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Angela Bole, September 2017
Director’s Desk: Staying Inspired »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2017 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association – As you read through this issue of IBPA Independent, I invite you to consider what you do each year to inspire and motivate yourself to innovate and move forward in your chosen profession of publishing. In other words, what are you doing to …

Angela Bole, February 2017
Director’s Desk: 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 …

Angela Bole, March 2016
Director’s Desk: A Clear Vision »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2016 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Pulishers Association Thirty years ago, a group of 15 Southern California independent publishers who couldn’t afford to attend the American Booksellers Association’s annual conference decided to pool funds and send a single representative to the show. As many of you know, this trip was a triggering …

Angela Bole, July 2015
Director’s Desk: A Progress Report with Questions for the Future »

PUBLISHED JULY 2015 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association This month marks the beginning of my third year as IBPA’s executive director. I know it’s cliché, but it’s absolutely astonishing to me how quickly time flies. It’s true what Ferris Bueller said: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around …

Angela Bole, May 2015
Director’s Desk: Guided by Why »

PUBLISHED MAY 2015 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association I’ve been thinking about how we make decisions. Do you take a chance on a new business partner? Do you move across country for a new job? If you’ve only been self-publishing, is now the time to start taking on books by others? If …

Angela Bole, March 2015
Director’s Desk: Harvested Wisdom from Indie Events »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2015 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association Earlier this year, I participated in a panel on indie publishing at the Los Angeles Public Library. It was part of Indie Author Day, which was sponsored by IBPA and SELF-e, a collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard. The SELF-e program is a new …

Angela Bole, July 2014
Director’s Desk: Playing Big »

I’ve been thinking a lot about comfort zones lately. When I began as IBPA’s executive director nearly a year ago, I was living in New York City near friends and neighbors I’d known for over a decade. I walked really fast and had a $15 a day Starbucks habit. Maybe I walked really fast because …

Angela Bole, November 2013
Director’s Desk: Profiling the Successful Publisher »

Director’s Desk         Profiling the Successful Publisher November 2013 by Angela Bole, Executive Director When I’m asked to describe the independent publishers and self-published authors who choose to join IBPA, I say they’re the kind who understand that publishing is a business and, knowing this, join IBPA to become better business people. …

Angela Bole, October 2013
Director’s Desk: Six Picks for Inspiration and Information about Publishing »

Last week, I received the following email from an IBPA member: “I’ve been a member with IBPA since 2009–2010, and I would like to know if there is any book you can suggest regarding ‘the business of book publishing/industry.’” It’s a great question! It got me thinking about all the books I’ve picked up over …

Angela Bole, August 2013
Director’s Desk: Connecting »

  Director’s Desk Connecting August 2013 by Angela Bole   We all find ourselves in the business of publishing for various reasons. For my part, I’ve always known I would work with books, or—more fundamentally—with stories. In college I read Audre Lorde for the first time. She said, “I am a black feminist lesbian poet, …

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