American Book Producers Association


Membership Benefits

  • Annual ABPA membership directory viewed by hundreds of acquisition editors at leading publishing houses

  • Directory of editors who acquire packaged books, updated semiannually

  • Discounted subscription to Nielsen BookScan, the ONLY accurate measure for sales performance of a book without access to publisher’s sales records. ABPA members get an amazing discount.

  • Annual "speed dating" event attended by acquiring editors from all the major publishing houses

  • Annotated publishing contracts designed to help members negotiate better deals

  • Monthly enrichment sessions presented by publishing professionals and regularly attended by editors who buy from book producers

  • Annual publishing services expo featuring vendors providing services crucial to developing books in all formats

  • Opportunities to discuss all aspects of book producing with experienced colleagues

  • Referrals and coproductions with other book producers

  • Ongoing publicity program to promote book producing in the national and trade media

  • Bimonthly newsletter

Becoming a Member

The American Book Producers Association was established expressly to help its members meet the challenges of creating books and running a business. Dedicated to maintaining high professional standards within the industry, the association provides a specialized network that can be invaluable to entrepreneurs.

Members meet at luncheons and evening events each month to discuss common problems (and solutions), recent successes, and industry news. They help each other by providing freelancer referrals, forming joint ventures, and in countless other ways. And they work to help each other produce better books.

If you are thinking of joining, please consider attending one of the luncheons that are held on the third Wednesday of most months from September through June. Just e-mail the ABPA office to make a reservation and arrange for payment ($35). You are sure to enjoy the networking and helpful advice.

All working book producers in the United States and Canada are invited to join. The ABPA welcomes producers of books in all formats, including e-books, audiobooks, and others. To qualify for membership, you must have at least one book under contract as a packager or have produced at least one book during the past two years and be approved by the ABPA board. (Established publishing professionals who are leaving a publishing company to become book producers can join without having a book under contract).

Annual dues of $595 fund the association’s activities and the ABPA office, which coordinates ABPA functions and responds to public inquiries. 

The membership year begins September 1; however, you can join at any time during the year. If you join after April 1, your dues will be prorated when you renew. The Board of Directors reviews membership applications monthly. If you would like to apply for membership, please fill out the application form online or request that an application form be sent to you from the office by phone, mail, or  e-mail. (There is also an online information request form.)

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