Star-Studded Literary Cast Heads Off 2007 Book Fair!

The 20th Annual Independent and Small Press Book Fair takes place on Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd, at the New York Center for Independent Publishing (an educational program of The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen), at 20 West 44th Street in New York City. With over 100 cutting-edge presses from the U.S. and abroad, exhibiting some of the most innovative books in contemporary literature, the Book Fair is classified amongst the most notable independent publishing events of the year. Admission to the Fair is FREE and open to the public, although a suggested donation of $1 is encouraged.

In addition to the diverse array of exhibitors offering notable books for sale, the weekend is packed with a variety of literary, publishing and cultural events. This year’s events include a Q&A with Fugazi founder Ian MacKaye; cutting-edge urban readings from Amiri Baraka, Hattie Gossett, and Aaron Petrovich; an erotica novel panel moderated by Rachel Kramer Bussel, a conversation with memoirist and Nation columnist Katha Pollitt, and Katharine Sands will be showing us how to catch a literary agent’s eye in her panel, Making the Perfect Pitch. Also, the literary cafe provides an opportunity to meet and mingle.

In conjunction with the Book Fair, the New York Center for Independent Publishing hosts its first Mini-Rights Fair on Friday, November 30th at 2pm. This event is designed to provide publishers with invaluable information regarding sub-rights and foreign rights sales. Activities include an educational panel and a keynote address from Pat Schroeder, President of the American Association of Publishers and former Congresswoman.

Since its inception in 1988, the Independent and Small Press Book Fair has served as a lively exploration into the world of indie publishing. Over the years, it has grown in size and ambition, but its core purpose remains the same: to draw greater attention to an essential sector of the publishing industry. Last year’s Fair drew over 3,000 attendees.

This year’s Fair is sure to continue its tradition of excellence. For more information on the Fair, contact the NYCIP at 212-764-7021, or email nycip@nycip.org, or visit the website at www.nycip.org.

The New York Center for Independent Publishing gratefully acknowledges the support of AM New York, BOMB Magazine, BookExpo America, BookSurge, Brooklyn Rail, Copyright Clearance Center, mediabistro.com, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, Thomson-Shore, Whitehurst & Clark Book Fulfillment, and WBAI. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a state agency.

2007 Mini-Rights Fair Program Confirmed!

How could the NYCIP possibly make a perfect Book Fair weekend even better? All exhibiting publishers are invited to take part in the Inaugural NYCIP Mini-Rights Fair!

**WHEN: Friday, November 30th, 1 – 6pm

**WHERE: NYCIP, 20 West 44th St., New York City

**RSVP TO: christopher@nycip.org

Sub-rights and foreign rights are an extremely lucrative additional revenue stream for independent publishers. At our first Mini-Rights Fair on the afternoon of Friday, November 30th, we hope to assist you by supplying essential information on how to increase your rights sales, as well as providing a collegial atmosphere to network with some of the movers and shakers in the sub-rights and foreign rights industries. Questions addressed will include:

  • What are the different types of subsidiary rights?
  • How can I increase sales to these markets?
  • What are the best international markets for my books?
  • Should I be attending international rights fairs?
  • How does licensing actually work?
  • Should I be granting electronic rights to my books?

Pat Schroeder, President of AAP will also be giving a keynote address to conclude the afternoon’s program and kick off the Pre-Book Fair Cocktail Reception. Participation is currently limited to Book Fair exhibitors and is FREE. See below for program details.

  • [1:00 – 1:45pm] Publishers set up a selection of books in the Library and Balcony exhibition spaces 
  • [1:45pm] Brief Remarks on Copyright from Christopher Kenneally of the Copyright Clearance Center 
  • [2:00 – 3:30pm] How to Get the Most out of Your Foreign and Sub-Rights Sales: A panel with some of the country’s leading rights agents 
  • [3:30 – 4:30pm] Network with Foreign Rights and Sub-Rights Agents
  • [4:30 – 4:45pm] Keynote: Pat Schroeder, President of the American Association of Publishers (AAP), and former Congresswoman
  • [4:45 – 6:00pm] Pre-Book Fair Cocktail Reception (Booksellers, Librarians and Industry Professionals will also be invited)

We hope that you will join us for this exciting landmark event! The Mini-Rights Fair precedes the 20th Anniversary Independent & Small Press Book Fair, held on December 1st and 2nd (for more info on how to reserve your space for the Book Fair, go to www.nycip.org).

The Mini-Rights Fair will take place on the ground floor Library and the Balcony of the NYCIP in the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen landmark building at 20 West 44th Street (bet. 5th and 6th Aves) in midtown Manhattan.

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