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SIBA's Collective Clout is Bustin' Out!

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Over 80% of SIBA’s bookstore members report to the New York Times Bestseller List, review books on Edelweiss, submitting to IndieNext, publishers, and SIBA plus maintain an extensive local media list. Over 90% report to the ABA Indie Bestseller List.

Combined our southern bookstores support over 1100 book clubs across the south reaching thousands of southern readers. The themes for these book clubs run the gamut and include:  Adult, Children, YA, YA for adults, Signed 1st Edition Clubs, Teen, Black Feminist Fiction, Sci Fi, Political, Mystery, Classic, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, International Literature, Women’s Voices, “Monday Morning”, Romance, Spanish, Small Press, Social Justice and many more.

SIBA stores combined have over 500,000 Facebook friends, over 300,000 Instagram, and over 200,000 Twitter followers.  In addition, SIBA and her stores email nearly 500,000 readers regularly. SIBA’s social network reach is 22,000 on Facebook, 5000 on Twitter, and 1000 on Instagram making the total reach of SIBA and her stores well over one million!

Over 60% of SIBA bookstores attend the SIBA Discovery Show sending more and more booksellers every year increasing attendance by 10% on average since 2014.

We can carry this momentum forward into the future and imagine a day where we determine to send a message out to our million+ southern readers!

 

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Can we put $100 in your pocket?

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Monday, March 26, 2018

We also want to help you pocket some hundreds, as in dollars.  Help us recruit new exhibitors to the #SIBA18 Discovery Show, and for every first-time exhibitor that pays full price to exhibit that credits your store with bringing them in, both the bookstore and the exhibitor will receive $100 towards their show expenses.  Let your favorite vendors know how much you’d love to see them in Tampa in September and make your plans to be there.  For every new vendor you recruit, there’s $100 in it for you.  

Here's a link to the exhibitor information you can share with your favorite vendors:

Exhibitor Show Package & Registration Form 

(Be sure and put the name of your bookstore where indicated on p.3 of the Exhibitor Show Package & Registration Form.)

There is no limit to the number of first-time vendors you can collect $100 each for getting to the #SIBA18 Discovery Show!

Meanwhile, go ahead and get yourself registered as well. Register Now!

Happy Hunting!

Tags:  #siba18  siba member hub  trade show 

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Webinars, Forums, and Golf Courses: News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, March 15, 2018

Click here to view online | Like us on Facebook!

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NOTE THE DATE:

3/21: Non-Traditional Bookstores: Hybrids, Pop-ups, Non-Profits Webinar (details) (rsvp)
3/23: ABA/SIBA Bookseller Forum at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill (rsvp)

Important and useful links:

#SIBA18 Discovery Show
Coming up on Lady Banks' Pick of the Week
The current Southern Indie Bestsellers (PDF): HC | PB | Kids
Bookseller Benefits Package
|| The Booksellers' WaterCooler || Read This!


THE SITE VISIT (AKA, Nicki goes to VALSPAR)

Innisbrook ResortWhen Wanda Jewell told me that our annual site visit to the Innisbrook Resort in preparation for upcoming Discovery Show in September would be in March, she did warn me. "It will be during Valspar" she cautioned. I must have looked blank, because she added "the golf tournament." I shrugged and nodded. It was Florida. There would be golf, I thought.

It wasn't until we hit the traffic on US 19 and found ourselves behind a row of coach buses that I realized, oh it's a GOLF TOURNAMENT. I'm not a huge golf fan, but I still immediately called my dad. "Guess where I am!" I gloated. (Read more! || Register for #SIBA18)

So what do we have to look forward to in September?

Copperhead Course

Well, the place is beautiful.

exhibit hall foyer

The exhibit hall is fantastic.

suite

The rooms are really, really comfortable.


USEFUL TIP: CO-HOST YOUR FACEBOOK EVENTS WITH SIBA

Are you creating events on Facebook?  SIBA would like to co-host those events with you.  When creating the event just choose Authors 'Round the South as your co-host.  It's easy and likely to increase not only awareness but attendance at events.  This makes it easy for SIBA to share the upcoming event with her 15,000+ Facebook friends and followers.  Be sure to tag the author and publisher in your events post.  We are at your service.

 

 

 


EUREKAsiba: BUILDING LITERARY BRIDGES with Broche Fabian

"Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance."

EUREKAsiba: Broche Fabian 


TonyMEET THE BOOKSELLER

Tony Peltier, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC

website || facebook || twitter

How long you've been a bookseller: I've been a bookseller for 16 years. 10 years at Borders and 6 at Quail Ridge.

Best part about being a bookseller: . . .is the books! I get to buy and sell books for a living! And, of course, connecting with people through books.

 

Sadness is a White Bird Frankenstein in BaghdadThe Mars RoomThe Sea Beast Takes a Lover

Tony's Staff FavoritesBooks I'm reading:
I just finished Sadness is a White Bird by Moriel Rothman-Zecher. Almost finished The Sea Beast Takes a Lover by Michael Andreasen. In the middle of Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi. And just started The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner.

They are all wonderful and completely different from each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spill Simmer Falter WitherFavorite handsell of 2017:
Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume
So beautiful and beautifully written, devastatingly sad, but in a way that reminds you that you're alive.

Social Media Handles: I'm not on social media. I did Twitter for about 6 months, but made myself delete it.

Best thing we did this year at the store:
I'd have to say, the amazing people we hired this year. We have a wonderful staff, but this year in particular we added some incredible people with great experience in and out of bookselling

Top priority for 2018: Get the word out. Get all these amazing books in people's hands and brains.

And get people to realize that if they don't buy from us, we won't be around forever. Don't take your independent bookstore for granted.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
SIBA gave scholarships to two of our staff to go to New Orleans, which they raved about. I'd love to learn more about what SIBA does.


BRILLIANT BOOKSELLER IDEA(S) OF THE WEEK:

chalkboardUse Your Sidewalk Sign to bring Staff Favorites to the Street!
via Shelf-Awareness

Mystery to Me bookstore, Madison, Wis., added a new twist to its staff recommendations by featuring selections on its sidewalk chalkboard: "New board outside! Ever wonder what your booksellers' favorite books are? Every week we will tell you! This is our first one with Jayne, Joanne and Morgan's favorite books currently! Ask us about them on your next visit!"

 



Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Octavia Books, Square Books, Turnrow Books, Bookmarks, The Country Book Shop, McIntyre's Books, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Quail Ridge Books, Fiction Addiction, Union Avenue Bookshop, and Fountain Bookstore.

9780525508748 The Distance Home 8/1/2018
"Saunders shows us a world where hate and love are made of the same stuff."

9780763696078 Square 5/8/2018
"OMG! Can this pair get any cuter?!"

9781476756554 The Mars Room 5/1/2018
"There is so much messy complexity here. Growing plant life in the cracks of a concrete slab. How do you describe such beauty?"

9780399180989 Spinning Silver 7/10/2018
"This book is filled with clever women making clever plans and saving the day."

9781617756276 Beautiful Music 5/1/2018
"Like beautiful music, this book is permeated with the power to make you sad, lift you up, and carry you home."

If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie.


In the last issue: Read This Next!

Is your membership current?
Your name: @@first_name@@ @@last_name@@
Your store: @@employer@@
Your member type (store/staff): @@member_type@@
Your membership expiration: @@membership_exp_date@@ *
Your B3! Credit: ##B3TOTAL##

**if your member type says "staff" then your expiration date is whenever your bookstore's membership expires. Stores can add staff to their accounts under the "Subaccounts" link under the "Information & Settings" tab.

Renew here | Booksellers Benefits Package

---
Thank you for your interest in SIBA,
 

Nicki Leone
SysAdmin
nicki@sibaweb.com


Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
51 Pleasant Ridge Drive, Asheville, NC 28805
803.994.9530
Fax: 309.410.0211
www.sibaweb.com

 
#siba18: Fall Discovery Show
Sept 13-15 THU-SAT | Tampa, FL
 

Many thanks to our 2018 Inkreadible Sponsors below:

BookazineBaker & Taylor
Ingram Content Group 

The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts

SIBA | 51 Pleasant Ridge Drive | Asheville, NC 28805
You are receiving this email at @@email@@. If you wish to stop receiving email from us, you can simply remove yourself by replying with "unsubscribe" in the subject or by visiting: @@unsubscribe_url@@

Tags:  #siba18  ABA forums  b3! webinars  eurekasiba  tiger woods 

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Webinars, Forums, and Golf Courses: News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, March 15, 2018

Click here to view online | Like us on Facebook!

siba header

NOTE THE DATE:

3/21: Non-Traditional Bookstores: Hybrids, Pop-ups, Non-Profits Webinar (details) (rsvp)
3/23: ABA/SIBA Bookseller Forum at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill (rsvp)

Important and useful links:

#SIBA18 Discovery Show
Coming up on Lady Banks' Pick of the Week
The current Southern Indie Bestsellers (PDF): HC | PB | Kids
Bookseller Benefits Package
|| The Booksellers' WaterCooler || Read This!


THE SITE VISIT (AKA, Nicki goes to VALSPAR)

Innisbrook ResortWhen Wanda Jewell told me that our annual site visit to the Innisbrook Resort in preparation for upcoming Discovery Show in September would be in March, she did warn me. "It will be during Valspar" she cautioned. I must have looked blank, because she added "the golf tournament." I shrugged and nodded. It was Florida. There would be golf, I thought.

It wasn't until we hit the traffic on US 19 and found ourselves behind a row of coach buses that I realized, oh it's a GOLF TOURNAMENT. I'm not a huge golf fan, but I still immediately called my dad. "Guess where I am!" I gloated. (Read more! || Register for #SIBA18)

So what do we have to look forward to in September?

Copperhead Course

Well, the place is beautiful.

exhibit hall foyer

The exhibit hall is fantastic.

suite

The rooms are really, really comfortable.


USEFUL TIP: CO-HOST YOUR FACEBOOK EVENTS WITH SIBA

Are you creating events on Facebook?  SIBA would like to co-host those events with you.  When creating the event just choose Authors 'Round the South as your co-host.  It's easy and likely to increase not only awareness but attendance at events.  This makes it easy for SIBA to share the upcoming event with her 15,000+ Facebook friends and followers.  Be sure to tag the author and publisher in your events post.  We are at your service.

 

 

 


EUREKAsiba: BUILDING LITERARY BRIDGES with Broche Fabian

"Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance."

EUREKAsiba: Broche Fabian 


TonyMEET THE BOOKSELLER

Tony Peltier, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC

website || facebook || twitter

How long you've been a bookseller: I've been a bookseller for 16 years. 10 years at Borders and 6 at Quail Ridge.

Best part about being a bookseller: . . .is the books! I get to buy and sell books for a living! And, of course, connecting with people through books.

 

Sadness is a White Bird Frankenstein in BaghdadThe Mars RoomThe Sea Beast Takes a Lover

Tony's Staff FavoritesBooks I'm reading:
I just finished Sadness is a White Bird by Moriel Rothman-Zecher. Almost finished The Sea Beast Takes a Lover by Michael Andreasen. In the middle of Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi. And just started The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner.

They are all wonderful and completely different from each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spill Simmer Falter WitherFavorite handsell of 2017:
Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume
So beautiful and beautifully written, devastatingly sad, but in a way that reminds you that you're alive.

Social Media Handles: I'm not on social media. I did Twitter for about 6 months, but made myself delete it.

Best thing we did this year at the store:
I'd have to say, the amazing people we hired this year. We have a wonderful staff, but this year in particular we added some incredible people with great experience in and out of bookselling

Top priority for 2018: Get the word out. Get all these amazing books in people's hands and brains.

And get people to realize that if they don't buy from us, we won't be around forever. Don't take your independent bookstore for granted.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
SIBA gave scholarships to two of our staff to go to New Orleans, which they raved about. I'd love to learn more about what SIBA does.


BRILLIANT BOOKSELLER IDEA(S) OF THE WEEK:

chalkboardUse Your Sidewalk Sign to bring Staff Favorites to the Street!
via Shelf-Awareness

Mystery to Me bookstore, Madison, Wis., added a new twist to its staff recommendations by featuring selections on its sidewalk chalkboard: "New board outside! Ever wonder what your booksellers' favorite books are? Every week we will tell you! This is our first one with Jayne, Joanne and Morgan's favorite books currently! Ask us about them on your next visit!"

 



Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Octavia Books, Square Books, Turnrow Books, Bookmarks, The Country Book Shop, McIntyre's Books, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Quail Ridge Books, Fiction Addiction, Union Avenue Bookshop, and Fountain Bookstore.

9780525508748 The Distance Home 8/1/2018
"Saunders shows us a world where hate and love are made of the same stuff."

9780763696078 Square 5/8/2018
"OMG! Can this pair get any cuter?!"

9781476756554 The Mars Room 5/1/2018
"There is so much messy complexity here. Growing plant life in the cracks of a concrete slab. How do you describe such beauty?"

9780399180989 Spinning Silver 7/10/2018
"This book is filled with clever women making clever plans and saving the day."

9781617756276 Beautiful Music 5/1/2018
"Like beautiful music, this book is permeated with the power to make you sad, lift you up, and carry you home."

If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie.


In the last issue: Read This Next!

Is your membership current?
Your name: @@first_name@@ @@last_name@@
Your store: @@employer@@
Your member type (store/staff): @@member_type@@
Your membership expiration: @@membership_exp_date@@ *
Your B3! Credit: ##B3TOTAL##

**if your member type says "staff" then your expiration date is whenever your bookstore's membership expires. Stores can add staff to their accounts under the "Subaccounts" link under the "Information & Settings" tab.

Renew here | Booksellers Benefits Package

---
Thank you for your interest in SIBA,
 

Nicki Leone
SysAdmin
nicki@sibaweb.com


Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
51 Pleasant Ridge Drive, Asheville, NC 28805
803.994.9530
Fax: 309.410.0211
www.sibaweb.com

 
#siba18: Fall Discovery Show
Sept 13-15 THU-SAT | Tampa, FL
 

Many thanks to our 2018 Inkreadible Sponsors below:

BookazineBaker & Taylor
Ingram Content Group 

The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts

SIBA | 51 Pleasant Ridge Drive | Asheville, NC 28805
You are receiving this email at @@email@@. If you wish to stop receiving email from us, you can simply remove yourself by replying with "unsubscribe" in the subject or by visiting: @@unsubscribe_url@@

Tags:  #siba18  ABA forums  b3! webinars  eurekasiba  tiger woods 

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A non-golfer at the Valspar Championship. AKA, The Site Visit

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Innisbrook ResortWhen Wanda Jewell told me that our annual site visit to the Innisbrook Resort in preparation for upcoming Discovery Show in September would be in March, she did warn me. "It will be during Valspar" she cautioned. I must have looked blank, because she added "the golf tournament." I shrugged and nodded. It was Florida. There would be golf, I thought.

Tiger Woods on the last day at ValsparIt wasn't until we hit the traffic on US 19 and found ourselves behind a row of coach buses that I realized, oh it's a GOLF TOURNAMENT. So my first introduction to the Innisbrook Resort was one of confused, milling excitement. Golf cart taxis and trams were zipping to and fro. Lines of people wearing sun visors and carrying beach bags and sun block stood at security check points, waiting to be, uh, wanded. Someone had created an exhibit of Tiny Houses near the walkway that led down to the 15th hole. Boy are they tiny. I think I'd need about six just for my books. Adults were walking around with martinis and mojitos in plastic cups. Kids were running around wearing straw hats and grasping paper fans stapled to wooden popsicle sticks.

I'm not a huge golf fan, but I still immediately called my dad. "Guess where I am!" I gloated.

Normally, a site visit means seeing the space "in action" on a normal day. This was hardly normal. Tiger Woods was on the premises, playing like he hadn't for the last five years. The enthusiasm was infectious. And oddly enough, I think being on site during a major event like Valspar was useful because we got a sort of "sky's the limit" view of the possibilities, and we got to see the resort staff really rise to every occasion.

So what do we have to look forward to in September?

Copperhead CourseWell, the place is beautiful.

That was abundantly clear despite the lines and the traffic and the security details. There are many lovely places to walk and it was not lost on me that the ospreys were nesting and not at all bothered by the crowds. I usually spend the week of the Discovery Show all but trapped in a hotel, so having so much open green space around me was addictive.

exhibit hall foyerThe exhibit hall is beautiful.

The foyer has a skylight the length of the building making it bright and welcoming. I think we're going to be putting the TRIO exhibit there. For exhibitors, loading in and out is going to be a dream. The loading docks are RIGHT THERE, and yet somehow invisible. No contending with creaky hotel elevators.

 

suiteThe rooms are really, really comfortable.

At Innisbrook, you have the choice between a "deluxe guestroom" and 1- and 2-bedroom suites. And I will say right now it is worth it to upgrade to the suite if you can. If you share with another person, or a couple people, they are less expensive per person than the guestroom, so this is the Discovery Show where you bring along family for a little vacation. And the suites come with a full kitchen: Fridge, stove, the works. When I come in September, I'm bringing my own coffee maker. No more trying to live off those little coffee pods hotels all have now!

There are something like five restaurants, three bars, a spa, and four or five pools on site.

Which is fortunate, because one thing about Innisbrook is that it is its own contained little world. Getting offsite takes some effort, and I am guessing most folks when they get there, are going to want to stay there. And speaking of food: It is, of course, very good. The menus are heavy on the seafood, naturally. So if you have special dietary concerns, be sure to let SIBA know when you register.

It looks like things are farther away than they really are.

It took me a little while to get used to the idea that all the program events would be a different building from where I was sleeping. Just out of curiosity, I tried to see how long it would take me to walk from my room to the exhibit hall, the building farthest away from where we were staying. At an amble it took me twelve minutes. With the tram service, it will take less time than an elevator ride. In fact, the hotel liaison told us they actually test their tram schedules against elevators in other hotels to make sure they have their times beat. "Think of the trams like a horizontal elevator" she said. Horizontal elevators with sunshine and fresh air!

So why are you still reading? Go register for #SIBA18 now!

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