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BookExpo’s “Introduce an Indie” Scholarships

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Thursday, March 22, 2018
Book ExpoAnnouncing BookExpo’s “Introduce an Indie” program in collaboration with SIBA and the ABA
BookExpo delivers a unique and valuable experience where independent booksellers explore the business of bookselling to increase their store’s profitability and community engagement. In order to ensure up and coming booksellers can enjoy this experience BookExpo is collaborating with the regional bookseller associations to bring eighteen new booksellers to BookExpo 2018, May 30-June 1 in NYC.


Winning booksellers must be both an ABA and SIBA member bookstore. They will be treated to a $400 AMEX gift card to pay for travel to BookExpo, a room at the official ABA hotel (The New Yorker) and a custom itinerary of meetings, education sessions and author events.
Applications must be filled out here by end of day April 6th: Indie-Contest/


  • Winners will be announced by April 10th.
  • BookExpo representatives will contact each regional association’s winners to discuss their individual goals for the show.
What your scholarship to BookExpo includes:


  • A $400 AMEX gift card to be used to pay for travel
  • A room at the official ABA hotel (The New Yorker) - Room and tax only – incidentals not covered
  • A custom itinerary of meetings, education sessions and author events
  • A mentor who will share tips and tricks on maximizing the BookExpo experience before, during and after the event
  • Each bookseller will receive a complimentary:
  • 3-Day badge to BookExpo for access to the exhibit floor and all conference sessions
  • Premium ticket to the BookExpo Adult Author Breakfast and Children’s Author Breakfast (one ticket per breakfast)
  • Collectible 2-Day BookCon badge for access to the exhibit floor and all panels
  • BookExpo will host a reception for the eighteen scholarship recipients in the VIP lounge onsite
  • BookExpo leadership staff will provide an onsite overview and tour of BookExpo
  • Exclusive opportunity to participate in meetings with executives of top publishers in their booths
  • Access to the ABA Lounge featuring a Galley Room, special Autographing Sessions


Tags:  BEA  booksellers  education  scholarship 

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Meet the Bookseller: Serena Wyckoff and Cathy Graham, Copperfish Books

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, March 22, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Serena and CathySerena Wyckoff and Cathy Graham, Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, FL

Copperfish Books
103 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda FL 33950

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Number of years as a bookseller:

12 (5.5 years in our brick-n-mortar store with new/used books, 6.5 years prior as used/antiquarian booksellers – mainly online and in antique malls)

Best part about being a bookseller?:

Constantly being around books and people who love books – stimulating, engaging, and fun! And there's nothing better than when folks come back to say they absolutely loved the books we put into their hands!

The Great BelieversWhat book(s) are you reading?:

Serena is reading The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai after having just finished White Houses by Amy Bloom. Cathy just finished Children of Blood and Bone, and is re-reading Twain and Stanley Enter Paradise (for book club).

Favorite handsell of 2017: A Gentleman in Moscow

Serena and CathyBest thing you did this year at your store: Hire our terrific new staff! We were a team of three the first few years… Now We Are Six . ☺

Social Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc)
Facebook: 1641 likes
Twitter: 499 followers

Top priority going into 2018: To increase book sales and events during the slower months. We are located in what has traditionally been a seasonal retirement-focused community, with "snowbirds" swelling the local population from October to March. The area is now on the verge of explosive growth, to include more year-round residents and younger working people in the next few years. This offers us the opportunity to strengthen sales April to September, making the overall year more robust.

Serena and CathyFavorite SIBA programming benefit: The fall Discovery Show – and we're so excited that it's in Florida this year. We hope to bring our staff for the first time. The show give us a chance to re-connect with our colleagues (booksellers, publishers, authors) and learn about exciting upcoming releases, programs, and industry tips and practices. We always leave re-energized for the busy holiday/winter season!

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B & L Books for sale

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, March 22, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

B & L Books for sale:

Successful New and Used Bookstore located in "Sunny" Central Florida has been a local treasure for 31 years.  This booklover’s paradise attracts a loyal base of customers who come from all over to buy and trade used books.  Unique system of tracking what the customer has already read is a big plus for avid readers. Inventory includes 38,000 titles.  Immaculate, organized storefront is next to very popular chain sit down casual restaurant on busy thoroughfare. Owner retiring.

Please contact Sharon Nina, Business Broker, 407-497-5535

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SIBA Bookseller Reviews on Edelweiss

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, The Country Book Shop, Fiction Addiction, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Fine Books, Quail Ridge Books, Sunrise Books, and The Story Shop

9780316414241 The War on Normal People 4/3/2018
"Andrew Wang has taken every thought and fear I've had about what I see happening around me and put it on paper in an immensely readable style backed up with tons of research."

9781612196442 Empire of Light 4/24/2018
"A surprisingly gentle and innately melancholy tale of misfits and small towns and growing up."

9780062742704 A Theory of Love 5/8/2018
"With more thought and more travel than the usual love story, A Theory of Love is the story of a romance and marriage and ultimately the understanding of how people understand love and learn to know what they need from a partner. "

9781250169082 Treeborne 6/5/2018
"Treeborne is an achievement. It has the fearlessness of a first novel but it is told with dizzying skill."

9781534414464 The Unforgettable Guinevere St. Clair 6/12/2018
"This book is both rough and beautiful, hilarious and tragic in the most wonderful of ways."

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

Tags:  Edelweiss 

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Brilliant Bookseller Idea of the Week

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, March 21, 2018

chalkboardMake ARC giveaways very exciting in a register to win program!

Invite Customers to be "Literary Insiders" by gifting ARCs in raffles, with large purchases, or as a way to cultivate customer reviews for shelf-talkers and newsletters. Here's what Bookstore1 in Sarasota is doing with their ARCs."

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