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Independent Articles
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 …

Alexa Schlosser, November 2017
Executive Office: Christopher Robbins on  Publishing »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2017 Interview by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — An interview with the CEO of Familius and American West Books, Christopher Robbins Christopher Robbins is a self-proclaimed terrible cellist, pianist, and guitar player. But he’s also the founder and CEO of Familius, an independent book publishing company with a mission to …

Alvin Irby, August 2017
Barbershop Books »

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2017 by Alvin Irby, Founder and Chief Reading Inspirer, Barbershop Books – IBPA member Barbershop Books, a program that creates child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops, won the National Book Foundation’s 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize. America’s prevailing beliefs about early literacy development have inextricably linked the activity of reading to a seemingly inexhaustible …

Alexa Schlosser, June 2017
The National Book Foundation’s Lisa Lucas on Publishing »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 Interviewed by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent An interview with the new executive director of the National Book Foundation. Lisa Lucas’ road to executive director of the National Book Foundation may have been “higgledy-piggledy,” but, one year in, she is certain it’s a perfect fit. We caught up with Lucas to …

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