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Director’s Desk: A Year to Be Thankful For

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PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018

by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association —


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CEO Angela Bole reflects on some of IBPA’s accomplishments in 2018.

Like many of you, I find the end of each year to be a great time for reflecting on accomplishments and planning for the year ahead. With that in mind, below are some of the things IBPA tackled in 2018 that I’m particularly proud of. Many of you participated in these activities, and for that I’m extremely grateful!

  • Published the book industry’s first ever Hybrid Publisher Criteria, a list of nine criteria defining what it means to be a professional hybrid publisher.
  • Launched a bimonthly podcast series, Inside Independent Publishing, hosted by former IBPA Board Chair Peter Goodman.
  • Held a sold-out IBPA Publishing University conference in Austin, Texas, bringing indie publishers together with industry experts and potential partners.
  • Honored over 150 independently published books as part of the 30th annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program.
  • Launched a weekly e-newsletter highlighting member benefits, industry events, important deadlines, and a fun and inspiring “Member Spotlight” piece.
  • Published an official Anti-Harassment Policy aimed at ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for participants at all IBPA activities, meetings, and networking events.
  • Published a for-members-only sample publisher/author agreement to use as a starting point for drafting a suitable book contract between a publisher and an author.
  • Added over six new member benefits, including editorial services from Enago, design services from Monkey C Media and Christina Speed Graphic Design, and translation services from Ulatus.

In addition to the activities above, the IBPA Board of Directors made a point of taking time during their August 2018 board meeting to review and revise IBPA’s official vision statement. Prior to August 2018, IBPA’s vision was …

“… a world where every independent publisher has the tools and knowledge needed to professionally engage in all aspects of the publishing industry.”

During their August 2018 meeting, the board of directors refined the statement to read:

IBPA’s vision is a world where every independent publisher has the access, knowledge, and tools needed to professionally engage in all aspects of an inclusive publishing industry.”

The key change here is, of course, a more focused appreciation for the importance of both “access” and “inclusivity”—two things I think all IBPA members can get behind.


Just before Angela Bole became IBPA’s Chief Executive Officer, she was Deputy Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG), which fosters conversation and consensus across all sectors of the book business. Before that, Angela served for two years as BISG’s Associate Director and two years as its Marketing and Communications Manager.


To learn more about the inside of IBPA, check out this IBPA Independent article, “Director’s Desk: The Heart of IBPA.”

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