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Call for 2019 Conroy Legacy Award Nominations!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, March 30, 2018
Call for 2019 Conroy Legacy Award Nominations!

Dear SIBA booksellers,

Now is the time to nominate your choice for the 2019 Conroy Legacy Award. This award represents a “Lifetime Achievement”. The Conroy Legacy Award honors the example of beloved author Pat Conroy and recognizes writers who have achieved a lasting impact on their literary community. Recipients have the following attributes:

  • Support for independent bookstores, both in their own communities and in general.
  • Writing that focuses significantly on their own home place.
  • Support of other writers, especially new and emerging authors.

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

Although it is not necessary for a nominated writer to have a new book out in the award year, nominated writers must be living, and must have books in print. Nominations must come from SIBA member bookstores. The Legacy Award provides an opportunity for its member stores to recognize writers who have been important in their community.

Both a donation to the Pat Conroy Literary Center and a donation to a literary entity close to the heart of the writer will be made in the name of the Legacy Award recipient.

Nominations close on April 15th. Nominate your choice today!

Tags:  authors  booksellers  conroy legacy award  pat conroy southern book prize  SIBA  siba book awards  siba member hub  southern book prize 

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Get Your Store on the Tour! Expert Advice on Preparing a Press Kit and Pitching to Publishers

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, March 28, 2018

 Maribeth PellyGet Your Store on the Tour! 

SIBA offers you two webinars with Maribeth Pelly, event planner at BookTowne and independent marketing consultant, to make it so!

Want to be a star at Publicists Speed Dating at Book Expo? Want publishers to choose you when they plan author tours? Stand out among your colleagues by signing up for both of these upcoming webinars.

Thursday, April 12 at 2PM: How to Prepare a Press Kit for Your Store.  In this webinar you'll learn:

  • How to put together a press kit.
  • How to improve an existing press kit.
  • How to highlight and format your store’s most compelling selling points (and which information to leave out).

For those with existing press kits, Maribeth will offer comprehensive reviews. Fourteen stores will receive a LIVE review of their press kits. The webinar will be recorded so you can share with your staff.

Thursday, May 24 at 2PM: How to Pitch Your Store to Publishers. After you’ve prepared your press kit, learn how to have a productive conversation with publishers, emphasizing how you can support their author tours. In this webinar you'll learn:

  • What publishers want to know (and what they don't).
  • How to build a successful author event program, even if you haven't had an author yet.
  • That store size doesn’t matter!
  • Tips for staying on publishers' radar all year long.

Attendees of these webinars are invited to a meet & greet pep talk with Maribeth at Book Expo before Publicists Speed Dating begins.

RSVP: lindamarie@sibaweb.com, and include a copy of your current press kit. Deadline to register for April 12 webinar is Friday, April 6.

Tags:  authors  booksellers  bookselling  education  events  siba member hub 

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Can we put $100 in your pocket?

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Monday, March 26, 2018

We also want to help you pocket some hundreds, as in dollars.  Help us recruit new exhibitors to the #SIBA18 Discovery Show, and for every first-time exhibitor that pays full price to exhibit that credits your store with bringing them in, both the bookstore and the exhibitor will receive $100 towards their show expenses.  Let your favorite vendors know how much you’d love to see them in Tampa in September and make your plans to be there.  For every new vendor you recruit, there’s $100 in it for you.  

Here's a link to the exhibitor information you can share with your favorite vendors:

Exhibitor Show Package & Registration Form 

(Be sure and put the name of your bookstore where indicated on p.3 of the Exhibitor Show Package & Registration Form.)

There is no limit to the number of first-time vendors you can collect $100 each for getting to the #SIBA18 Discovery Show!

Meanwhile, go ahead and get yourself registered as well. Register Now!

Happy Hunting!

Tags:  #siba18  siba member hub  trade show 

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The SIBA Member Hub: Groups and Blogs

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

SIBA Member Hub: Groups and Blogs from Nicki Leone on Vimeo.

 

A quick overview of how Groups can help you connect with other SIBA members, and an introduction to the SIBALAND Blog -- your source for up to date news from SIBA.

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The SIBA Member Hub: An Introduction

Posted By Nicki Leone, 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

Tags:  siba member hub  video 

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