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#indiesfirst #holidaycatalog #okrapicks: News you can use from the land of SIBA

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Monday, November 7, 2016

Dearest and most beloved booksellers,

We know you have other things on your mind this week -- you and the entire rest of the country! But please do take a moment to read the items below. They are things we think will be important and helpful to your business in the coming weeks and we want to make sure you take full advantage.

Small Business SaturdayI. Indies First/Small Business Saturday is October 26
An open letter from ABA CEO Oren Teicher

Dear Bookseller,

Indies First/Small Business Saturday, November 26, will be here before we know it, and I wanted to be sure you had explored the many offers of generous business terms (http://www.bookweb.org/2016-indies-first-publisher-terms) for ABA members from our publisher partners. The Indies First publisher specials are really extraordinary, and with thoughtful ordering these terms can make a real difference to your bottom line.

As we've been discussing at the recent ABACUS sessions at the Fall Regional Shows, reducing the cost of goods is critical to the profitability of indie bookstores, and these offers help you do exactly that. The ordering periods vary, so don’t miss out.

One of the most generous offers – in discount, ordering period, and ease of use – comes from Baker & Taylor (http://www.bookweb.org/2016-indies-first-publisher-terms). I'd strongly encourage you take advantage of B&T's offering, which starts on November 20th and runs through December 3.

And while you’re at it, please add your Indies First event activity (http://bookweb.org/store-indies-first-activity-registry) to the national map. You can add your information now or just let us know an event is on the schedule and come back and fill in the details later. The stronger our map, the better it is for Indies First, our customers, and our publisher partners.

With sincere thanks,
Oren Teicher, CEO

II. Online Holiday Catalogs are available for your websites.

Click here for information on how to add them to your store website, and to download useful shareable memes and in store signage

III. Winter Okra Pick Nominations are open

The deadline to submit is December 1, for books pubbing between January 1, 2017 and March 31, 2017. So all those great books you found at the First 180 Days party at the Discovery Show in Savannah back in September? Now is the time to start nominating them!

Click here to nominate!

Tags:  holiday catalog  okra picks  small business saturday 

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HTML Holiday Catalog Available, Resources Updated

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Thursday, October 27, 2016

2016 Holiday Catalog resources are now available for stores!  

Including:

  • An online html catalog for stores to put on their websites (no purchase links included)
  • Online html catalog with purchase links for stores that have ecommerce (request from nicki@sibaweb.com)
  • A combination slim card/shelf talker for store displays
  • high resolution files of both catalog covers
  • Social Media memes for both catalog covers (see below)
  • printable pdf of the full catalog
  • a spreadsheet title list to make ordering easier

Find it all at our catalog resource page

 

NEW! Online HTML catalog now available for store websites. Contact nicki@sibaweb.com

 Indiecommerce Stores can link to the catalog via either of these URLs:

http://www.YOURBOOKSTOREDOMAIN.com/holiday/SIBA/holidaycatalog.html

http://www.YOURBOOKSTOREDOMAIN.com/holiday/SIBA/index.html

Stores have to replace the domain with their own. 

 

Shareable Memes for Social Media:

Dancer social media meme 

Serafina social media meme 

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News (#PatConroyWeek, #OkraPick, #BannedBooksWeek , #BookstoreDay) you can use from the land of SIBA

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Friday, October 14, 2016

Dearly beloved booksellers,

Before you dive into the madness of the holiday shopping season, please take note of the following information, which is of the utmost importance or at least likely to be of use:

Pat Conroy Week 

I. Pat Conroy Week is October 24-28

Email info@sibaweb.com for brochures to give your customers
Visit the bookstore resource page for helpful materials
Blanket the internet with the #PatConroyWeek hashtag

 

Gertie's Leap to Greatness 

II. Okra Pick Shareables Page

SIBA has created a "shareables" page for the Okra Picks with memes that are optimized for instagram, facebook and twitter. Use them to promote the Okras to your own customers, and link back to your own store websites.

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

 

III. Banned Books Week: ABFE Survey Seeks Bookseller Input

American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE), an initiative of the American Booksellers Association, is asking booksellers to help plan next year’s Banned Books Week by filling out a short survey on their experiences during this year’s event, which ended on Saturday, October 1.

To access the survey, click here.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VXDP6KR

 

IV. The Husdon Group is seeking an assistant book buyer

Starting salary is $31,200 full time with benefits. Applications can be sent to shinckley@hudsongroup.com.

Hudson Group operates stores in airports and transportation hubs across the country and the book office in Marietta, GA, north of Atlanta, selects all of the books for the bookstores and newsstands. We are members of the ABA and have relationships with independent bookstores in several cities. We seek an Assistant Buyer with an understanding and appreciation of the book world to work in the office, supporting the Book Team in all book-related endeavors.”

 

V. Independent Bookstore Day Literary Map

IBD is creating a literary map of the country and is looking for people to name and vote on the best/favorite/quintessential book sent in their home state. They are seeking help from bookstores in getting a social media campaign rolling. Tweet and Share to spread the word:

https://twitter.com/BookstoreDay/with_replies
https://www.facebook.com/BookstoreDay/

Tags:  abfe  banned books week  independent bookstore day  okra picks  pat conroy week 

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Flavorful Fall Okra Picks!

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Saturday, October 1, 2016
Updated: Friday, September 23, 2016

Okra Picks (Columbia, SC) – The 2016 Fall Okra Picks have been selected – a flavor-filled collection of new Southern books hand-picked by Southern indie booksellers – people with impeccable taste in books.. 

All the picks have a strong Southern focus and are publishing between October and December, 2016, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers; people who are always looking out for the next great writer who should be on your plate and in your TBR stack. So the next time you visit your local Southern indie bookstore, expect someone to hand you one and say, “You’ve got to read this!” Take them at their word. Great books are always good for you!

The 2016 Fall Okra Picks   

Robert Walker The King of the Birds The Forgetting Hungry is a Might Fine Sauce

Robert Walker 
by Corey Mesler
Livingston Press, September 2016          
Fiction, 9781604891720

The King of the Birds
by Acree Graham Macam
Groundwood Books, September 2016
Juvenile, 9781554988518

The Forgetting
by Sharon Cameron
Scholastic Press, September 2016
Juvenile, 9780545945219 

Hungry is a Mighty Fine Sauce
by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson
Shiloh Run Press, October 2016
Cooking, 9781634097826 

Two By TwoThe Home Place Book of Isaias Book of Isaias

Two By Two
by Nicholas Sparks
Grand Central Publishing, October 2016
Fiction, 9781455520695 

The Home Place
by J. Drew Lanham
Milkweed Editions, October 2016
Nonfiction, 9781571313157 

Gertie’s Leap to Greatness
by Kate Beasley
Farrar Straus and Giroux for Young Readers, October 2016
Juvenile, 9780374302610 

The Book of Isaias: A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America 
by Daniel Connolly
St. Martin’s Press, October 2016
Nonfiction, 9781250083067

Among the Living Lowcountry Heart The Virgin and Other Stories Love Alice A Question of Mercy

Among the Living
by Jonathan Rabb
Other Press, October 2016
Fiction, 9781590518038 

A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life
by Pat Conroy
Nan A. Talese, October 2016
Nonfiction, 9780385530866 

Virgin and Other Stories
by April Ayers Lawson
Farrar Straus and Giroux, November 2016
Fiction, 9780865478695 

Love, Alice
by Barbara Davis
Berkley Books, December 2016
Fiction, 9780451474810 

A Question of Mercy
by Elizabeth Cox
Story River Books, December 2016
Fiction, 9781611177220 

Okra Picks are chosen every season by Southern Independent Bookstores. For more information visit authorsroundthesouth.com/okra.

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News (#thinkbinc, #PatConroyWeek, #ReadCred, #ABA) You Can Use!

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Friday, September 30, 2016
Updated: Thursday, September 29, 2016

Here's what you need to know RIGHT NOW!

I. BINC SURVEY

The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation is asking booksellers and other book industry professionals to take a survey so that Binc can "hear from booksellers about what they want and need from an organization dedicated to helping them in times when they need it most."

The survey should take no more than seven minutes to complete. Participants will be eligible to win one of four $50 American Express Gift Cards as a thank you for taking the time to complete the survey. The results of the survey will be released in January 2017.


Take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Binc

 

II. PAT CONROY WEEK 10/24-10/28

#PatConroyWeek

Booksellers are encouraged to celebrate the late Pat Conroy during the week of October 24 with in-store and online events and promotions to raise money for the new Pat Conroy Literary Center in Beaufort, South Carolina. 

SIBA is also sponsoring a contest that allows those who donate $41 or more to the center to be included in a drawing to win the 41 new books that were the finalists and winners of the new Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize

More info for booksellers here: https://sibaweb.site-ym.com/page/ba_pclc

SIBA Bookstores should contact wanda@sibaweb.com if interested in securing appropriate authors or writers to appear during Pat Conroy Week in support of the Pat Conroy Literary Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

III. READ THIS! 100% ALGORITHM FREE BOOKSELLER RECOMMENDATIONS

Read This 

Did you know that SIBA's website for southern readers, AuthorsRoundtheSouth.com, receives about 1500 visits every day? Thanks to the rising circulation of the Lady Banks newsletter, and the popularity of programs like the Okra Picks and the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, traffic on the site has been growing. And the visibility of SIBA member stores has been growing along with it.

SIBA has redesigned the "recommended reading" section of it's website for southern readers -- readermeetwriter.com -- as a searchable "book concierge" with dozens of categories coverings hundreds of bookseller recommendations. Recommendations are culled from store websites and newsletters, featured in the Lady Banks newsletter, and linked back to the recommending store.

Are your store staff picks on the list? If not, you can email links to nicki@sibaweb.com. SIBA is looking for store recommendations that are written in their own words, not simply reprinting catalog copy.

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

IV. NEW ABA WORKSHOP "The Principles of Bookstore Finance"

ABA, in conjunction with NAIBA, will present a new workshop on the Principles of Bookstore Finance, a full-day education session led by Robert Sindelar, managing partner of Third Place Books in Seattle, Washington, and ABA Chief Financial Officer Robyn DesHotel.

The workshop will take pace on Saturday, October 15, in Baltimore, Maryland, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and full details and a signup form can be found here.

The workshop will combine a detailed look at key components of financial management and focus on how to read and analyze a bookstore’s operating statement in order to improve it. More information is available here: http://www.bookweb.org/news/october-workshops-illustrate-principles-successful-financial-management-34521

Registration for the workshop is $85 per person and more information is available here:
http://www.bookweb.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=51

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