Pre-Order Calendar

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Pre-orders are becoming 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 8/21/19 *

 

AUGUST 2019

- On Sale 8/27/2019:

  • Angelina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird, Illus. Helen Craig (Little Simon, 9781534451513, Hardcover, $17.99) Added Value: Signed 6-Copy Carton Pack with Easel (Carton Pack ISBN: 9781534448414, $107.94); available while supplies last, contact your sales rep to order.
  • The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter (William Morrow, 9780062858085, Hardcover, $26.99) Added Value: 10-copy signed carton (9780062935038, $279.90); limited signed quantities available while supplies last; stores will be notified if orders need to be adjusted.
  • Spencer's New Pet by Jessie Sima (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9781534418776, Hardcover, $17.99) Added Value: 6-Copy Signed Counter Display; Ramp up your pre-order campaigns with signed copies of the next irresistible picture book from Indie Next and national indie bestselling Not Quite Narwhal author, Jessie Sima. The 6-copy signed counter display (ISBN: 9781534457973, Price: $107.94) is only available while supplies last, so place your orders soon via edelweiss: https://www.edelweiss.plus/#keywordSearch&q=spencer's+new+pet&page=1.

- On Sale 9/3/2019:

  • Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai (HarperCollins, 9780062229212, Hardcover, $17.99) Added Value: 6-copy signed carton (carton ISBN: 9780062955111, $107.94); While supplies last; To receive by the on sale date, place order by 8/9/19.
  • Dinosnores by Sandra Boynton (Workman Publishing, 9781523508136, Board book, $6.95). Added Value: Door hangers (1 per unit ordered) with original art by Sandra Boynton, 8.5 x 3.5” printed on heavy cardstock, for customer giveaway; Order Deadline is August 9 via online form: https://mailchi.mp/workman.com/dinosnores; stores will also receive easel-back posters for display and digital assets to promote. While Supplies Last.
  • How To by Randall Munroe (Riverhead Books, 9780525537090, Hardcover, $28.00).
  • Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly (Greenwillow Books, 9780062747273, Hardcover, $16.99) Added Value: 8-copy signed carton (carton ISBN: 9780062933034, $135.92); While supplies last; To receive by the on sale date, place order by 8/9/19.*KNL: Summer*
  • Legacy and the Queen by Annie Matthews, created by Kobe Bryant (Granity Studios, 9781949520033, Hardcover, $16.99) Added Value: 8”x10” poster available, will be sent in packs of 10, while supplies last; Requests for posters must be submitted on www.tworiversdistribution.com/legacypreorders no later than 8/22.
  • My Jasper June by Laurel Snyder (Walden Pond Press, 9780062836625, Hardcover, $16.99) Added Value: 6-copy signed carton (carton ISBN: 9780062955050, $101.94); While supplies last; To receive by the on sale date, place order by 8/9/19.
  • *Added 8/2* This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books, 9781476749297, Hardcover, $27)
  • Three Flames by Alan Lightman (Counterpoint Press, 9781640092280, Hardcover, $25) Added value: signed 12-copy carton; case-quantity order minimum (12); Orders must be received by 7/26/19 to arrive in-store by 8/29/19. *Reminder: pre-approved e/p newsletter co-op available. *INL: July*

- On Sale 9/9/2019:

  • Antoni in the Kitchen by Antoni Porowski, Mindy Fox (Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9781328631343, Hardcover, $30) Added Value: a limited number of signed editions are available (Signed ISBN: 9780358206170); stores that order the signed editions are also eligible to receive the same quantity (up to a max of 50) exclusive tea towels for customer giveaway. Signed editions and tea towels while supplies last; to participate, stores must fill out the following form no later than August 8: https://httpslink.com/IndieAntoni and all book orders must be in by August 29, 2019.

- On Sale 9/10/2019:

  • Boundless by R.A. Salvatore (Harper Voyager, 9780062688637, Hardcover, $27.99) Added Value: 6-copy signed carton w/POP (carton ISBN: 9780062962317, $167.94); 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 Divers' Game by Jesse Ball (Ecco, 9780062676108, Hardcover, $26.99) Added Value: 6-copy signed carton (carton ISBN: 9780062958334, $155.94); 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 Institute by Stephen King (Scribner, 9781982110567, Hardcover, $30)
  • Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown and Company, 9780316478526, Hardcover, $30) Added Value: Order 5+ HC copies and 1 pre-order kit (9780316428378) and receive enamel pins (for pre-order customers). Little, Brown will send a pin for every HC ordered above 5 copies up to 10; Max of 10 pins per store; While supplies last. To receive your kit by the on sale date, place kit orders via Edelweiss by July 29, 2019. Kits will ship by August 12, 2019. Edelweiss link: https://www.edelweiss.plus/#sku=031642837X&page=1 *INL: August*
  • The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese, 9780385543781, Hardcover, $27.95).

- On Sale 9/17/2019:

  • Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9781534424760, Hardcover, $17.99) Added Value: 9-Copy Signed Floor Display (Floor Display ISBN: 9781534457980, $161.91) and 10-Copy Signed Carton Pack (Carton Pack ISBN: 9781534457997, $179.90) are available while supplies last; contact your sales rep to order.
  • Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson (Riverhead Books, 9780525535270, Hardcover, $26).

- On Sale 9/24/2019:

  • The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (Harper, 9780062963673, Hardcover, $27.99) Added Value: 10-copy signed carton (carton ISBN: 9780062966551, $279.90); 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. *INL: August*
  • The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World, 9780399590597, Hardcover, $28).
  • *Added 8/2* The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman (Simon & Schuster, 9781501137570, Hardcover, $27.99).
  • Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith (Knopf, 9780525657682, Hardcover, $24.95).

OCTOBER 2019

- On Sale 10/1/2019:

  • Cog by Greg van Eekhout, Beatrice Blue (Illus.) (HarperCollins, 9780062686077, Hardcover, $16.99) Added Value: 6-copy signed carton (carton ISBN: 9780062958365, $101.94); While supplies last; To receive by the on sale date, place order by 9/6/19.
  • *Added 8/15* The Book of Gutsy Women by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton (Simon & Schuster, 9781501178412, Hardcover, $35).
  • Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy (Balzer + Bray, 9780062473073, Hardcover, $16.99) Added Value: 8-copy signed carton (carton ISBN: 9780062955029, $135.92); While supplies last; To receive by the on sale date, place order by 9/6/19.
  • The End and Other Beginnings by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books, 9780062796523, Hardcover, $18.99) Added Value: 8-copy signed carton (carton ISBN: 9780062958327, $151.92); While supplies last; To receive by the on sale date, place order by 9/6/19.
  • Full Throttle by Joe Hill (William Morrow, 9780062200679, Hardcover, $27.99) Added Value: 10-copy signed carton (carton ISBN: 9780062962300, $259.90); 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.
  • F**k, Now There Are Two of You by Adam Mansbach (Akashic Books, 9781617757600, Hardcover, $15.95) Added Value: Indie Exclusive numbered bookplate signed by author and illustrator for pre-order giveaway; 5 copy minimum per store; place your order with Ingram, email your PO#/quantity to info@akashicbooks.com, and receive one signed bookplate per unit (while supplies last); orders due by 8/16/19, bookplates ship by 9/16/20.
  • *Added 8/8* Redwood and Ponytail by K.A. Holt (Chronicle Books, 9781452172880, Hardcover, $18.99) Added Value: Indie Exclusive bookplates signed by author for pre-order giveaway; email publicity@chroniclebooks.com for bookplates (orders due by 9/16/19, bookplates ship by 9/20/19). EXTRA OFFER: Store with the most pre-orders to receive in-person store visit from K.A. Holt. For consideration, email publicity@chroniclebooks.com with final in-store preorder sales quantity by 10/1/2019.*KNL: Fall*

- On Sale 10/8/2019:

  • The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes (Pamela Dorman Books, 9780399562488, Hardcover, $27).
  • *Added 8/2* How We Fight for Our Lives by Saaed Jones (Simon & Schuster, 9781501132735, Hardcover, $26).
  • Grand Union by Zadie Smith (Penguin Press, 9780525558996, Hardcover, $27).
  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (Flatiron Books, 9781250313072, Hardcover, $27.99) Added Value: Stores that ordered a signed carton (currently sold out) are eligible to order a free merchandising kit (Edelweiss Kit ISBN: 9781250262325) that includes buttons for customer giveaway. Limited supply of kits while supplies last; Kits must be ordered by 8/5/19, and will ship 9/6/19.
  • *Added 8/15* Where to Begin by Cleo Wade (Atria Books, 9781982138790, Hardcover, $23.99).

- On Sale 10/15/2019:

  • The Body by Bill Bryson (Doubleday, 9780385539302, Hardcover, $30.00).
  • Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout (Random House, 9780812996548, Hardcover, $27).
  • A Pilgrimage to Eternity by Timothy Egan (Viking, 9780735225237, Hardcover, $28).

- 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).
  • *Added 8/15* 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.
  • *Added 8/15* The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell (Atria Books, 9781501190100, Hardcover, $27).
  • 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.
  • *Assets Added 8/2* 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) Please ask your sales reps about pre-order promotions by 7/15.
  • *Added 8/15* 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).

JANUARY 2020

- On Sale Date 1/7/2020:

  • *Added 8/13* 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.

- On Sale Date 1/14/2020:

  • Infinity Son by Adam Silvera (HarperTeen, 9780062457820, Hardcover, $18.99) Indie Exclusive Cover Reveal: Visit http://epicreads.com/infinitysonreveal starting Friday, June 28th to sign up and join indie booksellers in sharing the cover exclusively on Wednesday, July 10th. Stores must sign up between Friday, June 28th and Monday, July 8th to participate. All participating stores will be listed on Adam's website as places to pre-order this book.

- On Sale Date 1/28/2020:

 

FEBRUARY 2020

 

MARCH 2020

- On Sale Date 3/3/2020:

  • *Added 8/13* The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich (Harper, 9780062671189, Hardcover, $28.99) Added Value: 12-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.
  • *Added 8/13* 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:

  • *Added 8/13* 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 3/24/2020:

  • *Added 8/13* 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.
  • *Added 8/13* 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.

APRIL 2020

- On Sale Date 4/7/2020:

  • *Added 8/13* 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:

  • *Added 8/13* 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.
  • *Added 8/13* Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles (William Morrow, 9780062966742, Hardcover, $26.99) Added Value: 10-copy signed carton comes with 10 sets of letterpress antique sheet music--3 sheets per set, set of 3 comes in wax paper sleeve (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.
 

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