Important Deadlines Approach: Action Needed

To help ensure booksellers have voted on all ballots, registered for all programs, and reserved tickets for all events they want to attend in the upcoming months, here is a list of eight important deadlines.

April 5: Celebrate (With) Indies Sign-up Deadline — Stores can choose to participate in one, some, or all four of this spring’s Celebrate (With) Indies multi-publisher promotions, but they must sign up by April 5. (Be sure to select your debut titles on the sign-up form.)

April 8: Winter Institute 8 Bookseller Survey Responses Due — This short survey was sent out via e-mail in March. Responses will help formulate plans for Winter Institute 9 and other ABA educational offerings. Questions about the survey should be directed to ABA Education Manager Lisa Winn.

April 15: 2013 Indies Choice and E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards Ballot Deadline The owners and staff at all ABA member bookstores can cast their ballots until April 15 for the 2013 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards. All of this year’s finalists represent the types of books that indie booksellers champion best.

April 30: ABA Board Elections Ballot Deadline On Friday, March 29, all ABA Regular Bookstore members were e-mailed an electronic ballot for the 2013 election of ABA officers and directors. One person per ABA Member ID number may vote, and a BookWeb log-in and store ABA Member ID number are required. In order to be counted, ballots must be submitted by April 30.

May 3: Bookseller/ Publisher Focus Groups at BEA Sign-up Deadline Following the success of the Bookseller/Publisher Focus Groups at Winter Institute 8, ABA is arranging similar meetings at BookExpo America for booksellers who are interested in meeting with publishers to discuss issues of common interest and mutual concern. Two booksellers from each ABA member company are eligible to sign up by May 3.

May 10: ABC Children’s Group Special Events at BEA Sign-up Deadline — These events, sponsored by the ABC Children’s Group at ABA and the Children’s Book Council, are open exclusively to booksellers members of the ABC Children’s Group: the ABC/CBC Illustrator Studio Tours (May 29, noon - 3:45 p.m.); ABC/CBC Speed Dating Lunch With Children’s Authors (May 31, 12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m., Javits Center Room 1E14/15); and the ABC/CBC Tea With Children’s Authors and Illustrators (May 31, 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m., Javits Center Room 1E12/13).

May 10: Celebration of Bookselling and Authors Awards Lunch Reservation Deadline The lunch honoring the winners and finalists for the 2013 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards will be held on Thursday, May 30, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the Special Events Hall of the Javits Convention Center during BookExpo America. Reservations for this very popular, free event are limited to two booksellers from each ABA member company, regardless of the number of store locations.

May 15: CAMEX Rebate Form Deadline Booksellers who went to the CAMEX trade show during Wi8 and placed an order from one of the show’s vendors by April 1 may be entitled to a $100 refund. The CAMEX Rebate Form and a copy of the purchase order must be sent to ABA Member Relationship Manager Nathan Halter via e-mail or by fax to (914) 417-4013 by May 15.