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As a member of SIBA, we would like to extend to you a special offer to join ABA for $50 for your first year. Founded in 1900, the ABA is a not-for-profit trade organization devoted to meeting the needs of its members through education, business products and services, marketing and advocacy.
Now more than ever, whether a new or used bookstore, it is important for indie bookstores to be part of a larger network. And while the economy is still difficult, and the industry ever-changing, we are confident that indies have a profitable future ahead.
ABA membership includes:
- Education and networking, where you can expand your knowledge of the industry through web-based curriculum guides as well as programs like the annual Winter Institute;
- The Book Buyers Handbook, a fully-searchable database directory of up-to-date information on publisher’s contact information, current promotions and special offers;
- IndieBound D.I.Y, with over 100 design files that can be used for in-store and online marketing, all inspired by local first and independent business advocacy;
- Online Bookseller forums, where you can communicate with other indies all over the country and post questions and comments;
For a full list of ABA membership benefits, please visit this page.
According to SIBA executive director Wanda Jewell, this is an offer that no bookseller should pass up: “The American Booksellers Association offers SIBA members so many programs & opportunities from the robust IndieCommerce website solution and ebook partnership with Kobo to the invaluable ABACUS Survey and a bounty of marketing resources not to mention the extensive advocacy that the ABA offers to the industry as a whole. This is the best deal around. Join today for only $50 and check it out.”
This offer expires on May 15, 2013, so join today using the promo code regional13.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Member Relationship Manager
American Booksellers Association
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In response to an anonymous survey, core members finished the sentence prompt below.
I am a member of SIBA because…
I feel it’s important to support all activities highlighting independent businesses. There are useful communications that help me run my business.
Resources, encouragement, great responsiveness from Wanda to our questions, cutting edge info that is invaluable.
It’s important to support an organization that binds indies together.
I love the resources, the members, the helpful familial atmosphere- and of course, the authors and the books.
I enjoy the trade show and use the holiday catalog each year.
SIBA is a forum of knowledge contact with publishers and authors. We look for SIBA to be the eyes and ears of independent booksellers in a rapidly changing industry. Only as a group will we have a voice.
Community is important.
It is important to continue to support the local organization related to the profession; and to meet and learn from others in the profession
My bookstore has been open for 16 years and I have been a SIBA member for 8. The membership is the single most valuable expenditure (other than merchandise) that I make each year.
As booksellers in the Southeast, we should be.
I bought the store with the membership and decided to keep it.
The invaluable information we receive about authors, new titles, popular titles, the publishing industry, the trade show, networking and feedback from other southern booksellers. Our store would not be viable without all the info and services SIBA provides.
Bookseller Support Professional Association
So far it has been a good resource of ideas and references but I have not been a member too long so it is hard to comment.
of the holiday catalog, the free website, the e-mail community.
of the wealth of information I gain by reading emails, blogs and networking with other members at trade show.
SIBA is wonderful resource for the southern indie bookstores!!
I am a believer that we can help each other remain strong and INDEPENDENT
It is a great support system for my store.
Southern books are our core business
SIBA is invaluable for an independent shop, even when all of its programs are not taken advantage of.
It is a great network
I think it is important to be part of an organization related to my business.
I just opened a used bookstore and can use all the help I can get. I find valuable information on the website.
together we are stronger
tremendous amount of info – you all do a lot of the leg work for booksellers as a whole
of the irreplaceable contacts with publisher reps, authors, and fellow booksellers with whom I mingle at the trade show.
Happy Holidays! Here’s $150 from SIBA!
The Circle of Sites Banners-for-Dues program returns with more options (only available to indie bookstores that meet SIBA’s criteria as a Core Member)
2010 is winding down and the holiday season is upon us, that means it’s time to renew your membership dues for next year. Once again, SIBA is offering bookstores free membership if they will participate in the Circle of Sites program and run a banner on their store website for SIBA.
In otherwords, SIBA wants to give you $150.00.
If you allow SIBA to run a banner on your website, we will waive your membership dues for 2011. Banners change weekly, with no other work or requirement from you.
The deadline to participate is April 1st
What’s new for Circle of Sites in 2011?
- We now offer the option of a horizontal or vertical banner. We heard from many stores that the horizontal banners didn’t always fit into their website design gracefully. For those of you with narrow two- or three-column sites, we now have a vertical option we can provide.
- In order to be eligible for free membership dues, the banner must appear “above the fold” –that is, visible to viewers without scrolling when they first visit store site.
Stores interested in participating in the 2011 Circle of Sites program should contact Nicki at email@example.com with any questions.
The Unchained Tour of Georgia
‘Unchained Tour’ to Barnstorm Georgia for Indie Bookstores
Savannah, Ga. (Sept., 2010) Five Moth raconteurs, a couple of musicians and a juggler are preparing to board an old Blue Bird school bus for a barnstorming “Unchained Tour” of 13 Georgia towns in support of independent bookstores. The tour is set to begin Oct. 11 in St. Simons Island, Ga.
The Unchained Tour is the brainchild of novelist George Dawes Green. In 1997, Mr. Green founded the Moth, a series of storytelling nights in New York City. The Moth has featured such celebrated raconteurs as Salman Rushdie, Garrison Keillor, Malcolm Gladwell and Sam Shepherd. There are now regular Moths in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta and Boston, with plans to expand to four new cities this year, including Berlin, Germany, and Savannah. The new “Moth on the Radio” program on NPR reaches more than 200 radio stations, and is one of the most successful new programs in thirty years.
“We’re embarking on our tour,” Green commented, “to spread the message that indie bookstores should be the vital center of communities. Nights of storytelling and music, of book groups and talent shows, are at the heart of any living town. It’s time to break the chains of the Internet, and of addictive shallow surfing, and get back to books and deep reading and sharing evenings with living breathing people.”
The 1975 Blue Bird school bus is now in Savannah, being painted and refurbished by more than 30 artists, carpenters and mechanics. Following the opening tour date in St. Simons Island, the tour travels to the Georgia communities of Statesboro, Thomasville, Newnan, Macon, Zebulon, Gainesville, Athens, Washington, Savannah, Augusta, Canton and ending the tour with two nights of shows, October 28th and 29th, in Atlanta. The tour schedule is available online at
For more information about the not‐for‐profit Unchained Tour or to purchase tickets or merchandise or make a donation, visit http://theunchainedtour.org/ or e‐mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
George Dawes Green, Founder
Founder of the Moth and acclaimed author of The Caveman’s Valentine, The Juror, and Ravens. He is currently working on his fourth novel.
Lisa Parker Fort, Co‐Founder and Creative Director, an Organizational Consultant who has worked as the Volunteer Coordinator and Event Director for The Savannah Book Festival, Location Consultant for Kingsgate Films, Program Development for the Family Enrichment Program and Speaker Coordinator and Program Chairman for the Episcopal Church Women of Saint John’s Church.
Francis Allen, Executive Director and Daddy Rabbit, Former President and CEO of Syntheny, Ltd. Currently active in community gardening, serving on Board of Directors of Savannah Urban Garden Alliance and Co‐Founder/Garden Manager of Starfish Community Garden. If you can read and don’t, do not for a minute consider yourself
superior to someone who wants to read and can’t. – Francis Allen
Chad Faries, Vice‐President: Chad Faries was raised mostly in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, but lived in 24 houses by the time he was 10 years old. These experiences are chronicled in his forthcoming memoir, And Then We Moved (Emergency Press February, 2011) . His poetry collection, The Border Will Be Soon, was the winner of the Emergency Press open book competition in 2005. The Book of Knowledge, a poetry collection whose design and contents were inspired by a 1911 children’s encyclopedia, was just published by Vulgar Marsala Press. He has published poems, essays, photographs, interviews, and creative non‐fiction in Exquisite Corpse, Southeast Review, New American Writing, Barrow Street, The Hawaii Review, Afterimage, Post Road, and others. He has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin‐Milwaukee and was a Fulbright Fellow in Budapest. He has lived extensively and taught in Central Europe. Currently he is an Asst. Professor at Savannah State University where he also hosts a theme based storytelling and music program on WHCJ 90.3 . He now owns a house in Thunderbolt, GA but lives abroad and
gets lost on his motorcycle whenever he can. More info can be found at www.chadfaries.com.
Ariel Janzen, Secretary: Ariel holds a masters degree from the Savannah College of Art & Design and has over 12 years
of web, print and identity design experience, having worked as an art director in Toronto before relocating to Savannah in 2001. In 2004 she founded the graphic design firm brightwhitespace, which has re‐branded dozens of organizations including the City of Savannah, designed and helped publish dozens of books, and launched countless websites. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in literature, loves typography and kerns letters in her spare time. www.brightwhitespace.com
Samita Wolfe, Producer: Samita Wolfe is currently a senior in the environmental science program with Savannah State
University. She spent five years in the military where she learned how to “take care of business.” She drives a pick‐up truck, raises chickens and co‐owns an online vintage store. She spends her spare time studying organic chemistry and listening to NPR, now that’s taking care of business!
Tina McElroy Ansa, Storyteller
Tina McElroy Ansa is a novelist, publisher, filmmaker, teacher and journalist. But above all, she is a storyteller. She calls herself, “part of a long and honored writing tradition, one of those little Southern girls who always knew she wanted to be a writer.” She grew up in Middle Georgia in the 1950s hearing her grandfather’s stories on the porch of her family home and strangers’ stories downtown in her father’s juke joint, which have inspired Mulberry, Georgia, the
mythical world of her five novels, “Baby of the Family” (Mariner, 1991), “Ugly Ways” (Mariner, 1995), “The Hand I Fan With” (Anchor, 1997), “You Know Better” (Harper, 2003), and “Taking After Mudear” (DownSouth Press, 2008).
Cary Ann Hearst & Michael Trent, Musicians
Cary Ann Hearst has a snappy turn of phrase, a simple sense of melody and primeval sense of guitar rhythm that is a direct result of her Nashville upbringing and she shouldn’t be missed. Her song, Hells Bells, ended Episode 6 of this season’s True Blood series on HBO. Michael Trent has a knack for amazing melodies. Check out his new album The Winner. The duo has recorded an album, Shovel & Rope, that is getting much praise. They play a unique blend of country and back‐woodsy blues. The duo’s artistic chemistry is startling and the soulful duo shouldn’t be missed.
Dan Kennedy, Storyteller
Dan Kennedy is a writer and comedy/story telling performer living in New York City and the author of the national best seller “Rock On” (Algonquin, 2008), which the London Times named a Book of The Year, and the widely‐acclaimed debut “Loser Goes First” (Crown, 2004). He’s a longstanding contributor at McSweeney’s dot net, and a regular host of The Moth’s StorySLAM events in New York as well as The Moth podcast.
Edgar Oliver, Storyteller
Edgar Oliver is an American stage and film actor, poet, performance artist and playwright. Born in Savannah, Georgia, he has lived and worked in New York City since 1977. He is considered “a legend” of the downtown New York theatre scene. He started performing in New York at the Pyramid in the mid‐1980′s alongside artists including Hapi Phace, Kembra Pfahler, Samoa and playwright Kestutis Nakas. His published works include A Portrait of New York by a Wanderer There and summer and The Man Who Loved Plants.
Juliet Hope Wayne, Storyteller
Juliet Hope Wayne was named “Best Storyteller in Philadelphia” and was the first female to win the Grandslam at The Moth in New York City. She received her BA in Animation with a minor in Textile Design and has since worked for The Fabric Workshop Museum and The Cartoon Network. She’s currently working on a “Little Golden Book”‐type project for grown‐ups which will feature her stories illustrated and accompanied by a DVD of animated and live versions.
Katy Rose Cox, Fiddler
Originally from Austin, Texas, Katy Rose Cox has been referred to as virtuosic. She is accomplished in classical, pop, and bluegrass styles, and has performed in venues all over the US, from punk clubs like CBGB’S to classical performance spaces like Carnegie Hall.
Wanda Bullard, Storyteller
Wanda Bullard grew up in Boonville Mississippi, but has been living on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia for the past 15 years. A teacher for 40 years, she currently works with emotionally disturbed and behaviorally disordered 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in Brunswick, Georgia. The initial inspiration for The Moth came from nights of storytelling on Wanda’s porch.
Tour Destinations – Venue – Date – Time of Event
Brunswick/St. Simons Island – Palm Coast Coffee – 10/11/2010 – 7:30pm
Statesboro – The Emma Kelly Theatre – Averitt Center for the Arts – 10/12/2010 – 7:30pm
Thomasville – The Bookshelf & Gallery – 10/13/2010 – 7:30pm
Newnan – Newnan Carnegie Library – 10/14/2010 – 7:30pm
Macon – Cox Capital Theatre – 10/15/2010 – 8:00pm
Zebulon – A Novel Experience – 10/16/2010 – 8:00pm
Gainesville – Outdoor Amphitheatre, NE Georgia History Center – 10/19/2010 – 7:30pm
Athens – Seney-Stovall Chapel – 10/20/2010 – 7:30pm
Washington – Retro Cinema & Books – 10/21/2010 – 7:30pm
Savannah – Venue TBA – 10/22/2010 – 8:00pm
Savannah – SCAD River House – 10/23/2010 – 8:00pm
Augusta – Le Chat Noir – 10/26/2010 – 7:30pm
Canton – Historic Canton Theatre – 10/27/2010 – 7:30pm
Atlanta – Manuel’s Tavern – 10/28/2010 – 8:00pm
The Unchained Tour of Georgia
www.theunchainedtour.org Page 8
Atlanta – Manuel’s Tavern – 10/29/2010 – 8:00pm
In the Media:
The Tale of a Yarn Spinner
By Melik Kaylan, The Wall Street Journal
George Dawes Green talks about The Moth, where storytellers take flight
By Ben Machell
The Moth Mainstage … That’s the truth, really
By Marylynne Pitz, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Unchained Tour of Georgia (ft. storytellers) coming
The Unchained Tour of Georgia
www.theunchainedtour.org Page 9
By Janet Geddis, Beyond the Trestle
The George Dawes Green Interview: A Storyteller’s Storyteller…
By James Calemine, Swampland.com
The Unchained Tour
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I picked up a great magazine at my local grocery store yesterday and am so enamored of it. It is called ReadyMade and they appear to be doing a great job of connecting the content from print to online. So much of what I saw and read was enlightening as to how to combine the new options with the old but I was most drawn to the Required Reading article right up front on page 10. This is a brilliant idea, that with free online tools, can be easily replicated, packaged, and sold by indie bookstores in the south.
Basically, the idea is this: Bookseller as bibliotherapist — all of us are looking out for ways to improve our lives, whether spiritually, emotionally, or physically and we readers intersect with stories and books that inspire or entertain or educate us. So booksellers write book prescriptions – the right read for what ails you.
Get in Bed # 4 af·fil·i·ate/v. əˈfɪliˌeɪt; n. əˈfɪliɪt, -ˌeɪt/
–verb (used with object)
4. to adopt. As in Get in Bed with…
5. Law . to fix the paternity of, as an illegitimate child: The mother affiliated her child upon John Doe. As in get in bed with…
–verb (used without object)
8. Commerce . Book Bloggers can affiliate with Indie Bookstores and share in the profits of books sold via their blog. Indie Bookstores can affiliate with any commerce concern that seeks to sell books online by sharing in the profits of books sold via the commerce concern. As to commerce, affiliate and reseller and often interchanged.
9. a person who is affiliated; associate; auxiliary. SIBA’s core bookstore members are affiliated with SIBA.
Use affiliate in a Sentence: “I look forward to the day where all of SIBA’s Indie Bookstores are selling books and ebooks online via their own websites and via affiliates of the communities they already support like book bloggers, authors, local schools, churches, libraries, other retailers, and more than I can imagine.”
FOR WEEK FOUR:
1. Check out some affiliate options by clicking on affiliate & affiliation throughout the above dictionary entry. Consider applying to be an affiliate of an indie bookstore.
1. See if your online shopping cart option offers an affiliate program.
That’s it. Stop. More next week unless you’d like to do this *****BONUS ACTIVITY*****