Before we became NCPA:

Al Canton, treasurer for Sacramento Publishers Association's first four or five years, remembers:

Mary Euretig and I and Marty Maskell and Barbara Scott and Chuck Bellissino were the founders as I remember, and for a short time we were the ONLY members. We would meet once a month for coffee and cake in Mary’s living room. However, after the first six months the word got out and we had many new members . . . some quite successful. For about a year we moved the meeting from house to house until we found a room at SMUD on Antelope. It was a whole different ball game doing books before the Internet . . . and in many ways it was easier . . . books, not the ’net, were people’s first place to look for information. The Internet hurt book sales as much as it helped it.

Al’s publishing company now primarily fulfills orders, and he concentrates on his two other businesses, the Jaya123 accounting software system for small publishers and a health and life and annuity insurance agency in Fair Oaks.

Mary Euretig, Dream Tree Press, was the first president. She published I’m in the Spotlight!: A Journal of Discovery for Young Writers (1993) and Rainbow Writing: A Journal With Activities for Budding Young Writers(1991).

Marty Maskall, Attitude Works, wrote and published The Attitude Treasury: 101 Inspiring Quotations (1990) and The Athena Treasury: 101 Inspiring Quotations by Women (1993).

Barbara A. Scott, Zenar Books, wrote and published the mysteries Always in a Foreign Land (1993), Caught in the Web (1996), and Pay Out and Pay Back (1999).

Charles “Chuck” Bellissino passed away on February 1, 2008. His first book, The Encyclopedia of Sauces for Your Pasta, sold over 30,000 copies, and his second, The Encyclopedia of Sauces for Your Food, was also successful.

SPA subsequently became "Sacramento Publishers & Authors," in recognition of non-publisher author members, and then "Northern California Publishers & Authors," in recognition of a wider area served than just the Sacramento metropolitan region.


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