everyday challenges with less stress while building your child's emotional

from 10/10/2008 to 10/12/2008
Stacey Kaye, author of  Ready for Bed! A Tale of Cleaning Up, Tucking In, and Hardly Any Complaining

Ready for Bed! offers families emotionally healthy, lasting solutions to a common daily struggle: getting kids ready for bed.
Children will love the full-color pictures and tender story, and parents and caregivers will learn the language of positive parenting. With honesty and gentle humor, this book shows parents how to handle bedtime (and other daily transitions) by giving encouragement, offering choices, and validating feelings.

Ready for the Day! A Tale of Teamwork and Toast, and Hardly Any Foot-Dragging
Ready for the Day! offers families emotionally healthy, lasting solutions to a common daily struggle: getting kids ready to go in the morning.
Children will love the full-color pictures and tender story, and parents and caregivers will learn the language of positive parenting. With honesty and gentle humor, this book shows parents how to handle the morning routine (and other daily transitions) by giving encouragement, offering choices, and validating

from 10/10/2008 to 10/12/2008
Linda Lee Harper, author of Kiss Kiss
Winner of Cleveland State University Poetry Center's Open Competition

VAVIRGINIA

Chincoteague

from 9/15/2008 to 9/19/2008
Karen Dodd, author of Carolina Comfort
Three generations of women from one family with grits, good humor, and crystal bowls full of garden grown flowers. Short stories about growing up in the fifties.

and Carolina Comfort II
Looking back over the past 50 years of life of losing parents and siblings, battling cancer and becoming a grandmother. Short story essays about life and always finding joy and its rewards. Dodd writes in different family voices in this memoir as seen through the eyes of her grandmother, father and granddaughter. Living aboard stories and some fiction with older protagonists also provide enjoyable reading. All the stories in this collection have won awards or been published elsewhere.

And Down East on Nelson Island
Rachel visits her grandfather on an island off the coast of NC and neither her grandfather or she has an idea of what to expect from this first time visit. When the crusty retired fisherman sees the girl in her white Mary Janes and fancy dress, the first thing he does is take her to the island consignment store to outfit her with clothes. She never been to a second hand store much less a yard salae! A pair of twins, an island recluse, a hurricane and a blooming romance turn Arthur Austin's summer into something he never thought he'd enjoy

And Begin Again, Quinn
Quinn Winslow wants to retire to her coastal home to volunteer, garden, cook family recipes and enjoy her new-found wealth, but an ex-husband, an old boyfriend and a new boyfriend have her wondering what is going on. Add to her dilemma the fact that members of her Investment Club are involved in tragic accidents and Quinn decides she must discover the problem before she becomes part of the death statistics.

Williamsburg

from 12/7/2008 to 12/7/2008
Suzanne Adair, author of Paper Woman
(Patrick D. Smith Literature Award winner) As the American Revolution batters the Carolinas, thirty-three-year-old widow Sophie Barton leaves her home in Georgia to investigate her father's murder and plunges into a hornet's nest of espionage, terror, treachery, and more murder.

And The Blacksmith's Daughter
As the American Revolution batters the Carolinas, pregnant seventeen-year-old Betsy Sheridan, daughter of Sophie Barton (Paper Woman), leaves her home in Georgia to track down her Patriot spy husband and becomes entangled in the chaos leading up to the bloody Battle of Camden in South Carolina.

And Camp Follower
As the American Revolution batters the Carolinas, journalist Helen Chiswell, mistress of David St. James (Sophie Barton's brother from Paper Woman), becomes entangled in the chaos leading up to the bloody Battle of Cowpens in South Carolina.
 
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About STARS
The Southern Traveling Authors Registration Service-STARS-is a specialized "speakers bureau" of sorts created by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and designed to build relationships between authors and independent booksellers.  Authors want to give readings at bookstores. Bookstores are often looking for authors for events. But unless an author's publisher is really on the ball, setting up events is a haphazard process left entirely to the author, who often is pressed for time, inexperienced in publicity and marketing, and forced to make cold calls to stores without even the benefit of up to date contact information.

STARS was built to help authors and booksellers find each other. Authors who register for STARS can create profiles, enter book information, and most importantly, list their upcoming travel plans and areas they are willing to visit. SIBA will collate this information and forward it to their member independent booksellers as potential events.  The bookstores, in turn, will use STARS as a resource for finding authors, and will promote the site to other organizations in their area that need to find speakers and presenters for events. This includes book groups, civic organizations, libraries, schools and business alliances. Independent booksellers are active in their communities and are often approached as a resource for finding speakers.

Even better, events scheduled by SIBA booksellers are entered onto the ARTS calendar, which is forwarded to media throughout the south every week as part of the Southern Indie Bestseller List, and in the popular monthly newsletter on Southern Literature, Lady Banks' Commonplace Book.