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Booksellers, let’s connect and learn! Dive into an education session or converse with your colleagues in our idea exchanges. These programs are designed to provide you with important resources for bookstores and professional development for booksellers.

Friday, October 9

Conversations with Colleagues:

Holiday Marketing Plans

10:00 am – 11:00 am MDT

The holidays are fast approaching and we need this important boost in sales more than ever. Are you planning to offer gift bundles? Are your in-store and virtual displays ready? What are you doing with your Holiday Gift Guide Catalogs? Have you planned a holiday buying social media campaign? Share your store’s plans for amped up holiday marketing, and grab some ideas from your peers.

Edelweiss 101

10:00 am – 11:00 am MDT

Edelweiss is a vital tool for bookseller and we know you have questions. Whether you’re just signing up, just getting started, or have some questions that need answered, this session for beginners is for you!

Conversations with Colleagues:

Handselling When You Can’t Handsell

11:15 am – 12:15 pm MDT

With limited customer interactions and masks to block our smiles, how are you managing your important floor sales? And with many customers shopping only on-line, how do you help them find what they’re looking for? From new ideas for selling picture books when discoverability is limited, to the best way to present virtual staff picks, share what is working at your store, and hear what others are doing.

Conversations with Colleagues: Hiring, Staffing, and Managing Personnel (During & Post Pandemic)

11:15 am – 12:00 pm MDT

Making staffing decisions is always a challenge, but managing staff levels during these unprecedented times can feel overwhelming. Store owners, managers, and personnel staff are invited to share how your store has been dealing with staffing issues in 2020, and what you’re thinking for the new year.

Literary Trivia is Back!

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm MDT

We’ve figured out how to do virtual trivia on Zoom (we think) — so join us for the fun! We’ll divide booksellers into teams for our annual Literary Trivia challenge, with prizes provided by our friends at Workman!

Saturday, October 10

IndieCommerce Education

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm MDT

With the dramatic increase in online sales during the pandemic, bookstores turned to the IndieCommerce team for assistance processing the huge volume of online orders. The team developed several new features and upgrades to help stores manage their online sales. In preparation for the upcoming holiday shopping season, in this session IndieCommerce team members will provide an overview of all these new features, which include Bulk Order Processing, Credit Card Processing, Custom Reports, POS integration, Sidelines, Wish Lists / Gift Registry and more.

The Art of Selling Graphic Novels to Young Readers

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm MDT

Our special guest panelists will discuss their work and join our moderator in offering tools for booksellers to draw in young readers with graphic novels and comics.

See Our Guest Author & Illustrators Here

Conversations with Colleagues:

Successful & Profitable Virtual Events

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm MDT

Many bookstores are hosting virtual events, but are they selling books? What platforms work best, and what marketing has been effective? Bring your success stories and your questions, and gather resources for successful events moving forward.

Conversations with Colleagues:

Buying in Challenging Times

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm MDT

How much frontlist should you buy? Is monthly buying the new best practice? How do you predict what holiday sales will look like? So many questions, let’s gather to find some answers.