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Angela Bole, July 2017
Director’s Desk: Advocating Fairness with IBPA’s Industry Standards Checklist for a Professionally Published Book »

PUBLISHED JULY 2017 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association IBPA has been championing independent publishers big and small, self and otherwise, since 1983. That’s over 30 years of advocating for indie voices in the traditional publishing industry. Over this time, we’ve seen a thing or two. Recent changes in the publishing industry have …

Maggie Anton, June 2017
2 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™, 11 Years Apart »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 by Maggie Anton, Talmud Scholar and Writer A self-published author examines how the world of publishing has changed in the past decade. It was spring 2004 when I was finally forced to admit that my literary agent was unlikely to find a buyer for my historical novel, Rashi’s Daughters, in time for …

L.M Browning, May 2017
Entrepreneurial Bravery »

PUBLISHED MAY 2017 by LM Browning, Founder, Homebound Publications At the age of 27, I was offered every writer’s dream: a book deal. And not just one book, but five. I enthusiastically signed and went from scribbler to author only to be quickly disillusioned by the entire process. The manuscript I had worked on for …

Alicia Freile, December 2016
Book Publishing Down Under »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2016 by Alicia Freile, Design Director, Tango Media An expatriate’s observations of the publishing industry in Australia. Just over 10 years ago, I left my job as a book designer at Running Press Book Publishers in Philadelphia, packed up my two suitcases, and got on a plane to Sydney, Australia. It was the …

Deb Vanasse, November 2016
Meeting Mashup »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2016 by Deb Vanasse, IBPA Independent staff reporter IBPA INDEPENDENT staff reporter Deb Vanasse reached out to the IBPA membership to hear their thoughts on conventions and meetings. We received many great responses, some of which can be found here. Thank you to everyone who responded to our query. “It’s important that I …

Darhiana Téllez, April 2016
Walking the Talk – Berrett-Koehler’s President Shares What Makes His Company Tick »

PUBLISHED APRIL 2016 by Darhiana Tellez, IBPA Independent managing editor As founder and president of Berrett-Koehler Publishers in Oakland, California, Steven Piersanti defines success as congruence. He seeks a sense of synchronicity between ideas and practices as well as between intention and reality in terms of the press’s relationship with authors, service providers, sales partners, …

Darhiana Téllez, January 2016
Dan Poynter Tribute: Honoring an Indie Publishing Industry Icon »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2016 by Darhiana Tellez, IBPA Independent managing editor In November 2015, the IBPA office received the sad news that long-time friend and self-publishing guru Dan Poynter passed away. We will miss him. Dan was a founding member of IBPA (then known as Publishers Marketing Association), joining in 1983 and participating as an active …

Rana DiOrio, January 2016
It’s the Why That Matters »

PUBLISHED JANUARY 2016 by Rana DiOrio, CEO, Little Pickle Press I am currently raising growth capital for my seven-year-old company, Little Pickle Press (“Little Pickle”). One of the questions potential investors consistently ask is, “What are your competitive advantages?” I respond by explaining that, from inception, our most important competitive advantage was, and continues to …

Angela Bole, September 2015
Director’s Desk: Inside Our Amazing Profession »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2015 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association When you’re overburdened with e-mail and cranky people make it their job to interfere with your day; when your printer messes up your order, your distributor doesn’t stock enough books to cover your author tour, you’re late on one deadline or another . . …

Various, August 2015
Success by Meaningful Measures, Part 2 »

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2015 by Thierry Bogliolo Ask for success stories and you won’t be surprised to get responses featuring sales figures. Of course most independent publishers are interested in racking up sales for the books they release, since both influence and wherewithal increase as sales rise. And of course that means publishers often focus on …

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