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SIBA stores plus Southern Hospitality equals stellar events for your authors!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, July 17, 2018

SIBA stores plus Southern Hospitality equals stellar events for your Authors!


In stat after stat SIBA bookstores demonstrate their robustness and collective clout. Did you know SIBA bookstores host over 15,000 events a year? Generate booksales of over $115 million annually? Reach over 1.5 million readers through social media? These are just a few of the amazing statistics in SIBA’s new press kit.


We work together to promote your events to the biggest audience possible. When you book events for authors in SIBA stores, they are routinely shared on our SIBA and ARTS facebook pages, reaching an additional 15-22k followers. We promote events in our Lady Banks Calendar of Events, sent weekly to readers throughout our eleven-state region. And we list here, on our AuthorsRoundTheSouth.com page.


We make sure all sales count! Over 90% of SIBA stores report to the ABA Indie Bestseller List, and over 80% of SIBA stores report to the NYT bestseller list. SIBA also hosts a Southern Indie Bestseller List focusing on sales at independent bookstores across the south, and a "Special to the Southern List” focusing on the books southern customers are especially interested in.


Want to get to know our stores better? Check out this listing of SIBA bookstores by state. SIBA stores are eager to work with you on pre-sale campaigns, author tours, social media blasts, offsite opportunities, and more. Need more info on how to connect with them? Please let us know and we’ll make the introductions.

Tags:  ARTS Calendar  authors  events  SIBA  social media  special to the south 

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The #SIBA18 Discovery Show Schedule of Events is Up! Are Your Authors on the Program?

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The #SIBA18 Discovery Show Schedule of Events is Up! Are Your Authors on the Program?

Did you know the #SIBA18 Discovery Show Schedule of Events is available for viewing? This year’s theme is Make Your Mark and we’re offering so many opportunities for attendees to explore how they can do that in big and small ways.

Our show features FOUR tracks of education and experience: EUREKAsiba talks, EDUCATIONsessions, AUTHORinteractions, and a teambuilding ESCAPEroom. Minds will be jogged, inspired, and blown! See anything you’d like to attend, including Wednesday’s deep dive session on innovation with Doug Hall and our bookstore tours of Inkwood Books and Oxford Exchange? Email wanda@sibaweb.com and we’ll make it so.


Do you have an author who is part of our programming? Find their listing with "ctrl f” or "command f” and please let us know if everything looks good or needs addressing. If you missed the Call for Authors deadline and still have authors you'd like considered for the show, simply enter their details here. If you think you have confirmed your author and they do not appear on the schedule, email wanda@sibaweb.com right away.  You can also check out the confirmed authors on the #SIBA18 Pinterest Board.


We’re so excited to host publishers, authors, sideline vendors, and our biggest annual gathering of SIBA booksellers at the #SIBA18 Discovery Show in Tampa, Florida. Be a part of it and make your mark, too!



Tags:  #siba18  authors  booksellers  education  publishers 

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Data Wins the Day.

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Data is power, it seems, and SIBA is seeking to provide you with a wide range of data.  We recently looked at our ABACUS South data, our ad stats across our social networks, websites, and email, plus surveyed our stores, and compiled it all for you. It's all we could imagine you'd want.  Here it is all in one place:

Advertising Stats for SIBA Products  - This is where we keep the most up-to-date info, and we can provide impression data and click thrus to any advertiser upon request within six months of launch.

Press Kit - This two page document hopefully assists in ROI for SIBA and the Discovery Show.

Bookstores - Here's a list of our member bookstores.  Place your cursor on the store name and you can link to their social networks and email.

Put Your Money Where Your South Is! is our brochure of advertising opportunities.

Here's how we mark up the Southern Indie Bestseller List:

 A SIBA Okra Pick  | Southern Book Prize winners and finalists! |  Special to the Southern List  Printable versions (PDF): Hardcover | Paperback | Children's.

And check out this list for books that are only on the Southern list, and no other: Special to the Southern List!

Got authors appearing at indie stores in the south? Search to confirm they are on the calendar, and if not, let the store know.  These are the events that get promoted in Lady Banks Commonplace Book newsletter each week to 60,000 readers.

Hope this gives you lots of data to devour.  Let us hear if you have any questions or data we should pursue and have not.  Happy data crunching.

Tags:  Authors  booksellers  buy  discovery show  Small Data  writers 

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