Wi2023 Program

 

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Monday, February 20, 2023  

8:00 am to 8:30 am

8:00 am to 7:00 pm

Pick up your badge, the official Wi2023 welcome bag sponsored by Simon & Schuster Children's Books, and a full schedule of Institute events from ABA’s Membership team. Also on hand to greet you will be representatives from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) and Binc.

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Seattle is famous for its bookstores and we have lined up a fantastic full-day tour to visit a variety of stores. Registration for bookstore tours will open on Wednesday, October 19. Watch Bookselling This Week for details!

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

The Affinity Groups are closed spaces for booksellers and bookstore owners who identify as members of the BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, Disability, and/or Neurodivergent communities to gather for connection, support, community, resources, and networking. While allies are greatly appreciated, those who do not identify personally as a member of the BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, Disability, and/or Neurodivergent communities should not plan to attend that group’s coinciding meetup.
Please find the locations for each affinity group below:
BIPOC - Cedar A
Disability - Madrona
LGBTQIA2S+ - Cedar B
Neurodiverse - Juniper

Open to booksellers from all regions, this space is an opportunity to grab a beverage, chat with colleagues, or just put your feet up and take a break before heading back to the conference.

Pre-registration required; space is limited and lunch is provided.
This is a one-day seminar for anyone interested in opening a bookstore or buying an existing store. The workshop is open to all booksellers but is limited to three booksellers per ABA member store. Admission to Winter Institute is optional but guaranteed; the Wi2023 registration fee applies. Registrants interested in purchasing a copy of Owning a Bookstore: The Essential Planning Guide may do so at the discounted rate of $149 plus shipping and handling (reg. $189). The workshop will be facilitated by Donna Paz Kaufman and Mark Kaufman of Paz & Associates Bookstore Training Group and co-owners of Story & Song Bookstore Bistro (Amelia Island, FL). Register here

Sign up for 15-minute slots to meet with participating publishers. Registered booksellers will be provided with a link to an online appointment calendar for participating publishers. Booksellers will be offered the opportunity to sign up in January.

The Quiet Room is intended to provide a quiet, calm space where attendees can spend time away from stimuli such as noise, bright light, and other stimuli of conference spaces. Put your feet up and relax. This space is not available for conversations or meetings.

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Whether you have owned a store for many years and are considering exiting a much-loved business, are planning for your store’s long-term future, or are a bookseller exploring options for keeping a business viable for many years to come, this is the session for you. This seminar will cover store valuation, alternate models for succession, how to raise capital, the importance of an emergency plan, and more!

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Seattle is famous for its bookstores and we have lined up a fantastic half-day tour to visit a variety of stores. Registration for bookstore tours will open on Wednesday, October 19. Watch Bookselling This Week for details!

The Independent Publishers Caucus is an advocacy group with a mission to foster a true and mutually beneficial sense of community among independent publishers, between publishers and booksellers, and with readers through a variety of initiatives and shared resources. This meeting is open to all independent publishers and their staff.

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Whether this is your first ever Winter Institute or you have attended many times before, plan to join your colleagues for a brief orientation and the opportunity to meet old and new colleagues. Come in for a 20–30 minute presentation on how to get the most out of your Winter Institute experience, followed by an opportunity to meet other booksellers like you. The ballroom will be set in round tables devoted to affinity and subset groups so that you can meet booksellers with shared interests. You can connect with other Mission-Driven Stores, then head over to your LGBTQIA2S+ affinity group table before joining the conversation at the Pop-up Stores table! Join one table for the entire hour or hop from table to table to meet as many folks as you can.

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Join us as we welcome you to Seattle and celebrate W. W. Norton’s 100th Anniversary! Enjoy cocktails, snacks, and the company of your colleagues from around the country. The reception will be co-sponsored by W. W. Norton.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023  

7:00 am to 7:30 am

Drop in for this meditation class and begin your day with clarity. This 30-minute session includes a 20-minute guided mindfulness meditation, as well as time for Q&A. After focusing your mind with simple mindfulness techniques, the facilitator will lead you in setting a clear intention for the day ahead. You’ll leave with a sense of clarity and purpose.

7:00 am to 5:30 pm

Pick up your badge, the official Wi2023 welcome bag, and a full schedule of Institute events from ABA’s Membership team.

7:45 am to 9:00 am

Enjoy breakfast while hearing from a speaker to be announced! Seating is unassigned.

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

While you will find individual Affinity Group spaces at the Sheraton for the BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, Disability, and Neurodiverse communities, this room at the Seattle Convention Center will be open to all Affinity Groups during the event.

The Affinity Groups are closed spaces for booksellers and bookstore owners who identify as members of the BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, Disability, and/or Neurodivergent communities to gather for connection, support, community, resources, and networking. While allies are greatly appreciated, those who do not identify personally as a member of the BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, Disability, and/or Neurodivergent communities should not plan to attend that group’s coinciding meetup.
Please find the locations for each affinity group below:
BIPOC - Cedar A
Disability - Madrona
LGBTQIA2S+ - Cedar B
Neurodiverse - Juniper

Open to booksellers from all regions, this space is an opportunity to grab a beverage, chat with colleagues, or just put your feet up and take a break before heading back to the conference.

“...poetry began when somebody walked off of a savanna or out of a cave and looked up at the sky with wonder and said, ‘Ahhh.’ That was the first poem.” — (Lucille Clifton)
Take a moment to experience the “ahhh.” Stop by the Poetry Theater to watch a video of poets reading their work.

The Quiet Room is intended to provide a quiet, calm space where attendees can spend time away from stimuli such as noise, bright light, and other stimuli of conference spaces. Put your feet up and relax. This space is not available for conversations or meetings. Also, please note that there are additional places to sit throughout the Seattle Convention Center.

9:00 am to 1:20 pm

Batch for Books is an electronic invoicing system created for booksellers and publishers in the U.S. The software-assisted service helps initiate payments between vendors and bookstore retailers at no cost to bookstores.Register here

IndieCommerce, IndieLite, and IndieCommerce 2.0 are ABA’s fully transactional, content-rich e-commerce platforms designed specifically for independent bookstore websites. Both users and non-users of IndieCommerce, IndieLite, and IndieCommerce 2.0 are invited to schedule one-on-one time with a program specialist from the IndieCommerce team. Space is limited, but walk-ins are welcome. Booksellers will be able to sign up for appointments starting Wednesday, January 18.

Meet with small and mid-size publishers for informal conversations. These publishers, many of which are first-time ABA event sponsors, will have sample copies of their books, and some will have additional copies for giveaways.

Check out gift vendors, ABA business solution partners, POS vendors, and other service providers at the expanded Vendor Showcase (formerly the Consultation Station). Check the Wi2023 site on BookWeb.org often for the full list of participating vendors and to make appointments.

9:00 am to 6:20 pm

The always-popular Galley Room is filled with ARCs of upcoming titles from Wi2023 sponsors. A limited supply of book totes will be on hand. The PartnerShip/FedEx Shipping Desk will also be open to assist in shipping your galleys back to your bookstores.

9:20 am to 10:20 am

Please check your badge for your room assignment. Join your colleagues and members of the ABA Board in conversation about issues raised by the Breakfast Keynote. Group and room assignments are printed on attendee badges.

Publishing colleagues are invited to gather for conversation and education on a topic to be announced.

10:40 am to 11:40 am

Bookstores are places that go beyond merchandising — they transport readers to other worlds. The physical environment of your store should do the same and evoke the transportive experience of reading. Curate delight through all five senses! Partner with local candlemakers to create scent marketing for your store; bring in signature sweets; learn how to use cinematic color palettes that capture the mood of your store; create playlists that set the vibe and show off your booksellers’ personalities; even unique textiles tell a story. Find the magic ingredients that can be used to curate the unique experience of being in YOUR store. In this workshop, you will reimagine your store as a garden of earthly delights, and come up with a plan to curate delight in your store. (All)

In this session, frontline booksellers will discuss the issues of our time. Come to this session to share meaningful solutions with your colleagues on day-to-day business operations and personal concerns that you deal with in the bookstore: Use of masks, free speech conversations, mental health emergencies with customers, shoplifting, DEI best practices, and more. (All)

A good hiring process will help you attract and retain high-quality booksellers who are passionate about your mission. Onboarding new employees, while time consuming, can make or break that employee’s successful transition from a new employee to an involved and productive employee. If it’s been a while since you took some time to think about hiring and onboarding in a strategic way, then this session is for you! Booksellers who have developed processes around these critical bookstore procedures will share hiring and onboarding strategies for bookstores of all sizes. (Managers)

There are many factors that go into publisher decisions for author visits and tours, and bookseller event grids help them make those choices. In this session, publishers will provide sample event grids, explain how they use them to determine author tours, and share info on what has changed in their approach to events since 2020. Booksellers will learn:
- The number one thing publishers are looking for in potential events
- How to make your event proposal stand out
- How to make your grids more specific
- Important ways to follow up after you submit the grid
- The ways in which publishers determine virtual vs in-person vs hybrid events (All)

All children who pass through the doors of a bookstore are potential lifetime customers. This session will educate booksellers on the fundamentals of literacy and development during the critical years of early childhood education, and equip stores with the tools and language needed to help young readers forge a path toward a lifelong love of reading. Presented by the ABC Children’s Group for all booksellers. (All)

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Enjoy lunch while hearing from a speaker to be announced! Seating is unassigned for this lunch.

1:20 pm to 3:20 pm

International guests are invited to join their colleagues from around the world for an informative discussion about the current state of the American book business.

Check your badge to find your room assignment!

Winter Institute book sales reps will share great upcoming titles from publisher sponsors. Seats are assigned; table numbers are printed on bookseller badges. Booksellers are expected to attend. Coffee will be served.

3:20 pm to 5:30 pm

Batch for Books is an electronic invoicing system created for booksellers and publishers in the U.S. The software-assisted service helps initiate payments between vendors and bookstore retailers at no cost to bookstores. Register here

IndieCommerce, IndieLite, and IndieCommerce 2.0 are ABA’s fully transactional, content-rich e-commerce platforms designed specifically for independent bookstore websites. Both users and non-users of IndieCommerce, IndieLite, and IndieCommerce 2.0 are invited to schedule one-on-one time with a program specialist from the IndieCommerce team. Space is limited, but walk-ins are welcome. Booksellers will be able to sign up for appointments starting Wednesday, January 18.

Meet with small and mid-size publishers for informal conversations. These publishers, many of which are first-time ABA event sponsors, will have sample copies of their books, and some will have additional copies for giveaways.

Check out gift vendors, ABA business solution partners, POS vendors, and other service providers at the expanded Vendor Showcase (formerly the Consultation Station). Check the Wi2023 site on BookWeb.org often for the full list of participating vendors and to make appointments.

4:10 pm to 5:30 pm

Led by professionals in conflict resolution and de-escalation techniques, this workshop will address current conflicts in retail spaces around customer service, such as discussions around race and gender identity and COVID tensions. Participants will have practice opportunities with real-life scenarios. (All)

Regular and honest communication creates stronger teams and stronger customer connections. However, our current age is one of great volatility and great change, making successful communication harder than ever. But don’t despair! In this session, you will learn principles of psychology and human behavior that you can leverage to effectively and empathetically communicate with your team and customers, even in the face of large ideological conflicts. (All)

Used and remaindered books provide an opportunity to improve a store’s cost of goods and grow sales while providing unique titles that add to discoverability. In the first part of this session, a panel of booksellers will discuss the art of buying and selling used and remaindered books. Attendees will then have the opportunity to join a breakout discussion on either subject. Led by the panelists, these discussions will be an excellent opportunity to ask questions and increase your knowledge of sourcing, evaluating, buying, displaying, and marketing used or remaindered books. (Buyers)

This financial modeling workshop will help you evaluate potential new initiatives for your business. Whether you think it’s time to expand your space with a physical or pop-up location, you want to begin or increase your offering of used books or non-book items, or you’re considering adding a cafe or bar, this workshop will walk you through the financial analysis to help you make sound business decisions. Preliminary work in the Strategic Planning Series: Part I, Part II, and Part III will benefit attendees of this session. (Owners)

Independent bookstores’ online sales have increased over 600% since 2019. We’ve made incredible progress, but it’s clear we need to do more to lock in our gains and keep growing. The indie channel sells only about 2% of the books bought online versus roughly 10% of physical retail. Our goal is to increase indie channel e-commerce sales by 5x so that local, independent bookstores capture our share of online sales.
Presented by Andy Hunter, founder and CEO of Bookshop.org, and Phil Davies, ABA’s Director of Ecommerce/IndieCommerce, this session will discuss strategies to increase consumer awareness of the importance of supporting local businesses when shopping online. We will review how to increase online sales for all stores — no matter what platform you use — by looking at digital marketing, audience growth, conversion rates, and other best practices for e-commerce.
We’ll also examine how online consumer behavior has dramatically changed in the post-COVID world, including trends we are seeing on IndieCommerce sites and how stores are adapting. Together, we can leverage our combined market power to capture our fair share of online book sales, safeguard our future, and be a model for how local businesses can hold their own against giant monopolist e-retailers. (All)

In this interactive workshop, booksellers will have the opportunity to practice service leadership skills. Service leaders turn the traditional “power leadership” model upside down by focusing on empowering instead of commanding. Managers who practice service leadership have found that this method supports potential, creativity, and purpose in their employees. If this approach is different from what you practice and you want to learn more, come join the conversation! And if you are already practicing servant leadership, you will enjoy the opportunity to refresh your skills. (Managers)

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

What better way to spend the evening than with your bookseller colleagues over food and books! Place a store bookmark or note in the pages of your favorite book, wrap it, add an intriguing review on the wrapped cover, and bring it to this reception. Dinner options will be available. Current publisher sponsors for this event include, Arcadia Publishing, Catapult, Counterpoint Press, Europa Editions, Haymarket Books, Nimbus Publishing, Rare Bird, Soft Skull Press, Steerforth Press, University of Toronto Press, Verso, and World Editions.

8:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Sponsored by Harlequin, make sure to set this time aside to celebrate Romance with giveaways, swag, and more. Keep your eyes on Bookselling This Week for details!

Wednesday, February 22, 2023  

7:00 am to 7:30 am

Drop in for this meditation class and begin your day with clarity. This 30-minute session includes a 20-minute guided mindfulness meditation, as well as time for Q&A. After focusing your mind with simple mindfulness techniques, the facilitator will lead you in setting a clear intention for the day ahead. You’ll leave with a sense of clarity and purpose.

7:00 am to 4:45 pm

Pick up your badge, the official Wi2023 welcome bag, and a full schedule of Institute events from ABA’s Membership team.

7:00 am to 6:30 pm

7:45 am to 8:45 am

Enjoy breakfast while hearing from a speaker to be announced! Seating is unassigned.

8:45 am to 4:45 pm

While you will find individual Affinity Group spaces at the Sheraton for the BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, Disability, and Neurodiverse communities, this room at the Seattle Convention Center will be open to all Affinity Groups during the event.

The Affinity Groups are closed spaces for booksellers and bookstore owners who identify as members of the BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, Disability, and/or Neurodivergent communities to gather for connection, support, community, resources, and networking. While allies are greatly appreciated, those who do not identify personally as a member of the BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, Disability, and/or Neurodivergent communities should not plan to attend that group’s coinciding meetup.
Please find the locations for each affinity group below:
BIPOC - Cedar A
Disability - Madrona
LGBTQIA2S+ - Cedar B
Neurodiverse - Juniper

Open to booksellers from all regions, this space is an opportunity to grab a beverage, chat with colleagues, or just put your feet up and take a break before heading back to the conference.

“...poetry began when somebody walked off of a savanna or out of a cave and looked up at the sky with wonder and said, ‘Ahhh.’ That was the first poem.” — (Lucille Clifton)
Take a moment to experience the “ahhh.” Stop by the Poetry Theater to watch a video of poets reading their work.

The Quiet Room is intended to provide a quiet, calm space where attendees can spend time away from stimuli such as noise, bright light, and other stimuli of conference spaces. Put your feet up and relax. This space is not available for conversations or meetings. Also, please note that there are additional places to sit throughout the Seattle Convention Center.

8:45 am to 10:25 am

Batch for Books is an electronic invoicing system created for booksellers and publishers in the U.S. The software-assisted service helps initiate payments between vendors and bookstore retailers at no cost to bookstores. Register here

IndieCommerce, IndieLite, and IndieCommerce 2.0 are ABA’s fully transactional, content-rich e-commerce platforms designed specifically for independent bookstore websites. Both users and non-users of IndieCommerce, IndieLite, and IndieCommerce 2.0 are invited to schedule one-on-one time with a program specialist from the IndieCommerce team. Space is limited, but walk-ins are welcome. Booksellers will be able to sign up for appointments starting Wednesday, January 18.

Meet with small and mid-size publishers for informal conversations. These publishers, many of which are first-time ABA event sponsors, will have sample copies of their books, and some will have additional copies for giveaways.

Check out gift vendors, ABA business solution partners, POS vendors, and other service providers at the expanded Vendor Showcase (formerly the Consultation Station). Check the Wi2023 site on BookWeb.org often for the full list of participating vendors and to make appointments.

8:45 am to 6:30 pm

The always-popular Galley Room is filled with ARCs of upcoming titles from Wi2023 sponsors. A limited supply of book totes will be on hand. The PartnerShip/FedEx Shipping Desk will also be open to assist in shipping your galleys back to your bookstores.

9:05 am to 10:05 am

Whether your store or a portion of your bookstore is classified by the IRS as a nonprofit or not, you can still raise funds by applying for grants. Come to this session to learn more about the art and science of grant writing for both nonprofit and for-profit bookstores. (All)

Professional development — that is, identifying goals and learning new skills — is vital for employee satisfaction. Providing opportunities for professional development signals that an employer values the skills and potential the employee brings to the store. Facilitated by bookstore owners who have successfully created road maps for employee success, this idea exchange is the place to be if you are looking for ways to create a more fulfilling work environment. (Managers)

How long has it been since you really “looked” at your in-store signage through the eyes of your customers? Is your signage eye-catching, brand focused, and easy to read? Does your signage provide easy to understand directions or instructions? In addition, are you overlooking the opportunity to brand non-book items? This conversation will offer expert guidance on graphic design as well as creating graphics and signage with easy-to-access computer programs, apps, and services. (All)

This session is a celebration of the symbiotic relationships between independent bookstores and other literary institutions. Featuring representatives from Seattle Arts & Lectures and Hugo House, as well as booksellers who have relationships with these institutions. The panelists will highlight how their partnerships began and will discuss the creative and successful results of these ongoing collaborations. (All)

If you are a user of Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook, and you haven’t yet examined your user analytics from these platforms, today is the day! This workshop will teach you how to access analytics on each of these platforms and interpret the data in order to spot trends. Bring your laptop and get ready to dive into your data. But wait, there’s more! Bring what you learn in this workshop to the session tomorrow at 9:05 am, Using Your Social Media Data to Create a Social Media Marketing Plan, and learn how to use your social media analytics data to create a more personalized and relevant marketing plan. (All)

What is a book fair if not a mobile and pop-up bookstore appearing at different times at various locations? In this session, bookstores with robust and successful book fair programs will share how to apply their book fair business principles of inventory management, set up, and execution to the inventive business models of pop-up and mobile bookstores. Presented by the ABC Children’s Group for all booksellers. (All)

10:25 am to 12:25 pm

Developed for author guests in the early stages of their writing careers, this panel features booksellers who have formulated best practices for creating events that benefit both stores and authors. This session will cover a number of issues, from author publicity to dealing with pre-event nerves.

Winter Institute book sales reps will share great upcoming titles from publisher sponsors. Seats are assigned; table numbers are printed on bookseller badges. Booksellers are expected to attend. Coffee will be served.

12:25 pm to 4:45 pm

Batch for Books is an electronic invoicing system created for booksellers and publishers in the U.S. The software-assisted service helps initiate payments between vendors and bookstore retailers at no cost to bookstores. Register here

IndieCommerce, IndieLite, and IndieCommerce 2.0 are ABA’s fully transactional, content-rich e-commerce platforms designed specifically for independent bookstore websites. Both users and non-users of IndieCommerce, IndieLite, and IndieCommerce 2.0 are invited to schedule one-on-one time with a program specialist from the IndieCommerce team. Space is limited, but walk-ins are welcome. Booksellers will be able to sign up for appointments starting Wednesday, January 18.

Meet with small and mid-size publishers for informal conversations. These publishers, many of which are first-time ABA event sponsors, will have sample copies of their books, and some will have additional copies for giveaways.

Check out gift vendors, ABA business solution partners, POS vendors, and other service providers at the expanded Vendor Showcase (formerly the Consultation Station). Check the Wi2023 site on BookWeb.org often for the full list of participating vendors and to make appointments.

12:45 pm to 2:15 pm

The Indies Introduce program is about what independent booksellers do best: discovering exciting debut authors and sharing the best with readers across the country. Enjoy lunch while learning about the title selection process from the bookseller panelists who curated the Winter/Spring 2023 Indies Introduce list. Many of the Winter/Spring 2023 Indies Introduce debut authors will be present to read a short passage and answer a question posed by one of the bookseller panelists. Authors will be available to sign copies of their debut books following the presentation.

2:35 pm to 3:35 pm

This is an opportunity for booksellers to come together to discuss the difficult topic of banned books and the effect it is having on book businesses. This session will focus on curation, community engagement, author visits, and programming (from Drag Queen Story Hours and author visits to book fairs), and the economic and social factors a bookstore must consider when talking about and selling banned and challenged books. Presented by the ABC Children’s Group for all booksellers. (All)

For generations customers have been taught that their needs and comfort will be prioritized, valued, and respected — and for generations retailers have practiced this customer-centric model, normalizing the motto, “The customer is always right.” In our pandemic and culturally divisive world this philosophy can lead to intense strain and personal risk for retail workers. How do you cultivate a welcoming, customer service-oriented store while also being mindful of the realities of the retail environment, such as identity-related aggressions or rude and abusive customers? In this idea exchange, booksellers will lead a discussion on the challenges of and solutions for practicing customer service in 2023. (All)

Employers use diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to create a more equitable, inclusive, and dynamic workforce. Designing and developing a DEI program involves four main phases:
1) Data collection and analysis to determine the need for change;
2) Strategy design to match business objectives;
3) Implementation;
4) Evaluation and continuing audit of the plan.
Booksellers will leave this session with practical implementation ideas to begin a DEI program for their store. (All)

Join a conversation with your bookselling colleagues to discuss the returns process and how best to navigate the what, when, and how of returns. Are you pulling by section or publisher, and why? Are you pulling quarterly, monthly, daily, and why? How do you manage staff scheduling and minimize your freight costs? Have you used the publisher return percent number when you create your criteria for returns? So much to discuss! Note: This conversation will focus on workflow and operations and will not include a discussion on inventory management. (All)

Running a small store requires a big dose of creativity and a lot of organization — even larger stores could benefit from learning how small stores strategically outsource! If you are wondering if it is possible to outsource some of your needs like bookkeeping and marketing, take a deep breath and come to this session to hear solutions from colleagues who own and operate small stores. They will walk you through a cost-benefit analysis and help determine if outsourcing is the best solution for your business. (Owners)

Many bookstores have found creative financial stability and community buy-in through the nonprofit model. Others have added a nonprofit component to their business. By recognizing the intrinsic social and community benefits of independent bookstores, these bookstore owners have moved beyond the retail model and transitioned some or all of their business into a nonprofit organization. Hear from a panel of booksellers who will walk you through a brief overview of how and why they decided to transition to a nonprofit organization or component. (Owners)

3:45 pm to 4:45 pm

This event with ABA CEO Allison Hill and others from the ABA team is an opportunity for booksellers and bookstore owners to ask questions, share concerns or experiences, express their needs for support, or just stop by to say hello. This is an open house; no appointment necessary.

Batch for Books is an electronic invoicing system created for booksellers and publishers in the U.S. The software-assisted service helps initiate payments between vendors and bookstore retailers at no cost to bookstores. Register here

IndieCommerce, IndieLite, and IndieCommerce 2.0 are ABA’s fully transactional, content-rich e-commerce platforms designed specifically for independent bookstore websites. Both users and non-users of IndieCommerce, IndieLite, and IndieCommerce 2.0 are invited to schedule one-on-one time with a program specialist from the IndieCommerce team. Space is limited, but walk-ins are welcome. Booksellers will be able to sign up for appointments starting Wednesday, January 18.

Meet with small and mid-size publishers for informal conversations. These publishers, many of which are first-time ABA event sponsors, will have sample copies of their books, and some will have additional copies for giveaways.

If you’d like to share questions, feedback, and ideas about your POS system with representatives of your system, plan on attending one of the POS Vendor Meetups. These group discussions are an opportunity for users to ask questions and gain insight into maximizing the use of their current POS system. Locations for each POS vendor meetup to be announced.

Check out gift vendors, ABA business solution partners, POS vendors, and other service providers at the expanded Vendor Showcase (formerly the Consultation Station). Check the Wi2023 site on BookWeb.org often for the full list of participating vendors and to make appointments.

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Thanks to the generosity of ABA’s publisher sponsors, dozens of authors and illustrators will be on hand to chat with booksellers and autograph new and forthcoming titles at the Author Reception. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

9:30 pm to 11:30 pm

Come meet an amazing group of Scholastic authors with drinks and delicious desserts! Booksellers will meet Summer 2023 authors, get a first look at their upcoming novels, and take home galleys and gifts!

Thursday, February 23, 2023  

7:00 am to 7:30 am

Drop in for this meditation class and begin your day with clarity. This 30-minute session includes a 20-minute guided mindfulness meditation, as well as time for Q&A. After focusing your mind with simple mindfulness techniques, the facilitator will lead you in setting a clear intention for the day ahead. You'll leave with a sense of clarity and purpose.

7:30 am to 5:00 pm

Pick up your badge, the official Wi2023 welcome bag, and a full schedule of Institute events from ABA’s Membership team.

7:30 am to 6:00 pm

7:45 am to 9:05 am

Enjoy breakfast while hearing about great upcoming titles from more of Winter Institute’s publisher sponsors. Seating is unassigned for this breakfast.

8:45 am to 6:35 pm

The always-popular Galley Room is filled with ARCs of upcoming titles from Wi2023 sponsors. A limited supply of book totes will be on hand. The PartnerShip/FedEx Shipping Desk will also be open to assist in shipping your galleys back to your bookstores.

9:00 am to 5:15 pm

While you will find individual Affinity Group spaces at the Sheraton for the BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, Disability, and Neurodiverse communities, this room at the Seattle Convention Center will be open to all Affinity Groups during the event.

The Affinity Groups are closed spaces for booksellers and bookstore owners who identify as members of the BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, Disability, and/or Neurodivergent communities to gather for connection, support, community, resources, and networking. While allies are greatly appreciated, those who do not identify personally as a member of the BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, Disability, and/or Neurodivergent communities should not plan to attend that group’s coinciding meetup.
Please find the locations for each affinity group below:
BIPOC - Cedar A
Disability - Madrona
LGBTQIA2S+ - Cedar B
Neurodiverse - Juniper

Open to booksellers from all regions, this space is an opportunity to grab a beverage, chat with colleagues, or just put your feet up and take a break before heading back to the conference.

“...poetry began when somebody walked off of a savanna or out of a cave and looked up at the sky with wonder and said, ‘Ahhh.’ That was the first poem.” — (Lucille Clifton)
Take a moment to experience the “ahhh.” Stop by the Poetry Theater to watch a video of poets reading their work.

The Quiet Room is intended to provide a quiet, calm space where attendees can spend time away from stimuli such as noise, bright light, and other stimuli of conference spaces. Put your feet up and relax. This space is not available for conversations or meetings. Also, please note that there are additional places to sit throughout the Seattle Convention Center.

9:05 am to 12:05 pm

Batch for Books is an electronic invoicing system created for booksellers and publishers in the U.S. The software-assisted service helps initiate payments between vendors and bookstore retailers at no cost to bookstores. Register here

IndieCommerce, IndieLite, and IndieCommerce 2.0 are ABA’s fully transactional, content-rich e-commerce platforms designed specifically for independent bookstore websites. Both users and non-users of IndieCommerce, IndieLite, and IndieCommerce 2.0 are invited to schedule one-on-one time with a program specialist from the IndieCommerce team. Space is limited, but walk-ins are welcome. Booksellers will be able to sign up for appointments starting Wednesday, January 18.

Meet with small and mid-size publishers for informal conversations. These publishers, many of which are first-time ABA event sponsors, will have sample copies of their books, and some will have additional copies for giveaways.

Check out gift vendors, ABA business solution partners, POS vendors, and other service providers at the expanded Vendor Showcase (formerly the Consultation Station). Check the Wi2023 site on BookWeb.org often for the full list of participating vendors and to make appointments.

9:25 am to 10:25 am

This promises to be an exciting panel you won’t want to miss. Watch Bookselling This Week for details!

A big challenge for all bookstores is the volume and management of publisher invoices. In this session, you’ll hear from Batch colleagues and current Batch users about how they save time and money using Batch to manage their invoices and prepare payments to publishing partners. The session will include discussion and demonstrations with focus on how Batch:
- Automatically and electronically organizes invoices to reduce paperwork and free up time.
- Provides access to invoice information 24x7, enabling you to manage invoices when it’s most convenient for you.
- Provides electronic invoices, allowing you to verify shipments and raise claims for damages or shortages at the point of delivery.
- Allows payments to be prepared and remittances received and stored electronically.
- Links with QuickBooks; enabling automated entry of invoice data directly into QuickBooks. (All)

A school partnership is an important asset to any bookstore. It strengthens the community, introduces books to younger readers, generates future customers, and supports a bookstore’s bottom line. This session is a bookstore-presented panel on how to best establish school connections from square one. Booksellers will learn how to research and access school funding for books, key roles in school administration to get to know, how to work with teachers, and what events and means of support a bookstore can provide to create trust and put the store front of mind when opportunities arise. Presented by the ABC Children’s Group for all booksellers. (All)

Compensation is the foundation of supporting employees. In addition to paying a living wage, there are creative non-monetary benefits that stores can offer employees to support them and to demonstrate their value. Facilitated by bookstore owners who have had some success with exploring, building, and launching creative benefit programs for their staff, this idea exchange is an opportunity to crowdsource solutions and share successes. (Managers)

Whether you refer to them as sidelines, non-book, or gift merchandise, they're important to the profitability and customer experience for many bookstores. Watch Bookselling This Week for details about this session to be announced.

If you attended the social media workshop yesterday, welcome back! If you didn’t attend the social media workshop yesterday, you are still welcome. This session will offer insight on how to translate your social media analytics from Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook into a personalized and relevant marketing plan to improve your social media engagement, traffic, and sales. To get the most out of this workshop, review your social analytics data on the platforms listed ahead of time. (All)

10:40 am to 11:40 am

The Town Hall is an opportunity for open discussion about industry and association issues. The full ABA Board will respond to questions and comments from all booksellers; booksellers who would like to send questions in advance can email townhall@bookweb.org.

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Enjoy lunch and meet an additional lineup of authors and illustrators who will be on hand to chat with booksellers and autograph their new and forthcoming titles.

1:35 pm to 5:35 pm

Batch for Books is an electronic invoicing system created for booksellers and publishers in the U.S. The software-assisted service helps initiate payments between vendors and bookstore retailers at no cost to bookstores. Register here

IndieCommerce, IndieLite, and IndieCommerce 2.0 are ABA’s fully transactional, content-rich e-commerce platforms designed specifically for independent bookstore websites. Both users and non-users of IndieCommerce, IndieLite, and IndieCommerce 2.0 are invited to schedule one-on-one time with a program specialist from the IndieCommerce team. Space is limited, but walk-ins are welcome. Booksellers will be able to sign up for appointments starting Wednesday, January 18.

Meet with small and mid-size publishers for informal conversations. These publishers, many of which are first-time ABA event sponsors, will have sample copies of their books, and some will have additional copies for giveaways.

Check out gift vendors, ABA business solution partners, POS vendors, and other service providers at the expanded Vendor Showcase (formerly the Consultation Station). Check the Wi2023 site on BookWeb.org often for the full list of participating vendors and to make appointments.

1:50 pm to 2:40 pm

2:40 pm to 3:10 pm

Time to grab some coffee and recharge!

3:10 pm to 4:10 pm

Join a panel of booksellers as they discuss ways that they have become more efficient in basic bookstore operations. The panel will review everything from sourcing bags and shipping materials, to easy-to-use forms and streamlined processes. Come to the session to listen and also share your own best practices. (All)

The last few years have revealed the realities of the impact of long-term stress and burnout. Led by leaders in mental health, HR, and moderated by a bookseller, this session will help provide owners, managers, and booksellers with skills to manage self-care. Topics will include communicating your needs, respecting your limitations, normalizing conversations about mental health and overall well-being, and more. (All)

This session will offer insight into the small data sets you didn’t know you had and how to mine data to better focus your efforts. Information from POS reports, one-question customer surveys, and even understanding store traffic patterns can make the difference between a good day and a great one. (All)

Join Ingram for an informative workshop with essential tips and techniques for using ipage®. Whether you’re new to ipage® or an experienced user, gain a clearer understanding of our platform’s full capabilities so you will spend less time navigating and more time selling. In this session, you will learn how to refine your searches and order, understand tracking within ipage®, and learn more about Direct-to-Home ordering. (All)

Find ways to be more strategic and proactive to increase your B2B reach. In this session, bookseller experts and publisher representatives will share important considerations and proactive strategies for B2B sales, such as cultivating business connections, working with reps to find and support opportunities, promoting B2B sales to your customers, and implementing best practices. (Buyers)

Gen Z — ages 10 to 25 years old — is the largest population in the world. Booksellers, come to this fun idea exchange where frontline booksellers, events and marketing coordinators can swap and brainstorm programs and partnerships that engage younger readers. Presented by the ABC Children’s Group for all booksellers. (All)

4:25 pm to 5:10 pm

5:20 pm to 6:20 pm

Alas, all things must come to an end. Join your colleagues for a celebration of the connections you’ve made, the ideas that have been sparked, and the bright future of independent bookselling. Watch aaaahttp://www.bookweb.org/newsbbbbBookselling This Weekcccc for details!

About ABA

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.

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