Our speaker for our December 14th luncheon at Tiny’s will be Sandi Wright. She will talk about how to write and illustrate successful children’s storybooks.
Sandi is an award-winning children’s book author, former president of the Santa Fe Opera Guild, co-founder of the nation’s first camp for brain-damaged kids, a 30-year art instructor for public, private, and college institutions, and director of two art schools. She divides her time between writing, painting, and her art therapy practice.
She will also discuss marketing techniques for those attending who are not interested in writing books for kids.
Approaching the 25th Anniversary of NMBA, Richard Polese was asked to share our history and progress through the years at the November 9 Networking Luncheon. Richard served as President, then Executive Director during our first decade. He is now our Historian and keeper of archives.
Pouring though Libro Book News of those times, he discovered that many of our current programs and services began during the earliest years. As well, Barbara Beasley Murphy and Elaine Coleman held early NMBA Board offices (treasurer, secretary) and both continue to be active with NMBA today.
We started as the Rocky Mountain Book Publishers Association (RMBPA), a gathering of publishers in Northern New Mexico and up through Denver. Then came the respected Guadalajara Book Fair in 1994, with New Mexico chosen as its “Guest Country.” They needed a solid “national” book nonprofit, so we gathered in Santa Fe and became the New Mexico Book Association. RMBPA continued as a partner and later became Publishers Association of the West (PubWest), now centered in Oregon.
Richard was surprised to find that our Second Friday Networking Luncheons began in April 1995, and continue to this day. Membership has been $50 annually from the start. Libro Book News first appeared in April 1995. Libro’s first masthead sported our distinctive Zia Sun symbol, with unfolding book pages taking the place of sun rays. That very year we cosponsored the Border Book Festival in Mesilla and were in the aisle at the American Book Sellers Association Convention in Chicago. The ABA Convention later became BookExpo America. Your NMBA reps have been a bookselling presence in several national and regional shows since.
NMBA published three comprehensive editions of New Mexico’s Book World from 1997 through 2006. They described publishers, booksellers, distributors, libraries, and printers, as well as editors and designers serving in our state. Did you know that writing and publishing have been a strong element in New Mexico’s story for over four centuries? The first was Gaspar de Villagra’s “Historia de la Nueva Mexico.” It appeared in 1598 and remains in print today from UNM Press.
Our Book-in-Hand Honor was first presented in 1998 to the Collected Works Bookstore and staff. Richard Harris became NMBA President in 2000 and served for years. He is honored today in the Harris Award program that supplies standout Southwestern classics to deserving schools and libraries.
In 2002 NMBA helped Cadelora Versace produce Southwest Bookviews, a fine regional book review journal. That same year we landed at Tiny’s Restaurant for the first time. We’ve gathered there for our popular monthly Networking Luncheons nearly every month since, thanks to the generous welcome by owner J. R. Palermo and his staff.
In 2004 Cinny Green and Maureen Burdock took the helm of Libro, we had a table at BookExpo again in Chicago, and our first FlashNews appeared in every NMBA member’s inbox. That same year NMBA gained a large office and meeting space on Santa Fe’s Second Street. We had many happy beginnings in those first years and most continue to serve to this day.
Richard will share the lively second half of our history at NMBA’s Winter Fiesta in January.
By Richard Polese, Coordinator
TEN NMBA AUTHORS turned up to introduce their titles and yours to the state’s librarians for three days as October leapt into November at the NMLA Annual Conference. Sales will be reported soon to members whose titles were seen and sold there at our tables in Albuquerque’s Marriott Pyramid Hotel.
Janet and Erin Brennan, Patricia Brown, Jared Gann, David Froebel, Laurie McDonald, Larry Kemp, Roberta Parry, Barbara Jean Ruther, and Sandi Wright all came aboard — giving us a great presence during all three days. You see here most of us in this view of our place provided by Sandi. (Let me know if you were left out!)
Our location in the main hall was less than ideal, but we innovated to help draw library people to us as they went in and out of the conference sessions.
We learned that next year the annual gathering of New Mexico’s librarians will move to the Albuquerque Hotel in Old Town. It will be joined there by the annual meeting of the widespread Mountains and Plains Library Association.
Now is the time to get involved! The board is hard at work with the planning of not only regular annual events but also new opportunities. We’re currently looking for members who would be interested in joining the board as Secretary or Treasurer. Let us know if you’re interested. Contact Sandi Wright for details: (505) 473-3003, email@example.com
Four book champions received special attention for outstanding service to readers statewide and to our professional book family at the June 7 Annual Membership Gala.
Two Book-in-Hand Honors were presented, first to Patricia Hodapp, who has served all book readers as Santa Fe’s innovative public library director for 14 years. Pat is the first librarian in our state to receive this coveted honor.
Radio broadcast host Richard Eeds received a Book-in-Hand for his outstanding interviews with book authors and publishers on KTRC in Santa Fe. (You are seeing here pictures of both Pat and Richard with honors in hand.)
Our gathering was at the gracious home of Barbara Beasley Murphy, who received our Special Recognition for her 28 years of happy and devoted service to NMBA and its goals. Barbara brought the New Mexico Book Association into being at the 1994 Guadalajara Book Fair. She was NMBA’s treasurer for most of its existence. Paula Lozar stepped forward with dedicated leadership in her role as NMBA president and then acting president during the dynamic and challenging past five years. We were proud to recognize Paula for her many exceptional contributions.
NMBA membership reelected Janet Brennan, Jared Gann, and Sandi Wright to serve on the board of directors for three more years. Your board then decided to choose new officers at the July board meeting, right after the Friday, July 13, networking luncheon at Tiny's Restaurant. Names have come up for key positions. You will learn who will be serving and leading our programs in next month’s Libro Nuevo!
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On May 2, members of the New Mexico Book Association began their seventh year of selling autographed books to the community and to delighted tourists at Tuesday’s Santa Fe Farmers Market. Sales grew each week in May despite the fact that many authors were away on vacation and the summer crops were slow to appear. Beginning June 5, the Market will open at 7:00 a.m., which means authors must arrive at 6:30 a.m. and stay until 1:00 p.m.
We continue to bemoan the fact that the city does not give guest venders free parking. One suggestion to reduce the cost of parking is for authors to share rides and thereby use a single meter. Authors are invited to come up with other cost-saving ideas.
We are delighted to announce that Mike Metras has agreed to unload and set up the tables at Farmers Market until we can find someone to both transport and set up the tables and chairs each week in exchange for a seat at the table. Perhaps Mike’s help was the impetus for his having his very best selling week at the Market on May 29! If you would like to discuss this job, please contact Maxine Davenport at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Authors who took advantage of our sales opportunity at least one week during May were Roberta Parry, Mike Metras, Elaine Coleman, Sandi Wright, Shirley Melis, Fiona Simon, Lauren Thyme, and Maxine Davenport. NMBA members who would like to investigate this selling opportunity hould contact Maxine for rules governing our presence at the Market.
By Richard Polese, NMBA Historian
THE PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION OF THE WEST (best known as PubWest) just announced that its 2019 conference will return to Santa Fe’s La Fonda in February 2019. We welcomed PubWest here in November 2010, a very useful and happy occasion for NMBA’s people as well as publishers throughout the American West.
Here is a bit of our long-standing connection with PubWest: New Mexico Book Association was created from a nascent Rocky Mountain Publishers group in 1994. PubWest became a strong offspring from that beginning as well. We have been affiliated ever since.
PubWest serves the broad American West, from Oregon and Western Provinces of Canada all the way to East Texas. Recently I saw dozens of publishing jobs listed on the www.pubwest.org website. On the site you will find a new Pub501 Educational Session: “The Title Profit and Loss Statement.” To become a PubWest member (as individual or publisher), contact Kent Watson: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PubWest is one of a handful of outstanding NMBA affiliates. We also work with the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Western Writers, New Mexico Book Co-op, Society of the Muse of the Southwest (SOMOS), and others. I will share more about them in the next Points & Picas. You can contact me directly at Richard@oceantree.com.
At the NMBA June Gala and Membership Meeting, our members will vote to elect or reelect members of the Board of Directors. Our Board has nine voting members who come up for reelection on a rotating schedule, three per year. Any member of NMBA can also add their name to the ballot at this time. After the balloting is completed, the Board has a brief meeting to elect officers for the next year, and the new officers are announced to the membership following this meeting.
When the new officers for 2018–2019 are announced, I will not be one of them. This is my choice. I have been a voting member of the NMBA Board for ten years. During that time, I have held every office in NMBA, and occasionally several at once. I’m tired. Also, I feel it’s better for an organization to bring in new officers periodically, rather than reelecting the same people every year. I will remain a Board member (I come up for reelection in 2020), and I will continue to participate in NMBA’s programs. But I feel it’s time for someone else to take charge. Thanks to everyone for their support over the years.
—Paula Lozar, soon-to-be-ex-President
By Richard Polese
NATIONAL REPORTS show dramatic increases in the number of smaller local and specialty bookstores. The recorded 2,321 stores today is a 40 percent higher count than the number in 2009. Despite (or because of?) the departure of Borders and other big chain outlets, the rapid infusion of e-books, and Amazon’s burgeoning monopoly, it seems a growing number of people simply enjoy picking up printed books, turning a few pages, greeting friends, perhaps sitting with a cup of coffee, and toting a book or two home.
Local authors Sandi Wright, Roberta Parry, Maxine Davenport, Elaine Pinkerton and Fiona Simon will be offering their books for sale at the Homegrown Authors table on Tuesday, May 1, when the Santa Fe Farmers Market opens for the summer. This is the sixth year the New Mexico Book Association has sponsored a successful table open to all its members.
A table filled with books is a pleasant surprise to many tourists who visit Santa Fe in the summer. For them, it’s a great place to pick up last minute local gifts for people back home, or to read on the airplane going home. Many local residents also like the idea of meeting the authors and getting an autographed book, unavailable in book stores.
Drop by the table while you’re at the Market supporting our farmers and our writing community.
The New Mexico Book Association sponsors the table, exhibitors must be members of NMBA. For further information about exhibiting, please contact Maxine Davenport email@example.com.