The JBC Network offers authors a unique platform to promote their book to a targeted Jewish audience. The program connects authors to JBC Network member sites across North America at Jewish Book Council’s annual Network Conference each spring. Following the conference, Network sites make author event requests and Jewish Book Council coordinates all event logistics. 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. Authors are not guaranteed events. Participating authors are included in Jewish Book Council’s annual Authors on Tour book which is distributed to all JBC Network member sites and receive exposure on the Jewish Book Council website.
The JBC Network — with roughly 120 member organizations across North America, including JCCs, synagogues, Hillels, Jewish Federations, and cultural centers — gives over 250 authors a platform for sharing their books each year.
Each spring, Jewish Book Council holds a conference for JBC Network member sites and authors. The event includes the chance to hear a two-minute pitch from each participating author, as well as workshops for member sites on running successful book events. Following the event, JBC Network sites make author event requests and Jewish Book Council coordinates scheduling. Jewish Book Council coaches authors for their pitches, and provides book program consultation for member sites throughout the year.
Please see below for details about JBC’s virtual JBC Network conference on July 14 – 16.
Information for Event Coordinators
As a JBC Network member site you get access to Jewish Book Council’s network of Jewish-interest authors, as well as extensive resources for running Jewish book festivals, speakers’ series, and cultural events, including book program consultation and professional networking. Membership additionally includes a discount on booking authors through our Read On program, and discounted admission to BookExpo America.
At the JBC Network Conference held each spring, over 250 authors make two-minute pitches for their book. An informal reception follows the conclusion of the pitches that allows authors and coordinators to meet. Following the event, sites submit their author requests and Jewish Book Council coordinates events. Sites do not pay an honorarium for authors who do an event, but must cover an author’s travel and lodging expenses and host a sale of the author’s book.
If you are a current Network member site, you can find member-only resources using the “Member Site Resources” link found above.