A Conversation About the State of Publishing 2012

RSVP DEADLINE: NOON TODAY. Please include meal choice and membership status.

Tuesday, January 31, 12-2pm Hotel Rex

2011 was an historic year in publishing. We bade farewell to Borders and now watch the metamorphosis of B&N. We held our breaths through industry-wide layoffs and new Amazon-created imprints. We cheered the strong end to a tough year for many independent booksellers, as new and improved reading devices debuted in what felt like record numbers. What’s next?

At the dawn of 2012, we gather veteran members of the publishing community to discuss their focus, plans, fears and what excites them about 2012. Just as our President comes before the nation to talk about the state of the country each year, we’ll attempt something similar, with a moderated
discussion about the state of our industry.

Hut Landon is president of the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (www.NCIBA.com)

Elise Cannon is V.P., Director of Field Sales at PGW and The Perseus Books Group

Scott James writes a weekly column about the San Francisco area published in The New York Times and The Bay Citizen. He also writes fiction under the pen name Kemble Scott, and is the author of the bestselling novels “SoMa” and “The Sower”

MODERATOR: Bridget Kinsella is a veteran publishing industry journalist (Publishers Weekly, Shelf Awareness), and author of Visiting Life.

Chicken Teriyaki: Teriyaki marinated chicken breast, steamed jasmine rice, teriyaki glaze (Please note: Tofu can be substituted for chicken)

Vegetarian: Mediterranean Chicken kabobs, but without the chicken, served with rice pilaf, hummus and grilled pita

All meals include bread and butter, and soda, coffee, and assorted teas. A platter of assorted desserts (lemon bars, cookie and brownies) will be placed in the middle of each table.

COST: Members $30.00, Non-Members $45.00. Cash/checks only. Sorry, we do not accept credit cards. [Join or Renew your 2012 membership at the luncheon and receive the discounted Member rate the same day!]

If you RSVP and then are unable to attend, to avoid being billed you must submit your cancellation via email three business days prior to the event.

LOCATION: Hotel Rex is located at 562 Sutter Street between Powell and Mason. The nearest BART station is POWELL. For driving directions, visit: http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/rex/contact

To better serve our membership, we photograph select events for archival and promotional purposes. If you plan to attend this event but don’t wish to be filmed, please state this in your RSVP.

RSVP DEADLINE: NOON TODAY, Friday, January 27. Please include meal choice and membership status. We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday, 1/31!


Adrienne Biggs, President

PS What do you think of our first official logo, attached?

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Join or Renew Your NCBPMA Membership

Dear Book-loving Friend,

Its January, which means it’s time to renew your membership to the Northern California Book Publicity and Marketing Association! Because our memberships run on the calendar year, it’s also the perfect time to join NCBPMA if you’ve been considering it, so that you get twelve full months of member benefits.

Wondering why you should join or renew?

  • Special member rates for monthly events: These events offer the perfect opportunity to meet others in publishing and gain new perspectives on the industry.
  • Book-to-film screenings! In the last two months of 2011, friends of NCBPMA were invited to advance screenings of The Rum Diary; Young Adult; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close; The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; and TinTin. In 2012, these invitations will be a members-only perk!
  • Subscription to the NCBPMA e-newsletter, The Monthly Muse: Find up-to-date information on NCBPMA happenings, practical information on book marketing and promotion, media and industry updates, and much more.
  • Exclusive content [coming soon!] at www.ncbpma.org, such as meeting notes, an event archive, a member directory, and past issues of the Muse.

We now offer three levels of membership:

  • Individual: $60 grants NCBPMA membership benefits for one person.
  • Corporate: $150 grants NCBPMA membership benefits for up to four individuals from a single organization.
  • New! Premium Corporate: $200 grants NCBPMA membership benefits for unlimited individuals from a single organization, plus recognition in select NCBPMA publications and events.

If you’d like to join or renew your NCBPMA membership, email your name, company, job title, and contact information to membership@ncbpma.org. Payments (check or money order payable to NCBPMA) can be made at the January 31st lunch event, or mailed to:

ATTN: Membership
P.O. Box 597
San Francisco, CA 94104-0597

Publishing and the media are constantly intersecting, cross-pollinating, and evolving. Everyone benefits from a strong community where discussion and learning can take place to help successfully navigate the new frontier.

We look forward to you joining us as a new or continuing member in 2012!


Jennifer Balaco
NCBPMA Membership

PS: Know someone who might benefit from NCBPMA membership? If you refer a friend and they join, your next lunch event is FREE. Make sure they mention your name when joining

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