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Booksellers  Dream of getting published?

We have published the GREAT LAKES READER and PACIFIC NORTHWEST READER, with pieces written by booksellers + librarians!!

We will now do other regions, as we receive essays. We may do 2-3 essays per state.

A SOUTHEAST READER COULD BE NEXT!!! If booksellers send in an essay about any state you desire and we’ll publish all-bookseller + librarian regional versions in paperback in the next year,

with a % of proceeds to ABFFE.

About 2,500 words and by Word doc by email to me only.

As you’ll see in State by State, some authors once lived in the state they wrote about, or do now, but some were sent to the state for a first, fresh look.

Likewise, I’m open to pieces about parts of larger states.

NOTE: These are NOT about bookstore life; you’re Jane or John Citizen on this, but of course, working in the book life as part of the piece would be more than fine.

Email me if you have any questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


CloudProfile and SIBA

In order to help its members take advantage of the many opportunities offered by developments in social networking, SIBA has entered into a partnership with, a service specifically geared towards small businesses that is designed to maximize their visibility on the web and simplify their presence on social networking sites.

Cloud Profile acts as a portal that allows businesses to manage their social networking accounts, publish updates to services like Facebook and Twitter, as well as their own Web sites and blogs with a single click, and connect with potential and regular customers at all these sites.

A leader in what is being called “micro-site” services, Cloud Profile allows independent business people to stay active online even when they are on the job or on the sales floor—via web, cellphone, and even email.

Cloud Profile allows businesses to respond quickly to customers, showcase (and sell) products, upload photos, and post updates. It also has advanced search engine optimization, and will automatically submit business information to hundreds of online business directories.

SIBA recognizes that its booksellers would rather be talking about books than updating web sites. Cloud Profile is a service we think will help you do just that.

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Learn more here:

Columbia, SC--The 2010 SIBA Book Award "Long List" has just been released, containing a complete collection of all the eligible books nominated by Southern Independent Booksellers as favorites for 2009.  The list features 101 different books in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, cooking, and children's/young adult that are either set in the South or by a southern author (or both!) and were published in 2009.

The long list will be sent as a ballot to SIBA member stores, who will then vote to choose finalists in each of the four categories. A jury of SIBA booksellers will then choose winners in each category. Finalists are announced in April. Winners are announced July.

The 2010 SIBA Book Award Long List

children's & young adult

A Certain Strain of Peculiar Gigi Amateau Candlewick
Along for the Ride Sarah Dessen Viking
Beautiful Creatures Kami Garcia/Margaret Stohl Little Brown
Black Angels Linda Beatrice Brown Putnam
Change Up: Baseball Poems Gene Fehler Clarion
Eli the Good Silas House Candlewick
Gone From These Woods Donna Bailey Seagraves Delacorte Press
Me with You Kristy Dempsey Philomel
Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys and Gulls Lucy Nolan Sylvan Dell
Peter and the Sword of Mercy Dave Barry Hyperion
Road to Tater Hill Edith Hemingway Delacorte Press
Ruined A Ghost Story Paula Morris Scholastic
Scat Carl Hiaasen Alfred A. Knopf
Shackles Marjory Wentworth & Leslie Pratt Thomas Legacy Publications
Shiver Maggie Stiefvater Scholastic
Soap Soap Soap Elizabeth O. Dulemba Raven Tree
Swamp Song Helen Ketteman Marshall Cavendish
The Secret World of Walter Anderson Hester Bass Candlewick
When the Whistle Blows Fran Slayton Penguin


Chefs of the Triangle Ann Prospero John F. Blair
Hot and Hot Fish Club Cookbook Chris Hastings Running Press
In the Cracker Kitchen Janis Owens Scribner
Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book John Perrine University of KY
My New Orleans: The Cookbook John Besh Andrews McMeel
Southern Farmer's Market Cookbook Holly Herrick Gibbs Smith
Sweet Carolina: Favorite Desserts and Candies from te Old North State Foy Allen Edelman UNC Press
The Blackberry Farm Cookbook Sam Beall Clarkson Potter
The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern Ted & Matt Lee Clarkson Potter


A Good Man Larry Baker Ice Cube Books
A Quiet Belief in Angels R J Ellory Overlook
A Separate Country Robert Hicks Grand Central Publishing
A Twisted Ladder Rhodi Hawk Forge
Accidental Bestseller Wendy Wax Berkley
Ancestors & Others Fred Chapell St. Martins
At Home on Ladybug Farm Donna Ball Berkley
Crowing Glory Calla Lily Ponder Rebecca Wells Harpercollins
Dead Weight Batt Humphreys Joggling Board Press
Devil's Punchbowl Greg Iles Scribner
Driftwood Summer Patti Callahan Henry New America Library
Education of Chauncey Doolittle James Everett Kibler Pelican
Fixer Upper Mary Kay Andrews Harpercollins
Girl on Legare Street Karen White NAL
Going Away Shoes Jill McCorkle Algonquin
Hell Robert Olen Butler Grove Press
If By Whiskey Quentin Whitwell Coldwater
Judas Kiss JT Ellison Mira
Last Light Over Carolina Mary alice monroe Pocket Books
Long Story Short Marianne Gingher UNC Press
Nuclear Jellyfish Tim Dorsey Morrow
One Second After William Fortschen Macmillan/Forge
Rebel Yell Alice Randall Bloomsbury Publishing
Reefer Moon Roger Pinckney Evening Post Publishing Company with Joggling Board Press
Saints in Limbo River Jordan Waterbrook
Sand Sharks Margaret Maron Grand Central Publishing
Saving Cicadas Nicole Seitz Thomas Nelson
Secret Keepers Mindy Friddle St. Martins
Secrets She Left Behind Diane Chamberlain Mira
Silent Killer Beverly Barton Kensington/Zebra
Sound of Building Coffins Louis Maistros Toby Press
South of Broad Pat Conroy Nan A Talese
Southern Cross Skip Horack Mariner Books
Swallow Savannah Ken Burger Evening Post Publishing Company with Joggling Board Press
Tender Graces Kathryn Magendie Belle Bridge Books
The Better Part of Darkness Kelly Gay Pocket Books
The Campfire Boys Philip Lee Williams Mercer University Press
The Confederate General Rides North Amanda Gable Scribner
The Girl on Legare Street Karen White New America Library
The Help Kathryn Stockett Putnam
The Last Child John Hart Minotaur
The Ocean Inside Janna McMahan Kensington/Zebra
Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts NM Kelby Borealis Books
Widow and the Tree Sonny Brewer Macadam/Cage
Wyatt's Revenge H. Terrell Griffin Oceanview Publishing


A Good Mule is Hard to Find Kirk Neely Hub City Writers' Project
Book of Dads Ben George Harpercollins
Caveat Onus Dave Brinks Black Widow Press
Coral Castle Rust McClure Ternary Publisers
Don't Say I Didn't Warn You: Kids' Carbs, and the Coming Hormonal Apocalypse Anita Renfro Hyperion
Education of Mr. Mayfield David Magee John F. Blair
Give My Poor Heart Ease William Ferris UNC Press
Hard Work Roy Williams Algonquin
Hauntings in My Head Angela Burke CreateSpace
Hidden History of Greenville Alexia Helsley History Press
In the Sanctuary of Outcasts Neil White Morrow
It Gives a Lovely Light a Biography of Chelsea Groves Victor Whelan Eloquent Books
Just Passin Thru Winton Porter Menasha Ridge
Legends of the Natchez City Cemetery, the Most Interesting Cemetery in the South Don Estes Don Estes
Long Snapper Jeffrey Marx Harpercollins
Mayhem in Mayberry Brian Lee Knopp Cosmic Pigbite Press
Most They Ever Had Rick Bragg macadam/cage
On Rocky Top Clay Travis It Books
Outcasts United Warren St. John Spiegel & Grau
Rising Sea Orrin Pilkey Shearwater Books
Soul Tree Laura Hope-Gill Grateful Steps
Splendid Isolation Pamela Bauer Mueller Piata Publishing
Swarm Tree: Of Honeybees, Honeymoons and the Tree of Life Doug Elliot History Press
Through the Glorieta Pass Lavonne Adams Pearl Editions
Undaunted Heart Suzy Barile Eno Publishers
Yoknapatawpha, Images and Voices George Stewart USC Press
You Can't Drink All Day if You Don't Start in the Morning Celia Rivenbark St. Martins
Zeitoun David Eggers McSweeneys

Wanda Jewell, Reeden Wright and Lady Banks spent some time at the South Carolina Book Festival February 27 & 28th, talking to people about the importance of independent bookstores, the difficulties of creating crossword puzzles, and why the South is full of (literary) STARS!

Dear SIBA Member Booksellers,

Below is an invitation to a webinar on CloudProfile.  This is a great program that lets you manage your social media via your email address.  SIBA has partnered with CloudProfile to bring you a great package with great pricing.  Set aside an hour on Thursday, Feb. 25, to learn more about how CloudProfile can help you reach more customers and manage your social networking with ease.  You can check out SIBA's CloudProfile account at

Join us and learn how to use CloudProfile to promote your independent bookstore on the Web.

 CloudProfile for SIBA Members
Thursday, February 25th
11:00am-12:00pm EST

Reserve Your Spot
 Leverage your unique voice to grow your business
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Learn how CloudProfile fits into the big picture of your
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See it in action with a live demo of CloudProfile.

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