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An Interview with Doni Kay, Sales Representative for Penguin Young Readers

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, August 1, 2018

 

An Interview with Doni Kay, Sales Representative for Penguin Young Readers

 

NameDoni Kay

 

Employer: Penguin Young Readers

 

States in your territory: DC, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL

 

Number of years as a rep:16

 

Best part about being a rep: Visiting bookstores and meeting with my buyers.

 

What were you doing before you became a rep? I was the children’s buyer for Books & Books in Coral Gables. I also ran the bookfair operation and managed the kid’s room with Michelle Krinzman. Before that, I was a flight attendant with Air Florida back in the late 70’s!

 

What's the coolest thing/a great idea you've seen at one of your stores? I love the Goodnight, Moon room at Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, Georgia. It’s magical!

 

Do you see Edelweiss reviews from booksellers? Yes, I do. All the time. I encourage my buyers to make sure they praise the galleys they love in Edelweiss. Knowing that once a buyer has gone through the catalog and marked their order that they may not ever go back in, I tell them I will sit right there while they write a review, even if it is in the middle of our sales call.

 

Do you follow any stores especially closely on social media? What are they doing right? I follow many of my accounts on social media. In the last couple of years I have seen so many of them step up their game on social media, specifically Instagram. Many have assigned a specific employee to manage their social media accounts, which I think is a great idea. Also, at Penguin Young Readers, we make sure to send out Social Media ready assets that make it super easy for our accounts to post a picture or post a contest or pre-order campaign, without them needing to put it all together in their very limited amount of time. We would rather they are hand selling in the store, rather than trying to figure out how to post something. I am really impressed with a few of my newer stores, that have jumped right into social media.

 

What can a bookseller do to make a sales call more effective? I always hope that my buyers have gone through my Edelweiss mark up ahead of time and marked up their initial order, so that we can spend our time wisely…….fine tuning the order and making sure they have noticed some of the mark up notes that I have added, such as where the author lives or possibly something local that we can use as a selling tool.

 

Most memorable thing that’s happened during a sales call?

I can’t think of one most memorable thing, but probably my favorite thing is when my buyers gets called away for a few minutes and I get to be a bookstore staff member again…….doing what I love best……hand selling!

 

What’s one thing you wish bookstores would do, or do more often? I love feedback. I tell all of my buyers to write me a quick email or text me or call me and let me know any little thing that is happening in their store or with their customers, so that I can stay on top of trends in the marketplace. If a new employee is madly in love with one of my books and is hand selling it like crazy, I want to know, so that I can make sure to send galleys specifically to that staff member and be better able to target my mailings.

 

Favorite book you’re currently promoting: Picture book: Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse, (on sale in August 2018), Jackie Woodson’s new books……The Day You Begin and Harbor Me and Sheila Turnage’s finale to the Mo & Dale Mysteries which began with Three Times Lucky……The Law of Finders Keepers. Sooooo good!

 

What do you enjoy most about the SIBA Discovery Show? Seeing all my fellow reps and finding out what books they are excited about. Catching up with my customers and getting to know new-comers to the bookselling world. I really enjoy getting a chance to talk to some of the owners and buyers at some of the smaller accounts in my territory that I won’t necessarily see while on the road. It is a great way to build relationships and to personally show them the exciting books we have coming up!


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Geek Out at the #SIBA18 Discovery Show! Sign up for an Escape Room Experience!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Geek Out at the #SIBA18 Discovery Show! Sign up for an Escape Room Experience!

After taking off in Asia, Western Europe, and the West Coast, escape rooms are popping up across the country. Will Shortz, the crossword puzzle editor for The New York Times, says it makes sense that escape experiences have become the puzzling trend of the moment. "If you were a brainy person 20 or 30 years ago, it was looked down upon. Nowadays, nerds have some of the biggest incomes in the U.S. and want to get together to geek out."  Now you have an opportunity to geek out at #SIBA18! 

Escape rooms are real-life team-based puzzle games, where you are locked in a room and have to solve puzzles together to get out.  Once your team solves the mystery or reaches the end of the time limit, you're "set free.”  

Escape rooms aren’t just problem-solving exercises. They’re fun and engaging, and encourage working together to crack codes, solve puzzles and follow clues. Studies have found that those who play games are better learners. Think what this could do for your team!

Want to sign up your team for an hour? Or get on the schedule to be part of a team? Contact wanda@sibaweb.com and get ready for some fun!

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#SIBA18 Exhibitor Preview: Bookazine

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018

Bookazine 

Bookazine

Bookazine is a full-service Indie wholesaler with all the titles you need, fast shipping, and the friendly service you deserve. Putting booksellers first since 1929.

https://www.bookazine.com/

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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE
TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser, Fiction Addiction, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Page & Palette, Page 158 Books, Quail Ridge Books, Square Books, The Country Bookshop, The Oxford Exchange, and The Story Shop.

9781335145161 Shadow of the Fox 10/2/2018
"A phenomenal beginning to what should be a fantastic series!"

9781524799205 How to Love a Jamaican 7/24/2018
"A stunning debut--Arthurs' style is highly fine-tuned and intuitive as playing by ear."

9780062856395 Melmoth 10/16/2018
"With its echoes of Mary Shelley and Frankenstein's menacing creature, Melmoth reads deliciously like an 18th-century Gothic novel."

9780440000785 Vox 8/21/2018
"a stand-out in the recent wave of feminist dystopia literature. "

9781501167942 Southern Discomfort 10/2/2018
"Tena tells her story with laughter, tears, and courage, and it is a story that I guarantee you will want to hear. "

9781619022348 The Wildlands 9/4/2018
"I just fell into the story and couldn't put down this tense and heartbreaking novel."

More bookseller reviews

If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie

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Do you want more joy in your life? Don't Miss "Make Your Mark on Life: #SIBAJoy with Ingrid Fetell Lee" at the #SIBA18 Discovery Show

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Do You Want More Joy in Your Life? Don't Miss Ingrid Fetell Lee at the #SIBA18 Discovery Show

Do you want more joy in your life? To find it in unexpected places? To create an environment for your staff and customers that brings smiles? Then don't miss Ingrid Fetell Lee at the #SIBA18 Discovery Show in Tampa, Florida. "Cherry blossoms and rainbows, bubbles and googly eyes: Why do some things seem to create such universal joy? Ingrid Fetell Lee will reveal the surprisingly tangible roots of joy and show how we all can find -- and create -- more of it in the world around us.” 

Lee's TED talk, "Where Joy Hides and Where to Find It" has over a million views. View Lee's TED Talk here! Fans of Marie Kondo (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up), who advises we surround ourselves with things that bring us joy, will especially enjoy this.  Lee is the author of Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness.

Thursday, September 13 at 9am at the #SIBA18 Discovery Show, don't miss "Make Your Mark on Life: #SIBAJoy with Ingrid Lee--The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness"

 

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#SIBA18 Exhibitor Preview: Longleaf Services

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018

Longleaf Service 

Longleaf Services

Longleaf Services is a not-for-profit affiliate of UNC Press. We provide customer service and order fulfillment services for 15+ university presses, incl. UNCP, Georgia, LSU, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and West Indies, amongst others. Ask us about order consolidation options and Fall '18 special offers.

http://www.longleafservices.org/

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Hop on the Bookstore Tour at the Discovery Show!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, July 30, 2018

Hop on the Bookstore Tour at the Discovery Show!

You'll need some downtime after the morning with Doug Hall's Driving Eureka! A Bookstore Tour to Oxford Exchange, Inkwood Books, and Mojo Books & Records will be just the right transition. Make plans to join the tour on Wednesday, Sept 12, 1:30-730 pm which includes lunch, store visits, and so much fun with your author tour guides: Laura Mize, MarkDeNote, and Mark Muncy!   

The tour begins at 1:30pm. What better inspiration than seeing what your colleagues are doing at their stores, and visiting their communities? Thanks so much to Arcadia Publishing/History Press for providing tour authors steeped in Florida lore, who promise to deliver lots of Florida trivia. Laura Mize is the author of Florida Made: The 25 Most Important Figures Who Shaped the State, Mark DeNote is the author of Tampa Bay Beer: A Heady History, and Mark Muncy is the author of Freaky Florida: The Wonderhouse.

If you'd like to join us, please email wanda@sibaweb.com for more details.

Thanks to Generous Inkreadible Sponsor Baker & Taylor for making the tour possible!

 

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#SIBA18 Exhibitor Preview: Blackstone

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, July 30, 2018
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018

Blackstone 

Blackstone Publishing

A true pioneer in the industry, Blackstone Publishing offers authors a unique, full-service experience. From print production, to recording audio, to distribution, Blackstone Publishing's 35 years in the industry exemplifies our uncompromising dedication to superior content, award-winning authors, and eye-catching packaging. Indie show Special: 50% off SRP, Free Shipping, Net30 days, and returnable!

http://www.blackstonepublishing.com/

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Applications for the Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists open July 9!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, July 30, 2018
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018

Applications open for the Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists

Applications are now open for the Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists.

Would you like to attend Winter Institute, your regional trade show in 2019,  and receive funding to create a program at your store that impacts your community in a positive way? 

Then you should consider applying for this first-ever year-long scholarship provided by the Binc Foundation and the Friends of Carla Gray.  

Carla Gray believed that books could change people and that people change the world.  This memorial scholarship in her honor connects on both fronts, at the intersection of books and activism.  Supporting emerging booksellers and their efforts to make a difference in one's community were essential to Carla. The community outreach project can be anything from providing books to underserved children or bringing a special speaker to your store, the sky is the limit. We want you to think outside the box and hopefully, your project could be shared with other stores. 


You are eligible to apply if you:

  • Have at least one year but fewer than 5 years of bookselling experience.
  • Work part-time or full-time at a bookstore in good standing with the ABA and your regional association.
  • Are willing and able to commit one year to complete the scholarship and you intend to remain employed as a bookseller through the implementation of your project.
  • Your store owner agrees to partner with you on your community outreach project.
Click here to apply today!

Questions please feel free to contact Kit Steinaway - kit@bincfoundation.org


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#SIBA18 Exhibitor Preview: Magic Time Literary Agency

Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, July 27, 2018
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018

Magic Time Literary Agency 

Magic Time Literary Agency

Author advocates who are passionate about literature and represent award-winning and bestselling authors from around the country. Focusing on creation of national tours, many authors achieve bestseller status through heartfelt representation. It is a great honor to partner with booksellers to create meaningful events with libraries, universities, nonprofits, and professional and civic organizations.

 

http://www.magictimeliterary.com/

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