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Deb Vanasse, November 2017
Shelf Space: How Booksellers Decide »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2017 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Indie bookstores are thriving today. If indie publishers want to get their foot in the door, they need to understand the factors booksellers weigh when deciding which books to stock. Forget the gloom-and-doom forecasts of a few years back. In the digital age, independent …

Peter Goodman, September 2017
Can the Espresso Book Machine Save the Indie Publisher? »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2017 by Peter Goodman, Publisher, Stonebridge Press – Pitches for large-quantity sales need to answer at least these five questions. Can anything save independent publishing? Can anything save independent bookstores? In the July 2017 issue of IBPA Independent, I speculated that such a savior might already exist: the Espresso Book Machine (EBM). The …

Peter Goodman, July 2017
Indie Books for Indie Bookshops »

PUBLISHED JULY 2017 by Peter Goodman, Publisher, Stone Bridge Press — I read recently in Business Insider that Amazon’s strategy for making its brick-and-mortar stores successful hinged on three factors: exploiting big data to tailor the store’s offerings to its local demographic; reducing inventory to only a few thousand titles of proven sales potential; and …

Alexa Schlosser, March 2017
Navigating the World of Independent Booksellers »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2017 by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — From managing relationships to unexpected challenges, 11 IBPA members weigh in on their experiences working with independent booksellers. Meet the Panelists Nan Doya, Executive Editor, Casper Press Tracee Dunblazier, Author, Founder, GoTracee Publishing LLC Gloria T. August, CEO, English Garden Talk Press, St. …

Alexa Schlosser, March 2017
What do Independent Booksellers Really Think? »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2017 by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — We asked three bookselling experts to answer some of your questions regarding the relationship between indie author/small press and indie booksellers. Ann Seaton Administrator, Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Q: What information and/or characteristics appeal to you when considering shelving a book by …

Oren J. Teicher, September 2016
The Alignment of Indie Bookstores and Presses »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2016 by Oren J Teicher, CEO, American Booksellers Association (ABA) — Among the many players in the book business, I would argue that independent presses and independent bookstores are perhaps the most closely aligned in terms of their goals and mission. For both of us, working to make sure that readers and book …

Deb Vanasse, April 2016
Space Invaders: Indie Strategies for Getting Books on Shelves in Brick-and-Mortar Retail Outlets »

PUBLISHED APRIL 2016 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Even in this era of online retailing, publishers covet shelf space in brick-and-mortar bookstores. There’s just no substitute for a sales venue where the reader can pick up the book and leaf through it. “Shopping for physical books in a physical space offers an …

Linda Carlson, June 2015
Marketing Whatever You Have to Market, Part 3: Place Opportunities and Issues »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2015 by Linda Carlson, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — This is the third in a series of articles under the headline “Marketing Whatever You Have to Market.” Access the full series here. This is the third in a series of articles designed to help you brainstorm marketing strategies in the context of the …

Brooke Warner, March 2015
My Distribution Discoveries »

In 2012, I launched She Writes Press with a fairly simple idea in mind. I envisioned curating manuscripts and basing decisions about which books to publish solely on the merits of the writing. During my eight-year tenure as executive editor at Seal Press prior to that, I’d witnessed, and become tired of, publishers’ increasing emphasis …

Linda Carlson, January 2015
Assessing the Outlook for Bookstores »

Many of us remember when Barnes & Noble was a single store in Manhattan, the Internet was only a government project, department stores had book buyers, and most cities had at least a few bookstores. Places such as Seattle, San Francisco, and Boston seemed to have a store in every neighborhood— and in some neighborhoods, …

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