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Stella Otto, July 2017
Redesigning with the Times: The Backyard Orchardist »

PUBLISHED JULY 2017 by Stella Otto, Author/Publisher, The Backyard Orchardist A previous IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ winner receives another medal for the redesign of her original book. If you’ve ever seen home renovation shows like “Flip This House,” you know that even if the property was once beautiful and structurally sound, time often renders it …

Joel Friedlander, July 2017
Top 10 Fonts for Book Covers and Interior Design »

PUBLISHED JULY 2017 by Joel Friedlander, Book Designer, Blogger, and Writer You’ve decided to create your own book covers and interiors design—do you know what font you plan to use? This should be one of the first, and most basic, questions you need to ask yourself before digging into other design elements. Whether you are …

Deb Vanasse, July 2017
How to Work with a Book Designer »

PUBLISHED JULY 2017 By Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent – To achieve designs that help books get noticed in a crowded marketplace, publishers need to choose a designer well-suited to their project and foster an environment of open communication and collaboration. Everyone knows the cliché about not judging books by their covers. But, in fact, …

Ebonye Gussine Wilkins, June 2017
Success Is in the Details »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 by Ebonye Gussine Wilkins, Founder, August Rose Press Paying rapt attention to readability, the inside cover details, and overall branding will bring you closer to snagging a big win for your book. In early April, IBPA ushered in a new cohort of award-winning indie books via the annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ …

Joel Friedlander, August 2016
Getting Started with Book Interiors—Quick Tips for Self-Publishers »

Print books are still going strong, and even people who own laptops, tablets, and smartphones continue to buy them. Many authors who got started by publishing straight-to-digital e-books are realizing that there’s a big role for print books to play in their publishing plans.

Darcy Pattison, August 2015
Publishing Children’s Books: What Two Years Have Taught Me »

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2015 by Darcy Pattinson, Writer My first children’s picture book, The River Dragon, was published in 1990 by HarperCollins, and I’ve been involved in the industry since then. But in the last 24 months, I’ve made the switch from traditional publishing to independent publishing. My company, Mims House, now has 20 titles, and …

Joel Friedlander, January 2015
Interior Design Alert: E-Book Vs. P-Book »

When people get started in book publishing these days, their projects usually include plans for both print books and e-books. And that makes a lot of sense. With the growing popularity of devices that can deliver books in digital formats, it’s important to ensure that a book you’ve worked hard on is available to readers …

Linda Carlson, June 2014
POD Problem-Solving: Part 2 »

When I emailed IBPA members to ask about experiences with print-on-demand, and posted a similar query on industry LinkedIn sites, hundreds of you responded—with recommendations that make sense for all of us, whether we’re new to POD or new to all of publishing. Last month, the first part of this series discussed pre-press options and …

Linda Carlson, May 2014
POD Problem-Solving: Part 1 »

Linda Carlson writes for IBPA’s Independent magazine from Seattle, where she has just published Advertising with Small Budgets for Big Results using print-on-demand, and where she is at work on Part 2 of “POD Problem-Solving.” INTRODUCTION: When I emailed IBPA members to ask about experiences with print-on-demand and posted a similar query on selected LinkedIn …

Tamara Dever, March 2013
What a Difference a Book Design Makeover Makes »

What a Difference a Makeover Makes by Tamara Dever   Why do we love to watch extreme-makeover shows? Homes, yards, vehicles, restaurants, our bodies. Everyone loves to see something improve, especially when the transformation is wildly impressive, with changes that are much more than superficial. Yes, the car looks great, but it also runs better. …

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