Pre-Order Calendar

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Pre-orders are an increasingly important way in which books are now sold and marketed, and indie bookstores can and should take part in this growing business. Heavily influenced by television and social media, the months before a title’s publication are critical, and pre-orders are a growing component of a book’s ultimate sales. By working with publishers to take full advantage of pre-order opportunities, indie bookstores can avoid lost sales, lost PR, and lost market share. Booksellers who would like to learn more about pre-orders can check out the presentation from the 2019 ABA Spring Forums: “ABACUS and Pre-Orders: Two Programs You Can’t Do Without.”

Below are some suggested titles that may have good pre-order potential and/or have added value to entice customers to pre-order from their local indie. The list will be updated on a regular basis. When available, titles will link to a page with downloadable digital assets. The list is also available as an Excel Download at the bottom of the page, along with ABA-created "Keep It Local" Pre-Order shelftalkers and web assets. 

Booksellers and publishers are welcome to send pre-order suggestions for this list to Publishers should also attach any digital marketing assets available for booksellers to use. ABA has final approval over which titles are included on this list.

Stores should be sure to note "Limited Supply" or "While Supplies Last" in promo to customers.


* Updated 5/19/22 *




MAY 2022

- On Sale Date 5/31/2022:

  • My Mechanical Romance by Alexene Farol Follmuth (Holiday House, 9780823450107, Hardcover, $18.99) Added Value: Holiday House is coordinating a consumer pre-order campaign. Indie bookstore and customers who email with proof of pre-order purchase will receive an enamel pin, signed custom bookplate, and personalized note from the author. Items available while supplies last.


- On Sale Date 9/20/2022:

  • Hey, Bruce!: An Interactive Book by Ryan T. Higgins (Disney-Hyperion, 9781368084116, Hardcover, $17.99) Added Value: Order an Indie Exclusive 6-Copy Signed Prepack (Carton ISBN: 9781368089456); Orders due by May 20, 2022; Cartons will ship August 22, 2022. SEE YOUR DISNEY PUBLISHING GROUP OR HACHETTE BOOK GROUP SALES REP FOR MORE INFORMATION. *While supplies last. Limited to 1 carton per participating store.

- On Sale Date 9/27/2022:

  • Loud Mouse by Cara Mentzel and Idina Menzel (Disney-Hyperion, 9781368078061, Hardcover, $17.99) Added Value: INDIE EXCLUSIVE 4-copy signed prepack with special offer: buy 3, get 1 free (carton ISBN: 9781368092753, carton price $53.97); While supplies last, limited to one (1) carton per participating store. Orders due by May 20, 2022; cartons will ship August 24, 2022. See your Disney Publishing Group or Hachette Book Group sales rep for more information.



- On Sale Date 10/25/2022:



- On Sale Date 1/31/2023:

  • The Smallest Spot Of A Dot by Linsey Davis (Zonderkidz, 9780310748809, Hardcover, $18.99) Added Value: 6-copy signed carton (carton ISBN: 9780310141006, $113.94); Limited signed quantities are available while supplies last, publisher will do their best to fulfill demand; Store promo should include "limited supply" notice to customers.



"Keep It Local" Pre-Order Shelftalkers (multiple designs)


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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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