Best Practices

08 Jun

Scam Alert: Fraudulent Orders and Other Deceptive Practices Making the Rounds

In response to a recent uptick in reports from ABA member stores receiving bogus orders, here is a brief rundown of some frauds and scams.

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26 May

Treeline Tips and Tricks: A Simple Tool for Keeping Track of Drop-Ins

Edelweiss/Treeline Education and Outreach Coordinator Joe Foster explains how a simple tool can help ensure booksellers don’t miss any important drop-in titles.

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15 Apr

Navigating BookExpo America: A Checklist

With BEA just three weeks away, now is a good time to revisit a checklist of recommendations from booksellers who are accomplished at achieving their key business goals at the show while grabbing galleys, attending events, and making new connections.

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29 Mar

Treeline Tips and Tricks: A Quick Tip From a Great Buyer

Edelweiss/Treeline Education and Outreach Coordinator Joe Foster shares a quick tip that illustrates what separates a good book buyer from a great one.

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17 Mar

Wi11 Panelists Weigh in on Working With Self-Published Authors

Bookseller panelists at the Winter Institute 11 education session “Working With Self-Published Authors” shared best practices for creating partnerships that benefit both self-published authors and the bookstore’s bottom line.

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15 Mar

Wi11: Tips for Creating a Bookstore Café

Panelists at the Winter Institute 11 education session “Creating a Bookstore Café” shared tips and best practices for start-up, staffing, and overall management of a café.

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08 Mar

Wi11: Booksellers Share Tips for Getting the Most Out of ARCs

At a Winter Institute education session presented by the ABC Children’s Group, a panel of booksellers and publishers offered tips for repurposing advance reading copies to generate sales while staying within publishers’ guidelines for sharing ARCs.

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23 Feb

The Benefits of Getting Your Staff on Edelweiss

Edelweiss/Above the Treeline Education and Outreach Coordinator Joe Foster shares comments from panelists at the Winter Institute 11 session “The Benefits of Getting Your Staff on Edelweiss.”

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17 Feb

Wi11: Owners of Very Small Stores Share Event Management Tips

At the Winter Institute 11 education session “Event Management for the Very Small Store,” owners and event coordinators from self-defined very small stores took home actionable tips on managing time, resources, publicity, and budgets for in-store and off-site events.

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10 Feb

Back and Forth: Backlist or the Body Politic? — A Letter From ABA President Betsy Burton

ABA President Betsy Burton shares her method of facing the “problem” of returning to her bookstore from the Winter Institute with so many ideas to implement.

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03 Feb

BTW News Briefs

Dayton Literary Peace Prize accepting entries; Villarosa Media to publish first book; Bookstore café specialist joins Paz & Associates; Survey by children’s publisher correlates lack of diverse books to lack of diverse staff; Ella Boureau named Lambda Literary’s awards administrator; 2016 PEN Literary Awards shortlists announced

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03 Feb

Wi11 Education Session Brings Human Resources to the Forefront

Dr. John Sherlock, director of the Master of Science in Human Resources Program at Western Carolina University, led a discussion at Winter Institute 11 focusing on HR essentials for small businesses.

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25 Jan

Wi11: Martin Lindstrom on Curating the Customer Experience Using Indie Booksellers’ Assets

Kicking off the first full day of educational programming at Wi11, author and brand-building expert Martin Lindstrom delivered a breakfast keynote based on his upcoming book, Small Data: The Tiny Clues That Uncover Huge Trends.

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09 Dec

Wi11 Session to Offer Booksellers Tips on Data Security/PCI Compliance

A Wi11 education session led by Total Computing Solutions’ Jim Hammons will review data security and PCI compliance standards to show booksellers how they can better protect their customers’ credit card data and their own businesses from liability.

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19 Nov

Tips for Maintaining a Customer Base During the Low Season

Here, booksellers who will be featured on the Winter Institute 11 panel “How to Keep Seasonal Customers Year-Round” share some of their best practices for keeping engaged with local customers and seasonal visitors to spur sales during slow months.

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