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Bookstores as places of inspiration: Lady Banks Bookshelf in January

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, January 1, 2019

LADY BANKS BOOKSHELF IN JANUARY:

Bookstores as places of inspiration:

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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 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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2019 Winter Okra Picks

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Updated: Sunday, December 30, 2018

Okra PicksMake a New Year’s Resolution to read more Okra! Southern Independent booksellers have chosen the 2019 Winter Okra Picks – a collection of the best forthcoming Southern books of the season. Each of the 18 books selected have a couple things in common: They are Southern in nature, they are coming out sometime in the next three months (January, February, March), and they have a following among Southern indie booksellers, who can’t wait to introduce them to new readers.

Add a bit of tasty reading to your literary diet. Serve yourself a helping of Okra Picks.

Meet Miss FancySugar RunThe Elephant in the RoomThe Gilded Wolves

Meet Miss Fancy by Irene Latham ; John Holyfield
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | 9780399546686 | 01/08/2019 | $17.99

Sugar Run by Mesha Maren
Algonquin Books | Hardcover | 9781616206215 | 01/08/2019 | $26.95

The Elephant in the Room: One Fat Man's Quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America by Tommy Tomlinson
Simon & Schuster | Hardcover | 9781501111617 | 01/15/2019 | $27.00

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Wednesday Books | Hardcover | 9781250144546 | 01/15/2019 | $18.99

The CurrentMiraculumParkland SpeaksWe Cast a Shadow

The Current by Tim Johnston
Algonquin Books | Hardcover | 9781616206772 | 01/22/2019 | $27.95

Miraculum by Steph Post
Polis Books | Hardcover | 9781947993419 | 01/22/2019 | $26.00

Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories by Sarah Lerner
Crown Books for Young Readers | Paperback | 9781984849991 | 01/22/2019 | $17.99

We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
One World | Hardcover | 9780525509066 | 01/29/2019 | $27.00

American PopThe Atlas of Reds and BluesLost Children ArchiveA-List

American Pop by Snowden Wright
William Morrow & Company | Hardcover | 9780062697745 | 02/05/2019 | $26.99

The Atlas of Reds and Blues by Devi S. Laskar
Counterpoint LLC | Hardcover | 9781640091535 | 02/05/2019 | $25.00

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
Knopf Publishing Group | Hardcover | 9780525520610 | 02/12/2019 | $27.95

A-List by D. P. Lyle
Oceanview Publishing | Paperback | 9781608093335 | 02/19/2019 | $16.00

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry GirlsRayne & Delilah's Midnite MatineeA Friend is a Gift You Give YourselfSoltary

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray
Berkley Books | Hardcover | 9781984802439 | 02/19/2019 | $26.00

Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner
Crown Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | 9781524720209 | 02/26/2019 | $17.99

A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself by William Boyle
Pegasus Books | Hardcover | 9781643130583 | 03/05/2019 | $25.95

Solitary by Albert Woodfox
Grove Press | Hardcover | 9780802129086 | 03/05/2019 | $26.00

The Good DetectivePoetree

The Good Detective by John McMahon
G.P. Putnam's Sons | Hardcover | 9780525535539 | 03/19/2019 | $27.00

Poetree by Shauna Lavoy Reynolds ; Shahrzad Maydani
Dial Books | Hardcover | 9780399539121 | 03/19/2019 | $17.99

Find more information about the Okra Picks at AuthorsRoundtheSouth.com/okra

Southern indie booksellers: We grow good books!

 

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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, January 1, 2019

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, Garden District Bookshop, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Quail Ridge Books, and The Story Shop.

9781524737092 The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA 1/8/2019
"Such a beautiful book. War heroes, life in the summer-time South, family, & friendship."

9780143133421 Notes on a Nervous Planet 1/29/2019
"If you live and breathe, you need this book."

9780385544030 Look How Happy I'm Making You 3/19/2019
"Reading these stories as a mother made me feel less alone, like someone has witnessed all my troubles and triumphs and understands them all."

9781400069996 Save Me the Plums 4/2/2019
"I devoured this one and already want a second helping. "

9781250312846 Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me 5/7/2019
" It's refreshing to see a queer story that isn't either death and despair or happy perfect rainbows"

9781368039703 Don't Date Rosa Santos 5/14/2019
"Come for the romance, stay for the magical realism & pastelitos!"

9781477316467 Human Matter 5/28/2018
a book that's not afraid of questioning the moral and ethical ambiguity of everyone involved, while understanding the impossibility of justice."

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B3! Webinar with Bryan E. Robinson: #Chill for Booksellers: Integrating a Healthy Work/Life Balance

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, December 31, 2018

B3! Webinar with Bryan E. Robinson: #Chill for Booksellers: Integrating a Healthy Work/Life Balance

Wednesday, February 6, 2019⋅2:00 – 3:00pm

 

The cycle of 24/7 work addiction can be difficult to break, but according to Bryan E. Robinson, Ph. D., a licensed psychotherapist and mindfulness expert, it’s only a matter of reframing priorities and practicing mindfulness. Chilling is not something you do. It’s a mindset, a way of being in the world.

Bryan E. Robinson is the author of #Chill: Turn Off Your Job and Turn On Your Life. In our webinar, he'll present his philosophy and some tools and exercises to reframe priorities, practice mindfulness, and break a cycle of work addiction. He'll also take your questions about challenges that come up for you and your workplace. Please RSVP lindamarie@sibaweb.com to attend.


SIBA Booksellers praise Robinson's # Chill:

  • "Robinson's approach to workaholism comes from his own experience, so it is a compassionate and knowing approach to a subject that could otherwise get thorny. Still, you'll want to give it to your boss and your boss's boss, and anyone else whose own workaholism keeps you at your desk after hours."--Melanie McNair, former Director of Marketing and Events and Assistant Manager of Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

  • "Bryan has combined best practices from psychology, meditation, and mindfulness to  create a guidebook for those struggling with work/life balance. Nearly every business owner I know could benefit from this book." --Jill Hendrix, owner of Fiction Addiction

 

 


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Southern Book Prize Drawings for December 24: The Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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. 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.

12/24/2018 Drawing: The Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown

Congratulations to last weekend's drawing recipients:

  • Claudia, a customer of Nevermore Books in Beaufort, SC gets a copy of The Best Book in the World by Rick Bragg
  • Pat, a patron of My Sister's Books, Pawley's Island, SC, receives a copy of Lions & Liars by Kate Beasley

The ballot: www.southernbookprize.com

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A Year of Education with SIBA

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A Year of Education with SIBA


SIBA kicked off 2018 with EUREKAsiba in Atlanta. Modeled on TED-talks, this daylong series of presentations by booksellers, industry experts, musicians, and writers offered booksellers insights on a range of topics including “Taking Your Social Media to the Next Level” (Sarah Benoit, JB Media Institute), “Is Profit a Dirty Word?”(Jill Hendrix, owner of Fiction Addiction), “A Self-Published Author Walks into Your Store...What Do You Do?” (Gordon McClellan, DartFrog),  “Sensual Marketing: Creating Intimacy Through Storytelling” (Gwyn Ridenhour, Matchbook Marketing), and “Big Mouth: Big Marketing” (Kelly Justice, Owner of Fountain Bookstore). Over 50 SIBA booksellers attended the inaugural EUREKAsiba. Registration for EUREKAsiba in 2019 opens on January 1st. Mark your calendar and save the date for March 18-20 in Atlanta!


SIBA enlisted Maribeth Pelly, event planner at Booktowne and independent marketing consultant, to present in two extremely popular webinars: “How to Pitch Your Store to Publishers” and “How to Prepare a Press Kit for Your Store.” As a bonus, Maribeth coached attendees at Book Expo, before their Publicist Speeddating events.


SIBA partnered with Sarah Benoit of JB Media Institute, who offered a three-month course “Social Media and Content Marketing” to SIBA booksellers. Those who attended, including SIBA staff,  raved about how it improved their social media efforts. We’ll keep you posted when another course opens.


In 2018 SIBA offered the following webinars:

  • Creating Community: Developing and Maintaining an Authors in School Program

  • Inventory Activism

  • Non-Traditional Bookstores: Hybrids, Pop-ups, and Non-Profits

  • Getting your Staff on Edelweiss

  • Bridging the Divide and The Open Discussion Project

  • Creating and Managing a Successful Online Sales Campaign

  • Avid Bookshop's Favorite Bookstore Forms, Documents, and Procedures

  • Partner with IngramSpark to Enhance Your Publishing and Marketing Services to Authors.

  • Priya Parker on the Art of Gathering for Booksellers.

  • The Art of the Pitch: Handselling Books & Sidelines to Customers


Many of these webinars were recorded. You can watch Maribeth Pelly’s webinars, and see some handy checklists for press kits here. Recordings of our other webinars are here, at the bottom of the page. We’re looking forward to presenting more webinars in 2019, beginning with Book Subscription Services on January 9, 2019. If you’re interested in attending, please email lindamarie@sibaweb.com to reserve your spot. Attendance at any SIBA event-online or in person-gets you B3! points, which translate into $$ you can use towards future SIBA programming, to pay for tickets, registration fees, and more.


Much of our educational programming is made possible by SIBA booksellers, who present their best practices, tips, and great ideas to other booksellers. Thank you to everyone who presented in 2018. You offered so much and we really value and appreciate your time and effort. We’d love to hear from booksellers about any topics they’d like us to address in 2019. Please share your ideas by emailing lindamarie@sibaweb.com.


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A Year of Reading with SIBA

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A Year of Reading with SIBA


Through SIBA’s B3! Book Club 2018 selections and recommendations from a EUREKAsiba presentation by Jill Hendrix, owner of Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC, we’ve compiled a great list of books to help you, your staff, and your bookstore improve your business and morale. From assessing how you look at “profit” and your budget, to the timing of meetings and scheduling of staff, to coming up with creative ways to change-up bookstore events to put the emphasis back on meaningful purpose--this list has it all.


Want to make reading and discussing books that will help your business a priority? Then join SIBA’s B3! Book Club and resolve to read with us in 2019! We communicate via facebook and  read and discuss a book via zoom every other month. Meeting with other booksellers and sharing ideas and challenges is a big part of the fun. Email lindamarie@sibaweb.com to join. Our first book for 2019 is #Chill: Turn off Your Job and Turn on Your Life (William Morrow) by Bryan E. Robinson, with a date TBA soon!


All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan by Amelia Warren Tyagi and Elizabeth Warren (Free Press)


Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living by Elizabeth Willard Thames (HarperBusiness)


Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster Into a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz (Portfolio)


Your Leadership Edge: Lead Anytime, Anywhere by Ed O’Malley and Amanda Cebula (Kansas Leadership Center)


Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping, Updated and Revised for the Internet, the Global Consumer, and Beyond by Paco Underhill (Simon & Schuster)


Driving Eureka!: Problem-Solving with Data-Driven Methods & the Innovation Engineering System by Doug Hall (Clerisy Press)


When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink (Riverhead Books)


The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters by Priya Parker (Riverhead Books)


The Signals are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe is Tomorrow’s Mainstream by Amy Webb (PublicAffairs)



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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

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

9780385544030 Look How Happy I'm Making You 3/19/2019
"These stories . . .are funny, and sad, and filled with the little truths of daily life."

9781101887127 The Liar's Child 3/12/2019
"There are stories within stories in this powerhouse drama of family, children, guilt, remorse and the trusting innocence of a child."

9781593763091 King of Joy 3/5/2019
"Saturated colors and sounds; a surreal world of drugs, luxury, hippos, sex, violence, and sadness; and ultimately, the modern dread of how video seems to unravel time itself."

9781250316776 Red, White & Royal Blue 5/14/2019
"a hilarious, swoon-worthy book that deals with the struggles of coming out, falling in love, and grief"

9781982109110 Sing to It 3/26/2019
"Amy Hempel has mastered the short story, and Sing to It is no letdown, brimming with the kind of simple, glorious humanity one comes to expect from her writing"

9781683319443 The Psychology of Time Travel 2/12/2019
"Her writing is lovely, her characters fascinating, and it is just so satisfying to get a novel of this depth featuring almost exclusively women. . .I have a lingering wistfulness to return to this world."

9780062674951 The Gown 12/31/2018
"Author Jennifer Robson deftly leads the reader back and forth through time in the desolation of post-war London through the eyes of a working girl and a French Holocaust survivor."

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The EUREKAsiba Reading List

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, December 17, 2018

EUREKAsiba RECAP AND READING LIST

(originally posted 2/28/2018)

EUREKAsiba is a necessary event! I feel like a lot in our industry goes unquestioned or taken for granted and EUREKAsiba gives us all an opportunity to present and discuss topics that are both important and perhaps sometimes overlooked! -- John Cavalier, Cavalier House Books, Denham Springs, LA

By all accounts, SIBA's inaugural EUREKAsiba event was a big success. Feedback from attendees and presenters has been enthusiastic. SIBA will be making all the presentations available on video soon, but in the meantime, here's a list of some of the books and resources different presenters mentioned in their talks:

Jill Hendrix, in her talk "Profit is Not a Dirty Word" recommended two personal finance books that she used to help understand her store's financial goals and relationship to profitability:

  • All Your WorthAll Your Worth by Elizabeth Warren
  • Meet the FrugalwoodsMeet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living by Elizabeth Willard Thames
  • She also recommended Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster Into a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michaelowicz

Kelly Justice, in "Small Store, Big Mouth" stressed the importance of reading outside the industry, especially when it comes to being aware of trends. She watches Shark Tank, the business-themed reality television show, and sets a couple hours aside every month to read a variety of business and culture-themed magazines: EntrepreneurFast CompanyWired, (and Variety, naturally!)

Kelly also made a point of the importance of picking "mentors" both in and outside of the book industry -- people whose leadership example she admires and tries to emulate. Oprah was on her list, but so was Barbara Corcoran, Anthony Bourdain, and RuPaul!

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Southern Book Prize Drawings for December 17: Kate Beasley & Rick Bragg

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Southern Book Prize Finalists 

Southern Book Prize Drawings for December 17: Kate Beasley & Rick Bragg

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. 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.

12/17/2018 Drawing: Lions & Liars by Kate Beasley and The Best Cook in the World by Rick Bragg

Congratulations to last weekend's drawing recipients:

  • Bobbie, a customer of Poetic Justice Books & Arts, will receive a copy of A Well Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler
  • Ashley, who shops at Scuppernong Books, will get a copy of Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

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:

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