June 1, 2017

Do you know a bookseller? Great! Now nominate them for this sweet Patterson $$$


Attention, booksellers (and their friends)! Do you remember a few years ago when mega-bestselling author James Patterson donated a million dollars to indie bookstores? Or last year when he gave holiday bonuses to these booksellers just for, you know, being booksellers?

Continuing Patterson’s trend of being a swell—and uber-rich—guy, he’s decided to up the ante for bookseller holiday bonuses in 2017. As Judith Rosen reports at Publisher’s Weekly, this year Patterson will give the American Booksellers Association $350,000 to disperse to booksellers in holiday bonuses.

But how, you may ask, can I get my hands on some of this money? All you need to do is get nominated by someone who can answer the question: Why does this bookseller deserve a holiday bonus?

I’ve gone ahead and prepared some sample answers that I would expect would jump someone to the top of the voting committee”s list.

Anyway, you get the picture. Booksellers, nominate your co-workers today for that sweet holiday surprise. You have until October 1, but hurry anyway.



Peter Clark is a former Melville House sales manager.