Author James Patterson’s 2019 Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program is underway, and booksellers are encouraged to remind fellow employees, publishing professionals, authors, and bookstore shoppers to nominate any current indie bookstore employee of an American Booksellers Association member store for a bonus.
Patterson announced in May that he would pledge a personal contribution of $250,000 to independent bookstore employees, which will be granted in amounts of $500 to 500 individual booksellers. New this year, 100 of the bonuses will be set aside for children’s booksellers. This year’s campaign is open to all U.S. independent bookstore employees through October 12.
To help booksellers promote the program, here are a variety of social media posts that can be adapted for use (Patterson’s social media handles are @JamesPatterson on Facebook; @JP_Books on Twitter; and @jamespattersonbooks on Instagram):
- James Patterson is offering holiday bonuses to the best independent bookstore employees – nominate here! https://bit.ly/2M4SyES
- Why does this indie bookseller deserve a holiday bonus from James Patterson? That’s up to you! Nominate me now: https://bit.ly/2M4SyES
- The clock’s ticking: nominate an indie bookseller for a holiday bonus, courtesy of James Patterson: https://bit.ly/2M4SyES
- Have a favorite bookseller at our store? Let them know by nominating them for a holiday bonus from James Patterson: https://bit.ly/2M4SyES
- Share the love for your local indie bookseller by nominating them for a holiday bonus from James Patterson: https://bit.ly/2M4SyES
All past recipients of Patterson grants are eligible, and booksellers can self-nominate. Bonuses will be distributed in December 2019. In all cases, the vetting process will include obtaining approval from the bookstore employee and store in question to confirm current employment.
The grant application asks one simple question: “Why does this bookseller deserve a holiday bonus?” Patterson will select winners from bookstores all across the country to receive bonuses this holiday season.