Article Category - "Business Management"


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Angela Bole, February 2017
Welcome to the Operations & HR Issue! »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2017 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association I know, I know. Most of you didn’t enter the business of publishing because of a love for operations. You entered this business to share ideas, to reach people with the written word—perhaps to change the world. Mastering metadata and managing contractors wasn’t tops …

Carolyn Pittis, February 2017
Mobilizing Your Organization to Modernize Your Supply Chain »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2017 by Carolyn Pittis, Managing Director, Welman Digital LLC Publishers may falsely assume that there’s no more opportunity for improvement in print supply chain optimization. Yet technologies to do so are available to all, large and small. Do you want to grow sales and reduce your costs globally? When was the last time …

Paul Dixon, February 2017
Where Are the Ethnically Diverse Lead Characters in Children’s Books? »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2017 by Paul Dixon, Co-founder, Matter of Africa America Time Corp. As each day goes by, the elementary-age youth in the US become more ethnically diverse. Approximately 50 percent of the children under the age of 10 are non-white. One of the challenges in the children’s book market is there are very few …

Charlotte Jensen, February 2017
Your Employees: To Exempt or Not to Exempt? »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2017 by Charlotte Jensen, Vice President – HR compliance, Affinity HR Group You’ve just hired an entry-level employee and, to avoid the hassle of tracking hours and paying overtime, you’ve decided to put your new hire on salary. Well, guess what? You may have violated the law. While we often use the terms …

Deb Vanasse, February 2017
Organizational Value »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2017 by Deb Vanasse, Staff Reporter, IBPA Independent If you’re aiming to start a business, publishing has great appeal. With a manuscript and access to print-on-demand and e-publishing technologies, you have a product and, in theory, access to a large market. Capital investments are minimal, and there’s the tantalizing prospect of a breakout book …

Fauzia Burke, January 2017
Banding Together for Success »

PUBLISHED JANUARY 2017 by Fauzia Burke, Founder & President, FSB Associates Just over two years ago, I made the decision to jump to the other side of the publishing table. For the last 20-plus years, I have been helping authors and publishers get their books noticed—first, working in the marketing and publicity departments at Wiley …

Robert Bahou, January 2017
10 Tips for Self-Publishing Through Kickstarter »

PUBLISHED JANUARY 2017 by Robert Bahou, photographer 1. Fully funded is not the same as successful. Success in Kickstarter is not measured by if you are fully funded, for that is only part of the process. In order to host a truly successful campaign, you need to fulfill each of the following. Your campaign is …

Lynn Rosen, November 2016
Lost in Translation »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2016 Q: I’ve always questioned how to get a book translated from English into a foreign language and how to distribute that translated book into the appropriate countries. I have a book I’d love to have translated into Spanish and distributed in Mexico but have no idea how to go about doing that. …

Deb Vanasse, November 2016
Meeting Mashup »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2016 by Deb Vanasse, IBPA Independent staff reporter IBPA INDEPENDENT staff reporter Deb Vanasse reached out to the IBPA membership to hear their thoughts on conventions and meetings. We received many great responses, some of which can be found here. Thank you to everyone who responded to our query. “It’s important that I …

Victoria Sutherland, November 2016
Navigating the Chinese Publishing Market »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2016 by Victoria Sutherland, Publisher, Foreword Reviews An overwhelming amount of information has flooded the ether about business opportunities in China—so much so that the noise seems to drown out the usable chunks of information that are transactional. In fact, the cacophony tends to propel even the most enthusiastic publishers into a corner …

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