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Call for Board Nominations, Southern Book Prize Ballot: News you can use from the Land of SIBA!

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hello, dearest and most beloved booksellers.

It's that time again....time for oh so many things! Nominations for the Board, voting on the Southern Book Prize, Okra Picks info, and so much more.  Read on, read everything!

Highlights:

  1. SIBA has an app. For real! Download the "SocialLink" app from your Apple or Google Play store
  2. Call for Board Nominations
  3. The Southern Book Prize Loooong List Ballot is open. And the Conroy Legacy Award is seeking nominations
  4. There is now a resource page for the Spring Okra Picks
  5. There is a now a downloadable flyer of monthly staff picks from SIBA Bookstores.
  6. Registration is open for #SIBA17 in the Big Easy
  7. Introducing IndieCommerce Lite

SIBA HAS AN APP!

Yes, that's right, SIBA is now has an app! Available for iPhone and Android, SIBA's new "SocialLink" app allows you to check in to the SIBA member hub and your account from your phone or mobile device. Most of the news you see below will also appear in your "feed." In the future, SIBA will be posting important news to the app feed on a regular basis, so having it will give you an early heads up to important or just plain useful news.

Search for "SocialLink" in the Apple or Google Play store.

Once you've installed the app, log in to start viewing your feed and notices. Your account information is:

Username: @@username@@
Email: @@email@@
Company: @@employer@@
Your membership expires: @@membership_exp_date@@

You should also be able to set your account so you can log in with Facebook. Email nicki@sibaweb.com if you have any problems.


CALL FOR BOARD NOMINATIONS

It’s that time again to pick the bookseller leaders that will move SIBA forward. SIBA’s Board Members are a hard‐working bunch. Serving on the SIBA Board is both rewarding and enlightening. Consider someone today for a board position. Self‐nominations are encouraged. Anyone can nominate here:

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

Nominations close April 15.


Southern Book PrizeTHE SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE LONG BALLOT IS OPEN


The Southern Book Prize Loooong List has just been announced. Now it is time for booksellers to vote for the finalists. The ballot is open to all SIBA member core booksellers -- stores and store staff! Your store earns 2 b3! points for each ballot cast.

Go here to vote:
http://sibaweb.site-ym.com/surveys/?id=2017_sbp

You need to be a current SIBA member bookstore/bookseller to vote.

If you have store staff not in SIBA's records that you would like added, email nicki@sibaweb.com. Each staff member must have their own unique email address.

The ballot closes April 3rd.

Remember also to nominate for the Conroy Legacy Award. The Conroy Legacy Award recognizes writers who have achieved a lasting impact on their literary community. Recipients will have shown the following attributes:

  1. They support independent bookstores, both in their own communities and in general.
  2. Their writing focuses significantly on their own home place.
  3. They support other writers in their community, especially new and emerging authors.

The Conroy Legacy Award is given to one writer in SIBA territory annually. A juried panel of member booksellers will choose among our Southern writers to determine the year’s winner.

Nominate an author here


Booksellers Benefits packageSPRING OKRA PICKS RESOURCE PAGE

the 2017 Spring Okra Picks will be announced April 1, but SIBA booksellers can have a sneak peak. We've collected some helpful resources for all the Okra titles to make it easier for you to sell all these fanstastic books:

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

 


YOUR STAFF PICKS HAVE STREET CRED!

You've probably seen the header at the top of this and the Lady Banks emails, but have you clicked? SIBA collates store staff picks and recommendations for the Lady Banks newsletter and AuthorsRoundtheSouth.com. You can see the list here:

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

Fully sortable and searchable and linked back to the store that made the recommendation.

There is also now a monthly print out of new recommendations stores can download for a quirky, unpredictable reading list. A great resource for book clubs, educators and hard to please customers!


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. So make your travel plans early:

http://sibaweb.com/trade-show-info


Tags:  #siba17  board  okra picks  read this!  sociallink  southern book prize 

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Updated schedule for SIBA in the Springtime, and a very important letter from the President of the ABA

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Monday, February 20, 2017

Hello, dearest and most beloved booksellers.

We have some updates on SIBA in the Springtime, and a very, very important letter from ABA President Betsy Burton that we ask you to take a moment to read.

Highlights:

  1. New items have been added to the SIBA in the Springtime schedule. Click here to register.
  2. ABA President Betsy Burton has a very imporant letter you need to read.
  3. The Conroy Legacy Award is seeking nominations.
  4. It's also time to nominate the Spring Okra Picks
  5. Check your account. (Your username is: @@username@@)

SIBA IN THE SPRINGTIME

We have added a meet up event to the schedule! On Monday 3/6 after the Okra Dinner at 9:30 pm, Indies Forward is hosting a meet up at the hotel bar. Indies Forward is a group dedicated to growing leadership in the bookselling community by uniting young bookselling professionals. The future of your stores may well be in the hands of these folks, so please come by!

We also now have the details of the ABA educational sessions available:

Bookstores  - An Inclusive Place for Dialogue and Discovery

In the current environment, customers are increasingly coming to bookstores for connection and communication, as well as for sources of a diverse range of voices and viewpoints. 

At the upcoming ABA Spring Forum in Atlanta, GA, in response to member bookstore feedback and requests, ABA will be hosting a conversation led by ABA Board Member Jamie Fiocco where booksellers will share ideas and brainstorm about how bookstores can foster communication and create opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds to express and respond to differing views in the welcoming setting of a bookstore. 

This will not be a traditional education session. It is designed to be an interactive discussion, where booksellers will be able to participate in open communication and problem solving -- in both large and small groups -- to clarify strategies for strengthening the unique role that bookstores play in their communities. 

Online Event Registration

and don't forget, if you can't come, we still want to hear your ideas: Click here to share your great ideas!

SIBA in the Springtime 

Writing the future of the SIBA Discovery Show

Open to everyone with a vested interest in the show:
booksellers, exhibitors, publishers, sales reps
$99 (meals included), Free for core member bookstores

March 6-7, 2017
The Crowne Plaza - Airport in Atlanta

Reservations: Call 866/750-3365, use Group Code SIB
Room Rate: $119 + 7% state sales tax.
Online hotel reservations

ROOM RATE CUT OFF DATE IS 2/17/2017

Online Event Registration

 


A LETTER FROM ABA PRESIDENT BETSY BURTON

Dear Booksellers,

Betsy BurtonMy heart is full — as is, I’m sure, the heart of anyone who attended Winter Institute 12. Already pumped by a day visiting bookstores and by a charged and joyous opening reception, we were split wide open at breakfast on the first official day by the keynote address of Roxane Gay — a verbal fusillade of home truths (if you’ll forgive the dumb metaphor) that brought into sharp focus the issue of diversity. Not that we hadn’t been aware of it, talked about it, and taken action before, both on our ABA board and regionally, creating scholarships and making Booksellers Advisory Council (BAC) appointments, talking to publishers, and making plans to help and encourage the creation of new stores. But it hasn’t been enough — not nearly — as Gay pointed out so candidly, her words shocking us out of complacency and into the need for action. A perfect example of the radical candor that Wi12’s third keynote speaker, Kim Scott, discussed two days later.

During the Town Hall, as “we the board” sat on the dais and listened (and really heard), watched (and really saw) a series of impassioned, articulate, brave, visionary women — many from the new generation of booksellers — get up, one after another, the separation between us diminished and I thought my heart would break — not out of sadness but because I remembered myself at that age, how it felt to be excluded (albeit for reasons of sex and religion — or lack thereof — rather than color), felt again that anger, and knew that once harnessed it was going to hone their aim, amp up their power, catapult them — and all of us — into being our/their best selves, creating a better world in the process. And I was suddenly filled to overflowing with admiration for them, as they spoke one by one, and also, suddenly, with hope for the future. Not just their future but that of our industry when they take it in their capable hands, that of the world because there are people like them outside our industry as well as inside it, something we need to remember in this darkest of times. And they will take our world into their hands, lead the way forward in good directions. Of that I am certain.

It is a process, entering the world of governance — in ABA or any other sphere — but because the board heard what we heard, saw what we saw, we responded by creating a Diversity Task Force to give voice to booksellers’ concerns and draw them into ABA in a significant way and by increasing the number of members on the BAC with the express aim of creating a more diverse council. And please, anyone interested in serving on either, or in recommending someone to do so, e-mail me or call me at (801) 792-8363.

This might not feel like enough but it’s a strong start, especially because the BAC (along with regional boards) is where most nominations for ABA board members come from, since service on the BAC is a way to understand how the association works, how the book industry works, what issues we’ve faced in the past, and what decisions have been made to address them — along with the reasons for those decisions. All of which gives context to the role of governance and the governance process itself inside ABA.

Speaking of inside ABA, my heart broke yet again on my last night at Wi12 when I was privileged to witness during the ABA staff party another moving and life-changing event — the changing of the guard as Mark Nichols, a man beloved by everyone, was heralded by his colleagues. We all know Mark to be a quiet but brilliant, discerning and knowledgeable, kind and caring man who was involved in ABA seemingly forever and in every conceivable way. As I listened to his colleagues honor him, say goodbye to him, watched the sincerity that broke voices, brought on tears, knowing how hard they had all just worked putting on this miracle of an institute, how hard they work year after year to keep the wheels of technology and commerce, information and education turning ever faster, with the connection and love necessary to make it all work as brilliantly as it does, I saw Mark’s role at the heart of it all and I was again filled to overflowing. By their words, yes, but even more by his as this ever-wise, always valiant, loving, caring man expressed his utter faith in all of them. In their ability to help us keep our world in order, keep the wheels turning as another page turned over in ABA’s life and in ours.

Between these profound and unforgettable bookends, there was the rest of Wi12, three full days, four for those who took advantage of Friday’s bookstore tours and special workshops. Days filled with education targeted at our newest members and those more experienced, some about business, others involving the book itself. As I watched the presenters and authors at the Indies Introduce talk proceed with a wonderful program before an appreciative audience that numbered in the hundreds, I remembered that first Winter Institute, and again grew teary thinking of what ABA had wrought over the ensuing years, growing, with the help of hundreds of booksellers and scores of publishers, a small idea into a partnership that benefits us all — authors, publishers, booksellers, readers, and the books themselves — just as they had done again and again in program after program. I attended the marvelous Backlist Book Swap and the backlist panel that showcased innovative ideas and underlined our board’s conviction that a rich, new backlist program could be of vast benefit to publishers and booksellers alike, again benefiting this entire industry. I listened to sessions on finances and technology, localism, merchandizing, management; I heard keynotes and rep picks, talked to publishers during focus groups — as we all did, learning in the process how to be our best professional selves.

Day by day my optimism grew along with my pride at being a part of all this: Part of a dedicated, visionary board while the equally amazing BAC was also hard at work, not to mention the inspired and dedicated ABA staff, who bend their collective will and expend their amazing energy on our behalf. All of that and all of you. It seems to me there’s nothing we can’t do. As we sat there at the Town Hall, sometimes angry but always respectful, always visionary in the best sense, as, panel by panel, audience by audience, we mulled, made sense of, found useful nuggets of knowledge or technique or truth, our voices pooling and coming together… We are an amazing group of people: booksellers, ABA staff, publishers, authors, all fashioning a life around books. I can’t imagine a better one.

Betsy Burton
President, American Booksellers Association
The King’s English Bookshop
Salt Lake City, Utah

 


Southern Book PrizeTHE CONROY LEGACY AWARD SEEKS NOMINATIONS

New this year is the "lifetime achievement" category, the Conroy Legacy Award. The Conroy Legacy Award recognizes writers who have achieved a lasting impact on their literary community. Recipients will have shown the following attributes:

  1. They support independent bookstores, both in their own communities and in general.
  2. Their writing focuses significantly on their own home place.
  3. They support other writers in their community, especially new and emerging authors.

The Conroy Legacy Award is given to one writer in SIBA territory annually. A juried panel of member booksellers will choose among our Southern writers to determine the year’s winner.

Nominate an author here


Booksellers Benefits packageSPRING OKRA PICK NOMINATIONS DUE 3/1

March 1st is the deadline for the 2017 Spring Okra Pick Nominations. Nominations are being taken for books that pub between April 1 and June 30. Click here to nominate

Tags:  conroy legacy award  okra picks  siba in the springtime 

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Winter Okra Picks: An Easy-to-Keep Reading Resolution for 2017

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Sunday, January 1, 2017

The 2017 Winter 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 Winter Okra picks have a strong Southern focus and publish between January and March, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers: the people who are always looking out for the next great writer to fill your reading plate. So the next time you visit your local Southern indie bookstore and someone says, "You've got to read this!" and hands you one of these tasty titles, dig in and ask for a second helping. Great books are always good for you!



The Barrowfields by Phillip Lewis
Hogarth, Hardcover, 9780451495648, 368pp.
Publication Date: March 7, 2017

The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish
HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780062433381, 368pp. 
Publication Date: January 24, 2017

Eveningland: Stories by Michael Knight
Atlantic Monthly Press, Hardcover, 9780802125972, 304pp. 
Publication Date: March 7, 2017


Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell; Shadra Strickland (illus.)
Chronicle Books, Hardcover, 9781452125909, 260pp. 
Publication Date: January 31, 2017

Mercies in Disguise by Gina Kolata
St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9781250064349, 272pp. 
Publication Date: March 21, 2017

My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King
Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9781627795982, 368pp. 
Publication Date: January 17, 2017


One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain
University of South Carolina Press, Hardcover, 9781611177466, 280pp. 
Publication Date: February 14, 2017

Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit and Whiskey by Troy Ball
Dey Street Books, Hardcover, 9780062458971, 288pp. 
Publication Date: February 7, 2017

The River of Kings by Taylor Brown
St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9781250111753, 336pp. 
Publication Date: March 21, 2017


The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers
Algonquin Books, Hardcover, 9781616205812, 272pp. 
Publication Date: January 10, 2017

Signals: New and Selected Stories by Tim Gautreaux
Knopf Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780451493040, 384pp. 
Publication Date: January 17, 2017

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9781250135995, 240pp. 
Publication Date: January 17, 2017

 



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A letter from your Board President

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Letter from the SIBA President
Okra Pick Nominations Due
Check Your Account Information

 


SIBA Board President Jill HendrixDear SIBA Members,

I hope Small Business Saturday was successful for you all and that holiday shoppers are out in force at all your stores. 

This will be my last letter as your SIBA President. Fellow board member Doug Robinson, owner of Eagle Eye Book Shop in Decatur, GA, will take over from me on January 1st, 2017. Doug’s email address is doug@eagleeyebooks.com and I know he’d love to hear from you on any topic. 

Incoming SIBA Board President Doug RobinsonAs part of the Board’s duty to look to the future on our members’ behalf, three board members -- Doug Robinson, Linda-Marie Barrett, and Stephanie Crowe -- attended a Trends seminar in Chicago this month to get trained out how to recognize, analyze, and capitalize on trends. 

Most of the Board, including myself as outgoing board member, and Kimberly Daniels-Taws as incoming board member will be attending Winter Institute in Minneapolis. We hope many of you will also be braving the cold of Minnesota and we hope to see you there. If you’re attending, remember to pack your y’all buttons so we can find each other more easily. If you’ve never gotten (or have lost) your y’all button, look for Doug in Minneapolis and he’ll have a stash to hand out to you.

I’ve greatly enjoyed my 6 years on the SIBA Board and my last two years as your SIBA President and thank you for all your support of SIBA.

Wishing you a Happy Holiday!

-Jill Hendrix
Your outgoing SIBA President

 

 

Winter Okra Pick Nominations are due!

The deadline for the Winter Okra Pick nominations is tomorrow, December 1. Click here to nominate. Make sure the books you are most looking forward to are the ones everyone will be looking forward to!

 

Check your account information!

The SIBA website "member hub" has received an upgrade, so if you log into your account, things are going to look a little different. Here's a basic overview of the changes:

  1. You can now fix it so you can log in using Facebook.

  2. The site is mobile-friendly, so you can now check it on your phone. Designated Android and iPhone apps are coming soon.

  3. Once you log in, you can see all the SIBA notifications, plus news from other SIBA stores, in your main feed, just like you do with facebook. In fact, the site is set up very much like facebook, so it should be easy to see important news.

    Here's how to log in:

    Login Link: http://sibaweb.site-ym.com/login.aspx

    Contact nicki@sibaweb.com if you don't know your login information.

It helps SIBA immensely if the information in your account is accurate, so please take a moment to check. The updated member hub is entirely mobile-friendly, so you can easily log in on your phones and tablets.

Here are three things to do:

  1. Log in via facebook so the system will remember you

  2. Check your account and update anything that needs updating

  3. Connect with other SIBA stores, and with SIBA itself (Nicki Leone & Wanda Jewell). You may have prompts on your account for where one or both of us has reached out to you. If not, just click on our usernames from your "Feed" page to connect with us. You'll see other connection suggestions as well.

 

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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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