Article Category - "Spotlight"


Independent Articles
Angela Bole, March 2017
Good Mentors Are Hard to Find »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2017 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association This month, we pay tribute to Gene Schwartz, a past IBPA board member and treasurer (1990-1994), as well as a dear friend to many of us in the publishing industry. Gene passed away on Jan. 30, 2017. He was 90 years old. I first met …

Angela Bole, June 2016
Director’s Desk: Shining a Spotlight on Professionalism »

You’ll likely notice something special about this issue of IBPA Independent. In addition to the general content this magazine is prized for, throughout the next pages you’ll find a focus on awards with the goal of celebrating the different contests and winners raising our profile as a community of independent publishers. Award recognition can be …

Lynn Rosen, June 2016
Literary All-Stars »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2016 by Lynn Rosen, IBPA Independent contributing editor We all know that the sharing of information and stories across time and space creates a better world … but that doesn’t mean authors, illustrators, and publishers don’t also want to be recognized for hard work done well. Here are some of the biggest awards …

Darhiana Téllez, January 2016
Dan Poynter Tribute: Honoring an Indie Publishing Industry Icon »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2016 by Darhiana Tellez, IBPA Independent managing editor In November 2015, the IBPA office received the sad news that long-time friend and self-publishing guru Dan Poynter passed away. We will miss him. Dan was a founding member of IBPA (then known as Publishers Marketing Association), joining in 1983 and participating as an active …

Linda Carlson, May 2015
Spotlight: Making It into a Catalog and a Conference »

PUBLISHED MAY 2015 by Linda Carlson, IBPA Independent staff reporter The Grammie Guide: Activities and Answers for Grandparenting Today was recommended in the spring 2015 Bas Bleu catalog, which describes the book by Jan Eby, Laurie Mobilio, Lynne Noel, and Cindy Summers as “warm and friendly,” and concludes, “What a special—and practical!—gift for the modern …

Linda Carlson, February 2015
Spotlight: Member’s Achievements »

Speaking Up For Special Needs Publishing a book to launch a speaking career isn’t unusual. But the Dixon family of Finding Words Press may be unique because they created a book to get a teenager with brain damage on the lecture circuit. The company’s only title, A Stroke of Luck, came about because of bad …

Linda Carlson, January 2015
Spotlight: Member Achievements »

Fiction Succeeds With An Ass-Kicking Female Chaplain Jaime Richards is a US Armychaplain, but this heroine’s explosive situations—and occasional explosive language— have won her a following among Christians and atheists alike, and generated healthy sales for Arundel Publishing, a Warwick, NY, company founded in 2011 that does how-to nonfiction and YA novels as well as …

Linda Carlson, December 2014
Spotlight: Brooke Warner, She Writes Press »

New to the IBPA board this year, Brooke Warner is publisher of She Writes Press and president of Warner Coaching Inc., both based in Berkeley, CA. A native of San Juan Capistrano in southern California, Warner went east to George Washington University for her undergraduate degree and then returned west to San Francisco State University, …

Linda Carlson, December 2014
Spotlight: Member Achievements »

60 And Going Strong Founded by John Fries Blair at a time when he could have been planning his retirement, John F.Blair, Publisher, is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Lasting so long was hardly assured, as publicist Sally Johnson explains, “When Blair died peacefully at his legendary desk in 1986, lawyers advised the family to close …

Linda Carlson, November 2014
Spotlight: IBPA Member Achievements »

Reaching Readers for Reading Rainbow Independent Publishers Group is distributing LeVar Burton’s first children’s book, The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm. Created by Burton, longtime host of the children’s program “Reading Rainbow,” with Susan Schaefer Bernardo and illustrator Courtenay Fletcher, the title is being published by Reading Rainbow, a brand now owned by Burton and …

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