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Why Wanda Jewell thinks you should come to #SIBA19

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, June 6, 2019

 

 

#SIBA19 Discovery Show

Up all night reading at #SIBA19 in Spartanburg, South Carolina

September 13-15, 2019 (Friday - Sunday)
The Spartanburg Marriott

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Any vendor that gets a bookstore to the Discovery Show that has never been before can each enjoy $100 towards show expenses.

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Connect with SIBA at BookExpo!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Thursday, May 23, 2019

Connect with SIBA at BookExpo!


SIBA is holding “office hours” in the ABA Lounge during BookExpo on Wednesday, 5/29, from 3-5pm. We’d love to connect and explore how SIBA can partner with you to promote your titles to our booksellers and consumer market across the South. Check out the power of numbers in our 2019 Press Kit.  We still have some openings outside of office hours for appointments at your booths and meeting spaces. Please email lindamarie@sibaweb.com to set up an appointment.


See you in NYC!

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Doni Kay on why you should come to #SIBA19

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, May 20, 2019

 

 

#SIBA19 Discovery Show

Up all night reading at #SIBA19 in Spartanburg, South Carolina

September 13-15, 2019 (Friday - Sunday)
The Spartanburg Marriott

REGISTER HERE

Any vendor that gets a bookstore to the Discovery Show that has never been before can each enjoy $100 towards show expenses.

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Memorial Day Flash Sale: BOGO on Lady Banks Banners!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, May 20, 2019

Memorial Day Flash Sale: BOGO on Lady Banks Banners! Book & pay for your ad by May 31st to take advantage of this SIBA Special


Lady Banks Banner ads appear in our Lady Banks newsletter at the top, after the intro, and between excerpts from new books. These banner ads are exclusive, do not share space with any other listing, and click through to purchase at member bookstores. Highly visible, they’re the perfect promotion for pre-order campaigns, launch week, or to keep momentum going on a title needing more exposure to consumers and booksellers across the south.  


Your banner ad runs one week for $399, and five weeks for $746. Get two weeks for the price of one, or two five-week runs (advertise two titles with us or extend your campaign) for the price of one five-week run. We’d love to advertise your titles to our consumers and booksellers and grow your sales. Please contact lindamarie@sibaweb.com to book your ad.

Recent banner ads in SIBA programming:

Tags:  Bogo  ladybanks  Memorial Day 

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Visiting Spartanburg, Host City for #SIBA19's Discovery Show

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, May 15, 2019

SIBA’s Discovery Show in Spartanburg, SC is going to be extra special, with a full schedule of author events, educational programming, and gatherings where seeing old friends and making new ones is top of the list. SIBA's Wanda Jewell and Linda-Marie Barrett visited recently for a site visit, and met with Patricia Byrd of the Spartanburg CVB, Anne Waters, Meg Reid and Betsy Teter of Hub City Bookshop & Press, and the good folks at the Spartanburg Marriott AKA Discovery Show Central. 


The Marriott is in downtown Spartanburg, a walkable distance from restaurants, the book shop, and other beloved local attractions. The hotel is lovely, spacious, and well-appointed, featuring three restaurants, a bar, and a cafe. After the day’s activities you can settle in, schmooze, and connect with booksellers, authors, reps, and more. Here’s a peek at where you’ll be staying.


But you won’t want to stay in the hotel the whole time. Spartanburg-affectionately known as Hub City and Sparkle City- has so much to offer culturally. Come early as we’ll be offering a variety of things to do on Thursday, September 12, including a visit to Hub City Writers Project, and The Johnson Collection Gallery. Art lovers will also want to wander down to the AC Hotel and view the 40+ objects on view at the hotel—paintings, works on paper, sculpture and textiles—created by faculty members and students at the experimental arts enclave of Black Mountain College. The collection is really extraordinary, as is the hotel’s rooftop bar!


Word on the street is that SIBA’s 2019 Discovery Show is drawing a record number of booksellers, as Spartanburg is within driving distance of so many bookstores in NC, SC, VA, TN, and GA. We want you to be there, too. Here’s a link to find out more info and register.

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We'd Love to Feature Your Books on Our Shelf!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, May 14, 2019

SIBA promotes six new books every month to consumers on our Lady Banks Bookshelf. This promotion is consumer-facing and bookseller-engaged!

 

Since SIBA redesigned Lady Banks Bookshelf last year, this promotion experienced a 23% increase in audience reach (from 17K to 22.5K), a 16% jump in engagement on social media, a 10% rise in impressions, and a 14% rise in click throughs via email. SIBA attributes the success to a more strongly focused target audience, more active engagement with member bookstores, and a fresh, more visually appealing presence that also appeals to the reader's sense of adventure and individuality.

 

What we know: Lady Banks Bookshelf titles become SIBA bestsellers. Would you like to feature an upcoming title? We have excellent availability in August and going forward into the year. Please contact lindamarie@sibaweb.com to reserve your space or for more information.

 

What’s on the shelf in June? The June Collection on Edelweiss. (Shirtless Men Drink Free available through Ingram).


Serafina & the Seven Stars by Robert Beatty

The Travelers by Regina Porter

Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett

Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas

Shirtless Men Drink Free by Dwaine Rieves

The Beautiful Mysterious edited by Ann J. Abadie

     

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Why Daneen Goodwin thinks you should come to #SIBA19

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, May 13, 2019

 

 

#SIBA19 Discovery Show

Up all night reading at #SIBA19 in Spartanburg, South Carolina

September 13-15, 2019 (Friday - Sunday)
The Spartanburg Marriott

REGISTER HERE

Any vendor that gets a bookstore to the Discovery Show that has never been before can each enjoy $100 towards show expenses.

Schedule | Hotel | Register

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Charlie Young on why you should come to #SIBA19

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, May 7, 2019

 

 

#SIBA19 Discovery Show

Up all night reading at #SIBA19 in Spartanburg, South Carolina

September 13-15, 2019 (Friday - Sunday)
The Spartanburg Marriott

REGISTER HERE

Any vendor that gets a bookstore to the Discovery Show that has never been before can each enjoy $100 towards show expenses.

Schedule | Hotel | Register

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Maximizing Success at the SIBA Discovery Show: Make Your Social Network Connections Early!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, May 7, 2019

If you’re planning to exhibit at the upcoming SIBA Discovery Show, there are many ways you can make the most of opportunities the show provides to connect with booksellers. Set things in motion by making your social network connections early. Here’s a list of SIBA member Bookstores.  Go on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter, get to know them and like them. Say nice things about them and let them know you’ll be at the SIBA Discovery Show. This is such a great way to introduce yourself and maybe even set up an account in advance of the Show. Let them know you look forward to meeting or seeing them again. 

 

Tags:  discovery show  social media  tips 

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Independent Bookstore Day, a Tale of Two NC Cities

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Thursday, May 2, 2019

Two indie stores, Sassafras on Sutton in Black Mountain and Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh had great Independent Bookstore Days, for different reasons.

 

I visited with Susanne Blumer, co-owner of Sassafras, as the day began. The weather was beautiful and the store was hopping by 11am. Sassafras had to close after a heavy snow in December caused the roof of their building to collapse. They just reopened in March. Assistance through their Libris business insurance kept the staff employed and morale up during the months of closure. Since reopening, business has been up 80% over last spring. The community is very supportive of the store, and Black Mountain is also a booming tourist destination and well-known writer, artist, and music community.  Right now, Susanne is working hard to keep up with orders for her Southern Lit Candles (she somehow finds time to make her own candle line AND run a business) and the increase in business in the store.

 

On dealing with an unexpected closure that stretched on for months, Susanne said, "I would say that the entire industry was extremely supportive when we had our collapse. We heard from other bookstores, publishers, vendors, industry professionals… so many. Since we’ve reopened, we’ve received hand-written notes and phone calls congratulating us on reopening. The community couldn’t have been more supportive when we closed. I received multiple offers of places to move the store temporarily, offers to help move merchandise, to clean, promises that they would be back when we open. And since we’ve reopened, the community has come out in full force. Not a day goes by that someone doesn’t come in and tell us how much they missed us and how glad they are that we are back open. We all really missed it when we were closed!"

 

 

 

Over in the Piedmont, Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh also had a terrific Independent Bookstore Day! General Manager Sarah Goddin said, “Our sales were up 70% over a typical Saturday this time of year, but more importantly we had a store full of people most of the day, all of whom were having a great time supporting independent bookstores. We had lots of kids' events throughout the morning, the Poetry Fox in the afternoon, really good cookies all day along with give-aways every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Elaine Neil Orr, author of Swimming Between Worlds, brought in a basket full of treats for the Quail Ridge Books staff, becoming even more beloved by booksellers. One customer, Criss Crissman, brought in her 2019 calendar "North Carolina's Literary Luminaries and the Bookshops That Love Them" with stamps from all 12 Piedmont, NC indie bookstores stores featured. Now that is indie love!

 

Tags:  independent bookstore day  Quail Ridge Books  Sassafras on Sutton 

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