“Your Best Year Yet! Working Smarter and More Profitably in 2006” A First Look at This Year’s PMA University Events

March 2006
by Robin Bartlett

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One of the highlights of PMA
University 2006 will be hearing Walter Mosley—author of 19 critically
acclaimed books and best known for his Easy Rawlins mysteries—talk about
why he decided to publish some of his work with an independent publisher.

Mosley will be the keynote speaker
at the 2006 PMA University, which will be held on May 16, 17, and 18 at the
Washington, D.C., Convention Center, right before Book Expo America takes place
in the same location. As many publishers know from experience, PMA University
offers the best educational programs available to independent publishers today.
And BEA is the largest book fair in America. Worldwide, only the Frankfurt Book
Fair is larger.

When Easy Went Indie

The keynote presentation,
scheduled to follow lunch on Thursday, May 18, will feature not just Walter
Mosley but also W. Paul Coates, publisher at Black Classic Press. When Mosley
decided, in 1997, to work with an independent publisher, he wanted to show that
it’s possible to publish a book successfully outside the New York mainstream
and to create a model that other writers—African-American or
not—could follow.

The independent publishing company
Mosley chose was Coates’s Black Classic Press, and the book he chose to publish
was Gone Fishing,
the prequel to the Easy
Rawlins series. Mosley and Coates then cont

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