CONFERENCE BULLETIN

THIS JUST IN:  We have just confirmed Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) CEO and Executive Director Angela Bole as a keynote speaker! In addition to her role advocating for independent publishers at IBPA, Angela is an expert on the all-important topic of book metadata and category codes.
Other confirmed speakers: Renowned Boston independent trade publisher David R. Godine; Tim Brookes, director of the Champlain Publishing Initiative and Endangered Alphabets, along with his collaborator Maung Nyeu, of HGSE and founder of Our Golden Hour cultural preservation project.

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2016 New England Publishing Conference

IPNE's 2016 New England Publishing Conference is set for Oct. 21 and 22 at the Sheraton in scenic and historic Portsmouth, NH. Registration is underway, and you'll be very glad you registered early!

We are especially excited about this year's theme, "Collaboration Is the New Competition." We're planning a special collaborator-matching program at the Conference. How do you collaborate to produce, publish, and market your books? What services or assistance would help you most? What talents and skills can you offer others? Let us know! 

This year, we've made it easier for you to bring along a partner, colleague, or spouse. For a limited time, IPNE members can register for the full conference and add a guest at the reduced rate. Spaces are limited, so reserve your spot now!

From last year's attendees:

  • "I haven't missed a single one of IPNE Conferences since the first one in 2010!" - Lindsy Parker, book publicist, Lindsy Parker Media
  • "Everybody was so kind and informative at last year's conference," - Jessica Gervais, children's book publisher
  • "A priceless opportunity to meet collaborators and get cutting edge strategies for publishing." - Grace Stevens, speaker & publisher, Living My Truth.
  • "I'm determined to make it this year," - Mike Squatitro, Assoc. of Rhode Island Authors
  • "Last year's Conference inspired a huge shift in my approach to publishing." - Eddie Vincent, Encircle Publications, ME

Make better books
& sell more of them!

Get the IPNE edge for your publishing business! IPNE provides networking, resources, education, and cooperative marketing opportunities for New England's independent publishing community. 

IPNE members throughout the region work in collaborative teams with board members to determine, design, and carry out our programs. Our members are IPNE.

One of our goals is to help members make books of the highest quality and marketability, while leveraging the advantages of being independent.

Get Your Backstage Pass to IPNE Events! Fill out our easy conference & events volunteer signup form and join us to get the IPNE edge at book shows, conferences, and more!

Important TIP: Update your IPNE profile!

Since all members are listed in the IPNE Catalog, it's important to make sure your IPNE profile is up-to-date with book cover, profile image, and all requested book data so that the booksellers, librarians, and book festival attendees can quickly access your ordering information. We've recently added fields for basic book metadata to simplify promotions and catalog production. More fields will be added later; send us your suggestions!

Learn, exhibit & save with IPNE all year!

Registrations for cooperative marketing shows*, Annual Conference**, and Book Awards will open on a rolling basis starting in early spring. Additional events of affiliated writing & publishing organizations around New England are listed on our Facebook page.

upcoming events

  • June 23, Ask the Experts, PUBLISHING 101, 2 of 4
  • June 30, Ask the Experts, PUBLISHING 101, 3 of 4
  • July 7, Ask the Experts takes the week off; enjoy your holiday!
  • July 14, Ask the Experts - A THOUSAND WORDS: Working with Artists & Illustrators. Jennifer Nelson, Expert
  • July 21, Ask the Experts, PUBLISHING 101, 4 of 4 
  • July 28, Ask the Experts
  • July 29-31: Bookstock Literary Fest.Woodstock, VT. Coordinated by Maria Kamoulakou-Marangoudakis.
  •  Sept. 20-22: New England Independent Booksellers Assn. (NEIBA). Coordinators: Jenny Putnam & Elizabeth Lorayne.
  • Oct. 15: Boston Book Festival, Copley Square, Boston. Coordinators: Amy Ray & Joyce Shor Johnson.
  • Oct. 16-18: New England Library Assn. (NELA). Coordinator: Karen Einstein.
  • Oct. 21-22: IPNE's 6th Annual New England Publishing Conference, Portsmouth, NH. Early-bird special for members-only going on during May!

Bring IPNE to your neighborhood! 

Board members Karen Einstein (MA), and Brian Jud (CT/RI), along with members David Chase (NH), Crystal Ponti (Maine), and Jerry Johnson (VT) have begun reaching out to members to build regional groups, but they need to you to let them know you're interested. Contact our Membership Team coordinator if you'd like to request an introductory IPNE branch meeting in your neighborhood and we'll hitch up the wagon and send a representative and materials!

Drop-In Daily Office Hours, 10 AM

Hey, indie publishers out there, you are not alone! 

Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and drop in via video or audio daily, starting at 10 am. Invite a friend or colleague by sharing the link! (details). IPNE members are welcome to use the conference line at any time.

If the Office Hours room is empty when you arrive, invite a colleague or one of the IPNE board team by email and give them the URL at the top of the screen. Please let us know if you notice any inappropriate use of the room.

  • Monday Office Hours starts with a brainstorming session for questions and topics for our guests on Thursdays' Ask the Experts
  • Tuesday Office Hours, the kids are in charge - you'll find children's author Maria Kamoulakou in the host's chair talking about books for the younger set.
  • Wednesday Office Hours is Special (non-bookstore) Sales Day on Office Hours, with APSS director and IPNE board member Brian Jud hosting a discussion of the potentially lucrative non-bookstore sales market.
  • Thursday Office Hours is often hosted by other Board or IPNE members and themes are open-ended. It's right before Ask the Experts also, so you'll often find our Expert of the week in the session.
  • Friday Office Hours is staffed by Board member Mariana Llanos, publisher of a children's bilingual book series and an expert on guest appearances and building an author platform. A great time to pick her brain!

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