News From Our Fellow IBPA Affiliates

ibpalogoBook Publishers Northwest is an affiliate of the Independent Book Publishers Association. Here’s some news from our fellow affiliates around the country.

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.