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Deb Vanesse, January/February 2018
Industry Trends: Obstacles and Opportunities »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Watch Joshua Robertson’s video recap of this article! Which developments over the past year—e-books, audiobooks, artificial intelligence, Amazon—portend opportunity, and which pose obstacles to be navigated? With the turning of the calendar to a new year, publishers take stock of industry trends. E-books versus …

Ron Mumford, December 2017
Notes to Self: There Is Hope for Selling Books »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2017 by Ron W. Mumford, Author/Publisher — An independent author traces his 20-year path through the industry, noting lessons along the way. During the 1990s, I wrote my first novel: 800 pages double spaced, 200,000 words. I was so proud of myself. The work was sure to win the Pulitzer Prize! Sound familiar? After my …

Rob Price, October 2017
Board Member’s Memo: 7 Tips for the Emerging Author-Publisher »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2017 by Rob Price, President, Gatekeeper Press & IBPA Board Chair — There has never been a better time to be an author. For decades (centuries, actually), all-powerful gatekeepers ruled the landscape, determining whose books would be seen by the masses. If you weren’t one of the lucky few, your chances of getting …

Deb Vanasse, August 2017
Publisher Gatherings: The Power of Small »

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2017 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent – Large trade shows and conferences aren’t the only places to meet industry professionals. Publishers also benefit from smaller-scale opportunities to network and share ideas. At trade shows and conferences, there’s a hum in the air: the buzz of hundreds, if not thousands, of industry professionals …

Joshua Tallent, August 2017
Board Member’s Memo: Musings of a Conference Veteran »

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2017 by Joshua Tallent, Director of Outreach & Education, Firebrand Technologies – I go to many conferences. On average, I attend eight publishing conferences every year (for work), plus three or four gaming and comic conferences (for fun). Add that up over the past 10 or so years, and you can see why …

Alexa Schlosser, June 2017
Finding Real Creativity with Artificial Intelligence »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent AUTHORS.me is a technology platform that uses data from bestselling books to evaluate content and connect writers with publishers. If you’re like me, when you hear the phrase “intelligent machine learning,” you feel the opposite of intelligent. Maybe you picture a robot, but then 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 …

Kevin Kamen, May 2017
The New World Order of Media »

PUBLISHED MAY 2017 by Kevin Kamen, President, Kamen & Co Group Services As a multimedia valuation firm based in New York (kamengroup.com), our team is thinking broadcast, print, and digital growth this year, and we expect the stock market to be the place on which to keep both eyes centered. With a new president in …

Thad McIllroy, May 2017
Book Publishing Startups and What They Mean to the Rest of the Publishing Industry »

PUBLISHED MAY 2017 by Thad McIlroy, Electronic Publishing Analyst November this year will mark the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Amazon Kindle e-reader. Most of us associate the event with something larger: the launch of the modern era of e-book publishing. And, closely linked to that, the launch of the enormous self-publishing industry that …

Sally Dedecker, March 2017
Sally Dedecker on BookExpo 2017 »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2017 by Sally Dedecker, Print & Digital Consultant With BookExpo starting in just a couple short months (May 31 through June 2, 2017), we wanted to speak with Sally Dedecker, BookExpo’s education director, about the conference and, specifically, the history and changes surrounding BookExpo’s program for self-published authors, uPublishU. When and why did …

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