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Alexa Schlosser
Opportunity Knocks: Cottage Door Press Shares Success Secrets »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 interview by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — Two-time fastest-growing independent publisher Cottage Door Press is only four years old—what’s its secret to success? While only a little over four years old, children’s book publisher Cottage Door Press has found incredible success in the industry, and Publishers Weekly named it …

Antonio Simon Jr., September/October 2018
5 Reasons to Read Indie »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 by Antonio Simon Jr., Entrepreneur & Attorney — Discover the benefits of reading and supporting indie books. Now, more than ever, indie authors are delivering fresh and innovative books into the hands of eager readers. These topics make for great discussion on why independently published books are unique, important, and valuable. 1. …

Michael A. Ferro , March/April 2018
Independent’s Day: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Indie Publishers »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2018 by Michael A. Ferro, Author, TITLE 13 — A debut literary fiction author assesses his options and decides to publish with an independent publisher “The easiest thing to do in this world is getting your novel published,” said no one ever. (OK, well, perhaps John Grisham says it when he’s sharing tapas …

David Crumm, March/April 2018
Summoning Our Allies & Angels »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2018 by David Crumm, Journalist, ReadTheSpirit.com — Front Edge Publishing integrates highly engaged partners—Allies and Angels—into the promotion of their books. Any publisher would be pleased to learn that an upcoming book had sold nearly 2,000 advance copies even before the title was publicly released to Amazon and other sellers. Recently, we saw …

Alexa Schlosser, January/February 2018
The Power of Self-Publishing »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — David Emerald Womeldorff and Donna Zajonc are the power couple behind the bestselling self-published book The Power of TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic), which hit 100,000 copies in print late last year. But success didn’t happen overnight. In September 2005, guests at David Emerald …

Alexa Schlosser, November 2017
Executive Office: Christopher Robbins on  Publishing »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2017 Interview by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — An interview with the CEO of Familius and American West Books, Christopher Robbins Christopher Robbins is a self-proclaimed terrible cellist, pianist, and guitar player. But he’s also the founder and CEO of Familius, an independent book publishing company with a mission to …

Angela Bole, September 2017
Director’s Desk: Staying Inspired »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2017 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association – As you read through this issue of IBPA Independent, I invite you to consider what you do each year to inspire and motivate yourself to innovate and move forward in your chosen profession of publishing. In other words, what are you doing to …

Alvin Irby, August 2017
Barbershop Books »

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2017 by Alvin Irby, Founder and Chief Reading Inspirer, Barbershop Books – IBPA member Barbershop Books, a program that creates child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops, won the National Book Foundation’s 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize. America’s prevailing beliefs about early literacy development have inextricably linked the activity of reading to a seemingly inexhaustible …

Alexa Schlosser, June 2017
The National Book Foundation’s Lisa Lucas on Publishing »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 Interviewed by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent An interview with the new executive director of the National Book Foundation. Lisa Lucas’ road to executive director of the National Book Foundation may have been “higgledy-piggledy,” but, one year in, she is certain it’s a perfect fit. We caught up with Lucas to …

Lynn Rosen, June 2016
Literary All-Stars »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2016 by Lynn Rosen, IBPA Independent contributing editor We all know that the sharing of information and stories across time and space creates a better world … but that doesn’t mean authors, illustrators, and publishers don’t also want to be recognized for hard work done well. Here are some of the biggest awards …

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