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A non-golfer at the Valspar Championship. AKA, The Site Visit

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Innisbrook ResortWhen Wanda Jewell told me that our annual site visit to the Innisbrook Resort in preparation for upcoming Discovery Show in September would be in March, she did warn me. "It will be during Valspar" she cautioned. I must have looked blank, because she added "the golf tournament." I shrugged and nodded. It was Florida. There would be golf, I thought.

Tiger Woods on the last day at ValsparIt wasn't until we hit the traffic on US 19 and found ourselves behind a row of coach buses that I realized, oh it's a GOLF TOURNAMENT. So my first introduction to the Innisbrook Resort was one of confused, milling excitement. Golf cart taxis and trams were zipping to and fro. Lines of people wearing sun visors and carrying beach bags and sun block stood at security check points, waiting to be, uh, wanded. Someone had created an exhibit of Tiny Houses near the walkway that led down to the 15th hole. Boy are they tiny. I think I'd need about six just for my books. Adults were walking around with martinis and mojitos in plastic cups. Kids were running around wearing straw hats and grasping paper fans stapled to wooden popsicle sticks.

I'm not a huge golf fan, but I still immediately called my dad. "Guess where I am!" I gloated.

Normally, a site visit means seeing the space "in action" on a normal day. This was hardly normal. Tiger Woods was on the premises, playing like he hadn't for the last five years. The enthusiasm was infectious. And oddly enough, I think being on site during a major event like Valspar was useful because we got a sort of "sky's the limit" view of the possibilities, and we got to see the resort staff really rise to every occasion.

So what do we have to look forward to in September?

Copperhead CourseWell, the place is beautiful.

That was abundantly clear despite the lines and the traffic and the security details. There are many lovely places to walk and it was not lost on me that the ospreys were nesting and not at all bothered by the crowds. I usually spend the week of the Discovery Show all but trapped in a hotel, so having so much open green space around me was addictive.

exhibit hall foyerThe exhibit hall is beautiful.

The foyer has a skylight the length of the building making it bright and welcoming. I think we're going to be putting the TRIO exhibit there. For exhibitors, loading in and out is going to be a dream. The loading docks are RIGHT THERE, and yet somehow invisible. No contending with creaky hotel elevators.

 

suiteThe rooms are really, really comfortable.

At Innisbrook, you have the choice between a "deluxe guestroom" and 1- and 2-bedroom suites. And I will say right now it is worth it to upgrade to the suite if you can. If you share with another person, or a couple people, they are less expensive per person than the guestroom, so this is the Discovery Show where you bring along family for a little vacation. And the suites come with a full kitchen: Fridge, stove, the works. When I come in September, I'm bringing my own coffee maker. No more trying to live off those little coffee pods hotels all have now!

There are something like five restaurants, three bars, a spa, and four or five pools on site.

Which is fortunate, because one thing about Innisbrook is that it is its own contained little world. Getting offsite takes some effort, and I am guessing most folks when they get there, are going to want to stay there. And speaking of food: It is, of course, very good. The menus are heavy on the seafood, naturally. So if you have special dietary concerns, be sure to let SIBA know when you register.

It looks like things are farther away than they really are.

It took me a little while to get used to the idea that all the program events would be a different building from where I was sleeping. Just out of curiosity, I tried to see how long it would take me to walk from my room to the exhibit hall, the building farthest away from where we were staying. At an amble it took me twelve minutes. With the tram service, it will take less time than an elevator ride. In fact, the hotel liaison told us they actually test their tram schedules against elevators in other hotels to make sure they have their times beat. "Think of the trams like a horizontal elevator" she said. Horizontal elevators with sunshine and fresh air!

So why are you still reading? Go register for #SIBA18 now!

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Meet our 15,000 Friends!

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Sunday, March 11, 2018

Are you creating events on Facebook?  SIBA would like to co-host those events with you.  When creating the event just choose Authors 'Round the South as your co-host.  It's easy and likely to increase not only awareness but attendance at events.  This makes it easy for SIBA share the upcoming event with her 15,000+ Facebook friends and followers.  Be sure to tag the author and publisher in your events post.  We are at your service.

 

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Read This Next! News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, March 8, 2018

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INTRODUCING READ THIS NEXT!

Read This Next!

"Booksellers beat algorithms all day long. One thing an algorithm cannot do is read a book, think of you, and know it is your kind of book. This is something booksellers do all day long, and in their sleep. Through Read This! Books with Street Cred, we're bringing SIBA booksellers' thoughts about their favorite new books to readers in every indie store across the South."--Wanda Jewell, Executive Director, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

Beginning this spring, SIBA booksellers will have another tool for selling new releases they love: Read This Next! Books with Street Cred.

Building on the success of AuthorsRoundTheSouth.com's Read This! Books with Street Cred, SIBA will offer seasonal collections featuring the hottest new releases hand-picked and hand-curated by member booksellers. SIBA booksellers will have access to downloadable shelf-talkers, a downloadable flyer of the seasonal collection, and links to hundreds of books in our Read This! archive. SIBA looks forward to providing printed shelf-talkers and flyers as we launch our Read This Next! Extended and Read This Next! Kids in Summer 2018.

Read ThisNext! complements SIBA's Okra Picks by drawing attention to new releases beyond our geographical borders, highlighting that southern booksellers read everything and everywhere, and are passionate about literature. Want a sneak peak? Visit Read This!

Download the Read This! Flyer


ABA/SIBA SPRING BOOKSELLERS FORUM

Friday, March 23 @ Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC

10-11:30       A Year of Bookstore Profitability Education Session from ABA
ABA will present a year-long calendar of effective steps that bookstores can implement — as well as key cost-saving programs — to boost sales and improve the bottom line. This session is applicable to all bookstore employees, and booksellers will be invited to join the conversation and share thoughts about initiatives they use to improve profitability each quarter.

11:30-1:15    ABA Bookseller Forum & Lunch
Booksellers will have the opportunity during the open forum segment to discuss any of their concerns related to ABA, the book industry in general, and other issues. The spring forum discussions are a critically important vehicle for ABA to gather feedback from members, and all are encouraged to come prepared to discuss their concerns.

1:15-2            Talking about Amazon and Localism in Your Community
An open discussion among booksellers on how to talk with your customers and others in your community in order to raise awareness of the impact on the local economy of purchasing from online and big box retailers. We'll share ways to engage customers, staff, elected officials and other small business owners in a positive, productive conversation on the benefits of buying local, and the true impact of Amazon's growing presence within our economy. Using studies from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Civic Economics, ABA - as well as others - we'll talk about ways to educate your community on the importance of supporting local businesses. Discussion to be moderated by former SIBA President and current ABA Vice President Jamie Fiocco, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC, and Oren Teicher, ABA CEO.

Contact Jamie@flyleafbooks.com for more information


INSIDE YOUR BOOKSELLERS' BENEFITS PACKAGE:

THE PEER REVIEWS

Bookseller Benefits PackageSimply put, a peer review is booksellers helping booksellers. If you feel like there is room for improvement in your store (and who doesn't feel this way?), friendly fellow booksellers will visit your store, look at areas that are causing you concern, and offer constructive and confidential feedback.

Midtown Reader in Tallahassee, Florida, recently had a peer review session with Linda-Marie Barrett (SIBA) and Jill Hendrix (Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC):

"Thanks to Linda-Marie Barrett, Jill Hendrix, and all of SIBA, Midtown Reader had an educational and enriching few days of learning more about our store and the community of independent booksellers that make our business possible! We were thrilled to have them last week and look forward to working with them again in the future." --Mallorie

Peer Reviews are intensive and entirely confidential. For more info, and to request a review (or to be a reviewer) click here.


IMPORTANT CIRCLE OF SITES INFORMATION

Stores participating in the Banner-for-Dues program (aka "Circle of Sites" aka "Lady Banks Pick of the Week") should be aware that if your store site is converted to a secure site (that is, if your website now begins with "https") you may need to make a small update to your banner code for it to run properly. Contact nicki@sibaweb.com if you have the SIBA banner installed, but can't see it on your website.

SIBA keeps a calendar of the upcoming titles on its website, which members can access anytime. Here are the titles scheduled for March and April:

Beneath the SurfaceeAnatomy of a MiracleDread NationTurnip Greens and TortillasThen She Was Gone


B3! WEBINARS & BOOK CLUB

March 14 at 2PM: B3! Book Club discusses When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink (keynote speaker at WI18)

Daniel Pink gave the keynote speech at Winter Institute this year. ABA members can now view his talk on the ABA website.


 

The B3! Book Club schedule is here:

Click here for more webinars and registration info



BRILLIANT BOOKSELLER IDEA(S) OF THE WEEK:

Noir Reads: a monthly subscription box featuring Black authors that includes a reading guide and access to an online book club forum!

http://www.noir-reads.com

Jump on several trends by supporting diverse reading choices, helping your customers become better versions of themselves, and easing the buying process with home delivery! What targeted subscription services would work well with your community?


MORE BRIEF BUT HIGHLY USEFUL NEWS

  • Shop Local, Live Local: AdventureKEEN and Binc: AdventureKEEN will donate 3% of your 2018 purchases to Binc and return 3% back to your store. The deadline to sign up is March 31. Sign up here

  • Don't forget, you can earn $100 for referring a first time exhibitor to the SIBA Discovery Show: We want to make this easy so if you or your exhibitor emails SIBA and mentions the bookstore who recruited them, or the exhibitor they have recruited, a $100 credit will be applied to your account.  Only first-time exhibitors who purchase their exhibit table at full price will qualify for the $100 credit.  Booksellers can recruit more than one exhibitor, receiving $100 of credit each time that can be used towards any SIBA event for any bookseller you choose. Send your favorite potential exhibitors SIBA's show information packet.


Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser, Country Bookshop, Flyleaf Books, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Page 158 Books, Fiction Addiction, Union Avenue Bookshop, and Fountain Bookstore.

9780062856395 Melmoth 10/16/2018
"Listen! You can hear echoes of Mary Shelley ringing in Perry's gorgeous prose."

9781501156212 The Death of Mrs. Westaway 5/29/2018
"I feel like every book by Ware that I read is better than the last."

9780374228194 Our Kind of Cruelty 5/8/2018
"Spending 300 pages inside the mind of Mike Hayes is an adventure you won't soon forget. "

9781524763558 A Place for Us 6/12/2018
"Reminiscent of the Kite Runner, this novel will resonate for years to come."

9780316434805 Red Clocks 1/16/2018
"Margaret Atwood lives on in this vulgar, funny, political scope of a future world imagined. Could not stop reading and wondering if this could be us someday"

9781609454517 Disoriental 4/17/2018
"Fascinating, informative, and exceptionally well-written. I highly, highly recommend it!"

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



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ABA/SIBA Spring Bookseller Forum

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, March 7, 2018

ABA/SIBA Bookseller Forum

Friday, March 23 @ Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC

10-11:30       A Year of Bookstore Profitability Education Session from ABA
ABA will present a year-long calendar of effective steps that bookstores can implement — as well as key cost-saving programs — to boost sales and improve the bottom line. This session is applicable to all bookstore employees, and booksellers will be invited to join the conversation and share thoughts about initiatives they use to improve profitability each quarter.

11:30-1:15    ABA Bookseller Forum & Lunch
booksellers will have the opportunity during the open forum segment to discuss any of their concerns related to ABA, the book industry in general, and other issues. The spring forum discussions are a critically important vehicle for ABA to gather feedback from members, and all are encouraged to come prepared to discuss their concerns.

1:15-2           Talking about Amazon and Localism in Your Community:
An open discussion among booksellers on how to talk with your customers and others in your community in order to raise awareness of the impact on the local economy of purchasing from online and big box retailers. We'll share ways to engage customers, staff, elected officials and other small business owners in a positive, productive conversation on the benefits of buying local, and the true impact of Amazon’s growing presence within our economy. Using studies from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Civic Economics, ABA - as well as others - we’ll talk about ways to educate your community on the importance of supporting local businesses. Discussion to be moderated by former SIBA President and current ABA Vice President Jamie Fiocco, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC, and Oren Teicher, ABA CEO.

Contact  Jamie@flyleafbooks.com for more information and to RSVP.

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Read This Next! Books with Street Cred

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Read This Next! Books with Street Cred

"Booksellers beat algorithms all day long. One thing an algorithm cannot do is read a book, think of you, and know it is your kind of book. This is something booksellers do all day long, and in their sleep. Through Read This! Books with Street Cred, we're bringing SIBA booksellers' thoughts about their favorite new books to readers across the South."--Wanda Jewell, Executive Director, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

Beginning this spring, SIBA booksellers will have another tool for selling new releases they love: Read This Next! Books with Street Cred.

Building on the success of AuthorsRoundTheSouth.com's Read This! Books with Street Cred, SIBA will offer seasonal collections featuring the hottest new releases hand-picked and hand-curated by member booksellers. SIBA booksellers will have access to downloadable shelf-talkers, a downloadable flyer of the seasonal collection, and links to hundreds of books in our Read This! archive. SIBA looks forward to providing printed shelf-talkers and flyers as we launch our Read This Next! Extended and Read This Next! Kids in Summer 2018.

Read This Next! complements SIBA's Okra Picks by drawing attention to new releases beyond our geographical borders, highlighting that southern booksellers read everything and everywhere, and are passionate about literature. Want a sneak peak? Visit Read This!

Download the Read This! Flyer

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