5th Annual NCBPMA BEA Brown Bag Lunch

If you didn’t  make it to Book Expo this year, you’ll want to attend  the **free** 5th annual NCBPMA ‘BEA Brown Bag Lunch’ on Wednesday, at  Noon on June 8! Folks from Chronicle Books, Berrett Koehler, New World  Library and others will offer their best takeaways (and industry dish)  from this year’s conference.

Join us at the offices of Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Imprint, located at 989 Market St. (Floor 4 in the Grouper conference room) on June 8 from  12noon – 2:00 p.m.

Please remember to bring your own lunch as food and drink will not be  provided at this annual free brown bag event.

Parking lots are located behind the building, which you can enter via  Stevenson or Jessie. The closest BART stop is Powell, a 5-minuteish  walk to the Jossey-Bass office.

RSVP by June 7 to ncbpma@ncbpma.org.


Monday, February 28, 2011, 12:00 to 2:00
Salon Meeting Room at Hotel Rex
562 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA (between Powell and Mason)

Can’t attend the *sold out* Tools of Change conference February 14-16 in NYC? We’ve got the next best thing for you, at this month’s NCBPMA program!


Get the lowdown on the high points of the conference from a panel of cutting-edge publishing professionals who have recently returned from TOC. They will reveal innovative ways publishers are using new apps and devices to grow their business, the opportunities and challenges of publishing into the global digital world, exciting developments in digital design and production, the promising technology on the horizon, and much more.

ALLEN NOREN is VP Online at O’Reilly Media. He’s been with the company since 1992 when one of his first jobs was to maintain the O’Reilly Gopher site. He was a founding member of the GNN team that built one of the first commercial web portals, helped build Safari Books Online, and started O’Reilly’s successful ebook program. He is currently helping to drive O’Reilly’s new digital efforts. Allen also occasionally edits trade books for O’Reilly, including Hackers & Painters, We the Media, Revolution in the Valley, and
Devices of the Soul. His 2011 TOC Workshop is: http://www.toccon.com/toc2011/public/schedule/detail/17561

DAVID MARSHALL is Vice President of Editorial and Digital at Berrett-Koehler Publishers. As head of the editorial department, he is responsible for 35-50 new business, personal development, and current affairs books per year, as well as 5-10 new digital products and marketing apps.  David is a software industry veteran with a Harvard MBA (marketing, technology, and international business concentrations). Berrett-Koehler’s digital publishing program includes e-books, video enhanced e-books, self-assessments, games, animations, webinar archives, mobile apps, online training courses, social networking initiatives, and viral marketing Flash movies.  David is also a best-selling author of prompted journals to foster family communication, including The Book Myself, The Books of Us, and What I Love About You (cumulative 650,000 copies sold). Visit him at http://www.marshallbooks.net.

Jackie Thompson is Vice President of Trade Sales & Marketing at Nolo. Jackie comes from a family of journalists, teachers, and paper products professionals so she comes to the book business with a practical background. Ms. Thompson has worked with non-fiction books since the 1980’s when she started her career as a university library acquisitions student assistant. After selling approval plans for library wholesalers, she managed national accounts for major publishers in Manhattan. Currently, she manages digital content, book and software sales and marketing.  Her move from New York City to the West Coast gave her the opportunity to work with some of the best independent presses west of the Hudson. Jackie serves on the North Atlantic Books board of directors, helps with Roundtable at PubWest’s National Conference, and volunteers for Girl Scouting.   She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her editor husband and two children.  Motto: Carpe Emptor.

Please note: To better serve our membership, we are now photographing 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.



Romaine lettuce, hard-boiled egg, avocado, tomato, bacon, blue cheese, diced chicken in a honey-mustard dressing (Please note: Cobb Salad can be prepared with no meat)


Mediterranean Chicken KABOBS
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.

RSVP before 5pm on Wednesday, February 23 to adrienne@biggspublicity.com. Along with your lunch choice, PLEASE include your company name and if you are a member (2011 membership renewals available at the event) or non-member.

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.

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

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

We look forward to seeing you on Monday, February 28!


Adrienne Biggs, President

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November Event: Publishing Then, Now, and Later – A Conversation

Please note: this is our final event of the year … well, except the Holiday Party, but you know what I mean.

November 17, 2009

12:30 – 2:30 pm

Hotel Rex, 568 Sutter Street

San Francisco, CA

Remember when authors had tours, agents held three martini lunches, and editors edited manuscripts with a pen…on paper? The industry has changed dramatically in the course of one year, with new products, marketing tactics, and publishing opportunities. Join a group of distinguished publishing veterans who will discuss the thrills of working in this day and age, how it compares to “back then,” and what exciting trends might continue to play out in the future. Continue reading

Back from BEA!

Wanted to write a quick post now that the BEA hoopla is over. It was a great convention, even if attendance was down by about 11% from 2007 (up 30% from last year in LA but then again, very few East Coast folks make it out to LA in the first place for various reasons).

Publishers Weekly has a great roundup of the various reports on BEA.

You can also go to search.twitter.com and look for #BEA09 to find out what your colleagues were saying.

Personally, the most impressive thing I saw was the Espresso 2.0 machine in action. I wasn’t there when Book: The Sequel was published on Saturday, but Wiley did give away books that were literally hot off the press.

Our BEA Tea went off incredibly well, and we’re very grateful to have been able to host it at the NYCIP. Unfortunately my camera ran out of battery the night before, and I forgot to bring the charger. Smart cookie I am, I know.

We’ll have a full report of everything in the June Monthly Muse. If anyone has something to report please email Cynthia Shannon, cshannon@wiley.com, and we’ll include it in the newsletter.

Good Books, Bad Times

This economic mess can be pretty depressing sometimes. Reading the morning headlines can cause stress levels to go way up. That’s why the good folks at HarperOne started a new blog, called Good Books in Bad Times.

“Our goal with this blog is to build a resource by book people, for book people,” explains Laina Adler. ” These are tough times and those of us in publishing have unique insight as to what books are available to help heal, soothe, guide, educate, and escape.”

They are accepting submissions from publishing people, booksellers, readers, and librarians, so if you have a book that fits their message, shoot them an email!

“Entries should be brief–we know people are busy and overwhelmed so these really are just short write-ups suggesting books to help readers through bad times,” explains Adler.

Participants can also send the name of their favorite (independent!!) bookstore, and they’ll link their book submission to that store for purchase.

Submissions should be sent to: goodbooksinbadtimes@yahoo.com