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Chapter Spotlight

Rebecca Chauncey is president of the APSS-Chicago chapter. She recently exhibited for APSS at the annual Soulful Chicago Book Fair. Over 5000 attendees visited the more than 50 exhibitors.

Special-Sales Tip of the Day – July 25, 2017

Could a corporation use your book – fiction or non-fiction – as a business gift? Sometimes, the more expensive your book, the better it could serve as an esteemed gift. In today’s highly competitive business marketplace, corporate gift-giving can create stronger brand awareness and have tangible, measurable effects on customer acquisition, loyalty and growth. Your book is a unique promotional item that corporations can use to accomplish that.

Quick Pick of the Week

Toys "R" Us Inc. is a toy and baby-products retailer with more than 1,550 toy and baby specialty stores worldwide. The company currently sells merchandise through nearly 600 Toys "R" Us stores and more than 250 Babies "R" Us stores in the United States, more than 700 international stores in 34 countries and through its Internet site at www.Toysrus.com.


Buyers purchase from publishers and from Readerlink. Stores average up to 32 linear feet of shelf space for books, considerably more than the average of all mass merchandisers of eight to twelve linear feet. Toy “R” Us fills these shelves with 300 to 400 titles for kids of all age groups. The top 100 titles account for almost 85% of their book sales. The sell-through rate is higher than others at 75 – 85%, so returns are generally lower than competitors. Your book should be priced at less than $9 (softcover and board books) to sell well in Toys “R” Us stores. The mailing address is Toys "R" Us, Inc. Headquarters, One Geoffrey Way, Wayne, New Jersey, 07470-2030

Spotlight on a Resource for APSS Members

Tired of Trying to Find Speaking Engagements on Your Own? Subscribe to www.SpeakerTunity.com, the twice-monthly Transformational Speaker Leads Tip Sheet to reduce the headache, time and cost of locating new engagements! This $25/month subscription-based service provides insight on speaking opportunities in hot regions of U.S. and Canada, top book tour sites, local chapters of national organizations, local grass roots organizations, multi-speaker events and expos, conferences and conventions, leading Spiritual Living Centers, Unity and Christian churches, wellness events, yoga centers, women’s organizations, fraternal organizations, chambers of commerce, resort and retreat centers and more! SpeakerTunity™ delivers to you the direct contact, phone number, email, website and-- when required-- a link to the online form to fill out-- across the US and Canada. Get more leads! jackie@consciousmediarelations.com


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"I purchased the Publisher Liability Insurance arranged by APSS. Lisa from The Hartford was super helpful, and invited all members to contact her. The insurance was very affordable."

       Jonathan Silverman, 99: The Press

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