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“That’s Not a Picture Book, Is It?”

THIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY BOOKPEOPLE IN AUSTIN, TEXAS   Austin, Texas based author Chris Barton has written over 15 books, with a strong emphasis on emotionally nuanced, meticulously researched nonfiction. In his upcoming release from Lerner Books, All of a Sudden and Forever: Help and Healing After the

Tips and Tricks for Lowering Your Cost of Goods

At the 2019 FallCon, one of the most popular education sessions featured "Tips and Tricks for Lowering Your Cost of Goods." Below is the handout distributed to attendees. Panelists: Kristen Beverly, kbeverly@halfpricebooks.com; Jeanne Costello, jeanne@mariasbookshop.com; Arsen Kashkashian, arsenk@boulderbookstore.com; Moderator: Christopher Green, inventory@bookwormofedwards.com Book Inventory Major Publishers: Restocking directly

Digital Book Promotion Made Easy

Storiad’s mission is to help your authors sell more books. Storiad simplifies, streamlines, and automates delivery of digital book promotion services to accomplish that goal. Recognizing an opportunity for authors to increase sales through direct marketing and publicity efforts, Ramzi S. Hajj and Nathan Tyler

Wholesale & Direct Supply Information and Resources

On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, Baker & Taylor announced that it would no longer distribute books to their retail accounts. In response, other book vendors and publishers have put forward special terms to help smaller stores deal with the disruption. INCLUDED ON THIS PAGE ARE OFFERS

Game On! Making Games Work in Your Store

At the Colorado Spring Conference in 2019, Chronicle Books sponsored an education session about bringing board games to stores. We've posted the PowerPoint that Chronicle Sale Rep Courtney Payne presented.

Spread the Word! Managing Your Email Marketing

Executive Director Heather Duncan gave a presentation at the two MPIBA Spring Conferences about how to create and maintain a quality email marketing list. The outline of that presentation is presented below. If you have any questions about the presentation or if we can be of

Reading the West Display Contest

Thanks to your support, the Reading the West Book Awards received more than 3,700 public votes for the winning titles. The winners were announced on Monday, April 15, 2019. Keep the momentum going by building a display with the shortlist and winning titles from now through

Indie Playlist Contest Launched

Independent presses Seven Stories, Catapult and Europa Editions have created Indie Playlists of prize-winning titles and quick-reads for the April promotion to independent bookstores. These titles are supported with special terms for independent bookstores. Build a display this month (April 2019) that includes some of

Our First Texas Spring Conference

Thanks to all the booksellers who trekked across state and country to join us for our first Spring Conference in New Braunfels, Texas.   More than a dozen authors, forty-four booksellers, and several industry members joined us for the two day conference. We appreciate you taking time

How to Make Independent Bookstore Day a Smashing Success

The key to a great IBD is throwing a great party. Independent Bookstore Day is not just about the limited-­‐edition books and items we will be selling that day. It’s about the culture of books, reading and indie bookselling. It is a celebration of everything

The Art of the Shelf Talker

There is definitely an art to writing a shelf talker. How do you distill everything you love about a book into a few short sentences? Because that is one of the key points of a great shelf talker – it must be SHORT. I tell

Edelweiss, Beyond the Buyer

At the recent Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association Fall Discovery Show, we co-hosted an education session called Edelweiss Beyond the Buyer: Marketing and Bookseller Engagement. This session was aimed at highlighting the various Edelweiss tools that stores can use to communicate excitement, plans, co-op highlights, and more.