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Helen Sedwick, October 2015
Copyright Changes in the Works: Deciding Who Can Use What Without Permission »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2015 by Helen Sedwick, Author and Attoney — For years, US and foreign legislatures have tried to find solutions to the copyright issues of orphan works and mass digitization. The challenge is balancing the interests of copyright owners in protecting their rights with the interest of the public in having access to materials …

Rhonda Rees, July 2015
My Battle with Pirates »

PUBLISHED JULY 2015 by Rhonda Rees, Publicist Late one evening, shortly after I self-published Profit and Prosper with Public Relations®: Insider Secrets to Make You a Success, I decided to run a Google search for it—and there it was, staring me right in the face. My book, along with hundreds of others, was being given …

Edward Zellem, Julie Murkette, Richard E. Carmen, Edwin Fontanez, C.M. Mayo, AMZ Publications, April 2015
Routes Across Language Barriers, Part 2 »

From the Editor: Even before the age of e-, publishing for a niche audience was clearly the best strategy for independents. Now, with e-formats, e-tailers, and other e-distribution channels, it’s still recognized as the best, and it works even better. The only obvious area of disagreement seems to be pronunciation (with some favoring nitch and …

Deb Vanasse, April 2015
More Mileage with Author / Publisher Hybrids »

PUBLISHED APRIL 2015 by Deb Vanasse, Founder, Running Fox Books Having entered into what seemed an exciting and mutually beneficial hybrid arrangement with a publisher that let me retain all rights except English-language print rights, I was eager to learn how similar agreements were working for others. So I posed the question to a panel …

MaryAnn F. Kohl, September 2014
Staying Small, Staying Profitable »

IBPA is an association for every kind of independent publisher, from the big company with many employees to the tiny cottage with one (which likely defines Bright Ring Publishing, Inc.). Whatever size a publisher is, to be big or small is a choice. Early on, I deliberately chose to keep Bright Ring small—and to make …

Linda Carlson, August 2014
Today’s Self-Publishing Pathways, Part 2 »

(SEE ALSO: Part 1) Until about 30 years ago, most people who got published began by sending carefully typewritten queries and proposals to publisher after publisher, hoping for a contract. Or they sank thousands of dollars into developing their own presses, usually starting with titles they’d written themselves. Then came desktop publishing, and as mentioned …

Linda Carlson, July 2014
Today’s Self-Publishing Pathways, Part 1 »

(SEE ALSO: Part 2) Before 1985, anyone interested in publishing had only a couple of options: work with an established press, either as an author or as an employee, or sink thousands of dollars into developing your own publishing company, usually with titles you’d written yourself. And, then, almost 30 years ago, a Seattle group …

Mark Coker, September 2014
Exclusive Is Actually Optional at Amazon »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2014 by Mark Coker, Founder, Smashwords — There’s some confusion among authors, publishers, and media people about the difference between Amazon’s KDP and its KDP Select. KDP Select is the Amazon e-book self-publishing option that requires exclusivity. The regular KDP service does not require exclusivity. At nearly every writer’s conference I attend, authors …

Linda Carlson, March 2014
Bringing Books Back, Part 3: A Guide to the Learning Curve »

Bringing Books Back, Part 3: A Guide to the Learning Curve March 2014 by Linda Carlson Whether you wrote the book or someone else did, reissuing a title that another publisher has let go out of print may sound like a way to short-circuit much of the work of acquisition, editing, and design—and possibly even …

Linda Carlson, February 2014
Bringing Books Back, Part 2: When Authors Want to Republish »

February 2014 by Linda Carlson Authors Acquiring Rights As you know from Part 1 of this series (January), some IBPA members have created perennial bestsellers from titles that had languished with their original publishers, having met the challenges of acquiring rights from companies that are still active, acquiring rights held by companies that closed long …

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