It's our annual Fall Members Meeting, and this season, we're all about eBooks! We'll be meeting in the Wilson Room at the Baltimore County Public Library, located at 320 York Road in Towson, MD (a Baltimore suburb). Arrange your carpools now for this fabulous educational event!
Beginning at 10:00 AM, you'll be welcomed to the Fall Members Meeting. For an hour, we'll take time to get to know each other in the Your Three Minutes session. Each member will have three minutes to introduce yourself and your publishing house, tell us a bit about what you publish and why you joined MBPA. For a few minutes toward the end of this session, board members will take your suggestions for future programming, to help us make sure MBPA remains a member-driven service organization.
We'll have a short break, then at 11:15, we're very lucky to have as our featured speaker Martin T. Focazio, one of the true pioneers of the digital revolution. Marty will present his narrated slide show, "The Golden Era Of Books Isn’t Over. The Golden Era Of Books Is Now." Hear Marty's unique and spirited take on how eBooks have not only revitalized mass market publishing, but why the promise of the digital future brings with it exciting new opportunities for independent publishers and authors alike. Learn why Marty is convinced that new platforms, new business models and new consumer behaviors are combining to create the New Golden Age of Publishing. You'll have plenty of time for questions after his presentation.
After a brief break, Marty will be followed at 12:30 by lunch, provided with your paid meeting registration. During lunch, do some informal networking with your neighbors, then our vice president Annmarie Kelly will lead a quick icebreaker that's always fun and interesting.
We'll take a quick break at 1:30 to clean up from lunch, then at 1:45, our own board member and secretary Lanita Preston (LM Preston), will bring us a less esoteric take on the subject, "eBooks Step By Step." Lanita will be giving a half-hour overview of the processes of conversion to the most popular eBook formats from digital print files, and the process of creating eBooks directly from original manuscripts. (This won't be a deeply detailed workshop on the process, but we're working on offering those in the coming months via Webinar, so stay tuned for those notices.) Lanita will instead survey the most accessible, cost-effective and useful tools available to indie publishers for taking their titles from print backlists to eBook frontlist offerings. She'll concentrate on how to approach the process with a minimum investment of resources for a maximum return on this new revenue channel that repurposes content you've already paid for.You'll have time for Q&A following her presentation.
At 2:30, we'll take another short break before Annmarie returns to lead our Member Mastermind, the ever-popular session in which we leverage the collective brain trust of our attendees. Instructions for participation will be sent out ahead of time.
At 3:30, members may choose to continue their Mastermind discussions, or break out separately into small, informal networking groups to make connections with those they'd like to speak with more, trade business cards and just generally get to know each other better. During this time, we'll also be asking for signups for volunteer duty for committees who need help building future meetings, events and activities.
This will be our last in-person meeting of the year, before the snow flies. As last year, our Winter Members Meeting will be held via Webinar. We will likely be making a slight shift in meeting schedules in 2012 to better accommodate our spread-out membership's needs. More on that to come - stay tuned.
Meanwhile, distant members who can't make it in person to the meeting: We will be experimenting with a technology link that will allow you to "attend" the meeting virtually. Because we're not sure how it will work, we won't be charging for this meeting for virtual attendees. But we hope to find something that will allow you to at least hear, if not see, the goings-on, and perhaps even record them for later use. More as the time draws near.
Register starting October 12 for this live event, one of the very best values of your MBPA membership!