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The Okra Picks Newsletter: A new benefit for SIBA members

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Friday, May 5, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

ANNOUNCING THE OKRA PICKS NEWSLETTER

SIBA is now offering a quarterly newsletter for your customers featuring the seasonal Okra Picks -- the books you have chosen as the most excited hand sell titles of the season. Share the best in new Southern Literature, as picked by the people who would know. . .Southern indie booksellers like you!

Modeled after the Indie Next newsletter for readers, the Okra Picks newsletter is store-branded with "Buy Now" buttons linked to your store's website. It is sent out four times a year in the middle of each Okra season, thus featuring books that are brand new or about to be released.

SIBA's test run of the newsletter with Page 158 Books in Wake Forest, NC, showed an open rate for the email of 49%. "We sold two copies of Lisa Wingate's book right off the newsletter," reported owner Dave Lucey.

Stores that participate in the Okra Picks Newsletter retain ownership of their email list and materials. Each participating store will receive 200 B3! points for the first mailing, and 50 point for each subsequent mailing.

To see a sample of the Okra Picks Newsletter for the Spring season,
https://sibaweb.site-ym.com/mpage/OkraPage158

Sign up for the newsletter here by May 10th:
http://sibaweb.site-ym.com/page/ok_newsletter

Customizing the newsletter for your store does take a couple days, so act quickly to be eligible to send out the Spring edition.

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The SIBA Member Hub: An Introduction

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Thursday, May 4, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The SIBA Member Hub: An Introduction from Nicki Leone on Vimeo.

The new SIBA Member Hub offers many benefits for members to connect with each other, exchange ideas, and share information. But like any new system, it can take a little getting used to. To help our members make the most of the new site, SIBA's "Lady Banks" (Nicki Leone) sits down with SIBA Board member Stefanie Crowe (Page & Palette) and gives a little tour through the site's features and highlights. A new video is posted every couple weeks, and they are all archived at SIBA TV on Vimeo

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A new Okra Picks Benefit: News you can use from the land of SIBA

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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Hello, dearest and most beloved booksellers,

As we get ready for the summer, here are the latest thing happening in the land of SIBA you should know about. Note especially the new Okra Picks Newsletter opportunity --

Highlights:

  1. Entering events on the ARTS Calendar is easier than ever!
  2. Announcing the Okra Picks Newsletter
  3. The Circle of Sites/Banner-for-Dues Program is being upgraded
  4. A video guide to the SIBA Member Hub
  5. Be a judge for the Southern Book Prize
  6. Registration is open for #SIBA17 in the Big Easy

Authors 'Round the SouthTHE ARTS CALENDAR, SIMPLIFIED

Over the last couple months, SIBA has received a rising number of requests from our members about how to enter their store events into the Calendar at Authors Round the South (authorsroundthesouth.com). The truth is, the ARTS Calendar is based on an older platform, and has always required a separate log in process, which is confusing for many members (and for SIBA Staff!). So we've simplified and streamlined the process:

  • You can now enter events from your own account at SIBA. You do not need to be on your store master account. You do not even need to be logged in, (although it will be easier for you if you are).
  • There are fewer "required" fields, so you don't need to know book ISBNs or enter event descriptions if you don't want to.
  • You can add all the information and upload book and author photos in one step.
  • If you want to enter multiple events at once, you can download a spreadsheet template, fill it out, and email it to SIBA at nicki@sibaweb.com.

It will take about 24 hours for any submitted event to appear on the calendar, so plan accordingly. And remember that you earn B3! points when you submit events yourself, instead of letting the SIBA elves enter them on your behalf.

Enter your store events here:
http://sibaweb.site-ym.com/page/stars_bkstore


ANNOUNCING THE OKRA PICKS NEWSLETTER

SIBA is now offering a quarterly newsletter for your customers featuring the seasonal Okra Picks -- the books you have chosen as the most excited hand sell titles of the season. Share the best in new Southern Literature, as picked by the people who would know. . .Southern indie booksellers like you!

Modeled after the Indie Next newsletter for readers, the Okra Picks newsletter is store-branded with "Buy Now" buttons linked to your store's website. It is sent out four times a year in the middle of each Okra season, thus featuring books that are brand new or about to be released.

SIBA's test run of the newsletter with Page 158 Books in Wake Forest, NC, showed an open rate for the email of 49%. "We sold two copies of Lisa Wingate's book right off the newsletter," reported owner Dave Lucey.

Stores that participate in the Okra Picks Newsletter retain ownership of their email list and materials. Each participating store will receive 200 B3! points for the first mailing, and 50 point for each subsequent mailing.

To see a sample of the Okra Picks Newsletter for the Spring season,
https://sibaweb.site-ym.com/mpage/OkraPage158

Sign up for the newsletter here by May 10th:
http://sibaweb.site-ym.com/page/ok_newsletter

Customizing the newsletter for your store does take a couple days, so act quickly to be eligible to send out the Spring edition.


circle of sitesCIRCLE OF SITES UPGRADE DEADLINE

If your store is participating in the Banner-for-dues program you need to know the system is being upgraded this spring to a more effective, stable, and secure platform. This will require you to post new code on your websites. Contact nicki@sibaweb.com for the code. The deadline is July 1, after which the old code will no longer be supported.

If you have ecommerce on your store site and are not doing the Banner-For-Dues program, you can contact Nicki to see if you are eligible. Basically any site where you can search for a book by ISBN qualifies. Once your banner is up, you don't have to do anything else, so it is an easy, hassle-free way to keep your SIBA membership current.

Currently appearing on Circle of Sites, (aka Lady Banks' Pick of the Week):


SIBA Member Hub VideosTHE SIBA MEMBER HUB: VIDEO GUIDES

The new SIBA member hub has become more and more active as members sign on, check in with the site, and explore the different ways they can communicate with others and manage their own accounts. To help members understand the new site layout, SIBA Board member Stefanie Crowe and staffer Nicki Leone have been recording a series of short videos that take a quick tour through some of the site features.

The SIBA Member Hub: An Introduction
https://vimeo.com/212651341/21a3909f56

Here's the link to view all the videos as they are posted (about twice a month)
https://vimeo.com/album/4562901


CALL FOR SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE JUDGES

There is still time to be a judge for the Southern Book Prize! Judges must be owners or staff of a current SIBA member bookstore, and will receive copies of all the finalists to be judged in their assigned category.

If you are interested in being a judge, fill out the form at the link below:
https://sibaweb.site-ym.com/page/ba_judge_form

You can see a list of the finalists and their categories here.


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.

Make your travel plans early:
http://sibaweb.com/trade-show-info


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Renew here | Booksellers Benefits Package

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The ARTS Calendar, Simplified

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Friday, April 28, 2017
Updated: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Over the last couple months, SIBA has received a rising number of requests from our members about how to enter their store events into the Calendar at Authors Round the South (authorsroundthesouth.com). The truth is, the ARTS Calendar is based on an older platform, and has always required a separate log in process, which is confusing for many members (and for SIBA Staff!). So we've simplified and streamlined the process:

  1. You can now enter events from your own account at SIBA.

  2. You do not need to be on your store master account. You do not even need to be logged in, (although it will be easier for you if you are).

  3. There are fewer "required" fields, so you don't need to know book ISBNs or enter event descriptions if you don't want to.

  4. You can add all the information and upload book and author photos in one step.

  5. If you want to enter multiple events at once, you can download a spreadsheet template, fill it out, and email it to SIBA at nicki@sibaweb.com.

It will take about 24 hours for any submitted event to appear on the calendar, so plan accordingly. And remember that you earn B3! points when you submit events yourself, instead of letting the SIBA elves enter them on your behalf.

Enter your store events here:

http://sibaweb.site-ym.com/page/stars_bkstore

The calendar is one of the most visited sections of the site, and events are promoted in the Lady Banks Newsletter and shared across all of SIBA's social media accounts wherever appropriate. Having your store's events listed not only means more of your customers may see them, but your store becomes more visible to publishers. 


 

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Announcing the 2017 Southern Book Prize Finalists!

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Wednesday, April 19, 2017

(Columbia, SC) – The votes are in! Southern indie booksellers have chosen the finalists for Southern Book Prize. Formerly known as the SIBA Book Award, the Southern Book Prize features an expanded list of categories – including seven different fiction and three nonfiction categories. Finalists were chosen by Southern independent booksellers from the long list ballot. The finalist titles will be sent to juried panels of booksellers, who will then decide on the winners in each category. Winners will be announced on July 4, “Independents Day.”

2017 Southern Book Prize Finalists

FICTION

Commonwealth  Lies and Other Acts of Love  LOng Way Gone  The Serpent King  

Coming of Age
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (Harper, 9780062491794)
Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey (Berkley Books, 9781101987063) 
Long Way Gone by Charles Martin (Thomas Nelson, 9780718084714)
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (Crown Books for Young Readers, 9780553524024)

Glight Patterns  A Lowcountry Christmas  The Risen  

Family Life
Flight Patterns by Karen White (Berkley Books, 9780451470911)
A Lowcountry Christmas by Mary Alice Monroe (Gallery Books, 9781501125539)
The Risen by Ron Rash (Ecco, 9780062436313)

Chasing the North Star  Forsaken  Glory Over Everything  

Historical
Chasing the North Star by Robert Morgan (Algonquin Books, 9781565126275)
Forsaken by Ross Howell Jr (NewSouth Books, 9781588383174)
Glory Over Everything: Beyond the Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (Simon & Schuster, 9781476748443)

Fallen Land  Miss Jane  Over the Plain Houses  Perfume River  

Literary
Fallen Land by Taylor Brown (St. Martin's Press, 9781250077974)
Miss Jane by Brad Watson (W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393241730)
Over the Plain Houses by Julia Franks (Hub City Press, 9781938235214) 
Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler (Atlantic Monthly Press, 9780802125750)

The Kept Woman  Lowcountry Book Club  Miss Julia Inherits a Mess  Prayers the Devil Answers  

Mystery & Detective
The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter (William Morrow & Company, 9780062430212)
Lowcountry Book Club by Susan M Boyer (HeneryPress, 9781635110456)
Miss Julia Inherits a Mess by Ann B Ross (Viking, 9780525427124)
Prayers the Devil Answers by Sharyn McCrumb (Atria Books, 9781476772813)

Feathered Bone  A Lowcountry Wedding  Monsters in Appalachia  
Ninety-Nine Stories of God The Weekenders  The Whole Town's Talking  

Southern Stories & Stories by Southerners
The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell (Thomas Nelson, 9780718037628)
A Lowcountry Wedding by Mary Alice Monroe (Gallery Books, 9781501125430)
Monsters in Appalachia: Stories by Sheryl Monks (West Virginia University Press, 9781943665396) 
Ninety-Nine Stories of God by Joy Williams (Tin House Books, 9781941040355)
The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews (St. Martin's Press, 9781250065940)
The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg (Random House, 9781400065950)

Darktown  Redemption Road  Underground Airlines  The Whistler  

Thriller
Darktown by Thomas Mullen (Atria Books, 9781501133862) 
Redemption Road by John Hart (Thomas Dunne Books, 9780312380366)
Underground Airlines by Ben H Winters (Mulholland Books, 9780316261241)
The Whistler by John Grisham (Doubleday Books, 9780385541190)

Gertie's Leap to Greatness  Lily and Dunkin  Raymie Nightingale  
The Secret Keepers  Serafina and the Twisted Staff  

JUVENILE
Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley; Jillian Tamaki (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 9780374302610)
Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart (Delacorte Press, 9780553536744) 
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick, 9780763681173)
The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart ; Diana Sudyka (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316389556)
Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty (Disney-Hyperion, 9781484775035)

NONFICTION

Dimestore  The Gatekeeper  The Home Place  My Father, the Pornographer  

Biography, Autobiography, & Memoir
Dimestore: A Writer's Life by Lee Smith (Algonquin Books, 9781616205027)
The Gatekeeper: Missy Lehand, FDR, and the Untold Story of the Partnership That Defined a Presidency by Kathryn Smith (Touchstone, 9781501114960)
The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature by J Drew Lanham (Milkweed, 9781571313157) 
My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir by Chris Offutt (Atria Books, 9781501112461)

Deep Run Roots  Mungry is a Mighty Fine Sauce  Victuals  

Cooking
Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South by Vivian Howard (Little Brown and Company, 9780316381109)
Hungry Is a Mighty Fine Sauce Cookbook: Recipes and Ramblings from the Belle of All Things Southern by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson (Shiloh Run Press, 9781634097826)
Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes by Ronni Lundy; Johnny Autry (Clarkson Potter Publishers, 9780804186742)

The Fire This Time  Hillbilly Elegy  A Lowcountry Heart
Poems  Truevine    

Creative Nonfiction
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner Book Company, 9781501126345)
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J D Vance (Harper, 9780062300546)
A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life by Pat Conroy (Nan A. Talese, 9780385530866)
Poems: New and Selected by Ron Rash (Ecco Press, 9780062435507)  
Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South by Beth Macy (Little Brown and Company, 9780316337540)

For more information about the Southern Book Prize, visit
http://www.authorsroundthesouth.com/read-this/siba-book-awards

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