Dominque Raccah, CEO-Source Books and Gail Woodard, Publisher-Dudley Court Press

In just a couple of weeks, the 2014 edition of IBPA’s PubU kicks off in San Francisco with a keynote address by Ivory Madison, CEO and Editor in Chief of Red Room.  Other featured presenters during the event will be Jim Milliot from Publishers Weekly and Christopher Kenneally of the Copyright Clearance Center.

Here I am with last year’s keynoter, Dominique Raccah, publisher and CEO of Source Books.  Her wise words were, “Book fail because of problems with the book.  Focus on these four elements: the book’s positioning, title, content & interior design, cover & packaging.”

If you’re a writer aspiring to self-publish, or you’re an independent publisher, or you’re just curious about what’s going on in the publishing industry today, IBPA’s PubU is a worthy place to spend a day and a half.  Breakout sessions will be lead by experts in social media, editing, publicity, book cover design, e-book, book marketing, self-publishing, meta-data, crowdfunding, new author platforms, distribution and more. Plus there’s an opportunity to meet one-on-one with many of these experts to get your personal questions answered or just to make connections.

This will be my third time at PubU. I’m looking forward to greeting colleagues and gaining new insights into book publishing and marketing so that Dudley Court Press can continue to effectively ride the waves of change in the publishing industry.  Everything I learn at PubU helps us help interesting authors write, publish and market meaningful books.

The event will be held at the Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22, 2014.

If you are going to PubU this year, let me know you’ll be there. Let’s be sure to meet up.

If you want more information about IBPA’s PubU, here’s the link:

And yes, that’s me in the audience, in photo #11.