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News from SIBALand, March 18, 2016

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Friday, March 18, 2016

Jill Hendrix, Fiction AddictionDear SIBA member,

It was great seeing so many of you at the SITS & GABBS event in Atlanta a week or so ago. For those of you who couldn’t attend here’s a recap of the education that SIBA and the ABA provided:

  • I presented the results from the first ABACUS South financial survey (Power Point, handout). Many thanks to the ABA for making this possible! I’d love to get even more SIBA members participating this year so watch for the survey for FY 2015 coming from the ABA in a few months. For those who’ve never participated, take a look at the questions from last year’s survey and you’ll see that it’s basic information taken from your taxes. So hand a copy to your bookkeeper (i.e., the store owner for many of us J) or accountant and ask them how hard it would be for you to participate this year.
  • We heard about the New Localism from Oren Teicher, the CEO of ABA, and then had an open discussion forum about the challenges and opportunities we are seeing in our channel.

The SIBA board also held our first board meeting of the year. We drafted a survey that I’ll be asking you to fill out in my next bimonthly email. Since this is my last year on the board, we have a slot coming open and I encourage you to consider serving; self-nominations are welcome. Feel free to email and ask me any questions you might have about serving. Here is the Call for Nominations. Deadline for nominations is end of day,  April 15.

I hope many of you are planning to attend BEA in Chicago in May. Remember to pack your Y’all Buttons so it will be easier for us to recognize each other among the hordes. BEA has heard bookseller complaints about the show being in NYC for the last several years and is testing moving it around the country. So when deciding whether to attend or not keep in mind that if we don’t bring a good turnout of booksellers to Chicago then the show may move back to NYC permanently. ABA member booksellers who have not attended BEA in the last two years have the opportunity to win one of 60 BEA Scholarships that consist of cash stipends of $435 each to help defray their hotel and travel costs to BEA 2016. The ABA will hold their publicity speed-dating event again this year. I participated last year and highly recommend it.

I’m so happy the weather has finally warmed up and I hope you’re having lots of customers looking for Easter gifts and gardening books!

Regards,

Jill Hendrix
SIBA President
Fiction Addiction owner
jill@fiction-addiction.com

Tags:  Abacus  baton-twirling  BEA  GABBS  Kate DiCamillo  One Book One South  SITS 

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News from SIBAland, January 6, 2016

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Thursday, January 7, 2016

Happy New Year, dearest SIBA Booksellers!

Here is the latest super-duper important stuff we want you to be aware of! Make a resolution to read all your SIBA email this year so you don't miss out.


A Letter from Jill Hendrix, SIBA Board President

Jill Hendrix

Dear SIBA Members!

I hope you all had great holiday sales. Fiction Addiction was up slightly for the holidays and more for the year thanks to some big events. Now, if I could just figure out how to get those big events each and every year :)

Winter seems to have finally hit the South, so maybe I'll be used to the cold by the time I fly to Denver for Winter Institute in a couple of weeks. I hope to see many of you there or in Atlanta in March for SITS & GABBS.

As you work on your financial end-of-the-year reports, think ahead to filling out the ABACUS survey for the ABA in a few months. If you'd like a copy of the questions asked last year, just email me or Wanda.

My New Year's Resolution is to read (done!) and implement The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I've begun implementing at home and at the store and am pleasantly surprised at how well it's worked. What are your resolutions for your business this year?

As you reflect on the past year and plan for the future, please let SIBA know what we can help you with over the coming year and what opportunities you are excited about.

Happy New Year!

-Jill Hendrix, SIBA President
Fiction Addiction owner
jill@fiction-addiction.com

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Jill Hendrix, Owner
Fiction Addiction
1175 Woods Crossing Rd #5
Greenville, SC 29607
864-675-0540
info@fiction-addiction.com
http://www.fiction-addiction.com
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http://facebook.com/FictionAddictionBookstore


Indie Bookstore Day

INDIE Bookstore Day
Participate fully for 25 B3! Engagement points

The 2016 Independent Bookstore Day catalogue and order sheet goes live January 15, and participating booksellers will have until February 1 to place their orders. IBD staff will also have a consultation station at ABA's Winter Institute in Denver later this month to offer ordering guidance. Orders are placed online through the IBD website and fulfilled by Ingram.

The 2016 list of exclusive, limited items IBD includes:

  • Draw Me! How to Draw Your Favorite Characters. Plus Treasure Maps, Flip Books and More! with art by Raina Telgemeier, Mo Willems, Tedd Arnold, Lisa Brown, Kazu Kibuishi, David LaRochelle and others (CBD Publishing)
  • Special signed edition of Kate DiCamillo's Raymie Nightingale with bound-in mini-essay on the joys of books and bookstores (Candlewick)
  • Bad Citizen stencil reading: Think before you read. READ before you think. --Fran Lebowitz (CBD Publishing)
  • $6 Story: The Care and Feeding of an Independent Bookstore, 3 Instructive Essays by Ann Patchett, signed (CBD Publishing)
  • Literary Tea Towels with quotes from Anna Quindlen and David Mitchell (CBD Publishing)
  • X Is for... 7" vinyl record of an original song based on Rad American Women A-Z, featuring the voices of Angela Davis, Rebecca Solnit, Charlene Yi and many others. Poster and free download included (CBD Publishing)
  • READ with ME Curious George plush toy
  • Signed Bourdain's Perfect Burger print, with art by Giacamo Gambineri (HarperCollins).
  • The Neil Gaiman Coloring Book, with art by Chris Riddell (HarperCollins)
  • Out of Print cotton canvas zippered pouch featuring famous bookstore cats (Out of Print)
  • Duck & Goose limited-edition signed print with pro-reading message from Tad Hills
  • Plus some very cool FREE items to give away on Bookstore Day

More info here:
http://www.indiebookstoreday.com./for-bookstores


Okra Picks

The 2016 Winter Okra Picks have been announced!

The current picks: http://authorsroundthesouth.com/okra
Edelweiss catalog link:http://edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com/CatalogOverview.aspx?catalogID=3788943

Nominate future okra, share okra sales data & display photos all for more B3! Engagement Points.


Mark your calendars for SITS & GABBS, March 1-4, Atlanta, GA!

Tags:  gabbs  ibd  okra picks 

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News from SIBALAND, March 2nd

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, 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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