First meeting of 2011: Foreign rights

Book Publishers Northwest’s first meeting of 2011 delves into the income potential of foreign rights. Our guest speaker will be Foreign Rights Publishing Consultant Bob Erdmann, who will be interviewed via Skype by BPNW board president Tom Masters. This meeting takes place January 20 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Room 223, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside N. [please note new room number for this meeting]

Erdmann’s distinguished career spans five decades and has included all phases of book and magazine publishing. More than half of his long tenure in the publishing industry has been as consultant to literally hundreds of publishers of every size and shape. His clients have ranged from small, one-book, self-published authors to very large Fortune 500 companies.

After working in senior management, executive capacities with well-respected high-profile publishing companies such as Macmillan Publishing, Peteresen Publishing, Pfeiffer & Company, and World Publications, Erdmann decided to share his successful publishing experience by opening his consultancy in 1978.

As a two-term president of the Independent Book Publishers Association-IBPA (Formerly Publishers Marketing Association-PMA), Erdmann played major roles in many of the successful programs that IBPA members enjoy today. He created IBPA’s Trade Distribution Program, which has resulted in more than $50,000,000 in sales for its members. He was also instrumental in guiding the organization onto the successful track that its Publishing University at BookExpoAmerica enjoys today. He has been an invited speaker at many publishing events throughout the world, and is the author of countless articles in several respected industry publications.