Publishing Organizations

American Booksellers Association (ABA)
Founded in 1900, the ABA is a not-for-profit organization devoted to meeting the needs of its core members of independently owned bookstores with retail storefront locations through advocacy, education, research, and information dissemination. The ABA actively supports free speech, literacy, and programs that encourage reading. The annual ABA Convention is held in conjunction with Book Expo America.

American Library Association (ALA)
The ALA provides leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship.

American Medical Publishers Association (AMPA)
The mission of AMPA is to advance health science publishing and scientific communication worldwide.

Association of American Publishers (AAP)
AAP mandates both the general and specific broad issues important to all publishers as well as issues of specific concern to particular segments of the industry. The Association’s core programs deal with the matters f general interested: intellectual property, new technology an telecommunications issues concerning publishers; First Amendment rights, censorship, libel; international freedom to publish; funding for education and libraries; postal rates and regulations; tax and trade policy. Directed by standing committees of the Association, these programs, along with a host of membership services including government affairs, a broad-based statistical program, public information and press relations, are the “core” activates of the Association.

Association of University Presses
Formally established in 1937 as the Association of American University Presses, AUPresses is a community of publishing professionals and institutions committed to the highest caliber of research-based scholarship. Together, we advocate for the fundamental role of scholarly publishing in achieving academic excellence and in cultivating and disseminating knowledge.

Editorial Freelancers Association(EFA)
Founded in 1970, EFA works to raise the professional status of its members and to make the freelance life more dynamic and rewarding. For clients of freelancers, EFA is a nationwide bank of professionals experienced in the full range of editorial disciplines.

Educational Paperback Association (EPA)
An association of publishers and distributors who are reputable and authoritative suppliers of educational paperbacks, pre-bound books, and other materials to the school, library and college market.

Evangelical Christian Publishers Association

Florida Publishers Association, Inc.

Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)
A trade association of independent publishers. Founded in 1983, it serves book, audio, and video publishers located in the United States and around the world. Its mission is to advance the professional interests of independent publishers. PMA provides cooperative marketing programs, education, and advocacy within the publishing industry.

International Reading Association (IRA)
A professional membership organization dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habit.

Mystery Writers of America (MWA)
The premier organization for mystery writers and other professionals in the mystery field. MWA watches developments in legislation and tax law, sponsors symposia and mystery conferences, presents the Edgar Awards, and provides information for mystery writers.

National Association of Independent Publishers (NAIP)
An informal, for-profit organization of book publishers, authors, and publishing vendors.

Publishers Advertising & Marketing Association (PAMA)
PAMA was founded in 1921 (as the publishers Ad Club), and exists to foster excellence in book marketing, with particular emphasis on advertising and sales promotion, publishing, bookselling, and other related fields.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers (SWFA)
The minimum requirement for active membership is the professional publication (acceptance and payment) of three short stories or one full-length fiction book or a dramatic script. Collaborations with a single co-author may be used as a half-credential. Associate membership is available to beginning writers who have had at least one professional publication but are not yet eligible for active status. Neither non-fiction nor poetry will be considered for this or active status.

Small Press Center
The Small Press Center for Independent Publishing is a nonprofit cultural and educational institution dedicated to promoting interaction between the public and small independent book publishers.

Small Publishers Association of North America (SPAN)
Strives to create entrepreneurial opportunities for new publishers while providing existing independent press with powerful tools to foster faster growth.

Society of Scholarly Publishing (SSP)
The SSP strives to advance scholarly publishing, communication, and the professional development of its members through education, collaboration, and networking among individuals in this field.

The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP)
The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP)

The Evangelical Christian Publishing Association (ECPA)
An international, not-for-profit, trade organization serving its industry by promoting excellence and professionalism, sharing relevant data, stimulating Christian fellowship, raising the effectiveness of member houses, and equipping them to meet the needs of the changing marketplace.

Women In Scholarly Publishing (WISP)
Women in Scholarly Publishing (WiSP) is a professional organization serving the educational and professional advancement of its members. WiSP offers its members workshops, seminars, and other opportunities for professional development in scholarly publishing.

Women’s National Book Association (WNBA)
The Women’s National Book Association is a national organization of women and men who work with and value books. WNBA exists to promote reading and to support the role of women in the community of the book. The Association has nine chapters: Binghamton, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, and Washington.

Young to Publishing Group (YPG)
An initiative of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) that strives to give entry-level and junior industry employees (typically 0-5 years of publishing experience) a chance to build a community outside of their own publishing house and educate themselves about the publishing industry as a whole.