Peter Mayer to be Honored at 2007 NYCIP Benefit

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Peter Mayer, publisher of Overlook Press, will be this year’s recipient of the New York Center for Independent Publishing’s (NYCIP) Poor Richard Award for outstanding contributions to independent book publishing. The award will be presented to Mr. Mayer by special guest presenter Ed Victor, the internationally renowned literary agent, at the NYCIP’s Winter Benefit. The Center is an educational program of the non-profit organization, The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen (GSMT).

The Benefit will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2007, at The General Society’s literary landmark building at 20 West 44th Street in Midtown Manhattan. The reception, which begins at 6:00 P.M. with cocktails and music by Judy Garland’s former accompanist, will be followed by an award ceremony at 6:45 P.M. Sara Nelson, Editor-in-Chief of the venerable publishing trade magazine Publishers Weekly, will co-host the benefit.

Formed in 1971 by Peter Mayer and his father, The Overlook Press (www.overlookpress.com) is a home for distinguished books that have sometimes been “overlooked” by larger houses, although the company’s name comes from Overlook Mountain in Woodstock, New York. At the time of Overlook’s founding, Mayer was head of Avon, a large New York-based paperback publisher. He later went on to head Penguin’s worldwide publishing from London. In 1997, after 19 years with the company, Mr. Mayer began his dream job, at age 61, as a full-time independent publisher. Milestone books by Overlook range from Industrial Design by Raymond Loewy and Milton Glaser’s Graphic Design to the 17th century Japanese martial arts treatise, A Book of Five Rings, which has now become a perennial business bestseller, and Charles McCarry’s legendary espionage novels. Joseph Roth’s The Radetsky March, Robert Littell’s The Company, Penny Vincenzi’s great British sagas, the fiction of Charles Portis and Paul Cartledge’s works on ancient history are further examples of Overlook’s independent spirit. In recent years, The Overlook Press has brought back to life Ardis, the spunky outlet for Russian literature, and Duckworth in England, perhaps the oldest independent publishing house in the UK.

“We feel privileged to be honoring an independent publisher of Peter’s stature,” said Karin Taylor, the NYCIP’s Executive Director. “The Poor Richard Award is a way of recognizing the importance of independent publishers to our society. Peter’s decision to leave the corporate publishing world and enter the field of independent publishing full-time is an inspiration to our publisher members. Most important, in this era of thinning mid-lists, Overlook is a refuge for meritorious books that might otherwise go unpublished.”

Past recipients of the Poor Richard Award include Peter Workman (Workman), Morgan Entrekin (Grove/Atlantic), George Plimpton (The Paris Review), Florence Howe (Feminist Press), Andre Schiffrin (The New Press), and NYCIP board member Barney Rosset (Grove Press).

Benefit tickets start at $75 and are available by calling the NYCIP (212.764.7021) or by emailing Christopher de la Torre (christopher@nycip.org). All proceeds will benefit the Center for Independent Publishing, a non-profit cultural and educational program of the GSMT, serving the independent publishing community. Tickets are fully tax-deductible.

Entertainment will be provided by cabaret performer and indie press author John Meyer, whose material has been performed by Eartha Kitt, Julie Wilson and Judy Garland.

About the NYCIP. The NYCIP (www.nycip.org), founded in 1984 as the Small Press Center, has been at the forefront of the independent press movement for over two decades. The mission of the NYCIP is to provide access to education and expertise in the field of independent publishing, by encouraging excellence and free expression in book publishing through workshops, lectures, book fairs, exhibits, and an extensive reference collection. The Center carries on the tradition of the historic General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, itself founded in 1785 to provide cultural, educational, and social services to members and their families.

For sponsorship, tickets or more information about the December 13 fundraising Benefit at the Center for Independent Publishing, please call 212.764.7021.

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 in Six Weeks!

bookfair.jpgAttention All Publishers!

December 1st and 2nd mark the 20th Annual Independent & Small Press Book Fair. This year’s Fair promises to be another great success, as we already have an impressive and diverse list of participating presses.

In addition to our schedule of exciting public programs over the course of the weekend, including a Saturday morning indie reader marathon, we are introducing the Mini-Rights Fair, an industry-exclusive event that will take place Friday, November 30th (check the NYCIP blog for updates).

Would your press like to be a part of this longstanding industry tradition? Come exhibit your books and promote your press with 100 other top-notch indie publishers, as we prepare to take this event into its 20th year.

Our beautiful historic building stands in midtown Manhattan. As the Book Fair’s location for the last 19 years, our home provides a unique ambience – the perfect venue for a book-lover’s paradise!

We’re filling up fast, so be sure to register for your space today! To download the 2007 Book Fair Registration Form PDF, click here. Please keep in mind the Ground Floor Library and Balcony spaces are sold out. All table dimensions and basic Fair info can be viewed in the registration form.

The New York Center for Independent Publishing is an educational program of The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen and is located at 20 West 44th Street, New York, NY. Visit our website at www.nycip.org.

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