Visiting With Old Friends and New Bookstores at NEIBA 2015

Thanks NEIBA

From October 6 to 8 the Rhode Island Convention Center was home for the New England Independent Booksellers Association’s (NEIBA) annual fall meeting and trade show. Pam was pleased to represent Binc at the show, where education, networking with other booksellers and previewing new books were essential parts of the event.

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Book Series to Benefit Booksellers

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Independent booksellers across the country are invited to submit personal essays for a nine-book series of regional paperbacks to be published by Unbridled Books with printing support by McNaughton & Gunn and edited by Carl Lennertz of ExpressEdit.net.

“I am so excited that Unbridled and McNaughton & Gunn see the joy of supporting a vehicle for bookseller authors to be published, as well as supporting a literacy cause.” – Carl Lennertz/ ExpressEdit.net

Ron Rice, editor of My Bookstore, will gather the essays for publication, and Bob Minzesheimer, formerly of USA Today (and now an indie bookseller), will write a foreword for each volume.

The books’ content will mirror the territories of the nine regional associations. One or two titles a year will be published, when a sufficient number of essays is received to produce a complete book. Essays should be about each bookseller’s unique experience in his or her current or home state — life, travels, observations — past or present.  After design and production costs are recouped, remaining profits will go to the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation. 

“We are thrilled to be the beneficiary of this exciting project. Thank you to everyone involved. This support will allow the Binc Foundation to continue helping booksellers across the nation who experience a personal financial crisis.” Pam French/Binc Foundation

For the series of books, submissions for essays shouldn’t necessarily be about bookstore life specifically, but about personal observations or life experiences a bookseller has had that embody their state and their place in them. A bookseller can write about any state they’ve lived in, not just where they currently reside. Send submissions in soon – everyone is anxious to get book one into your bookstore quickly!

“Greg and I have always admired independent booksellers and we love publishing diverse voices from around the country, so this is a natural for us.” – Fred Ramey/Unbridled Press

If you are a bookseller with a penchant for writing, see how you can submit your essay here.

Questions can be addressed to Carl Lennertz, Ron Rice or Fred Ramey.

Books Interrupted My Vacation And Other Adventures in the World of Publishing

Opened book on a sand with green sunglassesAs an entrepreneur in the publishing and entertainment field, the time and money to take a vacation is rare. Every writer, publisher, and corporate entertainment entity operates on its own schedule, not mine. The clients and colleagues with whom I work bring to life the television shows, music, books, games, toys, and news consumed by millions everyday. And I have to be prepared and available when needed. That is why I jumped at the opportunity to travel with a friend, who is also the Public Information Officer for the town in which we live, to Clearwater, Florida recently for her annual pilgrimage to the NIOA (National Information Officers Association) Conference. I know that work never stops. But, I looked forward to the chance to change the view and my surroundings, and a little fun, while I kept up my daily work schedule. Not to mention the semi-vacation was about half the cost of what a real vacation would have been. Sign me up! I packed my bags and we hit the road. I was intrigued by the notion that I could learn about the NIOA and hear from my friend about some of the cases they were to cover at the conference. Among the highlights of this year’s conference, they covered how the FBI managed the media for the Boston Marathon Bombing, the 2013 Alabama child-hostage bunker crisis (Midland City, Al.), and Cleveland’s kidnapping victims of Aerial Castro. NCIS also gave a presentation about the Washington Navy Yard Shooting Rampage and its challenges. While I was unable to attend the conference sessions, it was great to hear about what the attendees were able to learn from the presentations.

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Our IBA Travel Continues at the PNBA Trade Show in Portland

The folks at The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association put on a busy and vibrant show, chuck full of authors and events. The staff and volunteers were all as helpful as could be and made me feel very welcome. Thanks everyone!

1. Getting great feedback from booksellers about improving our website. Thanks Bruce, from Rediscovered Books!

2. Meeting so many northwest authors and hearing about the wide variety of books they are publishing.

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GLIBA & MIBA Host a Fantastic Heartland Fall Forum Trade Show

Pam and Penny attended the Heartland Fall Forum hosted by GLIBA and MIBA in Chicago over the weekend.  It was a great event full of old and new friends, unforgettable authors and an energetic trade show floor.  Here are the top ten reasons The Heartland Fall Forum exceeded our expectations!

10. Meeting a happy parent of Meghan Roegge, one of our scholarship winners from Chapter 2 Books in Hudson, WI.

9. Hearing author Jim Harrison speak at lunch on Friday!

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Bookseller’s Conference Top Ten List – Northern California Edition

I attended the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Fall Conference in San Francisco.

In addition to meeting all the great booksellers, here are my top ten favorite things.

10. My early morning walk to San Francisco Bay.

9. Running into vendors I have met at past shows, who are now friends.

8. Learning from his colleagues, that Steve Harkins (our emcee at Trivia for Cheaters in New Orleans) is a singer! Just wait until next year, Steve!!

7. Very cool posters, totes and shirts from Litographs.

6. From East West Bookshop – “We have your poster in our back room”.

5. Martin Pearl Publishing’s very booky booth.

Martin Pearl

4. Meeting a co-worker of our scholarship winner from Bookshop Santa Cruz.

3. Picking up some fun postcards from Workman, advertising the book Big Appetites.

2. Beer tastings and wine tastings – these book people like to party!

1. The ABA crew sporting our orange “I support Binc” ribbons.

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Bye, bye San Francisco . . . I’m off to Portland.

Kit

Top Ten Reasons We Loved SIBA

Pam, Kit and Penny had a great time at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance trade show in New Orleans!  There were too many highlights to mention, so we’ve narrowed it down to just 10.  Thanks to everyone that made SIBA wonderful, and made our Trivia for Cheaters fun-raiser a huge success!

10. John Densmore joining “The Tworking Girls” for a round of Trivia for Cheaters

9. Hearing Amy Tan, Sandra Brown, Elizabeth Gilbert and Lee Smith all speak at the SIBA Supper

8. Showing the cool, new Story Stickers to booksellers and seeing how much they liked it

7. Our brief, impromptu NOLA cemetery tour

6. Beignets at Cafe Du Monde

5. Faulkner House Books

4. Seeing Bourbon Street

3. Meeting the Trivia for Cheaters teams in person

2. Steve Harkins from Baker &Taylor wearing his thank-you bling beads with his lovely suit

1. Getting free books and learning about what’s coming out this season and what the booksellers are recommending

What are your Top Ten from SIBA?

Look for more Top Ten lists as we visit more IBA Trade Shows this fall!

Visiting Bookstores

“What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore it knows it’s not fooling a soul.”  ― Neil GaimanAmerican Gods

I have found this to be true as I have visited stores this summer as part of Binc’s 100 Bookstore Challenge. I also noted that bookstores, like towns have very different personalities. Some are very organized and pristine, with a place for everything and everything in its place, while others are relaxed, very homey and even a bit rumpled. Some have their checkout desk front and center to greet you as you arrive, and others want you to peruse the store before happening upon the desk in the back. One store instructs their employees to help everyone coming in the door immediately, while in the next you are free to wander at you leisure without any interruption. I visited stores that offered seating on nicer furniture than I have in my own living room, and others where patrons are sprawled on the floor.

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Chance Encounter

A few weeks ago, I unexpectedly became a patient in the cardiac unit of an area hospital. After I’d been there a couple of days, there was a knock at my door and two teenagers came in. They asked if I wanted a book or magazine or newspaper to read. I thanked them and held up my iPad and said that I was good for now. They promised to come back the next day. And so they did.

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