Article Category - "Future Think"


Independent Articles
Curt Matthews, February 2017
Our Voices: A New Program for Indie Publishers »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2017 by Curt Matthews, Chairman, Board of Chicago Review; Independent Publishers Group The American Library Association has announced a new initiative, Our Voices, which is designed to boost the publication and circulation of books that explore the unique experiences of diverse groups in our society, including people of color, the LGBTQIA community, the …

Keith Garton, February 2017
Engaging Our Children for a Better Future »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2017 by Keith Garton, Founder, Red Chair Press A child who doesn’t read—or isn’t read to—is a dark cloud over the future of published works. When I began my career in educational publishing over 30 years ago, teaching kids to read was thought to be a simple process: You taught children to sound …

Ebonye Gussine Wilkins, January 2017
Don’t Forget About the Reader »

PUBLISHED JANUARY 2017 by Ebonye Gussine Wilkins, Founder, August Rose Press Indie publishing is a pretty complex collaboration between many highly skilled professionals all working together to produce a beautiful, impactful written work. With all the editors, layout designers, cover professionals, marketing and public relations experts, printers and distributors, and legal advisors, publishing is a …

Alexa Schlosser, January 2017
Collaboration Through Crowdfunding »

PUBLISHED JANUARY 2017 by Alexa Schlosser, IBPA Independent managing editor Why did you decide to use a crowdfunding platform to publish your book? Why did you choose the particular platform you chose? Betsy Miller (BM): My friends and I self-funded Thinking Ink Press. I went out of pocket for the illustrations for The Parents’ Guide …

Adam Salomone, January 2017
Invest in Collaboration »

PUBLISHED JANUARY 2017 by Adam Salomone, Co-founder, The Food Loft For years, small publishers have struggled with ways to go “beyond the book.” In order to be successful in emerging digital environments, publishers have to find ways to emphasize their relevance as content gatekeepers, tastemakers, and trend trackers. What we found at Harvard Common Press …

Brian O'Leary, December 2016
Whatever Happened to Virtual Conferences? »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2016 by Brian O’Leary, Principal, Magellan Media Consulting Three to five years ago, the dawn of an era of “virtual conferences”—web-based learning experiences that emulated the traditional, in-person model—seemed ready for widespread adoption. MarketingProfs, a well-known marketing resource, pointed out that virtual conferences were much easier to set up, accessible from anywhere, readily …

John Ingram, November 2016
Making Transformation Happen … For All of Us »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2016 by John Ingram, Chairman, Ingram Content Group Editor’s Note: John Ingram, chairman of Ingram Content Group and the company he’s led over the past 20-plus years, was recently honored by Book Industry Study Group (BISG) with its award of excellence. Below is his acceptance speech, reprinted here with permission. “It’s an honor to …

Lynn Rosen, October 2016
Why Can’t We Be Friends? »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2016 by Lynn Rosen, IBPA Independent consulting editor I’ve enjoyed getting to know your vibrant indie publisher community in the past year while serving as the editor of this magazine. I admire your drive, your commitment, and your talent. In addition to being an editor, I co-own an independent bookstore, and it has …

Brooke Warner, October 2016
5 Lessons I’ve Learned from Growing My Press to More than 200 Titles in 4 Years »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2016 by Brooke Warner, President, Warner Coaching Inc. Most independent publishers today get on the path to publishing by bringing their own book into the world. Then, having written and been published, they become an author, but something else too: an expert. There’s a beauty and a burden that comes with this role …

Mary Rasenberger, July 2016
Is a Flat Royalty Rate in Our Future? »

The publishing industry is in a state of flux. We all know that. The digital revolution has upended the book business in under 10 years. But, truth be told, we’re just at the beginning of the changes we’re going to see in the way books are distributed. We need to admit that, and we need …

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