August 2010


Table of Contents

Frontline Bookseller Scholarships


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

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 –


New Stuff @ SIBA to be excited about:

Twitter Contest to win a free hotel room

Tweet Up a Rep Pick

Social Networking Summit Redux

Technology Pavilion: The Future Delivered

Steal this Idea Breakfast

Here is the registration form for the SIBA Trade Show –


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.

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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:

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:

SIBA announced the 2010 Summer Okra Picks—great southern books, fresh off the vine.  This is a fresh bushel of great picks.

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.


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

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