SIBA in the SpringTime & GABBS Atlanta are just around the corner: March 12-15, 2015
Mark your calendars, make your travel plans, and get your ask to Atlanta! This is the time to ask all of your questions about gifts, bargain books, SIBA, ABA, Author/Bookseller relations, and how to deal with those irksome bookstore situations that arise and challenge booksellers daily.
New this year is The Shoe Burnin’ Show, a Literary Hootenanny
The Shoe Burnin' Show is mesmerizing, both a musical and literary delight from the first note to the last word. These are clearly long-time, dedicated musicians and writers who want to share the love of the written word and song. The stories run the gamut from the hilarious to the poignant, and the songs, both original and well-known, are a complement and complimented by the storytelling. The Shoe Burnin' is not to be missed, ever, as each time the show is a do-over, an original conceived for one time only. It is amazing! Join us for a short reception followed by a kickin’ good time. The Shoe Burnin': Stories of Southern Soul and writers' books will be available for purchase.
GABBS will be offering Bookseller-led Field Trips to the Atlanta Gift Market and the GABBS Show. Veteran booksellers who have been buying at the mart for years are going to take booksellers around the mart with them for an hour showing them the ropes and the gifts that are working for them. Meet the reps and mark the steps to success with gifts. Again, this year, ABA will be bringing quality education and a member forum to GABBS on Friday morning. Professional booksellers will not want to miss these. And there is more on Saturday so check it out and get your ask to Atlanta on March.
And we haven't even touched on the hundreds of quality vendors that will be ready to meet with you on Fri, Sat, and Sun of GABBS bringing thousands of books and other items that your customers are in the market for and don't even know it. So find those surprises and perfect picks among the vendors at the Great American Bargain Book Show.
Who will you meet at SIBA in the Springtime and GABBS?
SIBA in the Springtime! Day of Education
Thursday, March 12th –10AM – 4PM
Cost: $99 Day of Education (Free to SIBA and ABA Members – email for member code)
ROOM: CHASTAIN H & I, WESTIN PEACHTREE PLAZA
10-10:30 – Continental Breakfast, Welcome, and Housekeeping
10:30 – 11:30 - Exploring New Markets
Thoughtful innovation, combined with organized planning and execution, is key to successfully tapping new -- and profitable -- markets. This session will review a number of opportunities in both customer demographics and proven sales and marketing initiatives, with an emphasis on the practical steps necessary to implement appropriate programs in your store. Generously offered by the American Booksellers Association
11:30- 12:15 – Exploring Gift Buying
Elevators, escalators, enigmas - a puzzling or inexplicable situation explained by veteran bookseller & gift buyer Karin Wilson. Learn the parameters and products that fly off the shelf and the decision making required when making gift purchases.
12:15 – 2:15 PM ABA Forum & Lunch
Each spring, ABA staff travels around the country to meet with member booksellers. These forums, held in conjunction with the regional bookseller associations, are designed to provide attendees with an opportunity to share ideas, discuss industry issues, and receive updates on various association projects, and are open to all booksellers – both ABA members and non-members
2:15 -3:15 PM – Exploring SIBA’s Bookseller Benefits Package
Executive Director Wanda Jewell will walk through the extensive benefits of SIBA membership, the programs, projects, and potential inside your SIBA membership. “It takes a regional.”
3:15 -4 PM – Exploring Bargain Book Buying
Who doesn’t love a bargain? And Shane shares how to make the most of this misunderstood market. Learn the parameters and financial decisions.
GABBS Education & Entertainment
Friday, March 13th
8-10 AM - Innovation and Emotional Intelligence in the World of Ideas - BACK OF GABBS SHOW FLOOR, AMERICASMART, 2ND FLOOR
With Dr. David Ryback, author of Putting Emotional Intelligence to Work
What is the essence of innovation? How did Shakespeare manifest his emotional intelligence? What are some of the innovations of the past century and how did they revolutionize our culture? When was the first copyright law born? All these questions and more will be answered by Dr. David Ryback when he focuses on the history of innovation over the past century, and how it revolutionized travel, communication and sexual mores in our culture.
The rise of the digital age forces us to reconsider the speed of innovation and how it has become a greater part of our culture, especially in the business of publishing ideas. People want connection, a sense of mastery and respect—these are universal needs. Meet them and you can create the next “Dragon-King,” an innovation that becomes a winner in any market. And what about branding? It turns out that we can expect some major transformations as time goes by. Finally, we’ll look at some of the challenges we’ll need to face in the near future: addiction; the Internet of Things, in which every aspect of our lives, inner and outer, become interconnected on the Net; loss of privacy; portfolios of patents sold as intellectual-property stocks; and many other challenges. But we won’t let you go home without giving you instructions on how to form groups that can create their own innovations, even in your own office. The world of innovation is here. Might as well join it—you can ignore it no longer.
Friday, March 13th continued
5:00 – 7 PM – The Shoe Burnin’ Show, a Literary Hootenanny - THE SHOE BURNIN' LOUNGE across from GABBS SHOW FLOOR
The Shoe Burnin' Show is mesmerizing, both a musical and literary delight from the first note to the last word. These are clearly long-time, dedicated musicians and writers who want to share the love of the written word and song. The stories run the gamut from the hilarious to the poignant, and the songs, both original and well-known, are a complement and complimented by the storytelling. The Shoe Burnin' is not to be missed, ever, as each time the show is a do-over, an original conceived for one time only. It is amazing!
Join us for a short reception followed by a kickin’ good time.
Mary Kay Andrews
Raymond L. Atkins
Tim Carter, mandolin, banjo, vocals
Chris Clifton, guitar, vocals
Jackie K. Cooper
Ron de la Vega, bass, cello
Eric Erdman, guitar, vocals
Deron R. Hicks
Ericson Holt, keyboards, vocals
Dann Sherrill, drums
Saturday, March 14th
8-10 AM – Reviving the Resource Roundtable Breakfast - BACK OF GABBS SHOW FLOOR, AMERICASMART, 2ND FLOOR
Enjoy continental while veteran booksellers rotate from table to table each discussing a variety of topics relevant to you. From “Working with Writers” to “Building Better Booksellers” to “Edelweiss, Your Best Book Friend” to “Simple Solutions for Small Budgets”, “Social Networking”, and more.
Nicki Leone – BUILDING BETTER BOOKSELLERS, Engagement + SIBA = Profits
Jamie Fiocco – AUTHOR EVENTS, The Why and The How and The Who
Jill Hendrix – ABACUS, The How & The Why
Linda-Marie Barrett – CUSTOMER SERVICE: Service with a style
Kit Steinaway – BINC: Getting & Giving
Erica Merrell – CREATING COMMUNITY EVENTS THAT CAPTURE HEARTS
Doug Robinson – RAISING YOUR PROFILE WITH PUBLISHERS
Karin Wilson – GIFTS GALORE
1-3 PM – Field Trips to the Gift Market - MEET ON GABBS FLOOR BOOTH 323
Join a veteran bookseller who will escort you around the Gift Market. They will share their tips and tricks and leave you wanting more. Field Trips last one hour. Join Kim McNamara from 1-2 PM and/or Karin Wilson from 2-3 PM and learn the ropes of gift buying.
Sunday, March 15th
10 - Noon – Field Trips to GABBS- MEET ON GABBS FLOOR BOOTH 323
Join a veteran bookseller who will escort you around GABBS. These are booksellers who deliver affordable books at a great profit via GABBS. They will share their tips and tricks and leave you wanting more. Field Trips last one hour. Join Karin Wilson from 10-11 AM and/or Shane Gottwals from 11-Noon, and learn the ropes of bargain book buying.
To learn more and register for SITS & GABBS, visit www.GABBS.net