The Independent Publishers of New England's sixth annual Publishing Conference will be held October 21-22 at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, N.H., featuring keynotes by Boston publisher David R. Godine; Independent Book Publishers Association CEO Angela Bole; and Tim Brookes and Maung Nyeu of Champlain Publishing Initiative and Endangered Alphabets. Space is limited, but IPNE noted there are still a few openings and sponsorships available.
"Each year, as the conference gets rolling, it's always thrilling to see connections made and people learning from each other," said publisher and IPNE president Charlotte Pierce. "We'll have independent (self-published) authors, small and mid-sized publishers, booksellers, bookstore managers, designers, illustrators, editors, students in publishing programs, publicists and printers. New England has many fine writers groups and organizations, but IPNE is the only regional organization of its kind focusing on the actual process of publishing."
Under the theme "Collaboration Is the New Competition," this year's conference is offering education panels on a variety of topics, including diversity, publicity, new media bookselling and editing. Other highlights include time for networking with speakers; informal roundtables on publishing topics suggested by those attending; a special hand book-binding session by Spirit Books artist Susan Kapusczinski Gaylord; exhibits & conference bookstore; and presentation of the 2016 IPNE Book Awards.