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The Stars Aligned for a Stellar SIBA Revival in Southern Pines!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, July 23, 2018

 

A Stellar SIBA Revival in Southern Pines! 

On Friday, July 20, booksellers from McIntyre’s Books, Quail Ridge Books, and The Country Bookshop gathered for a SIBA Bookseller Revival.  SIBA Board member Kimberly Daniels Taws presented with Josh Floyd of IngramSpark, giving an overview of how bookstores are utilizing Ingram Sparks’ services in various ways. Kimberly and her team shared their experiences working with local authors, and their approach to publishing with IngramSpark. They help local authors publish their own work, or publish for them. Their services include project management, local expertise, and quality book production. The Country Bookshop has published two authors under their imprint, with plans for more. They also offer authors resources to DIY.

Ingram Sparks’ Josh Floyd explained how his program works in bookstores across the country in ways similar to Kimberly’s, from being a part of a program offered to authors, to becoming the printer for a bookstore’s imprint. He praised Eagle Eye Book Shop of Decatur, GA for their success with offering marketing services to authors.

Josh also offered samples of store and business-branded journals, produced by IngramSpark, and an example of a calendar that stores could replicate if they wanted to do a store or community calendar.

Booksellers spent the afternoon brainstorming for next year’s Independent Bookstore Day, NC-Piedmont Style. Look for some great things to happen for the twelve indie stores participating!

Praise from attendees:

"This revival session was jam-packed with good information. My coworker felt we picked up more in that short period that was useful to our store going forward than any other education we participated in this year. It was intimate enough that we felt we had meaningful participation and had opportunities to ask questions/ hear from our fellow booksellers. In short, we look forward to attending our next one!”--Keebe Fitch, McIntyre's Books, Pittsboro, NC

"I thought the revival was terrific.  Josh gave a really valuable presentation on using Ingram Spark for setting up a bookstore publishing program. Having Kimberly's first-hand experience with it made it even more useful. I couldn't scribble notes and ideas down fast enough. Equally valuable was the opportunity to network with a few other stores in our area. With inspiration from Josh's presentation and the ability to brainstorm on the spot we were able to flesh out a whole campaign for promoting our stores, NC authors, and Independent Bookstore day through next year! Something that would have taken months of emails otherwise and wouldn't have been half as good (or fun). Thanks to SIBA for giving us this opportunity - and to Ingram for a great program, continued support - and lunch!”--Sarah Goddin, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC

"Thank you to everyone who came to the revival. We missed those of you who couldn’t join us! Josh did a fantastic job representing IngramSpark, a company that is truly changing the game of what is possible for our stores.” --Kimberly Daniels Taws, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC


Tags:  Eagle Eye Book Shop  IngramSpark  McIntyre's  Quail Ridge Books  Revival  Siba  The Country Bookshop 

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#SIBA18 Exhibitor Preview: University Press of Florida

Posted By Nicki Leone, Saturday, July 21, 2018

University Press of Florida 

Univesrity of Press of Florida

Outstanding books on history, culture, literature, the arts, natural history, gardening, and cooking in the Southeast and beyond. Great gift books through Seaside Publishing. Show Special: 48% trade discount titles; 45% short discount titles; no minimum fee; free freight. Good through October 26 with code SIBA18.

www.upf.com

Register for #SIBA18

See the full exhibitor list


Tags:  #siba18  exhibitor listings 

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SIBA Book List on Immigrants and the Refugee Experience

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, July 18, 2018

SIBA Book List on Immigrants and the Refugee Experience

SIBA wants to help readers of all ages better understand the plight of refugees and immigrants as they seek to make new homes and rebuild their lives. We've built on the efforts of Avid Bookshop’s Manager of Children’s Books, Hannah DeCamp, to offer member stores and consumers a book list on the timely topic of refugees. Our list includes titles from Avid's "Books for Kids Featuring the Immigrant or Refugee Experience” as well as titles recommended by publishers. We're continuing outreach to publishers and will keep adding to the list. If you know of a title you’d like us to add, please email lindamarie@sibaweb.com. Consider using the SIBA list on your e-commerce site to prompt awareness of this issue, and purchases for donation to schools, libraries, and those working with immigrant communities. Thank you for your help!


Tags:  Avid Bookshop  book list  children's books  refugees 

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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, July 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, Bookmarks, Bookstore Number 1, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Lemuria, Malaprop's, McIntyre's Books, Square Books, The Country Bookshop, The Oxford Exchange, The Story Shop, Underground Books, and Union Ave. Books.

9780316556323 Circe 2/5/2019
" Miller’s writing is beautiful, clear, and bright."

9781501190070 Watching You 2/12/2019
"a deliciously hard to put down who-done-it that feels all too close to home."

9780393652727 Crudo 9/11/2018
"With any luck, CRUDO will be one of most talked about books this year. I sure hope so."

9780525515029 Small Spaces 9/25/2018
"Creepy in all the right ways, wonderful characters, I loved all of it. "

9781501167942 Southern Discomfort 10/2/2018
"the page-turning southern memoir of the year, y’all, I mean it. "

9780763694630 Louisiana's Way Home 10/2/2018
"Louisiana Elefante is the kind of twelve-year-old you want to go on a road trip with."

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How SIBA Members can Get Books to Refugee Children

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, July 18, 2018

How SIBA Members can Get Books to Refugee Children

We reached out to DC Books to Prisons to see how SIBA could support 2,000 Libros, a project to free the minds of our country's youngest prisoners - immigrant children in detention centers. 2,000 Libros is seeking new and gently-used Spanish-language and bilingual books for early to mid-level readers. They enthusiastically agreed to act as an intermediary between SIBA bookstores and detention centers. Here’s how you can help:

  • Bookstores interested in participating please contact Kristin Stadum at 2000libroscampaign@gmail.com for information on shipping, downloadable flyers, and to be part of the official campaign.

  • Participating bookstores can add the 2,000 Libros’ wishlist to their site, to encourage customer purchases for donation. Here’s how the wish list is set up by Politics & Prose on their site.

  • Bookstores needing assistance with shipping costs to detention centers might consider adding that element to their fundraising efforts.

  • If you are an author, industry affiliate, or consumer friend of SIBA, contact your local independent bookstore and let them know about this campaign. It’s easy for them to participate, and your donated purchase also supports the bookstore.

Still have questions? Please contact lindamarie@sibaweb.com.

For more information on 2,000 Libros, please visit the project's Facebook page or read any of these articles:

Tags:  000 Libros  2  bookstores  donation  refugees  Siba 

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Meet the Bookseller: Stephanie Crowe, Page and Palette, Fairhope, AL

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Stephanie Crowe with Taylor BrownName: 
Stephanie Crowe

Store and location: 
Page and Palette
32 S. Section Street
Fairhope, Al 36532

website || facebook || twitter || instagram

Number of years as a bookseller: 
Almost 10 (Oct)

Labyrinth of the SpiritsBest part about being a bookseller?:
I get all the books I want to read and more, love the customers, and want them to read the books I love. 

What book(s) are you reading?:

Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King, Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan, The Rain Watcher by Tatiana De Rosna

The OverstoryFavorite handsell of 2018:
The Overstory by Richard Powers

Best thing you did this year at your store:
Harper Collins Live facebook video; I also was able to get Paula McLain to come to store

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rick Bragg with the Page   & Palette staffAn event at Page and Palette


Social Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc)

facebook 13,000
twitter 3500
instagram 1000
email subscribers: 6,000

What are some ways you work with your community?
We work with partners when we need a larger space: our library, Fairhope United Methodist Church, retail partners like Running Wild.

Do you have any community partners you work with regularly?

Denham Springs Main Street, Denham Strong and the Livingston Parish News are our more frequent collaborators.

Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life?
My passion is the book, sales reps, authors, SIBA board and the store and that is my life.

Top priority for 2018:

To get wonderful authors to come to Page and Palette

Favorite SIBA programming benefit:
The fall Discovery Showis absolutely the best event I attend each year. It is like coming home

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An Interview with Janet Geddis, owner of Avid Bookshop with two locations in Athens, GA

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, July 17, 2018

An Interview with Janet Geddis, owner of Avid Bookshop with two locations in Athens, GA

Name:  Janet Geddis

Store and location: Avid Bookshop with two locations in Athens, Georgia

Number of years as a bookseller: 7

Best part about being a bookseller?: You know this is an impossible question, right? Today I will say this: I have been blown away by the breadth and depth of friendships I've formed as a result of my bookseller role. From publisher reps to authors to coworkers to customers, I have a community of people who really understand me; after all, we speak a common language--the language of books. 

What book(s) are you reading?: I just started Jessica Handler's 2019 novel, The Magnetic Girl. I'm a huge Jessica Handler fan and am loving it already. Yesterday I finished Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey and Jason Reynolds's For Every One

Favorite handsell of 2018: Issue one of Good Company magazine (from Design*Sponge founder Grace Bonney)

Best thing you did this year at your store: We've always made it known that we're in support of human rights, free speech, and anti-discrimination, but this year we've become even more outspoken.Through various in-store and offsite events and initiatives, we remind readers far and wide that we see them and want to hear all stories. 

Social Media Stats (FB likes, Twitter followers, etc): 9,336 Twitter followers, 8,343 Facebook followers, & 12.8k Instagram followers.

What are some ways you work with your community? In addition to frequent events and book clubs, we have two initiatives that allow us to participate meaningfully as Athens citizens: #avidgivesback and #avidinschools. These programs are ways for us to donate volunteer time, money, and in-kind donations to nonprofits, schools, and organizations that are making our city--and our world--better places. One example is the #avidgivesback project dreamt up by bookseller/Will Walton. For every copy of his May 2018 novel (I Felt a Funeral, In My Brain) that was preordered at Avid, the bookselling staff committed to 25 minutes of volunteer time at the Athens Community Council on Aging's Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program. 

Do you have any community partners you work with regularly? Yes, we have so many community partners it's hard to name drop just a few! From various departments and clubs at UGA to famous rock clubs downtown to our nonprofit arthouse cinema to the Clarke County School District to our local library to the leisure services department, we work with groups that touch the lives of nearly every part of the Athens population. 

Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life? I definitely have passions that carry over into my bookselling life! I'm a professional patient advocate, writer, and speaker at migraine.com, and I've used skills honed in that role to be more of an advocate for my staff and for myself as a small business owner. Oh, and my two cats, who make frequent appearances under the #petsofavid Instagram hashtag. 

Top priority for 2018: We're more than halfway done with the year, and I'm not sure I've made as much progress as I'd wanted to by now on one of my goals: to streamline the business, cut down on costs, and improve our profit margin. I know this is everyone's goal, but I'm making it a priority this year. Slow and steady wins the race, I hope!

Favorite SIBA programming benefit: While not listed as a specific benefit when you sign up for membership, the access we have to Linda-Marie and Wanda has been invaluable. To have two industry experts always eager and willing to pick up the phone or exchange some emails about unexpected issues or fun new ideas is amazing. 


Tags:  Avid Bookshop  bookseller interview  Janet Geddis 

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Check out the Writers Coming to #SIBA18 Discovery Show

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Saturday, July 14, 2018

Check out the Writers Coming to #SIBA18 Discovery Show

We've begun building the Pinterest Board of Writers coming to the show.  If the writer has a Twitter account, that is what is posted to Pinterest.  In the comment section, you will find the authors name, their new title, publisher, pub date, and event at SIBA where they appear.  We will do our best to update any changes.  Only confirmed authors are on the Pinterest board. Enjoy!  

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Social Media Class for Booksellers at a HUGE discount for SIBA Members! Register by July 31!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Thursday, July 12, 2018

Social media and content marketing can be stressful and confusing. Many booksellers need to know how to be more efficient and effective so the time and energy they spend marketing online has greater impact and creates results.

If you’ve seen Sarah Benoit, co-founder and lead instructor at the JB Media Institute, present at the ABA’s Winter or Children’s Institute, you know you’re learning from someone passionate about helping booksellers improve their social media and content marketing strategies. Sarah has developed an online course for booksellers: Social Media and Content Marketing Basics for Booksellers.

Topics covered include:

  • content branding

  • keyword and hashtag research

  • content calendars

  • website usability

  • Instagram and Facebook tracking

  • social media tracking on Google Analytics

  • Facebook and Instagram advertising

  • event marketing


Sarah introduced this course to SIBA booksellers and staff this spring and we are loving and already using what we’ve learned. Sarah’s three-month self-paced online course is now being offered nationally for $299. Contact SIBA for a special code and SIBA member stores enroll for just $149! Registration open till July 31.


Would you like a preview? Attend a FREE introductory webinar on Monday, July 16 from 12-1pm EST.

  • Join the meeting on your computer or laptop go to: https://join.me/jbmediagroup  It will prompt you to download the Join.me desktop app for easier participation or you can click the link to join with your browser.  Conference ID: 804-325-388 #

  • To join using your mobile device like a smartphone or tablet download the mobile apps: https://www.join.me/apps

  • To dial in by phone: (404) 400 - 8750


"The JB Media social media class is very well designed - its structure and flow can help any one at any level of social media expertise! This class is very adaptable to any schedule. The online lessons allow you to work completely at your own pace and Sarah is always available for questions and discussion. This class can answer just about any question regarding social media or content marketing that you have ever had and if the class itself can't, then Sarah can! Highly recommend!”-- John Cavalier, Cavalier House Books


"It's one thing to post a couple photos or links, or like a couple videos, and quite another to create a dynamic, engaging, and attractive presence online that enhances and compliments your real-world, brick-and-mortar business. JB Media's holistic approach to social media is the best I've seen for doing that. It goes far beyond just providing a series of tips or tricks to manage a Facebook page. Your course gives people the tools they need to navigate social media effectively and use it productively. You know the proverb "If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for life"? JB Media teaches people how to fish.”--Nicki Leone, SIBA




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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Books and Books, Cavalier House Books, Fiction Addiction, Fountain Bookstore, Little Shop of Stories, Malaprop's, Page & Palette, Page 158 Books, Read It Again, The Country Bookshop, The Story Shop, Turnrow Books, and Union Ave. Books.

9781590519646 The Long Path to Wisdom 10/23/2018
"Charming, funny and instructive and some a little odd."

9780374110444 The Bus on Thursday 9/14/2018
"This book is a fantastically creepy and fun delight."

9780425290989 I Am Still Alive 7/24/2018
"I held my breath and didn't blink throughout the entirety of Kate Marshall's tightly paced YA thriller. "

9781635572179 Aerialists 2/19/2019
"Prepare yourself for the unexpected. Not only do the characters resist familiar paths and traits, each sentence resists expectation."

9781338150490 A Long Line of Cakes 8/28/2018
"Sweet, silly and absolutely the most wholesome thing since the Little House on the Prairie series."

9781338209969 The House With Chicken Legs 9/25/2018
"A little bit folk tale, a dose of adventure and quite a bit of quirky humor tossed in, The House With Chicken Legs will take readers on a ride they will not soon forget."

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