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Spread the Word! You’re Invited to the 2015 PubWest Conference!

Pasadena, California is the sunny, lovely host city for the 2015 PubWest Conference, our first Conference to take place during the winter months. Get away from the February gloom and get fired up about the 2015 publishing year. Join us!

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Pasadena is a wonderful mid-size city tucked between Los Angeles and the stunning San Gabriel Mountains. Pasadena has it all, from world-class art (the Norton Simon, the Huntington, the Pacific Asia) to world-class smarts (Caltech, JPL, Art Center College of Design). Pasadena is home to the Rose Bowl, an incredible collection of Arts & Crafts architecture, two famous flea markets, and the historic Vroman’s Bookstore. That there are more restaurants per capita than any other U.S. city makes the nightlife sensational. Now consider the great hiking, shopping, and theater and you’ll understand why PubWest chose Pasadena to host its 2015 Conference!

The PubWest 2015 Conference theme is “Spread the Word.”

As we all are aware, getting the word out on any new publishing project is the key to success. From publishing new books, new titles in a series, or ebooks, it’s imperative to “Spread the Word.” For each and every conference offering—each keynote, each panel, each intensive session, and each event—spreading the word will be at the forefront.

It’s time to get away from daily office distractions and join publishing professionals from throughout North America for an incredible three-day book-publishing immersion program.

Whether you are a longtime publishing professional or new to book publishing, fresh ideas and information abound as our dynamic industry continues to evolve and as technology further advances. Publishers will gain critical insights for navigating and thriving in our industry as it experience monumental changes in print and electronic workflow.

Take a closer look at all the 2015 PubWest Conference programming, schedules, speakers, and pricing here.

REGISTER TODAY for the 2015 PubWest Conference!



PubWest Opens Registration for 2015 Conference

PubWest 2015 Conference logo 400 x 500Registration Is Now Open for the 2015 PubWest Conference!

PubWest 2015: Spread the Word
February 5-7, 2015
Westin Pasadena
Pasadena, California

Register by December 15th for 15% off.


From publishing new books, new titles in a series, or e-books, it’s imperative to “Spread the Word.” For each and every conference offering—each keynote, each panel, each intensive session, and each event—spreading the word will be at the forefront.

Program highlights:

Keynotes by Joe Rhode, creative executive, Walt Disney Imagineering; Thatcher Wine, founder of Juniper Books; and H. Kevin Miserocchi, executive director at Tee and Charles Addams foundation
Preconference intensive sessions, including “How to Sell TV, Movie, and Foreign Rights” and “Data Speaks: How to Leverage your Sales Track Record to Sell Your Next Book.”
• An extended publisher/head of house roundtable
Sessions on “Libraries and Technology,” “Getting Organized and Being Efficient,” “How Small/Medium Publishers Can Act Like Big Houses and Turn Self-publishing into an Opportunity not a Threat,” “Direct to Consumer Sales,” “The Business of Creativity,” “Resolving Publishing Legal Questions,” and “Royalties: Best Practices”
Peer-to-peer roundtable discussions for sharing ways to prevail in this transforming industry

• Many networking and social opportunities including the PubWest bowling tournament
• “Speedy Spiels,” where selected attendees/speakers have four minutes to share something they’ve
found to be helpful in their publishing experience.
• WeNote, Not Keynote: An Open Discussion about Publishing Challenges in the Marketplace

Don’t miss PUBWEST 2015 and the opportunity to learn, network, and get energized!


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Full Conference registration details can be found below:

Westin Pasadena is our host hotel. After registering for PubWest 2015, please book your hotel room at the Westin Pasadena.  Call 800- 937-8461 or book on the Westin Pasadena website. Please make sure and request the PubWest block.  The room rate is $139 per night, plus tax for single, or double occupancy, traditional rooms.  Theses rates will be available three days before and three days after the official conference dates.

We look forward to seeing you at the PubWest 2015 Conference!

After you’ve completed your Conference registration, please take a look at suggestions for Travel and Lodging.

PubWest 2015 Conference Seeks Speakers

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PubWest 2015 Conference: Spread the Word

PubWest is planning its 2015 Conference and invites media professionals to submit proposals for presentations.

What topics interest you?

Do you have speakers you’d like to hear from?

Please email ideas, requests, and presentation proposals to kent@pubwest.org.

2015 PubWest Conference
February 5-7, 2015
Westin Pasadena
Pasadena, California














Chris Kenneally of CCC Interviews Steve Piersanti

In his keynote address to the 2013 PubWest conference on Friday in Santa Fe, Piersanti detailed how Berrett-Koehler Publishers has succeeded by innovating in every area of its business – from company ownership and editorial practices, to book design and employee compensation practices. He urged the gathering of independent publishers to follow that example.

In this 34-minute interview, PubWest member and panel moderator Chris Kenneally of the Copyright Clearance Center discusses innovation in publishing with Steve Piersanti of Berrett-Koehler, a PubWest member publisher. The story includes Piersanti’s PowerPoint presentation from his Conference keynote.

Publishers Weekly Offers Conference Wrap-Up

In this November 11 story from Publishers Weekly editor-in-chief Jim Milliot, PW offers a wrap-up of the PubWest Conference that was held November 7-9 at the La Fonda hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Some of the highlights noted in the PW story include:

  • PubWest announced that its traditional fall Conference will move to February beginning in 2015. The site for the February, 2015 Conference will be Pasadena, California.
  • PubWest announced a new program Pub101 Summer Sessions. These 1 1/2 day intensives will offer an overview of publishing’s four main functions and dive deeply into one of the four. They are designed for junior publishing staff with 1-5 years experience.
  • Programming included presentations from keynote speaker Steve Piersanti of Berrett-Koehler, John Rubin of Edelweiss, Phil Ollila of Ingram Content Group, Susan Reich of PGW, Jen Bilik of Knock Knock Stuff, designer Todd Oldham, Nadine Vasallo of BISG, and many other publishing industry leaders.