Article Category - "Editorial"

Independent Articles
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 And you’ll see books with …

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 …

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