February 2011


In this issue

Survey Results

Get Your Twitter On!

SIBA Book Award Long List


Spring Book Show

Spring 2011 Okra Picks

What can SIBA Do for Me?


SIBA takes a Stand?

Lady Banks' Pick of the Week

New in the Document Library:
2011 Welcome Kit

Mark Your Calendar!

March 25-27
Spring Book Show in Atlanta

Great Ideas from Booksellers

“We give a free book with every purchase of $10 or more. We use books we’ve pulled from inventory that aren’t returnable, review copies and remainders.”

Susan Smelser, The Book Worm Bookstore

(from the Great Ideas Breakfast at #siba10)

Coming Up on
Circle of Sites

Ritual of the Monkey

Ritual of the Monkey

Lost Gate

The Lost Gate

Georgia Bottoms

Georgia Bottoms
(Little Brown)


(Simon & Schuster)

February 2011

Dearest booksellers,

SIBA welcomes Bookazine to another year as an Inkreadible! Sponsor. We appreciate all the support Bookazine offers, and their commitment to southern indie booksellers, and we look forward to another great year with them.

What could your store be doing more of? In this edition of SIBA eInk your fellow booksellers have some suggestions. 

Also in this newsletter: Win a free hotel night at #siba11, Book Awards and Okra Picks, Writers for the Red Cross, Spring Book Show and SIBA takes a stand for tax fairness!

SIBA’s Single Question Survey Results – What 9% of Bookstores Could be Doing More Of… (SEE #8)

What do you sell other than new books? And here are the results:
22 stores participated in the survey
1. (Tie) 73% sell Gifts for Adults & Used Books
2. (Tie) 68% sell Greeting Cards & Gifts for Kids
3. 40% sell Art
4. (Tie) 36% sell Rare Books & Other which included the following:  Gift baskets, music, art supplies, and dvds, book covers, book lights, jewelry, pocket books, calendars, & church supplies
5.  27% sell retail food (chocolate bars, etc.)
6.  (Tie) 23% sell clothing & magazines
7.  Surprising to me, sell coffee (14%)
8.  Only 9% sell Services/Classes

Here are some great ideas from bookstores of #8 in action:

Kid Camps - http://web.me.com/camphalfblood/Camp_Kane_Chronicles/Information.html
Writing Workshops - http://www.changinghands.com/event/sansevieri-thompson
Literary Events - http://andersons2.indiebound.com/educator-events
Adult Classes - http://www.breathebooks.com/calendar/index.php
Book Classes - http://www.politics-prose.com/category/promotionsandevents/class
Combined book sales - http://rjjulia.indiebound.com/just-right-book
Signed First Editions Club - http://www.alabamabooksmith.com/signed-first-editions-club-0
Summer Camps - http://www.littleshopofstories.com/camps.php
Author Lunches - http://www.bookyourlunch.com/
Parties - http://www.harleysvillebooks.com/event/junie-b-mushy-gushy-valentine-party
Baby Gift Registry - http://www.booksinc.net/BabyGiftRegistry
Cooks with Books - http://bookpassage.com/events_calendar/cooks%20with%20books%20events
Pitchapalooza - http://www.booksmith.com/event/pitchapalooza-booksmith-calling-all-writers
Traveling Book Club Trips - http://www.bookvault.org/files/bookvault/2011%20schedule%5B1%5D.doc
Signed Broadsides - http://www.squarebooks.com/introducing-square-books-broadside-series
Workshops - http://www.sthelensbookshop.com/event/teen-writing-workshop
Bottom Line:  Differentiate yourself.  Start small and build.  Creating Services/Classes offers the largest growth area for indie bookstores as it is hard to reproduce on-line. 

Get your twitter on and win a #SIBA11 Hotel Night!

Do you read Bennie & the Gets!?  A host of twittering booksellers do, and they let us know and someone has won an #SIBA11 ALL Pass.  Drumroll, please - @burrybooks has won the first SIBA Twitter Contest in 2011.  Congratulations to Burry Bookstore of Hartsville, SC.  And thanks to everyone who entered.  Oh, and you can win more than once!

Bottom Line:  Any core member who tweets the following: I’ll be at #SIBA11, will you? will be entered into a drawing for a free hotel night at #SIBA11.  The deadline for tweets is St. Patrick’s Day. 

SIBA Book Awards 2011 Long List Looks Like Literature!

“Delightful!” “Wonderful!” “Amazing!” “I loved this!”

The final long list of the 2011 SIBA Book Awards is now up!


SIBA received over 150 nominations this year from booksellers and their customers, each wanting to make sure that their favorite southern book of 2010 was on the final list. The final tally of nearly eighty books represents what booksellers think is the best Southern literature of the last year – in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, children’s, cooking and young adult.  And let’s face it, who would know better than the booksellers?  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.  Watch your snail mail for your opportunity to vote for the 2010 SIBA Book Award Finalists.

#write4red -- It’s not too late to get on board with Red Cross for Writers

Join Inkwood, The Regulator, City Lights, Flyleaf Books, Alabama Booksmith, Octavia Books, Fountain Bookstore, and Malaprops in this exciting opportunity for bookstores to connect with booklovers via the Writers for the Red Cross month-long event in March in celebration of Red Cross Month.  More info here:


Toolbox for Bookstores: http://www.box.net/writersfortheredcross
Bottom Line:  Opportunities come up where booksellers are invited to connect with nationally know entities and this is one of them. 

Follow Writers for the Red Cross at #write4red on twitter!

Spring Book Show News
Education brought to you by the ABA and SIBA

The American Booksellers Association (ABA) will host both an Efficiency Session and a Bookseller Forum Friday, March 25th of the Spring Book Show at the Cobb Galleria, Atlanta, GA. Starting at 8:30am and ending at 11:30am, ABA will deliver the education and opportunities for input that you crave.  ABA's own Dan Cullen will facilitate both sessions.


Efficiency 101: Getting Your Act Together
In order to manage your business efficiently, you need specific organizational skills. This seminar will provide the right tools to evaluate how you spend your time and to create personal systems that will keep you on the right track. 
At the ABA Bookseller Forum, booksellers can meet with ABA staff and members of the ABA Board of Directors to discuss industry issues, voice concerns and offer input on the future direction of ABA, and receive updates on ABA programs and initiatives.

On Saturday morning, March 26th, SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) will host two 90 minutes (8:30 - 10am) Roundtable discussions for Booksellers - one focused on large stores and another on small stores.  Both sessions will be solution-oriented and idea-crammed! Come with all of your challenges and fixes to share with other booksellers!

Booksellers Linda Barrett Knopp from Malaprops Bookstore & Cafe; and Emily Bell of Page & Palette will facilitate the Large Store Session.  Large stores are defines as more than 25 employees and/or more than 4,000 square feet. 


Okra PicksOkra Picks – Spring 2011

Spring is in the air, so it is time to grow some good reading! Southern Indie Booksellers have a selected the 2011 Spring Okra Picks —great southern books, fresh off the vine. A baker’s dozen of 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 2011 Spring releases and 3) There is a SIBA member Bookstore who is really excited about the book. Southern booksellers love their Southern authors—we grow good books!

Book information and toolkit:

The Okra Picks, 2011 Spring Edition:


Georgia BottomsGeorgia Bottoms by Mark Childress
Little Brown and Company
Publication Date: February 23, 2011
Hardcover | $24.99 | 288 pages

Under the Mercy Trees

Under the Mercy Trees by Heather Newton
Harper Paperbacks
Pub Date: January 01, 2011
Fiction | $13.99

Electric BarracudaElectric Barracuda by Tim Dorsey
On Sale: February, 2011
Hardcover | $24.99

Gone with a Handsomer Man

Gone With a Handsomer Man by Michael Lee West
Minotaur Books
April 26, 2011
Hardcover |352 pages | $24.99

The Dry Grass of AugustThe Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew
Mar. 29, 2011
Paperback | $15



Tales from a Free-Range ChildhoodTales from a Free-Range Childhood by Donald Davis

John F. Blair
March 2011
978-0-89587-507-5 | $19.95 hardcover
978-0-89587-509-9 | $12.95 paperback
256 pages; 5.5 x 8.5

High on the HogHigh on the Hog by Jessica Harris

January 2011
hardcover | $26

The New Southern Garden CookbookThe New Southern Garden Cookbook: Enjoying the Best from Homegrown Gardens, Farmers' Markets, Roadside Stands, and CSA Farm Boxes by Sheri Castle

University of North Carolina Press
April 4, 2011
Hardcover | $35.00

A Southerly CourseA Southerly Course: Recipes and Stories from Close to Home by Martha Hall Foose

On Sale: April 12, 2011
Hardcover | 256 pages |$32.50
ISBN: 978-0-307-46428-6 (0-307-46428-8)

Working SouthWorking South: Paintings and Sketches by Mary Whyte

University of South Carolina Press
January 31, 2011
Paperback | 128 pages |$29.95
ISBN-10: 1570039674
ISBN-13: 978-1570039676

Alabama AfternoonsAlabama Afternoons:  Profile and Conversations by Roy Hoffman
University of Alabama Press
Mar. 22, 2011
Hardcover |$29.95


Fighting the Devil in DixieFighting the Devil in Dixie by Wayne Greenhaw
by Wayne Greenhaw
Lawrence Hill Books
Jan. 1, 2011
Hardcover | $26.95

Watch for more Okra Picks promotions.  Visit the Okra Picks Patch at www.authorsroundthesouth.com.  Lady Banks will introduce the Okra Picks to over 5000 consumer subscribers in the September issue.  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.

What Can SIBA Do for ME?

The SIBA Welcome Kit http://www.sibaweb.com/pdf/welcomekit.pdf  is an extensive piece that outlines the many benefits of SIBA Membership.  We’ve added a handy legend to identify the characteristics of benefits noting which benefits save money, or connect with customers, are free, easy, fun, or popular, allow you to be seen and network, and which are high tech or low tech.  Spending a few hours with this brochure is well worth it!

Bottom Line:  SIBA belongs to you.  We want to help you sell more books and thrive in your communities.  Set aside a couple of hours to read this invaluable Welcome Kit.  http://www.sibaweb.com/pdf/welcomekit.pdf 

#SIBA11 and beyond…

SIBA will be extensively promoting a day change at #SIBA11.  In the even years, 2012, 2014, etc.  SIBA will hold fast to its FRI, SAT, SUN schedule but will be experimenting  with the schedule in the odd years such as 2011, 2013, and on.  This year, in Charleston, SC, our day of education will be held on Saturday ending with the SIBA Supper, exhibits will open on Sunday with The Writers Block Auction ending that day, and Monday will be our half-day of exhibits, $1000 Raffle, and The Moveable Feast of Authors.  See when and where future SIBAs will be held here:  http://www.tradeshow.sibaweb.com/

Bottom Line:  Trade Show #SIBA11 will be held in Charleston, SC, at the Embassy Suites Hotel Airport / Convention Center ; Sept. 17-19; a Sat - Mon schedule – Book Your Room Here - http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/C/CHSEMES-SIB-20110913/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

SIBA Takes a Stand for Sales Tax Fairness

SIBA Board member Jill Hendrix

Both the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Executive Director Wanda Jewell and SIBA Board Member Jill Hendrix of Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC, were invited to the table with the South Carolina Retail Association and the Retail Industry Leaders Association to discuss with each other and with elected officials across South Carolina the issue of Sales Tax Fairness. 

At dinner with the South Carolina Ways & Means Committee, Wanda Jewell & Jill Hendrix were seated with Chairman Dan Cooper.  We shared our concerns and came away invigorated for the next day of rounds at the SC State House.  Beginning at 9am, we met and talked with Governor Nikki Haley, and then Lieutenant Governor Ken Ard.  We then went to the upstairs lobby and button-holed several elected officials to express our concerns.  We then went on to meet with the House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Harrison, and the Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler.  It was a long and exciting day. 

SIBA & Fiction Addiction were joined in this effort with  the ABA, CVS, Home Depot, Best Buy, Walgreens, Bi-Lo,  Piggly Wiggly, IGA, Target, Food Lion, and Walmart; the South Carolina Retail Association, and the Retail Industry Leaders Association.  Jewell shared, “Needless to say, it was interesting to find ourselves all on the same side.”  Hendrix expressed, “The American Booksellers Association had done all of the ground work to be involved in this.  It felt both effective and easy as it did not take much time, and I felt prepared.”  Jewell noted, “Jill Hendrix was articulate on the behalf of indie bookstores and was as prepared as any participant to discuss the issues of Sales Tax Fairness.”

Lady Banks' Pick of the Week!

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

Trade Show 2011: Charleston, SC, Sept. 17-19

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