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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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Come to the SIBA revival at The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines on July 20!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, July 11, 2018

If you need a better reason than "it’s hot and sales are slow and I want to see my bookselling friends" to come to the SIBA revival at The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines on July 20, then here it is: we made more on the $2,000 in retail sales of Proof (a book we published) in June 2018 than we did in the $5,000 retail sales of Range Bucket List in June 2017.


That’s why I’m inviting you all to come, as you’ll meet the man who knows all about this stuff, Josh Floyd of Ingram Spark, and some of the people who‘ve helped us get this little publishing venture (shakily) off the ground. There are a lot of variables in the numbers above so we’ll examine them and take a look at the talent needed and costs that go into making these books and these sales possible. I especially encourage North Carolina bookstores to attend as we will spend lunch brainstorming for North Carolina's Map/plan for IBD 2019.


Also... our town is really something special. Within two blocks of our store you’ll find two yoga studios, an ice cream shop, a cheese shop, a wine shop, an outdoor goods shop, a toy shop, a running shop, a guitar shop, a yarn shop, a theater called The Sunrise, a pizza parlor, a tack shop (horse stuff and cool leather things), some GREAT restaurants, lots of clothing boutiques, the best park in the world, a store that sells chic purses famous nationwide and made by military spouses, two coffee shops, and a growler company. Five blocks away you’ll discover The Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, and the Southern Pines Brewing Company. Did I mention that all these are independent, locally owned, or a non-profit?


Come to the revival, check out our town, and see how easy it is to increase your margins and your offerings.


Shoot me an email if you have any specific questions about directions or the town or specific concerns within (or outside) of our topic that you want to discuss. Please rsvp lindamarie@sibaweb.com to let us know you’re coming.


Look forward to seeing y'all soon!


Kimberly


140 NW Broad Street

Southern Pines, NC 28387

910.692.3211 (store)

910.690.1370 (cell)


Tags:  Education  Ingram  Revival  SIBA  The Country Bookshop 

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Bookseller Revival at The Country Bookshop: Improving Margins while Offering Original Content to your Customers

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, June 22, 2018

 

Bookseller Revival at The Country Bookshop: Improving Margins while Offering Original Content to your Customers

 

Mark your calendar and join us for a Bookseller Revival at The Country Bookshop, hosted by owner & SIBA Board member Kimberly Daniels Taws. Josh Floyd of IngramSpark will give an overview of how bookstores are utilizing their services in various ways, including producing store-branded journals. Kimberly will share how her team works with local authors, and their approach to publishing with IngramSpark. The afternoon will include time for brainstorming, and addressing questions booksellers might have regarding how they can use what they've learned and adapt for their stores. Lunch provided courtesy of IngramSpark. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

 

When: Friday, July 20, 10am-3pm

Where: The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines, NC 28387

RSVP: lindamarie@sibaweb.com

 

Tags:  booksellers  bookselling  Country Bookshop  education  Ingram  revival 

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