ABA Introduces New Way for Booksellers to Suggest Education Topics, Speakers

    ABA is inviting booksellers to offer suggestions year-round about education topics, panelists, and speakers via two new forms on BookWeb.

    Register Now for August “Owning a Bookstore” Workshop Retreat

    Paz & Associates will present its next workshop retreat for new and prospective booksellers from August 27 to 30 in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Now on BookWeb: Bookstore Strategies for Becoming More Inclusive

    Booksellers can now access a list of suggestions generated during ABA education sessions aimed at helping stores develop strategies for strengthening the unique role they play in their communities.

    ABA at BookExpo: Mecca Santana on Hiring for Diversity

    On June 1, Mecca Santana, the vice president of diversity and community relations and chief diversity officer for Westchester Medical Health Network, shared tips and best practices for hiring diversely.

    Learn How to Create a Bookstore Press Kit

    A video of last month’s webinar on creating an effective bookstore press kit, as well as a checklist of important information to include, is available to all ABA member booksellers on BookWeb.

    Video of Webinar on Creating an Effective Bookstore Press Kit Now on BookWeb

    A video of the May 11 webinar on creating an effective bookstore press kit, as well as a checklist of the important information to include, is now available to all ABA member booksellers on

    Ci5 Education: Fostering an Inclusive Environment for Staff and Customers With Disabilities

    At last month’s ABC Children’s Institute, a panel of booksellers discussed how they modified their stores to become more inclusive spaces for people with disabilities.

    Best Practices for Creating an Effective Bookstore Press Kit

    Maribeth Pelly, founder of Easy Marketing Strategies and the event planner for New Jersey’s BookTowne, presented a webinar for ABA members on how to create a press kit for their stores.

    ABA President, Vice President Encourage Members to Make the Most of BookExpo

    In a May 10 e-mail, ABA President Betsy Burton and Vice President Robert Sindelar urged members to take maximum advantage of all the opportunities provided by the association at BookExpo.

    ABA to Present Four Education Sessions at BookExpo 2017

    ABA education at BookExpo 2017 will feature sessions on hiring for diversity, selling controversial books, and migrating to Edelweiss+, as well as a session for authors interested in working with indies.

    Ci5: Understanding Development and Reading Styles to Connect with Middle Grade and YA Readers

    During an education session at the fifth ABC Children’s Institute, booksellers learned tips and strategies for hand-selling books to middle-grade and young-adult readers.

    Deadlines Approach for Exclusive ABA Events at BookExpo

    Booksellers planning to participate in the Meet the Editor or Publicists Speed Dating programs at BookExpo 2017 must sign up by May 12; the deadline to register for the ABC/CBC Speed Dating Lunch With Children’s Authors is May 15.

    Ci5 Education: Starting a Book Subscription Club

    At the fifth ABC Children’s Institute, bookseller panelists discussed successful strategies for creating, promoting, and managing a book subscription club for young readers.

    Sign Up Now for May 11 Webinar on Creating a Store Press Kit

    May 10 is the deadline for booksellers to register for a webinar on creating a press kit that will communicate their bookstores strongest selling points to publishers.

    Webinar to Present Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating Best Press Kit for Your Store

    On May 11, ABA will host a webinar on creating a press kit that will prepare booksellers for their next conversation with publishers. The webinar will be presented by marketing consultant Maribeth Pelly.


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