International Society of Latino Authors (ISLA)

International Society of Latino Authors (ISLA)

International Society of Latino Authors (ISLA) is a membership program presented by Latino Literacy Now. In 2015, we created the fast growing Int’l Society of Latino Authors. Membership in the society is open to qualifying authors and publishers.

 

A Very Special Invitation

In 1980 less than 500 books were published in the USA with a Latino author. This year Latinos will publish 25,000 to 30,000 books. After decades of being on the fringe of mainstream publishing, we strongly feel that the time has come for books by and about Latinos to finally get the attention that we deserve. The fastest way for this to happen is for us to work together and present a united front. Membership in the society is open to qualifying authors and publishers. We hope you will join us in this exciting and important new project.

Seven Reasons We Need A Membership Organization

  1. Promote that Latinos ARE Readers. Too often Latinos are left out of the discussion of who reads. We cannot let that happen. In truth, Latinos in the USA will purchase more than $700 million in books in 2017. And Latinos are the largest segment of youth in many key markets in the USA. They ARE readers and buyers!
  2. Helping Authors Advance. While many of the books entered in the Int’l Latino Book Awards are well written, some —especially those from small presses or that are self published—have one or more areas where they need help. The ISLA newsletter and webinars will address these areas with helpful information and tips.
  3. Lobby for more Recognition. With our united front, we will seek more recognition within the education and publishing industries for Latino
    authors and their work and for books about the Latino experience.
  4. Speakers Bureau. This project is headed by Linda Villaseñor and Georgette Baker. Through this program we will develop a system for providing speaking opportunities to our members
  5. Creating Sales. With Latinos in the USA spending hundreds of millions for books a year, we need to see an increasing percentage of those purchases going to books by and about Latinos. ISLA will work to grow the market for these books.
  6. Distribution. Most importantly, we need to work together to increase distribution to libraries, bookstores, schools, and consumers. ISLA will spearhead work to help make this happen.
  7. United Voice. There is strength in numbers. If we are to grow our industry segments—books by or about Latinos, books in Spanish, bilingual children’s books, other books targeting Latinos–we MUST work together.

Latino Literacy Now

Latino Literacy Now, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded to promote literacy in the Latino community through reading, educational, finance, and community awareness.

Since 1997, when Edward James Olmos and Kirk Whisler co-founded Latino Literacy Now, hundreds of thousands of people have been impacted by our organization’s activities:

  • 60 Latino Book & Family Festivals have been held in 12 cities around the USA with a combined attendance of 900,000+.
  • 18 International Latino Book Awards have been held honoring 2,171 authors and publishers. Our partners include Las Comadres para las Americas and REFORMA.
  • The Latino Books into Movies Awards has seen winning books moving towards production or preproduction.
  • Latino Literacy Now’s various media outreach efforts influence thousands more.

ISLA Membership Opportunities

Author Membership: 2 Levels of Benefits

Lifetime membership in the society is open to published and unpublished Latino authors or any author writing about the Latino experience/issues. Especially welcome are our Award Winning Authors (AWA’s) from the Int’l Latino Book Awards. Each membership levels offers unique benefits.

 

Basic Author Lifetime Membership

A LIFETIME membership is $150. Benefits Include:

  • One free entry in the ILBA for every 2 paid ones in same year from the same author.
  • Listing in the ISLA Empowering Speakers Bureau.
  • Access to monthly ISLA webinar. We tape them for those that can’t always attend.
  • Video of author on ISLA website. (Video provided by author).

 

Gold Author Lifetime Membership
A LIFETIME membership is only $1,500. Gold Level Additional Benefits:

  • All the benefits offered to Basic Members.

Plus:

  • Deliver your press release to 625+ Latino publications with a combined circulation of 19 million in the USA. This is a $1,200 value per press release. Release must meet certain specs. Only 1x annually up to 3 releases. After the third release, a $550 fee is charged for each release distributed through ISLA.
  • One complementary ticket each year to the Int’l Latino Book Awards Ceremony.
  • Video of author on iTunes and website.
  • Author listed in every Latino Literacy Now newsletter & ISLA website.
 
 
 Publisher Membership:
2 Benefit Levels
 
All publishers who support Latino literacy—nationally or internationally —are invited to become members of ISLA. There are two membership levels open to you.

 

Basic Publisher Annual Membership

An annual fee of $500. Benefits Include:

  • One free entry in the ILBA for every 4 paid entries in same year for any books by the publisher.
  • One complementary ticket each year to the Int’l Latino Book Awards Ceremony
  • Listing for up to 3 authors in ISLA Empowering Speakers Bureau

 

Gold Publisher Annual Membership

An annual fee of $1,500. Additional Benefits:

  • All the benefits offered to Basic Members

Plus:

  • Deliver your press release to 625+ Latino publications with a combined circulation of 19 million in the USA. This is a $1,200 value per press release. Release must meet certain specs. One free release per year. Additional releases are $550 each.
  • Videos of up to five authors on ISLA website.
  • Publisher recognized in every Latino Literacy Now newsletter & on ISLA website.
 
 Service Provider Memberships

ISLA membership is also open to related Service Providers who support Latino literacy. Service providers who would benefit from membership include Agents, Book Designers, Book Marketing, Distributors, Editors, Illustrators, Photographers, Publicists, Publishing Consultants, Translators, Website Design, and Writing Coaches.

 

Service Providers Annual Membership

An annual fee of $500. Service Providers Benefits Include:

  • An ad in each issue of the ISLA newsletter
  • Opportunity to share information about your field of expertise during an ISLA webinar
  • One complementary ticket each year to the Int’l Latino Book Awards Ceremony
  • Listing for up to 3 speakers in the ISLA Empowering Speakers Bureau

ISLA Committees

You may serve on an ISLA Committee. Please email kirk@whisler.com your interest from the list below:

  • AWA Tour Committee
  • Distribution Committee
  • Latino Book & Family Festival Committee
  • Public Relations Committee
  • Video Committee

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What category of Membership do you want?

For Authors, Lifetime Membership (you only pay once)

____ Basic Author Membership $150

____ Gold Author Membership $1,500

For Publishers, Annual Fee

____ Basic Publisher Membership, $500

____ Gold Publisher Membership, $1,500

For Service Providers, Annual Fee

____ Service Provider Membership, $500

Save money on your ILBA entries

 

Latino Literacy Now

3445 Catalina Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92010

Kirk Whisler: kirk@whisler.com

760-434-1223

The Federal ID number for Latino Literacy Now, a 501c3 nonprofit, is 33-0868486.

 

Paying for your Membership

  • If paying with check, please make it payable to Latino Literacy Now and send it to the following address: 

Latino Literacy Now

Attn: ISLA Membership

3445 Catalina Dr., 

Carlsbad, CA 92010

  • If you provide a credit card along with your form, please notice that it will take up to 3 working days to be processed.
  • If paying online, please go to:
  • If paying Over the Phone, please notice that it might take up to 3 working days for our team to get back to you. 
  • Invoices will be sent out within 3 working days.
  • Purchase orders can be sent out to the same address listed above.

ISLA Membership Form