Associations and Economic Downturns?

August 6, 2009 at 7:49 pm | Posted in Book Publishing, Perspective | Comments Off on Associations and Economic Downturns?
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Unless you’ve been in a cave for the past two years, you know that our economy, and that of the world at large, is in a very bad place. As the US Government ratchets up its spending and borrowing for a multitude of programs that are supposed to save us from economic disaster, the book industry continues to suffer along, greatly affected by cunsumers’ fears about spending what little discretionary income they may still have.

As an independent book publisher, I know what is happening out there in the economy. I see it every day when I look at sales results and wholesale orders. The numbers are down sharply.

Customers who formerly bought large quantities of books with each order are buying fewer copies and ordering less frequently. Individual orders on our web site are off by 50%. People are afraid to spend. This is a very tough time for everyone, well, maybe not so much for those we read about still getting big bonuses┬ápaid for from stimulus money. But, that’s another story for another time.

During this tough economic time I believe it is more imporant than ever to belong to a professional association. It’s not the time to save the little amount possible by not paying the membership dues. It’s time to spend it and get the most out of it you can!

I’m an independent book publisher and I belong to two professional associations, one at the state level and one at the national. I insist on getting as much from both of them that I can in order to maximize my company’s potential for success. Florida Publishers Association has a dynamite monthly newsletter that I devour voraciously. Its tips, leads, hints, contacts, how-to’s and more are worth the price of membership alone.

Then there’s the Independent Book Publishers Association, what I consider to be the penultimate in professional associations. This organization has given me more support, education, direction, friendship, advice, counsel, and yes, love, than any other organization I have ever joined.

So I say again to those of you who think you’re being smart and not renewing your association memberships or not joining a professional association so you can save a few dollars, you are making a major mistake that will cost you thousands of dollars and untold hours of labor. Smarten up. In┬ástormy waters it’s the wise captain who refers to charts, the wisdom of seasoned sailors, and always has time to plan, prepare and execute a proper course. I know. I am both a sailor and a publisher, and I know the value of my association memberships. Every day.

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TEA Party – Palm Coast

April 15, 2009 at 9:48 pm | Posted in Perspective | Comments Off on TEA Party – Palm Coast
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I have never been a demonstrator. Not ever. In the anti-war 60s I served in the military. In the 70s, 80s and 90s, I was building my businesses so I could have an exciting and fulfilling life after retirement. Today, April 15, 2009, I participated in a local protest against out of control government spending, outlandish debt, a stimulus bill that no one in Congress has read, and a government gone wild with spreading the wealth of hard working Americans.

I am proud that I, and thousands of other Americans across the country, took a stand against this federal government that clearly cares more about its socialist programs than it does about the futures of every American for the next 20 years or longer.

I pray that the movement that started today continues to gain momentum until we retake our federal government and place it in the hands of elected representatives who care more about America than they do about their personal lives and re-electability. As the famous movie line says, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!”

With that statement and my established positions against immigration amnesty, federal dollars for abortions, rampant government spending, and debt sales to China, along with my prior military service, I am now on the Department of Homeland Security’s terrorist list. Imagine that!

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