Publicist Speed Dating for Booksellers
May 11, 10:00-11:00 am
Bookseller social after the event from 11:00-11:45 am
1011 South Washington Ave
Space is limited to 20 booksellers!
Apply today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please confirm that are you are the events manager for your store, or an owner or manager to also handles events.
We've discovered an opportunity to give booksellers a chance to pitch their stores for author events directly to publicists at various publishing companies both nationally and locally.
The Loft Literary Center is hosting Wordplay in April 2019 and has invited about 20 publicists to Open Book to learn about the author opportunities available at this exciting new book festival. Since so many publicists will already be gathered at Open Book, The Loft has graciously allowed us to seize this opportunity to host Publicity Speed Dating for Booksellers.
How does it work? We are arranging timed "dates" for 20 booksellers to promote their store and discover what publicists look for when planning author tours. Booksellers come prepared with a printed press kit to give to the publicists. Booksellers describe the strengths and personality of their store, ask questions about the publicist's (and his or her imprint's) approach to booking author tours, and review the upcoming season's releases for event opportunities. The speed dating will be arranged to allow booksellers to meet formally with half of the publicists, with an opportunity to leave your one-sheet behind with all attending publicists.
MIBA member bookstore owners, managers, and event coordinators are eligible. Booksellers must commit to preparing a one-sheet in advance of the event and bringing 20 copies to share. Tips and sample one-sheets will be provided.
Note: Due to the serendipitous nature of this event, we're considering it a prototype. We'd like booksellers to stick around after the speed dating to tell us how it went. This is the first event of this type we will have hosted, so we're eager to hear how it went, allowing us to fine-tune our approach and consider hosting speed dating on a bigger scale for more booksellers in the future.
MIBA is thrilled to unveil the first annual Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap! Featuring the iconic work of Twin Cities-based illustrator Kevin Cannon, the Booktore Roadmap celebrates the vitality of indie bookselling in MIBA's region while encouraging customers to make visiting bookstores a part of their travel plans. The map also includes a "Bookstore Journey Contest" in which one bookstore customer a month will receive a $25 gift card to any store featured on the map. Anyone who participates in the contest throughout the year will be entered to win a $500 gift card to any store featured on the map.
Each MIBA member bookstore will receive 400 free copies of the map to distribute throughout the year, beginning on Independent Bookstore Day. Nonmember stores in MIBA's region will also receive a limited number of maps.
The map will be 22" x 28" and will fold into 4.4" x 7" panels to fit easily into glove compartments, backpacks, and purses. Fore more information about the map, the bookstore journey contest, and information for advertisers, click here.
Additional Opportunities for Booksellers
MIBA will produce a limited number of poster versions of the front of the map for stores to sell as souvenir items. Furthermore, all stores are invited to purchase the original illustration of their store featured on the map. Once purchased, there are no restrictions on how this artwork can be used.
For more information about ordering posters or your store's original illustration, contact Robert Martin at Robert@MidwestBooksellers.org
The Women’s National Book Association is pleased to announce the 2018 WNBA Pannell Award winners.
General Bookstore Category: NORTHSHIRE BOOKSTORE in Saratoga Springs, NY
Children’s Specialty Bookstore Category: RED BALLOON BOOKSHOP in St. Paul, MN
Upon hearing the good news, Nancy Scheemaker from Northshire Bookstore exclaimed, “We are deeply honored and so thrilled to be chosen for the WNBA Pannell Award. To be singled out from the prestigious list of nominees this year is all the more extraordinary. I cannot think of a stronger form of encouragement for a young and growing bookstore. We are so grateful and so excited!” Jurors noted that the store is one the most energetic bookstores and lauded its passionate staff and year-round schedule of creative programs and events.
Holly Weinkauf from Red Balloon Bookshop, upon hearing the news, said “We are thrilled to win the WNBA Pannell Award! What an incredible honor for our talented and hardworking booksellers, as well as our community that has supported us for 34 years. We are deeply grateful.” Jurors praised Red Balloon Bookshop for its outstanding service to authors, children, and the community.
This year, dozens of bookstores across 16 different states received enthusiastic nominations from loyal customers, authors, bookstore employees, and publishing professionals. A five-member jury selected the 2018 WNBA Pannell Award recipients. The winning stores will each receive a check for $1,000 and a piece of original art from a children’s book illustrator, to be presented at BookExpo America’s Children’s Book and Author Breakfast on Friday, June 1, 2018.
The WNBA Pannell Award jurors for 2018 are:
· Brenda Bowen, literary agent, Greenburger Associates
· Susan Katz Radin, publisher emeritus, HarperCollins Children’s Books
· Emily Romero, senior vice president of marketing, Penguin Young Readers
· Roger Sutton, editor in chief, The Horn Book
· Lisa Von Drasek, curator of Children’s Literature Research Collections, Univ. of Minnesota
The Pannell Award co-chairs are Susan Knopf, President of Scout Books & Media, and Sally Kim, Marketing Director at Callisto Media.
Since 1983, the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) has awarded one of the most prestigious honors in children’s bookselling. Along with WNBA, Penguin Young Readers Group co-sponsors the award, which was established in honor of Lucille Micheels Pannell, founding member of one of the WNBA chapters.
From Midwest Booksellers
The Midwest Independent Booksellers Association is deeply disappointed by Chronicle Books’ recent decision to make A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo available upon publication only at Amazon.
Independent booksellers have a long and successful history of handling confidential information about forthcoming books, acting as reliable, established partners in releasing countless books while exhibiting all the necessary discretion. Chronicle ignored that record of success for a very visible and important book, and in doing so harmed independent bookstores.
In agreeing to an unequal and unfair release of Marlon Bundo, Chronicle made independent bookstores appear irrelevant--not only to potential customers, but also to the customers we've worked so hard to establish. They reinforced the mistaken idea that the first and best source of desirable, topical books is a single online retailer, not any of the hundreds of local independent bookstores in communities across the Midwest and the country.
Independent bookstores have long championed free and full access to books, and we expect our partner businesses to do the same. We invite Chronicle Books to consider the lasting implications of their actions. We call on them to acknowledge the unfortunate results of their decision and to take steps to reassure booksellers and readers that they are committed to a fair and equitable marketplace for their books now and into the future.
With much respect,
The board of the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association
From Chronicle Books
Dear ABA board, Regional Independent Trade Association Executive Directors and Presidents,
On behalf of Chronicle Books, I apologize for any frustrations you have experienced these past few days following the launch of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo. I hope you know from your history working with us as an indie ourselves that this was certainly not our intention.
Among the myriad ways you uphold civil rights every day, MANY THANKS to all of you who’ve pledged support for ‘every bunny who has ever felt different’ as well as to the work of the Trevor Project and AIDS United, which will be receiving proceeds from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Chronicle Books, and so many of you through sales of this book.
We had to ensure that the book was a complete surprise for the Last Week Tonight with John Oliver audience. So, after much deliberation and exploration of other options, we ultimately agreed to make the book available for purchase at the time of the on-air surprise by allocating a percentage of the print run to Amazon and making the rest of the first print run available to all our other retailers as soon as possible. We knew it wasn’t a matter of embargoing the book, nor did we think a blind release would guarantee the integrity of the surprise.
While its launch isn’t how we’d normally go about business, none of us predicted how phenomenally viewers and readers would respond to John Oliver’s announcement – and that we’d go from 40,000 copies in print to 400,000 in the pipeline in 4 days. Our #1 goal right now is to get this book into your store and into those eager readers’ hands. I recognize this is not moving as quickly as we would like with current orders and we have addressed this with our distributor, Hachette Book Group. We are working with multiple domestic printers to print more books quickly as possible. In the meantime, we thank you very much for your patience and your understanding.
I would be grateful if you shared this missive with your members as well.
With gratitude, appreciation, and renewed apologies,