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President's Voice

Is this leading up to something? You bet. NINC involvement. We need you to volunteer to do just one thing at NINC.

From time to time, positions within the organization become available. If the board had a go-to list of members interested in certain positions, that would be terrific. If you think you might be interested in being involved with membership, the conference, Nink newsletter, NINC Blast, NINC Blog, PR, or any other aspect of our organization that appeals to you, then send me an email with a mention of your interests so that we can put your name on a list. You can always decline if approached. So think about it. You are NINC.

That brings to me to final point of this letter. I am honored to be representing you as your president. It is a big deal. I’m very aware that I follow in big footsteps left by the many fine and dedicated NINC presidents. It’s a bit intimidating. But I can promise you that I will give it my best and that I will keep the best interests of you, the membership, forefront in my thoughts as we traverse 2013.

That’s why I titled our 2013 conference “The Writer’s World.” Our thrust is to make certain our membership is made aware of every possible opportunity to succeed businesswise and to continue to create wonderful work. Please put us on your calendar now. Myrtle Beach, S.C. October 24-27.

If you’ve been to a conference recently, you know how absolutely necessary the information we present is to your career. If you haven’t been in a while, I urge you to make it a priority this year. It’s the one time where all NINC comes together. The camaraderie, exchange of information and ideas and enthusiasm can’t be measured in mere dollars and cents. It’s crucial and wonderful, and necessary that you come and contribute to keep NINC vital and relevant.

We have it all now, the best and the toughest aspects of being in the driver’s seat of our publishing careers. It doesn’t have to be a choice, traditional or indie. Many of us are learning to straddle both publishing worlds. Writing and handling your career can seem at times as if you are one of those bareback circus riders standing with a foot on the back of one horse, and the other foot on the back of another. It’s scary and exhilarating.

I know you are up to challenge. I see that reflected in such things as the blogs, NINCLINK posts, Nink articles and more. Join in and bring along other published authors who are missing a unique and informative experience of being part of NINC.

And, we’re off!

— Laura Parker Castoro
NINC President

Business Briefs

Step Up

Simon Schuster gave Michael Szczerban a boost from associate editor to editor in early November.

Kindle’s Bye-Bye Buy Buttons

The disappearing Buy Buttons from ebooks belonging to Hachette, Random House, Penguin, Simon& Schuster, Macmillan, and HarperCollins on Nov. 8 was explained by Amazon as a “technical issue”. While these publishers were out of luck for several hours, sales were still viable for HMH, W.W. Norton, Harlequin, and Scholastic. The conspiracy theorists are going to be delighted if no further explanation is made.

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