PRESIDENT’S REPORT
What Have We Done for You Lately?

July 2007
by Florrie Binford Kichler

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What Have We Done for You Lately

 

One goal your board of
directors chose as a priority this year was making people within and beyond the
industry see PMA as the voice of independent publishing and a catalyst for
change. As important as it is to continue our support of independent publishers
by educating and providing benefits and marketing opportunities, it is equally
if not even more important to make our voices heard in the world outside our
association. That is what will ultimately provide the avenue for constructive
and long-term change to benefit us all, industry-wide.

 

Here is an update on some of the
causes your association has taken a public stand on in recent months:

 

Advocacy Fund and AMS/PGW
Bankruptcy

 

What
happened: AMS Corporation, owner
of Publishers Group West book distributors, declared bankruptcy, withholding
payment from numerous independent publishers, including some of our members,
and denying those publishers access to their own inventory. Many of the
publishers were facing imminent financial ruin through no fault of their own.

 

What
your association did to help:
Director Terry Nathan was in almost daily contact with PMA’s attorney and the
affected publishers to determine how we could assist. As reported in both PW Daily and ForeWord This Week,
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