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C. Hope Clark, August 2017
Finding Funding Through Grants »

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2017 by C. Hope Clark, Founder, Funds for Writers – Answers to your most common questions about obtaining grants. Every day, writers and self-publishers e-mail me about finding grants. Just like no two requests are alike, no two grants are alike, either. Here I try to answer the most frequently asked questions so …

Rosemary Laryea, June 2017
A New Chapter in African Writing »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 By Rosemary Laryea, Producer, “Culture Vultures” Newly emerging African publishing companies are at last winning international recognition for their inspirational literature. There is a significant and fast-growing appetite for African-inspired stories as reflected by nominations for major literary prizes such as the Not The Booker Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize, and …

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 …

Lynn Rosen, June 2016
Winners’ Circle »

Does winning a book award make a difference? Impact sales? Change an author’s life? We asked recent winners of prominent book awards to answer these questions for us. Read on to find out how it feels to be a winner! Nina McConigley Author, Cowboys and East Indians (Curtis Brown Unlimited), Co-winner of the 2014 PEN …

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 …

Angela Bole, September 2015
Director’s Desk: Inside Our Amazing Profession »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2015 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association When you’re overburdened with e-mail and cranky people make it their job to interfere with your day; when your printer messes up your order, your distributor doesn’t stock enough books to cover your author tour, you’re late on one deadline or another . . …

Jon Morrow, August 2015
Headlines That Make Blog Posts Go Viral »

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2015 by Jon Morrow, Boost Blog Traffic If you write for any serious purpose, you learn very quickly that you can’t afford to spend months or years dreaming up a daring new approach for everything you write. No one has that kind of discipline. The only way to survive is to write quickly, …

Belinda Pollard, March 2015
Finding Beta Readers »

Every time I post about beta readers and how wonderful and essential they are, I get more requests for information on how to find some. Those nonprofessionals who read written work (generally fiction and generally prepublication) and suggest ways to improve it are clearly in demand, but the best betas can be hard to identify. …

Kathleen Boucher, Kristen Eckstein, Jim Musgrave, Lin Pardey, Karen Robbins, Ben Robertson, Anne Sarkisian, November 2014
I Did It and I’m Glad: Publishing Decisions That Turned Out Well, Part 2 »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2014 SEE ALSO: Part 1, Part 3 Doing It All With A Team Self-publishing Shoe Print Art became one of the highlights of my life. As a former kindergarten and first grade teacher, I began writing part time while raising my family. For 25 years I had written mostly craft articles, a picture …

Maggie Anton, Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva, David D. Horowitz, Randi Redmond Oster, Robert Rosenwald, Michael Sedge and Elizabeth Turnbull, October 2014
I Did It and I’m Glad: Publishing Decisions That Turned Out Well, Part 1 »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2014 SEE ALSO: Part 2, Part 3 Common Cause at Conventions During a convention for small publishers that I attended in Europe last year, someone said, “We sell more books at local festivals and city fairs than we ever do at autograph sessions in branches of major book chains.” Four months later, I …

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