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Okra Picks Schedule Change

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Okra Picks Deadline Change: Deadline for SUMMER Okra Picks nominations is May 15

Okra PicksBeginning in May, SIBA's Okra Picks program calendar has been updated to give booksellers and publishers more time to promote each season's titles and to allow for active pre-order campaigns for the forthcoming books. Accordingly, nomination deadlines for each season have been pushed back by two weeks. The new Okra Picks schedule is as follows:

  • Spring (April-June titles):

    Nomination Deadline: February 15
    Okra Picks Announced: April 1

  • Summer (July-September titles):

    Nomination Deadline: May 15
    Okra Picks Announced: July 1

  • Fall (October-December titles):

    Nomination Deadline: August 15
    Okra Picks Announced: October 1

  • Winter (January-March titles):

    Nomination Deadline: November 15
    Okra Picks Announced: January 1

Okra Picks 

Okra Picks is SIBA's program to highlight forthcoming books of southern interest that its booksellers are especially excited about. Since its inception, the program has spotlighted new books by favorite southern authors such as Joshilyn Jackson, Rick Bragg, Ron Rash, and Tayari Jones, and also break out books by debut and emerging authors such as Wiley Cash, T. Geronimo Johnson, Brian Panowich, Leonard Pitts, Jr. and Holly Goddard Jones.

Nominations are only accepted from SIBA member booksellers, and may be submitted in any of the following ways:

Via the Okra Picks nomination form
By submitting a review to Edelweiss
By emailing the nomination to

More information about Okra Picks can be found at

Current Season Okra Picks | Okra Picks Archive


Tags:  #okrapicks  okra picks 

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Why come to #SIBA19?

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, April 30, 2019



#SIBA19 Discovery Show

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

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


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

Tags:  #siba19 

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Maximizing Success at the SIBA Discovery Show!, Tip# 4: Create a Stand-Out Directory Listing

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, April 26, 2019

Your table reservation includes a 50-word listing for the print and online show directory. Attendees use the directory to prioritize their time on the show floor, so it's very worth taking your time to craft a stand-out listing. You don't need to include info they can find on Google, you need to provide information that will get booksellers to come by your booth. Highlight your author booth signings, show specials, prize giveaways, or perhaps a chance to learn a magic trick or receive a tarot reading. Be creative and get your message out there.

Need more than 50 words or want to place an ad highlighting award-winning titles, an event you're sponsoring at the show, or a very special happening at your booth? Check out our exhibitor tradeshow package  or contact for options. 


Tags:  Discovery Show  tips 

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Share Your Smarts with SIBA Booksellers!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Booksellers, authors, and other publishing industry colleagues sharing their best practices, creative insights, and life hacks is what makes SIBA's educational programming so valuable to members. If you'd like to be part of our educational programming at the #SIBA19 Discovery Show September 13-15 in Spartanburg, SC, we welcome your proposals. Although we can't guarantee your proposal will be selected for this event, it may be considered for future programming.  Please fill out this form and we'll be in touch. Thank you so much for your time and interest!


Tags:  Bookseller education  Discovery Show  eurekasiba 

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Maximizing Success at the SIBA Trade Show, Tip #3: Share the Good Times

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, April 22, 2019

Make Your Booth a Photobooth!

Booksellers love to document their Discovery Show experience on social media. Many of their followers are bookstore customers and other booksellers. You can build your brand as they build theirs by being a booth that’s fun to visit time and again for social media sharing. Consider creating a cool photobooth at your booth. Blow up a book jacket that features a space where booksellers can insert their face into the image (and story!). Or offer props (sparkly eyeglasses, carnival masks, top hat, etc.) to put on while holding up a fan or a broadside or some other prop that promotes you and is fun for them. Create an archway to stand under that’s festooned with your messaging in vivid and share-worthy ways. In other words, be creative and become a destination booth. Offer to take photos with their camera, but do take photos with yours, too, to share the good times with your followers.  



Tags:  discovery show 

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We'd Love Your Books On Our Shelf!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, April 22, 2019

SIBA promotes six new books every month to consumers in our Lady Banks Bookshelf promotion.These titles appear at the top of our weekly Lady Banks Commonplace Book newsletter, which has a circulation of over 60k.  We also feature them above the fold on the homepage of Authors ‘Round the South and on the cover image of the ARTS Facebook page with buy links promoted to our 15,000 Facebook friends. A different member store is featured with the titles every week, with click-through to purchase. We inform our booksellers of the Shelf titles in our weekly newsletter, create an Edelweiss collection for ease of ordering, and reward them for displays. 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 (from 585 to 700) 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 one opening in June and excellent availability in July and going forward into the year. Please contact to reserve your space or for more information.


 What’s on the Shelf in May? The May collection on Edelweiss.

Shining: Ole Smoky Moonshine Family Cookbook by Jessi Baker

Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank

Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane

Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide by Tony Horwitz

Lowest White Boy by Greg Bottoms

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson



Tags:  lady banks bookshelf 

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Reservations Now Open for the 2019 SIBA Holiday Catalog

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, April 18, 2019

2018 Holiday CatalogSIBA Holiday Catalog 2019 is now available to order advertising space! Space is very limited, so early reservations are advised.

With a circulation of 900,000 consumers, the SIBA Holiday Catalog remains one of the most popular and supported benefits of SIBA member bookstores. Catalog titles receive placement at the SIBA Discovery Show in September and ongoing support from SIBA in the holiday shopping season.

New for 2019: SIBA is increasing circulation via an electronic holiday catalog that compliments the print catalog powered by Shelf Awareness.  The first 100 titles booked will be included in email versions.

Catalog Details:

  • Circulation: 900,000 consumers
  • Deadline:August 9, 2019
  • Materials: 300 dpi 2”x4” jpg and 30 words of suggested copy
  • Billing:  charge backs will be taken by October 2020.
  • Catalog ship date: mid-September
  • Trade Show: please send 2 copies of each advertised title for placement on Ingram’s table at SIBA’s Fall Trade Show
  • Sidelines and gift product: note the special rate available for calendars, book lights, stationery, and other gift product

Earlybird Reservation Rewards: Book by May 15 to receive a 10% discount and one free reward from the following list:

  • SIBA bookstore mailing list
  • SIBA galley giveaway
  • One month placement on Lady Banks’ Bookshelf
  • Single exhibit table at SIBA’s trade Show 2018

Click HERE to book your space in this years’ Holiday Catalog!

Tags:  holiday catalog 

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Publisher Picks Summer Reading for Kids a Big Success!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, April 15, 2019

Last week’s B3! Webinar “Publisher Picks: Summer Reading for Kids” was a big success, notable for the diversity of titles presented, and the range of reading levels, from board books to YA. Booksellers from across SIBA territory attended, and many who couldn’t asked for the Edelweiss collection of titles and video presentation. Michelle Cavalier of Cavalier House Books was thrilled with the selection, commenting, “I love that the focus here was on small presses!! Also, love that one of the books highlighted was a bilingual title - I feel like we are seeing more and more of these every season and they work SO WELL for us. Not only do they speak to our mission of inclusivity and making all feel welcome in our shop but our teacher and librarian partners go crazy for them as there is a definite need for these in our schools! Honestly, I appreciate the diversity of the entire list, just wanted to highlight that fact. :)” A big thank you to presenters Nadia Almahdi of Little Bee Books, John D’Esposito of IPG, Catherine Onder of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Becky Monds of HarperCollins Christian Publishing.


Summer Reading for Kids Edelweiss Collection

Video of Summer Reading for Kids webinar

 Our next Publisher Picks webinars are:

JUNE - Fall Fiction

AUGUST - Small Presses Present Fall & Winter Lists

OCTOBER - Sidelines for Holiday Sales & Beyond


Please contact if you’d like to present. There is no cost, just our booksellers’ appreciation!

Tags:  B3!webinar  Cavalier House Books  children's books  publisher picks 

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Maximizing Success at the SIBA Trade Show, Tip # 2: Become a Sponsor!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, April 15, 2019

“We don't have a small amount of time or a small amount of money committed to fulfilling our mission. As a willfully independent publisher, our investment in the SIBA Discovery Show allowed us to not only achieve critical business results, but it enabled our authors and us to initiate conversations with booksellers that unite our mutual passion and purpose as literary citizens.” –Steve McCondichie, founder of publisher Southern Fried Karma and generous sponsor at our 2018 SIBA Discovery Show and 2019 SIBA in the Springtime,

Becoming a sponsor is a such a great way to raise your visibility and deepen connections with booksellers throughout the show.We invite your creative ideas for sponsorship opportunities, and we will work with your budget to find just the right thing.

Existing Opportunities:

  • Sponsor a bookseller! For just $1000 you can bring a bookseller to the SIBA Discovery show. Many booksellers just can’t afford to come, but would love the opportunity and will forever sing your praises for making this possible. This sponsorship covers a bookseller’s hotel, meals, travel, and other incidental expenses.

  • Show Sponsorship for less than $5,999 This level includes logo placement on our Discovery Show website and emails, special sponsor drape on all exhibit tables, an enhanced listing in the Discovery Show Directory, and a waiver of all author confirmation fees.

  • Premiere Sponsorship for $5,999 This level includes all of the above AND an exclusive event opportunity at the show valued at $4800 and one FREE exhibit table.

  • Inkreadible Sponsorship for $8,999: This level includes all of the above AND one year of unlimited bookseller-targeted advertising (eBlasts, galleys &  giveaways, newsletter banner ads, etc),TWO free exhibit tables, and the opportunity to deliver an education session at the Discovery Show

Additional Opportunities:

We love coming up with creative ways to make exhibitors stand out and connect with our booksellers. Here are some ideas, and we’d love to hear yours!

  • Put your company logo or your lead title on our official hotel key cards

  • Sponsor a coffee and pastry cart in the exhibit hall

  • Sponsor a meal inspired by recipes from your fabulous new cookbook

  • Sponsor an afterhours cocktail party

  • Sponsor the bus tour of surrounding bookstores

  • Offer promotional items to include in our Exhibit Hall welcome bag to bookseller attendees

  • Offer welcome bags for bookseller hotel rooms (bottle of water, granola bar, postcard of Spartanburg, for example)

Please contact Wanda to discuss what you’d love to do as a SIBA Show Sponsor!

Tags:  discovery show  Southern Fried Karma  Sponsorship 

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Want a $100?

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Friday, April 12, 2019

You Get $100!

We want to help you pocket some hundreds, as in dollars.  Help us recruit new booksellers to the #SIBA19 Discovery Show, and for every first-time bookstore that you bring in, both you and the bookstore will receive $100 towards Discovery Show expenses.  Let your favorite booksellers know how much you’d love to see them in Spartanburg in September and make your plans to be there.  For every new bookstore you recruit, there’s $100 in it for you.  Make sure to tell the new bookstore to let us know you sent them for your $100.

Meanwhile, go ahead and get yourself registered as well. Register Now!

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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