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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 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 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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#MakeYourMark @ #SIBA18 Discovery Show

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

#MakeYourMark at #SIBA18!

Every interaction with a bookstore at #SIBA18 is an opportunity to amplify your message to an average of 10k readers a week per bookstore. Each bookseller acts as a touchpoint to tens of thousands of readers over the course of a year. Make your mark on Southern booksellers and see your sales grow.  SIBA’s Discovery Show is considered the country’s most innovative and fun show. We’d love you to join us and #makeyourmark!  If interested in ROI, please check out our amazing new Press Kit.

What makes this year’s show extra special? We’re at the the award-winning Innisbrook Resort, which offers a gorgeous setting, a 14k square foot exhibit hall, convenient meeting rooms, lovely guestrooms and suites, and several on-site restaurants and bars. Shuttle service from nearby Tampa International Airport, home to all major airlines, makes getting to Innisbrook easy; once you arrive, you can explore the outdoors, soak in the sun, and enjoy a cocktail by the pool.

Bring your sense of fun and adventure, and your passion for books, to our Discovery Show. We’d love to see you! Download a printable registration form.


Here's a little taste from the Press Kit:


SIBA stores generate $115 million in book sales annually.

90% of SIBA stores report to the ABA Bestseller List.
SIBA stores host over 15,000 events each year.


And finally, exhibit and get a bookstore who has never been to #SIBA18 to attend, and receive $100 in SIBA credit.


Tags:  booksellers  buy  discovery show  exhibit 

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