Early conference registration -  3 more days! *

You already know you need to be at IPNE's 6th Annual New England Publishing Conference in Portsmouth, NH on Oct. 21-22. But what about the publishing professionals you work with? 

This month, we've made it easy for you to bring along a partner, colleague, or spouse! 

* During May only, IPNE members can register for the full conference at last year's rate, and (optionally) add on a guest for a combined $85 off the 2016 cost. 

Spaces are limited at this rate, so reserve your spot now! Cllick here for the Conference speaker list (beta version).


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Conference Speaker Update

THIS JUST IN: Renowned Boston independent trade publisher David R. Godine (photo) has just confirmed as a Conference speaker. David spoke at our 2011 conference and we are thrilled to have him back! But be prepared to answer his epic question, "Are you publishing or privashing?"

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! 

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.

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!

Drop-In Daily Office Hours, 10 AM

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. Please let us know if you notice any inappropriate use of the room.

  • Mondays, we start Office Hours by brainstorming questions and topics for our guests on IPNE's Ask the Experts
  • Tuesdays, you'll find children's author Maria Kamoulakou in the host's chair talking about books for the younger set.
  • Wednesday is Special Sales Day on Office Hours, when APSS director and IPNE board member Brian Jud hosts for a discussion of the potentially lucrative non-bookstore sales market.
  • Thursday and Friday are often hosted by other Board or IPNE members and themes are open-ended.

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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

  • May/June - Spring Catalog Registration. The spring catalog will carry advertising and and updated membership directory. Details on registration page.
  • May 19, Ask the Experts: BOOK SHOWS, FESTIVALS & EVENTS featuring veteran book marketer & publisher Steven R. Porter of ARIA and Stillwater River Publications.
  • May 26, Ask the Experts BOOK 'EM WITH IPNE EVENTS! RSVP to join the live discussion about all the upcoming book shows, festivals, and our Annual Conference & Book Awards!
  • June 2, Ask the Experts: PUBLICITY THAT WORKS Veteran book publicist and Newburyport Book Festival organizer Skye Wentworth is our guest expert.
  • June 4, Hubbub Children's Book Festival, produced by the Boston Book Festival. Join IPNE children's publishers for a meetup & walk-through of the exhibits at Hubbub!
  • June 9, Ask the Experts FIVE WAYS /JTO SELL MORE BOOKS Guest expert is former IPNE Board member Crystal Ponti of Blue Lobster Books and founder of the Forewordz service.
  • June 16, Ask the Experts (live-streaming Thursdays @ noon)
  • June 23, Ask the Experts
  • June 30, Ask the Experts
  • July 7, Ask the Experts takes the week off; enjoy your holiday!
  • July 14, Ask the Experts 
  • July 21, Ask the Experts
  • July 21, 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!

An IPNE branch in your neighborhood! 

Board members Karen Einstein (MA), Brian Jud (CT/RI), along with members David Chase (NH) Glenna Collett (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!

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