I’ve never been much of a joiner in professional associations. That all changed when I attended my first PubWest conference in 2010. Honestly, I went because two of my employees who had attended urged me to go, and it was being held in Santa Fe. I like Santa Fe.
Six years later, I find myself honored to be president of the board of directors. PubWest had me at hello.
This organization’s members are bright, energetic, innovative, and most of all, passionate about the business of making books. The networking opportunities are endless, the benefits extended from industry services are substantial, and the educational sessions—both for newbies and veterans—are enlightening.
I urge you to check out everything PubWest has to offer on our website, but here’s a short list to get you started:
- Our annual conference is highly respected for its quality of speakers, workshops, and stimulating schmoozing. Small to midsized publishers from all over North America praise its value as the best publishing conference of the year, every year.
- Regional networking opportunities abound in the form of Happy Hours, roundtable discussions (via phone conference calls), Booklore events, and the Pub501 Summer Sessions.
- Discounts in services such as freight and logistics, marketing and publicity, subscriptions, and trade shows—as well as in the registration fees for the PubWest annual conference and book design awards competition—can improve your bottom line.
- Vendor members—printers, graphic designers, eBook converters, and more—can work with you to produce profitable, high-quality publications.
The industry has changed phenomenally over the past couple of decades, and it looks like it will continue to do so for some time. I’m excited to serve on the board during this challenging era, and I hope to see PubWest’s membership grow at a healthy rate in the coming two years. Your voice is vital in that mission and in furthering our quest to address a wide range of issues relevant to a diverse group of publishers. Write to us, call us, attend our regional meetings, and come to conference.
And please join. Even if you’re a non-joiner, like me.
Zoe Katherine Burke
President of the Board of Directors
Click here to read the November 2016 President’s Letter