Recap of November Event: Marketing and Sales for Bookstores and School LibrariesFor our November event, we listened to a great panel discussion about independent bookstores, schools, and libraries, and the ways in which they work together to deliver great books to new readers. Presenters included Gary Mazzone, Outreach & Sales Director at Magers & Quinn Booksellers (email@example.com); Carrie Zelin Johnson, M.Ed., Director of Early Education at Ways to Grow (firstname.lastname@example.org); Ashley Leary, Academic Coordinator and Master Teacher at Partnership Academy (email@example.com); and Belle Nelson, Media Director at Thomas Jefferson High School (firstname.lastname@example.org). The panelists discussed what they look for in quality submissions from publishers, what marketing tactics they find effective from publishers, and the ways in which they use books with readers. Thanks to panelists and attendees for a great event!
An audio recording of this event is available to members under Member Resources.
Audio Recordings of MBPR Luncheon Presentations Available to Members This SeasonYou missed the last MBPR event and are bummed because you really wanted to learn more about the topic. This season, you’re in luck, because MBPR is providing audio recordings of each event to members only! The recording of our September event is now available on our website (on a password-protected page), and future recordings will be posted as soon as possible after each event. Members will receive the password in an email when they register for membership. (For organizations, the primary contact listed on the membership form will receive the password to distribute to staff members.)
It’s not too late to join MBPR! Visit our membership page, join by November 15, and take advantage of this new resource.
If you have already joined MBPR for the 2013 - 2014 season, you or your organization's primary contact will be emailed the password soon.
Recap of September Kick-off EventTo kick off our 2013–2014 season on September 18, we had an informative presentation followed by a Q&A discussion on the topic of Adobe's Creative Cloud. Presenters included Stacie Marshall, Director of Client Services at The Foundation, and Keith Gilbert, Adobe Certified Instructor, design and publishing educator, speaker, writer, and consultant. Key conversations included features and benefits of the different licensing models, the extinction of the Creative Suite, and Setting up Creative Cloud for the first time. Thank you to all who attended.
Sneak Peek: 2013–2014 Lunches and TopicsYou’ve thought about joining Minnesota Book Publishers’ Roundtable or renewing your membership, but you haven’t quite committed. Well, our annual member drive is kicking off next week, and this season’s lunch topics are just some of the reasons you should join this year:
September 18 - Adobe Creative Cloud
November 13 - Marketing and Bookstore Sales Trends
January 22 - Digital Trends
March 19 - Developmental Editing
May 14 - Metadata (featuring Laura Dawson, product manager at Bowker)
Each event is held at Target Performance Hall at Open Book and runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The cost to attend is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Lunch is included for everyone attending the event.
More information on the member drive and events to come soon!
(NOTE: Event topics and dates are subject to change.)
New Members to MBPR Board of DirectorsThanks to all the member organizations who attended our May event and cast their votes to fill vacant positions on the MBPR board of directors. After reviewing the election results and reassessing its needs, the board decided to fill an additional board position. This means all five terrific nominees have been elected to the board.
Congratulations and welcome to:
Erik Christopher, Founder/CEO, Ugly Dog Digital
Kevin Finley, Senior Publicist, Hillcrest Media
Kate Kjorlien, Manager, Digital Asset Systems, Hazelden Publishing
Katie Nickerson, Marketing & Training Manager for the Test Division, University of Minnesota Press
Carla Valadez, Production Editor, Redleaf Press
Special thanks to exiting board member Jim Bindas, Books & Projects, for his exemplary service as board treasurer.
Recap of MBPR September EventTo kick off our 2012–2013 season on September 26, we had an informative panel discussion on timely topics: library marketing and new trends in sales, and publisher-library collaboration. Panelists included Kit Hadley, Director of the Saint Paul Public Library; Tom Mercer, Marketing Manager for the 3M Cloud Library; and Terri Souter, VP and Director of Marketing for Lerner Publishing. Key conversations included new digital platforms, collection development of eBooks, how the role of librarian is changing in terms of publisher partnerships, and digital education.
MBPR Trade Show 2012 ScholarshipThe board is pleased to announce that the recipient of this year’s MBPR Trade Show Scholarship is Courtney Colton, an employee of Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd., and Senior Publicist at Midnight Ink Books. The scholarship grants the winning applicant a $1000.00 stipend to help pay for travel and other expenses associated with attending a professional book industry tradeshow. The scholarship will enable Courtney to attend BookExpo America, taking place this June in New York. Congratulations, Courtney!
Recap of MBPR March Event
We had a lively, well-attended panel discussion on March 14 featuring Julie Arthur of Adventure Publications, Steve Horwitz of Abraham Associates, Jay D. Peterson of Magers & Quinn Booksellers, and Hans Weyandt of Micawber's Books. We had great questions coming from attendees, and it was a perfect opportunity for publishing colleagues to get together and discuss the changing retail climate—with special focus on the relationship between publishers, sales reps, bookstore buyers, and readers and how to capitalize on best practices.