For Publishers and Authors

Registration for the 2016 – 2017 JBC Network is now open!
Click here to begin or return to your JBC Network author application.

For your reference, the complete guidelines for JBC Network author participation can be found here:

JBC Network 2016-2017 | Author Guidelines JBC Network 2016-2017 | Author Guidelines (564 KB)


The JBC Network program offers authors a unique platform to present their book to a targeted Jewish audience. These presentations assist authors in promoting their books as they may attract invitations from JBC Network member organizations around North America. JBC Network member sites cover travel and lodging expenses and host a sale of the author’s book at the event in their community, but the author receives no honorarium for their appearance.

To be eligible for 2016 – 2017 JBC Network participation, the author must have a book published between September 2015 and December 2016 that creates a program of Jewish interest. The application process includes a participation/distribution fee and the submission of 110 copies of the author’s book by April 15. An author may submit a shareable e-book in lieu of the hard copies, but it is discouraged—as book program coordinators tend to respond better to hard copies—and incurs an additional fee to the author’s enrollment. Copies of the book are distributed to JBC Network members and are used in the author selection process. Many communities also use the JBC Network books as a resource when buying for their book fairs.

The Jewish Book Council’s role is to provide the platform for the author presentations and to coordinate the scheduling of appearances based upon the requests received from its Network membership.

Conference: The annual JBC Network Conference includes a series of Meet the Author sessions, consisting of rapid-fire two-minute pitches from authors. All participating authors are each individually mentored and coached in their pitches by a member of the Jewish Book Council staff. The Conference, held May 24 – 26 at Hebrew Union College in New York City, marks the start of the JBC Network programming year. It is the easiest entry point into the author's work and presentation style for program coordinators, allowing authors to make the connections necessary to attract invitations to member communities. While conference fees are included in the registration process, the author/publisher is responsible for arranging the author's travel.

Scheduling: After the conference, JBC Network members return home, where they have several weeks to review the list of participating authors before submitting their Author Requests for the upcoming season to the Jewish Book Council office. Once requests are received, Jewish Book Council staff crafts schedules for both the host sites and the authors. Tentative schedules are sent to JBC Network members and authors for review in late June or very early July. The proposed schedules are accepted or changes are made, and by the end of July, final schedules are forwarded to the author for written confirmation.

Event dates: JBC Network events may be booked for as early as August and extend through May of the following year. A cluster of events happens October through December, during Jewish Book Month, when many communities have an annual book fair. New event requests are made throughout the year.

Have questions about becoming a JBC Network author? Take a look at our FAQ section or email Suzanne Swift at author@jewishbooks.org. Please note that more detailed information about author participation is provided during the registration process.

All cancellations will be charged a $50 fee. (Note: There will be no refunds after May 1. Refunds are payable on July 1.)

2016 – 2017 JBC Network Registration Instructions

Please set up a login using your email and a password you can easily remember under the green “Register” button and proceed to the Author application. (For publicists submitting applications for multiple authors: please set up a registration account under your own email and add as many applications as you need by clicking the blue + ADD ANOTHER REGISTRANT button on your user Dashboard.)

Registration will not be considered complete until all required information and materials are submitted, but the form will automatically save your input if you are unable to complete the form and need to return to it later. If you are having difficulty uploading files into the application, please send them to nat@jewishbooks.org as an attachment—with the author’s name indicated in the subject or body of the email.

To reaccess an author’s application, please return to the registration form and select the grey “Login” button if you are not automatically signed in. (Your login is the email address and password you initially entered to set up your registration—there is a button on the page to have your password reissued if you need.) Find the author’s name under the white section labeled “Registrants” on the left side of your Dashboard. Hover over the progress bar next to the registrant’s name and a dropdown menu will appear; select “Author” and it will take you back that author’s form. (Not the progress bar for “My Application”: the bar you want appears under the blue +ADD ANOTHER REGISTRANT button further down.) Please make sure all required fields and uploads are submitted according to the deadlines listed in the 2016 – 2017 guidelines for author participation above.

Begin or return to your 2016 – 2017 JBC Network author application here. For any questions or concerns regarding the registration process, please contact Nat Bernstein directly.