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Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Edelweiss+Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Book No Further, Bookmarks, Fiction Addiction, Fountain Bookstore, Garden District Book Shop, Givens Books, Itinerate Literate, M Judson, Bookseller, McIntyre's Books, Page & Palette, Page 158 Books, Quail Ridge Books, Righton Books, Square Books, Story on the Square, The Country Bookshop, The Little Bookshop, Wonderland Bookshop, and Wordsworth Books

Caging Sies Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe My Jasper June This Tender Land Small in the CityThe Ungrateful Refugee 

9781419739088 Caging Skies 8/6/2019
"This dark novel is full of psychological insights, beautiful allusions, and compelling writing, and I will be thinking through its implications for weeks to come. " -- Lucy Stoltzfus, The Bookshelf, Thomasville, GA

9781616208219 Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe? 8/27/2019
"A thoughtful coming of age story wrapped in a screwball mystery caper. . .It may inspire you to learn about John Calvin, the pellet stove, or even small animal pornography. It will most certainly make you smile."-- Tony Peltier, Quail Ridge Books , Raleigh, NC

9780062836625 My Jasper June 9/3/2019
"Snyder writes a unique kind of fiction that straddles the line between realism and fantasy, and this book is sure to please both kinds of readers." -- Hannah DeCamp, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

9781476749297 This Tender Land 9/3/2019
"William Kent Krueger is a storyteller par excellence" -- Britton Trice, Garden Disctrict Bookshop, New Orleans, LA

9780823442614 Small in the City 9/3/2019
"Sydney Smith has a gift. His thoughtful, winsome illustrations can tell stories brimming with emotional depth and meaning" -- Damita Nocton, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC

9781948226424 The Ungrateful Refugee 9/3/2019
"The book reads like a thriller and coming of age story at the same time." -- Doloris Vest, Book No Further, Roanoke, VA

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What's on Lady Banks' Bookshelf in August?

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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.


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.


Link to the Edelweiss collection of August titles

Link to Greg Lilly's Stray on ipage (must be logged in to ipage to access)

Featured August titles below:




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#SIBA19: Don't leave it to the last minute

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, July 16, 2019


SIBA19Don't leave it to the last minute!
Registration is open for SIBA Discovery Show, September 13-15 in Spartanburg, South Carolina.


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Stay Connected with SIBA in Edelweiss + Communities

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Edelweiss announced the release of their new “Edelweiss +Communities” this week. This allows groups of users with similar interests or functions to share reviews, collections, nominations, and more. If you are a bookseller member of SIBA, you most likely are already in our community.  SIBA provided Edelweiss a list of our membership, which they used along with their own list of SIBA Edelweiss users to create the SIBA community. However, if you do not see SIBA among your communities, please join us. You can find SIBA in the list of available communities to join. 

You can access the communities set up tool by clicking on “people” in the top menu, beneath the search bar. Clicking on “people” directs you to the “communities set up tool,” which you can click on for more information beyond the list of available communities to join. 

One important change is the removal of the “Send to SIBA” option with reviews. You can still share your reviews with SIBA by choosing the SIBA community box, along with any other community you’re including in the review share. By sharing with SIBA, your reviews count as Okra Pick and Southern Book Prize nominations, earn you B3! points, plus potential inclusion in our newsletters to booksellers and our industry partners, on our consumer-facing ARTS site, in Lady Banks newsletter, and more. You’re also alerting other SIBA booksellers to the books you’re loving and recommending in your store, which helps everyone stay on top of what’s new and noteworthy. When SIBA booksellers get behind a book, it becomes a regional and, often, national bestseller. So, let’s stay connected in the SIBA “community” on Edelweiss and make great things happen.  If you have any problems joining the SIBA community or accessing "Communities" on Edelweiss, please contact us. We're here to help you!


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Meet John D'Esposito, the new rep for IPG!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Name: John D’Esposito


Employer: Independent Publishers Group (IPG)


States in your territory: Alabama (AL), Arkansas (AR), Florida (FL), Georgia (GA), Kentucky (KY), Louisiana (LA), Mississippi (MS), North Carolina (NC), South Carolina (SC), Tennessee (TN), and Virginia (VA).


Number of years as a rep: This is my first year as a rep. It has been an eye-opening experience as I’ve now looked into the world of independent booksellers and their effect on communities and the consumption of all types of literature.


Best part about being a rep: Working closely with the dedicated independent bookstore employees, seeing the enthusiasm and passion the publishing industry shares, better understanding the customer base in each region, and having a small influence on how and where great literature finds its home.


What were you doing before you became a rep? Most recently I worked for HarperCollins in New York as a Foreign Rights Associate, where I sold translation rights into over thirty-five territories for four major HarperCollins imprints. Before that, I worked as a Literary Scout for Mary Anne Thompson Associates and as a Foreign Rights Assistant at Trident Media Group.


What's the coolest thing/a great idea you've seen at one of your stores? Drag Queen Storytime and/or a book delivery service (like ordering a pizza, but books!).


Do you see Edelweiss reviews from booksellers? Occasionally! However, I’d love to see more and begin interacting more frequently using this great industry wide resource we share.


Do you follow any stores especially closely on social media? What are they doing right? I think if you have an active social media presence, you’re already ahead of the game. There are so many people out there looking for a sense of community and to share enthusiasm towards their interests. Reviewing books and kicking off discussions on social media can be a great way to interact with your customers. Also incentivizing them with special social media promotions can be a great way to increase your audience and promote events.


What can a bookseller do to make a sales call more effective? Being forthright about how much time you can devote to the call and your personal preferences. Some accounts enjoy discussing IPG’s list title by title, others only like going over the highlights. Some prefer to submit an order and only expect a small additional list of suggestions, while others prefer a curated list based off past orders and conversations. As a rep, I’m always happy to direct our call in the direction you’d prefer! Whatever is easiest and most effective for you.  


Most memorable thing that’s happened during a sales call? Mid call our building was struck by lightning, all of the power went out in the building, and a small fire started close by. Being evacuated in the midst of a huge rainstorm was a sales call I certainly won’t forget. It may sound like a ‘dog ate my homework’ moment, but I promise I didn’t hang up – the power went out!  


What’s one thing you wish bookstores would do, or do more often? Take a chance on more fiction. There are so many great voices out there – from smaller and independent publishers – that deserve to be given a chance to sell, to have a prominent spot on the shelf, and find an audience.


Favorite book you’re currently promoting: Into Captivity They Will Go by Noah Milligan (adult), How to be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters (YA), and A Friendship Yarn by Lisa Moser (children’s).


What three things should a bookstore have when they come to meet with you at your booth at the #SIBA19 Discovery Show? Unfortunately, I will not be attending SIBA this year – it coincidentally falls on the week of my wedding! However, my colleague Aaron Howe will be there. I think it's always helpful to have a business card, time to get to know each other and hear more about IPG’s amazing list, and a sense of adventure – it can be fun to pick up a title you may not have normally sought out.

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News from The Independent Bookseller

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, July 15, 2019

James Patterson Holiday Bonus Applications Open

Patterson announced in May that he would pledge a personal contribution of $250,000 to independent bookstore employees, which will be granted in amounts of $500 to 500 individual booksellers. New this year, 100 of the bonuses will be set aside for children’s booksellers. This year’s campaign is open to all U.S. independent bookstore employees through October 12.

Click here for more information

Free "How to Buy Direct From Publishers" training session

Jill Hendrix, owner of Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC will lead a 30-minute Zoom training on Wednesday, August 14 at 2 PM EST focusing on strategies for purchasing directly from publishers. All booksellers are welcome to participate. If you're interested in attending this training, e-mail Jill ( with subject line "Direct Buying Training." Zoom details and a reminder will be sent closer to the event date.

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Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Edelweiss+Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Book No Further, Bookmiser, Books & Books, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Books, Octavia Books, Oxford Exchange, Page & Palette, Page 158 Books, Quail Ridge Books, Righton Books, Square Books, Story on the Square, The Country Bookshop, The Little Bookshop, Wonderland Bookshop, and Wordsworth Books

After the Flood Layla's Happiness Dominicana Hungry Jim She's the WorstAmerican Royals 

9780062889362 After the Flood 9/3/2019
"The issues of trust, family and loss were powerfully drawn and made for riveting read!" -- Stephanie Crowe, Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL

9781592702886 Layla's Happiness 9/3/2019
"This story of family, community, love & happiness reads beautifully and leads to wonderful, important conversations"-- Cristina Russell, Books and Books, Coral Gables, FL

9781250205933 Dominicana 9/3/2019
"Dominicana offers a wonderful glimpse into the universal story of risks and love and the powerful pull of family and traditions." --Laura Taylor, Oxford Exchange, Tampa, FL

9781452149875 Hungry Jim 9/3/2019
"A little bit WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, a little bit MR. TIGER GOES WILD, but wholly it's own" -- Hannah DeCamp, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

9781534436589 She's the Worst 9/3/2019
"a sweet, fun book about sisterhood" -- Jennifer Jones, Bookmiser, Roswell, GA

9781984830173 American Royals 9/3/2019
"American Royals has the juiciness of Gossip Girl with the excitement of Princess Diaries." -- Deanna Bailey, Story on the Square, McDonough, GA

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Celebrate the Importance of Independent Bookstores on Amazon’s Prime Day

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, July 10, 2019

San Francisco’s Green Apple Books has created social media posts to bring attention to the value of indie bookstores on Amazon’s Prime Day, which begins Monday, July 15. Green Apple is encouraging all indie bookstores to make use of the posts, customizing with store photos that reflect the importance of shopping local and supporting community. 

  • “On this #PrimeDay, remember that Amazon won’t bring scores of authors to your community for FREE events each year. #ShopLocal” (with a photo from an event or of a famous author at the store)

  • “On this #PrimeDay, remember that Amazon won’t entertain your kids with a FREE drag queen story hour. #ShopLocal” (with a photo from recent event)

  • “On this #PrimeDay, remember that you can’t get engaged to your fellow booklover at Amazon. #ShopLocal” (with a photo of a couple that recently got engaged at the store)

  • “On this #PrimeDay, remember that Amazon won’t reinvest all its money in your neighborhood to keep local cafes, restaurants, services, and schools thriving. #ShopLocal” (with a photo of neighboring shops)

  • “On this #PrimeDay, remember that Amazon won’t donate a gift card to your school fund-raiser. #ShopLocal” (with a photo of envelopes to schools with the store’s return address)

  • “On this #PrimeDay, remember that Amazon employees aren’t represented by a union. #ShopLocal #UFCW #ShopUnion” (with a photo of the store’s collective bargaining agreement)

  • “On this #PrimeDay, remember that you never have to pay an annual fee for $.99 shipping at #ShopLocal” (with a photo advertising 99-cent shipping on the store site)

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Publishers Picks: Fall Fiction

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Publishers Picks: Fall Fiction to Look Forward To!


On Wednesday, June 26 at 2PM EST, SIBA is hosted “Fall Fiction” as part of our Publisher Picks: Best Bets for SIBA Booksellers series.  In this bi-monthly series, publishers, editors, marketing directors, and reps present their favorite frontlist titles via Zoom to booksellers. Besides forging important connections with publishers and their reps, attending booksellers discover new titles to add to their store shelves and earn 10 B3! points. The following industry folks presented: Eric Svenson, sales representative for HarperCollins, Bob Werber, sales representative for IPS, Gavin Grant, publisher of Small Beer Press, and Doni Kay, sales representative for Penguin Young Readers

Edelweiss Collection of Presented Books

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Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, July 5, 2019

Edelweiss+Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Book No Further, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Ernest & Hadley Booksellers, Fiction Addiction, Firestorm Books, Fountain Bookstore, Givens Books, McIntyre's Books, Parnassus Books, Righton Books, Underground Books, and Wonderland Bookshop

Wanderers Late Migrations DEath and Other Happy Endings MOther The Okay WitchAmerican Royals 

9780399182105 Wanderers 7/2/2019
"anyone looking for a big, bold book will finding Wanderers both thought-provoking and satisfying" -- Darryl Peck, Righton Books, St. Simons, GA

9781571313782 Late Migrations 7/9/2019
"After finishing this, I paid more attention to the natural world in my backyard and was immensely nostalgic for evenings on my grandma's back porch."-- Chelsea Stringfield, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN

9780525562115 Death and Other Happy Endings 7/9/2019
" This book is filled with nonstop surprises. It is unexpected, original, and at times even funny." --Dean Hunt, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

9780008333072 Mother 8/6/2019
"The mother-daughter connection hit me like a brick wall. Well done" -- Easty Lambert-Brown, Ernest & Hadley Booksellers, Tuscaloosa, AL

9781534431454 The Okay Witch 9/3/2019
"Cute, rich, and colorful . . . Full of humor and heart, a great debut!" -- Caleb Masters, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC

9781984830173 American Royals 9/3/2019
"With all the appeal of reality television and royal fantasies, this book will draw you in to its love triangles and court intrigue" -- Melissa Oates, Fiction Addiction, Greensville, SC

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