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Curt Matthews, February 2017
Our Voices: A New Program for Indie Publishers »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2017 by Curt Matthews, Chairman, Board of Chicago Review; Independent Publishers Group The American Library Association has announced a new initiative, Our Voices, which is designed to boost the publication and circulation of books that explore the unique experiences of diverse groups in our society, including people of color, the LGBTQIA community, the …

Curt Matthews, January 2014
The Secret of Our Success: Chicago Review Press »

The publishing company that my wife, Linda, and I started 40 years ago recently had an anniversary party for itself, its authors, and for the Chicago media. In its first year, 1973, Chicago Review Press published two titles. Now we publish 60 to 65 titles per year, and in the 2013 calendar year we sold …

Chris Matthews, August 2013
Niches, Pseudoniches, and New Niches »

  Niches, Pseudoniches,                  and New Niches   August 2013 by Curt Matthews   To begin at the beginning, what exactly is a publishing niche? It is one of the “20 Habits of Successful Independent Publishers” (as mentioned in my article with that title, available via ibpa-online.org), and defining it negatively, even if that is not …

Curt Matthews, October 2012
20 Habits of Successful Independent Publishers »

  20 Habits of Successful Independent Publishers October 2012 by Curt Matthews   Over the years, my work at IPG has given me experience with more than 500 different indie publishing companies ranging in size from very small to quite large. Also, I have been an independent publisher, having founded Chicago Review Press, now a prosperous …

Curt Matthews & Mike Shatzkin, July 2011
E-book “Sales” and Splits »

In “Why You Can’t Actually Sell an E-book” (May), Mike Shatzkin argues that e-books are really licenses rather than physical objects, and should therefore be treated like the other license-like elements typically found in a publisher/author agreement—serial rights, book clubs, paperbacks (I assume Shatzkin means mass market paperbacks), and so forth. He certainly is right …

Curt Matthews, June 2006
Truth or Consequences »

Curt Matthews (photo right) is CEO of Independent Publishers Group and Chicago Review Press, Inc. Some years ago, a tourist wandering around a huge wine-storage facility in Bordeaux discovered a sign on a section of it that said “Good Enough for America.” When this discovery hit the news, American wine consumers were outraged, and the consequences for the French …

Curt Matthews, IPG/Chicago Review Press, February 1997
Publishers Weekly Meeting of Independent Press Distributors »

Last December, Publishers Weekly hosted at their New York office a meeting of the major independent press distributors. Many of us who have worked in this area were very pleased by this attention from PW, even if we felt it was a few years overdue. A cynic might suppose that the large number of ad …

Curt Matthews, IPG/Chicago Review Press, January 1997
Working with Authors »

In simpler times, authors wrote the books, publishers touched up the spelling and punctuation, designed a suitable package, and published them. Except for literary books, this pattern no longer describes what successful publishers actually do. Instead, an author’s manuscript is usually just a promising beginning for a shaping process that will result in a strong …

Curt Matthews, IPG/Chicago Review Press, January 1997
Sample Publicity Worksheet »

We have put together this basic information sheet to demystify the process of book publicity for our authors. It is designed to empower authors with some general knowledge of Chicago Review Press’s approach, to maximize your opportunities for working productively with our publicists, and to minimize misunderstandings and disappointment. Please remember that Chicago Review Press …

Curt Matthews, IPG/Chicago Review Press, December 1996
What’s In a Niche? »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 1996 by Curt Matthews, IPG/Chicago Review Press Of course we all know now that as independent publishers we should exploit niches and practice niche marketing of our books. But what exactly is a niche, and how can you tell a good niche from a bad one? A useful place to start is with a …

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