Conference Programme

Booksellers NZ Conference Programme

Saturday, 2 July

Whether you are interested in online sales, changes in the book world, or our future readers, there is something for everybody at the conference this year.
10.00am - 12.00pm

Self-Publishing Workshop

How to get your book into bookshops. With speakers Tony Moores (Manager, Poppies Group), Nevena Nikolic (Marketing Manager, Nielsen Book NZ), Karen McMillan (PR expert, self-published author), Mary and Sophia Egan (Egan Reid designers), Stella Chrysostomou (bookseller), and Zee Southcombe (bookseller, self-published author)

NB: This is separate from conference, and attendees will likely come from outside the industry. The purpose of this session is to encourage book sales via booksellers. 

World Champions Team Room
(Calder Mackay 3)


10.00am - 4.00pm

Business Meetings Day
This is an opportunity to meet Publishers and Service Providers to discuss any issues and concerns and view new titles.

Heritage Auckland, Robert Laidlaw 1 & 2

Click here for a list of Exhibitors.

6.00 - 10.00pm

New Zealand Book Industry Awards

Join us to toast the gathering of the book trade at the New Zealand Book Industry Awards and celebrate and applaud the very best in bookselling and publishing. A great way to end the Business Meetings and a great warm up for the conference the following day. The Awards will start with the formal presentations and a buffet dinner, followed by entertainment.

Heritage Auckland, Grand Tearoom

Thank you to Nielsen Book for the generous support of these awards.

Sunday, 3 July
8.00 - 9.00am

Registration and morning tea

9.00 - 9.20am
Opening Address & Welcome
Official opening of the 2016 Booksellers NZ Annual Conference. Welcome by the Chair of Booksellers NZ, Mary Sangster with directors Juliet Blyth, Stella Chrysostomou,
Tony Moores, Phillippa Duffy, Sam Shosanya and Rochelle Handley.

Announcements by CEO of Booksellers NZ, Lincoln Gould.

9.20 - 10.10am

Keynote Speaker
Steve Bercu, owner of the BookPeople in Austin Texas
Steve is one the United States foremost independent booksellers.  He will discuss the ingredients of a successful bookselling business, the recent growth in independent bookselling in the United States and the role indie booksellers play in their local communities.
Thank you to Penguin Random House New Zealand for the generous support to bring Steve out.
10.10 - 11.10am

Enhancing professional presence:  yours, your staff and your brand
Maggie Eyre, Presentation Skills Trainer and author
Maggie is an international communications consultant, specialising in presentation skills and leadership coaching in New Zealand and Australia. Maggie is the Director of Fresh Eyre which specialises in inspiring confidence and encouraging people to shine in their personal and professional lives.  Maggie has finalised her book, Speak Easy which is the third revision.
This will be an interactive session and will focus on new skills including the use of social media to project the brand presence of your store.
Find out more about Maggie at or 
Thank you to Exisle Publishing for sponsoring this session.

Nielsen Bookscan Update
Nevena Nikolic, Sales and Marketing Manager, 
Nielsen Book
Nevena will review consumer sales trends in New Zealand and in the main English-speaking markets around the world and will include some insights on e-book purchasing behaviour in the UK and US.
11.30am - 12.40pm
Lunch and Reps Picks Speed Dating

Enjoy lunch and learn about great upcoming titles at the Rep Picks Speed Dating luncheon, with help from the timekeeper,
Stella Chrysostomou.

12.40 - 1.40pm

Graeme Simison - Author

Graeme is an international bestseller, his book The Rosie Project has sold over three million copies worldwide, and in ANZ sales are over 300,000 and 150,000 respectively. He will be releasing a new book in October titled The Best of Adam Sharp. Graeme has attended a variety of bookshop events in many of the 42 countries in which The Rosie Project was published and will speak about these events and discuss what has worked and what hasn’t and what can booksellers learn from them.

Thank you to Text Publishing for sponsoring this session.

1.40 - 2.30pm

How to improve cashflow by the orderly management of returns

This session is designed to help booksellers understand the return process better and how they can make it work for themselves.  The panel will be chaired by Mary Sangster who prides herself on orderly use of the return system, Colin Pinfold of Penguin Random House Publishers and Steve Bercu.

2.30 - 2.50pm

Afternoon Tea

2.50 - 3.10pm
Hear from the scholars of this year’s Kobo Booksellers NZ Scholarships 

Hear from this year's recipients Kiran Dass, Unity Books Auckland and Helen Wadsworth, The Dorothy Butler Children’s Bookshop in conversation with Lincoln Gould.  Kiran and Helen will talk about their experience at the Winter Institute in Denver, Colorado and what they gained working in BookSoup, LA and Vroman’s Books in Pasadena.

3.10 - 3.40pm

NZ Bookshop Day and the Power of Alliance
Following the success of the first NZ Bookshop Day, Lincoln Gould and Stella Chrysostomou will report on plans and resources for NZ Bookshop Day 2016, set for Saturday, 29th October.

Panellists will share tips and best practices for making this a great day for the community.
3.40 - 3.45pm
Stella Chrysostomou - NZ Book Awards Trust

The Book Awards Trust was established in 2014 to revitalise our national book awards.  Stella will present an overview of the work of the Book Awards Trust to date, with a summary of the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards and a look at the forthcoming initiatives for National Poetry Day and the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

3.45 - 4.45pm
BSNZ Town Hall Meeting
The Town Hall meeting is an opportunity for open discussion about industry and association issues. BSNZ Chair Mary Sangster will facilitate the meeting. The floor is open to questions and comments from all delegates; delegates who would like to send questions in advance can send them to
4.45 - 5.00pm

BSNZ Annual General Meeting 
Led by BSNZ Board Chairperson Mary Sangster and CEO Lincoln Gould.
Find out the state of BSNZ as the Annual Report is released and elections are held for Board members.
5.00 - 5.30pm
Networking Drinks

Enjoy a drink and mingling with your colleagues to end the 95th Booksellers NZ conference.