Sunday, August 3, 2008

Barefoot Books International Conference ~ Telling Stories


I do not even know where to start about this wonderful experience I've had at the Barefoot Books International Conference ~ Telling Stories that happened from August 1 - 3 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, MA. But there is a beginning and there is an end. I'd like to break down my post into a few segmented articles to tell everybody what I've learned and I've seen about the Barefoot Books!

The few posts you will see in the succeeding pages will be the following:
1. Nancy Traversy's message
2. The Barefoot Books Vision and Opportunity
3. Lessons I've learned from the Conference about the Barefoot Books Business
and of course!
4. Pictures from the Conference

There were a lot of things that happened during the three-day conference, which include the following schedule of activities:

Friday, August 1 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM - there was a welcome reception at the Barefoot Books Retail Store in Cambridge. I wasn't able to go there but I heard from fellow stallholders who were able to attend the cocktail here at our flagship store, there were some raffle draws, announcement of winners (by the way, I won a signed book by Stella Blackstone! one of my daughter's favorite's authors ~ how lucky!) some won signed books and others won $25 gift certificates!

Saturday, August 2 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM - this is the most important day of the conference and where I made sure I was there! Just like everybody else who were there, we met and saw Nancy Traversy, the co-founder of Barefoot Books, the great and hard-working staff of the Barefoot Books who answered all our questions regarding shipping, new releases, payment information, etc (everything possible that takes place behind the scene) and of course the friendly Stallholders from all over the US and the UK! It was so much fun! As part of the program, one of the authors/illustrators Maria Carluccio of Skip Through the Seasons and Sound About Town, was our mystery author guest and shared to us her techniques ~ and allowed us to chat with her about her work. 
The day concluded with a poolside barbecue party at Nancy's house in Concord, MA.

Sunday, August 3 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM - there was a duck tour for the family members as well as the Stallholders!

There was somuch  fun and a lot of new information about our Barefoot Books business and what are in store for us in the future. Nancy Travery mentioned about the opening (soft launch) of the Barefoot Books store in FAO Schwarz this October 2nd and the full day celebration will happen on October 4th, with possible celebrities attending the Opening Day! Nancy also talked about how despite the economic crisis the US is experiencing right now that our company, Barefoot Books continues to very stable and will continue to succeed because what we offer is unique,  and we all believe that everybody's success comes with perseverance!

I left the conference with so much knowledge and so much enthusiasm about building a future with Barefoot Books! So, if you would like to join this community with a passion of listening to other people stories, reading great books, developing early literacy and just a drive to live and respect the environment, you can start here:


I guarantee you that you will feel that you are making a difference in your own world, one book at a time. Go Green, Go Barefoot!

1 comment:

MIRA said...

Hi Alpha, I wish I was able to attend that conference as well. It would have been nice to see other stallholders in the flesh especially the ones that send me e-mails all the time. Anyway, until now my banners are not visible yet and still can't access mybarefootbooks.com although I sent an email to some Sarah Spencer whom I'm not really sure can address the problem. I couldn't find any Tech Support contact info there, so let's see what happens. Anyway, I hope to talk to you later.
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