The Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates will present its next Owning a Bookstore Workshop Retreat for new and prospective booksellers from August 27 to 30 in Nashville, Tennessee.
The workshop, which aims to provide participants with the information and skills they need to develop a profitable and sustainable business, will include field trips to Parnassus Books, co-owned by Karen Hayes and bestselling author Ann Patchett, and to Ingram Book Company’s home offices and primary warehouse in La Vergne.
Trainees will be expected to first complete a self-study online training program to gain an understanding of start-up investment requirements, learn how to assess the strength of a community to sustain a bookstore, be able to judge location options, and understand bookstore financial dynamics. Using video presentations, hand-outs, spreadsheets, and exercises, the online training is designed to provide the fundamentals of the bookstore business.
The workshop retreat will then address the key elements of store design, how to buy books and non-book merchandise, the disciplines of inventory management, how to effectively use a bookstore computer system, successful marketing strategies, developing an exceptional staff, and more. Attendees will also learn the best practices of some of the most successful independent bookstores.
Co-sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, the program, facilitated by Paz & Associates’ Donna Paz Kaufman and Mark Kaufman, will include guest booksellers and trainers who will share their frontline expertise.
For details, visit PazBookBiz.com or call (904) 277-2664. ABA members are entitled to discounted tuition and should call to register.
The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.
Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.