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Zack Lieberman, January/February 2019
Developing Cross-Platform Products »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 by Zack Lieberman, Producer & Publisher, EXIT STRATEGY, SILENT PARTNERS — Emerging realities of the modern marketplace. IBPA Independent magazine is focused on the business and craft of independent publishing, but I’m here to be the heretic and get your gears turning about anything but books. Your books, your ideas, your stories—your …

Deb Vanasse, January/February 2019
Ahead of the Curve »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Publishers need to stay agile, building into their planning ways to maneuver around potential threats while also steering their companies toward new opportunities and growth. In an industry where change is the only constant, publishers need to stay ahead of the curve. But faced …

Angela D. Coleman, January/February 2019
The Future Is Female »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 by Angela D. Coleman, Founder & President of Sisterhood Agenda — Authors and publishers need to understand the changing social climate in order to produce content that women and girls want and need. Women and girls are rising around the globe. After decades of women empowerment activities, the plight of women and …

Angela Bole, November/December 2018
Director’s Desk: A Year to Be Thankful For »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association — CEO Angela Bole reflects on some of IBPA’s accomplishments in 2018. Like many of you, I find the end of each year to be a great time for reflecting on accomplishments and planning for the year ahead. With that in mind, below are …

Laurence O'Bryan, November/December 2018
Collaborative Digital Marketing: A Potential Solution to Soul-Sucking Promotion »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 by Laurence O’Bryan, Author & Founder of BooksGoSocial — A new marketing approach authors can adopt to increase their own books sales as well as other indie titles. One of the many challenges facing writers in our new age of broken barriers and floods of books is how far we all go …

Robert Broder, November/December 2018
How I Stumbled Into Art Directing »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 by Robert Broder, Editor & Founder, Ripple Grove Press — Founder of Ripple Grove Press shows you how to collaborate with illustrators to design a great book. We started Ripple Grove Press because we wanted to publish books that children and parents could read over and over. We loved the timeless feel …

Ebonye Gussine Wilkins , November/December 2018
What Technology Can and Can’t Do for the Editing Process »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 by Ebonye Gussine Wilkins, Founder, August Rose Press — Make sure to know all the benefits and disadvantages that technology can offer for the editing process before committing to any software. Editing is impossible to get around as a publishing professional. Whether you’re a writer or a publisher, getting a book to …

Anthony Pomes, November/December 2018
Citizen Square »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 by Anthony Pomes, Vice President of Marketing/Rights/PR, Square One Publishers — Square One Publishers President Rudy Shur successfully built a strong independent publishing company through buying other small independents and bringing on new authors. Square One Publishers finds itself at an interesting moment in its 18-year history. Following the acquisition this past …

Matt Baehr, November/December 2018
Innovations in Publishing Technology and Book Manufacturing »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 by Matt Baehr, Executive Director, Book Manufacturers’ Institute — As the executive director of the Book Manufacturers’ Institute, I have seen some noteworthy ideas take hold, from experimentation on the production line, breakthroughs in inkjet printing hardware, and data analysis. What’s new, and what’s next? It was 2007 when Amazon started selling …

Maria Dismondy, November/December 2018
3 Simple Ways to Fast Track Sales With Technology »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 by Maria Dismondy, Founder, Cardinal Rule Press — Founder of Cardinal Rule Press gives you the insider tips on using technology to increase book sales. Being a publisher in 2018 means moving, shaking, and staying current on industry trends. It also means being discerning. The latest tech trend could have all the …

Seth Dellon, November/December 2018
The Value of Book Reviews »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 by Seth Dellon, Director of Strategic Development, Publishers Weekly — How a quality book review can enhance your book’s marketing technique. The term “independent publishing” has seen as much evolution as the actual industry that spawned it. What once included books by non-corporate-but-otherwise-traditional publishers that accounted for a small number of books …

Michial Miller and Brianna O'Driscoll, November/December 2018
NPD BookScan Launches New System »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 by Michial Miller, Account Manager, NPD Book and Brianna O’Driscoll, Senior Account Executive, NPD Book — BookScan introduces new features to elevate the book industry’s data service. To check out BookScan discounts available to IBPA Members, click here. In January 2017, NPD Group purchased Nielsen BookScan, and since, we’ve been going through …

John Parsons, November/December 2018
Is Augmented Print Right for Books? »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 by John Parsons, Writer/Consultant at IntuIdeas — AP connections are getting easier, but book publishers need to ask questions before adopting it. Book publishers, authors, and their readers live in a world where print is only one of many, many ways we communicate with other humans. Since the invention of the telegraph …

Deb Vanasse, November/December 2018
Blockchain: What Publishers Need to Know »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Blockchain technology is new, and many are predicting that it will bring genuine disruption to the publishing industry in the coming years. Proponents liken the emergence of blockchain to the advent of the public internet, creating a new paradigm for doing business. No longer …

Angela Bole, September/October 2018
A Look into IBPA Board Discussions »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association — CEO Angela Bole provides insight into the most recent meeting agenda for the IBPA Board of Directors. Every year, I like to provide IBPA members with a clear look at an IBPA Board of Directors meeting agenda. IBPA’s Board of Directors is a …

Lee Foster, September/October 2018
Late Justice »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 by Lee Foster, Author, An Author’s Perspective on Independent Publishing — After almost 20 years, a writer receives compensation for copyright infringement. A check for $2,935.66 appeared in my mailbox on April 30, 2018. The check was for a little late justice, about 20 years after the offense. Checks of varying amounts …

Julia Schopick, September/October 2018
Steps for Success With a High-Stakes Interview »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 by Julia Schopick, Author and Book Promotion Consultant — Here, author and book promotion consultant Julia Schopick shows you how to prepare so you don’t bomb your big-time media moment. In previous columns for IBPA Independent, I’ve written about how radio interviews are an especially effective way to sell nonfiction books with …

Shannon Okey, September/October 2018
Distribution Is About Finding Your Tribe »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 by Shannon Okey, Founder, Cooperative Press — In this article, the founder of Cooperative Press shows you how to get your book in front of the right people. Distribution has probably been the most frequently mentioned problem raised by members during my last four years on the IBPA Board of Directors. Finding …

Antonio Simon Jr., September/October 2018
5 Reasons to Read Indie »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 by Antonio Simon Jr., Entrepreneur & Attorney — Discover the benefits of reading and supporting indie books. Now, more than ever, indie authors are delivering fresh and innovative books into the hands of eager readers. These topics make for great discussion on why independently published books are unique, important, and valuable. 1. …

Deb Vanasse, September/October 2018
Ready for Distribution? »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — For many indie publishers, full-service distribution is attractive. But to benefit from it, you need a growing platform, a commitment to marketing, and sufficient cash flow. “If only we had better distribution.” Among new and emerging publishers, it’s a common lament. Without full-service distribution, …

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