Before you know it, the holidays will be here and you’ll be rushing to get your end-of-year IngramSpark orders in. The holiday sales season isn’t sneaky. Some of the signs are already here (with holiday items popping up in retail stores and changing weather patterns), but it still manages to take authors by surprise. But not this year! This is the year you beat the holiday rush and here's how.
Step 1: Get Your IngramSpark Orders in Early
Regardless of whether your book (or thousands of other authors' books) have anything to do with the holidays, books are popular gift items, which makes the end of the year a busy time for us, you, and United States mail carriers. It doesn't matter if a book is holiday-themed, demand on the IngramSpark print facilities and on mail carriers' turnaround times increases at year-end and could make getting "last-minute books" a challenge.
Here are a few things you'll want to consider in terms of IngramSpark orders to help you plan ahead for the rest of the year:
- If you have events planned for the rest of the year, order those books now.
- High-volume orders take longer to process and print; order those books now.
- Hardcovers take longer to print than paperbacks, so order those books now.
Order now in anticipation of the unusually high demand that accompanies the end-of-the-year sales season in the United States. And not only demand on you from your readers, but demands on those who help your books get from point A to point B, meaning mail carriers and our printing facilities.
Step 2: Follow IngramSpark's Recommended Holiday Order Dates
You are welcome to continue to order books after these recommended dates, but be aware that there are more factors at play at the end of the year that could potentially affect your order delivery for orders placed after these dates.
|Hardcover||November 26, 2018|
|Paperback||December 3, 2018|
***Rush and Express order options will NOT be available after NOVEMBER 21, 2018. These order options will return in the New Year.***
Step 3: Use the IngramSpark Promo Code
The end-of the-year rush is most prominent in the United States, so we're offering a special IngramSpark promo code to encourage you to plan ahead and get your United States IngramSpark orders in early. The promo code STOCKUP18 is good for 5% off print orders that meet the following requirements:
- Titles must be in a printable format and approved for production before placing your order.
- The IngramSpark promo code is valid for print orders between 50 and 1,999 copies.
- The order must be printed in the United States.
- The promo code is not valid with other offers or the Extended Service level.
- The promo code expires October 31, 2018, so don't wait till it's too late!
Additional IngramSpark Order Information
Here are a few other helpful order tips to keep in mind:
- The peak months of November, December, and early January may experience turnaround times that could exceed 10 business days. Please refer to your IngramSpark order dashboard for the latest turnaround time updates.
- Carefully consider your shipping method, and refer to your mail carrier's website for the latest on their estimated shipping times.
- When placing your IngramSpark order, enter your email address to receive notification when your order ships.
Everyone has a lot on their plates during the end of the year. But if you plan ahead and follow these simple steps, you'll set yourself up to beat the holiday rush and be prepared to capitalize on more sales opportunities.