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A Letter from SIBA President Doug Robinson

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Friday, April 7, 2017

Doug RobinsonDear SIBA members & stakeholders,

Early last month we had a wonderful day "Writing the Future of The Discovery Show" at SIBA in the Springtime!  We appreciate so much everyone who came (about 45 of you) and contributed time and thought to SIBA's future.  We learned a lot.

Your Board members plus Jamie Fiocco and Kelly Justice took many notes and here are some of the things we learned.

First, The Discovery Show is well-loved, and well-received by our industry.  The major sentiment was much of what we offer, and when we offer it, is just what booksellers and exhibitors want.  We will benefit from the many new ideas for education & experiences at the Discovery Show and look forward to implementing many of the suggestions.  The main change is to consider the weekdays for the show rather than the weekend.  Otherwise, the fall is preferable to other seasons, and moving around the south seems to be a favorite as well.  Some of the ideas we can initiate right away include:

  • finding a way for exhibitors to meet new booksellers they might not know
  • promote in-booth signings
  • make it easier to recognize sales reps. 

Please continue to share any ideas or thoughts you have as to how we can improve.  You can reach out to any Board Member or to our Executive Director.

In one of my first duties as your president, I have turned over the care and feeding of SIBA’s Advisory Council (AC) to new board member Kimberly Daniels.  The AC is a function of the SIBA Board of Directors and the obligations are to meet for an hour at the Discovery Show and have several (VERY SHORT) conference calls throughout the year. The board uses the AC as a sounding board and a place to get initial feedback regarding various SIBA and bookstore related ideas and issues. The AC is a two-year commitment.

If you are interested in serving, or have any questions, please email with the subject line OPEN CALL-ADVISORY KimberlyDdaniels@gmail.com (please note that there are two ds in the email address). 

Sincerely, your SIBA President,

Doug Robinson
Eagle Eye Book Shop Owner
Decatur, GA
Doug@EagleEyeBooks.com

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Tags:  #siba17  siba advisory council 

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Call for Board Nominations, Southern Book Prize Ballot: News you can use from the Land of SIBA!

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hello, dearest and most beloved booksellers.

It's that time again....time for oh so many things! Nominations for the Board, voting on the Southern Book Prize, Okra Picks info, and so much more.  Read on, read everything!

Highlights:

  1. SIBA has an app. For real! Download the "SocialLink" app from your Apple or Google Play store
  2. Call for Board Nominations
  3. The Southern Book Prize Loooong List Ballot is open. And the Conroy Legacy Award is seeking nominations
  4. There is now a resource page for the Spring Okra Picks
  5. There is a now a downloadable flyer of monthly staff picks from SIBA Bookstores.
  6. Registration is open for #SIBA17 in the Big Easy
  7. Introducing IndieCommerce Lite

SIBA HAS AN APP!

Yes, that's right, SIBA is now has an app! Available for iPhone and Android, SIBA's new "SocialLink" app allows you to check in to the SIBA member hub and your account from your phone or mobile device. Most of the news you see below will also appear in your "feed." In the future, SIBA will be posting important news to the app feed on a regular basis, so having it will give you an early heads up to important or just plain useful news.

Search for "SocialLink" in the Apple or Google Play store.

Once you've installed the app, log in to start viewing your feed and notices. Your account information is:

Username: @@username@@
Email: @@email@@
Company: @@employer@@
Your membership expires: @@membership_exp_date@@

You should also be able to set your account so you can log in with Facebook. Email nicki@sibaweb.com if you have any problems.


CALL FOR BOARD 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 here:

https://sibaweb.site-ym.com/?board_nom

Nominations close April 15.


Southern Book PrizeTHE SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE LONG BALLOT IS OPEN


The Southern Book Prize Loooong List has just been announced. Now it is time for booksellers to vote for the finalists. The ballot is open to all SIBA member core booksellers -- stores and store staff! Your store earns 2 b3! points for each ballot cast.

Go here to vote:
http://sibaweb.site-ym.com/surveys/?id=2017_sbp

You need to be a current SIBA member bookstore/bookseller to vote.

If you have store staff not in SIBA's records that you would like added, email nicki@sibaweb.com. Each staff member must have their own unique email address.

The ballot closes April 3rd.

Remember also to nominate for the Conroy Legacy Award. The Conroy Legacy Award recognizes writers who have achieved a lasting impact on their literary community. Recipients will have shown the following attributes:

  1. They support independent bookstores, both in their own communities and in general.
  2. Their writing focuses significantly on their own home place.
  3. They support other writers in their community, especially new and emerging authors.

The Conroy Legacy Award is given to one writer in SIBA territory annually. A juried panel of member booksellers will choose among our Southern writers to determine the year’s winner.

Nominate an author here


Booksellers Benefits packageSPRING OKRA PICKS RESOURCE PAGE

the 2017 Spring Okra Picks will be announced April 1, but SIBA booksellers can have a sneak peak. We've collected some helpful resources for all the Okra titles to make it easier for you to sell all these fanstastic books:

https://sibaweb.site-ym.com/page/ok_forthcoming

 


YOUR STAFF PICKS HAVE STREET CRED!

You've probably seen the header at the top of this and the Lady Banks emails, but have you clicked? SIBA collates store staff picks and recommendations for the Lady Banks newsletter and AuthorsRoundtheSouth.com. You can see the list here:

http://www.authorsroundthesouth.com/read-this

Fully sortable and searchable and linked back to the store that made the recommendation.

There is also now a monthly print out of new recommendations stores can download for a quirky, unpredictable reading list. A great resource for book clubs, educators and hard to please customers!


The #SIBA17 Discovery Show#SIBA17 REGISTRATION IS OPEN

It's never too early to register!
SIBA returns to the Big Easy this coming September for the #siba17 Discovery Show. We'll be at the Sheraton New Orleans, right on Canal Street, the same hotel we were in the last time we visited NOLA in 2013.

And a word to the wise -- New Orleans, like Savannah, is a popular destination. We had sellout crowds in 2013 and expect the same this year. Meal tickets, especially, went very quickly. So make your travel plans early:

http://sibaweb.com/trade-show-info


Tags:  #siba17  board  okra picks  read this!  sociallink  southern book prize 

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