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  • 15 Jun 2016 1:00 PM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)

    Starting in 2016, IPNE exhibits at most of our book shows will be curated. Through this process, our intent is to raise the overall quality of books that readers and industry professionals can discover through the public face of IPNE.

    This process is intended to enhance the reputation of the organization as a whole and its members individually. In designing the program, we have researched best practices at similar professional organizations.

    Publishers with books that are not accepted for exhibits will be offered resources and mentoring sessions designed to bring their books up to exhibit standards.

    Books may be accepted for exhibit if they meet one or more of the following guidelines (full policy linked at IPNE.org):

    • IPNE Award winners or finalists.
    • Winners or finalists of other established awards programs.
    • Books accepted to previous shows under current curation guidelines.
    • Books on established trade organization publication lists.
    • Publisher has completed, signed, and submitted our curation checklist.
    • Completed IPNE profile, including book metadata and cover images.

    If you are unsure whether your book qualifies, please send us a copy of the book at least two months prior to the event at which you wish to exhibit and contact IPNE for guidance. Books that do not meet guidelines will be returned and exhibit fees refunded. Full guidelines are posted at IPNE.org. Final exhibit qualification approval rests with the IPNE Board of Directors.

  • 07 Jun 2016 2:44 PM | Kathy Brodsky

    I never remember to let people know about awards - so this time I'm adding something. 

    My 9th picture book, High Wire Act, just won Book of the Year from Creative Child Magazine.  In addition, it’s also featured online this month on the homepage of the Children’s Book Council. Here's what they said:

    "Congratulations, High Wire Act has been selected for the CBC’s Seasonal Showcase, “On the Move,” and is featured on our homepage! Thank you for submitting your books."

    What book awards have you submitted your books to?

  • 07 Jun 2016 10:52 AM | Deleted user
    When making a presentation to sell a large quantity of books, many publishers create PowerPoint slides with many colorful charts and graphs. But data itself does not convince people to buy. It’s the interpretation of data and its application to the needs of each buyer that make the sale. When preparing your presentation, first think about what you are presenting – ideas or data. Then consider your purpose: Do you want to inform, persuade or explore? The answers will suggest what tools and resources you need for each presentation. Here are Ten Tips for Preparing a Visual Sales Presentation.


    1. Do not automatically convert a spreadsheet into a chart. That only visualizes data. It doesn’t communicate your idea.
    2. During the preparation stage, design skills are less important than idea generation. Remember that form follows function.
    3. Seek the reasons behind patterns, trends and anomalies, then demonstrate how your recommendation will continue, support or correct them.
    4. Demonstrate the human activity behind the lines in your charts – and how your recommendation can influence them.
    5. Do not start with the graphs. First consider the nature and purpose of your visualization.
    6. Ask yourself, “Is the information conceptual or data-driven?” This identifies what you have – the basis for your presentation. It is not the presentation itself.
    7. Next ask, “Am I declaring something or exploring something?” This describes what you are doing: either communicating information (“Here is how my content can help you…”) or trying to figure something out (“What if we…”).
    8. Use metaphors and simple designs to clarify and illustrate complex ideas. A useful skill is similar to what a text editor brings to a manuscript – the ability to pare things down to their essence.
    9. Your focus should be on clearly communicating the logic behind your ideas. The resulting discussion should be about the idea in the chart, not the chart itself.
    10. “Simple” is the key. Your presentation should communicate a single message: why your content is the best means for reaching your prospect’s objectives


    Brian Jud is the Executive Director of the Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS – www.bookapss.org) and author of How to Make Real Money Selling Books and Beyond the Bookstore. Contact Brian at brianjud@bookmarketing.com or www.premiumbookcompany.com and twitter @bookmarketing


  • 18 May 2016 11:52 AM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)

    If you publish children's books, you might consider volunteering at Hubbub, the second-annual "children's festival celebrating creativity, inventiveness, and exploration for children 0-12 and their families." The event is sponsored by the Boston Book Festival.

    BBF organizers have invited IPNE members to help out at Hubbub this year. Being on the crew can provide you with a great opportunity to meet readers, booksellers, authors, and other publishers, as well as Boston Book Festival organizers. Plus, you might get to dress up as Big Bird!

    The event takes place Saturday, June 4th, right in Boston's historic Copley Square at the site of the Boston Book Festival, where IPNE members will exhibit on Oct. 15. There are many different volunteer positions and shift times available for the day (lunch is provided).

    Anyone wishing to volunteer can sign up at this link, and make sure you mention that you are a member of IPNE!

  • 10 May 2016 9:08 AM | Deleted user

    From the Wall Street Journal article, May 8 2016, page C3

    1. Choose the right name. Brian Keith changed the name of the group from Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys to The Rolling Stones.
    2. Know what the market wants. The Beatles had staked out the “lovable, non-threatening boys next store” niche, so the Stones became their opposite.
    3. Borrow something if it works. The Stones recorded a song based on the gospel song, “This May Be the Last Time.”
    4. Cut the anchor before it drags you down. Mick and Keith fired Brian Jones when his drug/alcohol problem affected performances.
    5. Never stop reinventing. The Stones have gone through at least five stylistic iterations.

  • 04 May 2016 8:40 AM | Deleted user
    Interesting article in today's "Wall Street Journal" (May 4, page 13), by Evelyn Waugh. Here is part of it:  “Never send off any piece of writing the moment it is finished. Take on something else. Go back to it a month later and reread it. Examine each sentence and ask, ‘Does this say precisely what I meant? Is it capable of misunderstanding? Have I used a cliché where I could have invented a new and therefore asserting and memorable form? Have I repeated myself and wobbled around the point when I could have fixed the whole thing in six rightly chosen words? Am I using words in their basic meaning or in a loose plebian way?’ … The English language is incomparably rich and can convey every thought accurately and elegantly. The better the writing the less abstruse it is.”

  • 22 Apr 2016 1:50 PM | Deleted user

    May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, bringing with it a wide variety of educational events in the New England states. IPNE member Dorothy Kupcha Leland, co-author of the recently published When Your Child Has Lyme Disease: A Parent’s Survival Guide, will be speaking and/or signing books at a number of Lyme patient education events in the coming weeks.

    ·         April 30, Wiscasset, Maine. Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education Conference.  http://midcoastlymediseasesupport.blogspot.com/p/conference.html

     ·        May 7, Binghamton, NY. Lyme Disease Conference at Binghamton University. http://www.southerntierlymesupport.org/

    ·         May 11, Hyde Park, NY. Dutchess County Legislative Tick Task Force workshop at the Wallace Center, on the Franklin D. Roosevelt Estate. For more information, contact the Dutchess County Legislative office at (845) 486-2100.

     ·        May 17, Cambridge, MA. Bi-monthly meeting of Lyme support group sponsored by the Dean Center for Tick-Borne Illness. 


     ·         May 19, Danbury CT. 10th Annual Lyme Connection Patient Conference and Health Fair, Western Connecticut State University.  www.LymeConnection.org.

     ·         May 21, Worcester, MA. Central Mass Lyme Disease Conference http://centralmasslymeconference.com

    When Your Child Has Lyme Disease: A Parent’s Survival Guide offers practical strategies for parents coping with what can be a complex and puzzling illness. It gives advice on finding the right medical care, coping with treatment, developing effective boundaries with others who don’t understand what your family is going through, advocating for your child’s educational needs and managing day-to-day family life.

    It is co-authored by Sandra Berenbaum, LCSW, a Connecticut psychotherapist who counsels Lyme patients and their families, and Dorothy Kupcha Leland, a mother and national activist who writes the blog Touched by Lyme.

    More about the book and its authors at www.lymeliteratepress.com.

  • 01 Apr 2016 11:02 AM | Deleted user

    The Portsmouth Public Library and Kit Lit Universe have teamed up to present a new series of programming to explore what it takes to navigate the jungle of book publishing in today’s market. Professionals in the field will talk about picture books and middle grade and young adult novels.

    The first Author-To-Author event will take place at the Portsmouth Public Library on Wednesday, April 13 at 10 AM with literary agent and author Ammi-Joan Paquette as the guest speaker. Ammi-Joan is the author of the Princess Juniper series, for which book #2, Princess Juniper of the Anju is out this year. In her non-writing life, she is a senior literary agent with Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

    It doesn’t matter where you are in your career—whether you’re published or pre-published—you’re invited to come share, learn, and network with other children’s book writers and illustrators. The free sessions for adults will begin with a presentation and question & answer period in the Levenson Room of the Portsmouth Public Library (175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, NH.) A book signing, open to all ages, will be held in the lobby of the library immediately after.

    Future events featuring award-winning speakers have been scheduled: Middle grade author Paul Durham will be speaking on Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30 PM; Picture book illustrator and author Denise Ortakales will be the guest on Wednesday, June 8 at 10 AM.

    Kid Lit Universe was formed by IPNE members Amy Ray and Joyce Shor Johnson to create opportunities for authors and illustrators to come together to discuss the craft of writing for children, to learn how to promote and market their work, and to hear from experts in the industry. You can visit the Kit Lit Universe website online, follow them on Twitter, and like them on Facebook.

  • 29 Feb 2016 8:20 PM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)
    We need your help to make the 2016 New England Publishing Conference another smashing success!  
    • HINT: It's fun and easy, and there's something extra in it for you!

    So, here's the scenario: The IPNE 6th Annual Conference and 3rd Annual Book Awards is scheduled for October 21-22, 2016, in Portsmouth, NH. The theme of this year's event will be "Collaboration Is the New Competition," and there will be several exciting activities related to this theme.

    While we certainly hope that you will attend, right now we have a relatively easy ask: We'd love to hear your suggestions for keynote speakers, tracks, workshop leaders, panelists, and session topics for the Conference. Nominate yourself, a colleague, or someone you admire, and send it along as soon as possible, so we can reach out to these busy professionals and get their commitments in time. Keynote speakers should be well-known or leading experts in their area of focus. Don't be afraid to propose an unorthodox or out-of-the-box session topic!
    If your speaker nominee is offered and accepts a keynote* speaking invitation, we'll say "thanks" by giving you a two-for-one conference ticket so you can bring a spouse, partner, or colleague! 
    Thanks so much!

    Karen, Charlotte, Jenny, Elizabeth, Connie & Deidre
    IPNE Conference Team

    * Keynotes only; not valid for workshop and panel speaker nominations.

  • 24 Feb 2016 7:55 PM | Deleted user
    Bowker is starting a new program to give your potential readers a free sample chapter and a link to order your book. Bowker chose the Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS)  to be their initial partner, but they will extend the offer to IPNE members. This joint initiative will be released in March, and you can be the first to take part. There is no charge for you to display your book and you keep 100% of the revenue from sales.

    Bowker will feature a cover image of your book in the right-hand column on the home page of their website http://www.selfpublishedauthor.com. It will include a link to download a sample chapter as well as a link to place an order. Send this material to Andrew Kovacs at andrew.kovacs@proquest.com: 

    - pdf of sample chapter
    - cover image (jpg)
    - brief biographical information about the author
    - select link(s) we could feature (to author website, retailer, etc.)
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