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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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Holly Tucker
Volunteer
Nashville Area Chapter
WFTRC, co-chair
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Beth Dunn
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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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Cynthia Kelley
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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

 

Exclusive content for SIBA stores at deep discounts. Available from Ingram, 978-0-9825205-0-5
Play a sample puzzle online!
Ordering information and puzzle solutions here


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..


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

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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

In response to an anonymous survey, core members finished the sentence prompt below.

I am a member of SIBA because…

I feel it’s important to support all activities highlighting independent businesses. There are useful communications that help me run my business.

Resources, encouragement, great responsiveness from Wanda to our questions, cutting edge info that is invaluable.

It’s important to support an organization that binds indies together.

I love the resources, the members, the helpful familial atmosphere- and of course, the authors and the books.

I enjoy the trade show and use the holiday catalog each year.

SIBA is a forum of knowledge contact with publishers and authors. We look for SIBA to be the eyes and ears of independent booksellers in a rapidly changing industry. Only as a group will we have a voice.

Community is important.

It is important to continue to support the local organization related to the profession; and to meet and learn from others in the profession

My bookstore has been open for 16 years and I have been a SIBA member for 8. The membership is the single most valuable expenditure (other than merchandise) that I make each year.

As booksellers in the Southeast, we should be.

I bought the store with the membership and decided to keep it.

The invaluable information we receive about authors, new titles, popular titles, the publishing industry, the trade show, networking and feedback from other southern booksellers. Our store would not be viable without all the info and services SIBA provides.

Bookseller Support Professional Association

So far it has been a good resource of ideas and references but I have not been a member too long so it is hard to comment.

of the holiday catalog, the free website, the e-mail community.

of the wealth of information I gain by reading emails, blogs and networking with other members at trade show.

SIBA is wonderful resource for the southern indie bookstores!!

I am a believer that we can help each other remain strong and INDEPENDENT

It is a great support system for my store.

Southern books are our core business

SIBA is invaluable for an independent shop, even when all of its programs are not taken advantage of.

It is a great network

I think it is important to be part of an organization related to my business.

I just opened a used bookstore and can use all the help I can get. I find valuable information on the website.

together we are stronger

tremendous amount of info – you all do a lot of the leg work for booksellers as a whole

of the irreplaceable contacts with publisher reps, authors, and fellow booksellers with whom I mingle at the trade show.