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EBMA Summer 2015 Newsletter - Letter from the President
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Summer 2015
NEWS & NOTES
A Newsletter to Keep EBMA Membership Informed.

About EBMA
The mission of the Educational Book and Media Association is to foster a unique community that brings together a wide range of wholesalers and publishers in order to address the ever changing book & media buying needs of the educational marketplace.

Letter from the President
It's hard to believe that it's been almost five months since we were together in New Orleans! The hard work of planning next year's meeting in Tucson is in full swing and it looks to be a great program, thanks to Angela Sherrill (Children's Plus) and Arianne McHugh (Saddleback Educational Publishing).

Our organization is continuing to grow, and we are thrilled that both wholesalers and publishers are finding the Annual Meeting important to their businesses' success. As mentioned in New Orleans, growth has created some issues -- one of the biggest being finding a hotel or resort that can accommodate the amount of space we need for our one-on-ones, educational sessions, and meals. 

The Board has decided that for the 2016 and 2017 meetings, the wholesalers will sit and the publishers will travel during the one-on-ones. We know that this is a major change, but it's one that we feel the need to try in order to open up opportunities for future meetings and the financial savings those new venues could bring. 

Publishers will be given space around the perimeter of the one-on-one room to showcase their titles, as well as a place to store books, reports, and whatever else they might need for the meetings. We are also looking at other ideas to highlight publishers' titles and make wholesalers aware of the important titles that publishers wish to showcase. We are open to suggestions that you might have and ask that you email Maureen Gelwicks meeting@edupaperback.org with any ideas.

Growth has also affected the meeting schedule, specifically the amount of time needed for the one-on-ones. The board is very aware that wholesalers are reaching their limit on the amount of time that can be tolerated being in one-on-ones in a given day, and we have spent an inordinate amount of time on discussing how to deal with this issue. One of the hallmarks of our organization is that publishers and wholesalers, large and small, are treated the same. We are adamant that this will continue as our organization grows. 

The one-on-one meetings will still be eight minutes, but the number of one-on-one sessions on our final day will increase to give a little more breathing room for wholesalers on the meeting days. There has also been discussion about possibly putting a limit of the number of publishers that can attend the Annual Meeting. We are exploring how other industry conferences that cap attendance work, and this topic will be one of the main points of discussion at our September board meeting. Again, we are open to suggestions and ask that you email those to Maureen as well.

I hope that you all have a great summer filled with some rest and good reading and a successful start to the 2015-2016 school year!

Jennifer Allen
EBMA President
Booksource, Inc.
EBMA 2016 Annual Meeting Announcement

EBMA is headed back to Tucson, Arizona for the 2016 Annual Meeting! The 41st Annual Meeting will be held February 2-6 (Tuesday - Friday) at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, located in the stunning Catalina Mountain range in the Sonoran Desert.

 

The meeting co-chairs, Arianne McHugh of Saddleback Publishing and Angela Sherrill of Children's Plus have begun their work on developing an exciting and engaging program. EBMA will continue to offer the one of a kind one-on-one sessions during the meeting. 

 

Registration is expected to open Fall of 2015. Hotel rooms will cost $199 per night, the resort fee has been waived for EBMA.
  
If you have questions regarding the meeting, please email meeting@edupaperback.org or call 540-318-7770.
Membership News & Updates
Annual Dues Renewal Reminder
At the end of June, your company's EBMA membership administrator will receive the 2015-2016 member renewal invoice membership year.  

Please email meeting@edupaperback.org or call 540-318-7770 for updates about your company or for questions regarding your membership renewal. As a reminder, membership is required for attending the 2016 EBMA Annual Meeting.
New EBMA Members
EBMA is pleased to announce that several member applications were received and approved at the May 2015 Board Meeting. We are pleased to welcome the following Publisher Members to EBMA:
If you have a wholesaler or publisher contact that you would like us to reach out to regarding membership in EBMA, please forward their information to Maureen Gelwicks at meeting@edupaperback.org.
EBMA Website Update - Member Map

 

At the start of 2015, EBMA upgraded the website to include a member map, an interactive tool to benefit our members. The member map showcases where publishers and wholesalers are located by entering a zip code, intersection, or city in a search box. The results will show on a map with a detailed listing.

 

We encourage you to utilize this tool to find a member near you or near your upcoming business travels. Please also take a moment to log into your member profile to review your contact records to confirm your listing is correct.

Connect with EBMA Members
EBMA is always looking for ways to keep our community informed about the professional activities and personal events of its members. Please email meeting@edupaperback.org if there have been changes within your company, such as new employees, or if you have press releases that you would like to share with the EBMA membership. EBMA wants to connect at the personal level too, so if you have any notable anniversaries, birth or marriage announcements or other fun events, please let us know those too! 

Stay connected to your EBMA connections throughout the year. Join the EBMA LinkedIn group where you can share news, keep yourself informed, and keep in touch. Whether you want to share information with the group or just monitor posts, you're invited to join today.
Highlights of the May 2015 EBMA Board Meeting
The EBMA Board of Directors met in May for their spring Board Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Highlights and outcomes of the meeting included:
  • Presentation and acceptance of the 2015-2016 fiscal year budget.
  • Decision to keep membership dues amount the same as the past seven years and increase the meeting registration by $100. 
  • Discussed the 2016 meeting program and 2015 Ludington Award; program and theme specifics, and the Ludington Winner will be announced in September 2015.
  • Decision to enhance the one-on-one format, so that wholesaler members sit at tables while publisher members rotate around the room.   
  • Discussed how to manage growth strategically in the future so EBMA can continue to grow its membership while also maintaining the structure and appeal of the one-on-one schedule. 

If you have questions about the work of the board or updates, please contact info@edupaperback.org.   

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