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IBPA Board Member, Elizabeth Turnbull of Light Messages Publishing, One of Publishing’s ‘Best and Brightest’ according to PW Star Watch »

NEWS IBPA board member Elizabeth Turnbull has been named a 2016 PW Star Watch honoree. PW joined forces with the Frankfurt Book Fair to celebrate new leaders who are making their mark in the U.S publishing community, and help them expand their global network. 300 publishers were nominated and the list was whittled down to …

The Subversive Superheroes of Indie Comics »

(NEWS) This article originally appeared on PublishersWeekly.com. IBPA welcomes your feedback in the comments section of this post. By Nicole Audrey Spector “Some of the greatest movements in comics have happened beyond the limits of traditional publishing. Take the underground comics, aka comix, of the 1960s that took on subjects Superman never could have with …

Five Marketing Models for Self-Publishing Success »

(NEWS) This article originally appeared on PublishersWeekly.com. IBPA welcomes your feedback in the comments section of this post. By Jane Friedman “There’s no shortage of marketing and publicity services that promise to help self-published authors secure media attention and book reviews and increase sales. For the unschooled, however, it’s hard to know whom to hire, …

AAP Reports Trade Sales Down in August »

(NEWS) This article originally appeared on PublishersWeekly.com. IBPA welcomes your feedback in the comments section of this post. AAP’s StatShot program is based on reports from 1,206 publishers, most of which are not independent presses. As an indie press, are you seeing comparable sales trends? By Jim Milliot “August was a tough month for the …

IPG Head Curt Matthews to Retire »

(NEWS) All of us at IBPA wish former IBPA board of directors President Curt Matthews (1996-1998) the best! This article originally appeared on PublishersWeekly.com. IBPA welcomes your personal well wishes to Curt in the comments section of this post. By Claire Kirch “An era has ended at Chicago Review Press, Inc., the parent company of …

Publishing Industry Sales Rose 4.6% in 2014 »

(NEWS) by Jim Milliot — (This article was originally posted on PublishersWeekly.com.) “Total sales in the U.S. book publishing industry rose 4.6% in 2014 over 2013, according to figures released Wednesday morning by the Association of American Publishers. The biggest increase came in the K-12 instructional materials segment, where sales rose 9.9%. Sales in the …

Will Author Solutions Case Go Class Action? »

(NEWS) by Andrew Albanese — (This article was originally posted on Publishers Weekly.) “Federal judge Denise Cote could soon decide whether the ongoing case against self-publishing service provider Author Solutions will go forward as a class action. In the latest round of briefs, attorneys for the plaintiff authors argue that a common question sits at …

IBPA University a Sell Out »

(NEWS) by Jim Milliot — (This article was originally posted on Publishers Weekly.) “IBPA’s Publishing University 2015, held April 10-11 in Austin, attracted 280 independent publishers and self-published authors, a number that put the event at capacity. The event drew established indie houses looking to keep up with industry trends and newcomers hoping to learn …

Fast-Growing Independent Publishers, 2015 »

(NEWS) by Jim Milliot and Clare Swanson — This article was originally posted on Publishers Weekly. “The 12 independent publishers that made PW’s fast-growing list for 2014 took a variety of routes to keep sales growing over the last three years. Some embraced new business models, such as direct-to-consumer sales and subscription services, while others …

AAP Monthly StatShot, October 2014 »

(NEWS) This article was originally posted on Publishers Weekly. “Led by gains in print formats, sales of adult trade books rose 10.9% in October over October 2013, according to figures released in AAP’s monthly StatShot program. In the adult segment, sales of hardcovers rose 14%, trade paperback sales increased 14.6%, and mass market paperback sales …

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