A bestselling novelist’s real-life harrowing account of confronting coronavirus on the Diamond Princess, off the coast of Japan, the successful campaign to get Americans released and the subsequent 14 days quarantine on a military base in the US. (Post Hill Press,Fall 2020, World English language rights).
With bookstores closing temporarily all over the country, people are looking for ways to support their local indies.
Buy Books and Audiobooks from Independent Booksellers
We have built an open spreadsheet of stores that have closed to visitors, but are still processing orders through their websites and/or phone orders: . publun.ch/storesMany are delivering locally while they can and/or offering special shipping offers. (You can report information on your store through the form at http://publun.ch/storeReports.)
Below, find more resources for helping booksellers.
Bookshop.org sells a full catalog of books — fulfilled by Ingram Content Group — and at 10 percent of all sales through the site are shared among independent booksellers who use the platform. But for maximum benefit, you want to use a store’s own Bookshop “shop”, which looks like this: https://bookshop.org/shop/papercuts. In those cases, the store is currently getting 30 percent of the purchase price. Bookshop just added a store locator, so you browse all of their participants and pick a store to buy from and support! (Bookshop has waived their share temporarily, so the bookstore gets pure profit on the transaction.)
Libro.fm is a digital audiobook subscription service that provides publishers’ audio titles on the same basis (and the same prices) as Audible and others — but their independent bookseller affiliates share in the proceeds. During the current crisis, use the code SHOPBOOKSTORESNOW when you enroll and you’ll get two audiobooks for the price of one ($14.99) — plus the entire payment goes to your local bookstore. Any one month gift membership also provides the full payment to the bookstore.
Note that most stores will also sell you gift cards, and many offer store subscriptions, memberships, pre-orders of forthcoming books, signed editions, and other specials that supply the store with cash flow.
Donate to Booksellers Who Have Been Laid Off, and the Nonprofit That Supports Them
Book Industry Charitable Foundation
After garnering donations of over $44,000 during one matching gift challenge, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation has secured pledges for another $41,000 in matching funds for a new round of gifts. BINC helps booksellers with medical expenses and personal household expenses during times of crisis.
Booksellers applying for COVID-19 aid can use this expedited emergency form.
McNally Jackson Bookseller Support Fund
Contribute directly to this funding pool that is shared among the almost 80 laid off employees of McNally Jackson.
Powell’s Books Union Relief Fund
After substantial layoffs at Powell’s Books, ILWU Local 5, the union representing employees of the bookstore, has launched a relief fund directly benefiting union members.
Posman Books Staff GoFundMe
Posman Books “was forced to suspend operations” and their “stores in New York City and Atlanta have closed and the entire staff has been laid off.” They have a GoFundMe page to support staff.
Society of Authors
This UK organization has received combined gifts of £235,000 for their Authors’ Contingency Fund to support authors through the crisis. They expect to make grants of “up to £2,000 and designed to meet urgent need.”
A practical, user-friendly guide for women seeking focus and calm in the midst of life’s storms.
Overwhelmed by the demands of family, work, and multiple responsibilities, many women find themselves feeling scattered, and distracted. In this eye-opening book, co-founder and CEO of the Mindsight Institute, Caroline Welch takes readers on a mindfulness journey to help them de-stress and cultivate inner peace. According to Welch, you do not need countless hours sitting in silence to be more present in your life–the key is to practice mindfulness wherever you are and whenever you can.
The Gift of Presence (Tarcher Perigee, March 20202) guides readers in developing four innate capacities we all possess that will allow us to become more resilient and centered in our lives–even when life is throwing all that it has at us:
Presence: the ability to remain firmly in the present moment; to be fully aware of what’s happening as it’s happening.
Purpose: the personal meaning that gets us going and gives direction to our lives.
Pivoting: an openness to change that allows you to switch direction if that is what is needed.
Pacing: the awareness that it is impossible to do everything we want or need to do all at once; the ability to take life one step at a time.
This life-changing book reveals that you already hold in your hands the keys to a more harmonious life–you simply need to look within.
“A gift for us all—filled with practical insights about the power of mindfulness.”
—ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, founder and CEO of Thrive Global
“This is an important, eye-opening book. . . . Caroline Welch offers pragmatic mindfulness exercises to discover one’s purpose in life, to summon the courage to change direction if necessary, to set priorities, and to let go of what simply can’t get done in order to cultivate inner peace and harmony.”
—SHARON SALZBERG, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
“In this inspiring guide, Caroline Welch synthesizes wisdom from across cultures and walks of life,
drawing from her own remarkable, yet relatable life and the experiences of dozens of women.”
—ELISSA EPEL, PhD, professor at the University of California San Francisco, and New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Telomere Effect
“It’s so easy to forget what matters and race through our decades. Caroline Welch’s wise and clear
book shows us how mindful awareness can give us back our life. This fresh and entirely accessible
guide will help you reconnect to your true purpose, call forth your inner resourcefulness, and
awaken the fullness of your heart.”
—TARA BRACH, author of Radical Acceptance and Radical Compassion
About the Author
Caroline Welch is the CEO and Co-founder with Dr. Dan Siegel of the Mindsight Institute in Santa Monica, California. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School with a master’s degree from the University of Southern California, she started her career in law as a corporate litigator. Welch has served as a Los Angeles County court-appointed mediator, as well as in house counsel at MGM Studios and Spelling Entertainment Group. She began her mindfulness practice forty years ago while working in Japan as an English teacher for three years. Welch provides lectures and workshops to enhance well- being in our personal and professional lives. She and her husband live in Santa Monica with their dog Charlie, and have two adult children.
So excited about the brilliant result from our first major audio auction working with the awesome Tara Gelsomino at One Track Literary Agency. Congratulations, Theresa Payton and Ted Claypoole. MANIPULATED releases in print in early April.
So pleased to share this exciting audio deal for some extremely timely election-related titles brokered with Brilliance for our partners at Joelle Delbourgo Associates! Theresa will also be narrating both books for them. Look for Manipulated in April and Protecting Your Internet Identity soon after.
Welcoming Tara Gelsomino to our team! Tara is an independent agent who will be working specifically on expanding our audio presence when we have those rights to sell. She brings a wealth of experience in the audio world as well as enthusiasm, so we’re delighted to have her as one of our “associates.”
Tara Gelsomino is the founder and CEO of One Track Literary Agency, which she launched in 2018. A twenty-plus year veteran of the publishing industry, Tara was formerly the Executive Editor of Simon & Schuster’s digital imprint, Crimson Romance, and also worked for BBC Audiobooks America/AudioGO and Romantic Times Magazine. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and rescue dog, Yoda. For more info, please visit www.onetrackliterary.com
A leading researcher makes the argument that mindfulness can be invaluable throughout life and help us to meet the challenges at every stage. (Guilford, World Rights, Fall 2020)
Star of the Emmy-nominated CBS show HOT BENCH, Judge Tanya Acker offers ten comprehensive lessons to demystify courtroom proceedings, laying out all the professional insider information one needs to survive in civil court. (Diversion Books, Summer 2020, North American Rights)
A guide for how to use cannabis safely as couples to promote intimacy and connection. Selby is a psychologist and couples counselor whose books have sold more than 700,000 copies worldwide. (Inner Traditions, Spring 2020, World Rights)
Thanks to the GWYNY Bookclub for adopting Ben H. Winters’ upcoming dystopian novel, GOLDEN STATE (January, Mulholland Books/Little Brown), and to bookclubcookbook.com, for running this wonderful promo. We couldn’t be more excited about the release of Ben’s new book, and knowing that readers are already reading and discussing it makes it feel real.