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Small Presses Present! Fall & Winter Lists

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, September 11, 2019

On Wednesday, August 14 , SIBA hosted “Small Presses Present Fall & Winter Lists” 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 video to booksellers. Besides forging important connections with publishers and their reps, attending booksellers get to discover new titles to add to their store shelves and earn 10 B3! points. The following industry folks presented: Jacqueline Jarik of Agate Publishing, Ellen Zielinski Whitfield of JKS Communications, and Jon Sealy of Haywire Press. 

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Small Presses Present Fall & Winter Lists

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, July 29, 2019

On Wednesday, August 14 at 2PM EST, SIBA is hosting “Small Presses Present Fall & Winter Lists” 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 will discover new titles to add to their store shelves and earn 10 B3! points. The following industry folks will present: Jacqueline Jarik of Agate Publishing, Ellen Zielinski Whitfield of JKS Communications, Jon Sealy of Haywire Press, Steve McCondichie of Southern Fried Karma, and Nanci McCloskey of Tin House Books. Please rsvp lindamarie@sibaweb.com to attend. 


More info on our presenters:


Jacqueline Jarik is the Associate Manager of Publicity at Agate Publishing where she oversees the publicity campaigns and event planning for all titles across Agate’s four main imprints: Bolden Books, Midway Books, Surrey Books, and B2 Books. She has been employed by Agate since 2015 in a variety of publicity roles. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and she lives in Chicago, IL.


Ellen Zielinski Whitfield is a Senior Publicist with JKS Communications, a literary publicity firm that has represented many southern authors and SIBA award-winning books over the past two decades. Before joining the JKS team, Ellen worked at The Dallas Morning News, The Advocate newspapers of Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Waco Tribune Herald and others. She’s also a popular Bookstagrammer, an avid bibliophile living in Louisiana with her newspaper-executive husband, bright-and-spirited daughter, and an ever-growing collection of 550 books.

 

Jon Sealy is a Richmond, Virginia-based author and newly minted publisher. His first novel, The Whiskey Baron, was published by Hub City Press in 2014 to high acclaim. This year, he launched a small publishing house, Haywire Books, which is dedicated to making sense of a chaotic world. Titles in his catalog include his own The Edge of America (current Okra Pick, pubs Sept. 10), Patricia Henley's Hummingbird House (20th anniversary reprint, Nov. 5), Mark Powell's Firebird (Jan. 7), and Heather Bell Adams's The Good Luck Stone (Summer 2020)


Steve McCondichie is co-founder of Southern Fried Karma, an Atlanta-based multimedia company and the managing partner, overseeing the operation of their independent publishing imprints, their online literary magazine, the retail bookstore, and their film development company.  Steve and Southern Fried Karma are intent on bringing civil, social discourse to the communities they serve by sharing thoughtful, well-written stories that allow for critical reflection and freethinking.  


Nanci McCloskey is the Sales & Marketing Director of  Tin House Books and based, like the press, in Portland, Oregon, where she lives with her two little boys. Tin House Books is an independent press that publishes roughly a dozen titles a year, and its authors have garnered attention from The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and O, the Oprah magazine.

    


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Small Presses Present Fall & Winter Lists

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, July 23, 2019

On Wednesday, August 14 at 2PM EST, SIBA is hosting “Small Presses Present Fall & Winter Lists” 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 will discover new titles to add to their store shelves and earn 10 B3! points. The following industry folks will present: Jacqueline Jarik of Agate Publishing, Ellen Zielinski Whitfield of JKS Communications, and Jon Sealy of Haywire Press. Please rsvp lindamarie@sibaweb.com to attend. 


More info on our presenters:


Jacqueline Jarik is the Associate Manager of Publicity at Agate Publishing where she oversees the publicity campaigns and event planning for all titles across Agate’s four main imprints: Bolden Books, Midway Books, Surrey Books, and B2 Books. She has been employed by Agate since 2015 in a variety of publicity roles. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and she lives in Chicago, IL.


Ellen Zielinski Whitfield is a Senior Publicist with JKS Communications, a literary publicity firm that has represented many southern authors and SIBA award-winning books over the past two decades. Before joining the JKS team, Ellen worked at The Dallas Morning News, The Advocate newspapers of Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Waco Tribune Herald and others. She’s also a popular Bookstagrammer, an avid bibliophile living in Louisiana with her newspaper-executive husband, bright-and-spirited daughter, and an ever-growing collection of 550 books.


Jon Sealy is a Richmond, Virginia-based author and newly minted publisher. His first novel, The Whiskey Baron, was published by Hub City Press in 2014 to high acclaim. This year, he launched a small publishing house, Haywire Books, which is dedicated to making sense of a chaotic world. Titles in his catalog include his own The Edge of America (current Okra Pick, pubs Sept. 10), Patricia Henley's Hummingbird House (20th anniversary reprint, Nov. 5), Mark Powell's Firebird (Jan. 7), and Heather Bell Adams's The Good Luck Stone (Summer 2020).

 

  


 

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Publisher Picks: Fall Fiction

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, April 29, 2019

 

On Wednesday, June 26 at 2PM EST, SIBA is hosting “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 will discover new titles to add to their store shelves and earn 10 B3! points. The following industry folks will present: 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. Please rsvp lindamarie@sibaweb.com to attend. 

 

More info on our presenters:

Eric Svenson is the Southeast regional field sales representative for HarperCollins Publishers. He is the son of independent bookseller parents, a second generation publishers rep, and has traveled the South promoting books & reading for 30 years. He became a legend at the Discovery Show's "Rep Picks" events, breaking the fourth wall and walking out into the audience to support the books and authors he loves.
 
Bob Werber recently took over the IPS territory in the South (including PGW, IPS, and Two Rivers/Ingram Academic). He has been in the territory for the last 13 years with Dover and then Barrons; prior to that he worked in the Midwest and West, primarily with Random House.  Bob was also on the founding staff of Third Place Books in Seattle. Bob’s reading interests are quite varied but he is partial to literary fiction, regional, and nature writing—as well as non-fiction, especially history, politics, and sports.

Gavin J. Grant is the publisher of Small Beer Press, an independent press based in Massachusetts, whose books have been awarded the Philip K. Dick, Shirley Jackson, Hugo, and Locus Awards, as well as selected as the best of the year by NPR, Time Magazine, Salon, Booklist, Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Grant has worked in bookshops in Los Angeles and Boston and for the ABA's BookSense.com. Since 1996 he has (with Kelly Link) edited and published Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, a twice-yearly small press zine. Grant and Link have also co-edited eight anthologies together.

He lives with his family in Northampton, MA.


Doni Kay started her career in bookselling with Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida in 1990. She was the children’s book buyer and ran the kid’s room, and also the bookfair division for 12 years. In 2002, thanks to Penguin Adult rep, Dave Kliegman, who told Doni that Penguin was looking for a kid’s rep in the Carolinas, she applied and was hired by Penguin Young Readers to cover the southeastern states! She has been in heaven ever since, doing what she loves most……putting books in kids’ hands and hearts.

 

    

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B3! Webinar: Publisher Picks "Summer Reading for Kids"

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, March 15, 2019

On Wednesday, April 10 at 2PM EST, SIBA is hosting “Summer Reading for Kids” 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 will discover new titles to add to their store shelves and earn 10 B3! points. The following industry folks will present on 4/10: Becky Monds, the Editorial Director for the fiction department at HarperCollins Christian Publishing, John D’Esposito, an Inside Sales Representative with IPG, Nadia Almahdi, the marketing manager at Little Bee Books, and Catherine Onder, Senior Vice President and Publisher of the Books for Young Readers group with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


More information on our presenters:

Becky Monds is the Editorial Director for the fiction department at HarperCollins Christian Publishing. After working as an events coordinator and marketing manager at an independent bookstore in Nashville, she joined Thomas Nelson in 2007 as an editor in Fiction. She loves spending time with her husband and twin preschoolers, knitting, waterskiing, and, of course, reading great fiction.


John D’Esposito joined the IPG team in November 2018 as an Inside Sales Representative – a role created to strengthen the company’s relationship with booksellers in the Southeast.  A New York native, he has worked in publishing for the past 8 years, most recently in foreign rights at both HarperCollins and Trident Media Group. His favorite authors include Donna Tartt, Lauren Groff, Ned Vizzini, and Karen Russell.

 

Nadia Almahdi is the marketing manager at Little Bee Books. After working at Scholastic and Book of the Month, she joined the Little Bee team in December 2017, overseeing marketing for children’s books across the Little Bee, BuzzPop, and Yellow Jacket imprints. She loves getting to work on different book formats and helping to instill the love of reading in kids of all ages. In her free time, she enjoys baking, travel, and reading.


Catherine Onder is Senior Vice President and Publisher of the Books for Young Readers group. In addition to overseeing HMH’s children’s publishing, she edits such authors as Erin Bow, Ally Carter, and Traci Chee.

 

  

 


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