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Edward Zellem, Julie Murkette, Richard E. Carmen, Edwin Fontanez, C.M. Mayo, AMZ Publications, April 2015
Routes Across Language Barriers, Part 2 »

From the Editor: Even before the age of e-, publishing for a niche audience was clearly the best strategy for independents. Now, with e-formats, e-tailers, and other e-distribution channels, it’s still recognized as the best, and it works even better. The only obvious area of disagreement seems to be pronunciation (with some favoring nitch and …

Pat Alvarado, Linda Kandelin Chambers, Lucy H. Chambers, Devorah Fox, Wanda Obermeier, Benjamin Quinn, Howard Straus, March 2015
Routes Across Language Barriers, Part 1 »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2015 by Pat Alvarado, Linda Kandelin Chambers, Lucy H. Chambers, Devorah Fox, Wanda Obermeier, Benjamin Quinn, Howard Straus What All Children Deserve Star Bright Books was established in New York City’s Harlem in 1994. After working as an editor in several US and UK publishing houses, Deborah Shine (with the enthusiastic support of …

Belinda Pollard, March 2015
Finding Beta Readers »

Every time I post about beta readers and how wonderful and essential they are, I get more requests for information on how to find some. Those nonprofessionals who read written work (generally fiction and generally prepublication) and suggest ways to improve it are clearly in demand, but the best betas can be hard to identify. …

Deb Vanasse, February 2015
Joining Forces: The Why and How of Author Collectives »

One problem for authors who publish independently is that each ends up reinventing the proverbial wheel. Convinced that like-minded authors could reach readers better by sharing resources and a quality brand, I formed the author collective Running Fox Books in 2013. Similar reasons have led other writers to form collectives. “The main advantage of a …

Linda Carlson, January 2015
A Handbook Born on a Boat: The Tell-A-Gram Publishing Tale »

Galapagos to Grammie Guide: That’s the trajectory of the 232-page handbook on grandparenting that four San Jose-area women have written and published. Their company, Tell-A-Gram Publishing, started because of Richard Mobilio, an adventure travel buff who wanted to visit Ecuador. He and his wife, Laurie, put together a group of about a dozen couples in …

Deb Vannase, November 2014
The Anthology Advantage »

Why publish an anthology? At Running Fox Books, an Alaska-based press and authors’ cooperative, the answer was simple: We believed it would help sell our other books. With the anthology we titled simply Alaska Sampler 2014, our idea was to make it easy for readers to discover the real Alaska, minus the hype and minus …

Maggie Anton, Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva, David D. Horowitz, Randi Redmond Oster, Robert Rosenwald, Michael Sedge and Elizabeth Turnbull, October 2014
I Did It and I’m Glad: Publishing Decisions That Turned Out Well, Part 1 »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2014 SEE ALSO: Part 2, Part 3 Common Cause at Conventions During a convention for small publishers that I attended in Europe last year, someone said, “We sell more books at local festivals and city fairs than we ever do at autograph sessions in branches of major book chains.” Four months later, I …

David K. Ream , August 2014
The Case for E-book Indexes »

For centuries, printed books have included indexes to give readers easy access to particular aspects of their contents. But since the beginning of the digital age, many content providers have considered indexes extraneous, even though indexes offer users a higher degree of success than search functions in finding information; at least one study has shown …

Peter Goodman, June 2014
The Museum of Publishing Past: Examining the Hand Tools of Not-So-Long-Ago »

As a book editor of a certain age, I have license to grouse about the decline of civilization. Many things are worse today than they were when I commuted to work on the wings of a pterodactyl. Yes, electric trains are faster than dinosaurs, and word processors, email, digital scans, and computer-to-plate printing technology have …

Linda Carlson, May 2014
Thirty-Five Years of Serving a Targeted Market: DawnSign’s Success Story »

Linda Carlson writes for IBPA’s Independent magazine from Seattle. She can be reached at linda@ibpa-online.org. Like the people who left home to build America, the 22 employees at DawnSignPress think of themselves as pioneers, always seeking new ways to deliver content. Appropriately, their informal motto is “Think big, start small.” Founder Joe Dannis attributes that …

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