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Important information: What's new for you from SIBA in 2017?

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Thursday, February 9, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Hello, dearest and most beloved booksellers.

Forgive the length of this email, but 2017 has brought with it some changes and new features to your SIBA membership, so this is a quick guide to what's new, upcoming, and ever so important. Please take the time to read through.

Highlights:

  1. SIBA in the Springtime (3/6-3/7) is open for regstration. Click here. Hotel reservation deadline is 2/17. Click here for that
  2. Introducing the Idea Box: Send your ideas about the perfect Discovery Show to SIBA. Click here.
  3. Introducing the Conroy Legacy Award! The Southern Book Prize nomination deadline is Valentine's Day. Click here to nominate.
  4. The 2017 Booksellers Benefits Package is now available. Download it here
  5. B3! -- it's way easier! Click for details
  6. Circle of Sites/Banner for Dues: upgrades are happening this spring. Email Nicki for details and new code
  7. Programs you might not know about, but would be huge help: Trio | Peer Reviews
  8. Welcome to the new Member Hub! Now mobile friendly and with Facebook login. Check your account. (Your username is: @@username@@)

SIBA IN THE SPRINGTIME

SIBA in the Springtime 

Writing the future of the SIBA Discovery Show

Open to everyone with a vested interest in the show:
booksellers, exhibitors, publishers, sales reps
$99 (meals included), Free for core member bookstores

March 6-7, 2017
The Crowne Plaza - Airport in Atlanta

Reservations: Call 866/750-3365, use Group Code SIB
Room Rate: $119 + 7% state sales tax.
Online hotel reservations

ROOM RATE CUT OFF DATE IS 2/17/2017

Online Event Registration

If you could change something about the SIBA Discovery Show, what would it be?

You will remember that last fall the talk of the Discovery Show was the plan to move the Fall Show to the spring, and partner with the GABBS show in Atlanta. Although the closure of the GABBS show has meant that plan will not go forward, the announcement has generated a lot of great discussion on the future of the SIBA Discovery Show, and how to keep it relevant and useful for our members.

To that end, SIBA is hosting it's regular "SIBA in the Springtime" education, with a focus on "writing the future of the SIBA Discovery Show." Join your fellow booksellers and book industry professionals for a day of brainstorming about the future direction of the Show. Imagination in encouraged. Bring all your dreams -- big and small.

The two-day event includes an author dinner on March 6 with three of your "Okra Pick" authors -- Michael Knight (Eveningland), Gina Kolata (Mercies in Disguise), and Taylor Brown (The River of Kings) plus two favorite Atlanta-based writers -- Patti Callahan Henry (The Bookshop at Water's End) and Joshilyn Jackson (Almost Sisters).

The American Booksellers Association will also be on hand to host a lunch, forum, and spring education presentation on March 7.

It is so very important that we hear from you. SIBA in the Springtime is FREE to core-member bookstores, so don't wait, register now.


THE IDEA BOX

If you can't make SIBA in the Springtime next month, or if you can, but you've already got so many ideas you just can't contain them all, then you can put your thoughts in THE IDEA BOX.

The Idea Box is a new benefit for SIBA members, a place to submit feedback, hopes, wishes, and dreams to the SIBA staff and indeed the entire SIBA membership. Ideas can be reviewed and voted on by members. SIBA uses the votes to gauge member interest and get an idea of how strongly you feel about something.

Right now, the Idea Box is geared towards re-envisioning the Discovery Show. So submit your ideas about what you think would be the perfect show. What you submit will help frame the discussion in Atlanta.

Click here to share your great ideas!


Southern Book PrizeTHE SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE &
THE PAT CONROY LEGACY AWARD

The nomination deadline is Valentine's Day, less than a week away. Make sure your favorite southern books are represented. Click here.

New this year is the "lifetime achievement" category, the Conroy Legacy Award. The Conroy Legacy Award recognizes writers who have achieved a lasting impact on their literary community. Recipients will have shown the following attributes:

  1. They support independent bookstores, both in their own communities and in general.
  2. Their writing focuses significantly on their own home place.
  3. They support other writers in their community, especially new and emerging authors.

The Conroy Legacy Award is given to one writer in SIBA territory annually. A juried panel of member booksellers will choose among our Southern writers to determine the year’s winner.

Nominate an author here


Booksellers Benefits packageTHE BOOKSELLERS BENEFITS PACKAGE

The 2017 edition of the Booksellers Benefits Package, which explains the details of your SIBA membership and all the programs and benefits is now available to download. Click here.

Even if you think you know what's available, it's worth taking a look at the new edition, which covers new programs and changes for 2017. Plus the front cover is a handy calendar of upcoming deadlines and important dates that really should be posted right on the staff room door!

 

 

 


B3!B3! SIMPLIFIED

The B3! Engagement Program, whereby bookstores can earn points and rewards, up to and including an all-expenses paid trip to the SIBA Discovery Show, has been simplified to make it easier to use and track.

  1. Fewer Levels -- we've kept the important milestone levels in the program, but did away with the intermediary ones.
  2. Simplified Social Media Tracking. Now, to earn points for social media activity you simply have to tag SIBA on Facebook and Twitter.

Twitter: @LadyBanks, @ReaderMtWriter

Facebook: @ReaderMeetWriter, @SouthernIndependentBooksellersAlliance, @LadyBanks

Useful hashtags: #okrapick,#southernbookprize,#siba17, #parapalooza, #southernindie, #readbuygive, #trio


Circle of SitesCIRCLE OF SITES/BANNER-FOR-DUES PROGRAM

If your store is participating in the Banner-for-dues program you need to know the system is being upgraded this spring to a more effective, stable, and secure platform. This will require you to post new code on your websites. Contact nicki@sibaweb.com for the code. The deadline is July 1, after which the old code will no longer be supported.

If you have ecommerce on your store site and are not doing the Banner-For-Dues program, you can contact Nicki to see if you are eligible. Basically any site where you can search for a book by ISBN qualifies. Once your banner is up, you don't have to do anything else, so it is an easy, hassle-free way to keep your SIBA membership current.


NEWISH PROGRAMS YOU MIGHT NOT BE AWARE OF

TrioTRIO: TRIO is a traveling exhibit of art, music and literature. The TRIO exhibit debuts at the SIBA Discovery Show, and then travels around the South for the next twelve months, hosted by and sponsored by SIBA member bookstores.

SIBA sees TRIO as a unique opportunity for its members. It is an example of the of the real world power of real world connections, and can’t be mimicked in a virtual environment. By bringing TRIO to their town, a SIBA store can create create ties with other community organizations, reach new audiences, and bring attention to the store. Click here for more info.

 

 

Circle of SitesPEER REVIEWS: Simply 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 off er constructive and confi dential feedback. Contact Wanda at wanda@sibaweb.com to schedule a review or become a reviewer.


THE NEW MEMBER HUB

Over Christmas SIBA launched its new "Member Hub" designed to be easier to access, easier to navigate, and easier to participate in. Some of the highlights:

  • You can now log in with your Facebook account.
  • It is mobile-friendly, so create a shortcut on your phone and check in often.
  • It is modeled on a Facebook-like layout, so you have a "feed" with all the important recent SIBA news.
  • It is easy to upload and share information.

Put a shortcut on your phone and login to see for yourself.And while you are there, make sure your account information is up to date. Here's what we have for you:

Login: http://sibaweb.site-ym.com/login.aspx
You username: @@username@@
Your name: @@first_name@@ @@last_name@@
Your email: @@email@@
Your store: @@employer@@
Your member type (store/staff): @@member_type@@
Your membership expiration: @@membership_exp_date@@ *

**if your member type says "staff" then your expiration date is whenever your bookstore's membership expires.

and some more information that may be useful (for bookstores only):

Your oustanding SIBA credit: ##CREDIT##
Your B3! points: ##B3TOTAL##

Are you a Circle of Sites store?: ##CIRCLEOFSITESBANNER##
Your ecommerce system: ##ECOMMERCESYSTEM##
(if you have ecommerce, but are not a Cirle of Sites store, contact nicki@sibaweb.com about participating)

Square footage of your store: ##SQUAREFEET##
Store location: ##MAINSTREET##
Store town size: ##TOWN##
Year incorporated: ##YEARINCORPORATED##

 

Tags:  b3!  circle of sites  peer reviews  siba in the springtime  southern book prize  trio 

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The Southern Book Prize creates the Conroy Legacy Award

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Tuesday, January 31, 2017

For Immediate Release
January 31, 2017

The Southern Book Prize creates the Conroy Legacy Award

The Southern Book Prize(Columbia SC) The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) announces the creation of a “Lifetime Achievement” category for their annual book award program, The Southern Book Prize (formerly known as The SIBA Book Award). The new category, the Conroy Legacy Award, honors the example of beloved author Pat Conroy and recognizes writers who have achieved a lasting impact on their literary community. Recipients will have shown the following attributes:

  1. Support for independent bookstores, both in their own communities and in general.
  2. Writing that focuses significantly on their own home place.
  3. Demonstrates support of other writers, especially new and emerging authors.

The Conroy Legacy Award is given to one writer in SIBA territory per year. A juried panel of SIBA member booksellers representing all of SIBA's states will choose among nominated writers to determine the year’s winner.

Although it is not necessary for a nominated writer to have a new book out in the award year, nominated writers must be living, and must have books in print. Nominations must come from SIBA member bookstores. The Legacy Award provides an opportunity for its member stores to recognize writers who have been important in their community.

Both a donation to the Pat Conroy Literary Center and a donation to a literary entity close to the heart of the writer will be made in the name of the Legacy Award recipient.

In 2016, SIBA rechristened its annual SIBA Book Award as The Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize to honor Conroy and his profound impact on Southern literary life. Although it was intended as a one-time event, the booksellers immediately responded with names of writers they felt deserved that recognition. The Conroy Legacy Award was created to celebrate the deep connections between independent bookstores and the writers in their communities.

“The Conroy Legacy Award,” says SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell, “is our way of honoring the strong connection and partnership between writers and independent booksellers. We are all deeply involved in the literary life, in the life of the book, and in telling the story of our home place.”  

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SIBA seeks to promote diversity with discount for books by persons of color

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, January 26, 2017

For immediate release
January 26, 2017

(Columbia, SC) In an effort to expand exposure to its bookstore members and their customers to books by people of color, starting February 1 SIBA is offering a 35% discount to publishers who wish to promote their authors and illustrators of color for 2017.  Any book that has been written or illustrated by a person of color is eligible for the discount, which applies to all SIBA promotions with the exception of its annual Holiday Catalog, a shared revenue product.

“We had a strong call from our members to increase diversity in SIBA programming,” said Executive Director Wanda Jewell, “and to work with stores to increase the demand for diverse books,” adding that SIBA has already made an internal commitment to promote diverse authors and books in its consumer-targeted programs, such as the Lady Banks Commonplace Book newsletter.

“But it is an all-hands-on-deck process,” she added, “our booksellers are deeply committed to diversity, and we want publishers to see our membership as an enthusiastic and profitable audience for their divese writers.”

By offering the discount on SIBA promotional programs, Jewell hopes that publishers will not only send more diverse authors to SIBA territory, but also that they will see the benefit of committing more promotional dollars to their books as a whole.

For more information, contact: Wanda Jewell at wanda@sibaweb.com

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Independent Bookstore Day Deadlines: News you can use from the land of SIBA!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hello and Happy New Year, most beloved SIBA Booksellers!

There are a few imporant deadlines coming up, so please take a moment to read through the news below:

Check your account | Independent Bookstore Day | Binc Scholarship Program | Children's Book Week

 

1. Check your account!
Please take a moment to view your SIBA profile and ensure all the information is accurate:

You username
Your name
Your email
Your store
Your member type (store/staff)
Your membership expiration

and some more information that may be useful (for bookstores only):

Your oustanding SIBA credit
Your B3! points

Are you a Circle of Sites store?
Your ecommerce system
(if you have ecommerce, but are not a Cirle of Sites store, contact nicki@sibaweb.com about participating)

Square footage of your store
Store location
Store town size
Year incorporated

 

Indie Bookstore Day2. Independent Bookstore Day:
It is time to place your IBD Order!

We are proud to present the 2017 list of 11 exclusive items for Bookstore Day! Don't miss out on stuff from Michael Chabon, Jenny Lawson, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Oliver Jeffers and more.

Catalog: http://www.indiebookstoreday.com/

How do I sign up to participate?
A: Just place your order for a minimum of 15 items and you're in!

Who is eligible to participate?
A: All brick-and-mortar bookstores that are dues-paying members of their regional independent booksellers association.

What else do I have to do?
A. Plan a great party for April 29, 2017.

For a complete list of FAQs and party planning ideas:
http://www.indiebookstoreday.com/for-bookstores/

For complete Rules of Participation, please see the ORDER FORM.
http://www.indiebookstoreday.com/order-form

 

3. Binc Higher Education Scholarship Program

Binc Higher Education Scholarships 

January 16 was the start of the application period for the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation’s annual Higher Education Scholarship Program. Applications will be accepted until March 6, 2017. Binc will award up to $109,000 in scholarships to eligible current bookstore employees/owners, Independent Bookseller Association employees, as well as former Borders Group employees. Dependents of these employees are also eligible to apply. The awards will be broken down as follows: twenty-four (24) awards of $3,500, two (2) awards of $10,000, and one (1) Karl Pohrt Tribute Scholarship award of $5,000 granted to an independent bookstore candidate who has overcome learning adversity or is a non-traditional student.

Apply here

 

Children's Book Week4. Children's Book Week May 1-7

Stores that do children's events and programming are encouraged to sign up to be an official event location for Children's Book Week, May 1-7. Stores just need to host a story time, activity hour, or voting for the awards the week of May 1-7. In return, stores get original posters and bookmarks, are part of a national online map, AND every store, library and school that signs on will count towards a national children’s book donation.

http://www.everychildareader.net/

 

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Winter Okra Picks: An Easy-to-Keep Reading Resolution for 2017

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Sunday, January 1, 2017

The 2017 Winter Okra Picks have been selected: a flavor-filled collection of new Southern books hand-picked by Southern indie booksellers–people with impeccable taste in books... 

All Winter Okra picks have a strong Southern focus and publish between January and March, and all have fans among Southern indie booksellers: the people who are always looking out for the next great writer to fill your reading plate. So the next time you visit your local Southern indie bookstore and someone says, "You've got to read this!" and hands you one of these tasty titles, dig in and ask for a second helping. Great books are always good for you!



The Barrowfields by Phillip Lewis
Hogarth, Hardcover, 9780451495648, 368pp.
Publication Date: March 7, 2017

The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish
HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780062433381, 368pp. 
Publication Date: January 24, 2017

Eveningland: Stories by Michael Knight
Atlantic Monthly Press, Hardcover, 9780802125972, 304pp. 
Publication Date: March 7, 2017


Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell; Shadra Strickland (illus.)
Chronicle Books, Hardcover, 9781452125909, 260pp. 
Publication Date: January 31, 2017

Mercies in Disguise by Gina Kolata
St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9781250064349, 272pp. 
Publication Date: March 21, 2017

My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King
Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9781627795982, 368pp. 
Publication Date: January 17, 2017


One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain
University of South Carolina Press, Hardcover, 9781611177466, 280pp. 
Publication Date: February 14, 2017

Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit and Whiskey by Troy Ball
Dey Street Books, Hardcover, 9780062458971, 288pp. 
Publication Date: February 7, 2017

The River of Kings by Taylor Brown
St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9781250111753, 336pp. 
Publication Date: March 21, 2017


The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers
Algonquin Books, Hardcover, 9781616205812, 272pp. 
Publication Date: January 10, 2017

Signals: New and Selected Stories by Tim Gautreaux
Knopf Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780451493040, 384pp. 
Publication Date: January 17, 2017

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9781250135995, 240pp. 
Publication Date: January 17, 2017

 



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