Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Sign In   |   Register
Shelf Reliance
Blog Home All Blogs
Search all posts for:   


View all (9) posts »

From Asheville to Nashville: Sharing the Scoop on Indie Bookstores, Ingram, and Opportunities to promote your work!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, July 10, 2017
Updated: Monday, July 10, 2017

Dear Friends,

Your SIBA Author Liaison was on the road last week visiting two fine bookstores in Tennessee: Parnassus Books in Nashville and Union Avenue Books in Knoxville. Both bookstores are beloved cultural centers in their cities. They host author events and book clubs, and are supported by readers of all genres. Parnassus is especially dear to writers as it is co-owned by Ann Patchett, international bestselling author of Bel Canto, State of Wonder, and Commonwealth. Send these stores some author love (send them bookmarks featuring your work, a note of appreciation, some candies or cookies for their staff--whatever you are moved to do) and they’ll love you back! Truth!


Visiting with Karen Hayes (second from right), co-owner of Parnassus, and her staff.


Looking into the wonderful community bookstore Union Avenue Books in Knoxville, TN.

I also visited Ingram, a wholesale book distributor, printer, and so much more, located in Nashville. They are a critical part of the journey of millions of books from publishers to the hands of readers everywhere. Ingram describes itself as “a dedicated partner for publishers, retailers, educators, and libraries, we are working towards a vision of the world where anyone, no matter where they are, has easy access to the books they want.” Ingram is one of SIBA’s biggest supporters, and a major sponsor of our annual SIBA Discovery Show, taking place in New Orleans September 15-17. Authors, if you want to publish your own works, check out their printing services. Ingram Spark is a fabulous way to get your work out into the world and available at independent bookstores.

Looking for a way to stretch yourself, perhaps introduce readers to your poetry and essays and more? Following is a list of contests for publication in our region. Note that some of them have deadlines coming up fast:

Emrys Press’s Poetry Chapbook Contest : A prize of $1,000 and publication by Emrys Press will be given annually for a poetry chapbook.

Press 53 Award for Poetry: A prize of $1,000 and publication by Press 53 is given annually for a poetry collection.

University of New Orleans Press Fiction Prize: A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of New Orleans Press will be given annually for a short story collection or a novel.

Baton Rouge Area Foundation Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence: A prize of $10,000 is given annually to an emerging African American writer for a short story collection or novel published in the current year.

Black Warrior Review Writing contests: Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay.

C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize: The C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize includes $10,000 and book publication.

That’s it for this week. Please keep in touch, and let me know how SIBA can help support your work.

Yours in books,

Linda-Marie Barrett


Put Your Money Where Your South Is!

Tags:  authors  Linda-Marie Barrett  Parnassus  Rep on the Road  SIBA Author Liaison  Union Avenue Books 

Share |
Permalink | Comments (0)
Community Search
Sign In
Login with LinkedIn


7/10/2018 » 7/16/2018
Circle of Sites: The Summer Wives

B3! Book Club “Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping” by Paco Underhill, updated and revised version.

Bookseller Revival at The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC

B3 Webinar: Creating and Managing a Successful Online Sales Campaign