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    PubWest 2013 Conference

    by Sabrina

    I don’t normally post press releases but this conference sounds really cool. It’s the PubWest Conference 2013 and this year’s theme is The Innovative Publisher. Held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from Nov. 7-9, the conference will have keynotes by Steven Piersanti, president of Berrett-Koehler Publishers; Jen Bilik, owner and founder of Knock Knock Stuff; Nadine Vassallo, project manager, Research and Information, for the Book Industry Study Group (BISG); and Gus Gostyla, VP of Business Development at Inkling . Additionally, there will be preconference intensive sessions, including “Reimagining Ink-on-Paper Books” with design expert Todd Oldham, and “Face-to-Face, Screen-to-Screen: The New Interface between Buyers, Distributors, and Sellers,” detailing the features and use of the online catalog system Edelweiss and bringing together panelists from publishers, distributors, and bookstores, as well as the following roundtable sessions: “Streamlining Editorial and InDesign Workflows,” “Brand Style: Why Your Press Needs It, How to Build It,” “Getting Your Financial House in Order,” “Selling Stories: How to Market and Sell Narrative Titles,” “How to Get Effective Book Reviews,” “Outsourcing Publisher Services: Getting the Most Out of Distribution Through Partnerships,” and “Culling Data from the Book Industry Study Group.”

    Plus there’s a salsa making competition!

    Anyway, here is the official press release:

    (Portland, OR) — PubWest, the leading trade association for small-and medium-sized book publishers, is pleased to announce that registration for PubWest 2013 is open.  Full details on the conference can be found here www.pubwest.org/conference.

    The PubWest Conference 2013 will be held November 7–9 at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The conference theme is “The Innovative Publisher” and will offer four keynotes, three intensive sessions and ten dynamic sessions all focused on making publishing more profitable.

    PubWest 2013 will feature Keynotes by Steven Piersanti, president of Berrett-Koehler Publishers; Jen Bilik, owner and founder of Knock Knock Stuff; Nadine Vassallo, project manager, Research and Information, for the Book Industry Study Group (BISG); and Gus Gostyla, VP of Business Development at Inkling. Preconference intensive sessions, including “Reimagining Ink-on-Paper Books” with design expert Todd Oldham, and “Face-to-Face, Screen-to-Screen: The New Interface between Buyers, Distributors, and Sellers,” detailing the features and use of the online catalog system Edelweiss and bringing together panelists from publishers, distributors, and bookstores, an extended publisher/head of house roundtable. Sessions on “Streamlining Editorial and InDesign Workflows,” “Brand Style: Why Your Press Needs It, How to Build It,” “Getting Your Financial House in Order,” “Selling Stories: How to Market and Sell Narrative Titles,” “How to Get Effective Book Reviews,” “Outsourcing Publisher Services: Getting the Most Out of Distribution Through Partnerships,” and “Culling Data from the Book Industry Study Group”. Peer-to-peer roundtable discussions for sharing ways to prevail in this transforming industry “Speedy Spiels,” where selected attendees/speakers have four minutes to share something they’ve found to be helpful in their publishing experience Interactive Game: “ From 400 Words to 140 Characters—The Language of Blurbs, Covers, Tweets, and Pitches”

    PubWest’s most recent conferences have featured speakers and panelists like Oren Teicher of the American Booksellers Association, Len Vlahos of BISG, Otis Chandler of Goodreads, Len Riggio of Barnes & Noble, Dominique Raccah of Sourcebooks, John Ingram of Ingram Content Group, and many more of the leading voices in new format publishing. The PubWest Conference offers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the most innovative leaders in publishing, printing and binding, design, copyediting and proofing, and legal services.

    About PubWest: PubWest is a non-profit trade association for North American book publishers, from small independent presses to publishing companies with worldwide operations, and related professionals, such as printers, designers, binderies, and publishing freelancers. For more information, please visit www.pubwest.org.

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