November 12, 2019
Notes from the Advisory Council

How to Thrive with B2B
By Susie Albert, Penguin Random House
Llama Llama Loses a Tooth  – purchased by a local pediatric dentistry practice to hand out to its young patients;  Kindergarten, Here I Come  – bought by a local elementary school and sent to incoming students over the summer;  The War That Saved My Life  – bulk purchase by a literacy program to foster a love of reading. These are just a few examples of B2B success stories from independent bookstores across the country.

I am on a one-woman crusade to help my bookstore accounts in New England harness the power of B2B (business to business) sales. I’m always looking for ways to help stores find sales that will give them a bigger return whenever possible. B2B can make that happen! When books are sold to a third party who is giving them away for free, the order may be eligible for B2B. Books can often even be drop-shipped to the customer so stores don’t have to touch the books unless they choose to. As the holidays approach, ramping up on B2B messaging might bring extra holiday cheer ($$’s!) to your bottom line as now is the time when local businesses and organizations are finalizing their year-end gifts to employees and members.

Penguin Random House offers Skype sessions or conference calls with a B2B expert to brainstorm via a 20-30 minute presentation. ( Drop me a note at if you’re interested. ) Also, contact your reps from other publishers to get details about their programs. My fellow sales reps and I are eager to help build onto your bustling businesses!

Brainstorming B2B Possibilities
Make a list of businesses and institutions in your community that might want to give books away as gifts. Possibilities include:
  • Companies who gift books to their employees whether it be for training or holiday gifts
  • Religious institutions who gift books for education classes, for joining, to show support 
  • Nonprofits gift books to advance literacy  
  • Hospitals and doctors’ offices gift books to patients 
  • Schools gift books to teachers and to students

Start reaching out and making connections and have fun!
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Food for Thought
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Kacen Callender argues that publishers should hire more
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Best Sellers   
for the week ended
Sunday November 10, 2019

Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of
NEIBA and IndieBound  

1. Olive, Again
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $27, 9780812996548
2. The Starless Sea New!
Erin Morgenstern, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385541213
3. The Dutch House
Ann Patchett, Harper, $27.99, 9780062963673
4. Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
5. Agent Running in the Field
John le Carré, Viking, $29, 9781984878878
6. The Water Dancer
Ta-Nehisi Coates, One World, $28, 9780399590597
7. The Testaments
Margaret Atwood, Nan A. Talese, $28.95, 9780385543781
8. The Giver of Stars
Jojo Moyes, Pamela Dorman Books, $28, 9780399562488
9. The Guardians
John Grisham, Doubleday, $29.95, 9780385544184
10. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
Ocean Vuong, Penguin Press, $26, 9780525562023
11. Blue Moon
Lee Child, Delacorte Press, $28.99, 9780399593543
12. Nothing to See Here
Kevin Wilson, Ecco, $26.99, 9780062913463
13. The Institute
Stephen King, Scribner, $30, 9781982110567
14. Red at the Bone New!
Jacqueline Woodson, Riverhead Books, $26, 9780525535270
15. What Happens in Paradise
Elin Hilderbrand, Little Brown, $28, 9780316435574

1. The Body
Bill Bryson, Doubleday, $30, 9780385539302
2. Catch and Kill
Ronan Farrow, Little Brown, $30, 9780316486637
3. Blowout
Rachel Maddow, Crown, $30, 9780525575474
4. Talking to Strangers
Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $30, 9780316478526
5. Educated
Tara Westover, Random House, $28, 9780399590504
6. Me
Elton John, Holt, $30, 9781250147608
7. Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family New!
Mitch Albom, Harper, $24.99, 9780062952394
8. The Book of Gutsy Women New!
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, S&S, $35, 9781501178412
9. In the Dream House: A Memoir New!
Carmen Maria Machado, Graywolf Press, $26, 9781644450031
10. Little Weirds New!
Jenny Slate, Little Brown, $27, 9780316485340
11. Dumpty: The Age of Trump in Verse
John Lithgow, Chronicle Prism, $19.95, 9781452182759
12. Edison New!
Edmund Morris, Random House, $38, 9780812993110
13. The Beautiful Ones
Prince, Spiegel & Grau, $30, 9780399589652
14. Guinness World Records 2020 New!
Guinness World Records, $28.95, 9781912286836
15. Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law New!
Jeffrey Rosen, Holt, $28, 9781250235169

1. The Overstory
Richard Powers, Norton, $18.95, 9780393356687
2. Little Fires Everywhere
Celeste Ng, Penguin, $17, 9780735224315
3. Unsheltered
Barbara Kingsolver, Harper Perennial, $17.99, 9780062684738
4. The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Heather Morris, Harper, $16.99, 9780062797155
5. The Great Alone
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's Griffin, $17.99, 9781250229533
6. The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood, Anchor, $15.95, 9780525435006
7. A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles, Penguin, $17, 9780143110439
8. Killing Commendatore
Haruki Murakami, Vintage, $17, 9780525435761
9. Nine Perfect Strangers
Liane Moriarty, Flatiron Books, $17.99, 9781250069832
10. Olive Kitteridge
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $17, 9780812971835
11. There There
Tommy Orange, Vintage, $16, 9780525436140
12. Before We Were Yours
Lisa Wingate, Ballantine, $17, 9780425284704
13. A Spark of Light
Jodi Picoult, Ballantine, $17, 9780345545008
14. The Best American Short Stories 2019
Anthony Doerr, Heidi Pitlor (Eds.), Mariner, $15.99, 9781328484246
15. A Well-Behaved Woman New!
Therese Anne Fowler, St. Martin's Griffin, $16.99, 9781250095480

1. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2020
Old Farmer's Almanac, $8.95, 9781571988102
2. Upstream: Selected Essays
Mary Oliver, Penguin, $17, 9780143130086
3. The Library Book
Susan Orlean, S&S, $16.99, 9781476740195
4. Sapiens
Yuval Noah Harari, Harper Perennial, $22.99, 9780062316110
5. Born a Crime
Trevor Noah, Spiegel & Grau, $18, 9780399588198
6. The Spy and the Traitor
Ben Macintyre, Broadway Books, $18, 9781101904213
7. Leadership: In Turbulent Times
Doris Kearns Goodwin, S&S, $18, 9781476795935
8. Just Mercy New!
Bryan Stevenson, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780812984965
9. White Fragility
Robin DiAngelo, Beacon Press, $16, 9780807047415
10. These Truths: A History of the United States
Jill Lepore, Norton, $19.95, 9780393357424
11. The Body Keeps the Score New!
Bessel van der Kolk, Penguin, $19, 9780143127741
12. The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2019 New!
Sy Montgomery, Jaime Green (Eds.), Mariner, $15.99, 9781328519009
13. Calypso
David Sedaris, Back Bay, $17.99, 9780316392426
14. The Best American Food Writing 2019
Samin Nosrat, Sylvia Killingsworth (Eds.), Mariner, $15.99, 9781328662255
15. Killers of the Flower Moon New!
David Grann, Vintage, $16.95, 9780307742483

1. Good Omens
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Morrow, $9.99, 9780062836977
2. Dune
Frank Herbert, Ace, $10.99, 9780441172719
3. Doctor Sleep
Stephen King, Pocket, $10.99, 9781982138868
4. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Little Brown, $10.99, 9780316055420
5. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
6. Animal Farm New!
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451526342
7. The Shining
Stephen King, Anchor, $8.99, 9780307743657
8. Lord of the Flies New!
William Golding, Perigee, $9.99, 9780399501487
9. The Name of the Wind New!
Patrick Rothfuss, DAW, $9.99, 9780756404741
10. The Wise Man's Fear New!
Patrick Rothfuss, DAW, $9.99, 9780756407919

1. The Crayons' Christmas
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Penguin Workshop, $19.99, 9780525515746
2. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Robert Frost, Susan Jeffers (Illus.), Dutton, $16.99, 9780525467342
3. Good Night, Little Blue Truck
Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illus.), HMH Books for Young Readers, $17.99, 9781328852137
4. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
5. Blueberries for Sal
Robert McCloskey, Puffin, $7.99, 9780140501698
6. Make Way for Ducklings
Robert McCloskey, Puffin, $7.99, 9780140564341
7. The Shortest Day New!
Susan Cooper, Carson Ellis (Illus.), Candlewick, $17.99, 9780763686987
8. Five Little Thank-Yous
Cindy Jin, Dawn M. Cardona (Illus.), Little Simon, $7.99, 9781534451391
9. Three Cheers for Kid McGear!
Sherri Duskey Rinker, AG Ford (Illus.), Chronicle, $17.99, 9781452155821
10. The Tale of the Tiger Slippers New!
Jan Brett, G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, $18.99, 9780399170744

1. Guts New!
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $12.99, 9780399170744
2. Call Down the Hawk New!
Maggie Stiefvater, Scholastic, $19.99, 9781338188325
3. A Tale of Magic...
Chris Colfer, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $18.99, 9780316523479
4. The Midwinter Witch New!
Molly Knox Ostertag, Graphix, $12.99, 9781338540550
5. Best Friends
Shannon Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illus.), First Second, $12.99, 9781250317469
6. Dog Man Guide to Creating Comics in 3-D New!
Kate Howard, Dav Pilkey (Illus.), Scholastic, $10.99, 9781338568844
7. White Bird: A Wonder Story
R.J. Palacio, Knopf Books for Young Readers, $24.99, 9780525645535
8. Beverly, Right Here
Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick, $16.99, 9780763694647
9. Sisters New!
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545540605
10. Drama New!
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545326995

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball New!
Jeff Kinney, Amulet Books, $14.99, 9781419739033
2. Sofia Valdez, Future Prez (The Questioneers) New!
Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illus.), Abrams Books for Young Readers, $18.99, 9781419737046
3. Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls
Dav Pilkey, Graphix, $12.99, 9781338236590
4. Legacy (Keeper of the Lost Cities, #8) New!
Shannon Messenger, Aladdin, $21.99, 9781534427334
5. The Toll (Arc of a Scythe, #3) New!
Neal Shusterman, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $19.99, 9781481497060
6. Supernova (Renegades, #3) New!
Marissa Meyer, Feiwel & Friends, $19.99, 9781250078384
7. Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Best Friend Forever
Rachel Renée Russell, Aladdin, $13.99, 9781534427204
8. The Secret Commonwealth (Book of Dust, Volume 2)
Philip Pullman, Knopf Books for Young Readers, $22.99, 9780553510669
9. Boy-Crazy Stacey (Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel, #7)
Ann M. Martin, Gale Galligan (Illus.), Graphix, $10.99, 9781338304510
10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The Illustrated Edition
J.K. Rowling, Jim Kay (Illus.), Arthur A. Levine Books, $47.99, 9780545791427