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Edward Zellem, Julie Murkette, Richard E. Carmen, Edwin Fontanez, C.M. Mayo, AMZ Publications, April 2015
Routes Across Language Barriers, Part 2 »

From the Editor: Even before the age of e-, publishing for a niche audience was clearly the best strategy for independents. Now, with e-formats, e-tailers, and other e-distribution channels, it’s still recognized as the best, and it works even better. The only obvious area of disagreement seems to be pronunciation (with some favoring nitch and …

IBPA Members, June 2014
IBPA Roundtable: The Flip Side of Failure »

Since Publishers Said No — Submitted by Ruth Donald, Proud Horse Publishing, proudhorsepublishing@gmail.com. Like many other fiction writers who dream of having their novels published, I started out by going the traditional route. When I wrote my first Hunter Rayne Highway Mystery back in the mid-’90s, there were only three options: Query agents or publishers …

IBPA Members, February 2014
IBPA Roundtable: Revelations from Readers: Part 1 »

February 2014 Revelations from Readers “What good are readers?” is one of those questions that seem to demand a response, like “How much time do you have?” For sure, readers mean book sales and book sales mean money and money means being able to do more books and get them into the hands and minds …

Lawrence Knorr, Dave Biesel, Dinah Sanders, Mark Givens, Bernadette Soehner, Newt Barrett, Ruth Donald, Jay Nadeau, and Chris Cornell, November 2013
What POD Can Do: Part 3 »

What POD Can Do, Part 3 The reports from IBPA members that you’ll read here reflect, and to some extent document, one of the biggest and most important publishing revolutions ever. Like members’ contributions to the first two parts of this series, this collection shows that stubborn financial barriers to book production have crumbled to …

Lin Pardey, Shel Horowitz, Dawei Dong, Sheri McGuinn, Dick Margulis, Jim Pennypacker, Gordon Burgett, Linda Watson , October 2013
What POD Can Do: Part 2 »

What POD Can Do, Part 2 October 2013 “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean,” Humpty Dumpty told Alice in Wonderland. As you’ve probably noticed, we take pretty much the same position about “POD” here in our world. Sometimes, of course, we use it to mean what its …

Robert Rosenwald, Mary Shafer, Rod Colvin, Shannon Okey, Dan Poynter, Eugene G. Schwartz, Matt Conmy, Marcia Breece, Devorah Fox, Corinne Kantor, Susan Wittig Albert, Peter Goodman, Mary Nickum, September 2013
What POD Can Do: Part 1 »

What POD Can Do, Part 1 Print-on-demand technology is a major driver of success for independent publishers. That conclusion stems from reports by IBPA members which also show that both relatively large, long-established publishers and brand-new, one-book publishers profit by using POD. And they show that independent publishers pioneered with POD, just as they pioneered …

Shelley Case, Kirt Manecke, Jerry Craft, Rose Rosetree, June Greig, Doug Breeze, Perry Louis Fields, Tamara Veitch, Arlene Miller, Tanya J. Peterson, Michelle Waits, August 2013
Books In Action, Part 4 »

Books in Action, Part 4   How is that book doing? Ask the question of somebody in a large publishing house, and the answer you get is likely to feature numbers the house uses to keep score (that book sold so-and-so many copies; that book hasn’t earned out its $XX,XXX advance). But if you ask …

IBPA Members, January 2013
What Publishers’ Websites Can Do: Part 3 »

(SEE ALSO: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) INTRODUCTION: In this final installment of our series on Websites’ many uses, two leitmotifs seem especially clear—one that might be summed up as Set Smart Goals, and one that amounts to Link Lots of Ways. It’s useful, of course, to know what cool things you can make …

IBPA Members, December 2012
What Publishers’ Web Sites Can Do: Part 2 »

(SEE ALSO: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) INTRODUCTION: The wording varies, and sometimes the message is subtext, but essentially, in our IBPA Roundtable discussions, it’s always, “Here’s what I’ve discovered that could help you.” As the reports that follow demonstrate, IBPA members are extraordinarily generous about sharing the wealth of experience. This collection supplements …

IBPA Members, November 2012
What Publishers’ Websites Can Do: Part 1 »

(SEE ALSO: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) INTRODUCTION: Do IBPA members build Websites that accomplish everything a useful Website would accomplish? Quite possibly. And even if they don’t, they certainly come close in the aggregate, as you’ll see from the reports below and in issues to come. As you’ll also see, a leitmotif in …

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