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Happy, happy New Year. SIBA has lots of things planned for 2011 that will help you run your businesses, and SELL MORE BOOKS. To help us with this ongoing mission, please take a moment to fill out the SIBA One Question Survey:
SIBA’s One Question Survey
Bottom Line: This will assist the SIBA Board of Directors and Staff in providing for core members.
It’s time to nominate your favorite reads from 2010 for the SIBA Book Award. We offer six categories. Encourage your staff and your customers to nominate titles.
See the nominees to date here: http://www.sibaweb.com/siba-book-award/nominations
Make your nomination here: http://www.sibaweb.com/siba-book-award/nomination-form
And remember that all of the nominees are invited to participate in The Writers Block Auction at #SIBA11.
Bottom Line: The SIBA Book Awards translate into both sales and promotion of SIBA’s core members. Make sure it is a list you are proud to promote.
Nominate your spring Okra Picks here: http://www.sibaweb.com/okra/okra-pick
Bottom Line: 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.
The SIBA Welcome Kit, newly updated for 2011, is an extensive piece that outlines the many benefits of SIBA Membership. Download a copy and make sure you are getting the most out of SIBA.
Along with encouraging you to spend an afternoon exploring the ins and out of the SIBA Welcome Kit, we also want to promote the most valuable and popular benefits in a new monthly column Bennie & the Gets! here in SIBA Ink and at my blog: Wanda’s Wonderful Book Blog
Below is the first of many Bennie & the Gets!
Bottom Line: Any core member who follows @SIndies and tweets the following: I read Bennie and the Gets! will be entered into a drawing for a free ALL PASS meal ticket at #SIBA11. The deadline for tweets is Valentine’s Day.
We will be hosting a Twitter Contest in every SIBA eInk between now and August, 2011.
This month’s highlighted benefit of SIBA Membership is the Free Book Stimulus Plan (FBSP)
You will see where we have added a new facet to FBSP via the Caught U Reading Program that came out of the Good Ideas Breakfast at #SIBA10.
We have member stores who have placed the FBSP website on their receipts and stores that have printed out the mail-back form as a bag stuffer. SIBA has collected a contact list of hundreds and hundreds of southern readers via this program and does outreach on members’ behalf regularly. We have had many participants from Alpharetta, Suwanee, and Duluth, GA; Elizabeth City and Franklin, NC; and Tampa, FL. We’ve given away over 2000 books. It is a great way to thank your customers and who doesn’t love getting a free book in the mail?
Bottom Line: Anyone who shops in your store can mail their receipt attached to the form found at www.freebookstimulusplan.com and they are mailed a free book handpicked by me from my library of books from 20 years with SIBA.
Booksellers & writers partner to raise awareness for the Red Cross
http://www.writersfortheredcross.org will go live in mid-February, with active fundraising beginning March 1-31. It is modeled on the highly successful “Do the Write Thing for Nashville” fundraiser, which raised $74K in ten days following last spring’s devastating floods.
This national, online event is intended to raise funds for, as well as awareness about, the Red Cross and its work in communities. Writers for the Red Cross (WRC) will be auctioning off publishing related items and services donated by authors, publicists, agents, and editors. They will also have daily guest posts from authors about “What the Red Cross Means to Me” and a daily countdown of “31 Things You Didn’t Know About the Red Cross.”
How can your store participate?
For both participation levels
Read more about how your store can support the Red Cross here:
#SIBA11 is Sat, Sun, Mon.
Banners-for-Dues program returns with more options
Nominations for the SIBA Book Award, and nominations for the Okra Picks, are only eligible if they are made by or on behalf of SIBA Member stores. It's a new year, and that means it’s time to renew your membership dues for next year.
Or, you’ll be happy to hear that SIBA is once again offering its Circle of Sites Banner-for Dues program. If you allow SIBA to run a banner on your website, we will waive your membership dues for 2011. Banners change weekly, with no other work or requirement from you. Your membership is sponsored by advertising publishers.
What’s new for Circle of Sites in 2011?
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Dr.
Columbia, SC 29205
Trade Show 2011: Charleston, SC, Sept. 17-19
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