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PRESIDENT’S POST IBPA Publishing University 2011 Wrap-Up

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by Florrie Binford Kichler


IBPA Publishing University 2011 Wrap-Up

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
William Arthur Ward

It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a community to raise a publisher. And nowhere was that community more evident than in the gathering of publishing industry professionals who so generously contributed their time and energy to IBPA Publishing University 2011.

More than a thousand man- and woman-hours were devoted to bringing attendees the best in publishing education. The diversity in speakers’ backgrounds, companies, and experiences combined to deliver a program that one attendee described as “a must-attend for any small press that aspires to being relevant and profitable on both a traditional and a digital basis.” (To see what another attendee found most valuable, turn to “Tidbits and Tricks for an Old Dog; or, The Best Lessons I Learned at Publishing University” in this issue.)

In addition to presenting 20 traditional breakout sessions on a wide range of nontraditional publishing topics, IBPA Publishing University 2011 broke with tradition in a number of ways, including more general sessions available to all attendees, and the North American premiere of the “Great Debate” first held at the London Book Fair.

My thanks to the individuals mentioned below, who contributed to an outstanding series of keynote events and general sessions at IBPA Publishing University 2011:

The Great Debate: Organized by Susan Danziger, DailyLit.com; and Michael Healy, Book Rights Registry; and featuring Mark Coker, Smashwords; Daphne Kis, SheWrites.com; Richard Nash, Cursor; and Rudy Shur, Square One Publishers.

Emagination: Moderated by Chris Kenneally of Copyright Clearance Center and featuring Mark Coker, Smashwords; Ami Greko, Kobo; James Howitt, Bowker; and Ron Hogan, ElectricLiterature.com.

Amazon Success Stories: Moderated by Cevin Bryerman, Publishers Weekly; and featuring Jon Fine, Amazon.com; and Dan Snow, Unlimited Publishing.

Google eBooks: Enabling Success of Publisher Partners: Featuring Pratip Banerji, Google; and Matt Supko, ABA.

Unlocking Your Future: Paths to Success in a Changing World: Featuring luncheon keynote speaker Skip Prichard, Ingram Content Group.

Another “first” at Publishing University was a day-long “Ask the Experts” opportunity for attendees to have private appointments with the publishing expert of their choice and get their questions answered. Nearly all the session speakers and others made themselves available for this program, and we were most grateful.

And the return engagement of the always popular “Speed Dating Your Distributor/Wholesaler” drew the usual crowd—thank you to all the major industry distributors and wholesalers for sharing your experience and to Davida Breier, IBPA board member, for organizing the session.

The sponsorship of our industry partners is invaluable and allows us to bring Publishing University to you at the lowest cost possible. I thank them for their support.

Ingram Content Group



Malloy, Incorporated

Backstage Library Works


Book Partners

Color House Graphics

Createspace and Kindle Direct Publishing

Fidlar Doubleday, Inc.

ForeWord Reviews

Four Colour Print Group/MyTableBooks.com

Imago USA

KSB Promotions

McNaughton & Gunn


Publication Services, Inc.

Publishers Weekly

Rose Printing

Total Printing Service

Westcom Associates—Publishers/Publishing Consultants

Supporting organizations:

Book Industry Study Group (BISG)

Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)

Small Publishers Association of North America (SPAN)

Special thanks to the IBPA board of directors for their hard work and inspiration; to Terry Nathan, Lisa Krebs, Chris Kahn, and Patti Grasso, whose relentless attention to detail and endless hours of planning and execution made Publishing University a success; to Mary Agnes Antonopoulos, who did a yeoman’s job producing video of the event; and to Frank Gromling, who always seemed to be there when we needed an extra hand.

To all the speakers—thank you for sharing your wisdom and experience for the benefit of those new (and newer) to publishing. You are the mentors and coaches whose influence on the publishing industry will continue to be felt and valued.

IBPA’s engine is fueled by volunteers, and I thank each and every one of you for your participation in IBPA Publishing University 2011 in New York City:

Stephanie Anderson, WORD

Mary Agnes Antonopoulos, Rockawaywriter.com

Kate Siegel Bandos, KSB Promotions

Pratip Banerji, Google

Len Barot, Bold Strokes Books, Inc.

Ilene Barth, Red Rock Press

Todd Bottorff, Turner Publishing Company

Davida Breier, Johns Hopkins University Press

Christoph Brem, Attributor

Jon Brewster, Hewlett-Packard

Larry Brewster, Lightning Source, an Ingram Content Group Company

Bethany Brown, New Shelves

Cevin Bryerman, Publishers Weekly

Eric Burger, Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Elise Cannon, PGW/Perseus

Roy M. Carlisle, The Independent Institute

Sharon Castlen, Integrated Book Marketing

Kassahun Checole, Africa World Press, Inc./The Red Sea Press, Inc.

Mark Coker, Smashwords

Susan Danziger, DailyLit

Tom Dever, TLC Graphics and Narrow Gate Books

Tom Doherty, Cardinal Publishers Group

Jon Fine, Amazon.com

Marika Flatt, PR by the Book

Shelly Francis, Sounds True

Cynthia Frank, Cypress House

Judy Galbraith, Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.

Kelly Gilpin, Future Horizons, Inc.

Ami Greko, Kobo

Frank Gromling, Ocean Publishing

Nettie Hartsock, The Hartsock Agency

Michael Healy, Book Rights Registry

Ron Hogan, Beatrice.com

Thurman Holder, Hewlett-Packard

James Howitt, R.R. Bowker

Brian Jud, Book Marketing Works

Eric Kampmann, Midpoint Trade Books

Christopher Kenneally, Copyright Clearance Center

Jonathan Kirsch, Law Offices of Jonathan Kirsch

Daphne Kis, SheWrites.com

Neil Levin, EverPub LLC

Amy Collins MacGregor, New Shelves

Dave Marx, PassPorter Travel Press

Josh Mettee, American West Books, Inc.

Steve Mettee, The Write Thought/Quill Driver Books/Word Dancer Press

Mitch Muncy, Alexander Hamilton Society

Julie Murkette, Satya House Publications

John Mutter, Shelf Awareness

Richard Nash, Cursor

Steve O’Keefe, Patron Saint Productions, Inc

Lisa Pelto, Concierge Marketing, Inc.

Craig Pollock, Ingram Book Company

Skip Prichard, Ingram Content Group, Inc.

Tony Proe, The BookMasters Group

Leah Rex, Ingram Publisher Services

Reid Lance Rosenthal, Author

Andie Ryan, Author

Margot Sage-EL, Watchung Booksellers

Adam Salomone, Harvard Common Press

Janice Schnell, Ingram Content Group Inc.

Rudy Shur, Square One Publishers

Carlene Sippola, Whole Person Associates, Inc.

Marcella Smith, Marcella Smith Associates

Danny O. Snow, Unlimited Publishing LLC

Janet Spurr, Falmouth Heights Books

Nancy Stewart, Ingram Book Company

Mark Suchomel, Independent Publishers Group

Matt Supko, American Booksellers Association

Joshua Tallent, eBook Architects

Jeniffer Thompson, Monkey C Media

Joe Upton, Malloy, Inc.

Kevin Votel, PGW/Perseus

Martin Warzala, Baker & Taylor

Jennifer Weltz, Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency

Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks, Inc.

Melissa Williams, LongTale Publishing

Richard T. Williams, Small Press United, Independent Publishers Group

Thomas Woll, Cross River Publishing Consultants, Inc.

As I write this, your board of directors is considering multiple options for bringing the Publishing University experience to even more of you in the future. But for Publishing University 2011—that’s a wrap.

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