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How Publishers Use Edelweiss Grids and Best Practices for Booksellers (Bookseller and Publisher Panel)

How Publishers Use Edelweiss Grids and Best Practices for Booksellers (Bookseller and Publisher Panel) (February 21, 2023)
Content related to the education session How Publishers Use Edelweiss Grids and Best Practices for Booksellers (Bookseller and Publisher Panel), Winter Institute 2023.
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Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
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  • Events

There are many factors that go into publisher decisions for author visits and tours, and bookseller event grids help them make those choices. In this session, publishers will provide sample event grids, explain how they use them to determine author tours, and share info on what has changed in their approach to events since 2020. Booksellers will learn:
- The number one thing publishers are looking for in potential events
- How to make your event proposal stand out
- How to make your grids more specific
- Important ways to follow up after you submit the grid
- The ways in which publishers determine virtual vs in-person vs hybrid events

 

Speakers: Ronnie Kutys, HarperCollins Publishers (New York, New York); Melissa Bullock-Campion, Macmillan Publishers (New York, New York); Emily Hall Schroen, Main Street Books (St. Charles, Missouri); Wendy Ceballos, Abrams Books (New York, New York)

Doing Well By Doing Good: Community Partnerships to Strengthen Your Network and Your Bottom Line

Doing Well By Doing Good: Community Partnerships to Strengthen Your Network and Your Bottom Line (June 22, 2022)
Content related to the education session Doing Well By Doing Good: Community Partnerships to Strengthen Your Network and Your Bottom Line, Children's Institute 2022.
Topic:
  • Advocacy
  • Buying and Selling
Tags:
  • 101

Community partnerships are an untapped source of income for many stores. They can have a profound impact on a store’s bottom line as well as the soul of the store and its community. A panel of booksellers who work closely with community partners will share how to make initial contact, what format a partnership can take, and how to manage expectations without taking on too much. Attendees will have an opportunity for open discussion and to ask each other questions on community partnerships.

Jennifer Kraar, City of Asylum (Pittsburgh, PA); Lupe Penn, Bookmarks (Winston-Salem, NC); Verlean Singletary, Da Book Joint (Chicago, IL); Laurie Gillman, East City Bookshop (Washington, D.C.)

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Indies Introduce Lunch & Signing

Indies Introduce Lunch & Signing (June 21, 2022)
Content related to the education session Indies Introduce Lunch & Signing, Children's Institute 2022.
Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
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  • Handselling

Indies Introduce is all about what independent booksellers do best: Discovering exciting debut authors and sharing the best with readers across the country. You will hear about the title selection process from the bookseller panelists who curated the list and many of the debut authors will be present to read a short passage and answer a question posed by one of the panelists. Afterwards, authors will move to the signing area where booksellers can meet the authors and get galleys signed.

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NPD Feature Talk: A Children’s Book Market Overview

NPD Feature Talk: A Children’s Book Market Overview (June 21, 2022)
Content related to the education session NPD Feature Talk: A Children’s Book Market Overview, Children's Institute 2022.
Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
  • Marketing & PR
  • Operations
Tags:
  • Children's Bookselling

Brenna Connor, Books Insights Manager of The NPD Group, will break down the state of the US children’s book market including key trends to watch, highest growth areas, and performance by genre, format, and age range. This can’t-miss session is based on the latest NPD BookScan data and Brenna’s industry expertise.

Brenna Connor, NPD Books (Port Washington, NY)

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Merchandising Non-book Gifts and Sidelines

Merchandising Non-book Gifts and Sidelines (June 21, 2022)
Content related to the education session Merchandising Non-book Gifts and Sidelines, Children's Institute 2022.
Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
Tags:
  • 101

Non-book gifts and sidelines support a store’s book inventory, increase dollars per transaction, add value for customers, and enhance a store’s personality. This session will offer merchandising tips to optimize your space, improve profitability, and serve your customers in a way that both increases sales and lets your store’s identity shine.

Alethea Chorey, Second Star to the Right

BJ Hegedus

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Summer-Fall 2022 Adult Indies Introduce Presentation

Summer-Fall 2022 Adult Indies Introduce Presentation (June 8, 2022)
Content related to the education session Summer-Fall 2022 Adult Indies Introduce Presentation, Indies Introduce.
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  • Buying and Selling
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  • Handselling

Indies Introduce is about what independent booksellers do best: Discovering exciting debut authors and sharing the best with readers across the country. You will hear from the bookseller panelists who curated the Summer/Fall 2022 adult list, and many of this season’s debut authors will be present to read a short passage and answer a question posed by a panelist

Curation Through Partnerships with University Presses

Curation Through Partnerships with University Presses (May 24, 2022)
Content related to the education session Curation Through Partnerships with University Presses, Top Ten Things.
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Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
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  • Owners and Managers

Known for cultivating and building solid and symbiotic relationships with bookstores, university presses can be some of the best curation partners you have. Join a panel of booksellers and representatives from university presses as they discuss curation, partnerships, mission, finances, and — oh, yes — favorite titles. 

Featuring:

  • Clancey D'Isa, Seminary Co-op Bookstores (Chicago, IL)
  • Catherine E. Hobbs, Columbia University Press (New York, NY)
  • Gianna LaMorte, University of Texas Press (Austin, TX)
  • Levi Stahl, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL)
  • Alyson Turner, Source Booksellers (Detroit, MI) 
  • Clancey D'Isa, Seminary Co-op Bookstores (Chicago, IL)
  • Catherine E. Hobbs, Columbia University Press (New York, NY)
  • Gianna LaMorte, University of Texas Press (Austin, TX)
  • Levi Stahl, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL)
  • Alyson Turner, Source Booksellers (Detroit, MI) 
 
Curation Through Partnerships with University Presses (May 24, 2022)
Content related to the education session Curation Through Partnerships with University Presses, Top Ten Things.
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  • Buying and Selling
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  • Owners and Managers

Known for cultivating and building solid and symbiotic relationships with bookstores, university presses can be some of the best curation partners you have. Join a panel of booksellers and representatives from university presses as they discuss curation, partnerships, mission, finances, and — oh, yes — favorite titles. 

Featuring:

  • Clancey D'Isa, Seminary Co-op Bookstores (Chicago, IL)
  • Catherine E. Hobbs, Columbia University Press (New York, NY)
  • Gianna LaMorte, University of Texas Press (Austin, TX)
  • Levi Stahl, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL)
  • Alyson Turner, Source Booksellers (Detroit, MI) 
  • Clancey D'Isa, Seminary Co-op Bookstores (Chicago, IL)
  • Catherine E. Hobbs, Columbia University Press (New York, NY)
  • Gianna LaMorte, University of Texas Press (Austin, TX)
  • Levi Stahl, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL)
  • Alyson Turner, Source Booksellers (Detroit, MI) 
 

Technology Meetup - Edelweiss

Technology Meetup - Edelweiss (April 14, 2022)
Content related to the education session Technology Meetup - Edelweiss, ABA Technology Meetups.
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Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
  • Buying and Selling
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  • Technology

Edelweiss provides a lot of tools for book industry professionals, but its core purpose is to be a convenient place for booksellers to order frontlist titles from their sales reps. Join Deidre Dumpson, Retail Success Manager for Edelweiss, in a webinar to learn how the ordering process works.

Cosed captioning is available for this session. Please note that it is machine-generated and is not reviewed for accuracy.

Roundtable: Genre Book Buzz

Roundtable: Genre Book Buzz (March 9, 2022)
Content related to the education session Roundtable: Genre Book Buzz, Snow Days 2022.
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Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
Tags:
  • 101
  • Genre

Guaranteed to be both fun and informative, bookseller moderators will kick off the conversation by sharing their favorite frontlist and backlist genre titles, briefly discuss how the sale of these titles impacts their stores, including marketing and buying, and then invite you to join the conversation. What’s your hottest genre seller? What genre event are you the most proud of? And what titles can you not help but handsell?

Moderators: Mackenzie van Engelenhoven, The King's English Bookshop (Salt Lake City, UT); Jessica Hahl, Country Bookshelf (Bozeman, ID); Audrey Huang, Belmont Books (Belmont, MA); Anne Holman, The King's English Bookshop (Salt Lake City, UT); , (, )

Roundtable: Best Practices for Optimizing Store-Branded Merchandise

Roundtable: Best Practices for Optimizing Store-Branded Merchandise (March 8, 2022)
Content related to the education session Roundtable: Best Practices for Optimizing Store-Branded Merchandise, Snow Days 2022.
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Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
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  • 101

Bookstore-branded merchandise is an important way to capitalize on the story and personality of your store. If you have had success with various vendors or specific merchandise, come share your experiences with your colleagues! And if you are considering offering branded merchandise, but aren’t sure where to start, this is the perfect space to ask for recommendations. Come prepared to crowdsource ideas, best practices, and resources — and to learn.

Moderators: Danny Caine, Raven Book Store (Lawrence, KS); Rachel Watkins, Avid Bookshop (Athens, GA); Jake Cumsky-Whitlock, Solid State Books (Washington, DC)

Technology Meetup - NPD BookScan

Technology Meetup - NPD BookScan (February 10, 2022)
Content related to the education session Technology Meetup - NPD BookScan, ABA Technology Meetups.
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
  • Buying and Selling
Tags:
  • Technology

NPD BookScan™ reporting retailers receive complimentary access to our Title & Bestseller service. Learn all about NPD BookScan and our flexible, intuitive web-based dashboard by attending the February 10th ABA Technology Meetup. In this one-hour session, you get an introduction to our tools, such as Basic Search, Bestsellers, Collections, and Graphing, to help you measure, predict, and improve performance.

Session Follow-up:

During this session, a question about how to report your online sales, specifically if you're using the IndieCommerce service came up.  The answer is yes, you should be reporting your online sales, from IC or any other ecommerce system.The IndieCommerce team has created a facility for exporting online sales data for IndieCommerce and IndieLite stores. Booksellers can find instructions for combining online and in-store sales here. IndieCommerce and IndieLite members will find the new option in the Admin menu under Store > Reports > New York Times Bestseller Report (this works for both BookWeb and New York Times). Detailed instructions for reporting all sales can be found here

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Roundtable: Optimizing Sales with Gift Bundles, Curated Boxes & Sidelines

Roundtable: Optimizing Sales with Gift Bundles, Curated Boxes & Sidelines (September 1, 2021)
Content related to the education session Roundtable: Optimizing Sales with Gift Bundles, Curated Boxes & Sidelines, Children's Institute 2021.
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Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
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  • 101

Gift bundles, mystery bundles, themed subscription boxes, and sidelines are a strategic way to drive sales. Booksellers attending this discussion can share how they have used the idea of bundles to increase sales. Examples of discussion topics are how bookstores are balancing the number of items in a bundle, how they are marketing the bundle as a product they have to offer, and the variety of sidelines and non-book items they are including.

Roundtable: Learning Tools for Academic Achievement

Roundtable: Learning Tools for Academic Achievement (September 1, 2021)
Content related to the education session Roundtable: Learning Tools for Academic Achievement, Children's Institute 2021.
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  • Buying and Selling
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  • Children's Bookselling

As children return to school, bookstores are in a position to assist young people in reaching academic goals after months of remote learning and less formal instruction due to the world health crisis. During this discussion, booksellers can share ideas for less formal education materials that can help kids learn.

Storytime with Kate DiCamillo

Storytime with Kate DiCamillo (September 1, 2021)
Content related to the education session Storytime with Kate DiCamillo, Children's Institute 2021.
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Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
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  • Children's Bookselling

Enjoy a storytime interlude with Kate DiCamillo, as she reads from her newest middle grade novel The Beatryce Prophecy (Candlewick Press). Storytime is a reprieve from a busy day and a time to recall the joy and comfort we all experience when someone reads to us.

Storytime with Max Greenfield

Storytime with Max Greenfield (August 31, 2021)
Content related to the education session Storytime with Max Greenfield, Children's Institute 2021.
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  • Buying and Selling
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  • Children's Bookselling

Enjoy a storytime interlude with Max Greenfield, as he reads from his upcoming release I Don't Want to Read This Book (G.P Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers). Storytime is a reprieve from a busy day and a time to recall the joy and comfort we all experience when someone reads to us.

Operational Workflows: Returns

Operational Workflows: Returns (March 11, 2021)
Content related to the education session Operational Workflows: Returns, Top Ten Things.
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Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
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  • 101

Join a conversation with your bookselling colleagues to discuss the returns process and how best to navigate the what, when, and how of returns. Are you pulling by section or publisher, and why? Are you pulling quarterly, monthly, daily, and why? How do you manage staff scheduling and minimize your freight costs? Note: This conversation will focus on workflow and operations and will not include a discussion on inventory management.

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Operational Workflows: Returns (March 11, 2021)
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Join a conversation with your bookselling colleagues to discuss the returns process and how best to navigate the what, when, and how of returns. Are you pulling by section or publisher, and why? Are you pulling quarterly, monthly, daily, and why? How do you manage staff scheduling and minimize your freight costs? Note: This conversation will focus on workflow and operations and will not include a discussion on inventory management.

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Winter Institute 16 Rep Picks Video #13

Winter Institute 16 Rep Picks Video #13 (February 20, 2021)
Content related to the education session Winter Institute 16 Rep Picks Video #13, Winter Institute 2021.
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Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
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  • Handselling

This video features the Rep picks presentations from Two Rivers, Beacon Press, Wiley, ECW Press, Other Press, as seen at Wi16 on February 20, 2021. Rep picks packets are available here: https://www.bookweb.org/wi16-rep-picks-packets

Winter Institute 16 Rep Picks Video #18

Winter Institute 16 Rep Picks Video #18 (February 20, 2021)
Content related to the education session Winter Institute 16 Rep Picks Video #18, Winter Institute 2021.
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  • Buying and Selling
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  • Handselling

This video features Rep Picks presentations from Candlewick Press, Ingram Publisher Services, Orca Book Publishers, Cameron Kids, and NorthSouth Books.

Rep picks packets are available here.

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