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A Letter from SIBA President Jill Hendrix

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Jill HendrixDear SIBA bookseller,

I hope everyone had a fabulous Indie Bookstore Day! I saw several of our region’s events mentioned in Shelf Awareness (Avid Bookshop and Malaprop’s Bookstore) and my own store was up 100% even though the exclusive products didn’t sell all that well. Email me or Wanda and let us know how your own celebration went.

I’ll be attending BEA in New York and hope to see many of you there. Remember to pack and then wear your Y’all button so we can more easily recognize you in the zoo of Javits Center. If you’ve never received a Y’all button, ask any SIBA Board member you see for one.

The ABA will be sending out its ABACUS survey in the next few weeks and I would like to plead with everyone to participate. If we get enough members participating, we will be able to get the data sliced for just our Regional Association, which will be a very helpful metric for Wanda and the Board. SIBA is giving 15B3points to everyone who responds to the survey and checks that aggregate data can be shared with SIBA (we’ll just see the combined results for our region, not individual data from any one store). I’d love to be able to brag that our region had more members participate than any other, so help me out!

If you’ve never filled out ABACUS before and you run into any questions, feel free to call/email me. Martha Love, whose contact info will be on the survey, is also very approachable and helpful.
Earn your way to #SIBA15!

Your SIBA President,

Jill Hendrix
Fiction Addiction
jill@fiction-addiction.com
864-675-0540

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Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation Announces Program Expansion

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Updated: Monday, April 6, 2015

The Binc Foundation announced an increased its program offering, based on information gathered from booksellers in an industry survey, to expand the loss of household income qualifying event. This new category will allow the Binc Foundation to provide another opportunity of assistance to booksellers in need.

These grants are intended to help when unexpected childcare/eldercare causes a bookseller to miss scheduled work. An application for assistance may be submitted by a bookseller who has lost more than 50% of their scheduled weekly income due to a verified emergency need for child or elder care. The applicant must be the parent or legal guardian of the child or the primary caregiver of the elder. Grants for loss of household income due to emergency child or eldercare will help cover basic living expenses.

For more information and details on how to apply for a grant, booksellers should visit the Foundation’s website or call the Foundation directly at (866) 733-9064.

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Sales of romance novels at indie bookstores

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, April 6, 2015

From a researcher at Duke: 

This is a bit of an odd request but I am reaching out to see if you would agree to respond to a few questions related to the sale of romance novels in independent bookstores. This is an unscientific poll for an Industry report for Duke University’s class on the History of the Romance Novel taught by Laura Florand and Katherine Murphy Dubois. I hope you will take a few minutes to reply. All responses will become part of my research paper which may be posted on our class blog:

http://sites.duke.edu/unsuitable/

I am happy to enter your comments and store name as “anonymous independent bookseller” if you would prefer (I will need to keep your email response for Professors Dubois and Florand just so they know I’m not making it up).

 I am a strong supporter of Independent bookstores but I tend to purchase romance novels online or borrow them from my local library. Based on my own experience and broader perceptions within the Romance industry, my basic thesis is that Independent bookstores do not tend to sell mass market romance novels due to the genre’s negative stigma for both the store and the reader. “

 Eve Marion
Administrative & Graduate Coordinator
Superfund Research Center
Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program (ITEHP)
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University
Box 90328 Durham, NC 27708
(919) 613-8078

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News from SIBALAND, March 2nd

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, March 2, 2015
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Dearest SIBA Booksellers,

A big thanks to all of you who posted your Spring Okra Nominations over the last couple weeks. We'll be announcing the new Okra Picks at the end of the month. In the meantime, here are a few things we want to make sure are on your radar:

1. A Letter from Board President Jill Hendrix

SIBA Board President Jill Hendrix's letter to the SIBA membership is up at the member hub for you to read:

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

Please take a moment to read it and see what the board is doing on your behalf. The SIBA Board has created a Virtual Town Hall for its members and wants to hear about any industry issues that concern you and need to be brought to the board's attention:

The virtual town hall is here:
https://sibaweb.site-ym.com/forums/Posts.aspx?topic=1076682


 


SIBA Book Award Long List

2. The SIBA Book Award Long List has been announced!

The full list is available here:
http://www.sibaweb.com/siba-book-award

And we've created a list on Edelweiss with available titles to help you with orders for your displays (of course you are doing displays!) here:
http://edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com/CatalogOverview.aspx?catalogID=2317416

The next step will be to choose the finalists from the list. In the past, SIBA has sent out ballots to each of its member stores, one ballot per store. This year SIBA has posted the ballot online, and invites ALL core bookseller members to vote:

Go here:http://sibaweb.site-ym.com/surveys/?id=ba_ballot_2015

You need to be a SIBA core bookstore member or staff in order to vote. Your login username is here:@@username@@

Vote for three titles in each category: Children's, Cooking, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Young Adult. Your store will earn 2B3! Engagementpointsfor each ballot submitted, so encourage your store staff to participate.

The voting closes on March 31, and Finalists will be announced in April.

 


 

 

GABBS Atlanta3. GABBS Atlanta is just days away, but there is still time to register.

Go here:http://www.cvent.com/d/n4q3ql/4W
And be sure to sign up forSIBA in the Springtime: a day of educational seminars for booksellers centered around the topic of "Exploring Potential" -- as in potential new markets, new products, new customers, new ideas.

You'll need a code to register for SIBA in the Springtime for free: emailwanda@sibaweb.comfor the code.

Also, theShoe Burnin' Showis back! They'll be performing Friday evening at 5:30 pm; and just in case you think you've already seen it at the Discovery Show last fall, you should know that it is a whole new show. And featuring a couple of VERY FAMILIAR names, including , Mary Kay Andrews, Raymond Atkins, Jackie K. Cooper, Joshilyn Jackson, Colleen Oakley, and Shari Smith.

The show is only open to people at GABBS, so if you've been on the fence about coming, you now have a reason to get your butt up off it!

 


 

Authors 'Round the South4. Please take a moment to get your events onto the ARTS Calendar!

At the end of February SIBA automatically applied anyB3! pointsyour store had earned for listing your events on the ARTS calendar. So when you log in you may find your store has jumped a level or two!

Be sure to keep posting your events to the ARTS calendar -- your store earns 2 pts for every event you add, including bookclub meetings, writer's groups, story times. SIBA promotes your events in the Lady Banks Newsletter, on Twitter, and on Facebook. So take a moment to make sure your listings are up to date.

The login for the ARTS calendar is here:
http://stars.authorsroundthesouth.com/users/login

Your username for the calendar is the same as your official store login for SIBA (probably your store email address). If you need help finding your username or password, you can asknicki@sibaweb.comto reset it for you.

Once you are logged in, click on "Account" and then on the "Event" tab.

Thanks, and happy bookselling!

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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
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Halloween Quick Picks

Posted By Columbia College, Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tis the season to start thinking about holiday sales, and what better time to start suggesting holiday titles to customers than Halloween? The aroma of pumpkin spice is in the air, and everyone is dusting off their trusty plastic skeleton decorations. So how can we use Halloween to interest our customers? If these books are on your shelves this week, they’re a surefire way to get customers into the spooky spirit.

 

Firebug by Lish McBride

McBride brings the reader a wild ride in Firebug, a young adult novel about a teenage girl with a supernatural knack for fire- and the supernatural mafia who forces her to use it to kill. This is a good sell for adolescent readers and fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Infernal Devices. Ava Sheppard’s character jumps off the page and grabs readers by their throats in what has to be some of the best characterization of a tough teenage girl I've ever seen. The story has a riveting, rapid-fire plot that doesn't pull punches, and for the fantasy fans out there, there are more magical creatures than Rowling would shake a wand at.

The Elementals by Michael McDowell:

Start off your customers’ Halloween with a blast from the past. There are so much new paranormal fiction coming out, the “To-Read” stack of many horror fans is really piling up. That said, I think there’s always room on a Halloween list for The Elementals, the story of two Alabama families who vacation together on a remote sandbar with one very haunted house. McDowell is considered by critics to be a master of Southern Gothic horror, and this book, written in the early 80s, is arguably McDowell at his most classically Gothic, not to mention Southern. A good sell to fans of Stephen King, but also to customers familiar with the movies Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas- McDowell wrote the screenplays for both.

VWars edited by Jonathan Maberry

Rounding off this list is an anthology of short stories from authors like Nancy Holder, Gregory Frost, and Yvonne Navarro set in a universe based on a single premise: what if humans started to become vampires? What if the government labeled them terrorists? The various narratives are woven together with small pieces written by Maberry. The various narratives set within one universe hearken back to World War Z, a 2006 fictional oral history about zombies written by Max Brooks. For customers who have a vampire’s appetite, this is the anthology to recommend.

What titles do you like to recommend to your customers for that special chill down their spine? Share your own spooky favorites in the comments below!

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