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Operations: Time Management for the Small Store

Operations: Time Management for the Small Store (January 24, 2020)
Content related to the education session, Operations: Time Management for the Small Store Winter Institute 2020.
Topic:
  • Operations
Tags:  None

One minute of planning can save you 10 minutes in execution. But when you are one of the only booksellers on staff, finding that one minute can be tough. Panelists will provide useful tools for fighting distraction and tracking time so you can create those efficiencies that lead to improved productivity. Panelists: Dan Cullen, ABA (White Plains, NY), Bel McNeil, Bel & Bunna's Books (Lafayette, CA), Angela Maria Spring, Duende District Bookstore (Washington, D.C.), Kathy Burnette, The Brain Lair (South Bend, IN)

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Events: Managing Events in a Politically Challenging Climate

Events: Managing Events in a Politically Challenging Climate (January 24, 2020)
Content related to the education session, Events: Managing Events in a Politically Challenging Climate Winter Institute 2020.
Topic:
  • Marketing & PR
Tags:
  • Events

In our highly charged and increasingly challenging political landscape, author visits and even authorless events can become a flash point. Managing and pre-planning for potential event disruptions by fully understanding your community, your audience, and your guests can go a long way toward creating solutions. This panel will offer suggestions from booksellers who have experienced store boycotts and both peaceful and not-so-peaceful protestors. Panelists: Dave Grogan, ABA (White Plains, NY), Reiko Redmonde, Revolution Books (Berkeley, CA), Elisa Thomas, Cellar Door Books (Riverside, CA), Bradley Graham, Politics and Prose Bookstore (Washington, DC)

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Together in Courageous Conversation: Politics of Curation

Together in Courageous Conversation: Politics of Curation (January 23, 2020)
Content related to the education session, Together in Courageous Conversation: Politics of Curation Winter Institute 2020.
Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
Tags:  None

This is an opportunity for booksellers to come together to discuss meaningful and often difficult topics. The goal for this conversation is not to find a solution or to provide active take-away steps, but to practice active listening, contributing, and considering other points of view on complex issues facing our industry and society. This session will focus on the politics of curation. What social or economic factors do you consider when you buy, merchandise, hand-sell, and cultivate specific author and publisher relationships? Do you choose to exclude certain titles or authors from your inventory? This conversation will be facilitated by a professional moderator. Panelists: Lexi Beach, Astoria Bookshop (Astoria, NY), Luis Correa, Avid Bookshop (Athens, GA), Kenny Brechner, Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers (Farmington, ME) , Valerie Koehler, Blue Willow Bookshop (Houston, TX), Robert Sindelar, Third Place Books (Lake Forest Park, WA)

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How Bookshop Benefits Independent Booksellers

How Bookshop Benefits Independent Booksellers (January 23, 2020)
Content related to the education session, How Bookshop Benefits Independent Booksellers Winter Institute 2020.
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:
  • Technology

Bookshop CEO Andy Hunter will present Bookshop.org, an online bookstore that financially supports independent bookstores and explain how they hope to work with indies. Bookshop targets book buyers that would otherwise go to the major online retailer, and gives socially conscious book buyers an alternative that supports their values. This session will contain a brief demo of the platform and discussion of how indie bookstores can participate in the profit-sharing and use the platform to sell books and earn revenue. Panelists: Andy Hunter, Bookshop

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Black Female Entrepreneurship: Bookselling and Literacy as Resistance

Black Female Entrepreneurship: Bookselling and Literacy as Resistance (January 23, 2020)
Content related to the education session, Black Female Entrepreneurship: Bookselling and Literacy as Resistance Winter Institute 2020.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:
  • Owners and Managers

The panel brings together respected booksellers, Shirikiana Gerima, Ramunda Lark Young, and Hannah Oliver Depp, to examine the intersections of race, literature, and entrepreneurship. The panelists will explore the importance of their contributions to the bookselling eco-system, activism, and what is required to create diverse, equitable environments. Panelists: Glory Edim, Well-Read Black Girl, Founder (New York, NY), Shirikiana Gerima, Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe (Washington, D.C.), Ramunda Lark Young, MahoganyBooks (Washington, D.C.) , Hannah Oliver Depp, Loyalty Bookstore (Washington, D.C.)

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Events/Programs: Creating Profitable Events

Events/Programs: Creating Profitable Events (January 23, 2020)
Content related to the education session, Events/Programs: Creating Profitable Events Winter Institute 2020.
Topic:
  • Operations
Tags:
  • Events

Events draw foot traffic, residual sales, and often media coverage for our stores. What they don't always draw is profit. But even in today's economic climate of rising minimum wages and other costs, we can produce events that serve both our communities and our profitability. In this session, we'll look at how to execute successful events through planning, budget creation, profit-and-loss analyses, and other tools professional event planners use to help manage the workload and the bottom line. We'll also discuss one of the most important aspects of all—valuing your time and expertise and then charging accordingly, even for authorless events. This session will be presented by Cindy Dach, CEO of Changing Hands Bookstore and is part of the store's professional development series. Panelists: Cindy Dach, Changing Hands Bookstore (Tempe, AZ)

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Indies Introduce: Booksellers Present Debut Authors

Indies Introduce: Booksellers Present Debut Authors (January 23, 2020)
Content related to the education session, Indies Introduce: Booksellers Present Debut Authors Winter Institute 2020.
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:  None

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 about the title selection process from the bookseller panelists who curated the Winter/Spring 2020 Indies Introduce list, which, according to Destenie Fafard of Cellar Door Books (Riverside, CA), provides panelists with “the privilege of reading debut authors’ work and giving a spotlight to those who perhaps wouldn’t be seen without our platform.” Many of the Winter/Spring 2020 Indies Introduce debut authors will be present to read a short passage and answer a question posed by one of the panelists. Authors will be available to sign copies of their debut books following the presentation.

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Technology: Your Bookstore's Podcast

Technology: Your Bookstore's Podcast (January 23, 2020)
Content related to the education session, Technology: Your Bookstore's Podcast Winter Institute 2020.
Topic:
  • Marketing & PR
Tags:
  • Technology

Podcasting has become an increasingly popular way to supplement your store’s programming, boost sales, and generate interest in your store among the literary community and beyond. In this session, we will discuss how to decide if a podcast makes sense for your store, different philosophies regarding the creation of content, the best recording equipment and editing software, different publishing platforms, and how to work with publishers and authors to promote their work and yours. Jason Jefferies, general manager of Quail Ridge Books, host of the store’s podcast, Bookin', and co-director of the North Carolina Book Festival, will moderate this panel. Panelists: Jason Jefferies, Quail Ridge Books (Raleigh, NC), Annie Jones, The Bookshelf (Thomasville, GA), Alena Jones, Seminary Co-op Bookstore and 57th Street Books (Chicago, IL), Layla Saad, author, Sourcebooks

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Leverage Local: Actionable Ideas from Baltimore Indie Retail

Leverage Local: Actionable Ideas from Baltimore Indie Retail (January 23, 2020)
Content related to the education session, Leverage Local: Actionable Ideas from Baltimore Indie Retail Winter Institute 2020.
Topic:
  • Marketing & PR
Tags:  None

Being an independent bookstore in today’s retail environment means working tirelessly to stay connected and relevant to your customers in the store and online, while simultaneously participating in your greater community by advocating for independent retail as a key to downtown economic stability. It’s a big job! And all independent retailers, not just booksellers, are meeting this challenge in various ways. Come to this session to hear from Baltimore’s diverse and unique independent retailer stars, ask questions, and discover ideas to apply to your bookstore. Panelists: Dan Cullen, ABA (White Plains, NY), Tom Mansfield, Charm City Run (Baltimore, MD), Claudia Towles, aMuse Toys (Baltimore, MD), Mark Wasson, A Few Cool Hardware Stores (Washington, D.C./Baltimore, MD/Alexandria, VA), Dan Cullen, ABA (White Plains, NY)

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Inventory: Boost Sales and Increase Your Customer Base with Genre Titles

Inventory: Boost Sales and Increase Your Customer Base with Genre Titles (January 23, 2020)
Content related to the education session, Inventory: Boost Sales and Increase Your Customer Base with Genre Titles Winter Institute 2020.
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:
  • Genre
  • Romance

If you want to boost your sales numbers, this is the session for you! Genre titles include a broad category of topics, including fantasy, science fiction, western, romance, horror, mystery, dystopia, and more. And readers of these genres are often heavily invested in purchasing these titles and participating in the fandom through events, cosplay, and more. Bookseller panelists will review the financial impact of increased attention on genre titles. Panelists: Jenny Cohen, Waucoma Bookstore (Hood River, OR), Amber Brown, Quail Ridge Books (Raleigh, NC), Danny Caine, The Raven Book Store (Lawrence, KS), Emily Hall Schroen, Main Street Books (St. Charles, MO)

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