A note from the new head of the Small Publishers Association

On Dec. 31, 2012, Brad Flora resigned his position as the head of the Small Publishers Association of North America (SPAN). As of Jan. 1, 2013, I have assumed responsibilities and leadership as SPAN’s Executive Director.

The current membership benefits will continue. The SPANnet online community and the premium educational content at SPANpro.org will develop and grow. The existing educational programs will be expanded to include more book-marketing webinars, articles, conferences, and blogs.

Perhaps the biggest change will be a new emphasis on non-bookstore marketing to help independent publishers sell more books in large quantities. I will introduce new services such as consulting, cooperative marketing programs to reach buyers in corporations and at trade shows, distribution programs for selling through non-bookstore retailers, and a new networking function to reach more people who can buy your books.

I will work hard to help members reach their sales goals as we make a smooth transition into a new era for SPAN and independent publishers.

If you have any concerns or questions about the transfer of leadership, feel free to contact me at BrianJud@bookmarketing.com or Brad Flora at Brad@SPANnet.org.

Thank you,

Brian Jud

Brian Jud is an author, book-marketing consultant, seminar leader, television host and president of Premium Book Company, which sells books to non-bookstore buyers on a non-returnable, commission-only basis and conducts on-site training for publishers' sales forces.

Brian is the author of "How to Make Real Money Selling Books (Without Worrying About Returns)," a do-it-yourself guide to selling books to non-bookstore buyers in large quantities, with no returns. He has written many articles about book publishing and marketing, is the author of the eight e-booklets with "Proven Tips for Publishing Success," and creator of the series of "Book Marketing Wizards." He is also the editor of the bi-weekly newsletter, "Book Marketing Matters."

Brian is the host of the television series "The Book Authority" and has aired over 650 shows. In addition, he is the author, narrator and producer of the media-training video program "You're On The Air."

Reach Brian at BrianJud@BookMarketing.com or visit his website at www.PremiumBookCompany.com

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  • Gene Schwartz

    Congratulations, Brian. SPAN couldnt have done better.