Spring Forums Wrap Up May 8 in New Jersey

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This season’s schedule of 11 ABA Booksellers Forums will come to an end on Wednesday, May 8, in Maplewood, New Jersey. ABA member booksellers and non-members alike are invited to join ABA CEO Oren Teicher, Senior Program Officer Joy Dallanegra-Sanger, Content Officer Dan Cullen, and Member Relationship Manager Kaitlin Pitcher at [words] bookstore in Maplewood, New Jersey, for an education session and an open forum discussion over lunch, presented in conjunction with the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association.

The program will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the education session “The Top 10 Things You Must Do Now!” which focuses on creative things that booksellers can do to make their stores more successful and profitable in 2013. Culled from a recent member survey, these top 10 ideas feature best practices in a broad range of categories, including marketing/promotion, finances, store operations, human resources, inventory, ambiance, and customer service, that have been a success at other indie bookstores.

The education program will be followed by the ABA Booksellers Forum from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. over lunch.Teicher will lead the open discussion of industry issues, but booksellers are encouraged to come prepared to raise questions and concerns.

For planning purposes, booksellers who will be attending are asked to RSVP to Kaitlin Pitcher by Wednesday, May 1. Questions should also be addressed to Pitcher.

[words] is located at 179 Maplewood Avenue in Maplewood.