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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
Spotlight: MaryAnn Kohl, IBPA Board Member »

Spotlight February 2014 by Linda Carlson Closeup: MaryAnn Kohl Outgoing and enthusiastic, board member MaryAnn Kohl has spent almost 30 years in publishing, and she’s still excited about it. And, despite nearing traditional retirement age, she’s adding services to her Bright Ring Publishing company and pursuing another writing genre. MaryAnn Kohl working with her kids.  …

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 …

Linda Carlson, February 2014
Serving Several Niches: The North Star Story »

Serving Several Niches: The North Star Story February 2014 by Linda Carlson Brenda Avadian says she shudders when she has to talk numbers, but she has figures to brag about when it comes to direct sales: 75 to 90 percent. The publisher at the Los Angeles–area North Star Books has another impressive number: 100 percent …

Linda Carlson, January 2014
Spotlight: Tom Doherty, IBPA Board Member »

Spotlight January 2014 by Linda Carlson Closeup: Tom Doherty   Born into publishing is how we could describe IBPA board member Tom Doherty. He absorbed book publishing as a child through his father’s career as a book salesman and publisher, and his mother’s work in management of a college bookstore, and he began delivering newspapers …

Linda Carlson, January 2014
Bringing Books Back, Part 1: IBPA Members Report on Getting Rights to Previously Published Titles »

January 2014 by Linda Carlson Being able to get books ready for release without the expenses of editing, copy editing, and design—and sometimes without any investment in printing—is among the reasons that many authors and new publishers are reissuing out-of-print titles. The number of quality titles being abandoned by larger publishers, the creative and continuing …

Linda Carlson, December 2013
Spotlight: IBPA Member Achievements »

Spotlight December 2013 by Linda Carlson A Series Racks Up Rights Sales Great Reads Books of Bellaire, TX, reports foreign rights sales for two titles in its Jesus Thief series. Author/publisher J.R. Lankford sold the fourth book, The Covert Messiah, to Eksmo of Moscow for a 2014 Russian edition, and the first one, The Jesus Thief, to Saida de …

Linda Carlson, December 2013
Using Scribd »

Scribd soft-launched its streaming subscription plan early this year, and the plan recently got extensive publicity in the trade and business press because HarperCollins committed most of its backlist titles to the service. But independent publishers—including IBPA members—were already on board with sales or rental programs. So far, although Time magazine called one of “10 start-ups …

Linda Carlson, December 2013
Statewide to Worldwide: A South Dakota Not-for-Profit Reaches Out »

A press that got its start serving pioneers is celebrating its greatest coup: the right to publish the autobiography of one of the most beloved pioneers, Laura Ingalls Wilder. The South Dakota State Historical Society Press already has hundreds of orders for Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography, scheduled for a summer 2014 launch with previously unpublished …

Linda Carlson, November 2013
Spotlight: John Mutter, IBPA Board Member and Co-Founder of Shelf Awareness »

Spotlight November 2013 by Linda Carlson Closeup: John Mutter A delightful conversation with John Mutter—IBPA board member and co-founder of the Shelf Awareness publishing newsletters—recently touched on espresso, comfortable chairs, e-publishing, and many other things that go into selling books these days. It was delightful in part because Mutter’s fun to talk with, and also …

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