Northern California Publishers & Authors (NCPA) is an alliance of independent publishers, authors, and publishing professionals in Northern California. Our purpose is to foster, encourage, and educate authors, small press publishers, and those interested in becoming authors and publishers.
For us, growth isn’t a choice. We have too many excellent publishers and authors. Northern California must be the most fertile place in the country for growing creativity. Our talented members are the best force around to expose, educate, and exploit new media and new technologies. The “old way” of publishing books leaves important needs and opportunities unmet.
We started in 1991 as the Sacramento Publishers Association (SPA). The organization was formed by a group of independent publishers who wanted to increase their professionalism by pooling their knowledge and resources. In 1993, the group formalized its structure with officers, and in 1994 held its first Awards Gala.
In October 2001 we changed our name to Sacramento Publishers & Authors, recognizing that many of our members were authors as well as publishers, and in 2004 the change to Northern California Publishers & Authors acknowledged the regional compass of the organization’s membership.