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Lynn Rosen, April 2016
IBPA Roundtable: Working with Distributors »

PUBLISHED APRIL 2016 by Lynn Rosen, IBPA Independent contributing editor In this edition of IBPA’s monthly Roundtable, distributors discuss barriers to shelf space, selling e-books, and the perks and challenges of going the distributor route for indie publishers. Enjoy! Cardinal Publishers Group What are some of the biggest challenges facing indie publishers today in terms …

Darhiana Téllez, March 2016
Like Father, Like Son »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2016 by Darhiana Tellez, IBPA Independent managing editor Joe Matthews’s path to the CEO seat at Independent Publishers Group, following his father, Curt Matthews’s, retirement this past December, was not without its curve balls. “Successions are always very difficult. I think we did some things right and some things wrong,” Joe says. “I …

Mary Rowles, February 2016
How IPG Brings a New Publisher On Board »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2016 by Mary Rowles, Publisher Development Manager, Independent Publishers Group When it comes to deciding whether or not to bring on a publisher for distribution and leading its onboarding process, one must dig deep for clues that are not obvious. As the publisher development manager for Independent Publishers Group, I realize it’s critical …

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 …

Carla King, December 2014
An Aggregation/ Distribution Primer »

Independent publishers, including self-publishers, have a lot of choices to make about uploading books. You can upload your e-books to each online e-book retailer directly, but you might instead choose to distribute using an e-book aggregator such as Smashwords, IngramSpark, BookBaby, or Vook. Likewise, you can upload your print books to sell in the Amazon …

Angela Bole, September 2014
Director’s Desk: What You Need to Know from the Get-go »

Although members call and e-mail the IBPA office requesting advice of every shape and size, there is a common theme that runs through many of the questions that could be boiled down like so: It was fairly easy, technologically speaking, to make my book available for purchase. Now what? At the core of this theme …

Tom Doherty, May 2014
Understanding Your Distributor »

Articles from IBPA’s Independent magazine are posted online following a 60-day waiting period. This means the May articles post in early July, and so on. If you’re not already an IBPA member and would like immediate access to the information, you can join IBPA here or purchase a non-member subscription to the Independent here. When …

Linda Carlson, July 2013
21st-Century Physical Book Distribution: Part 2 »

Linda Carlson writes for IBPA’s Independent magazine from Seattle, Washington. She can be reached at linda@ibpa-online.org. As Part 1 of this series pointed out in the May 2013 Independent, your decisions about how to get books from press to prospective readers can determine how, where, and even if your books sell. That article examined the three …

Linda Carlson, May 2013
21st-Century Physical Book Distribution: Part 1 »

Linda Carlson writes for IBPA’s Independent magazine from Seattle, Washington. She can be reached at linda@ibpa-online.org. Book manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, retailers—with vertical integration, digital format, and print-on-demand, the distinctions among those intermediaries blur. In today’s constantly changing publishing industry, it seems as if few companies are sticking to their traditional roles in the manufacturing and …

Eric Kampmann and Margot Atwell, March 2013
A Quick Tour of Book Sales Possibilities »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2013 by Eric Kampmann and Margot Atwell Not every book is meant to be sold through book wholesalers and book retailers, and even books that should and do sell in “the trade” can also sell elsewhere. What follows is a quick look at options you may want to consider when planning your book-sales …

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