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Everything You Need To Know About the

NAIBA Fall Conference

(Download the Fall (Solutions) Conference Program)


The bus tour of Baltimore bookstores has a wait list. Email to get your name on it.


We've mailed booksellers a Solutions Journal. Keep it handy to write down questions you have and problems you need solved so you can ask other booksellers at the conference. And don't forget to bring it with you!


The trivia contest is back for booksellers. Pick up the questions at registration when you arrive. It must be handed in by 2pm on Monday, Oct. 8. The winner gets two free nights in next year's conference hotel.


Don't forget to sign up for the IndieCommerce one-on-one appointments.


Erin Matthews of Books With a Past, Glenwood, MD, has taken on the task of writing a press release  that each store can submit to their local papers after the Fall Conference. Matthews will create the template to include: quotes from authors; the value of this book-business meeting for booksellers; and inspirational messages about the importance of books and reading. Bookstores are to personalize the press release by inserting a paragraph mentioning their own attendance, what they valued most, memorable encounters with authors, and the books they are excited to share with their customers. At the conference, feel free to help Matthews capture quotes and anecdotes. Make sure you take your picture with featured authors to send along with the finished press release. (Special thanks, not only to Erin Matthews for volunteering to do this, but to Kevin Moran of Parson Weems, who suggested this idea.)


Your registration badge and tickets will be at the NAIBA registration desk at the hotel. And don't forget to pick up our trivia sheet - you could win a hotel stay for 2019's Fall Conference!!


The NAIBA Board members are wearing ribbons so you can identify them. Please, stop and introduce yourself.  They want to meet you and talk shop with you.  Being part of this community and forming these personal relationships will serve you well over the years.


Some things you should know:

                The publishers have stacks of books, but the rule is to ask before taking. Some things are for their display purposes.

                At the registration desk, we have a display of the titles featured in the holiday catalog. Come check them out. ALL NAIBA member bookstores who register for the Fall Conference by Sept 1 also receive a $50 rebate for imprinting their holiday catalogs.

                Split up! Don’t sit with your colleagues at the food events or educational sessions. This way you all meet more colleagues and hear more ideas and meet more authors.

                Bring your press kits to hand out to the reps at the show.


NEW to the CONFERENCE? Bookstores who have never attended get a free ticket package and a $100 hotel rebate. Purchase your full conference package here then check in with NAIBA staff at the conference registration desk. Following the conference, submit your hotel bill to Rebates will be processed after the conference.


NAIBA has priced tickets at a 25% discount off the actual hotel cost to us. Don't forget to buy a tickets.

Leave plenty of room in your car for the books you’ll be bringing home! If you are self-parking, drop books in your car throughout the conference, or check them at the bell desk to make your check out a little easier.