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Enter to Win Free #SIBA19 Dues!

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Tuesday, June 12, 2018

 

Any store that signs up to participate in Direct To Shelf by June 15th will be entered into DartFrog's SIBA Membership Raffle. Two winners chosen at random from all those who join will have their 2019 SIBA membership dues paid by DartFrog.

SIBA stores that are already part of the DartFrog network will be automatically entered into the raffle.

Here's the link, if you are interested in signing up or just want to learn more.

Many of you have already heard of DartFrog, which provides booksellers with a solution for handling distribution requests from self-published authors.

DartFrog has been curating a catalog of titles for bookstore placement, and in April launched Direct To Shelf, a distribution program that financially rewards booksellers.

20 independent stores participated in the successful pilot launch. The titles that DartFrog placed in stores are selling, and each store is earning a quarterly stipend. 

Direct to Shelf Details:

* Guaranteed $175 stipend at the conclusion of each quarter.

* DartFrog sends 15 vetted titles to a store each quarter. The store keeps the full retail value of each of those initial 15 books when sold.

* To facilitate reorders, copies are available for order through Ingram.

* DartFrog pays a store $35 every time they refer a self-published author for vetting.

* DartFrog makes a donation to Binc for every author referred by a bookstore. 

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Bank on Booksellers with Binc!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Updated: Thursday, June 7, 2018

Binc 

Dozens of Authors and Illustrators Aid Binc’s Bank on Booksellers
Patchett, Grisham, Reynolds Decorate Piggy Banks for Charity

Bank on BincANN ARBOR – Authors and illustrators are uniting to help booksellers across the country during the return of the Bank on Booksellers Piggy Bank Auction. The auction will take place online with nationwide bidding beginning on Sunday, September 9 and closing at 8:00 pm on Saturday, September 15.

In 2016, the team at Parnassus Books came together to create a unique way to support one of their fellow employees who had been diagnosed with a serious illness. The Parnassus employees used their connections to the book industry to recruit a host of celebrity piggy bank decorators for the first Bank on Booksellers. The proceeds were used to help booksellers across the country.

“Not every bookseller facing a serious medical situation can get a whole bunch of pigs together to help them out, but every bookseller has the Binc Foundation,” said Parnassus co-owner and Binc Ambassador Ann Patchett.

This year, the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation is hoping to follow up on the 2016 Bank on Booksellers auction. The goal is to raise $25,000, according to Binc Executive Director Pam French.

“The response to the first Bank on Booksellers was stunning,” French said. “We were overwhelmed at the support the auction received from the book industry, celebrities and everyone who bid. We hope the 2018 Bank on Booksellers will be just as great an opportunity for the people who care about booksellers to show their love.”

Binc is still looking for celebrities to sign up to decorate a piggy bank which will be auctioned off to support the bookseller’s safety net. Anyone interested in signing up to decorate a pig for the auction or who would like to connect us with an illustrator or celebrity should contact Kathy Bartson at kathy@bincfoundation.org or Deb Leonard at DebLeo10@gmail.com.

“We’ve had a number of generous authors and illustrators volunteer their time to decorate piggy banks, but there are plenty of mini-masterpieces left to be painted,” French said. “We’re hoping our friends at bookstores across the country will help us reach more pig-decorators.”

Binc is incredibly grateful to the authors who make up their roster of piggy bank creators. The current list of participating authors includes:

Lucie Amundsen
Katherine Applegate
Leigh Bardugo
Mac Barnett
Andrea Beaty
Anthony Doerr
John Hickenlooper
John Grisham
A.J. Jacobs
Nina Laden
Lillian Li
Tom Lichtenheld
Grace Lin
Jim Lynch
Gianna Marino
Barbara McClintock
Ann Patchett
Chris Raschka
Brendan Reichs
 Jason Reynolds
Tom Robbins
Judy Schachner
Jon Scieszka
Philip & Erin Stead
Garth Stein
Amy Stewart
Emma Straub
Cheryl Strayed
Don Tate

Contact: Kathy Bartson
Development Director, Binc Foundation
(734) 471-0201 or Kathy@bincfoundation.org

About The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that coordinates charitable programs to strengthen the bookselling community. Established in 1996, the core program provides assistance to bookstore employees who have a demonstrated financial need arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances. Since its inception, the organization has provided over $6.5 million in financial assistance and scholarships to more than 7,300 families. Support for the Foundation’s programs and services come from all sectors of the book industry. The Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the bookselling community through charitable programs that support employees and their families. The Foundation was imagined and built by booksellers and proudly continues to be their safety net. It is our vision to be a caring community of book people. Additional information can be found at http://www.bincfoundation.org

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Don't Miss Out on These Scholarships to the SIBA Discovery Show!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, June 11, 2018

 

Don't Miss Out on These Scholarships to the SIBA Discovery Show!

SIBA is committed to helping every bookseller who wishes to attend The Discovery Show find a way to come. Every year financial assistance is made available through the generous support of publishers and organizations who recognize what a vital resource the show is for stores. After all, stronger bookstores mean better sales for their books. This year SIBA has the following financial assistance and scholarship opportunities available.

The Macmillan Bookseller Professional Development Scholarship

In partnership with the Binc Foundation, The Macmillan Bookseller Professional Development Scholarship aims to encourage a greater number of individuals from underrepresented groups to choose and/or continue careers in bookselling. This scholarship will allow up to one bookseller to attend their regional trade show. Deadline is July 1. Click here to apply for the scholarship.


Binc Scholarship

Based on financial need, this scholarship is available for a bookseller who has not been to SIBA in recent years because they have been unable to afford it.  Write a letter of need & desire and email to wanda@sibaweb.com.

The Reba & Dave Scholarship Fund

Open to any bookseller, this scholarship allows ten bookstores, each with up to two booksellers, one hotel room for three nights, and two allpass tickets to the meals at the show. Includes up to $300 in  travel expenses.

Write a letter of need & desire and email to wanda@sibaweb.com.

The Pat Conroy Scholarships, sponsored by Penguin Random House

Two scholarships are designated for booksellers who have never attended a SIBA Discovery Show. This scholarship is in keeping with the Penguin Random House’s fifteen-year tradition of supporting educational programming for booksellers at the event.  The 2 scholarships will cover up to $1,000 of the winner’s travel, hotel, and meal expenses for the Discovery Show. To be eligible, a bookseller must be a full-time employee of a SIBA-member bookstore, working at any level or capacity.

To apply, the nominated bookseller should fill out the information below, and email it to wanda@sibaweb.com:

  • YES! I have never been to SIBA and I would love to go.

  • Name

  • Address

  • E-mail address

  • Bookstore: where do you work? How long have you worked there and what is your current role?

  • Make Pat Conroy proud! Please write a short (two paragraphs is ideal) description of why you love being a bookseller and what you hope to get out of SIBA.



Scholarship winners will be announced before September 1.

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Fill Out the ABACUS Survey to Earn an Extra Spot at Winter Institute 2019!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, June 11, 2018
Updated: Friday, June 8, 2018

Fill Out the ABACUS Survey to Earn an Extra Spot at Winter Institute 2019!

 

The deadline to participate in the annual ABACUS financial independent bookstore survey is Friday, June 15. Bookstores that have never submitted to ABACUS that participate in ABACUS-17 will this year have the option of registering an additional staff person for the upcoming Winter Institute, set for January 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


This year, each region with at least 35 reporting stores will receive a data aggregate specific for their own region’s respondents. This data will be provided in Excel and will include all the metrics shown in the ABACUS report. And all participating bookstores from eligible regions will also receive the regional data in their individual company performance reports. Let's make this happen for the SIBA region, folks!

 

What we learned the last time we received a regional report (from 2014 data):

  • SIBA stores had a lower COGS and higher gross margin than ABA average
  • SIBA stores had lower payroll costs than ABA average
  • SIBA mid-range stores had higher occupancy and operational costs than ABA average
  • With the exception of mid-range stores, all SIBA stores did better than ABA average

  

SIBA Board President Doug Robinson, owner of Eagle Eye Book Shop, writes this about ABACUS, "Using my Quickbooks reports, I finished the survey in about 1.5 hours. I am strongly urging all of you to participate in the survey. ABACUS is a yearly, members-only survey which gathers valuable information that can help improve a bookstore's operations...and bottom line. Input from hundreds of ABA members results in valuable data that help ABA establish the benchmarks recommended for stores to improve business operations and profitability....What do you get out of this?...You'll get the ABACUS executive summary and a customized report for your store that analyzes the financial results...and you'll be helping all indie bookstores to better understand their financial results."

 

ABA member bookstores can begin the submission process by going to www.ABACUSbenchmarking.com. If stores participated last year, the store account information has been carried forward. New participants will need to create an account to access the site.

 

Stores with questions about ABACUS can email Michael Becher of Industry Insights, the company that assists ABA in compiling and creating the annual report.

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Galleys & Giveaways: Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Galleys & Giveaways

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!

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

Eat. Sleep. Read. Southern.


Willa of the WoodWilla of the Wood, by Robert Beatty
Disney Hyperion7/10/18 / $16.99 / Hardcover / 97813680058 

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Robert Beatty comes a thrilling new series set in the magical world of Serafina. 

 Move without a sound. Steal without a trace. 

 Willa, a young night-spirit of the Great Smoky Mountains, is her clan’s best thief. She creeps into the homes of day-folk under cover of darkness and takes what they won’t miss. It’s dangerous work—the day-folk kill whatever they do not understand--but Willa will do anything to win the approval of the padaran, the charismatic leader of the Faeran people.

 When Willa's curiosity leaves her hurt and stranded in the day world, she calls upon an ancient, unbreakable bond to escape. Only then does she discover the truth: not all day-folk are the same, and the foundations that have guarded the Faeran for eons are under attack.

 As forces of unfathomable destruction encroach on her home, Willa must decide who she truly is. To save the day-folk family that has become her own--and lift the curse that has robbed her people of their truth--Willa will meet deadly force with trusted alliance, violence with shelter, and an ever-changing world with a steady heartbeat of courage.

 

To request a review copy, email Danielle DiMartino: danielle.dimartino@disney.com

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