For Publishers and Authors

2019-2020 JBC Network registration will open on January 10, 2019

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

JBC Network 2019-2020 Author Guidelines JBC Network 2019-2020 Author Guidelines (397 KB)

Registration instructions can be found here.


The JBC Network program offers authors a unique platform to promote their book to a targeted Jewish audience. The program connects authors to JBC Network member organizations around North America that create Jewish literary programs in their community. Through this exposure, authors may attract invitations to visit the JBC Network member cities. 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 2019 – 2020 JBC Network participation, the author must have a book published between June 2018 and December 2019 that creates a program of Jewish interest. The application process includes a participation/distribution fee and the submission of 110 non-returnable copies of the author’s book by April 17. 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.Authors are not guaranteed engagements, but are invited to present their book.

Conference: The annual JBC Network Conference includes a series of Meet the Author sessions consisting of two-minute pitches from authors designed to showcase their presentation style and represent their books. Authors are invited to speak at one specific time slot during the three-day conference to pitch their book to an audience comprised of Jewish program coordinators and their lay leadership committees. There is an informal reception following the conclusion of the pitches that allows authors and coordinators to meet. All participating authors are individually mentored and coached for their pitches by a member of the Jewish Book Council staff. The conference, held May 21 – 23 at Hebrew Union College at 1 West 4th St. in New York City, marks the start of the JBC Network programming year for 2019-20. While conference fees are included in the registration process, the author/publisher is responsible for arranging the author's travel and NYC hotel stay.

Additional details can be found in the downloadable guidelines above. 

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 the transaction fee and 50% of the total payment. (Note: There will be no refunds after April 30.)

For any questions or concerns regarding the registration process, please contact Evie Saphire-Bernstein directly.