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Ever look at the list of associations affiliated with PMA? Ever wonder what goes on in those groups? Well, they’re a busy lot.

In November, the Minnesota Book Publishers Roundtable summoned the talents of specialists and held a Freelancers Fair for one of its best-attended meetings. Some 65 freelancers showed samples of their work. While most deal with text (editing, indexing, translating, writing), design and production people were well represented and several publicists were on hand.

That same month, the Bay Area Independent Publishers held its first benefit book sale. The event featured readings by authors and a musical interlude by author/recording artist Sally Fletcher playing the concert harp.

Autumn was also the time for awards programs.

In their first ever competition, the Florida Publishers Association announced its 2001 President’s Book Awards to five Florida authors. The awards for excellence in six categories were presented at the banquet following the Fall Ed-U-Conference on October 6, 2001, in Orlando. Winners were:

Cover Design: Gasparilla: Pirate Genius, by James F. Kaserman (Pirate Publishing International)

Fiction – Adult: Clash of Souls, by Nancy Fox (Legacy Publishing)

Fiction – Children: The Berry-Birds, by Barry and Glenda Temple (Jawbone Publishing Corporation)

Nonfiction – Adult:For Health’s Sake: A Cancer Survivor’s Cookbook, by MyLinda Butterworth (Day to Day Enterprises)

Nonfiction – Children: The Patchwork Angel, by Judy L. Weyand (In Unexpected Ways)

Florida Title: Gasparilla: Pirate Genius, by James F. Kaserman (Pirate Publishing International).

On November 15th, the NorthWest Association of Book Publishers held its 2001 Awards Banquet in Portland, Oregon. The awards ceremony followed an afternoon seminar with Dan Poynter.

In six categories, the winning titles included:


Best 1-2 Color Cover:Finding Abby, by Virginia M. Scott (Butte Publications)

Best 3-4 Color Cover: The Little Wizard, by Jody Bergsma (Illumination Arts Publishing Company)

Best Editing: Smart Packing for Today’s Traveler, by Susan Foster (Smart Travel Press)

Best Interior:The Oregon Story: 1850-2000, by the Staff of The Oregonian (Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company)

Best Non-Book: Bookmark Greeting Cards (Stonehenge Designs)

Book of the Year:Primal Forces, by David Muench (Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company).

Congratulations to these independent publishers for beautiful work!

And congratulations also to Coffee House Press author Emily Carter, whose book Glory Goes and Gets Some was the winner of a Whiting Writing Award; this prize brings a $35,000 grant to each recipient. Picador bought the paperback rights. Coffee House Press is a member of the Minnesota Book Publishers Roundtable.

Watch this column and the PMA Web site for upcoming events with the affiliates.

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