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Job Opening: Marketing and Events Manager

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, June 17, 2019

Hub City Writers Project Marketing and Events Manager

Description: The Marketing and Events Manager schedules and staffs bookshop events and develops and implements marketing strategies designed to boost traffic in the Hub City Bookshop and increase attendance at HCWP events in Spartanburg. The marketing and events manager reports to the HCWP Executive Director.

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What's on Lady Banks' Bookshelf in July?

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, June 17, 2019
Updated: Monday, June 10, 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.


Since SIBA redesigned Lady Banks Bookshelf last year, this promotion experienced a 23% increase in audience reach (from 17K to 22.5K), a 16% jump in engagement (from 585 to 700) on social media, a 10% rise in impressions, and a 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. 


Edelweiss collection of July Titles

The Substitution Order by Martin Clark

Stay and Fight by Madeline Ffitch

Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl

Last List of Miss Judith Kratt by Andrea Bobotis

Under Currents by Nora Roberts

Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber




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Panorama Picks: A Bookseller Tool

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Thursday, June 13, 2019


Learn the titles that southern readers are waiting to borrow from their local libraries.  See the top 25 titles in three categories: Fiction, Non Fiction, and Young Adult.  Use this data to drive displays, orders, as well as discover books you may be overlooking altogether.

Curated, Localized Lists on Unmet Demand for Books 

Panorama Picks provides booksellers with localized, curated lists of books that library patrons are waiting to borrow. This unique program uses aggregated, anonymized local library hold list data to identify titles beyond the obvious bestsellers with long wait times for local library patrons. The project makes these lists available to booksellers at no cost—giving booksellers, publishers, authors and others a new, easy and cost-free way to promote titles of local interest and increase sales.

The project’s first regional lists of in-demand titles are available below. The project will compile and publish new lists on a quarterly basis. The list selection methodology will be refined in response to user feedback. The project is actively promoting the program to local booksellers. We hope that these new insights into the interests of local readers will help libraries and booksellers alike better serve active readers in their communities.

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Our regional Panorama Picks lists are generated using aggregated, anonymized U.S. public library ebook demand data and the following framework:

  • We create lists of the most in-demand titles in each category for eight regions around the country.

  • We then identify and rank the adult/young-adult fiction and non-fiction titles published in the last 12 to 24 months. These are titles booksellers are likely to have in stock that in many cases aren’t enjoying significant sales.

  • Next, we weed out well known bestsellers, book club selections and other heavily promoted titles.

The resulting lists highlight a wide range of in-demand titles. Some are familiar titles that are enjoying sustained popularity. Others are less well known titles that have, for one reason or another, generated strong local interest.


Panorama Picks: Regional Lists

The regional groupings below generally mirror the American Booksellers Association’s (ABA) groupings and naming conventions. A few adjustments have been made to simplify the reporting and presentation of the recommendations.

The lists are available in two formats:

  • Google Sheets

  • PDF

The Google Sheets versions include the BISAC codes for each title. The PDF versions are formatted for easy printing and do not include the BISAC codes.

The current lists reflect library demand for the first quarter of 2019.


Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

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Macmillan Diversity Scholarship Applications Open 6/15

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, June 12, 2019

ABAMacmillan Diversity Scholarship Returns
Nine Scholarships Will be Awarded in 2019

The Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarship, a program sponsored by the Binc Foundation and Macmillan Publishers, provides the opportunity to attend a regional fall trade show to booksellers who are underrepresented within the book industry. The application period will run from June 15th through July 15th. For full details and eligibility requirements, please see the online application here.

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ABA Membership Offer & IndieLite Promotion

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, June 12, 2019

ABAABA Membership Offer and IndieLite Promotion

In light of the recent B&T news, we are partnering with the American Booksellers Association to offer a discount on ABA membership. Members of SIBA are invited to join the ABA for the rest of the year at the discounted rate of $50. We believe association membership is vital to enable our organizations to more effectively advocate on behalf of the indie channel.

In addition to this offer, for those stores who were participants in B&T’s Books and More e-commerce platform, ABA’s IndieCommerce team is offering the following promotion: 3 months of their IndieLite platform free, followed by $25/month for the remaining 9 months of the first year. We hope by reducing start-up costs, you’ll be able to more effectively utilize the e-Commerce platform to improve sales.

The ABA member promotion is through January 31, 2020, at which time you can renew your membership for $199 for the year. ABA offers quarterly and monthly payment options. IndieLite will be $50/month after the first promotional year.

Please complete the ABA application using the promo code regional19 or contact ABA’s membership team at if you’d like to take advantage of these offers.

Tags:  ABA  Baker & Taylor  IndieLite 

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Bookstore for Sale, Help Wanted, Fixtures for Sale

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Fixtures for Sale:

City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, North Carolina is closing its sister store,  Catching Light Books in nearby Cullowhee. They are liquidating assets which include an Anthology POS system, some lovely trade fixtures, and the remaining merchandise (New, Used, and Non-book items; original cost ~$10K). See the list at their shared Google Drive folder 

Turnrow Book Co.Turnrow Books for Sale

Turnrow Book Co., the 13-year-old independent bookstore located in Greenwood, MS is officially for sale. Owner Fred Carl, Jr. is currently working with his General Manager and accountant to finalize the valuation and asking price.

Turnrow was founded by Jamie and Kelly Kornegay in 2006. Since then, Turnrow has been the Delta's headquarters for new books for adults and children, signings by major authors, community events, live music, and art exhibitions. Turnrow survived the financial crisis of 2008 and the rise of Amazon by adapting to online sales and curating an ever-evolving inventory of hand-selected books by its small staff. Frequently mentioned in national media as "the most beautiful bookstore in America" Turnrow has featured all manner of author visits, from intimate conversations to large-scale talks or panels with over 150 guests. Turnrow has hosted events with 3 Man Booker Prize winners, 4 Pulitzer Prize winners, 2 National Book Award winners, 1 Newberry Medal winner, 1 Caldecott Medal winner, and 3 James Beard Award winners. In the past four years, Turnrow has stepped up its commitment to local schools, bringing authors to visit with students and stocking classrooms and libraries with new books. One year ago, Turnrow was featured by the American Booksellers Association at its annual Winter Institute, which brought over a hundred booksellers and publishers from around the world to tour the store and downtown Greenwood. Turnrow was honored as Main Street Greenwood’s Retailer of the Year for 2017 and as the Greenwood-Leflore Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year for 2018.

Serious inquiries should be directed to or by calling (662) 453-5995.

Now Hiring: General Manager, Turnrow Books

Turnrow is also hiring a full time General Manager. The General Manager position would report to the store owner, unless the potential owner decides to assume the General Manager role.

Position Details:
Location: Turnrow Books, 304 Howard St. Greenwood, MS  38930
Employment Status: Year-round, full-time
Hours/week: 40-50
Pay: competitive manager’s salary

Position Summary:
This is a retail business General Manager position. The primary focus of this position is to manage all day-to-day administrative tasks for a retail bookstore. The General Manager is responsible for managing a part-time staff of 4-6 employees who serve as frontline booksellers, event coordinators, and shipping/receiving managers. The General Manager performs all bookkeeping and financial duties, including payroll, banking, payables, invoicing, and some accounting processes. The General Manager will also build enduring relationships with community leaders and local press contacts to guarantee high visibility for Turnrow’s events. It is essential that this individual continually works to engage customers and ensure that we provide the highest quality customer service. The General Manager must be able to work as a peer with the managers of Turnrow’s Café and Gallery. This individual will also be responsible for processing sales and transactions. This position reports to Store Owner.

Essential Functions:

  • Manage all retail activity and inventory for independent bookstore
  • Supervise diverse staff of 4-6 part-time employees, including frontline booksellers and shipping manager
  • Coordinate over 50 events per year, including author signings, live music, community functions, street festivals, and off-site sales
  • Communicate effectively and promptly with publisher and press contacts
  • Manage all day-to-day financial activities of a retail business
  • Uphold high customer service expectations
  • Assist customers on the sales floor
  • Process sales and transactions with efficiency and accuracy

Preferred Requirements / Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated bookselling or literary experience, especially in Mississippi and/or Southern markets
  • Excellent customer service, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Advanced business computer literacy with emphasis on Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, and POS systems
  • Proficient experience in shipping and receiving freight, from customer mailings to high-volume shipments
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and priorities while maintaining a strong attention to detail
  • Physical requirements – must be able to lift 20lbs. and stand for extended periods of time

Additional Expectations

  • Scheduling commitment required: must be able to work 40+ hours per week, not including evening events or off-site sales.
  • Expected to start in August of 2019. Training can take place in late July

Serious inquiries should also be directed to or by calling (662) 453-5995.

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Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, June 10, 2019


Edelweiss+Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Book No Further, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Copperfish Books, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Itinerate Literate, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, McIntyre's Books, Page & Palette, Story on the Square, The Bookshelf, Underground Books, and Wordsworth Books.

9781982113162 The Need 7/9/2019
"a thriller for those who love to question everything." -- Olivia Schaffer, The Bookshelf, Thomasville, GA

9780451491879 The Bookish Life of Nina Hill 7/9/2019
"This is a perfect read for summer or anytime you want something to warm your heart."-- Itinerant Literate, North Charleston, SC

9781250191922 The Merciful Crow 7/30/2019
"Spectacular world building and strong characters" --Sarah Carr, McIntyre's Books, Pittsboro, NC

9781538745823 Hollow Kingdom 8/6/2019
"Who knew the zombie apocalypse could be this funny" -- Lia Lent, Wordsworth Books, Little Rock, AR

9781948226226 In the Country of Women 8/6/2019
"a book about resilience and love that beautifully celebrates the American immigrant story" -- Rachel Watkins, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

9780525509288 How to Be an Antiracist 8/20/2019
"the perfect book for our historical moment" -- Caleb Masters, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC

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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Bestselling Christian Books for Indie Booksellers

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, June 10, 2019

With LifeWay Christian Stores closing its brick-and-mortar locations, many of their customers are looking for Christian books from other sources, including independent bookstores. Knowing what books to bring in can be challenging for buyers who don’t know this market. While at BookExpo, SIBA reached out to HarperCollins Christian Publishing’s Dan Van Gorp, Senior Director of Independent Retail, who provided their bestselling titles at LifeWay during the last 12 months. We’ve created an Edelweiss Collection for booksellers, and will continue to add titles as we reach out to other publishers for this market.

Tags:  Christian  LifeWay 

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"Keeping Your Expenses on a Tight Leash" Webinar Recap

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, June 10, 2019

Jill Hendrix, owner of Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC, and founder of Stress Less, a blog where she shares “tools and musings to reduce stress and increase joy,” presented her approach to “Keeping Your Expenses on a Tight Leash” in a recent SIBA webinar. The webinar was interactive throughout, with Jill asking booksellers to share about various financial topics, including financial stress, and goals.


Jill described her own journey from feeling great financial stress to getting her store’s finances on track and achieving a healthier work/life balance. She explained her path to a mindset shift and how this supported initiating positive changes in her business. Some topics covered:

  • Changing your attitude toward money, expenses, and profit

  • Sorting expenses into four “houses”: rainmaking, protection, productivity, consumption

  • Evaluating expenses to determine if they are achieving their goals

  • Involving community--employees, a working group of other business owners, your bookkeeper--in the process


Jill also offered quick wins, such as opening a new bank account and transferring 2% of every cash/check deposit into that account, and making a pruning date, by creating a repeating calendar entry “Prune My Expenses,” and allowing 3-4 hours for the process.


You can view the webinar here*
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To get Jill’s free Throttle Down to Go Big Workbook, sign up for her email list at:


To apply to beta-test her business coaching service, fill in the application at:


Books she mentioned in her presentation:

  • Profit First by Mike Michalowicz
  • The One Thing by Gary Keller
  • Essentialism by Greg McKeown


Here's a complete list of Jill’s recommended business books:

Tags:  B3! Webinars  Finance  Jill Hendrix 

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Stay on Track with The Independent Bookseller

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, June 10, 2019
SIBA booksellers have a great free resource in The Independent Bookseller, a website that includes a calendar of bookselling events that you can download to your store’s google calendar, a publishing industry directory to guide you on the relationships between publishers, imprints, distributors, and rep groups, a book award database, and more handy links and facts. Sign up for their weekly newsletter and you’ll receive news and updates, including action items on ABA, regional association, and publisher programming deadlines. Founder Robert Martin writes, "I've been creating and curating resources for independent booksellers at because I believe in independent bookstores. They are crucial to strong communities, just as they are crucial to a free, diverse, and just way of life."

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