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Rob Price, October 2017
Board Member’s Memo: 7 Tips for the Emerging Author-Publisher »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2017 by Rob Price, President, Gatekeeper Press & IBPA Board Chair – There has never been a better time to be an author. For decades (centuries, actually), all-powerful gatekeepers ruled the landscape, determining whose books would be seen by the masses. If you weren’t one of the lucky few, your chances of getting …

Angela Bole, July 2017
Director’s Desk: Advocating Fairness with IBPA’s Industry Standards Checklist for a Professionally Published Book »

PUBLISHED JULY 2017 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association – IBPA has been championing independent publishers big and small, self and otherwise, since 1983. That’s over 30 years of advocating for indie voices in the traditional publishing industry. Over this time, we’ve seen a thing or two. Recent changes in the publishing industry …

Melinda Clayton, July 2017
Beware of Publishing Scams »

PUBLISHED JULY 2017 by Melinda Clayton, Author, The Cedar Hollow Series Not all services are as promising as they seem. Make sure you do your research. Always dig deeper. I’m an author, but I’m also a very small publisher (“boutique,” as one of my authors likes to say). My publishing company is a proud member …

Brooke Warner, June 2017
Judge a Book on Its Merit, Not Its Publishing Model »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 By Brooke Warner, Publisher, She Writes Press & SparkPress You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in the publishing industry who disagrees with the sentiment that a book should be judged on its merit. And yet, the industry promotes an environment in which books are instead judged on how they get published. Authors …

Connie Harbison, March 2016
Top 10 Things You Should Know About the 2015 Edition of BISAC »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2016 by Connie Harbison, Chair, BISG’s BISAC Committee The BISAC Subject Headings are an industry-approved list of terms used to describe the content of a book. They were developed to standardize the transfer of subject information between trading partners (e.g., publishers to data aggregators; data aggregators to customers; publishers to retailers). The first …

Graham Bell, July 2014
Metadata Matters »

It has become a cliché: Metadata is marketing. With online sales becoming yet more dominant, and sales through physical bookstores shrinking further, data about your product—as opposed to the product itself—becomes your primary con- tact with the customer and reader. All too often, metadata is treated as a chore. I suspect that few publishers agonize …

Linda Nix, May 2014
XML for Independent Publishers: A User-Friendly, Hands-On Introduction — Part 1 »

Articles from IBPA’s Independent magazine are posted online following a 60-day waiting period. This means the May articles post in early July, and so on. If you’re not already an IBPA member and would like immediate access to the information, you can join IBPA here or purchase a non-member subscription to the Independent here. To …

David Wogahn, September 2013
Sell More E-Books by Using All Categories Each Bookseller Allows »

When people shop on the virtual shelves of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, or Kobo, chances are that they are looking for books within a specific category. Categories constitute one the most important metadata elements for every book, and using the appropriate categories is critical for discoverability of e-books in online stores. Because major online …

Phil Madans, July 2013
How to Identify E-Books and Other Digital Products »

As the digital landscape continues to evolve, new platforms with new capabilities debut, and new business models for distributing digital products emerge. What doesn’t change is that when you have a product you need to identify it, whether that product is a physical book, an e-book for sale or rent or loan, an e-book in …

Angela Bole, March 2013
Using BISAC Subject Headings »

Publishers need to be able to assign the correct BISAC Subject Heading (or more than one heading) to each book because organizations across the publishing supply chain use BISAC headings to determine where books are shelved in bricks-and-mortar stores and what online database categories they’re placed in. Assigning BISAC headings correctly can ensure that a …

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