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Independent Articles
Diane Vallere, November/December 2021
Book Metadata Makeover Success »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021 by Diane Vallere, author — Learn how author Diane Vallere tripled book sales after experiencing IBPA’s Metadata Makeover program. Everybody loves a makeover, right? Picture Tess McGill in Working Girl: “You want to be taken seriously? You need serious hair.” The implication is simple: Success equals looking the part to the audience …

Angela Bole, July/August 2021
Directors Desk: IBPA Donates to Support Indie Bookselling »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2021 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association — How IBPA’s partnership with the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) helped indie bookstores during COVID-19. The theme of the July/August 2021 issue of IBPA Independent — “Joining Forces: Indie Publishers Partnering for a Purpose” — is meaningful for so many reasons. You’ll find …

Alexa Schlosser, July/August 2021
The Power of a Book Community »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2021 interview by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — Dr. Artika R. Tyner, founder of Planting People Growing Justice Press and Bookstore, speaks on organic partnerships, what it means to be community focused, and the importance of having a vision and goals. How did Planting People Growing Justice Press and Bookstore …

James Aquilone, Joe Mynhardt, and Lindy Ryan, July/August 2021
How Kickstarter Can Pave the Way For a Publishing Deal »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2021 by James Aquilone, Joe Mynhardt, and Lindy Ryan — The story of Classic Monsters Unleashed told from the perspective of the author and two of his publishing partners. Synopsis: Author James Aquilone discusses why he decided to use a crowdfunding campaign to create his anthology of short stories and shares five reasons …

Jonathan Kirsch, July/August 2021
Potential Perils of Book Publishing Partnerships »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2021 by Jonathan Kirsch, the Law Offices of Jonathan Kirsch — Book publishing attorney Jonathan Kirsch presents an overview of the legal issues that can occur while running your publishing business. Author’s Note: This article offers an overview of the legal issues and does not take the place of consultation with an attorney. …

Tieshena Davis, July/August 2021
How Publishers Can Use Collaborations to Grow Their Business »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2021 by Tieshena Davis, Publishing Executive, Publish Your Gift — How collaborations can enhance your material value, expand your access to your target audience, multiply your revenue, and allow you to work smarter versus harder. Collaborations help you accomplish what would either be impossible or much more difficult for you to do alone. …

Karen Pavlicin, July/August 2021
A Report from IBPA’s DEI Task Force »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2021 by Karen Pavlicin, Publisher, Elva Resa Publishing — More about the association-wide integration and launch of IBPA’s DEI Committee. Over the past year, the IBPA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force—under the direction of the IBPA Board of Directors and informed by DEI professionals and IBPA members—established and implemented the first …

Mel Corrigan, July/August 2021
Q: Is it Worth Trying to Get My Book into Barnes & Noble? »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2021 by Mel Corrigan, Business and Visibility Director, Scribe Publishing Company — It’s time to develop a relationship with your neighborhood Barnes & Noble store manager. For many small, independent publishers, attaining national distribution can be a big win. But every book in a given catalog might not have national appeal or garner …

Deb Vanasse, July/August 2021
Creating Meaningful DEI Partnerships »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2021 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Book Publishers can enhance their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts by taking time to form meaningful DEI partnerships and collaborations. Synopsis: Publishers should create a plan that articulates short-term and long-term DEI goals, and a means for tracking progress. Hiring a DEI consultant might …

Angela Bole, May/June 2021
Directors Desk: A Look at the IBPA Annual Meeting of Members »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2021 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association — IBPA members gathered virtually on April 7, 2021, from 10 a.m. to noon Pacific for the 2021 Annual Meeting of Members. Here’s a brief snapshot of what happened. State of the Association In my “State of the Association” remarks, I discussed, IBPA’s Mission, …

Elly Blue, May/June 2021
Case Study: Homegrown Book Bundling »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2021 by Elly Blue, Marketing and Editorial Director, Microcosm Publishing & Distribution — Case Study: How a bunch of small publishers worked together to support each other and try to get their books into readers’ hands. During the summer of 2020, my friend Rachel Bell and I were on the phone bemoaning the …

Alexa Schlosser, May/June 2021
Killer Nashville Is Back »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2021 interview by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — A Q&A with indie publisher and writers’ conference founder Clay Stafford. After having to take a year off due to the global pandemic, Killer Nashville founder Clay Stafford is looking forward to holding his 15th annual writers’ conference this August. IBPA Independent …

Deb Vanasse, May/June 2021
Subsidiary Rights: What You Need To Know »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2021 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Subsidiary rights provide an opportunity for publishers to make the most of their assets, adding a potentially lucrative alternative revenue source. Synopsis: Subsidiary rights options include alternative book formats, supplemental materials, serialized content, audio rights, and more. Arrangements involving foreign and translation rights can …

Richard-Anthony Lena, May/June 2021
Finding Alternative Revenue Sources for the Books You Publish »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2021 by Richard-Anthony Lena, President, Brattle Publishing Group — Four small steps that may lead to special sales opportunities for your books. Synopsis: It’s difficult to sell direct to consumer if you don’t know who your primary customer is, so you first must identify them. Seek out sources that will help you learn …

Peter Trimarco, May/June 2021
Getting Your Books Into Schools: It’s “Back to School Time!” »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2021 by Peter Trimarco, Co-Owner/Publisher, Notable Kids Publishing — Many children’s book authors and publishers support their mainstream revenue by getting their books and curriculum into schools and doing author visits. But how do you get started? Synopsis: A solid curriculum that’s free and readily available can put you in the best position …

Brooke Warner and Stephanie Carter, May/June 2021
Tools to Support Your Book Publishing DEI Efforts »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2021 by Brooke Warner and Stephanie Carter — IBPA has launched a resource center that lists information for advancing DEI initiatives within the independent book publishing community. As part of its commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within its membership, leadership, policies, practices, and publications, IBPA has launched an online resource …

Alexa Schlosser, May/June 2021
A Direct Approach: Spotlight on Jelani Memory and “A Kids Book About” »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2021 interview by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — Jelani Memory’s “A Kids Book About” series takes a direct approach to publishing, both in terms of its distribution model and the tough topics it covers. Jelani Memory initially thought he’d only print one copy of the book he wrote for his …

Barbara W. Sarnecka, May/June 2021
Lessons Learned: Self-Publishing for Professors »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2021 by Barbara W. Sarnecka, Professor of Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine — One Cognitive Scientist’s Experience. Several years ago, when I decided to write a book and publish it myself, there were three questions I knew I would not be able to answer until the whole thing was over. Would the …

Angela Bole, March/April 2021
Directors Desk: IBPA’s Strategic Partnership with Empowering Latino Futures (ELF) »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2021 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association — Read below for details on what this new partnership entails. A single organization alone can’t resolve all the issues affecting its community, but with the help of partnerships, an organization can make a substantial difference across multiple fronts. That’s why IBPA is so …

Cliff Guren, Thad McIlroy, and Steve Sieck, March/April 2021
Understanding COVID-19’s Impact on Book Publishing »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2021 by Cliff Guren, Thad McIlroy, and Steve Sieck — A new report finds that the publishing industry has, on the whole, fared well in these trying times. Synopsis: Trade sales for 2020 were almost uniformly ahead of 2019, and in several categories, unit sales were up over 20% through mid-December. Most projections …

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