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Angela D. Coleman, January/February 2019
The Future Is Female »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 by Angela D. Coleman, Founder & President of Sisterhood Agenda — Authors and publishers need to understand the changing social climate in order to produce content that women and girls want and need. Women and girls are rising around the globe. After decades of women empowerment activities, the plight of women and …

Alexa Schlosser
Opportunity Knocks: Cottage Door Press Shares Success Secrets »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 interview by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — Two-time fastest-growing independent publisher Cottage Door Press is only four years old—what’s its secret to success? While only a little over four years old, children’s book publisher Cottage Door Press has found incredible success in the industry, and Publishers Weekly named it …

Antonio Simon Jr., September/October 2018
5 Reasons to Read Indie »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 by Antonio Simon Jr., Entrepreneur & Attorney — Discover the benefits of reading and supporting indie books. Now, more than ever, indie authors are delivering fresh and innovative books into the hands of eager readers. These topics make for great discussion on why independently published books are unique, important, and valuable. 1. …

Kristin Fields, July/August 2018
Imbrifex Books Forges a Path in Independent Publishing »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2018 by Kristin Fields, Associate Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — The world of independent book publishing is new to Imbrifex Books, but they’re quickly rising to the top. Imbrifex Books is relatively new to the independent book publishing space. In fact, it was just last year, in 2017, that their first books were published. …

Alexa Schlosser, July/August 2018
Winning Through the Years »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2018 by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — Author publisher/photographer Mark Kelley has been entering the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ since the 1990s—and taking home wins. Mark Kelley is a self-described “photojournalist first and publisher second,” but really, he does both well, and has been doing so since the early ’80s. …

Deb Vanasse, July/August 2018
Getting There: Why Indie Publishers are Well-Positioned to Satisfy the Need for Diverse Voices »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2018 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Are independent publishers making strides toward engaging more diverse audiences? IBPA asked a sample of IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™-winning authors and publishers to weigh in on diversity and inclusion in the publishing industry. Here’s what they had to say. Goodreads, Kirkus Reviews, and The …

Alexa Schlosser, July/August 2018
The Year of Publishing Women »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2018 interview by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — Oregon-based indie Not a Pipe Publishing accepted the challenge brought on by UK author Kamila Shamsie to only publish titles by women in 2018. In 2015, author Kamila Shamsie called for a “Year of Publishing Women” as a way to counter and …

Michael A. Ferro , March/April 2018
Independent’s Day: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Indie Publishers »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2018 by Michael A. Ferro, Author, TITLE 13 — A debut literary fiction author assesses his options and decides to publish with an independent publisher “The easiest thing to do in this world is getting your novel published,” said no one ever. (OK, well, perhaps John Grisham says it when he’s sharing tapas …

David Crumm, March/April 2018
Summoning Our Allies & Angels »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2018 by David Crumm, Journalist, ReadTheSpirit.com — Front Edge Publishing integrates highly engaged partners—Allies and Angels—into the promotion of their books. Any publisher would be pleased to learn that an upcoming book had sold nearly 2,000 advance copies even before the title was publicly released to Amazon and other sellers. Recently, we saw …

Alexa Schlosser, January/February 2018
The Power of Self-Publishing »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — David Emerald Womeldorff and Donna Zajonc are the power couple behind the bestselling self-published book The Power of TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic), which hit 100,000 copies in print late last year. But success didn’t happen overnight. In September 2005, guests at David Emerald …

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