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SIBA Book AwardAnnouncing the 2012 SIBA Book Award Long List

(Columbia, SC)—The Long List for the 2012 SIBA Book Award has just been released by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. Totaling almost 120 different titles, the “Long List” includes every eligible title nominated for the award—representing the bookseller and reader favorites of 2011 in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s, young adult and cooking categories. From Lisa Alther to Erica Wright, Mary Kay Andrews to Daniel Woodrell, the Long List is the ultimate southern reading list from the people who would know—southern indie booksellers.

See the full list of titles here: http://www.sibaweb.com/siba-book-award/nominations

In the following months SIBA Booksellers will vote on finalists in each category, and the final winners will be picked by a jury of SIBA booksellers. Winners will be announced in July the week of Independence Day. In September, in Naples, FL, at the annual SIBA Trade Show, the winners and finalists will be recognized during the popular Writers’ Block Auction which raises money to promote the Awards and raise awareness of the importance of independent booksellers to the literary community.

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. To be eligible for the SIBA Book Award, nominated books must 1) be southern in nature or by an southern author (preferably both!), 2) have been published the previous year, and 3) have been nominated by a SIBA-member bookstore or one of their customers.

Now is the time to revisit your to-be-read stack. The odds are, some of the books in the list below are waiting for you there!
For more information, visit http://www.sibaweb.com/siba-book-award

The 2012 Long List:

Children

Always Neverland by Zoe Barton (Harpercollins)
Animalogy by Marianne Berkes (Sylvan Dell) 
Bigger than a Breadbox by Laurel Snyder (Random House)
Jelly Bean Finds her Special Place by Jane Edwards (Lewis Color, Inc.)
Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond by Mary Quattlebaum (Dawn Publications) 
Liddil Gets Her Light by Tracey Cox (Guardian Angel Publishing)
Over in Australia by Marianne Berkes (Dawn Publications) 
Wake Up Man by Thomas Rain Crowe (Grateful Steps Publishing)
Which Side Are You On?: The Story of a Song by George Ella Lyon (Cinco Puntos Press)

Cooking

A Southerly Course by Martha Foose (Clarkson Potter)
Basic to Brilliant Y'all by Virginia Willis (Ten Speed Press)
Irresistible History of Southern Food by Rick McDaniel (History Press)
New Southern Garden Cookbook by Sheri Castle (UNC Press)
New Southern Latino Table by Sandra Gutierrez (UNC Press)
Southern Biscuits by Nathalie Dupree (Gibbs Smith)
The Happy Table of Eugene Walter: Southern Spirits in Food and Drink edited by Don Goodman & Thomas Head (UNC Press)
Well, Shut My Mouth! by Stephanie L. Tyson (John F. Blair)
Wildly Affordable Organic by Linda  Watson (Da Capo)

Fiction

A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd (William Morrow)
A Passel of Hate by Joe Epley (CreateSpace)
Accidental Birds of the Carolinas by Marjorie  Hudson (Press 53)
The Art of Saying Goodbye by Ellyn Bache (Harpercollins)
At the End of the Road by Grant Jerkins (Berkley)
Atlanta: A Novella by Loreen Niewenhuis (Main Street Rag)
The Ballad of Tom Dooley by Sharyn  McCrumb (St. Martin's Press)
The Beach Trees
by Karen White (New American Library)
Blood Clay by Valerie Nieman (Press 53)
Butterfly's Child by Angela Davis-Gardner (Dial)
The Butterfly's Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe (Gallery Books)
Coming Up for Air by Patti Callahan Henry (St. Martin's Press)
The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew (Kensington)
Echo by Dana Smith (19 Reasons)
Exposure by Therese Fowler (Ballantine)
The Family Fang
by Kevin Wilson (Ecco)
Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton Frank (Harpercollins)
Fortune's Son by Emery Lee (SourceBooks)
Home Free by Fern Michaels (Zebra)
The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe (Tor)
The Inheritance of Beauty by Nicole Seitz (Thomas Nelson)
Iron House by John  Hart (St. Martin's Press)
Just The Thing To Be by Tracey Cox (Guardian Angel Publishing)
Late Edition by Fern Michaels (Kensington)
Leaving Lukens by Laura Wharton (Broad Creek Press)
Mercy Creek by Matt Matthews (Hub City Press)
The Mile Marker Murders by C. W.  Saari (Boutique of Quality Books)
Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle by Ann Ross (Penguin)
Naked Came the Leaf Peeper by Brian Lee Knopp et al (Burning Bush Press of Asheville)
Night Train by Clyde Edgerton (Little Brown)
Nightwoods by Charles Frazier (Random House)
Ninth Man by Brad Crowther (Ingalls Publishing Group)
Notes toward the Story and Other Stories by Corey Mesler (Aqueous Books)
Over in Australia by Marianne Berkes (Dawn Publications)
The Ocean Forest by Troy Nooe (Ingalls Publishing Group)
The Outlaw Album by Daniel Woodrell (Little Brown)
Quickening by Liza Wieland (SMU Press)
Reign of Madness by Lynn Cullen (Putnam)
The Road to Hell is Seldom Seen by Cappy Hall Rearick (Createspace)
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn  Ward (Bloomsbury)
The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston (Ecco)
Small Hotel by Robert Olen Butler (Grove)
Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams (Bantam)
Strangers on Montagu Street by Karen White (New American Library)
Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews (St. Martin's Press)
Sunrise on the Battery by Beth Webb Hart (Thomas Nelson)
Ten Beach Road by Wendy  Wax (Berkley)
Trust by Sean Keefer (Old Line Publishing)
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, There's A Body In The Car
by Fran Rizer (Bella Rosa Books)
Under the Mercy Trees by Heather Newton (Harper Perennial)
Under the Skin by Vicki Lane (Dell)
Washed in the Blood by Lisa Alther (Mercer U. Press)
The Watery Part of the World by Michael Parker (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
Where To Now? by Rod Rogers (IUniverse)

Nonfiction

America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation by David Goldfield (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Dinner With Tennessee Williams by Troy Gilbert (Gibbs Smith)
From Here to Absurdity: pink flamingos, vibrators & other comical events by David Hunter (Oconee Spirit Press)
Gone With the Wind, A Bestseller's Odyssey by Ellen F. Brown  and John Wiley (Taylor Trade) 
Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey by David Joy (Bright Mountain Books)
It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine's Path to Peace by Rye Barcott (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Lions of the West by Robert Morgan (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
My Paddle to the Sea by John  Lane (UGA Press)
The Poetry Company, a memoir by Joe Cobb Crawford (Emory Jones, LLC)
Praying for Strangers by River Jordan (Berkley)
Set Free to Live Free: Breaking Through the 7 Lies Women Tell Themselves by Saundra Dalton-Smith (Revell)
Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy: The Belle of All Things Southern Dishes on Men, Money, and Not Losing Your Midlife Mind by Shellie Tomlinson (Berkley)
Taking a Stand by Juan Mendez and Marjory Wentworth (Palgrave Macmillan)
The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak by Randy Fertel (U Press of MS)
Upheaval in Charleston by Susan Williams (UGA Press)
Wait Until Tomorrow by Pat MacEnulty (The Feminist Press)
Working South by Mary Whyte (USC Press)
You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl by Celia  Rivenbark (St. Martin's Griffin)

Poetry

Abandoned Quarry by John Lane (Mercer U. Press)
Ascent by Doris Davenport (CreateSpace)
Copperhead by Rachel Richardson (Carnegie Mellon)
Crack Light by Thomas Rain Crowe (Wind Publishing)
Head Off & Split: Poems (2011) by Nikky Finney (NWU Press)
If This World Falls Apart by Lou Lipsitz (Lynx House Press)
Instructions for Killing the Jackal by Erica Wright (Black Lawrence Press)
Nineteen Visions of Christmas by Sally Buckner (Main Street Rag)
Presence by Scott Wiggerman (Pecan Grove)
Seriously Dangerous by Helen Losse (Main Street Rag)
She Hands Me the Razor by Richard Krawiec (Press 53)
Southern Fictions by Kathryn Stripling Byer (Jacar Press)
Talking about Movies with Jesus by David Kirby (LSU Press)
Terroir by Robert Morgan (Penguin)
Unaccountable Weather by Kathryn Kirkpatrick (Press 53)
Waking by Ron Rash (Hub City Press)
Weaving a New Eden by Sherry Chandler (Wind Publications)

Young Adult

Breath of Angel by Karyn Henley ( Waterbrook)
The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan (Delacorte)
Darwen  Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact by A.J. Hartley (Razor Bill)
Dead Rules by Randy Russell (Harper Teen)
Magnolia League by Katie Crouch (Poppy Books)
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab (Hyperion)
Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard (Delacorte)
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (Simon and Schuster)
Second Time's A Charm by Mary Flinn (Aviva)

GABBS Atlanta

GABBS AtlantaSpring Book Show has a new name. GABBS Atlanta, but it is the same Great Show, and SIBA & ABA will be there to share!

The Education at GABBS Atlanta will include ABA Education on Friday morning –

ABA Education:  The Best of Winter Institute 7’s Best Practices Sessions
Friday, March 16th in Room 102, 8:30 am – 10:00 am
The 2012 Winter Institute featured a series of 12 half-hour “Best Practices” sessions on everything from children’s bookselling, human resources, and Google Analytics to marketing your store as a digital location, empowering your indie business alliance, and more. “The Best of the Best” is a roundup of booksellers’ top tips from Wi7.  ABA education is sponsored by Ingram Ingram Content Group.

And from SIBA on Saturday morning –

Best Practices for Working GABBS to Your Store’s Advantage
Saturday, March 17th will in Room 102, 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Veteran Bargain Book Buyers will tell you how they work the floor, what they look for, and why.  Learn how to sort through the vendors and their wares with your store, your customers, and your bottom line all in mind.


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and your last chance to nominate for the SIBA Book Awards

February, 2012

In This Issue

Inkreadible Sponsors

Upcoming on
Circle of Sites

 

More Than Words Can Say
More Than Words Can Say
(William Morrow & Company
)

Love Lifted Me
Love Lifted Me
(Thomas Nelson
)

Beyond Molasses Creek
Beyond Molasses Creek
(Thomas Nelson
)

Love, Charleston
Love, Charleston
(Thomas Nelson
)

Indomitable Will
Indomitable Will
(Crown Publishing Group
)

Blue Moon Bay
Blue Moon Bay
(Bethany Publishing House
)

Temptation
Temptation
(David C. Cook
)

A Land More Kind Than Home
A Land More Kind Than Home
(William Morrow & Company
)

Relentless Pursuit
Relentless Pursuit
(David C. Cook
)

Leaving Church
Leaving Church
(HarperOne
)

 

Previous Issues

About Us

SIBA is a trade organization for independent brick and mortar bookstores in the South.
Follow us on twitter
Find us on Facebook

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

www.sibaweb.com

What's in this edition of SIBA eInk? Some good ideas from your fellow booksellers. Some funding sources to make them happen. Some places to brag about your favorite books. Some gentle reminders about your SIBA membership. Some chances to win a trip to #siba12. Some things you should know about credit card processing. Some places you want to be in March.


Good ideas from your fellow booksellers

Here's a list of stores doing creative things to build both community and sales. Go ahead, steal some of these. And let SIBA know if you have something to add to the list. 

E.book Tutorial -http://www.fountainbookstore.com/purchasing-google-ebook
Bookseller as Publisher -http://www.malaprops.com/naked-came-leaf-peeper
School Sales -http://regulatorbookshop.com/storebargains
Loyalty Programs -http://www.parnassusbooks.net/founder-rewards
Store Swag -http://www.cafepress.com/maplestbookshop
Kids Events -http://www.pageandpalette.com/event/second-annual-fancy-nancy-fashion-show
Writing Workshops - http://www.changinghands.com/indieauthorconf
Kid Camps - http://starwarscamp.wordpress.com/
Literary Events - http://andersons2.indiebound.com/childrens-literature-breakfast
Adult Classes - http://www.breathebooks.com/calendar/index.php
Book Classes - http://www.politics-prose.com/classes/2012-classes
Combined book sales - http://justtherightbook.com/quiz
Signed First Editions Club - http://www.alabamabooksmith.com/signed-first-editions-club-0
One Reads - http://www.littleshopofstories.com/same-page.php
Author Lunches - http://www.bookyourlunch.com/
Parties - http://www.harleysvillebooks.com/event/family-fun-night-pj-party
Baby Gift Registry - http://www.booksinc.net/BabyGiftRegistry
Cooks with Books -http://bookpassage.com/events_calendar/cooks%20with%20books%20events
Bookswap - http://www.booksmith.com/event/booksmith-bookswap-great-american-family-edition
Local Interests - http://www.octaviabooks.com/localinterest
Cookbook Club -http://www.gardendistrictbookshop.com/cookbook-club-general-information

Bottom Line:  Differentiate yourself.  Start small and build.  Creating Services and Classes offers the largest growth area for indie bookstores since they are hard to reproduce online. 

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Galley Giveaway


Looking to make ends meet? SBA Microloan Program

SBA’s Microloan Program provides loans up to $50,000 to start-up, newly established, or growing small businesses. The average microloan size is about $13,000. While the microloan program is open to all entrepreneurs, according to aSBA Fact Sheet, the program especially supports underserved markets, including borrowers with little to no credit history, low-income borrowers, and women and minority entrepreneurs in rural and urban areas who generally do not qualify for conventional loans, or other, larger SBA guaranteed loans.

Read the full report from the American Booksellers Association

Any bookseller interested in applying for a microloan should contact a SBA lender in their area. The Microloan Program is available in select locations in most states. For more information, it is recommended that booksellers first contact SBA at  (800) 827-5722, or one of SBA’s partners, such as SCORE or a Small Business Development Center. Booksellers can also contact their local SBA District Office.

Additional information is available on the SBA Microloan website; an intermediary lending list can be downloaded here.

Booksellers can also call ABA Senior Public Policy Analyst David Grogan at  (800) 637-0037, ext. 6662, for more information.

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Call for SIBA Book Award nominations

Last call for the 2012 SIBA Book Award Nominations!

Book Award CalendarFebruary 14th is the deadline. Show your love for your favorite southern books!

Each year, hundreds of booksellers across the South vote on their favorite "handsell" books of the year. These are the "southern" books they have most enjoyed selling to customers; the ones that they couldn't stop talking about. The SIBA Book Award was created to recognize great books of southern origin.

What books can be nominated?
Books are nominated in several categories, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, cooking and children's. For a book to be eligible, it must be set in the South, or the author must be Southern (preferably both) and it must have been published within the previous calendar year.

Who can nominate a book?
Books can be nominated by SIBA-member booksellers . But stores can submit nominations on behalf of the their customers, so if you are not a bookseller, you can request your local bookstore nominate a title on your behalf.

How do I nominate a book?
Click here for the online nomination form

Where can I see a list of currently nominated titles?
Click here to see a list of current nominations

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Have you renewed your SIBA membership?

It is time to renew your membership if you want to be able to take full advantage of SIBA's benefits for the upcoming year. 

Membership dues are $150/year for booksellers...a mere $12.50 per month
$195/year for industry...only $16.25 per month

Your membership ID is 
Your membership Expiration date is

If the expiration date is blank, then your membership in SIBA has expired!

Please take a moment to renew your SIBA membership online and make sure all the contact information is correct. We use this information when we publish directories of SIBA members, such as the list of SIBA stores and STARS authors on Authors Round the South,  as well as company information that appears in SIBA's trade show directories.

Click here to manage your membership record online and use the login information below:

store name: 
store email: 
membershipID:  *
*You may be asked for a password, which you will have to create if you have never logged in before.

Click here to download a membership form you can fill out and fax back in: SIBA dues form

If you are renewing your membership you have until March 1, 2012 before you lose access to SIBA benefits.

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Win a trip to #siba12!

Show off your Okra and win a trip to #SIBA12!

 

You can win a free trip to #siba12 in Naples, Florida just for displaying your Okra Picks cards! Here's all you need to do:

1) Create a display in your store featuring your Okra Picks cards and the books.

2) Post a picture of the display to your website, blog, facebook page, twitter account, pinterest board, etc.

3) email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the link to the picture.

That's all you need to do to be entered to win an all expense paid trip to #SIBA12 in Naples, Florida. It doesn't get any easier than that.

If you haven't already received your free display and set of Okra Picks cards, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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News from Novera

NoveraNovera Newswire: The Top 3 Misconceptions when Selecting a Credit Card Processor: 

  • One low rate
  • "Free" equipment
  • Junk fees

Novera’s consultative approach allows us to thoroughly educate our clients, equipping them to better understand this complicated industry. Unfortunately, the payment processing industry has become increasingly confusing, and often small business owners are taken advantage of in this complexity. As a result, businesses everywhere overpay for this simple service by thousands of dollars per year. Novera’s transparent and innovative flat fee pricing is changing all of that.

icon Novera Newswire: The Top 3 Misconceptions when Selecting a Credit Card Processor 

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GABBS Atlanta

 Spring Books Show is now GABBS Atlanta

GABBS AtlantaSpring Book Show has a new name. GABBS Atlanta, but it is the same Great Show, and SIBA & ABA will be there to share!
The Education at GABBS Atlanta will include ABA Education on Friday morning –

ABA Education:  The Best of Winter Institute 7’s Best Practices Sessions
The 2012 Winter Institute featured a series of 12 half-hour “Best Practices” sessions on everything from children’s bookselling, human resources, and Google Analytics to marketing your store as a digital location, empowering your indie business alliance, and more. “The Best of the Best” is a roundup of booksellers’ top tips from Wi7.  ABA education is sponsored by Ingram Ingram Content Group.

And from SIBA on Saturday morning –

Best Practices for Working GABBS to Your Store’s Advantage
Veteran Bargain Book Buyers will tell you how they work the floor, what they look for, and why.  Learn how to sort through the vendors and their wares with your store, your customers, and your bottom line all in mind.

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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 #SIBA12: Sept 7-9, 2012 at Naples Grande Beach Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Collection

Find your favorite authors at Authors 'Round the South
What I'm blogging: Wanda's Wonderful Book Blog
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January, 2012

In This Issue

Inkreadible Sponsors

Upcoming on
Circle of Sites

 

More Than Words Can Say
More Than Words Can Say
(William Morrow & Company
)

Love Lifted Me
Love Lifted Me
(Thomas Nelson
)

Beyond Molasses Creek
Beyond Molasses Creek
(Thomas Nelson
)

Love, Charleston
Love, Charleston
(Thomas Nelson
)

Indomitable Will
Indomitable Will
(Crown Publishing Group
)

Temptation
Temptation
(David C. Cook
)

A Land More Kind Than Home
A Land More Kind Than Home
(William Morrow & Company
)

Relentless Pursuit
Relentless Pursuit
(David C. Cook
)

Leaving Church
Relentless Pursuit
(HarperOne
)

 

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
Find us on Facebook

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

www.sibaweb.com

What's in this edition of SIBA eInk? It's time for many things! To renew your membership in SIBA. To nominate titles to the SIBA Book Award. To sign up for World Book Night. To put out the new Okra Picks. To register for GABBS Atlanta. To look for Waldo. To dream of Spain.


It's Time to Renew!

It is time to renew your membership if you want to be able to take full advantage of SIBA's benefits for the upcoming year. 

Membership dues are $150/year for booksellers...a mere $12.50 per month
$195/year for industry...only $16.25 per month

Please take a moment to renew your SIBA membership online and make sure all the contact information is correct. We use this information when we publish directories of SIBA members, such as the list of SIBA stores and STARS authors on Authors Round the South,  as well as company information that appears in SIBA's trade show directories.

Click here to manage your membership record online and use the login information below:

store name
store email*
*You may be asked for a password, which you will have to create if you have never logged in before.

Click here to download a membership form you can fill out and fax back in: SIBA dues form

If you are renewing your membership you have until March 1, 2012 before you lose access to SIBA benefits.

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Call for SIBA Book Award nominations

Time to Nominate the SIBA Book Awards

Is your favorite southern book of the year on this list?
The deadline to nominate books for the 2012 SIBA Book Award is February 14, Valentine's Day.

Nominate here
Get some great ideas here: Special to SIBA list

To be eligible, a book must be southern in nature, or by a southern author, or both. It must have been published in 2011 (no reprints, please). And the nomination must come from a SIBA member bookstore or a customer of a SIBA member store.

Go ahead and enter your nominations even if you see the book already on the list--we like to get your comments on the books you love.

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World Book Night: Be a Giver and a Store Sponsor!

World Book NightFebruary 1 is the deadline to be a book giver and store partner for World Book Night!

Who better than to pass along the joy of reading on World Book Night, April 23, 2012 than an independent bookstore? We think that at least a few thousand of the 50,000 book givers that day will be booksellers.  And it’s easy; just fill out the online form at www.worldbooknight.org , pour some of that passion into your answers, and you’re in.  

Spread the word! Post World Book Night info on twitter and on your Facebook pages. Here are two easy 140 character options:

Hey book lovers, be a volunteer book giver on World Book Night, April 23, 2012. Sign up at www.worldbooknight.org   by Feb. 1.  

Want to participate in a million book giveaway to promote reading?  Sign up at www.worldbooknight.org   by Feb. 1.

WBN is also looking for bookstores to act as pick-up locations for the book givers in their communities. Make your store the central hub of a group of people so passionate about books and reading they are willing to spend a night hanging out on street corners pushing books into the hands of complete strangers.

...hmmm, it sounds almost like they would be good indie booksellers!

To make your store the center of World Book Night in your area, go to worldbooknight.org and click on the Bookseller tab to fill out the form.

Any questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Spring Okra Picks: $50 in your cash drawer!

Okra PicksAnnouncing a fresh bushel of Okra Picks from SIBA! The current list of okra picks is here. Click on the cards to find out more information on the title. Some books even have first chapters available for download.

Follow #okrapicks on twitter!

SPECIAL OFFER for members who eat their okra!

By now, SIBA Bookstores should have received their Okra Pick cards. As a SIBA store member, you can earn $50.00 in SIBA credit each time you do an in-store Okra Picks display and report your sales of Okra Pick titles. The credit can be used for  anything SIBA, including Trade Show registration and meal tickets.

Download the sales report form:  okra picks sales report

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.

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SIBA and ABA Spring Education and Forums

Once again, SIBA and the American Booksellers Association will be on hand at the forth coming GABBS Atlanta Show (formerly Spring Book Show) in March to provide education. Seminars are still to be announced, but registration is open at  http://www.gabbs.net/GABBS_Atlanta.html

GABBS Atlanta

The ABA is also hosting a forum on March 13 at the Green Hills Public Library in Nashville, TN, courtesy of Parnassus Books. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Two Good Ideas from the ABA!

New WBN Poster Sends Out a Call to Book Lovers
A new 8½" x 11" poster that encourages book lovers to become World Book Night book givers is available for download. (Read more...)

 

Waldo Comes to Main Street

Waldo comes to Main StreetCandlewick Press and the American Booksellers Association are partnering to bring “Find Waldo Local” to Main Street USA this July. Indie booksellers nationwide are invited to host a month-long scavenger hunt for Waldo throughout local businesses. The community-wide event was developed to help spread the Shop Local message.

Candlewick Press wanted to “dovetail Waldo’s 25th anniversary celebration with the Shop Local movement by creating an exciting nationwide event to help ABA member bookstores remain strong and vibrant this summer,” said Elise Supovitz, director of field sales for Candlewick Press.

The idea stemmed from a Waldo promotion staged last year by Eight Cousins Bookstore

Find Waldo Local will start in participating communities on July 1, 2012, with kids and parents setting off on a hunt to find Waldo hidden in 20 local businesses. Waldo spotters will be eligible for prizes, and the event will culminate on July 31 with a grand ceremony held at the bookstore.

Candlewick is offering special terms on supporting orders and $50 in additional co-op, and will send a free kit containing everything to launch Find Waldo Local. Kit materials include a sturdy 40-inch Waldo standee, 20 mini Waldo standees, 20 Shop Local window clings, 220 “I Found Waldo” cards, and bag stuffers. Participation is capped at 250 stores.

Candlewick will also provide free prizes for participants, including 100 “I Found Waldo” buttons, five copies of Where’s Waldo? The Phenomenal Postcard Book, and one copy of Where’s Waldo? The Complete Collection box set. Complete details are provided in A Find Waldo Local brochure landing at bookstores in the January Red Box mailing and available here .

To participate, bookstores must sign up by March 1 at Indiebound.org/findwaldolocal and agree to additional terms listed here.

“Candlewick is absolutely thrilled to partner with the ABA on Find Waldo Local,” said Supovitz. “We’re celebrating our 20th anniversary this year and our business model of independence has remained unchanged over the past two decades. We are committed as ever to independent thinking and support of ABA-member independent bookstores.

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 Around the Region

The rain in Spain...

(Imagine appropriate background music!)
Win a 9 day trip to Spain as part of Workman's 1001 Places to See Before You Die Tour! Details and the entry form can be found here: http://www.workman.com/1000placesevents/
Deadline for entries is January 31, 2012. In store signage is available from Jessica Weiner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Chelsea Green partners with Bill McClung & Associates

Effective January 1, Chelsea Green Publishing has signed on with Bill and Terri McClung and their group to represent its books to trade accounts in the Southeast. This is the first time since 2006 that Chelsea Green has had independent trade representation. For more information contact
Michael Weaver
Chelsea Green Publishing
802/299-2422
802/299-2423 fax
877/696-5391
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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:
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About World Book Night sign-up: you as a giver and your store as a partner

Plus telling all your online friends!

World Book NightDear Booksellers,

Part One

Who better than to pass along the joy of reading on World Book Night, April 23, 2012 than -- YOU!
Yes, I envision that at least a few thousand of the 50,000 book givers that day will be booksellers.  And it’s easy; just fill out the online form at www.worldbooknight.org , pour some of that passion into your answers, and you’re in.

BUT wait .  . . there’s more.

We want you to tell others, many others.

Read on.

While the news of World Book Night in the U.S. came out in the fall via LJ, PW and elsewhere, and in December when we announced in USA Today and online that  the 30 World Book Night U.S. book list and that the book giver process had opened up to the public, December was not the best time to announce, obviously.  A number of factors pushed us to that date, but I never despaired; I knew then and know now that once you surfaced from the holiday madness, you’d rush to be givers. 

And tell others.

You see, WBN is ALL social media driven. No marketing budget and it’s not needed. There’s all of your followers, as well as those of authors, bloggers, librarians, and many many more.  From LJ, PW, Book Page, Shelf Awarness, BookReporter, Goodreads, indie tweets, publisher blogs, and from you, the message will go out.

And what’s the message that you can send out?

In under 140 characters:

Hey book lovers, be a volunteer book giver on World Book Night, April 23, 2012. Sign up at www.worldbooknight.org   by Feb. 1.   …..or……

Want to participate in a million book giveaway to promote reading?  Sign up at www.worldbooknight.org   by Feb. 1.

Note: Please link to the general site, not just the sign-up form; I’d like people to learn more, check out the book list, read about our mission . . . and THEN apply to be a book giver.

Yes, Virginia, there IS an application process. People do have to understand that there are clear rules and obligations, and that some thought has to go into where they want to give away their free WBN special editions, and why.  The publishing and book community is going to great expense, and even greater volunteer time, to get over a million dollars’ worth of donated paper, printing and shipping, and the authors have waived royalties, and it is simply essential that the book givers understand the goals of World Book Night: to find NEW readers.

I hope you’ll visit the site, noodle around . . . AND apply to be a book giver . . .. . . AND tweet your fingers off. And……..

Part Two

At the same time that we are asking each of you to be World Book Night book givers on April 23, 2012, we are enlisting bookstores and libraries to be locations for the book givers in your community to come pick up their box of free World Book Night books.

You see, we are not sending 50,000 boxes of 20 books each to their homes. We are sending the boxes to bookstores or libraries so YOU can be one of the community centers for World Book Night, as well as the beneficiary of some added foot traffic. This was done in the UK to great success.

But it’s not as easy as just raising your hand and saying you’re in. Alas, as with the book giver process, I need you to answer a few questions so I can be assured that the donated expense of World Book Night in the U.S. is going to good use. 

There will be some requirements to be a WBN book pick-up location, and a brief on-line form needs to be filled out. There are a number of questions that need an affirmative answer.

There are other requirements, as well. Sorry to be pain about this, but again, a LOT of people’s time and resources have gone into World Book Night, and this must be a focused, one-to-one person-and-book interaction. It’s much, much more that simply a free book giveaway.

Deadline is Feb. 1.

Please read more at www.worldbooknight.org under the Bookseller tab.
And feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions!

And tweet and email to tout le monde!!

Hey book lovers, be a volunteer book giver on World Book Night, April 23, 2012. Sign up at www.worldbooknight.org   by Feb. 1.  

Thank you!
Carl Lennertz
Executive Director
World Book Night U.S.