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Organizations and E-Communities for Publishers

Gropen Associates hosts this directory as a free service to the community. We hope it helps you find just the professional you need!

We don't provide any of the services below.

Please do ask us about any financial or operational problems. We provide advice to publishers on an inexpensive "question-by-question" basis. We also offer software packages, helping you tackle common issues independently.

Contact us for assistance whenever you face a difficult situation. If it's not Marion's area of expertise, she probably knows who does cover it!

Association of American Publishers (AAP)
The Association of American Publishers is the national trade association of the U.S. book publishing industry. AAP's members include most of the major commercial book publishers in the United States, as well as smaller and non-profit publishers, university presses, and scholarly societies. AAP members publish hardcover and paperback books in every field, educational materials for the elementary, secondary, postsecondary, and professional markets, computer software, and electronic products and services.

A chat list is for independent e-publishers. Topics for discussion include all aspects of operating an electronic publishing business with accent on selection of manuscripts, methods of promoting and handling Internet sales, technical questions relating to production of e-Books of all types (including quick-print products), dealing with authors and vendors, security of e-books, etc.

Print Planet
Printable Technologies, the leading provider of on-line solutions for printers, provides PrintPlanet Web sites,"eCommunities" discussion forums, and services for professionals working in the Graphic Communications, Print and Publishing industries.

A free email community for publishers. Highly interesting. Not for the thin-skinned. Unmoderated, run by a team of listmoms which includes Marion Gropen.

A free email community for publishers. Activity levels vary.

Publishers' Marketing Association
A large and well-established organization of publishers, with an active program.

A free email community for small publishers and those just starting out in publishing. The list has rules which are strictly enforced, including prohibitions of commercial advertising and rudeness. The list is "owned" by SPAN (see below) and run by a team of moderators including Marion Gropen.

Small Press Center
The Small Press Center provides information and draws public awareness to the offerings of these presses. It also responds to a need for support for small publishers' energy, imagination, and commitment, and for an exchange of ideas and techniques to make their job easier.

Small Publishers' Association of North America
Tom and Marilyn Ross' organization to serve the small press community. They sponsor the self-publishing list on Yahoo Groups.

Another free email community, owned and run by Shel Horowitz, for small publishers with a bit of experience. Civility is enforced.

Writer's Break
Web site and ezine for fiction and creative non-fiction writers of all levels. Access to articles, writer interviews, web courses, and resources focused on the craft and business of writing.


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