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Angela Bole, November/December 2018
Director’s Desk: A Year to Be Thankful For »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association — CEO Angela Bole reflects on some of IBPA’s accomplishments in 2018. Like many of you, I find the end of each year to be a great time for reflecting on accomplishments and planning for the year ahead. With that in mind, below are …

Alexa Schlosser, July/August 2018
Winning Through the Years »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2018 by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — Author publisher/photographer Mark Kelley has been entering the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ since the 1990s—and taking home wins. Mark Kelley is a self-described “photojournalist first and publisher second,” but really, he does both well, and has been doing so since the early ’80s. …

Angela Bole, January/February 2018
Director’s Desk: Moving the Conversation »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association — If you look closely, you’ll notice something different about the masthead on this issue of IBPA Independent magazine. Starting this year, IBPA Independent will be published bimonthly as opposed to every month. In your hands, you hold the January/February issue focusing on “the …

Angela Bole, December 2017
Director’s Desk: Let’s Get Weird in Austin this April »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2017 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association — “Keep Austin Weird” is the slogan adopted by the Austin Independent Business Alliance to promote independent businesses in Austin, Texas. As the Independent Book Publishers Association, we can certainly get on board with that! That’s why we’re bringing the annual IBPA Publishing University …

Angela Bole, November 2017
Director’s Desk: Have You Been Using IBPA’s SocialLink? »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2017 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association — Happy November, IBPA members! It’s time to get online. Almost a year ago, on Dec. 19, 2016, IBPA revealed an updated, user-friendly web portal for its 3,000 members. The online portal, called SocialLink, offers IBPA members the ability to build detailed member profiles …

Angela Bole, October 2017
Director’s Desk: A Report on the August 2017 IBPA Board Meeting »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER  2017 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association — It’s been a couple years, so in this month’s Director’s Desk, I thought I’d pull the curtain back on a recent IBPA Board of Directors meeting. IBPA’s board is a 14-person leadership team—13 voting members, plus the chair—tasked with setting the association’s strategic …

Allison Risbridger, September 2017
5 Simple Ways to Put BookScan Data to Work for You »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2017 by Allison Risbridger, Client Development Specialist, NPD Books – So, you signed up for BookScan. Now what? We’ve teamed up with the BookScan experts at The NPD Group to bring you five tips to make the most of your subscription. To check out BookScan discounts available to IBPA Members, click here. 1. …

Angela Bole, August 2017
Director’s Desk: It’s Time to Conference »

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2017 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association – Welcome to the conference issue of IBPA Independent magazine! In this issue, you’ll find numerous articles to help you navigate a year of events. For terrific tips and tricks for conference attendance, check out Joshua Tallent’s “Musings of a Conference Veteran.” Or, if …

Lynn Rosen, June 2016
Cream of the Crop: The 2016 Benjamin Franklin Award™ Winners »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2016 by Lynn Rosen, Staff Reporter, IBPA Independent This year’s IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ winners were announced in April 2016 during the IBPA Publishing University conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Here’s a sprinkling of some of the gold and silver winners representing 54 categories ranging from Inspirational to Craft & Hobby. “Winning …

Katherine Pickett, June 2016
A Retrospective Look at the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2016 by Katherine Pickett, Owner, POP Editorial Services Over the past decade, the publishing industry has become glutted with book awards for indie publishers. Authors and publishers are invited to compete in contests that range from the Pulitzer to the Pushcart Prizes. Yet the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™, begun in 1985, continue to …

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