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Angela Bole, July 2017
Director’s Desk: Advocating Fairness with IBPA’s Industry Standards Checklist for a Professionally Published Book »

PUBLISHED JULY 2017 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association IBPA has been championing independent publishers big and small, self and otherwise, since 1983. That’s over 30 years of advocating for indie voices in the traditional publishing industry. Over this time, we’ve seen a thing or two. Recent changes in the publishing industry have …

Stella Otto, July 2017
Redesigning with the Times: The Backyard Orchardist »

PUBLISHED JULY 2017 by Stella Otto, Author/Publisher, The Backyard Orchardist A previous IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ winner receives another medal for the redesign of her original book. If you’ve ever seen home renovation shows like “Flip This House,” you know that even if the property was once beautiful and structurally sound, time often renders it …

Steve Gillen & Sean Owens, July 2017
There’s Something New You Need to Know About Copyright Safe Harbor »

PUBLISHED JULY 2017 by Steve Gillen & Sean Owens, Wood Herron & Evans If you operate a website where you allow either contributors or site visitors to post content or comments, there is something you need to know: As the website operator, you may be liable for any third-party claims that are triggered by what …

Joel Friedlander, July 2017
Top 10 Fonts for Book Covers and Interior Design »

PUBLISHED JULY 2017 by Joel Friedlander, Book Designer, Blogger, and Writer You’ve decided to create your own book covers and interiors design—do you know what font you plan to use? This should be one of the first, and most basic, questions you need to ask yourself before digging into other design elements. Whether you are …

Peter Goodman, July 2017
Indie Books for Indie Bookshops »

PUBLISHED JULY 2017 by Peter Goodman, Publisher, Stone Bridge Press I read recently in Business Insider that Amazon’s strategy for making its brick-and-mortar stores successful hinged on three factors: exploiting big data to tailor the store’s offerings to its local demographic; reducing inventory to only a few thousand titles of proven sales potential; and adding …

Deb Vanasse, July 2017
How to Work with a Book Designer »

PUBLISHED JULY 2017 By Deb Vanasse, Staff Reporter, IBPA Independent To achieve designs that help books get noticed in a crowded marketplace, publishers need to choose a designer well-suited to their project and foster an environment of open communication and collaboration. Everyone knows the cliché about not judging books by their covers. But, in fact, …

Melinda Clayton, July 2017
Beware of Publishing Scams »

PUBLISHED JULY 2017 by Melinda Clayton, Author, The Cedar Hollow Series Not all services are as promising as they seem. Make sure you do your research. Always dig deeper. I’m an author, but I’m also a very small publisher (“boutique,” as one of my authors likes to say). My publishing company is a proud member …

Julia Schopick, July 2017
Using National Months, Weeks, and Days to Promote Your Book »

PUBLISHED JULY 2017 by Julia Schopick, Author, Honest Medicine Almost everyone knows that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. That’s because organizations like the Susan G. Komen and Avon foundations, the American Cancer Society, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation successfully utilize this national month to gain media attention. Pink ribbons abound, and thousands …

Jim Azevedo, July 2017
E-Book Formatting with Microsoft Word »

PUBLISHED JULY 2017 by Jim Azevedo, Marketing Director, Smashwords Learn how to leverage the power of paragraph styling and enhanced navigation to make your next e-book more accessible, enjoyable, and desirable to readers. In this article, you will learn how to professionally format and design a reflowable e-book using Microsoft Word. You will learn the …

Angela Bole, June 2017
Director’s Desk: Reactions to Amazon’s Policy Change »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association Last month, IBPA published an open letter about the March 1 Amazon policy change that makes it possible for third-party sellers to compete for the Buy Box for books. As this issue is ongoing, I wanted to take some time in this month’s Director’s Desk …

Robin Barlett and Sharon Castlen, June 2017
Checklist for Selling to Schools »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 by Robin Bartlett, SpringerNature Publishers & Sharon Castlen, Integrated Book Marketing The second part of a three-part series on how to sell to libraries and schools. In the first installment of this series, we offered 10 tips for selling to libraries and schools. In this article, we’ll focus on author visits for …

Alexa Schlosser, June 2017
Finding Real Creativity with Artificial Intelligence »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent AUTHORS.me is a technology platform that uses data from bestselling books to evaluate content and connect writers with publishers. If you’re like me, when you hear the phrase “intelligent machine learning,” you feel the opposite of intelligent. Maybe you picture a robot, but then you …

Brooke Warner, June 2017
Judge a Book on Its Merit, Not Its Publishing Model »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 By Brooke Warner, Publisher, She Writes Press & SparkPress You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in the publishing industry who disagrees with the sentiment that a book should be judged on its merit. And yet, the industry promotes an environment in which books are instead judged on how they get published. Authors …

Maggie Anton, June 2017
2 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™, 11 Years Apart »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 by Maggie Anton, Talmud Scholar and Writer A self-published author examines how the world of publishing has changed in the past decade. It was spring 2004 when I was finally forced to admit that my literary agent was unlikely to find a buyer for my historical novel, Rashi’s Daughters, in time for …

Ebonye Gussine Wilkins, June 2017
Success Is in the Details »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 by Ebonye Gussine Wilkins, Founder, August Rose Press Paying rapt attention to readability, the inside cover details, and overall branding will bring you closer to snagging a big win for your book. In early April, IBPA ushered in a new cohort of award-winning indie books via the annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ …

Karla Olson, June 2017
Even a Small Publisher Can Print Sustainably »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 by Karla Olson, Director, Patagonia Books As a small publisher, you have to depend on many in the industry for expertise and best practices on the myriad aspects of the publishing process. This can lead to a cacophony of opinions and advice at every stage, from good writing and professional editing to …

Alexa Schlosser, June 2017
The National Book Foundation’s Lisa Lucas on Publishing »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 Interviewed by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent An interview with the new executive director of the National Book Foundation. Lisa Lucas’ road to executive director of the National Book Foundation may have been “higgledy-piggledy,” but, one year in, she is certain it’s a perfect fit. We caught up with Lucas to …

Rosemary Laryea, June 2017
A New Chapter in African Writing »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 By Rosemary Laryea, Producer, “Culture Vultures” Newly emerging African publishing companies are at last winning international recognition for their inspirational literature. There is a significant and fast-growing appetite for African-inspired stories as reflected by nominations for major literary prizes such as the Not The Booker Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize, and …

Alexa Schlosser, June 2017
The Cream of the Crop »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 Compiled by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent A handful of 2017 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ winners discus what makes submitting to awards worthwhile and offer tips for those looking to medal. Jennifer Scroggins, Vice President, KiCam Projects Title: Beautiful Scars Authors: Lori Highlander and Kilee Brookbank Category: Inspirational >> Do you …

Deb Vanasse, June 2017
Book Awards: A Not-So-Trivial Pursuit »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent Navigating the world of awards in book publishing is no easy feat. How can you make the most of your submissions and stand out from the crowd? “Greatness is difficult to measure,” novelist Aharon Appelfeld said. Yet there’s much to be said for the attempt to …

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