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Introducing Shelf-Reliance: A SIBA blog for authors

Posted By Amy Cherrix, Monday, June 15, 2015

Hey y’all,

Welcome to Shelf Reliance, a blog of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. What better way to capture the spirit of the independent bookselling community and authorship than with a nod to Ralph Waldo Emerson? We don't think he would mind. “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,” he wrote in Self-Reliance. And we think you’ll agree that the indie community has been slaying hobgoblins since long before publishing was a jungle.

The landscape may have shifted, but the independent spirit is on solid ground. 

Since coming aboard this spring as author liaison, I have been working to familiarize myself with what we do and how we do it. It has been a real education. Membership benefits are plentiful and some of the best ones are free. Indeed, membership really does have its privileges!

While no author is ever alone when they are a member of SIBA, empowering your book to do well on the shelves of independent bookstores means empowering yourself first. Our hope is that this blog is a place to harness the power of the individual in the interest of the whole SIBA community with support, advice and an exchange of ideas. 

 If you’re just getting your feet wet with SIBA or have questions about how to leverage your membership, this is a great place to start. Check back for tips, interviews, and advice about how to build permanent partnerships between indies and authors. We’ll sound off about everything from crafting marketing campaigns to scheduling book signings and writing flap copy.

Like a digital back porch, we hope Shelf Reliance will be a place to share successes, lend advice, and make you feel right at home in the SIBA family.

--Amy

Tags:  author liaison  independent bookstores  new blog  Shelf Reliance  SIBA 

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