IBPA PUBLISHING UNIVERSITY 2021 CALL FOR SPEAKERS
Requirements, Deadlines, and Proposal Submission Form

Thank you for offering to volunteer your valuable time and expertise as an instructor for IBPA Publishing University 2021, to be held online from April 7-10, 2021. IBPA is accepting session proposals focusing on all aspects of book publishing.

The following is especially encouraged:
  • Proposals featuring thoughtful ways to engage the audience using a virtual platform.
  • Proposals featuring original content and/or research.
  • Proposals that consider and promote discussions of diversity and inclusion, particularly ones that challenge our norms and seek to create procedures and practices that ensure safe and welcoming environments within our organizations and the publishing industry at-large.
  • Proposals focused on key aspects of the business of publishing. Please write all proposals -- and plan to present all sessions -- from a publisher's point of view, as opposed to an author's point of view.
  • Proposals that offer concrete/replicable ideas, practical/actionable advice, nuts and bolts.

Please note:
  • Proposals focused on the craft of writing will not be considered.
  • Proposals promoting company products or services will not be considered; however, proposals explaining the underlying technologies used in services will be considered.

Proposals must be submitted by Friday, October 23, 2020. In order to be fair to all applicants, this deadline will not be extended.

Applicants can submit as many proposals as they'd like. Once a proposal is submitted, click DONE and you'll find a link to reenter the proposal system.

Applicants who would like to alter/update their proposal(s) after submission can do so by emailing changes to Angela Bole at angela@ibpa-online.org.

IBPA reserves the right to include additional speakers, edit titles and descriptions, and replace moderators as deemed necessary for the overall success of IBPA Publishing University and the accepted proposal. All such improvements will be reviewed with each applicant.

Applicants will be notified no later than November 27, 2020 of the status of their submission via email to the address provided in this proposal submission form.

PROPOSALS ARE DUE BY OCTOBER 23, 2020. THIS DEADLINE WILL NOT BE EXTENDED.

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* 1. Full Name

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* 2. Email Address:

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* 3. Phone Number:

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* 4. Have you presented at a previous IBPA Publishing University?

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* 5. Please indicate the LEARNING FORMAT of this proposed session. Choose all that apply.

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* 6. Please indicate the LEARNING LEVEL of this proposed session. Choose only one.

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* 7. Please indicate the INTEREST AREA(s) of this proposed session. Choose all that apply.

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* 8. Please provide a title for the proposed session. This should be a FULLY FLESHED OUT TITLE free of typos and ready to be posted online should the session be accepted by the conference planning committee.

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* 9. Please provide a one paragraph (5-6 sentence) description for the proposed session. This should be a FULLY FLESHED OUT DESCRIPTION free of typos and ready to be posted online should the session be accepted by the conference planning committee.

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* 10. Please provide the full name (first and last) of the person who would present the proposed session.

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* 11. Please provide a bio for the person named in Q10. This should be a FULLY FLESHED OUT BIO free of typos and ready to be posted online should the session be accepted by the conference planning committee.

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* 12. Please indicate whether the proposed session is geared toward professionals who publish fiction, nonfiction, or both. Choose only one.

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* 13. Please indicate whether the proposed session is geared toward publishers who publish other people's work, publishers who only publish their own work (i.e., author publishers), or both. Choose only one.

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* 14. Please let us know on which date you're available to present the proposed session. Check all that apply.

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* 15. IBPA Publishing University 2021 will be a fully virtual conference. To help the conference planning committee understand your video presence, please upload a 1-2 minute video introducing yourself and your proposed session. You can record this video on your phone (or however you'd like) and upload the MP4 to IBPA's Hightail account: https://spaces.hightail.com/uplink/IBPA. (Uploading an MP4 is highly recommended, but not required.)

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* 16. Please provide further details that would help the conference planning committee consider the session proposal. For example, what about the proposal would particularly engage participants using a virtual platform? (This question is recommended, but not required.)

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