Independent Publishers of New England
- IPNE is hosting their annual conference Sept 25-26, 2015. See their website for information.
- IPNE is displaying member titles at the New England Library Association (NELA) Annual Conference. IBPA members can register at the IPNE member rate.
Midwest Independent Publishing Association
- MIPA recently changed their name from Midwest Independent Publishers Association to Midwest Independent Publishing Association to reflect the growing number of authors in membership.
- MIPA covers 12 states and have around 80 members. Around 25 to 40 people come to each meeting.
- MIPA is trying to get people from all 12 states involved in their activities. Currently, they have an active rep from Michigan who will start a Michigan-based Meetup.com group.
- MIPA will be attending the Twin Cities Book Festival and Bloomington Book Fest.
Northern California Publishers & Authors
- NCPA has a new president, Sharon Darrow, who is very energetic. Good news! One of Sharon’s goals is to increase membership by bringing in younger members.
- NCPA will overhaul their website in the coming year. The new site will be built on a platform that anyone in the association can work with.
Publishers Association of Los Angeles
- PALA has been been running very effective brainstorming sessions. Ten to 20 people attend. Each attendee brings a challenge they’re struggling with and the group discusses possible solutions.
- PALA is looking again at their mission statement to determine whether it still works for them.
St. Louis Publishers Association
- SLPA held a successful education program with Joan Stewart in June. 50 people came.
- SLPA will host a vendor showcase in August to help members connect with local designers, proof readers, and others. They expect 15 to 20 vendor tables and around 100 participants.