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A new look for a new year! SIBA in 2019

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, December 10, 2018

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SIBA's members have spoken and SIBA is listening! In response to member feedback from its website survey, SIBA is redesigning and reorganizing its website for 2019 to make easier to navigate and completely mobile-friendly.

It's a big project we're taking step by step, with input from members as we go. If you haven't taken our website survey, please take a moment to do so now:

EXTREMELY, ULTRA-IMPORTANT WEBSITE SURVEY

One of the first changes members will see in 2019 is that SIBA will be discontinuing its "Social Link" app. This won't have any effect on member accounts or your access to any resources or account information. Members who log in will no longer see an activity feed on their account and SIBA's "Social Link" app will be disabled.

It's the first, necessary step in simplifying SIBA's website to better reflect our members' priorities. For more information or if you have any questions about your SIBA account contact nicki@sibaweb.com.

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What’s on the Shelf at Lady Banks during January?

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, December 10, 2018

What’s on the Shelf at Lady Banks during January?

SIBA promotes six new books every month to consumers in our Lady Banks Bookshelf promotion.These titles appear at the top of our weekly Lady Banks Commonplace Book newsletter, which has a circulation of over 60k.  We also feature them above the fold on the homepage of Authors ‘Round the South and on the cover image of the ARTS Facebook page with buy links promoted to our 15,000 Facebook friends. A different member store is featured with the titles every week. 

 

Since SIBA redesigned Lady Banks Bookshelf in the spring, this promotion experienced a 23% increase in audience reach(from 17K to 22.5K), and a 16% jump in engagement (from 585 to 700) in on social media, and a 10% rise in impressions, 14% rise in click throughs via email. SIBA attributes the success to a more strongly focused target audience, more active engagement with member bookstores, and a fresh, more visually appealing presence that also appeals to the reader's sense of adventure and individuality.

 

By promoting through Lady Banks, publishers are making an investment in SIBA member bookstores’ attention and market. SIBA works with them to select titles your customers are looking for, and then we drive those customers to your stores.  It’s very worth your while to bring Lady Banks Bookshelf titles in before the month begins, and put up a display.

What’s up for January:

  • Life Admin: How I Learned to Do Less, Do Better, and Live More by Elizabeth F. Emens

  • Woke Baby by Mahogany L. Browne, illustrated by Theodore Taylor III

  • The Undiscovered Country by Mike Nemeth

  • The Shallows: Poems by Stacey Lynn Brown

  • Any Other Place: Stories by Michael Croley

  • The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Frank Morrison


Here's a link to the collection on Edelweiss: 

     

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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, December 10, 2018

Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Garden District Bookshop, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Page 158 Books, Quail Ridge Books, Sunrise Books, and The Country Bookshop.

9781631493874 The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King 1/8/2019
"Teddy Roosevelt jumps to life in this historical fiction tale."

9780143133421 Notes on a Nervous Planet 1/29/2019
"It's time to unplug from the internet for a bit, dear readers, and pick up this book and remind yourself that the internet will still be there when you look up. "

9780062834676 When You Read This 2/5/2019
"This book is marketed as humorous, but it is also devastating...I might have been crying at the end, but I was laughing too."

9781936787869 Sea Monsters 2/5/2019
"What a wild ride through nudist colonies, dark alleys, drool-worthy beachside meals and alluring interesting relationships all against the backdrop of the tech free- freedom of the 1980's... Sea Monsters is going to be such fun to handsell."

9781250173799 Wild Bill 2/5/2019
"An exciting account of an exciting character!"

9780062697745 American Pop 2/5/2019
"A big, fat Southern family saga sure to please book clubs and individual readers alike!"

9780525521037 The Source of Self-Regard 2/12/2019
"Toni Morrison is a literary treasure and getting a new collection from her feels like a gift from the book universe. "

More bookseller reviews

If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie

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Book Subscription Services B3! Webinar with Jamie Rogers Southern and Julie Jarema on Wednesday, January 9 at 2PM

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Thursday, December 6, 2018

Book Subscription Services B3! Webinar with Jamie Rogers Southern and Julie Jarema on Wednesday, January 9 at 2PM


Want to launch a subscription service at your store, or improve an existing one? Two booksellers with successful subscription services will share their approaches and offer advice to attendees.  


Jamie Rogers Southern is the Operations Director of Bookmarks, a literary arts nonprofit organization in Winston-Salem, NC. Bookmarks offers a Signed First Editions Club and a Young Reader Subscription Service. Customers can choose between a six-month or yearly subscription and have the option of receiving the books by mail or picking them up in-store.


Julie Jarema is a Bookseller and the Book Subscriptions Manager at Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA.  Avid’s subscription service includes all reading levels and  is tailored to suit each customer’s individual tastes. It  is available in six-month and twelve-month options.


Please rsvp lindamarie@sibaweb.com to attend.

 

Tags:  B3! Webinars  education  subscription services 

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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Books & Books, E. Shaver, Booksellers, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Inkwood Books, Page & Palette, Page 158 Books, Quail Ridge Books, The Country Bookshop, and Underground Books

9781501199110 Looker 1/8/2019
"an aperitif to a full course meal of introspection and criticism of today's society in terms of what it means to be a woman."

9780393241020 Deep Creek 1/29/2019
"As difficult as her life sometimes is, her descriptions made me want to follow her into that wonderful high country that we should revere and protect."

9780062358202 The Last Romantics 2/5/2019
"a fascinating exploration of family dynamics. Impossible to put down and one that lingers long past the final page"

9781683319443 The Psychology of Time Travel 2/12/2019
"Woman-led time travel murder mystery! This intricate, informed, delightfully surprising, and fully-realized story has so many charms."

9780062824615 Cemetery Road 3/5/2019
"Iles is a such a gifted storyteller and over the years has maintained the magic of keeping his stories taut, mesmerizing and relevant."

More bookseller reviews

If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie

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Southern Book Prize Drawings

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Southern Book Prize Finalists 

Southern Book Prize Drawings

To help bookstores promote the Southern Book Prize and get their customers involved in voting, SIBA is running a drawing for one of the Finalists every weekend between now and the voting deadline on February 1st. This weekend, anyone who submits a ballot by 12/10 will be entered in a drawing to win a copy of either Kate DiCamillo's Louisiana's Way Home, or Therese Anne Fowler's A Well Behaved Woman.

All stores need to do is promote the Southern Book Prize ballot. Every ballot submitted that lists your store earns you $.30 in B3! credit.

The ballot: www.southernbookprize.com

Some graphics you can use on social media. Be sure to tag your posts with the #VoiceYourChoice hashtag Click on an image to download a full size version:

Facebook

Louisiana's Way Home Drawing for Facebook Well Behaved Woman Drawing for Facebook

Twitter

Louisiana's Way Home Drawing for Twitter Well Behaved Woman Drawing for Twitter

Instagram

Louisiana's Way Home Drawing for Instagram Well Behaved Woman Drawing for Instagram

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Galleys and Giveaways: Almost Home by Valerie Fraser Luesse

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Galleys & Giveaways

SIBA and participating publishers are giving away the galleys and other materials below to southern indie booksellers on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are interested simply email the publisher to request a copy. Supplies are limited, so act quickly!

Liked what you read? Let everyone know!

N.B. These are review copies only, and not for resale.

Eat. Sleep. Read. Southern.


Almost Home

Almost Home
Valerie Fraser Luesse
ISBN: 978-8007-2963-9
Revell Books, a Division of Baker Publishing Group
Paperback
$15.99
March 5, 2019

With America's entrance into the Second World War, the town of Blackberry Springs, Alabama, has exploded virtually overnight. Workers from all over are coming south for jobs in Uncle Sam's munitions plants--and they're bringing their pasts with them, right into Dolly Chandler's grand but fading family home turned boardinghouse.

An estranged young couple from the Midwest, unemployed professors from Chicago, a widower from Mississippi, a shattered young veteran struggling to heal from the war--they're all hoping Dolly's house will help them find their way back to the lives they left behind. But the house has a past of its own.

When tragedy strikes, Dolly's only hope will be the circle of friends under her roof and their ability to discover the truth about what happened to a young bride who lived there a century before.

Award-winning and bestselling author Valerie Fraser Luesse breathes life into a cast of unforgettable characters in this complex and compassionate story of hurt and healing.

Request a review copy

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Call for Nominations: PW Bookstore and Sales Rep of the Year 2019

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Call for Nominations: PW Bookstore and Sales Rep of the Year 2019

 

Publishers Weekly has put out the call for nominations for PW Bookstore and Sales Rep of the Year 2019. The deadline for nominations is January 8. Authors, booksellers, publishers, distributors, and others with ties to the book industry are invited to nominate their favorite bookstores and sales representatives for the Bookstore and Sales Rep of the Year Awards. (Please note that candidates cannot nominate themselves, nor can family members nominate them.) Finalists will be named in January at Winter Institute in Albuquerque. Winners will receive a write-up in Publishers Weekly in May 2019 and will be honored at an awards ceremony in New York City.

 

Bookstore of the Year: PW will honor an independently owned bricks-and-mortar bookstore in the U.S. that has been in operation for at least four years. In your nomination, please note what makes the bookstore special and provide contact information, including your name and industry affiliation. Bookstores that have previously received the award cannot be nominated, nor can sister stores of bookstores that have previously won.

 

Sales Rep of the Year: PW welcomes nominations for outstanding telephone and house reps as well as independent sales representatives. Please include an example of the rep’s commitment to excellence, as well as contact information, including your name and industry affiliation. Sales representatives can only win the award once.

 

Please email nominations for PW 2019 Bookstore of the Year and PW 2019 Sales Representative of the year to Judith Rosen at PWawards@publishersweekly.com.


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The Southern Book Prize: Are you on this list?

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, November 29, 2018
LIST?

SIBA has already received nearly 1000 submissions for the 2019 Southern Book Prize ballot. If your store hasn't yet promoted the ballot to your customers, here are a couple reasons to do so:

  1. Stores earn 3 B3! points, or .30 in SIBA Credit, for each eligible ballot submitted on their behalf. Some more active stores have already earned $20 -$30 in SIBA credit this month!

  2. Publishers and authors have got behind the ballot and are encouraging their fans and followers to visit SIBA bookstores and store websites to vote. If your store isn't on the list below, you may be missing out on website traffic from your favorite authors! Email nicki@sibaweb.com if you aren't on the list and should be

    Here's a list of stores featuring the Southern Book Prize on their websites:
    https://www.mainstreetbooksdavidson.com

    https://www.gardendistrictbookshop.com

    https://www.poeticjusticebooks.com/ 
    https://www.page158books.com/
    https://www.bookmarksnc.org/
    http://www.pageandpalette.com/
    http://www.fiction-addiction.com

  3. At the close of the voting period, SIBA will supply stores with a mailing list of people who voted on their behalf. That is a list of many potential new customers for your store.

Here is a badge you can use for your websites:

Southern Book Prize

Other materials: Posters | Postcard Ballot | Checklist | Press Release

Social media resources: facebook image | instagram image | #southernbookprize #VoiceYourChoice

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December 1 is Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, November 29, 2018

December 1 is Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day

Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day2018 marks the 9th annual Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day (www.takeyourchildtoabookstore.org), an initiative created to "instill a love of bookstores in children so that they will value and support this most precious of resources as they go on to enter and create communities of their own," will be held Saturday, December 1.

Download a flyer here

Founded by Jenny Milchman, author most recently of Wicked River, the first TYCTB was celebrated by 80 bookstores and has now grown to more than 800 stores in every U.S. state, seven Canadian provinces, and countries on five continents. For 2018, Milchman teamed up with children's poetry author Brett Fleishman to write a special poem in celebration:

They entered the store
At 11:04
Both the Mom and her teenager Quinn
Right behind were two more
Hand in hand through the door
Came a Dad and his younger son Flynn
With their books on the floor
They looked happy for sure
As more kids and their parents came in
When they left the group swore
They'd return, but what for?
For more books since those books made them grin

JKS Communications will be giving away nine $10 bookstore gift cards to winners across the country who celebrate the day on social media using the hashtag #tycbd, as well as one grand prize winner who will receive a $50 bookstore gift card and signed copies of Fleishman's poetry volumes and Milchman's latest book.

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