Book wholesaler Bertrams has launched a new initiative for independent booksellers to help them hold successful author events. The initiative will be for members of the Booksellers Association's Independent Booksellers Group. The wholesaler will hold a series of full day training courses on events management led by former Waterstone's events manager Jo James.
The first day is scheduled for 27th July at Bertrams' head office in Norwich. The event is free for IBG members.
Bertrams will also give indies a training manual at the event, which will cover all aspects of author signings and events management. James has also compiled an indie-friendly list of authors, their availability and suitability for different events in different regions across autumn and spring, as well as publisher contacts.
Bertrams buying and marketing director Chris Rushby said: "This exciting initiative provides something many of our independent customers have long been asking for: help in getting an events programme up and running and help in getting access to the right authors.
In another press statement Bertrams announces that its Bertrams Library Services will move its library supply service from Leeds where 140 staff are employed to Bertrams' main site in Norwich.
In its interim management statement, parent company Smiths News said the move will be completed early in the new financial year, which begins in September.
The statement said: "[The move] will reduce costs, but just as importantly improve service by reducing the lead time for the processing of library books - one of the key measures of service identified by the library consortia."