June meeting: a sampling of IBPA Pub U

Our IBPA Pub U scholar Heidi Marks returned from San Francisco with the “hot buzz” from this industry gathering.  She’ll provide a “taste sampler” of the advice from industry leaders on Amazon selling, social media, e-book production at Smashwords, taking advantage of industry changes from Dan Poyntner, blogging to create traffic, publicity pointers from “The Publicity Hound” Joan Stewart, and connecting to your readers on Goodreads.

Marks is one of the owners of Arago Press, a new publisher based in Seattle. Arago publishes titles that speak to the joy of living and expansion of mind to educate, empower, and inspire. Their first title, Your Magical Soul: How Science and Psychic Phenomena Paint a New Picture of the Self and Reality by Jeffrey A. Marks, is a finalist for the 2012 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Book Award in Body/Mind/Spirit and received the 2012 Nautilus Silver Book Award in the Science and Cosmology category.

IBPA board member and past BPNW scholar Mary Ann Kohl also is expected to join this meeting to discuss some of the programs that IBPA offers independent and small press publishers year round.

Book Publishers Northwest June 21 meeting takes place from 4 pm to 6 pm at Good Shepherd Center, room 202, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103.  All are welcome. Time is reserved after the formal meeting ends for networking.  We encourage members to share news about current projects as well. Feel free to bring your latest book to show off.

Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)

The Independent Book Publishers Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association representing independent book publishers with more than 3,000 members. Founded in 1983, it serves book publishers located in the United States and around the world. Book Publishers Northwest is a regional affiliate of IBPA and its members may join IBPA at a discount.

IBPA provides cooperative marketing programs, education and advocacy within the publishing industry including the annual Pub U. Affiliate groups like BPNW are offered one complete scholarship annually to help its members attend and BPNW members have taken advantage of this program since it began.