Benefits of PPN Membership

Publishing Professionals Network offers something for everyone in book publishing, from the self-publisher and freelancer to
 major corporate entities and full-service providers. Founded as Bookbuilders West in 1969 and rechartered as PPN in 2012, we celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2019.

PPN’s mission is to encourage education and development through networking events and to foster publishing excellence and public recognition through our Annual Book Show. Our membership is open to any individual or company in the publishing business. We heartily encourage you to join us.

Engage in Networking and Educational Opportunities

PPN’s social events are great opportunities for members to connect with other publishing professionals and build a network.

  • We host monthly virtual meetups and will restart in-person meetups when possible.
  • We are happy to bring back the popular and respected Annual Conference in 2022 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley. The event will also be streamed for remote attendees.
  • We provide professional development programs throughout the year, featuring fascinating speakers and an opportunity for participants to engage in conversation.
  • All PPN members may purchase discounted tickets for events. Some events are free.

Celebrate Publishing Excellence

Since 1970, we have recognized and celebrated book publishing excellence with awards presented for outstanding book design, production, and manufacturing. All PPN members pay reduced fees for Book Show submissions and to attend the Book Show.

Develop Your Business

PPN members have the exclusive opportunity to promote their print and digital publishing-related services in our Freelance Directory. This directory is available for reference to the community at large. Inclusion is limited to PPN members who operate as freelancers or run owner-operated businesses.

Promote Your Business

PPN provides a venue for members to represent and promote their companies at events. Sponsoring companies and members receive an extra promotional benefit: recognition at PPN events, on our website, and in the Book Show Catalog. In addition, job positions submitted by sponsoring PPN members are listed in the monthly PPN Post.

Connect with Colleagues Online

PPN members are able to interact as a community on Slack. This is a great opportunity to connect with one another, ask and answer questions, share news and updates, network, and more. We use Slack as a means of communication directly with our member community and to gauge interest in potential events.

Membership Information

PPN is a nonprofit organization and relies upon membership dues to cover expenses for events, promotions, and operating costs.


Our membership dues support the needs of our network while remaining affordable:

$25 for individual members
$175 for sponsoring companies with up to 9 employees and for individual sponsors
$400 for sponsoring companies with 10 or more employees

Dues cover membership for one year from the day of signing up or renewing membership. Members receive renewal notices annually through email and can pay dues online.