Indie Booksellers Name the 20 Indies Introduce Debut Titles for Summer/Fall 2019
- By Liz Button
Publishers are once again offering specials on 10 adult titles and 10 kids’ titles chosen by panels of American Booksellers Association member booksellers from across the U.S. as the top debuts of the upcoming publishing season.
The Summer/Fall 2019 Indies Introduce program features titles for adults, young adults, and middle grade readers, all publishing between June and November 2019.
Jen Kraar of City of Asylum Bookstore in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, said that being on the Kids’ Indies Introduce panel was extremely rewarding experience which she highly recommends to other booksellers.
“It was interesting to read the body of middle-grade and young adult debut titles as a crop and to see the trends that are coming up,” she said. “I looked forward to our panel discussions and hearing other booksellers’ opinions. I learned to look at genres I’m not usually drawn to in a deeper way. The panel gave me a window to other booksellers and their customers’ tastes; I’m so impressed with my articulate and intelligent colleagues.”
Erika VanDam of RoscoeBooks in Chicago, Illinois, who served on the adult panel, said being a panelist for the Adult Indies Introduce program has been one of the most enlightening and fun experiences she has ever had as a bookseller.
“What a treat to be an early reader of so many promising new authors’ works, and to play a part in the promotion of these authors across our bookselling community,” said VanDam. “As a result of serving on the Indies Introduce panel, I read books I otherwise might not have read and befriended bookselling colleagues I otherwise might not have met. I can’t recommend the experience highly enough.”
For stores that have taken part in past Indies Introduce promotions, there’s no need to sign up to take advantage of publishers’ Summer/Fall offers; however, stores that are new to Indies Introduce must complete the Indies Introduce sign-up form by June 7 in order to participate in the program.
To access the list of titles with bookseller blurbs and full details on publishers’ offers, booksellers will need a BookWeb.org login name and password (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for login information). The Indies Introduce logo is available for download in the Marketing Assets section, which is located under BookWeb’s “For Booksellers” tab, and sell sheets will be included in the June Monthly Box mailing.
The Summer/Fall 2019 Indies Introduce Adult Debuts are: