President’s Report
PMA Board Report

January 2004
by Don Tubesing

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The last board meeting of 2003 was packed with PMA initiatives on several fronts. Here is a summary of the highlights.

Partnerships. Jan Nathan and I held meetings with key people at Publishers Weekly and the American Booksellers Association. We are working with both groups on issues of common concern to our members.

Membership. The membership committee has prepared a flyer about PMA–for distribution through wholesalers, distributors, and bookstore chains–that invites startup publishers to join us. At the same time, we have undertaken a full review of current member benefits with the intention of expanding into several new areas, including sales data retrieval options and small business support programs. Florrie Kichler, Patria Press, is the chair for membership retention and recruitmen; Larry Bram, Teaching Strategies, is the chair for member benefits.

PMA-U and Ben F. We have a full roster of exciting courses and speakers for the upcoming PMA-U, and preparations are well under way for the gala Ben Franklin Awards evening. See the announcement on page 10, and contact the PMA office or visit for details on both events.

Midsized publishers programs. A committee of the board is reviewing all current educational offerings with an eye toward creating new programs for midsized publishers and their staffs. The first of these, a seminar focusing on the business side of publishing, wil…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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