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Have you hugged a writer today?

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Thursday, August 13, 2015

SIBA will host over 125 writers next month at our annual Discovery Show and I imagine combined across all of the regional shows, there will easily be 1000 writers hoping their next book catches your attention.  Shows like the fall shows coming up, Winter Institute, Book Expo America and many smaller events across the country offers opportunities to get to know writers and to build relationships that can last a lifetime.  These relationships are the foundation on which this industry sits.  Because it is all about the story and without these storytellers, the rest of us have little to do. 

How can these relationships work?

·         Invite local authors to introduce visiting authors at your events.

·         Ask authors to share what they are reading and post these lists on your website and on social networks.

·         If you are up for something new and exciting, try this fresh idea – Author Duels!

·         When prepping your newsletter, email a few authors and see if any would like to right a quick review of something they are reading right now.

·         Ask authors to place you on their press list and share their good news – awards won, new books placed with an agent, or a publisher – we all love good news.

·         Follow authors on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and let them know you love them.  Share when their books arrive in the store or when you sell one.  Just anything that gives you an opportunity to connect.  Writers won’t forget who did this for them.

Writers are often left feeling out of the loop and we need to remind ourselves and them, that without them, we have nothing, no stories, no books, no words strung together.  Have you hugged a writer today?

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) and the Great American Bargain Book Show (GABBS) have partnered up in many ways that have proved beneficial but we mostly want our efforts to benefit booksellers and with that goal in mind, BBN has agreed to give us a little space in their popular, far-reaching newsletter.  So, a few housekeeping details.  We are hoping to benefit all booksellers but a few columns may be SIBA-specific and we’ll let you know up front when that’s the case.  We’d also like to invite booksellers to offer up guest posts so if you have an idea or concept that you’d like to share, simply email

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Between the Lines Bookstore, LLC says...
Posted Thursday, August 13, 2015
I love the author duels idea!
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