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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 …

Ebonye Gussine Wilkins, March 2017
The 3 Elements of Experimentation »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2017 by Ebonye Gussine Wilkins, Founder, August Rose Press While many people will tell you that innovation is borne out of a need for something different, most people won’t be able to tell you how innovation really happens. What is the process for creating something completely new and worthy of laudation? Where does …

Jane Friedhoff, March 2017
Permeable Publishing »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2017 by Jane Friedhoff, Creative Researcher, The Office for Creative Research Typically, when we think about reader/writer interaction, we tend to think only of free-text comments. Whether that’s a hosted comments section below an article, some tweets exchanged between author and reader, or a back-and-forth on a Reddit AMA, two assumptions consistently appear: any …

Curt Matthews, February 2017
Our Voices: A New Program for Indie Publishers »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2017 by Curt Matthews, Chairman, Board of Chicago Review; Independent Publishers Group The American Library Association has announced a new initiative, Our Voices, which is designed to boost the publication and circulation of books that explore the unique experiences of diverse groups in our society, including people of color, the LGBTQIA community, the …

Carolyn Pittis, February 2017
Mobilizing Your Organization to Modernize Your Supply Chain »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2017 by Carolyn Pittis, Managing Director, Welman Digital LLC Publishers may falsely assume that there’s no more opportunity for improvement in print supply chain optimization. Yet technologies to do so are available to all, large and small. Do you want to grow sales and reduce your costs globally? When was the last time …

Charlotte Jensen, February 2017
Your Employees: To Exempt or Not to Exempt? »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2017 by Charlotte Jensen, Vice President – HR compliance, Affinity HR Group You’ve just hired an entry-level employee and, to avoid the hassle of tracking hours and paying overtime, you’ve decided to put your new hire on salary. Well, guess what? You may have violated the law. While we often use the terms …

Deb Vanasse, February 2017
Organizational Value »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2017 by Deb Vanasse, Staff Reporter, IBPA Independent If you’re aiming to start a business, publishing has great appeal. With a manuscript and access to print-on-demand and e-publishing technologies, you have a product and, in theory, access to a large market. Capital investments are minimal, and there’s the tantalizing prospect of a breakout book …

Ebonye Gussine Wilkins, January 2017
Don’t Forget About the Reader »

PUBLISHED JANUARY 2017 by Ebonye Gussine Wilkins, Founder, August Rose Press Indie publishing is a pretty complex collaboration between many highly skilled professionals all working together to produce a beautiful, impactful written work. With all the editors, layout designers, cover professionals, marketing and public relations experts, printers and distributors, and legal advisors, publishing is a …

Fauzia Burke, January 2017
Banding Together for Success »

PUBLISHED JANUARY 2017 by Fauzia Burke, Founder & President, FSB Associates Just over two years ago, I made the decision to jump to the other side of the publishing table. For the last 20-plus years, I have been helping authors and publishers get their books noticed—first, working in the marketing and publicity departments at Wiley …

Adam Salomone, January 2017
Invest in Collaboration »

PUBLISHED JANUARY 2017 by Adam Salomone, Co-founder, The Food Loft For years, small publishers have struggled with ways to go “beyond the book.” In order to be successful in emerging digital environments, publishers have to find ways to emphasize their relevance as content gatekeepers, tastemakers, and trend trackers. What we found at Harvard Common Press …

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