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Manny Luftglass, May/June 2018
How to Get Started Publishing Books for Others »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2018 by Manny Luftglass, Author/Publisher — Three misconceptions authors have, six tips for starting the process, and why it’s OK if you don’t make any money. Congratulations—if you’re reading this, you’ve probably successfully published your own book. Now that you have the experience, is it time to offer your services to others? Fortunately, …

Chet Davis, May/June 2018
Is Your Platform Safe? »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2018 by Chet Davis, Technology Teacher and Speaker — Protecting your independent publishing business from hackers and piracy Is your login on the list of the riskiest passwords? If you’re using “123456” or the word “password,” then the answer is yes. You’re using the two most commonly used passwords—and they’ve been in the …

Tricia Reeks, May/June 2018
What I’ve Learned Owning a Small Press »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2018 by Tricia Reeks, Founder of Meerkat Press — Valuable lessons about independent publishing from a seasoned industry professional As a small press owner who came into the publishing business with no previous experience, to say I had a lot to learn is the understatement of the century. Fast forward a couple of …

Stephen Gillen, March/April 2018
Textbook Contract Negotiation: You Have More Leverage Than You Think »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2018 by Stephen E. Gillen, Lawyer & Partner, Wood Herron & Evans — If you’ve ever been published, then you’ve seen it before: a WHEREAS and a THEREFORE followed by eight or more pages of pre-printed, pedantic prose offered up by the editor as his/her “standard publishing contract.” Other than a few tiny …

Belinda Pollard, December 2017
Why Are Book Editors So Expensive? »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2017 by Belinda Pollard, Publishing Consultant — An editor and author break down the two main reasons why the cost of editing services is so high. I’m going to let you in on a secret. Book editors are expensive. And, yes, I am one of them, but I’m also a writer. Every time …

Deb Vanasse, October 2017
License Your Content »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2017 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — More independent publishers should consider licensing arrangements as an alternative revenue source, as the returns can be significant. Amid the everyday challenges of acquisition, production, and marketing, publishers may overlook a significant revenue stream: the licensing of content. “Books are the headwaters of the …

Alexa Schlosser, October 2017
IBPA Roundtable: Job Juggling »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2017 Compiled by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine – Being a publisher often means you do more than just publish. Below, six IBPA members discuss how they’ve found alternative ways to make money. If publishing is not your main source of revenue, how do you juggle your day job with your …

Ebonye Gussine Wilkins, October 2017
Making Money in Your Sleep »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2017 by Ebonye Gussine Wilkins, Founder, August Rose Press — Watch Joshua Robertson’s video recap of this article! With a little extra work, you can figure out the best kind of alternative revenue stream for your business. An alternative revenue stream can mean many different things (and be called by a number of …

Sheenu Srinivasan, October 2017
Authors and Publishers: Finding a Common Ground »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2017 by Sheenu Srinivasan, Author, THE BHAGAVAD GITA: A THREAD THROUGH THE EIGHTEEN GEMS, YAKSHA PRASHNA – The publishing industry should set guidelines to establish a standard practice that makes the overall experience more rewarding, efficient, productive, objective, professional, and pleasant for both author and publisher. The book industry in the US generated a …

Melinda Clayton, July 2017
Beware of Publishing Scams »

PUBLISHED JULY 2017 by Melinda Clayton, Author, The Cedar Hollow Series — Not all services are as promising as they seem. Make sure you do your research. Always dig deeper. I’m an author, but I’m also a very small publisher (“boutique,” as one of my authors likes to say). My publishing company is a proud …

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