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Okra Picks Extended. . .now quarterly!

In order to maximize sales and exposure of Okra Picks titles, SIBA has introduced the Okra Picks Extended Program (OPX). Books that are part of the program have high quality, full color cards printed promoting the title and distributed to SIBA member bookstores, where they are displayed in a rack on the store counter and/or in floor displays. Each card is specially designed and contains a unique QR code that will allow readers to download a copy of the first chapter of the book.

The Okra Picks Extended program is only available for books that have been selected as Okra Picks. Cost is $1499 to participate.

The Okra Picks are a batch of fresh titles chosen each season that SIBA Indie Bookstores want to handsell. These books should be southern in nature but can cover any genre. Southerners love their writers, and we want to be at the forefront of bringing a strong selection of southern titles not to be missed each season. A regional variation of the Indie Next list, Okra Picks are a coordinated region-wide marketing program designed to allow stores to promote the new southern books they are especially excited about and thus demonstrate the power of indie booksellers to break out new titles and sell more books. SIBA actively promotes these titles to both consumers and booksellers at, and across our social media newtworks. Lady Banks introduces The Okra Picks to over 10,000 consumer subscribers.

Details | Schedule | FAQs | Current Okra Picks | OPX Materials


OPX Details:

display standDesigned to get your new releases into customer's shopping bags, the Okra Picks program combines online and mobile promotion with prime in-store placement.

Here is what you get for $1499:

  • 7500 full color Okra Pick bookmarks, featuring your Okra Pick and directing consumers to read the first chapter placed in provided display piece in participating bookstores across the south.
  • Buzz Honors on your title's Edelweiss listing
  • Prime placement on the First Chapter Okra Picks page with links to appropriate collateral materials. 
  • Book jacket will be featured in the weekly Lady Banks Commonplace Book consumer enewsletter with link to indie shopping cart.
  • Okra Pick titles that appear on the Southern Indie Bestseller List are highlighted and promoted via social networking avenues like twitter and facebook. Follow #okrapick
  • SIBA stores are incentivized to promote Okra Pick titles on their social media (#okrapick). They receive points which they can use against their dues or other SIBA expenses.

Okra Pick BookmarkHere is what we need from you if your book is an Okra Pick and you want to be included in the Extended Program:

A commitment to participate in Okra Picks Extended.
A high resolution image of the book jacket
A copy of the first chapter which SIBA will distribute via QR Code link
A copy of the book mailed to Nicki Leone, 718 Hughes Road, Hampstead, NC, 28443

Email for more information.


OPX Schedule:

Winter: books published between January 1 - March 31 | nomination deadline: December 31
Spring: books published between April 1 - June 30 | nomination deadline: March 1
Summer: books published between July 1 - September 30 | nomination deadline June 1
Fall: books published between October 1 - December 31 | nomination deadline September 1




Who nominates books for the Okra Picks?

Only SIBA member bookstores can nominate books, nominations that come from nonmember stores or publishers are discarded. However, SIBA does encourage publishers to solicit nominations from bookstores on behalf of their titles.

How do I get a store to nominate my book as an Okra pick?

Ask them! We suggest using an eBlast or listing in our Galleys & Giveaways email to get review copies in the hands of bookstores well in advance of publication, and following up with stores when the deadline comes around. Stores usually need several months to read review copies, and Okra nominations close thirty days before they are announced for that season.

Where do bookstores nominate an Okra Pick?

The Okra Picks Nomination form is here: Okra Pick Nomination Form
Stores can also nominate by email at

How do I know my book has been chosen as an Okra Pick?

Okra Picks are selected the month before their season. SIBA informs the publishers of each book prior to the official announcement, and at that point publishers can decide if they wish to participate in OPX. Any book selected as an Okra Pick can take part in the OPX program.

My book is self-published. Can I be an Okra Pick?

Yes. But your book must have regular distribution and be listed at

My book has already been released. Can I be an Okra Pick?

No. Only titles published in the designated season are eligible.

My book is not Southern, but I am. Can I be an Okra Pick?

Yes. Okra Pick titles must be southern in nature, or by a southern author, preferably both.



The Current Okra Picks:
Okra Picks Spring 2018

 Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin  A gritty and captivating debut about a caretaker of an Appalachian nature preserve who gets embroiled in a dangerous bear-poaching scheme—for fans of Smith Henderson, Ron Rash, and Daniel Woodrell  Rice Moore is just beginning to think his troubles are behind him. He’s found a job protecting a remote forest preserve in Virginian Appalachia where his main responsibilities include tracking wildlife and refurbishing cabins. It’s hard work, and totally solitary—perfect to hide away from the Mexican drug cartels he betrayed back in Arizona. But when Rice finds the carcass of a bear killed on the grounds, the quiet solitude he’s so desperately sought is suddenly at risk.  More bears are killed on the preserve and Rice’s obsession with catching the poachers escalates, leading to hostile altercations with the locals and attention from both the law and Rice’s employers. Partnering with his predecessor, a scientist who hopes to continue her research on the preserve, Rice puts into motion a plan that could expose the poachers but risks revealing his own whereabouts to the dangerous people he was running from in the first place.  James McLaughlin expertly brings the beauty and danger of Appalachia to life. The result is an elemental, slow burn of a novel—one that will haunt you long after you turn the final page.  Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin Ecco Press | 9780062742797 | $26.99 | June 2018  buy from an indie  Best Beach Ever by Wendy Wax  Best Beach Ever by Wendy Wax  Hoping for smooth sailing the ladies of Ten Beach Road confront choppy seas...  Forced to rent out or lose their beloved Bella Flora after the loss of their renovation-turned-reality-TV show Do Over, Maddie, Nikki, Avery, Kyra, and Bitsy move into cottages at the Sunshine Hotel and Beach Club believing the worst is over. Only to discover just how uncertain their futures really are.  Maddie struggles with the challenges of dating a rock star whose career has come roaring back to life while Nikki faces the daunting realities of mothering twins at forty-seven. Avery buries herself in a tiny home build in an attempt to dodge commitment issues, and Kyra battles to protect her son from the Hollywood world she once dreamed of joining. And Bitsy is about to find out whether the rewards of seeking revenge will outweigh the risks.  Luckily, when the going gets tough, the ladies of Ten Beach Road know that their friendship—tried and tested—can chase away the darkest clouds and let the sun shine in...  Best Beach Ever by Wendy Wax Berkley Books | 9780399584411 | 16.00 | May 2018  buy from an indie  Country Dark by Chris Offutt  Country Dark by Chris Offutt  Chris Offutt's long-awaited return to fiction after nearly two decades, Country Dark is a fierce noir-inflected novel about a good man pushed by circumstance into crime.  Chris Offutt is an outstanding literary talent, whose work has been called “lean and brilliant” (The New York Times Book Review) and compared by reviewers to Tobias Wolff, Ernest Hemingway, and Raymond Carver. He's been awarded the Whiting Writers Award for Fiction/Nonfiction and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Fiction Award, among numerous other honors. His first work of fiction in nearly two decades, Country Dark is a taut, compelling novel set in rural Kentucky from the Korean War to 1970.  Tucker, a young veteran, returns from war to work for a bootlegger. He falls in love and starts a family, and while the Tuckers don't have much, they have the love of their home and each other. But when his family is threatened, Tucker is pushed into violence, which changes everything. The story of people living off the land and by their wits in a backwoods Kentucky world of shine-runners and laborers whose social codes are every bit as nuanced as the British aristocracy, Country Dark is a novel that blends the best of Larry Brown and James M. Cain, with a noose tightening evermore around a man who just wants to protect those he loves. It reintroduces the vital and absolutely distinct voice of Chris Offutt, a voice we've been missing for years.  Country Dark by Chris Offutt Grove Press | 9780802127792 | 24.00 | April 2018  buy from an indie  Dread Nation by Justina Ireland  Dread Nation by Justina Ireland  A story of the undead like you've never read before, Justina Ireland's Dread Nation is a fresh, stunning, and powerful meditation on race in America wrapped in an alternate-history adventure where Confederate and Union soldiers rise from the dead at the end of the Civil War.  Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Civil War–era America—derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children to attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It's a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society's expectations.  But that's not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston's School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn't pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.  At once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, Dread Nation is Justina Ireland's stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar—a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet.  Dread Nation by Justina Ireland Balzer & Bray/Harperteen | 9780062570604 | 17.99 | April 2018  buy from an indie  Florida by Lauren Groff  Florida by Lauren Groff  The bold new book from the celebrated New York Times-bestselling author of Fates and Furies.  Best Beach Ever by Wendy Wax Country Dark by Chris Offutt Dread Nation by Justina Ireland Florida by Lauren Groff Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace by Carole Boston Weatherford I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain by Will Walton In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills by Jennifer Haupt Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth RushSouthernmost by Silas HouseThe Darkest Time of Night by Jeremy FinleyThe High Tide Club by Mary Kay AndrewsThe Overstory by Richard PowersThe Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson HarveyThe View From Here by Lynne Hinton
Varina by Charles Frazier

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