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Jim Alkon, January/February 2020
Painless Ways for Authors to Get on the Reader Radar »

PUBLISHED JAN/FEB 2020 by Jim Alkon, Editorial Director, BookTrib.com — Some may recall a decade ago when major media outlets radically curtailed their coverage of books. If bestselling authors were going to have to compete hard for coverage, the logic went, what about debut or emerging authors? How would these master wordsmiths with their own …

Jonathan Kirsch, January/February 2020
What New California Labor Laws Might Mean for Publishers »

PUBLISHED JAN/FEB 2020 by Jonathan Kirsch, the Law Offices of Jonathan Kirsch — California has always been a trendsetter, not only in lifestyle and pop culture but also in law and regulation. And because California represents an important market for publishers across the country, California law has a long reach. That’s why two new developments …

Caroline Saccucci, January/February 2020
Understanding the Library of Congress PrePub Book Link »

PUBLISHED JAN/FEB 2020 by Caroline Saccucci, Section Head, CIP and Dewey Section, Library of Congress — Q: What is the Library of Congress PrePub Book Link? Am I eligible to apply? (answer by Caroline Saccucci) Many independent publishers are familiar with the Library of Congress Preassigned Control Number (PCN) Program, the purpose of which is …

Rudy Shur, January/February 2020
How to Publish Books for Large Organizations »

PUBLISHED JAN/FEB 2020 by Rudy Shur, Founder, Square One Publishers — Article Synopsis: There are ways to ensure you’re thoroughly prepared before meeting with a large organization. Any group that is large, well-recognized in its field, and wishes to have a book serve as its voice on some level may be a potential client. As …

Margot Carmichael Lester, January/February 2020
Beyond the Reading: How to Work With Local Bookstores »

PUBLISHED JAN/FEB 2020 by Margot Carmichael Lester, Owner, The Word Factory — It’s easy to forget the pivotal role independent bookstores have in cutting through the noise and getting titles noticed. Article Synopsis: Independent bookstores play a pivotal role in cutting through the noise and getting authors and titles noticed.

Melanie Votaw, January/February 2020
The Ghostwriting Experience: Perspectives from the Ghostwriter, Author, and Publisher »

PUBLISHED JAN/FEB 2020 by Melanie Votaw, Reporter, Author & Ghostwriter — As a ghostwriter, I’ve heard a lot of misconceptions about my profession. “What? You mean the person whose name is on the cover didn’t write the book?” Or: “Oh, I couldn’t possibly use a ghostwriter; then, it wouldn’t be my book.” I usually respond …

Deb Vanasse, January/February 2020
Library-Publisher Partnerships: Discovery, Acquisitions, Programming, and More »

PUBLISHED JAN/FEB 2020 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Opportunities abound for independent publishers to partner with libraries if they take the time to learn the process. Article Synopsis: While libraries differ in policies, budgets, and acquisition procedures, they all have shared interests with indie publishers. Publishers should find out which community goals …

Bruce Brown, January/February 2020
Grow Your Publishing Business Through Joint Venture Associations »

PUBLISHED JAN/FEB 2020 by Bruce Brown, Author-Publisher — What is a joint venture or referral arrangement within book publishing, and how do they work? If you are an author, have a book publishing business, sell books, or do freelance editing, content writing, proofreading, ghostwriting, book coaching, or another related business, setting up a joint venture …

Katrina Hatchett, November/December 2019
10 Common Mistakes Made by Self-Published Authors »

PUBLISHED NOV/DEC 2019 by Katrina Hatchett, Author-Publisher — Those who write passionately know that the possibility of creating a piece of work that will be read by millions is an absolute dream. Writing provokes thought and emotion; wordplay is a gift. However, there is more to being an author than writing—there is a degree of …

Bruce Brown, November/December 2019
How Facebook Can Help You Sell More Books »

PUBLISHED NOV/DEC 2019 by Bruce Brown, Author-Publisher — A few weeks ago, I was talking with a Generation Z’er about Facebook and social media. She commented, “Facebook is for old people.” When the area is that of book writers, book readers, and book publishing, Facebook has potential value whatever your age and the believed (or …

Marion Hill, November/December 2019
5 Years In: What I’ve Learned as an Indie Author-Publisher »

PUBLISHED NOV/DEC 2019 by Marion Hill, Author-Publisher — If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.” —Toni Morrison This quote by the beloved, recently deceased author sums up my reason for wanting to enter the world of writing and …

Stephanie Beard, November/December 2019
Legal Briefs: The Royalty Rates Publishers Are Actually Offering »

PUBLISHED NOV/DEC 2019 by Stephanie Beard, Executive Editor, Turner Publishing — I was recently in a conversation with a colleague, and the discussion turned to whether or not the publishing industry has a common enough set of business practices—from royalties to release formats—for us to really refer to an “industry standard” when discussing these business …

Elizabeth Turnbull, November/December 2019
5 Tools to Help You Succeed in Book Publishing »

PUBLISHED NOV/DEC 2019 by Elizabeth Turnbull, Senior Editor/Partner, Light Messages Publishing — If you give yourself the right tools early on, you’ll free up valuable time so you can focus on growth. Article Synopsis: There are a set of milestones that must be met for every book published and put on the market for sale. …

Alexa Schlosser, November/December 2019
Mark Coker’s ‘Crazy Idea’ (aka The History of Smashwords) »

PUBLISHED NOV/DEC 2019 interview by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — The history of Smashwords—the world’s largest distributor of indie e-books—as told by the founder, as well as his thoughts on the future of e-book publishing. Mark Coker didn’t mean to get into e-book publishing. Prior to the founding of Smashwords in 2008, …

Peter Trimarco, November/December 2019
Board Member’s Memo: Innovation and Independence in Book Publishing »

PUBLISHED NOV/DEC 2019 by Peter Trimarco, Co-Owner/Publisher, Notable Kids Publishing — Many independent publishers, and specifically author publishers, go independent because they have a strong vision and want full control over the editorial and design processes. This was how it was with me. I established Notable Kids Publishing in 2016 to publish children’s picture and …

Deb Vanasse, November/December 2019
Technology Game Changers in Book Publishing »

PUBLISHED NOV/DEC 2019 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Publishers need to make the most of recent innovations while keeping an eye on emerging technologies to remain competitive. Article Synopsis: Publishers may see an expansion of cloud-based, internet-ready authoring systems. E-book and audiobook technologies have not been fully tapped into and continue to …

Ron W. Mumford, September/October 2019
Break All the Rules and Go for the Dream: Securing TV and Film Deals »

PUBLISHED SEPT/OCT 2019 by Ron W. Mumford, Head of Marketing, 3rd Coast Books, LLC — As a passionate indie publisher and author, I can identify with author goals and dreams. The goal is universal: to have a bestselling, widely read book. Easier said than done. After two and a half years of depending on social …

Richard-Anthony Lena, September/October 2019
How Can Indie Publishers Play In the Educational Publishing Market? »

PUBLISHED SEPT/OCT 2019 by Richard-Anthony Lena, President, Brattle Publishing Group — Educational publishing is a $1,350 billion market, and it’s ripe for indie publishers. But to get into this complex market, we first have to know its rules. What Is Educational Publishing? When we think about publishing, we tend to think about the titles on …

Deb Vanasse, September/October 2019
Making the Switch: Book Distributors »

PUBLISHED SEPT/OCT 2019 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Knowing what to expect from distribution and what to expect when making the switch improves both the experience and the bottom line. Even as the market consolidates, options for independent publishers are within reach. What Do Distributors Do? As it applies to publishing, this …

Adam Cushman, September/October 2019
The Best-Kept Book Marketing Secret »

PUBLISHED SEPT/OCT 2019 by Adam Cushman, Owner, Film 14 — A case study on the cinematic book trailer for Secret Keeper. Book trailers remain a new and unique way to engage readers and build fan bases. Even though they’ve been around for a bit, a lot of people don’t know about them, which means there’s …

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