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Indie Author Day: Libraries and Authors

It is that time of year again! We are preparing for the 2nd annual indie authors celebration, and you should be too. For the second year in a row, libraries across North America will be hosting local events in celebration of indie authors. Indie Author Day brings more visibility to the significant growth of the self-publishing industry, independent authors, and to libraries as hubs for community engagement. We are looking forward to libraries and authors connecting locally and globally. 


Comics in the K-12 Classroom: An SDCCEL Reflection

By Jenny McCluskey, Collection Development Librarian II
Last month, I participated in the second SDCC-hosted Conference for Educators and Librarians (#SDCCEL) at the San Diego Public Library. Highlights of this year’s programming at SDCCEL, which focuses on K-12, public libraries, publishers, and higher ed, included panels on ethnic/cultural diversity, promoting mental health, using comics for different learning styles, and how to handle challenges to titles.  


​Print on Demand: Never Miss a Sale

In today’s society, consumers crave instant gratification. The tech industry has changed our perception on the distribution of services and products, and the internet has made these resources easily accessible. We have become accustomed to a type of lifestyle that allows us to fulfill our needs almost immediately. With technology becoming more advanced, it is vital to your sales and customer satisfaction to quickly fill readers’ orders before they find another source. 


Ingram in the Community: Music City Corporate Challenge

She shoots, she scores! 

Get To Know BenBella Books

BenBella Books, a publishing boutique, has provided readers with captivating titles for almost 16 years, bringing titles like Traction and The Blood of Patriots to book shelves. With fourteen New York Best Sellers, they are committed to their authors and pride themselves on building a creative marketing approach.  


Building Communities: The Bookstore and The Public Space

There is truly nothing like a good bookstore. The smell of the books, the cozy reading nooks, and the comradery that comes along with spending a few hours with other book lovers in your neighborhood just can’t be beat. As an independent retail bookstore owner in a rapidly growing digital age, it is imperative to recognize the major role your book store plays in your community. Be creative, lure in people with irresistible community events, or make your store a comfortable gathering place to monetize the bookstore experience. It is your responsibility (and privilege) to keep the American bookstore alive!
 


The Pre-Sale Pro Tips You Need To Know

It’s coming!
Even if you have no idea what I’m talking about, those two words probably create an expectation, excitement, or interest. That’s the power of pre-selling your next book. Pre-selling can boost your sales, develop your audience, and increase the chance of reviews and buzz.
 


5 Must Have New Vietnam War Titles for Your Collection

By Beth Reinker, MSLS, Manager, Collection Development Adult Materials  


Meet Graphic Novelist Katie O’Neill

The award winning author Katie O’Neill is back with her latest young adult graphic novel, The Tea Dragon Society expected October 31, 2017. This charming novel follows Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, in an enchanting world of tea dragons.  


Leveraging Author Signings for Indie Bookstores

Independent bookstores are thriving community centers and are grounded by the support of local residents. Indies have the advantage of selling books by local self-published authors. This enables them to promote locally giving indie bookstores a unique communal trait. Having an author’s signing at an indie bookstore can draw traffic, help acquire new audiences, and possibly increase your revenue. But, knowing how to successfully do this while employing the best tactics can make a world of difference. Here’s what you need to know: