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24 March, 2020

Supporting Booksellers, and Authors, In These Dark Times–from Publishers Marketplace

Reference: Supporting Booksellers, and Authors, In These Dark Times

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: are delivering locally while they can and/or offering special shipping offers. (You can report information on your store through the form at

Below, find more resources for helping booksellers. 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: 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.) 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.”


23 February, 2015

How to communicate with your publisher

Congratulations!  You have a book deal.  You are so excited.
Suddenly, there is complete silence.  Your literary agent, who had communicated regularly during the submission process, appears to be have moved on.  Your new editor, who seemed so eager to buy the rights to your book, does not reach out.  headshot_joelledelbourgo
What to do?

First, be patient.  Understand that  your agent worked hard to make the deal happen and is now finalizing details of the deal.  The editor is drafting a request for the contract, which involves a lot of paperwork and a lot of different people signing off before a contract draft can be crafted and sent to your agent for review.  That can take weeks, and it has been known to take months.  Once your agent receives it, she may first send back lengthy comments to the publishing house, with requests for changes.  There can be quite a lot of back and forth, and believe me, it is not fun.  It is arduous, meticulous work.

While all this is going on, your editor is preoccupied.

So…if you have not heard from editor, ask your agent if it is OK to send a personal note, thanking the editor for taking on your project or novel.  Perhaps your agent can make the introduction.  Follow up with a gracious and enthusiastic note, letting the editor know how thrilled you are to be working with the publishing house, how much you will value the input you receive, and how hard you plan to work to market your book successfully–with his help.

Once things get beyond the contract stage, you can ask the editor for feedback and for how that editor likes to work. Do they prefer to see the work in progress or as a whole?  How often would they like you to communicate.

While I personally prefer phone, many editors, especially younger ones, may prefer to use email, which allows them to take the time they need to respond.

There is little question that an author who is warm, positive and collaborative is one that everyone works harder for.  Strive to be that kind of author.  And if you don’t hear back, nudge gently.   Still no response?  Ask your agent for advice before you do anything. Your agent may know, for example, that the editor is at a sales conference, and that’s why she hasn’t gotten back to you.

The good news is that most editors are wonderful and want to hear from you.  So reach out and get the conversation going.

–Joelle Delbourgo