The very first Bookstore Romance Day was a success, but our efforts have never been just about the single day. We have plans for year-round outreach and education efforts, beginning with the recently-announced Book Club and including encouraging Romance panels at the regional Fall Trade Shows starting in September, just to start. Among the things we need funding for:
--We will be hosting a quarterly Book Club and we want as many people to join us as possible and we'd love to be able to host giveaways of our chosen books and swag and other incentives for participating. We'd also like to be able to provide bundles of books/e-books/audiobooks to readers who want to join us but who do not have the funds to purchase the books. We need to be able to pay for items and, even if we get items donated, we need to be able to pay for shipping.
*Trade Shows, Conferences, and Conventions
--We want to be able to send supporters out to various events to share our message of celebrating Romance fiction in independent bookstores. We'd love to be able to have bookmarks or buttons or brochures to hand out to explain our message and our mission.
*Promo and Marketing Items
--We want to be able to provide participating bookstores with things like bookmarks and buttons and window clings to help them proclaim their Romance-friendly status
*Branded and Exclusive Merchandise
--We have a Zazzle
shop, but we'd love to partner with independently-owned businesses to create wholesale items that our partner stores can sell to their customers, but small businesses can't often afford to work on spec and we don't want to ask them to.
--While our efforts are primarily volunteer-driven, we still need to pay for things like internet and newsletter services and graphic design and printing and postage and all of the other myriad expenses that accrue.
--Inevitably, there are expenses that we can't anticipate and it would be nice to have a little nest egg/safety net for when that occurs.
We are always and forever deeply grateful to anyone who can donate. If it's not possible for you to donate funds, but you have goods or services or time that you can give, please contact us with that information.