Article Category - "Distribution"


Independent Articles
Darhiana Téllez, March 2016
Like Father, Like Son »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2016 by Darhiana Tellez, IBPA Independent managing editor Joe Matthews’s path to the CEO seat at Independent Publishers Group, following his father, Curt Matthews’s, retirement this past December, was not without its curve balls. “Successions are always very difficult. I think we did some things right and some things wrong,” Joe says. “I …

Linda Carlson, February 2016
Making Sense of MARC Records »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2016 by Linda Carlson, IBPA Independent staff reporter Here is a crash course on Machine-Readable Cataloging records—and why they matter What are MARC records? How important are they in making sales to libraries? How can they be acquired? These are the questions posed by IBPA member Tordis Isselhardt, publisher at Vermont-based Images from …

Mary Rowles, February 2016
How IPG Brings a New Publisher On Board »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2016 by Mary Rowles, Publisher Development Manager, Independent Publishers Group When it comes to deciding whether or not to bring on a publisher for distribution and leading its onboarding process, one must dig deep for clues that are not obvious. As the publisher development manager for Independent Publishers Group, I realize it’s critical …

Deb Vanasse, November 2015
Profiting from Reborn Books »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2015 by Deb Vanasse, IBPA Independent staff reporter While some publishers chase hot new titles and breakout authors, others are enjoying substantial success by acquiring and relaunching books that have gone out of print with other companies. Willing and able to take chances, these independent publishers take the long view, growing bestsellers over …

Darcy Pattison, August 2015
Publishing Children’s Books: What Two Years Have Taught Me »

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2015 by Darcy Pattinson, Writer My first children’s picture book, The River Dragon, was published in 1990 by HarperCollins, and I’ve been involved in the industry since then. But in the last 24 months, I’ve made the switch from traditional publishing to independent publishing. My company, Mims House, now has 20 titles, and …

Richard T. Williams, July 2015
The Evolution of Distribution »

PUBLISHED JULY 2015 by Richard T. Williams, Director, IPG For decades, “self-published” titles were considered second-rate and not worth bringing to the market because nobody exercised editorial control by vetting these titles. This is no longer an unequivocal fact—now the only real distinction to be made is whether or not someone other than the author …

Mike Shatzkin, June 2015
Amazon: Friend or Foe? A Simple Question with a Complicated Answer »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2015 by Mike Shatzkin, Founder & CEO, The Idea Logical Company When I was invited to join a discussion entitled “Amazon: Friend or Foe” in connection with this year’s London Book Fair, I thought first about three ways Amazon has profoundly changed our industry. Although just about every publisher has headaches dealing with …

Brooke Warner, March 2015
My Distribution Discoveries »

In 2012, I launched She Writes Press with a fairly simple idea in mind. I envisioned curating manuscripts and basing decisions about which books to publish solely on the merits of the writing. During my eight-year tenure as executive editor at Seal Press prior to that, I’d witnessed, and become tired of, publishers’ increasing emphasis …

Jeff Palicki, April 2015
Selling to the National Book Wholesalers »

PUBLISHED APRIL 2015 by Jeff Palicki, sales director, IPG “Why don’t the bookstores always just order from us?” That’s a question independent publishers often ask when they’re starting out. The answer, in brief, is that national wholesalers such as Ingram and Baker & Taylor stock almost every title, which means that a bookstore can order …

Janice Schnell Butler, February 2015
Making the Most of Your Content »

I’ve had the pleasure of being part of the Ingram Content Group publisher services team for eight years. During this time, I’ve educated publishers about the business models and the benefits of print on demand (POD), and I’ve consulted with content creators from various industries on how to make the most of their content. Whether …

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