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absolutely jam-packed with great things for book people!

May, 2011

In This Issue

Inkreadible Sponsors

Coming to Circle of Sites

Shine
Shine
(Amulet Books)

Don't Breathe a Word
Don't Breathe a Word
(Harper)

Hourglass
Hourglass
(Egmontusa)

The Sweetness of Tears
The Sweetness of Tears
(William Morrow)

The Art of Saying Goodbye
The Art of Saying Goodbye
(William Morrow)

The Borrower
The Borrower
(Viking)

Turn of Mind
Turn of Mind
(Atlantic Monthly Press)

The Orchard
The Orchard
(St. Martins)

Iron House
Iron House
(St. Martins)

 

Lady Banks Pick of the Week

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About Us

SIBA is a trade organization for independent brick and mortar bookstores in the South.
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Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

www.sibaweb.com

Seeking SIBA Board of Director Nominations

It’s that time again to pick the bookseller leaders that will move SIBA  forward. SIBA’s Board Members are a hard-working bunch. Serving on the SIBA Board is both rewarding and enlightening. Consider someone today for a board position. Self-nominations are encouraged. Anyone can nominate.  What are you waiting for? Nominate someone now!


Time to Pick the Summer Okra

 

It’s that time again. We are ready to share a whole new bushel of must reads for right now. And we need your input. Let us know the new southern books & writers you are most excited about whose books will be hitting shelves in this upcoming season. These picks should be for May – August of this year. Nominate your Okra Picks today!  Deadline is May 31.


Check Out our Frindies

So many Friends of Indies have agreed to put up a Find an Indie Bookstore badge to SIBA’s bookstore member list. Are you there? Check this list to see if your dues are current with SIBA. If they are not, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Banner Program for #SIBA11 dues for core members. Authors, do you want to be a Frindie? Here’s how.

2011 SIBA Book Award


Circle of Sites – Who needs $150?

 

We are excited to announce that we have over 70 southern indie bookstores participating in our innovative Circle of Sites Program. Each week, a new title is deemed Her Ladyship’s Pick of the Week and promoted across all of the bookstore websites as well as at www.ReaderMeetWriter.com. There is no other program like this one and participating bookstores can celebrate their early entrée into innovative combined advertising to our virtual browsers & shoppers. We also connect this title with www.FreeBookStimulusPlan.com promoting sales at the participating bookstores. These titles are averaging over 30,000 impressions each week on our combined sites, and are promoted heavily to SIBA’s nearly 5,000 fans, followers, and friends online. These are probably good books to carry in your store as SIBA creates buzz & interest in both these titles and your bookstore. Join SIBA here!

 

Let’s Get Hitched at The Writers Block Auction featuring #SIBA11 Book Award Authors in Charleston, SC

SIBA is quite excited to be hosting the 3rd Annual Writers Block Auction in Charleston on September 18th.  The Let’s Get Hitched Wedding for Sara & Brandon will include in the wedding party the following for a dinner date auction: Tim Peeler, Karen Zacharias, Sonny Brewer, Steve Bouser, Ron   Rash, Beth Webb Hart, Tom Franklin, Nan Chase, Jane McClaren, Marybeth Whalen, Laura Hope-Gill, Kathryn Erskine, Joseph Earl Dabney, Jim Minick, Jessie Carty, Irene Latham, Holly Iglesias, Beth Hoffman, Karen White, Eric Litwin, Amy Greene, Curtis Wilkes, and more to come.

Again this year, 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. You can see the Schedule of Events and Register for the SIBA Trade Show here!


Holiday Catalog Bookseller Recommendations

We need your recommendations. We are in touch with publishers now about the SIBA Holiday Catalog. Even though the winter holidays seem forever away, they will be here before we know it. You are the best test for what will sell and we need your input. We use your recommendations when approaching publishers. We want the holiday catalog to be the best sales tool around for your store. Together, we can insure the catalog’s success. Suggest a title today.


We got a TWinner!

@shopthebookworm has won a free hotel night at #SIBA11 in our third Twitter Contest! Congratulations to the Book Worm Bookstore of Powder Springs, GA. And you can, too, if you will get your twitter on. Thanks to everyone who participated! Oh, and you can win more than once!

Any core member who tweets the full next line:
I read #OkraPicks! You can too. http://www.sibaweb.com/home/okra
will be entered into a drawing for a free hotel night at #SIBA11.  The deadline for tweets is June 15. 

 


SIBA Bookseller Temp Agency

There are many experienced booksellers in the region. Most would love more hours of bookselling and the opportunity to experience another store close by. Or possibly you know someone who isn't working in the store anymore, but could use some temporary work?

Bookstores are always in need of temporary help during events, staff vacations, and to attend SIBA and ABA professional events.

To facilitate this need, SIBA will compile a list of booksellers who are available to work temporarily at stores across the region. We'll keep this list on our website, and you can refer to it whenever the need arises.

Publishers - if you have bookselling experience, and would like to keep your bookselling skills fresh, sign up too.

If you'd like to be on our list of experienced booksellers, email us:

Name:
Phone:
Email:
State:
Counties You Can Work in:
Experience with which POS System:
Name(s) of bookstores you've worked:
Bookstore Reference:
Any special skills / experience you offer:

Thank you for your interest in SIBA,

Wanda Jewell, Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205
803.994.9530
Fax: 309.410.0211
www.sibaweb.com

Thank you to SIBA's Inkreadible Sponsors 2011:
Baker & Taylor
Bookazine

Trade Show #SIBA11: Charleston, SC, Embassy Suites Hotel Airport / Convention Center ; Sept. 17-19; a Sat - Mon schedule

Find your favorite authors at Authors 'Round the South
What I'm blogging: Wanda's Wonderful Book Blog
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Nashville, Tenn. – Saralee Terry Woods, President of BookManBookWoman – Nashville’s Bookstore announced that BookManBookWoman has expanded their in store books to include new books and new bestsellers. “We are happy to provide all new books and bestsellers at 20 percent off their cover price,” said Woods.  “Many of the new books offered are current best sellers or popular selections of area bookclubs.  We strongly believe that our model of selling 15 to 20 percent new books and the rest gently used books is the way that bricks and mortar bookstores survive and can be successful,” Woods added.

“Our customers have asked us to step up and provide Middle Tennessee with new books, bestsellers and unusual books and so far the experience has been very positive,”  Woods went on to add “BookManBookWoman received multiple copies of the brand new trade paperback from the publisher of the best seller Mr. Peanut the day it went on sale.  We know how popular Adam Ross is and I could not even get Mr. Peanut out of the box before customers started buying them.  It is exciting to provide immediate gratification for lovers of the written word.  Our customers and extensive research have helped BookManBookWoman make wise choices when it comes to selecting new titles and bestsellers.”

For more information, call BookManBookWoman at 615.383.6555 or Saralee Woods at 615.594.3145, visit the bookstore in Historic Hillsboro Village or visit the website at www.bookmanbookwoman.com .

WESLEY CHAPEL, FL, APRIL 20  2011:  Book Swap of New Tampa, an independent and locally owned used bookstore, will be open for business on May 2, 2011.  The Book Swap of New Tampa will carry used books and audiobooks at a reduced price and will accept books for store credit.  The store’s credit policy can be found on their website www.bookswapfl.com.

Book Swap of New Tampa will be located in the Shoppes of New Tampa at 1946 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, Wesley Chapel, FL (across from Wiregrass Mall).  Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday, and the phone number is 813-929-7490.

For more information contact Cynthia Floyd at 813-963-6979, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

It’s a southern story. . .

“It’s a Countdown, a reckoning, to a future that is Burning Bright,” he said. Pete the Cat is Checking Out all the Angles of Approach.” We nodded, obediently.  Dave the Potter is Leaving Gees Bend with Zora and Me for some time On Folly Beach and you just have to listen when he gets like this. It’s been Blueberry Years since we’ve been there. “You won’t find a Mockingbird Living Above the Frost Line,” he tells us. (Like we didn’t know that). “Don’t build your House of Branches, and Don’t Quit Your Day Job,” he calls out as he leaves, yelling over his shoulder “Remember The Fall of the House of Zeus!” (Zeus lived down the road and never could hammer a nail straight.) “But Dave, I hollered after him, “Will Jesus Buy Me a Doublewide?

“You think a doublewide will be Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt?” he roared back. “You think that’s Bloodroot she picked to Eat from Your Yard?” There was Food, Folklore and Art to his Lowcountry Cooking and Lowcountry preaching, we all knew. T’were like the Crooked Letter, Crooked Letters on The Circus Poems writ up on the billboards along Route 54. Dave’s an artist. “Creative is a Verb,” he tells us and then adds, “it’s Southern, My Way.” So it is.

(Columbia, SC)—The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2011 SIBA Book Awards. These are the books from last year that Southern Indie Booksellers especially loved, the ones they most enjoyed putting into the hands of their customers with the earnest, heartfelt and ever hopeful words “You’ve got to read this.”

Twenty-four titles were chosen by bookseller vote out of a nominee list of over 100 books, in the categories of Children’s, Young Adult, Poetry, Nonfiction, Fiction, and Cooking. The finalists represent what Southern Indie Booksellers feel to be the best in southern literature of the year. And let’s face it—they are the people who would know!

The SIBA Book Awards were created, not just to recognize great Southern books, but to give southern readers an enviable list of books to enjoy, read, buy, and give as gifts.  As of this time, the SIBA Book Award remains one of the most far-reaching and high-profile awards for Southern literature.

Finalists will be judged by a jury of SIBA booksellers. Winners will be announced in July during the week of Independence Day.  In September, in Charleston, SC at the annual SIBA Trade Show, the winners and finalists will be recognized at a special Wacky, Wordy, Wedding version of our popular Writers’ Block Auction. That’s right—SIBA wants booksellers and authors to get hitched, and what more beautiful place to do so than Charleston? The Writers’ Block Auction raises money to promote the Awards and raise awareness of the importance of independent booksellers to the literary community.

For more information, visit sibaweb.com/siba-book-award.

2011 Finalists:

Children’s


Dave the Potter by Laban Carrick Hill (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine (Puffin Books)
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
by Eric Litwin and James Dean (Harper)

Young Adult

Countdown by Deborah Wiles (Scholastic)
Leaving Gees Bend by Irene Latham (Putnam)
Zora and Me by Victoria Bond & TR Simon (Candlewick)


Nonfiction

The Blueberry Years by Jim Minick (Thomas Dunne Books)
Creative is a Verb by Patti Digh (Skirt!)
Don't Quit Your Day Job by Sonny Brewer (MP Publishing)
The Fall of the House of Zeus
by Curtis Wilkes (Crown)
Will Jesus Buy Me a Doublewide? by
Karen Zacharias (Zondervan)

Fiction

Bloodroot by Amy Greene (Vintage Books)
Burning Bright
by Ron Rash (Ecco Press)
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
by Tom Franklin (William Morrow)
On Folly Beach by Karen White (New American Library)
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
by Beth Hoffman (Penguin)

Poetry

Angles of Approach by Holly Iglesias (White Pine Press)
Checking Out by Tim Peeler (Hub City Press)
The Circus Poems by Alex Grant (Lorimer Press)
House of Branches by Janisse Ray (Wind Publications)
Living Above the Frost Line by Nancy Simpson (Carolina Wren Press)

Cooking
 

Eat Your Yard by Nan Chase (Gibbs Smith Publishers)
The Food, Folklore, and Art of Lowcountry Cooking
by Joseph Earl Dabney (Cumberland House Publishing)
Southern My Way by Gena Knox (Gena Knox Media, LLC)

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April SIBA e-Ink:  Finalists, Contests, Free Stuff, Funny Stuff, and More

absolutely jam-packed with great things for book people!

April, 2011

In This Issue

Inkreadible Sponsors

Coming to Circle of Sites

Gone
Gone
(BelleBooks)

Gone With a Handsomer Man
Gone with a Handsomer Man
(Minotaur Books)

The Fine Art of Insincerity
The Fine Art of Insincerity
(Howard Books)

Shine
Shine
(Amulet Books)

Hourglass
Hourglass
(Egmontusa)

The Sweetness of Tears
The Sweetness of Tears
(William Morrow)

The Art of Saying Goodbye
The Art of Saying Goodbye
(William Morrow)

The Borrower
The Borrower
(Viking)

 

Lady Banks Pick of the Week

Previous Issues

About Us

SIBA is a trade organization for independent brick and mortar bookstores in the South.
Follow us on twitter
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Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

www.sibaweb.com

Dear lovely inhabitants of SIBA-land,

Welcome to the newly redesigned SIBA eInk newsletter--absolutely jam-packed with great stuff for booksellers (like a chance to win a free hotel night at #siba11), great stuff for publishers (hello, 2011 SIBA Book Award finalists!) and NEW this month, a really great offer for authors: a free SIBA membership if you will promote indie bookstores on your website with one of our completely cool badges.

Read on!


Core Members – deadline to renew for 2011 is May 1

SIBA has invested in a new streamlined, online membership renewal program.  SIBA needs you!  Check here to see a list of current 2011 SIBA Core Bookstore Members.  The grace period is ending on May 1.  Benefits of SIBA membership include

  1. Posting events at Authors ‘Round the South (ARTS).  ARTS is promoted directly to both consumers and the industry as the place to find bookstores in the south.  When looking where to send authors or where to hear a writer and buy a signed book, this website is the only one of its kind that directs folks to indie bookstores and their events in the south.
  2. Find a Bookstore!  SIBA is launching a new program for dues where writers who post a Find an Indie Bookstore badge above the fold on their website home page will qualify for #SIBA11 industry membership.  We hope to spread the message across the internet and we want you on the list!
  3. The SIBA Holiday Catalog is a value-rich benefit of SIBA membership.  This full color gift catalog imprinted with your store logo and information that can be distributed to your customers and inserted into your hometown newspapers is absolutely free to SIBA Core Members in any quantity.
  4. Participate in the Free Book Stimulus Plan.  SIBA has shipped hundreds of books to SIBA Indie bookstore customers in the south.  Don’t let your store fall of the list.  Customers are looking for you.

Bottom Line:  The Bookseller Benefits Package is packed with opportunities to sell more books.  Let SIBA help.  Join SIBA before May 1!


2011 SIBA Book Award Finalists Announced
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It’s a southern story. . .)

“It’s a Countdown, a reckoning, to a future that isBurning Bright,” he said.Pete the CatisChecking Outall theAngles of Approach.” We nodded, obediently.  Dave the PotterisLeaving Gees BendwithZora and Mefor some timeOn Folly Beachand you just have to listen when he gets like this. It’s beenBlueberry Yearssince we’ve been there. “You won’t find aMockingbirdLiving Above the Frost Line.,” he tells us. (Like we didn’t know that). “Don’t build yourHouse of Branches, andDon't Quit Your Day Job,” he calls out as he leaves, yelling over his shoulder “RememberThe Fall of the House of Zeus!” (Zeus lived down the road and never could hammer a nail straight.) “But Dave, I hollered after him, “Will Jesus Buy me a Double-Wide?

“You think a doublewide will beSaving Cee Cee Honeycutt?” he roared back. “You think that’sBloodrootshe picked toEat Your Yard?” There wasThe Food, Folklore and Art of Lowcountry Cookingand Lowcountry preaching, we all knew. T’were like the Crooked Letter, Crooked Letters onThe Circus Poemswrit up on the billboards along Route 54. Dave’s an artist. “Creative is a Verb,” he tells us and then adds, “it’sSouthern My Way.” So it is.

 

Bottom Line:  This is a marketing opportunity to help you sell more new books.  Stock these.  Do a display.  Watch them fly out the door.

2011 SIBA Book Award


Holiday Catalog Results Realized

Thirty Seven SIBA stores participated in the 2011 Holiday Catalog Survey.  SIBA appreciates the input.  These stores plan to distribute more than 300,000 catalogs this year.  When asked, “What do you wish was different about the holiday catalog?”, booksellers provided a wide variety of good ideas and SIBA wants to update you as to the changes that have come about as a result of the survey results! 

  1. Increase FREE imprinting area to 4 inches on the back cover and 3 ½ on the front
  2. Continue to include ISBNs
  3. Add "Coming in November" or "Pub date January" for any titles publishing after October
  4. Include Bookseller Picks, but we need to hear from you – Booksellers:  Suggest a Book!
  5. SIBA Book Awards will include alternate editions when available.

Bottom Line:  The holiday catalog is ranked by many members as the reason they join SIBA.  Don’t be left out.


Spring Book Show RoundTable Results

Dozens of booksellers gathered at Spring Book Show to discuss a variety of topics including store traffic, the economy, and maximizing sales.  Discussed were ideas to attract more traffic, making the most of each customer, getting new customers, and more.  Read More.

Bottom Line:  Networking with other booksellers is the single best indicator of success. Pick one good idea to implement and start today!


Who Will Win the Third?
Get your Twitter on and win a #SIBA11 Hotel Night!

@lisanightbird won the second SIBA Twitter Contest, a free hotel night at #SIBA11.  Congratulations to Nightbird Books of Fayetteville, AR.  And thanks to everyone who entered.  Oh, and you can win more than once!

Bottom Line:  Any core member who tweets the following:
I read #SIBAInk and so can you - http://www.sibaweb.com/siba-news/e-ink
will be entered into a drawing for a free hotel night at #SIBA11.  The deadline for tweets is May 15. 


Love an Indie #SIBA11 Membership Offer for Authors – Booksellers, let your writers know!

Calling All Authors!  SIBA wants to make a trade.  Place a “Find an Indie Bookstore” badge above the fold on the homepage of your website and SIBA will waive your $195 dues.  Just let us know when the badge has been placed and we will mark you current.  There are many benefits to membership in SIBA.  Let us count the ways! See all the badges here.

  1. Receive a complete contact list of all of SIBA’s member stores on demand—including contact names, email addresses, phone and mailing addresses via email.
  2. SIBA operates a speakers’ bureau for authors, the Southern Traveling Authors Registration Service (STARS) that is marketed to bookstores and their customers. As a STARS author, you can send announcements to SIBA stores you are interested to visit for events and readings. Stores and consumers can also make direct requests to you.
  3. Reduced prices for advertising & table rental at #SIBA11
  4. Be informedStay in the loop.  Don’t miss the numerous SIBA opportunities to connect with each other, indie booksellers, and the industry-at-large across the south.

Bottom Line:  We are all in this together. 


#SIBA11 Okra Picks – We Know Good Books & We Grow Good Books!

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!  Use the marketing Okra Toolkit.

And it’s time to harvest a new batch.  Nominate your summer Okra Picks here: http://www.sibaweb.com/okra/okra-pick
We will announce the next crop of Okra Picks on May 31

Bottom Line:  This is a marketing opportunity to help you sell more new books.  Stock these.  Do a display.  Watch them fly out the door.  The Okra Picks translate into sales and promotion for SIBA’s core members.  It is a great hook with consumers.


A Special IndieCommerce Program & SIBA Affiliates

The American Booksellers Association is making their IndieCommerce Solution available to ABA members at a reduced price.  This solution is sophisticated and robust and offers an affiliate option which all bookstores should be exploiting to increase sales.  It’s time to give this opportunity some serious thought.  The ARTS site is driving traffic to participating bookstores at a rate of 2000+ clicks per month.  Participating bookstores are Fountain Bookstore, Malaprops Bookstore & Cafe, Flyleaf Books, Inkwood Books, Alabama Booksmith, Octavia Books, The Regulator and City Lights.

Bottom Line:  An affiliate solution is the single, best way to assist your community in selling books on your behalf while adding to everyone’s bottom line.

 


Thank you for your interest in SIBA,

Wanda Jewell, Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205
803.994.9530
Fax: 309.410.0211
www.sibaweb.com

Thank you to SIBA's Inkreadible Sponsor 2011:
Bookazine

Trade Show #SIBA11: Charleston, SC, Embassy Suites Hotel Airport / Convention Center ; Sept. 17-19; a Sat - Mon schedule

Find your favorite authors at Authors 'Round the South
What I'm blogging: Wanda's Wonderful Book Blog
Follow me on Twitter