Event Information

New Ventures in Book Publishing

January 23, 2013 - 11:30 AM
Open Book (Target Performance Hall) 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis
Member price: $20
Non-member price: $25

Event Description

In the current book publishing climate, authors, publishers, and distributors need to find innovative ways to reach readers and to gain visibility for their books. From fundraising for independent book projects on, to rebranding and creating new imprints, to partnering with other businesses to increase distribution, this panel will discuss creative new ventures in publishing that have proven to be successful for local authors, publishers, and booksellers (and even coffee houses). 
Joy Dey and Anna Skarie, founders of SWAK (Sit With a Kid) Publishing, recently successfully funded the printing of an interactive DoU Adventure book Just Another Monday through a project on Joy Dey, graphic designer and art director for Old Turtle and The Quiltmaker's Gift, is the author of Agate: What Good Is a Moose?, winner of the Independent Publisher's Book Award (IPPY) for Best Children's Book 2007 and the Midwest Bookseller's Choice Award for Best Children's Picture Book 2008, among several others. Anna Skarie, a web designer and artist with an advanced 3D arts degree, has worked on everything from corporate sites to computer games.
Mark Levine is founder and CEO of Hillcrest Media Group, Inc., which publishes its own books -- including Levine's The Fine Print of Self-Publishing, now in its fourth edition -- and provides book publishing, marketing, printing and distribution services for authors and independent presses. Hillcrest recently launched, which pairs coffee house partners with publishers and sells books online and in 65 Dunn Bros. locations. Scheduled in 2013 is the relaunch of (the for authors and bloggers) and the launch of, which combines elements of and with partnerships with independent book stores and MFA programs.
Nancy Tuminelly, co-founder of Mighty Media, a book packaging and interactive technology company, also became the publisher of Scarletta, a local independent publisher, distributed by PGW/Perseus, in 2012. Scarletta, founded in 2005 as a publisher of adult titles, spent the last year rebranding its face and mission, creating new imprints, developing targeted and focused marketing strategies and establishing a trade partnership with Minneapolis' Abdo Publishing Company to better reflect its growing emphasis on children's titles.  
Where & When 
Open Book (Target Performance Hall)
1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis. 
Wednesday, January 23; 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Parking Information
There is a small side lot next to the Open Book building (just past the building on the right as you are heading east on Washington; for those heading west, turn on 10th or 11th and go down the alley to access the lot). If the Open Book lot is full, other options are:

  • Meters along 10th and 11th take quarters; most cost $1.00/hour.

  • Guthrie ramp is a block away. Enter on 9th Avenue (between Washington and 2nd Street South). 

  • Municipal parking ramp across from the Mill City Museum (this is a longer walk because it is a block farther away and the entrance is on 2nd Street South). 

  • Bike racks are available near both entries to the Open Book building.

Event Day Information
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Fees, which include lunch, are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Reservations required. If space allows walk-ins, those without reservations will be charged $30 at the door. If you reserve a place, a lunch will be ordered for you and you'll be expected to pay for it whether or not you attend.

If you prefer to pay at the door by cash or check, please email with your reservation request. Please indicate whether you will be attending as an MBPR member or non-member. 

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