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Make the Most of May: Join Us for Three Educational Opportunities to Be a Better Bookseller!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Make the Most of May: Join Us for Three Educational Opportunities to Be a Better Bookseller!

Wednesday, May 16 at 2PM:  B3! Bookclub discusses Your Leadership Edge: Lead Anytime, Anywhere by Ed O’Malley and Amanda Cebula. Sarah Bagby, owner of Watermark Books in Wichita, KS, praises this book as one that “teaches—or refreshes—skills for anyone to be a leader…[and] presents a step-by-step process designed to break down barriers in order to create change...This small book is a big gem.” Some things to consider in advance of our book club discussion: What are your leadership challenges? Are they technical or adaptive (the book will explain what this means)? Are you in a position of authority at your store? Are you fully-whelmed at work, or do you find yourself under/overwhelmed? Please email Linda-Marie if you need a copy of the book or have any questions about the book club.

Wednesday, May 23 at 2PM: Bridging the Divide and The Open Discussion Project with Sarah Goddin and Chris Finan. Join Sarah Goddin of Quail Ridge Books as she discusses her store’s success with their “Bridging the Divide” book club. The club's goal is to foster dialog and better understanding between people with different political viewpoints and to provide a safe space for civil discourse on controversial or divisive topics. Chris Finan of The National Coalition Against Censorship will discuss The Open Discussion Project, which seeks to create a new kind of reading group that will bring people of opposing views into dialogue about the issues that divide us. Please email Linda-Marie to sign up or if you have any questions.

Thursday, May 24 at 2PM: How to Pitch Your Store to Publishers with Maribeth Pelly. This is our second webinar with Maribeth Pelly, event planner at Booktowne and independent marketing consultant. Booksellers will find out how to have productive conversations with publishers, what publishers want to know (and what they don’t), and how to build a successful author event program, no matter what your store size. We’ll also observe a SIBA bookseller pitch to a publicist at Penguin Random House, and discover some great tips for online and in-person pitching. Attendees of this webinar are invited to a meet & greet pep talk with Maribeth at Book Expo before Publicist Speed Dating begins. Please email Linda-Marie to sign up or if you have any questions.

Tags:  authors  b3! webinars  BEA  booksellers  bookselling  education  siba member hub 

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Reviewed on Edelweiss -- the bookseller buzz on forthcoming books

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, May 9, 2018


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Book No Further, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, The Country Bookshop, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Page 158 Books, Parnassus Books, The Story Stop, and Union Avenue Bookshop.

9780802128256 Convenience Store Woman 6/12/2018
"The power of this novel is not in a sweeping landscape or journey, but in its intimacy, humor, and empathy with this very human, knowable woman."

9780062400734 Don't You Ever 7/3/2018
"Bishop walks readers through the surprise, the mystery, the joy and ultimately the heartbreak of finding and losing an all-but-unknown brother."

9780316392358 Calypso 5/29/2018
"Of course there are still times that I spit coffee all over myself because I made the mistake of drinking while reading."

9780062795250 What If It's Us 10/9/2018
"I grinned through reading most of this book. It's SO cute, but not in that super awful, sappy a perfectly wonderful, hopeful, fantastic romantic way."

9780823440559 Dreamers 9/4/2018
"A story of a woman who had her life changed when she entered the public library for the first time. Beautiful, simple and brilliantly done"

9781524738235 Royals 5/1/2018
"I devoured this book in one day! The humor, romance and royal treatment was just what I needed to get my reading mojo back."

9780399574221 The Line That Held Us 8/14/2018
" From the first page to the last, the story will grip you and not let go like a Dwayne Brewer bear hug."

9781501192555 An Ocean of Minutes 7/10/2018
"I can't wait to hand this to our customers who want something just a tad off the beaten path."

9781501169038 The Map of Salt and Stars 5/1/2018
"A beautifully written look at what it means to come of age in the middle of a war, as well as the power of stories and how they shape us."

9780525520375 There There 6/5/2018
"I will be shoving this book into as many hands as I can."

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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Let's Meet at Book Expo!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Updated: Monday, May 7, 2018

SIBA's Zone of Influence: 850 indie booksellers x one million readers = unbeatable promotion of your authors and frontlist titles!


Wanda Jewell

Linda-Marie BarrettLet's meet and discuss how we can partner with you to bring new titles and promotions you're excited about to our audience. We're setting up appointments to meet industry folks who want to learn more about SIBA's 2018 Discovery Show in Tampa, FL, our annual Holiday Catalog, and our targeted promotions to member booksellers and a wide consumer audience. We'd love to meet with you!

Please email lindamarie@sibaweb.comto schedule a meeting with Wanda Jewell, Executive Director of SIBA and Linda-Marie Barrett, Assistant Executive Director. We look forward to hearing from you!


Tags:  #siba18  authors  BEA  booksellers  content marketing  Linda-Marie Barrett  trade show  Wanda Jewell 

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Galleys & Giveaways: Kickflip Boys

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, May 7, 2018
Updated: Friday, May 4, 2018

Galleys & Giveaways

Welcome to SIBA’s Galleys & Giveaways—our alert of review copies and resources available to booksellers. To help you harvest a great crop of Southern literature, 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!

  • Nominatefor the next season of SIBA's Okra Picks!
  • Nominatefor the next Southern Book Prize!
  • Sendnicki@sibaweb.comyour review for the Lady Banks newsletter
  • Submitto IndieNext
  • Reviewon Edelweiss+ (be sure to click the "SIBA" option in the review box)

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

Eat. Sleep. Read. Southern.

Kick Flip BoysKickflip Boys: A Memoir of Freedom, Rebellion, and the Chaos of Fatherhood, by Neal Thompson
Ecco / 5/15/18 / $27.99 / Hardcover / 9780062394347 

"Thompson captures the ache, fizz, yearning and frustration of being the father of adolescent boys." —Michael Chabon

"What a riveting, touching, and painful read!" —Maria Semple

"Fun, moving, raw, and relatable." —Tony Hawk

What makes a good father good, and what makes him feel like a fraud? Does less-is-more parenting inspire independence and strength, or does it encourage defiance and trouble? Kickflip Boys is the story of a father's struggle to understand his willful skateboarder sons, challengers of authority and convention, to accept his unconventional role as a vulnerable "skate dad," and to confront his fears that their out-of-bounds lifestyle will lead them too far afield.

With searing honesty, Neal Thompson traces his sons' progression through all the stages of skateboarding: splurging on skate shoes and boards, skipping classes and defying teachers, run-ins with security guards and cops, painting graffiti, drinking and smoking, and more. As the story veers from funny to treacherous and back, from skateparks to the streets, Thompson must confront his complicity and fallibility. He also reflects on his own adventures with skateboards, drugs, danger, and defiance. 

A "heartfelt and blunt" (Publishers Weekly) story of thrill-seeking teens, of hope and love, freedom and failure, Kickflip Boys reveals a sport and a community that have become a refuge for boys who resist mainstream expectations as they seek their own path. Ultimately, it's a deeply moving survival story of a loving modern American family, of acceptance, forgiveness, and letting go.

"I was immensely moved by Kickflip Boys ... a profoundly honest book and a true achievement." —Dani Shapiro

"The voice is brave, funny and fiercely honest." —Peter Heller 

To request a review copy:

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Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, May 2, 2018


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser, The Book Stop, Bookmarks, The Country Bookshop, Fiction Addiction, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Books, Quail Ridge Books, and Hooray for Books.

9780525520375 There There 6/5/2018
"Filled with humor, sweetness, and rage"

9781250175366 Do Not Lick This Book 6/5/2018
"This delightfully disgusting book will not only have kids learning about the microbes that live on all of us, but actually transferring them around their own bodies!! Brilliant!"

9780316515283 Rule 9/11/2018
"This book has a real "edge of my seat" quality as that's where I was through the entire thing."

9780525522775 Ghosted 7/24/2018
"I can't remember the last time I actually said out loud, "Well, I didn't see THAT coming" while reading a book."

9780525522119 My Year of Rest and Relaxation 7/10/2018
"her characters are 80 percent train-wreck, 20 percent asshole, but the story, taken in whole, is a brilliant critique of our society's refusal to accept and inability to process grief."

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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Make Your Mark at #SIBA18! A Call for store-branded merchandise

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Make Your Mark at #siba18!

Make your mark at #SIBA18!
A call for Bookstore Branded Bookmarks and Swag

The theme of this year's Discovery Show is "Mark Your Mark," with an emphasis on the many ways bookstores can brand themselves and become icons in their own communities and in the industry. To that end, SIBA is going to feature bookstore-branded merchandise in an exhibit at the show, and we'd like to incorporate your store-branded bookmarks into show materials.

So here's what we'd like to have from stores:

1) Store Bookmarks. These will be featured in the show directory in other show materials. Stores can provide either electronic files or actually send the printed bookmarks, or both. Electronic files should be sent to Any pdf or high resolution image format is fine. Print materials should be sent to:

Make Your Mark at SIBA
c/o Nicki Leone
718 Hughes Rd.
Hampstead, NC 28443

Malaprop's Mug2) Store Swag. SIBA will have a display of store-branded merchandise in the Exhibit hall during the show, so now is the time to let your store shine. If you are interested in having your store swag featured contact Linda-Marie at Bookmarks, coffee mugs, tote bags, t-shirts, bags of coffee, buttons, magnets, aprons, tea towels. . .the sky's the limit.

Tags:  #makeyourmark  #siba18 

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Planning Your "Year of Profitability" with help from the ABA!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, April 30, 2018
Updated: Friday, April 27, 2018

ABA CEO Oren Teicher and Senior Strategy Officer Dan Cullen presented “A Year of Profitability” at the SIBA Spring Forum in March. The forum was hosted by Flyleaf owner Jamie Fiocco, Vice President/Secretary on the ABA’s Board of Directors. Oren and Dan took turns presenting recommendations for scheduling bookseller tasks and strategy on a quarterly basis. Items discussed: routine operations, industry events, literary awards, marketing, finances, and holidays & celebrations. The large gathering of booksellers, mostly from North Carolina, had opportunities to ask questions, and offer their own suggestions on how they schedule their inventory, returns, marketing plans, and more. Thoughtful host Jamie Fiocco brought in delicious coffee, sandwiches, and cookies from a nearby indie business for the lunch break. 

For those who couldn’t make the forum, here’s a link to the ABA's powerpoint presentation, which covers the heart of the presentation. When the flyer handed out during the presentation becomes available, we’ll send out another alert and add to our Peer Brain Trust. Both will be under “Business Resources.” Happy Planning!

Tags:  ABA forums  booksellers  education 

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Reviewed on Edelweiss -- the bookseller buzz on forthcoming books

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser, Fiction Addiction, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Books, Page & Palette, Quail Ridge Books, and The Story Shop.

9781635830187 The Girl and the Grove 5/8/2018
"the most heartwarming read of the year!"

9781594634925 The Art of Gathering 5/15/2018
"A fabulous and unusual take on the art of gathering -- whether for business or for purely social reasons."

9781492656623 Furyborn 5/22/2018
"full of my favorite kind of character- strong, stubborn, and super-flawed."

9780316392389 Calypso 5/29/2018
"Reading these new stories was like catching up with an old friend."

9780525521228 Clock Dance 7/10/2018
"readable comfort food that reminds us it is not only possible to make a new way in life, but it's never too late."

9781524733377 The Price You Pay 7/10/2018
"A smart, brash carnival ride with no brakes"

9781984822475 Instantly Southern 11/6/2018
"I can tell you I will be living off this book once it comes out. Delicious! "

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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Benefits of Reporting to the New York Times Bestseller List

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The New York Times Best-Seller Lists, posted on the web on Wednesday nights and published every Sunday in the print Book Review, reflect sales reported by vendors offering a wide range of general interest titles. The sales venues for print books include independent book retailers; national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; supermarkets, university, gift and discount department stores; and newsstands.

It’s increasingly important for independent booksellers to make their voices heard on a national level. Please, demonstrate the importance of the indie sales channel by reporting your sales to this important national outlet for book news.

If you do not yet report your sales to the New York Times, you can submit a request for an application at

If accepted, you would be expected to send your confidential report with sales from the previous Sunday-to-Saturday period by noon on Tuesday Eastern time each week.

Reporting stores receive the following:

    Every Tuesday, you’ll receive an email letting you know what titles will be covered in the Book Review that weekend, giving you advance notice to order these titles for your loyal readers.
    The Times Digest with the pdf containing the Best-Seller Lists hours before they appear online and 10 days before they are listed in the print Book Review.
    A complimentary copy of the printed Book Review sent directly to your store.

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What We Learned at the Press Kit Webinar!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

SIBA booksellers who attended Maribeth Pelly’s webinar “How to Prepare a Press Kit for your Store” are now working on creating or retooling their store press kits in advance of trips to Book Expo. Pelly, the event planner for Booktowne (NJ) and a professional marketing consultant,  live-critiqued eight press kits from small and large stores with different approaches to their events programming. Pelly noted SIBA-member stores tend to focus on their story and place in their community, which is very positive. However, she emphasized the importance of including an up-to-date grid, something lacking in most press kits critiqued, showing numbers for attendees, venue seating, and books sold at successful author events. Pelly’s Easy Press Kit Checklist and Press Kit Template are now available in SIBA’s Peer Brain Trust under “Working with Publishers.” Pelly’s next webinar with SIBA is How to Pitch Your Store to Publicists on Thursday, May 24 at 2PM. Attendees will learn how to have productive conversations with publishers at Book Expo’s Speed Dating, and to stay on publishers’ radar all year long. Please sign up to join us!

A recording of Pelly’s Press Kit webinar will be available soon. Booksellers who attended shared the following:

“It helped me de-clutter and focus on what is essential...It was very helpful to take notes and listen to her responses and critiques; her criticisms of all of the different press kits were the best part as she allowed her honest reactions and thought processes to come through rather than just leaving us to rely on her tip sheet...We're putting direct input from the webinar onto the page!” --John Cavalier, Owner of Cavalier House Books

Having our newly minted press release critiqued by Maribeth was affirming. She thoroughly explained the rationale behind the advice she gave us for changes and helped me see how well we were and weren't communicating our strengths. Maribeth offers fresh eyes combined with real focus on the appropriate goals for each element of a press kit.” --Adah Fitzgerald, Owner of Main Street Books

“I enjoyed seeing what everyone else does and seeing the examples...I am planning on attending the next one and think it will be a great build on the previous material. I did make a quick reference numbers sheet which was something we were lacking. I have since shared with publicists and reps so hopefully will see some traction from that!”

--Jamie Rogers Southern, Operations Director of Bookmarks

“Avid definitely benefited from having our press kit reviewed by Maribeth. It was great to hear what we were doing right, and things we could improve upon. It was definitely worth my time to attend the webinar.” --Rachel Watkins, Communications Director of Avid Bookshop 


"The press kit webinar was so helpful. We learned so much and hope to implement what we learned very soon. The most helpful part was just being able to wrap our minds around what a press kit actually is, and what that consists of. The examples were phenomenal. Walking through what publishers look for and other things that give you a leg up when talking with publishers was an eye opener in the best way. We're still babies at this, so we really appreciate the time and effort y'all put in to this presentation." --Lauren Brown, Assistant Manager of The Story Shop


"I got a whole lot out of it.  I will be designing the [press kit] solely off what I have learned and it helped us out a whole lot.  I am so glad I got to be a part of it."--Jamille Christman, Marketing Director of of Eagle Eye Book Shop


"As quickly as we move past IBD, I will be using the template, and the copious notes I took during the presentation to design my very first store press kit. I found the evaluations of other bookstore press kits super helpful, as I am a visual learner. I will fashion mine according to the best examples Maribeth pointed out, and look forward to shopping it at BOOK EXPO."--Star Lowe, Owner of Star Line Books



Tags:  b3! webinars  booksellers  bookselling  education  Peer Brain Trust 

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