Affiliates Hit Big Anniversary Years

July 2003
by Pat Bell, Affiliates Chair

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It’s been 20 years now since that little group of publishers banded together to form the Publishers Association of Southern California (PASCAL), a group that later changed its name to Publishers Marketing Association. What’s not so widely known is that many of PMA’s affiliates are celebrating similar anniversaries. So I asked the Affiliates how long they’ve been around and what stands out in their history. I found that the groups vary but there are some common threads. For example: they all benefited in the beginning from the desktop revolution that lowered the threshold to book publishing; many changed their names as they grew because the original names didn’t accurately describe them anymore; and the organizing meetings and/or early regular meetings were often over food!

The 20-Year Class


Among the “old timers” of the affiliates are the Midwest Independent Publishers Association (originally the Minnesota Independent Publishers Association), the Northwest Association of Book Publishers, the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (originally the Marin Small Publishers Association), and the Florida Publishers Association (formerly the Florida Publishers Group).


The Minnesota Independent Publishers Association began with a tiny handful of publishers, including Sybil Smith (Fins Publications), an early President who has continued to be active and is serving as President again. It incorpo…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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