300 Seconds: Visual Reminders for INL Deadlines

300 Seconds: Visual Reminders for INL Deadlines

If you’d like to provide a visual reminder for IndieNext Deadlines for your staff, here’s an updated shelf-talker, now covering dates through mid-2017. It’s perfect for the ARC shelf in your store, for each employee mailbox, and perhaps as wall art in the employee restroom.

Even if you download the PDF to print and distribute to all of the aforementioned locations, this task will probably take less than 300 seconds. With the extra time, compare the release dates of books on your reading stack with dates on the shelf-talker and attach some deadline post-it notes.

Or here’s a DIY bookmark you can make for yourself.

  1. Take an 8.5 x 11″ piece of paper and fold it in thirds, as though you’re inserting it into a letter.
  2. Look at the release date of the book you want to read/blurb, and find the corresponding Indie Next deadline. Write that date at the top of your bookmark. Now your deadline is staring at you.
  3. Next, write any information you might need about the book, including title, author, ISBN, pub date, publisher, publicist, sales rep, and social media handles for the publisher and author.
  4. Now you have a bookmark that contains information you need, plus 5 1/2 blank panels for note taking to have at the ready when it’s time to pen your blurb.

Now you’re ready for the next deadline, and you’ve completed a DIY project.

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay