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Angela Bole, December 2017
Director’s Desk: Let’s Get Weird in Austin this April »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2017 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association — “Keep Austin Weird” is the slogan adopted by the Austin Independent Business Alliance to promote independent businesses in Austin, Texas. As the Independent Book Publishers Association, we can certainly get on board with that! That’s why we’re bringing the annual IBPA Publishing University …

Maggie Anton, June 2017
2 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™, 11 Years Apart »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 by Maggie Anton, Talmud Scholar and Writer A self-published author examines how the world of publishing has changed in the past decade. It was spring 2004 when I was finally forced to admit that my literary agent was unlikely to find a buyer for my historical novel, Rashi’s Daughters, in time for …

Ebonye Gussine Wilkins, June 2017
Success Is in the Details »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 by Ebonye Gussine Wilkins, Founder, August Rose Press Paying rapt attention to readability, the inside cover details, and overall branding will bring you closer to snagging a big win for your book. In early April, IBPA ushered in a new cohort of award-winning indie books via the annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ …

Alexa Schlosser, June 2017
The National Book Foundation’s Lisa Lucas on Publishing »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 Interviewed by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent An interview with the new executive director of the National Book Foundation. Lisa Lucas’ road to executive director of the National Book Foundation may have been “higgledy-piggledy,” but, one year in, she is certain it’s a perfect fit. We caught up with Lucas to …

Alexa Schlosser, June 2017
The Cream of the Crop »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 Compiled by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent A handful of 2017 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ winners discus what makes submitting to awards worthwhile and offer tips for those looking to medal. Jennifer Scroggins, Vice President, KiCam Projects Title: Beautiful Scars Authors: Lori Highlander and Kilee Brookbank Category: Inspirational >> Do you …

Deb Vanasse, June 2017
Book Awards: A Not-So-Trivial Pursuit »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent Navigating the world of awards in book publishing is no easy feat. How can you make the most of your submissions and stand out from the crowd? “Greatness is difficult to measure,” novelist Aharon Appelfeld said. Yet there’s much to be said for the attempt to …

Lynn Rosen, June 2016
Cream of the Crop: The 2016 Benjamin Franklin Award™ Winners »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2016 by Lynn Rosen, Staff Reporter, IBPA Independent This year’s IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ winners were announced in April 2016 during the IBPA Publishing University conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Here’s a sprinkling of some of the gold and silver winners representing 54 categories ranging from Inspirational to Craft & Hobby. “Winning …

Katherine Pickett, June 2016
A Retrospective Look at the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2016 by Katherine Pickett, Owner, POP Editorial Services Over the past decade, the publishing industry has become glutted with book awards for indie publishers. Authors and publishers are invited to compete in contests that range from the Pulitzer to the Pushcart Prizes. Yet the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™, begun in 1985, continue to …

Angela Bole, June 2015
Director’s Desk: An Exuberant Awards Album »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2015 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association During this year’s IBPA Publishing University in Austin, TX, I had the great privilege of honoring some of the best books of 2014 at the annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ ceremony. What a fantastic time! I was able to announce the best books in …

Angela Bole, August 2014
Director’s Desk: Making the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ Even Better »

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2014 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association In this month’s Director’s Desk I want to update you on some changes we’ve made in the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ program. As most of you know, the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ were launched 26 years ago and represent one of the highest honors …

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