Wednesday, May 6, 2009

New Mexico Book Association News

May 14: "Going Global: Selling Foreign Publication Rights"
NMBA Professional Development Workshop. Seating is limited--sign up now!
Two publishing professionals experienced in negotiating foreign rights contracts will tell you exactly how to move your book into worldwide markets at our NMBA Professional Development Workshop. This workshop will help publishers, who will learn how selling and buying foreign rights can boost their profits; authors, who will discover how going international can expand their readership and royalties; and others in the book business who will gain a new awareness of globalization in the publishing world.

May 14. 6:30 to 8:30pm with Ellen Kleiner, Roger Rapoport and Richard Harris. The Writers Room, 826 Camino del Monte Rey, 2nd Floor, Santa Fe. $15 NMBA members ($20 non-members). Contact Paula Lozar to secure your place: (505) 473-3479,

Ellen Kleiner, director of Blessingway Authors' Services (, will share her experiences in negotiating book contracts around the world. Ellen has made nearly 100 international book deals so far in 19 countries, from the European Union to Korea, China, Russia, Japan, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. The majority of her foreign rights sales have been for authors who self-published their works in the United States. She has also successfully represented bestselling New Mexico authors after major New York publishers failed to sell translation rights to their books.

Joining Ellen will be Roger Rapoport, publisher of RDR Books ( in Muskegon, Michigan. Roger has been going to international book fairs in London, Frankfurt, Bologna and elsewhere for 15 years, both to sell foreign rights to his company's titles and to expand his list by buying U.S. rights to books by overseas authors. He has spent much of this spring visiting European publishers to negotiate foreign rights to The Lexicon, RDR's controversial Harry Potter encyclopedia.

Richard Harris, our esteemed past president of NMBA, will moderate the discussion!

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Book Events:

May 8: NMBA's Networking Luncheon at The Writer's Room, 11:30! You bring questions, answers, news, fliers, bookmarks and a friend--and your lunch! We supply juice and cookies. If you had titles at the NMBA booth for the NMLA Conference, you can pick up your titles there. 826 Camino del Monte Rey. Call for directions (505) 231-1755. NMBA Board Meeting follows at 1:30pm!

June 12: Annual Gala and Membership Meeting. Don't miss this opportunity to honor Dorothy Massey of Collected Works as she receives the NMBA Book-in-Hand Award. Also, hear details about the exciting new Southwest Book Design and Production Awards competition & sponsored by NMBA.

Other Upcoming Workshops:

May 23: Full day SWW Screenwriting Workshop, with Rick Reichman. $75 for members, $95 for non-members, includes lunch, 9am-4:30pm. New Life Presbyterian Church, 5540 Eubank Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM. Call SWW at (505) 265-9485 or go to:

July 10- July 12: Rick Reichman Weekend Screenwriting Workshop, Santa Fe Community College. Friday, 7pm-9 pm. Saturday and Sunday 9am - 4:30pm. $105. Contact: Santa Fe Community College at (505) 428-1270.

Author Signings:

May 13: Barbara Mayfield will read Mrs. Iptweet to the first-graders from the NM School for the Deaf, 10:50 am and 11:30am readings. At the Santa Fe Main Library, 145 Washington Street, Santa Fe. Free event open to the public!

May 17: Zelda Gatuskin reads from her book Time and Temperature, thoughts about consciousness. New from Amador Publishers. Reading and Reception at Acequia Booksellers, 3 - 5pm. 4019 4th St. NW, Alb. (505) 890-5365,

May 22: Tom Zoellner, Book signing & discussion. Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World.. 5 - 6pm, Garcia St. Books. Contact: Tom Zoellner, (646)-522 8826,,

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