News

SIBASIBA e-Ink!

In this issue

Survey Results

Get Your Twitter On!

SIBA Book Award Long List

 #write4red!

Spring Book Show

Spring 2011 Okra Picks

What can SIBA Do for Me?

#siba11

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
(Authorhouse)

Lost Gate

The Lost Gate
(Tor)

Georgia Bottoms

Georgia Bottoms
(Little Brown)

Beyonders

Beyonders
(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!

http://www.sibaweb.com/siba-book-award/nominations

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:

http://www.sibaweb.com/siba-news/siba-news/205-bookstores-participating-in-writers-for-the-red-cross

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.

http://www.springbookshow.com

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:
http://www.sibaweb.com/okra

The Okra Picks, 2011 Spring Edition:

Fiction:

Georgia BottomsGeorgia Bottoms by Mark Childress
Little Brown and Company
Publication Date: February 23, 2011
9780316033046
Hardcover | $24.99 | 288 pages

Under the Mercy Trees

Under the Mercy Trees by Heather Newton
Harper Paperbacks
Pub Date: January 01, 2011
9780062001344
Fiction | $13.99

Electric BarracudaElectric Barracuda by Tim Dorsey
HarperCollins
On Sale: February, 2011
9780061876899
Hardcover | $24.99

Gone with a Handsomer Man

Gone With a Handsomer Man by Michael Lee West
Minotaur Books
April 26, 2011
9780312571221
Hardcover |352 pages | $24.99


The Dry Grass of AugustThe Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew
Kensington
Mar. 29, 2011
9780758254092
Paperback | $15

 

Nonfiction:

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

Bloomsbury
January 2011
9781596913950
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
9780807834657



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

Crown
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
9781569763452


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
803.994.9530

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
 

Writers for the Red Cross

Hi everyone!  

We are delighted to announce that the following stores and regional booksellers associations are now participating in WRITERS FOR THE RED CROSS, which will run March 1-31 (Red Cross Month):

Alabama Booksmith (Birmingham, AL)
City Lights (Sylva, NC)
Flyleaf Books (Chapel Hill, NC)
Fountain Bookstore (Richmond, VA)
Inkwood Books (Tampa, FL)
Malaprops (Asheville, NC)
Octavia Books (New Orleans, LA)
The Regulator Bookshop (Durham, NC)
WORD (Brooklyn, NY)
SIBA/Writers Round the South (event partner)

The event is starting to get some good buzz!  Shelf Awareness did a great call-out last week.  And SIBA is featuring it on its homepage as well.  You can also follow the event on Twitter (#write4red).

The official website should go live sometime next week. We're hard at work loading donor content and getting things spiffed up.  So stay tuned.

Here is the most recent list of authors, agents, editors, and other publishing professionals who are on board. This may help as you brainstorm possibilities for your store.

It's up to you how you'd like your store to participate. Some may wish only to be listed on the WRITERS FOR THE RED CROSS site as a supporter of writers and the Red Cross.  

Some stores, like WORD, will be doing a 31-hour online sale with a % of proceeds going to their local Red Cross Chapter.

Others, with the help of SIBA, will be providing us with product links for each of the books featured on our site--with a % of proceeds going to the Red Cross as well.

More ideas of things you might do:
organize a Blood Drive, set out a donation jar at the register, host a special signing event, coordinate a special hands-on volunteering project for the Red Cross, etc.

Feel free to email us (Holly and Beth) if we can be helpful in any way or if you need contact information for the development officers at your local Red Cross.  Your local Red Cross will want to know about your participation--and can also help get the word out!

Finally, whatever you decide to do: BE SURE to let us know about it.  We'll do our best to get it maximum coverage on the WRITERS FOR THE RED CROSS site.

We'll check back in the week of February 21 with more updates.

In the meantime, please help us spread the word!  

All best,

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The American Red Cross name is used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of any product, service, company, individual or individual or political position.

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WFTRC, co-chair
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Wanda Jewell
Authors Round the South
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Amy Kerr

Director, Major Gifts
Nashville Area Red Cross 
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Nashville Area Red Cross
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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:
http://www.sibaweb.com/okra

Spring 2011 Okra Picks: Links, documents, marketing and publisher resources

The Okra Picks, 2011 Spring Edition:

Fiction
Georgia Bottoms by Mark Childress
Little Brown and Company
Publication Date: February 23, 2011
9780316033046
Hardcover | $24.99 | 288 pages
Georgia Bottoms
Under the Mercy Trees by Heather Newton
Harper Paperbacks
Pub Date: January 01, 2011
9780062001344
Fiction | $13.99
Under the Mercy Trees
Electric Barracuda by Tim Dorsey
HarperCollins
On Sale: February, 2011
9780061876899
Hardcover | $24.99
Electric Barracuda
Gone With a Handsomer Man by Michael Lee West
Minotaur Books
April 26, 2011
9780312571221
Hardcover |352 pages | $24.99
Gone with a Handsomer Man

The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew
Kensington
Mar. 29, 2011
9780758254092
Paperback | $15
The Dry Grass of August
Nonfiction
Tales 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
Tales from a Free-Range Childhood
High on the Hog by Jessica Harris
Bloomsbury
January 2011
9781596913950
hardcover | $26
High on the Hog
The 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
9780807834657
The New Southern Garden Cookbook
A Southerly Course: Recipes and Stories from Close to Home by Martha Hall Foose
Crown
On Sale: April 12, 2011
Hardcover | 256 pages |$32.50
ISBN: 978-0-307-46428-6 (0-307-46428-8)
A Southerly Course

Working 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
Working South
Alabama Afternoons:  Profile and Conversations by Roy Hoffman
University of Alabama Press
Mar. 22, 2011
Hardcover |$29.95
Alabama Afternoons
Fighting the Devil in Dixie by Wayne Greenhaw
by Wayne Greenhaw
Lawrence Hill Books
Jan. 1, 2011
Hardcover | $26.95
9781569763452
Fighting the Devil in Dixie

 

Visit the Okra Picks Patch at www.authorsroundthesouth.com.  Lady Banks will introduce the Okra Picks to over 5000 consumer subscribers in the March issue.  Okra Pick titles will be highlighted on the Southern Indie Bestseller list and SIBA will post marketing and promotional materials as part of an “Okra Picks toolkit” for booksellers at www.sibaweb.com.

For more information on the Okra Picks program, visit SIBA’s website at www.sibaweb.com/okra.

 

SIBASIBA e-Ink!

In this issue

One question survey

SIBA Book Awards 2011

Okra Pick Nominations Due

Welcome Kit & Twitter Contest

 Bennie and the Gets!

SIBA Partners with Writers for the Red Cross

#2011 Trade Show

Banner-for-Dues Membership Offer

Lady Banks' Pick of the Week



New in the Document Library:
2011 Welcome Kit


A SIBA Shout Out!

SIBA thanks the following bookstores for nominating to the SIBA Book Award and encouraging their customers to do the same. Are you on this list?

Accent on Books
Alabama Booksmith
Barnhill's
Blue Bicycle
Blue Elephant Bookshop
The Book Shelf
City Lights
Classic Bookshop
Cold Water Books
Country Bookshop
Cover to Cover Books & More
Curiosity Books
Fiction Addiction
Flyleaf Books
Fountainhead Bookstore
Foxtale
Hub City Bookshop
Inkwood Books
Lincoln's Loft
Malaprop's
Nightbird Books
Octavia Books
Page & Palette
Park Road Books
Phillips & Lloyd
Quail Ridge Books
Ram's Head Bookshop
Regulator
Square Books
Two Sisters Bookery
Wild Iris Books


Mark Your Calendar!

February 14
deadline to nominate for SIBA Book Awards

January 31
deadline to nominate for the Spring Okra Picks

March 25-27
Spring Book Show in Atlanta

January
Time to renew your SIBA membership!



Great Ideas from Booksellers

“We go around to book clubs and groups to talk about upcoming books and make recommendations. We call ourselves The Sisterhood of the Traveling Books.”

–Laura DeVault, Over the Moon Bookstore and Artisan Gallery

(from the Great Ideas Breakfast at #siba10)


Coming Up on
Circle of Sites

Fighting the Devil in Dixie

Fighting the Devil in Dixie
(Chicago Review Press)

The Collectibles

The Collectibles
(Downstream Press)

As the Sycamore Grows

As the Sycamore Grows
(Summers BridgewaterPress)

If Wishes Were Horses

If Wishes Were Horses
(Harpercollins)

Ritual of the Monkey

Ritual of the Monkey
(Authorhouse)

Lost Gate

The Lost Gate
(Tor)

Georgia Bottoms

Georgia Bottoms
(Little Brown)

Beyonders

Beyonders
(Simon & Schuster)

January 2011

Dearest booksellers,

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
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZNY3VYM

Bottom Line:  This will assist the SIBA Board of Directors and Staff in providing for core members. 


SIBA Book Awards 2011

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.


Okra Picks Spring 2011!

Okra PicksNominate your spring Okra Picks here: http://www.sibaweb.com/okra/okra-pick
We will announce the next crop of Okra Picks on January 31

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.


SIBA’s Welcome Kit & Twitter Contest!

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.

Bennie & the Gets!

This month’s highlighted benefit of SIBA Membership is the Free Book Stimulus Plan (FBSP)

 Any core member store can participate and it is a high-value perk for which the bookstore has to do very little.  Check out the above link for materials for both in-store and on-line. 

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. 

 

 

Writers for the Rec CrossSIBA Partners with Writers for the Red Cross

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 $0:
Stores which have a website affiliate relationship with SIBA will automatically be included.  Key titles on writersfortheredcross.org will be linked to SIBA affiliates for purchase, and SIBA will donate any commission earned for those sales back to the Red Cross on behalf of the bookseller.
If you are an IndieBound eCommerce store and don’t have your affiliate option turned on, there is still time to be included. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before February 15.  

For $99
Writers for the Red Cross will include your store and a link on their bookstore “Appreciation Page.”  Throughout the online event, SIBA and WRC will be doing call-outs to this page and urge visitors to explore the independent bookstores featured there.

For $199
In addition to a link on the “Appreciation Page,” Your store will be featured prominently as a “featured bookseller” on the home page of the event, along with an image of your choice linked to your store website or email.  Your store and image will be featured for at least one day on the site, perhaps longer depending on how many stores choose to participate. 

For both participation levels
SIBA and WRC will help get the word out of any event or promotion organized by individual stores in support of the Red Cross.  The site will include an online calendar of all bookstore activities supporting the Red Cross (Blood Drives, author events, in-store sales, etc.)—as well as upbeat blog post mentions of bookseller efforts to help the Red Cross.

Read more about how your store can support the Red Cross here:

http://www.sibaweb.com/siba-news/siba-news/203-siba-partners-with-writers-for-the-red-cross


SIBA Tradeshows – ODD & EVEN

#SIBA11 is Sat, Sun, Mon.

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

 

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Time to Renew Your SIBA Membership

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.

You can do that here

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?

  1. We now offer the option of a horizontal or vertical banner.
  2. In order to be eligible for free membership dues, the banner must appear “above the fold” –that is, visible to viewers when they first open your store site.

Stores interested in participating in the 2011 Circle of Sites program should contact Nicki at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Writers for the Red Cross

SIBA & WRITERS FOR THE RED CROSS
Booksellers & writers partner to raise awareness for the Red Cross

American Red CrossIf there were one word to describe the Red Cross, it would be “community.” Each year, in communities large and small, victims of some 70,000 disasters turn to neighbors familiar and new—the more than half a million volunteers and 35,000 employees of the Red Cross. Through nearly 700 locally supported chapters, more than 15 million people gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their homes, communities and world.

Independent bookstores share our commitment to community by bringing readers and writers together every day in hundreds of ways, large and small.  And these communities continue to grow and be strengthened through online outreach, social media, partnerships with Google ebooks…and through partnerships with national organizations with a similar mission of community—national organizations like the Red Cross.

Booksellers: With your help, we can make a difference!

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 $0:
Stores which have a website affiliate relationship with SIBA will automatically be included.  Key titles on writersfortheredcross.org will be linked to SIBA affiliates for purchase, and SIBA will donate any commission earned for those sales back to the Red Cross on behalf of the bookseller.
If you are an IndieBound eCommerce store and don’t have your affiliate option turned on, there is still time to be included. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before February 15.  

For $99
Writers for the Red Cross will include your store and a link on their bookstore “Appreciation Page.”  Throughout the online event, SIBA and WRC will be doing call-outs to this page and urge visitors to explore the independent bookstores featured there.

For $199
In addition to a link on the “Appreciation Page,” Your store will be featured prominently as a “featured bookseller” on the home page of the event, along with an image of your choice linked to your store website or email.  Your store and image will be featured for at least one day on the site, perhaps longer depending on how many stores choose to participate. 
For both participation levels
SIBA and WRC will help get the word out of any event or promotion organized by individual stores in support of the Red Cross.  The site will include an online calendar of all bookstore activities supporting the Red Cross (Blood Drives, author events, in-store sales, etc.)—as well as upbeat blog post mentions of bookseller efforts to help the Red Cross.

Ideas for Red Cross initiatives at the individual store level:

  1. Organize a Blood Drive
  2. Host an author reading
  3. Set out a donation jar at the check-out counter for “Writers for the Red Cross.” 
  4. Do a 31-hour in-store or online sale, with a percentage of sales earmarked for the Red Cross.  (Red Cross Month is 31 days.)
  5. Choose a specific book, books, or genre you’d like to promote in March (Red Cross Month), with a percentage of sales earmarked for the Red Cross

Send us news and pictures of your event!  We’ll blog about it on our event website.  We will also include your event on our on a “Red Cross at the Bookstore” collective calendar.
We will contact participating stores on April 1 with information on how to transfer the funds raised directly to the Red Cross. The Red Cross will also provide documentation of all gifts and donations for tax purposes.

FOR QUESTIONS OR TO PARTICIPATE, CONTACT:
Holly Tucker (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Volunteer, Writers for the Red Cross event coordinator

Amy Kerr (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Director, Major Gifts; American Red Cross