James Patterson's Holiday Bonus 2018 FAQ

How do you nominate a bookstore employee?

  • It’s simple to nominate a bookstore employee for a bonus, which range from $750 to $1,500. You just have to fill out a form with your name and the bookstore employee’s name and store and describe in 250 words or fewer why this bookseller deserves a holiday bonus. Go to this website to nominate a bookseller:bookweb.org/james-pattersons-holiday-bonuses-booksellers.

How will bonus recipients be chosen?

  • The ABA will accept nominations and submit them to James Patterson for approval and fulfillment. He will personally review the nominations and select the bonus recipients.

When will bonus recipients be announced?

What are the requirements to be considered for a bonus?

  • All employees of ABA member bookstores are eligible for a bonus. Nominations can be made by anyone: store owners, managers, fellow booksellers, publishing professionals, authors, bookstore shoppers even oneself. But they must always be nominating a current bookstore employee.

What is a good reason to nominate a bookstore employee for a bonus?

  • It could be that this bookseller recommended one of your favorite books this year. Maybe they were responsible for an incredible book event or developed a new program at the store. They might stay late every evening to keep the store in top shape or consistently go above and beyond the call of duty. James Patterson wants to reward bookstore employees who are making a difference in their stores and their communities.

Can more than one employee from the same store receive a bonus?

  • Yes! James Patterson will consider all nominations, including more than one bookstore employee from the same store.

After I submit the form on the website, what are the next steps?

  • You will receive an email confirmation that your nomination has been submitted. James Patterson will review the nominations and the ABA will follow up individually with bookstore employees who will be receiving a bonus.

Is there a deadline to nominate a bookstore employee?

Where is the money for these bonuses coming from?

  • James Patterson is personally funding all the bonuses. He is devoting proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books to funding pro-reading initiatives like the independent bookstore employee bonus program.

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