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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 …

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, 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, 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 …

Curt Matthews, Chicago Review Press/IPG, September 1996
Ingram Returns – Why Do They Happen? »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 1996 by Curt Matthews, Chicago Review Press In last month’s newsletter, I complained about the propensity of small presses to complain about irritating aspects of the book business that can not be changed. This time I want to take a hard look at what may well be the leading subject of such complaints: …

Curt Matthews, Chicago Review Press/IPG, August 1996
What Causes a Bestseller »

PUBLISHED AUGUST 1996 by Curt Matthews, Chairman, Board of Chicago Review; Independent Publishers Group Is there a secret to success in publishing? Or perhaps seven habits, or a thirty-day, or -minute, or -second plan that will insure success? I don’t think so. The truth is that absolutely no one in our business knows what makes …

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