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Angela Bole, July/August 2020
Director’s Desk: Publishing in the ‘New Normal’ »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association — Exploring how independent publishers have coped and adjusted to the realities of pandemic publishing. For months, all of us in independent publishing have been discussing how the long-term effects of COVID-19 would contribute to a “new normal.” Yesterday, I was invited by my …

Mike Mansel, July/August 2020
What’s the Deal With Publishers Liability Insurance? »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 answers by Mike Mansel, MA, Certified Insurance Counselor, Aegis Insurance Markets — Certified insurance counselor, Mike Mansel, breaks down all you need to know before buying publishers liability insurance. What are some of the missteps publishers take when buying publishers liability insurance? The biggest mistake is for publishers to go to a …

Abe Ogden, July/August 2020
Publishing on a Mission, Part I »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Abe Ogden, Co-owner & Lead Strategiest, Paper Door — The successes—and challenges—some mission-based publishers are having taking books to the trade. Article Synopsis: Taking a title to the trade can help a mission-based publisher expand its brand. Having a new book tied to a charity or an organizational mission opens doors …

Sharon Castlen, July/August 2020
Don’t Count Them Out: Selling to Libraries Amid COVID-19 »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Sharon Castlen, Integrated Book Marketing – The activity of discovery for new titles and procuring them is still alive. This article shares the changes in the library space and considers what the future might hold. Article Synopsis: Discovery is still vital, and librarians are looking for your titles. Now might be …

Deb Vanasse, July/August 2020
Pandemic Publishing: Looking for a Better Future During COVID-19 »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Independent publishers cope, adjust, and hope for a better future during COVID-19. Article Synopsis: The pandemic forced the closure and cancellation of many events independent publishers and authors rely on. Independent publishers have the flexibility, resilience, and innovative spirit needed to weather a crisis. …

Maggie Langrick, July/August 2020
Board Members Memo: What You Publish Next Is Important »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Maggie Langrick, Founder and Publisher, LifeTree Media — If you hope to sell books post-COVID-19, be sure they meet readers’ needs. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to make tough decisions and big changes in our businesses. We’ve had to revise our budgets, furlough staff, and renegotiate with vendors. We …

Jonathan Kirsch, July/August 2020
Publishing Law in the Time of COVID-19 »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Jonathan Kirsch, the Law Offices of Jonathan Kirsch — Below are the most demanding legal issues that have arisen during the pandemic. Each day of the global pandemic has presented the publishing industry with challenges. Many of them can be seen as opportunities to improve the way publishers do business as …

Jeniffer Thompson, July/August 2020
It’s Time for Indies to Shine »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Jeniffer Thompson, Founder and President, Monkey C Media — Independent publishers have always had to think outside the box to succeed. COVID-19 presents us with an opportunity to do what we do best: adapt. As we learn to navigate the new normal of social distancing and prepare for a post-COVID-19 world, …

Fauzia Burke, July/August 2020
Sell More Books … Even During a Crisis »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Fauzia Burke, Founder & President, FSB Associates — Publishers can guide their authors to better market their books. Here’s how. One of the best ways publishers can sell more books is to help their authors become better marketers. Some publishers have already figured out that their best marketing assets are actually …

Maria Dismondy, July/August 2020
3 Ways My Company Adapted Around COVID-19 »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Maria Dismondy, Founder, Cardinal Rule Press — What indie publishers and self-published authors can take away from COVID-19 and how they might learn new skills along the way. I don’t know about you, but when all this COVID-19 stuff started to take shape, I rushed out to stock up on my …

Angela Bole, May/June 2020
Directors Desk: A Report from IBPA’s Annual Meeting of Members »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2020 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association — IBPA gathered for their first virtual annual meeting to learn about the state of the association, approve revisions to IBPA bylaws and vote for IBPA board canditates. Following the cancellation of IBPA’s in-person Annual Meeting of Members scheduled for April 4, 2020, in …

Karla Olson, May/June 2020
Board Member’s Memo: Meet Your New IBPA Board Chair, Karla Olson »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2020 Get to know incoming IBPA Board Chair Karla Olson Karla Olson starts her one-year term as chair of the IBPA Board of Directors on July 1, 2020. What is your current company and role, and how long have you been involved in independent publishing? I am the publisher of the book program …

Brooke Warner, May/June 2020
Board Member’s Memo: Note from Outgoing IBPA Board Chair, Brooke Warner »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2020 Read Brooke Warner’s parting message to the IBPA community and get to know the new IBPA Board Chair and Board Members Brooke Warner completes six years of service on the IBPA Board of Directors on June 30, 2020 (four years as an at-large board member and two years as chair). Each outgoing …

Alexa Schlosser, May/June 2020
IBPA Roundtable: How Has the COVID-19 Global Crisis Affected Publishing? »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2020 Compiled by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — Four publishing experts discuss how the global crisis has affected every aspect within the industry. Robin Cutler, Director, IngramSpark As many of you have read in online posts and media reports, Ingram, as one of the world’s largest book wholesalers, is still …

Jodee Blanco, May/June 2020
Tips for Remote Author Appearances and Virtual Book Signings »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2020 by Jodee Blanco, Founder & CEO, Jodee Blanco Group — How authors can use digital platforms to reach their audience remotely. It feels weird doing online now what we would normally do in person every day. Giving an author talk and knocking it out of the park is challenging enough face to …

Robin Cutler , May/June 2020
Board Member’s Memo: Weathering the Storm of a Global Crisis »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2020 by Robin Cutler, Director, IngramSpark — Authors & publishers who have invested in engaging directly with readers and have made their content available in multiple formats will be the best positioned to weather this storm. I’m writing this on March 20, 2020, at the beginning of the alarming escalation in the United …

Lee Klancher, May/June 2020
The Curious Incident of the Red Tractor Rental in the Nighttime »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2020 by Lee Klancher, Founder & Publisher, Octane Press — As founder and publisher of Octane Press, I’d never seen a trade book offered for rent until I saw one of our own books on Amazon. Late on the last Sunday evening in January 2020, I was happily exploring the features of my …

Brian O’Leary, May/June 2020
Making Book Rights, Right »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2020 by Brian O’Leary, Executive Director, Book Industry Study Group (BISG) — The rights business is complex, but BISG makes it easier to understand by creating a standard way to talk about rights. At its core, book publishing is a rights business. Manufacturing, distribution, and retail and library sales are all critical parts …

Dan Gerstein, May/June 2020
Anatomy of a 21st Century Publishing Partnership »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2020 by Dan Gerstein, Founder & CEO, Gotham Ghostwriters — How Real Clear Publishing went from aspiration to publication. Means. Motive. Opportunity. Most people know them as the core elements of a crime. But they can just as easily be seen as the common ingredients of a successful partnership. Take for example the …

Malcolm Kushner, May/June 2020
6 Tips from the Founder of Free Books for Kids »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2020 by Malcolm Kushner, Fouder & Chair, Free Books for Kids — Learn about the unfortunate trend that is happening to the books you are donating and what Free Books for Kids Founder is doing about it. You’re a good person. So, when your kids have outgrown their board books, read-alongs, and chapter …

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