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Alvin Irby, August 2017
Barbershop Books »

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2017 by Alvin Irby, Founder and Chief Reading Inspirer, Barbershop Books – IBPA member Barbershop Books, a program that creates child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops, won the National Book Foundation’s 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize. America’s prevailing beliefs about early literacy development have inextricably linked the activity of reading to a seemingly inexhaustible …

Juli Saitz & Steve Gillen, May 2016
A Crash Course on Royalty Audits »

PUBLISHED MAY 2016 by Juli Saitz & Steve Gillen In the typical transaction between a book author and a publisher, the author grants to the publisher certain exclusive rights in a manuscript and, in exchange, gets from the publisher a right to receive a portion of the publisher’s proceeds from commercial exploitation of the rights …

Katherine Pickett , April 2016
When an Editor Is More Than an Editor »

PUBLISHED APRIL 2016 by Katherine Pickett, Owner, POP Editorial Services What do you get when you cross the editorial skills of a developmental editor with the keen sense of a marketer? An acquisitions editor, of course. Understanding the market is a crucial part of the acquisitions editor’s job. With few exceptions, the marketability of a …

Katherine Pickett, March 2016
How to Spot —and Keep— a Sharp-Eyed Freelance Editor »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2016 by Katherine Pickett, Owner, POP Editorial Services To produce a quality book, publishers of all sizes rely on the help of high-quality editorial freelancers. The types of editorial freelancers a company employs depend on the needs of the publisher, and can range from copy editors and proofreaders only to acquisitions editors, copywriters, …

Lynn Rosen, February 2016
The ABCs of Acquisitions »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2016 by Lynn Rosen, IBPA Independent contributing editor In this issue of IBPA’s Roundtable, contributing editor, Lynn Rosen, asks a group of professional responsible for bringing in new content about acquisition trends and other things of interest. Deborah Balmuth, Publisher, Storey Publishing Area of Acquisitions: Practical nonfiction, with a focus on how-to topics, …

Joseph J. Esposito, November 2015
The Future of Narrative »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2015 by Joseph J. Esposito, President, Processed Media Have you seen “Why You Need an App to Understand My Novel,” the fascinating column in the Guardian by the novelist Iain Pears? Readers familiar with Pears’s earlier work (An Instance of the Fingerpost, Scipio’s Dream, and also the Jonathan Argyll art history mysteries) have …

Scott Lorenz , October 2015
Why to Choose an Idiom for Your Title »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2015 by Scott Lorenz, President, Westwind Communications Using an idiom as a book title not only makes the book stand out more; it also makes the book easier to remember. We hear expressions with figurative meanings that differ from their literal meanings in everyday life—“Don’t cry over spilt milk,” for example, or “It …

Various, August 2015
Success by Meaningful Measures, Part 2 »

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2015 by Thierry Bogliolo Ask for success stories and you won’t be surprised to get responses featuring sales figures. Of course most independent publishers are interested in racking up sales for the books they release, since both influence and wherewithal increase as sales rise. And of course that means publishers often focus on …

Joel Friedlander, July 2015
E-Book Update Nitty-Gritty »

PUBLISHED JULY 2015 by Joel Friedlander, Book Designer Do you issue updates on your e-books—making minor corrections, additions, or deletions in the version already published, and then uploading the updated file so that anyone who purchased the book can get the new version free? There are a lot of good reasons to consider updating an …

IBPA Members, July 2015
Success by Meaningful Measures »

PUBLISHED JULY 2015 Plenty of big numbers pop up when you ask independent publishers about their most successful titles. Sales figures in the millions and the hundreds of thousands appeared in our 2011 four-part series on bestselling books, for example (to read about them, search via Independent magazine at ibpa-online.org). And you’ll see books with …

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