Article Category - "Future Think"


Independent Articles
Deb Vanasse, May 2017
The Rise of the Audiobook »

PUBLISHED MAY 2017 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent When it comes to growth and opportunity, audio is the new digital. Results from the most recent Audio Publishers Association (APA) annual sales survey show a fourfold increase in the number of audiobooks published between 2011 and 2015, as well as a whopping 24 percent increase …

Margaret Harrison, May 2017
Metadata Decoded »

PUBLISHED MAY 2017 by Margaret Harrison, Director of Product Metadata, Ingram Content Group When people come to talk to me about metadata, a lot of times they’ll ask me about XML or industry standards. Don’t get me wrong; I love taxonomy as much as the next geek. But if that’s what metadata is to you, you’re …

L.M Browning, May 2017
Entrepreneurial Bravery »

PUBLISHED MAY 2017 by LM Browning, Founder, Homebound Publications At the age of 27, I was offered every writer’s dream: a book deal. And not just one book, but five. I enthusiastically signed and went from scribbler to author only to be quickly disillusioned by the entire process. The manuscript I had worked on for …

Tom Chalmers, April 2017
Think Tank: Are You a Writer or an Entrepreneur? »

PUBLISHED APRIL 2017 by Tom Chalmers, Managing Director, Legend Times The growth of self-publishing over the last decade has been one of the most positive developments in the book industry. Enabled by the digital revolution, it has created more options for writers than ever before. Self-publishing has also given traditional publishers a needed kick to …

Mark Wesley, April 2017
Envision the Future of Your Company »

PUBLISHED APRIL 2017 by Mark Wesley, publisher, business development coach, and marketing strategist IBPA Board Member’s Memo What was your dream when you started your publishing company? Is your dream still alive, or are you stuck in the day-to-day, tactical work of running a business? Have you been so busy doing the work that you …

Jane Friedhoff, March 2017
Permeable Publishing »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2017 by Jane Friedhoff, Creative Researcher, The Office for Creative Research Typically, when we think about reader/writer interaction, we tend to think only of free-text comments. Whether that’s a hosted comments section below an article, some tweets exchanged between author and reader, or a back-and-forth on a Reddit AMA, two assumptions consistently appear: any …

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 …

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