• PCPA Annual Conference 2024 Agenda

     Please Note: All times are in Central Daylight Time Zone. (UTC - 05:00)

    Monday, April 15, 2024

    11 a.m.-1 p.m. By Invitation Only: PCPA Officers Meeting (with working lunch)


    1:30 -5:30 p.m. By Invitation Only: PCPA Board of Directors/Heads of Houses meeting


    6:30 p.m. By Invitation Only: PCPA Heads of Houses dinner


    Tuesday, April 16, 2024


    8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Adjunct Members set up displays


    8:30 am -11:45 a.m. By Invitation Only: Heads of House/ Board of Directors Meeting with working lunch


    9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.  By Invitation Only: Tour of Publishers' Graphics operation


    11:00 a.m. Conference Registration Desk Open

    noon- 2:20 p.m. Opening Plenary

    Welcome, Opening Prayer, Intros, etc.


    Keynote: "Fostering Gracism Through Publishing" with Rev. Dr. Cheryl Price & Rev. Dr. David Anderson:


    Keynote Panel: "How to use AI in Christian Publishing" with Joe Wikert, facilitator


    Diem Bloom discussing AI and content research and development

    Ken Brooks discussing AI and production and internal operations

    Craig Gipson discussing ethical and legal considerations for use of AI

    Terrell McTyer discussing AI and marketing


    2:20-3 p.m. break with time to visit Adjunct Members’ Displays


    3-3:50 p.m. Peer Group #1 (select 1 of 4 options)

    • Curriculum peer group
    • Rights peer group
    • Sales & service peer group
    • Finance, administration & IT peer group

    4-5 p.m. Workshops (select one of 5 options)

    • 1A: Digital Accessibility: An Introduction for Christian Publishers- Michael Johnson, Benetech
    • 1B: Step-by-Step guide to producing high quality audiobooks- Larry Bennett & Arnaud LeCompte, Nord Compo
    • 1C: Understanding the Value of Rights in Publishing: Improving the Reach and Revenue of Your Publishing Program- Kris Kliemann, Kliemann & Co
    • 1D: How to Choose a Subscription Platform for Publishers- Dan Heffernan, AdvantageCS
    • 1E: Preparing for the next crisis: Not if but when- David Hetherington, Books International sponsored by Color House Graphics

    5-6 p.m. Reception: Appetizers and Soft Drinks in Adjunct Member Display Area


    After 6 p.m. Dinner on your own


    Wednesday, April 17, 2024

    9 -10 a.m. Peer Group #2 (select 1 of 4 options)

    • Editorial peer group
    • Design peer group
    • Marketing peer group
    • Production, Purchasing & Fulfillment peer group

    10-10:30 am Coffee Break with time to visit Adjunct Members Displays 


    10:30-11:30 a.m. Workshops (select one of 5 options)

    • 2A: Printing Options for Engaging Covers and Dust Jackets- TBD, Versa Press
    • 2B: AI Prompt Engineering- Ken Brooks, Treadwell Media Group sponsored by FrontGate Media
    • 2C: Finding Free Money to Sustain Your Mission: The Potentials and Perils of Fundraising and Grant-writing- Tom Thatcher, The Elemental Group
    • 2D: Conferences as a Key Strategy of Growth- Ron Hunter & Derek Altom, D6 Family
    • 2E: Unlocking the Power of Metadata- Alex Murphy, Stison Publishing Solutions


    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Workshops (select one of 5 options)

    • 3A: Ted-ify your Talk: How to create a TedTalk experience for your audience- Mich Hancock, TedX-St. Louis & 100th Monkey
    • 3B: Building a D2C community isn’t as easy as you think!- Curtis Key, Books International in partnership with Supadü
    • 3C: Micro Royalties Simplified: A Workshop for Efficient Management- Sebastian Mayeres, knkSoftware
    • 3D: How well do you see color? -Brandie Herrell, Friesens
    • 3E: Building Buzz: Practical Tips for Promoting Your Content and Reaching a Larger Audience- Scott A. Shuford, FrontGate Media sponsored by FrontGate Media

    12:30-1:15 pm Boxed lunches with time to visit Adjunct Members Displays


    1:15-1:30 p.m. Move to Plenary


    1:30-3 p.m. Closing Plenary

    Keynote: “How Religion has become a luxury and what it means for the future of America” with Rev. Dr. Ryan Burge


    3-4 p.m. All displays must be dismantled and any UPS/Fed Ex pickups must be done by 4:30 p.m.


    3:30-4:30 p.m. By invitation only: Tour of Publishers' Graphics operation, plus transportation to the STL airport.



    Please Note: All times are in Central Daylight Time Zone. (UTC - 05:00)