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
Backstage Library Works
Color House Graphics
Createspace and Kindle Direct Publishing
Fidlar Doubleday, Inc.
Four Colour Print Group/MyTableBooks.com
McNaughton & Gunn
Publication Services, Inc.
Total Printing Service
Westcom Associates—Publishers/Publishing Consultants
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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