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. Titles appearing as featured ads in the Indie Next Lists will be noted with: *INL: Month*.

Booksellers and publishers are welcome to send pre-order suggestions for this list to preorders@bookweb.org. 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 10/21/19 *

 

OCTOBER 2019

- On Sale 10/22/2019:

  • Agent Running in the Field by John Le Carré (Viking, 9781984878878, Hardcover, $29.00).
  • Edison by Edmund Morris (Random House, 9780812993110, Hardcover, $38.00).
  • The Problem With Everything by Meghan Daum (Gallery Books, 9781982129330, Hardcover, $27).
  • Three Days at the Brink by Bret Baier (William Morrow, 9780062905680, Hardcover, $28.99) Added Value: 10-copy signed carton (carton ISBN: 9780062962324, $ 289.90); 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.

- On Sale 10/29/2019:

  • Penny and Her Sled by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books, 9780062934536, Hardcover, $14.99) Added Value: 8-copy signed carton (carton ISBN: 9780062963918, $119.92); While supplies last; To receive by the on sale date, place order by 10/4/19.

 

NOVEMBER 2019

- On Sale 11/5/2019:

  • The Accomplice by Joseph Kanon (Atria Books, 9781501121425, Hardcover, $28) Added Value: 10-copy signed carton (carton ISBN: 9781982118822); limited availability, while supplies last—speak to your sales rep for details.
  • The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell (Atria Books, 9781501190100, Hardcover, $27). *INL: Oct.*
  • Finding Chika by Mitch Albom (Harper, 9780062952394, Hardcover, $23.99) Added Value: 10-copy signed carton (carton ISBN: 9780062960801, $239.90); 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.
  • The Dinky Donkey by Craig Smith and Katz Cowley (Scholastic, 9781338600834, Paperback, $7.99)
  • Keeper of the Lost Cities: Legacy by Shannon Messenger (Aladdin, 9781534427334, Hardcover, $21.99) Added Value: 8-Copy Signed Floor Display (Floor Display ISBN: 9781534448438, $175.92) is available while supplies last; contact your sales rep to order.
  • Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (Ecco, 9780062913463, Hardcover, $26.99) Added Value: 6-copy signed carton (carton ISBN: 9780062958341, $161.94); 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.
  • The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (Counterpoint Press, 9781640092587, Hardcover, $25.00). Added Value: 5/$25 co-op (via PGW/Ingram) with a 5-copy minimum; Orders must be received by 10/1/2019 to arrive by 11/1/19. *Reminder: pre-approved e/p newsletter co-op available.
  • Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 9781419737046, Hardcover, $18.99) Added Value: Gift with Preorder available for customer giveaway. Please ask your sales reps about details. *KNL: Summer*
  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday, 9780385541213, Hardcover, $28.95) 
  • We Are Indivisible by Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin (Atria Books/One Signal Publishers, 9781982129972, Hardcover, $28).

- On Sale 11/19/2019:

  • The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316310420, Hardcover, 19.99) Added Value: Order the 6-copy signed prepack (carton ISBN: 9780316428903) and receive 1 pre-order kit and 6 enamel pins and bookmarks (for pre-order customers). Max of 5 prepacks/30 pins per store. While supplies last. To receive your kit by the on sale date, place prepack orders via Edelweiss by September 13, 2019. Kits will ship by October 1, 2019. Edelweiss link: https://www.edelweiss.plus/#sku=0316428906&page=1. *KNL: Fall*

 

DECEMBER 2019

- On Sale Date 12/3/2019:

  • Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha #2) by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt & Co. BYR, 9781250170996, Hardcover, $19.99) Added Value: Merchandising and Pre-Order Kit available for free; order through Edelweiss (9781250210548).
  • *Added 10/15* Supreme Ambition by Ruth Marcus (Simon & Schuster, 9781982123864, Hardcover, $28)

 

JANUARY 2020

- On Sale Date 1/7/2020:

  • A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer (Bloomsbury YA, 9781681195117, Hardcover, $18.99) Added Value: customers can submit their receipt to https://www.formpl.us/form/283916001 will receive the art print.
  • Hunter Killer by Brad Taylor (William Morrow, 9780062886026, Hardcover, $27.99) Added Value: 10-copy signed carton (Carton ISBN: 9780062991263); 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.
  • Night Country by Melissa Albert (Flatiron, 9781250246073, Hardcover, $18.99) Added Value: Signed copies available; ask your sales rep for details; while supplies last.

- On Sale Date 1/14/2020:

  • Infinity Son by Adam Silvera (HarperTeen, 9780062457820, Hardcover, $18.99) Added Value: 8-copy signed carton (Carton ISBN: 9780062978646); While Supplies Last; to receive by the on sale date, place order by 12/13/19.
  • *Updated 10/21* American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (Flatiron Books, 9781250209764, Hardcover, $26.99) Added Value: 10-copy signed carton (Carton ISBN: 9781250752017) and free merchandizing kit available (Kit ISBN: 9781250760883); limited quantity available while supplies last; orders due by November 29, 2019; Kits will ship by January 8. *INL: Dec.*

- On Sale Date 1/21/2020:

  • *Assets Added 10/21* The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson (Katherine Tegen Books, 9780062338112, Hardcover, $17.99) Added Value: 6-copy signed carton (Carton ISBN: 9780062995070); While Supplies Last; to receive by the on sale date, place order by 12/20/19.

- On Sale Date 1/28/2020:

  • Highfire by Eoin Colfer (Harper Perennial, 9780062938558, Hardcover, $19.99) Added Value: 6-copy signed carton (carton ISBN: 9780062991492, $119.94); while supplies last.

 

FEBRUARY 2020

- On Sale Date 2/4/2020:

  • *Updated 10/21* A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler (St. Martin's Press, 9781250237279, Hardcover, $27.99) Added Value: Signed copies available; ask your sales rep for details; while supplies last. *INL: Dec.*
  • Here in the Real World by Sara Pennypacker (Balzer + Bray, 9780062698957, Hardcover, $17.99) Added Value: 8-copy signed carton (Carton ISBN: 9780062981141); While Supplies Last; to receive by the on sale date, place order by 1/3/20.
  • *Assets Added 10/21* Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli (Balzer + Bray, 9780062937049, Hardcover, $18.99) Added Value: 8-copy signed carton (Carton ISBN: 9780062979186); While Supplies Last; to receive by the on sale date, place order by 1/3/20.

- On Sale Date 2/25/2020:

  • *Assets Added 10/21* A Home for Goddesses and Dogs by Leslie Connor (Katherine Tegen Books, 9780062796783, Hardcover, $16.99) Added Value: 6-copy signed carton (Carton ISBN: 9780062981134); While Supplies Last; to receive by the on sale date, place order by 1/24/20.

 

MARCH 2020

- On Sale Date 3/3/2020:

  • The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich (Harper, 9780062671189, Hardcover, $28.99) Added Value: 6-copy carton Indie Exclusive Edition (Exclusive Edition Carton ISBN: 9780062991157); Exclusive edition is available in limited quantities to Independent Bookstores only. Harper will do our best to meet demand, and if we run short your rep will be in contact with you to adjust your order; exclusive edition includes a letter from the author that details her family's history and the inspiration for this new novel; the letter will be highly designed with full-color border artwork.
  • Separation Anxiety by Laura Zigman (Ecco, 9780062909077, Hardcover, $26.99) Added Value: 6-copy signed carton (Carton ISBN: 9780062992130); 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.

- On Sale Date 3/10/2020:

  • The Last Odyssey by James Rollins (William Morrow, 9780062892898, Hardcover, $28.99) Added Value: 6-copy signed carton w/ POP (Carton ISBN: 9780062991294); 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.

- On Sale Date 3/17/2020:

  • Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang (First Second, 9781626720794, Hardcover, $19.99) Added Value: 5-copy signed carton (Carton ISBN: 9781250753953) and free merchandizing kit availble (Kit ISBN: 9781250753991); limited quantity available while supplies last.
  • *Added 10/1* Faith, Family, & The Feast by Kent and Shannon Rollins (Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780358124498, Hardcover, $30) Added Value: Participating bookstores will receive up to 50 of Kent's original spice mixes as preorder incentives ($7.99 retail value); number of spice mixes each store will receive is equal to the quantity of books pre-ordered. Kent will do a huge push on YouTube and across social, linking to the pages of participating stores for purchase. To participate, stores must fill out the following form no later than October 14, 2019: https://forms.gle/9hSoFXZnc1DXQXYM6; All book orders must be submitted to HMH by March 1, 2020. See more details one sheet (click title for link).
  • The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit, 9780316509848, Hardcover, $28)
  • Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson (William Morrow, 9780062838209, Hardcover, $26.99) Added Value: 6-copy signed carton comes with 6 totes for customer giveaway (Carton ISBN: 9780062991287); Limited signed quantities and totes are available while supplies last, publisher will do their best to fulfill demand; Store promo should include "limited supply" notice to customers.
  • The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home by Joseph Fink (Harper Perennial, 9780062889003, Hardcover, $21.99) Added Value: 6-copy signed carton (Carton ISBN: 9780062989871); 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.

- On Sale Date 3/17/2020:

  • *Assets Added 10/21* Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi (HarperCollins, 9780062676429, Hardcover, $18.99) Added Value: 6-copy signed carton (Carton ISBN: 9780062981158); While Supplies Last; to receive by the on sale date, place order by 2/28/20.

 

APRIL 2020

- On Sale Date 4/7/2020:

  • Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore (Harper, 9780062913265, Hardcover, $26.99) Added Value: 6-copy signed carton (Carton ISBN: 9780062994165); 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.

- On Sale Date 4/14/2020:

  • Hell and Other Desinations by Madeleine Albright (Harper, 9780062802255, Hardcover, $29.99) Added Value: 10-copy signed carton (Carton ISBN: 9780062991164); 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.
  • Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles (William Morrow, 9780062966742, Hardcover, $26.99) Added Value: 10-copy signed carton comes with 10 sets of historic sheet music for “Lorena” from 1864, reproduced from the Library of Congress Civil War Sheet Music Collection. (Carton ISBN: 9780062991270); Limited signed quantities and sheet music are available while supplies last, publisher will do their best to fulfill demand; Store promo should include "limited supply" notice to customers.

 

MAY 2020

- On Sale Date 5/12/2020:

  • *Assets Updated 10/15* Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (Balzer + Bray, 9780062820259, Hardcover, $18.99) INDIE EXCLUSIVE COVER REVEAL: Tuesday, October 15th; signed 6-copy cartons available while supplies last (Carton ISBN: 9780063013728).

- On Sale Date 5/12/2020:

 

 

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

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Date: 
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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