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.

**Feel free to leave us a comment or a question on this post!**

2007 Book Fair Programs Confirmed!

The 2007 Independent & Small Press Book Fair programs are confirmed!  This year promises another great lineup of public programs, featuring a diverse group of literary and indie personalities. Join us December 1st and 2nd for these exciting events, and bring your friends!

Saturday, December 1st, 10am to 6pm

  • [10:30am – 11:45am] Indie Press Author Read-a-thon
  • [12:00pm – 12:50pm] In the Flesh: Writing and Publishing Erotica moderated by Rachel Kramer Bussel
  • [1:00pm – 1:50pm] An Insider’s Look at Book Publicity: Essential Tips from Publishing’s Publicists
  • [2:00pm – 2:50pm] Ian MacKaye (Fugazi) on Independent Culture: Q&A with an introduction by Ian Svenonius
  • [3:00pm – 3:50pm] Keep Your Eyes Open: Ian Svenonius Interviews Photographer Glen E. Friedman (with Slide Show Presentation)
  • [4:00pm – 4:50pm] Celebrate 20 Years of our Book Fair: Tama Janowitz (Slaves of New York) & Arthur Nersesian (The F*ck-Up) read from their iconic 1980s novels
  • [5:00pm – 5:50pm] Katha Pollitt: Learning to Drive – Memoirist and Nation Columnist
  • [10:00am – 6:00pm] The Literary Cafe is Open All Day!

Sunday, December 2nd, 11am to 5pm

  • [11:15am – 11:45am] Indie Press Author Read-a-thon
  • [12:00pm – 12:50pm] Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye with Katharine Sands
  • [1:00pm – 1:50pm] Authorpreneurship: Achieving Success with Self-Publishing and Other Publishing Options, with Stephanie Gunning and Richard Ridley
  • [2:00pm – 2:50pm] Qu’est-ce Que C’est Sex and Violence: Permissibility in Translation – Amy Scholder, Chad Post, Slava Mogutin, Sinan Antoon
  • [3:00pm – 3:50pm] Rugged and Raw: Cutting-edge Urban Readings from Amiri Baraka, Hattie Gossett, and Aaron Petrovich
  • [4:00pm – 4:50pm] The Literary Trivia Quiz Smackdown: A Public Space vs. The New York Review of Books
  • [11:00am – 5:00pm] The Literary Cafe is Open All Day!

The New York Center for Indpendent Publishing is located in the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen Landmark Building at 20 West 44th Street (bet. 5th and 6th Aves) in midtown Manhattan.

The Grolier Club Announces Opening of Exhibition Celebrating Benjamin Franklin as Writer and Printer

Opening December 12, 2007, Benjamin Franklin, Writer and Printer, takes a fresh, even surprising, look at Franklin’s dual relationship to the book as printer and author.  Benjamin Franklin, Writer and Printer is open free of charge and found in the ground floor gallery of the Grolier Club on 47 East 60th Street.  The exhibition, originally conceived as a centerpiece of the Library Company of Philadelphia’s 275th Anniversary celebration in 2006, is curated by Librarian James Green and University of Pennsylvania English Professor Peter Stallybrass.

Incorporating more than eighty artifacts, the exhibition is divided into three main sections, the first focusing on Franklin’s career as a printer, the next on his writing, and the final section devoted to his Autobiography, an international best-seller and the most widely-published autobiography of all time.

The exhibition will also feature rare artifacts not seen in the Philadelphia exhibit such as Franklin’s edition of Samuel Richardson’s Pamela, which is the only known copy of the book and the first novel published in America.  In addition, Stephen Elmer’s oil portrait presentation of Franklin, known as “The Politician,” painted in 1780 will be on display thanks to Stuart Karu, the pre-eminent collector of Frankliniana.

This exhibit is open for viewing on Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, with the exhibition running through February 2, 2008.

For further information, visit the Grolier Club website at www.grolierclub.org or call 212-838-6690.

Book Fair Author Nomination Period Closed!

Attention 2007 Book Fair Exhibitors!!

The author nomination period is now closed. Unfortunately, due to an overwhelming response and a shorter period for author readings this year, we’ve had to decline many authors. Our selection process is largely first-come-first-serve, with additional consideration given to the diversity of genres represented. This process is in no way affected by the perceived quality or content of the works represented.

The Read-a-ton will take place over the weekend during the following times:

  • Saturday, December 1 – 10:30am to 11:45am
  • Sunday, December 2 – 11:15am to 11:45am

The list of readers and time assignments will be given shortly – please check the blog for any updates! All readers who have been accepted will be contacted, either directly or through their publisher. Presses: please have author contact info and short bio ready (if you have not already sent it).

Thank you all so much for your interest in participating in this year’s Author Read-a-thon! Please direct any questions or concerns to 212-764-7021.

Richard Mantel leads free cover design lecture!

Latest news from GNYIPA (Greater New York Independent Publishers Association):

New York residents are invited to FREE LECTURE from Greater New York Independent Publishers Association November 15 with multi award winning designer Richard Mantel talking about cover design. A question and answer period will follow.

Richard Mantel’s covers are dynamic, colorful, eye catching and unforgettable. Richard, in his distinguished, award winning career has served as Art Director for Columbia Records, Atlantic Records and CTI Records. He was a member of Push Pin Studios for five years, Speical Sections Design Director for New York Magazine, and worked over 2 years with Milton Glaser, Inc. He has won awards from The New York Art Directors Club, The American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Type Directors Club, The Society of Illustrators, Communicationa Arts Magazine, Print Magazine, and Graphis Magazine. He also was honored with a Grammy for Best Record Jacket, a gold medal from The Society of Illustrators, and the list goes on.

To attend this FREE lunchtime lecture following the monthly business meeting of the Greater New York Independent Publishers Association, make reservations at GNYIPA@aol.com. Your reservation is automatically accepted, no reply will be sent unless there is a problem. You are also welcome to attend the GNYIPA meeting which begins at 12:30 to learn of many events and activities this active organization offers publishers and writers.

  • WHEN: November 15, 2007, 1:30pm
  • WHERE: The New York Center for Independent Publishing
    The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen Landmark Building
    20 West 44th Street, New York NY 10036

Cup and Pen Reading Series Continues November 7!

Cup and Pen Small Press Reading Series presents
Calamari Press with readings by Michael Peters and Be Blank Consort

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007
8pm-10pm
Free as a bird!

November is celebrate-your-local-experimental-poetry-hero and we’re showing solidarity by inviting the soul-saving Be Blank Consort to perform solo readings of text poetry as well as group performances of collaborative sound and visual poetry. The night is led by core members John M. Bennett, K.S. Ernst, Scott Helmes, Sheila E. Murphy, and Michael Peters. This not-to-be-missed performance will be followed by the you’d-have-to-not-be a fan-of-multi-media-spectacularness-to-miss-this performance by Michael Peters reading from the Vaast Bin (Calamari, 2007).

Small press enthusiasts, litterateurs and zine-heads unite! Come to listen actively, converse hearily and drink organic beverages (now including wine and cheese) slowly with the Cup and Pen Small Press Reading Series. Cup and Pen, a twice-monthly small press reading series in the back room of Think Coffee, hopes to create a series in which readers discover new presses to support and introduce emerging writers to publishers. Huzzah!

Think Coffee
248 Mercer St and 3rd Street, NY 10012
BDFV to Broadway Lafayette/6 to Bleeker/NRW to Prince Street
(212) 228-6226
www.thinkcoffeenyc.com
http://www.calamaripress.com
http://sleepingfish.net

Think Coffee also rents 300 sweet square feet of recently renovated cafe basement to groups of 25 at $15/hr in the daytime and $20/hr in the evening and on weekends; perfect for round tables of tomorrow’s thinkers today!

Publisher Invite to Prestigious Book Design Show

The 2008 NY Book Show is one of the nation’s most prestigious showcases for book design and production. Sponsored by the Book Binders’ Guild, the Show encourages, recognizes, honors, and celebrates excellence in book production.

For this year’s 22nd Annual Book Show, the Guild wants to celebrate books by small and independent presses and have asked the NYCIP to let independent presses know of this opportunity. It is a chance to gain additional publicity for your title(s) and to be included in a stunning catalogue of beautifully designed books. Complete instructions for entry are found on the NY Book Show Website. Books must be submitted by November 14th. Judging of the winners will take place on Friday, November 16th.

The Book Show will be held on the evening of March 11, 2008 where all winning entries will be displayed. Because March is also Small Press Month, the judges will in addition to judging individual entries in the 6 categories, will also select small and independent press entries of particular merit and display those books and covers in a special way at the show. Membership in any organization is not necessary to enter. The show will take place at The Grand Ballroom at The Manhattan Center, 34th Street and 8th Avenue, New York.

i. Book entries cost $40
ii. Book Series entries cost $50
iii. Cover/Jacket entries cost $30
iv. Cover/Jacket Series entries cost $40

ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE DONATED TO THE LITERACY ASSISTANCE CENTER OF NEW YORK

For more information, please directly contact Jonh Sinclair, johns@tshore.com or at 734/395-3361.

Cup and Pen Small Press Reading Series Continues

Cup and Pen Small Press Reading Series presents the Barnard Zine Library: a One-Two Zine Reading and Zine Making Event Combination

Small press enthusiasts, litterateurs and zine-heads unite! Come to listen actively, converse heartily and drink organic beverages (now including wine and cheese) slowly with the Cup and Pen Small Press Reading Series. Cup and Pen, a twice-monthly small press reading series in the back room of Think Coffee, hopes to create a series in which readers discover new presses to support and introduce emerging writers to publishers. Huzzah!

Leaning into the romantic chill of a new fall, we are more than amped to announce that the Barnard Zine Library will be making literary smores over the flame of our passion! Join us for a one two combination where you’re smacked down with a collection of women zinesters reading from their work and helped up again with a zine making event (materials provided)! No one walks away without an ear full of opinions and a hand sticky with gluestick. Readings from Expertly curated by Zine librarian Jenna Freedman and dutifully emceed by Rebecca Alvarez.

To find out more about the next reading, visit http://thinkcoffeenyc.com/cup-and-pen/.

Think Coffee

248 Mercer Street
(between 3rd and 4th Streets)
New York, NY
(212) 228-6226
http://thinkcoffeenyc.com/cup-and-pen
http://barnardzines.livejournal.com

open till midnight, everyday
we open at 7am M-F
8:30am weekends

Think Coffee also rents 300 sweet square feet of recently renovated cafe basement to groups of 25 at $15/hr in the daytime and $20/hr in the evening and on weekends; perfect for round tables of tomorrow’s thinkers today!

Best Short Story Gets $10,000

The Willesden Herald and Pretend Genius Press present the 2008 Willesden Herald International Short Story Prize. $10,000 goes to the winner.

The Willesden Herald and Pretend Genius Press present the 2008 Willesden Herald International Short Story Prize, adjudicated by Zadie Smith. This contest is open to all, and it’s free to enter.

The forthcoming anthology, New Short Stories 2 (Pretend Genius, 2008), will feature the 10 short-listed stories, which includes the winning story, together with a selection of other stories commended by the editorial team. The winner receives $10,000.

For submission guidelines and to download the entry form, go to www.newshortstories.com and click “2008”.

Free Lectures from GNYIPA Begin November 15

The Greater New York Publishers Association (GNYIPA) again offers several FREE lectures of interest to writers and publishers. First, on November 15 at 1:30 PM at the New York Center for Independent Publishing (located at 20 West 44th Street) will be multi-award winning designer Richard Mantel, who will discuss cover design, followed by a question-and-answer session. In March, Brian Jud will speak about marketing. Also in the works are discussions on getting books into libraries and E-books.

Richard Mantel’s covers are dynamic, colorful, eye-catching and unforgettable. Richard, in his distinguished, award-winning career has served as Art Director for Columbia Records, Atlantic Records and CTI Records. He was a member of Push Pin Studios for five years, Special Sections Design Director for New York Magazine, and worked for over two years with Milton Glaser, Inc. He has won awards from The New York Art Director’s Club, The American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Type Directors Club, The Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts Magazine, Print Magazine, and Graphis Magazine. He was also honored with a Grammy for Best Record Jacket, a gold medal from The Society of Illustrators. The list goes on.

To attend this Free lunchtime lecture following the monthly business meeting of the Greater New York Independent Publishers Association, make reservations at GNYIPA@aol.com. Your reservation is automatically accepted, no reply will be sent unless there is a problem. You are also welcome to attend the GNYIPA meeting which begins at 12:30 PM.

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