The PMA Parishes Program

October 1998
by Nick Weir-Williams, Northwestern University Press

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I’m very pleased this month to announce a new PMA initiative designed to increase and improve your personal connections with the association. Most publisher board members have been assigned a “parish,” a group of states in geographical proximity to their press, to which they will administer pastoral care.

The idea is to enable you as members to have one person you can contact for guidance, advice, opinions about PMA, ideas for new directions for the association, and as a general resource. Of course, you will still be able to call upon the PMA office for all of those things, or to check the PMA Website ( which is a great resource for general information on publishing.

Though the board members may not be able to answer your questions about specific PMA mailings or exhibits, I have found from other organizations that having someone as your specific representative gives a more inclusive feeling to individual members. At each board meeting, members will be asked to report on their discussions with their parishioners over the previous few months.

Additionally, it has been decided that we will move board meetings around the country as much as possible, in order to allow greater access for individual members to the board. Each meeting will conclude with an Open Forum session, where the board will answer questions and be more than happy to discuss industry-wide issues, specific PMA issues, or any other quest…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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