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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Representation in Publishing: Why it Matters and Where Publishing is Headed

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Representation in Publishing: Why it Matters and Where Publishing is Headed (June 28, 2019)
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In this session, a panel of diverse publishers will share their experiences in publishing, including how the industry is changing, where it still needs to grow, and efforts bookstores can take to raise awareness, lift voices, and support authors of color.

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Operations & Finances: Utilizing Co-op

Operations & Finances: Utilizing Co-op (June 28, 2019)
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“Co-op” is a word booksellers often hear from publishers, but it can be quite confusing to try to decipher what it is. In this session, bookstores that maximize their spending using co-op dollars will share with attendees:

  • What co-op is
  • Where co-op comes from
  • How a store can save by using their accrued co-op dollars
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Afternoon Keynote: Elizabeth Acevedo

Afternoon Keynote: Elizabeth Acevedo (June 28, 2019)
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Elizabeth Acevedo is the author of The Poet X, which won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, the Pura Belpré Award, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. She is a National Poetry Slam champion and holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland. She lives with her partner in Washington, D.C.

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Advanced Bookselling & Special Topics: Author Event Grids

Advanced Bookselling & Special Topics: Author Event Grids (June 28, 2019)
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You know you want to bring authors to your store and into area schools, but how do you begin to ask publishers? Two words: “Author Grids.” In this session, panelists who have mastered the author grid will share with attendees:

  • Tips for a perfect pitch
  • The power of your sales rep
  • How to create a stellar general event profile
  • How to anticipate attendance
  • How to request access to grids
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Programming & Partnerships: Customer Loyalty Programs

Programming & Partnerships: Customer Loyalty Programs (June 28, 2019)
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There’s nothing like walking into your favorite bookstore and being on a first-name basis with the staff. Why not say, “Thank you for being a friend,” and reward customers’ loyalty with a frequent buyer card, membership subscription, or other benefit program that will keep them coming back over and over again? A panel of booksellers with robust customer loyalty programs will share:

  • Background on their store’s customer loyalty programs
  • How to create a program that rewards the customer but also the store
  • How to onboard customers
  • How to market the program
  • How to integrate a new program into your store’s culture
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Buying & Selling: Subscription Boxes

Buying & Selling: Subscription Boxes (June 28, 2019)
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With hundreds of subscription boxes to choose from, how will a customer know that yours is the right one for them? Attendees will learn the following from bookstores that have successful subscription box programs:

  • Best practices for marketing
  • Inventory control
  • Options for special services
  • How to select categories
  • Fulfillment management
  • Order tracking
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Operations & Finances: Categories and Sub-categories for Inventory Maintenance and Control

Operations & Finances: Categories and Sub-categories for Inventory Maintenance and Control (June 28, 2019)
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Optimize your bookstore search and reordering process by implementing tags and keywords for categories and sub-categories in your point-of-sale system, Edelweiss, and in staff reference documents. Attendees of this session will learn:

  • The benefits of using tags and keywords
  • Tag and keyword suggestions
  • Best practices for implementing tags and keywords
  • How to get staff involved
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Glory Edim: Well-Read Black Girl Workshop

Glory Edim: Well-Read Black Girl Workshop (June 28, 2019)
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This year, the American Booksellers Association is partnering with Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim to bring book club meetings to independent bookstores nationwide with the goal of amplifying diverse voices and supporting emerging writers of color. Booksellers are invited to sign on to serve as ambassadors and host Well-Read Black Girl book clubs in their stores throughout the year. Learn more about the partnership.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Conducting a Diversity Audit

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Conducting a Diversity Audit (June 28, 2019)
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Representation matters. #OwnVoices matters. As bearers of knowledge and information for children, it is imperative that a bookstore’s inventory reflects the experiences of all kinds of people to cultivate cultural awareness and engender empathy in youth. One step toward a more inclusive collection of books is to conduct a diversity audit on your store’s inventory. This session will teach attendees how to:

  • Assess their inventory
  • Conduct an audit
  • Identify where attention needs to be focused
  • Use an audit to inform the ordering process
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Operations & Finances: Intro to ABACUS: The Independent Bookstore's Benchmarking Report

Operations & Finances: Intro to ABACUS: The Independent Bookstore's Benchmarking Report (June 28, 2019)
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The ABACUS benchmarking report is designed to provide easy-to-understand guidelines for identifying independent bookstore business performance improvement opportunities. If you have never participated in the survey and would like to learn more about reporting to ABACUS-19, which will open in spring 2020, this session will teach you:

  • The importance of reporting to ABACUS
  • Information you need to prepare to complete the report
  • Best practices from booksellers who reported their store's numbers to the 2018 ABACUS
  • Actionable steps to take when you return home to prepare for ABACUS-19
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