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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 …

Kelly Peterson, March/April 2021
Board Members Memo: Where to Start With Diversity, Inclusion, and Bias Training »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2021 by Kelly Peterson, Director of Digital Strategy, Independent Publishers Group Read below for tips on how to incorporate DEI training into your organization. I don’t think anyone made it out of 2020 without confronting the racial divide in America. Whether it was football players kneeling during the anthem, George Floyd’s murder dominating …

Alexa Schlosser, January/February 2021
Roundtable: Intern Insight »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021 Compiled by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — Roy Carlisle has managed a number of interns over the years. Hear his perspective as well as the perspectives of four of his former interns. Questions for the Publisher What is the advantage of using interns over hiring an entry-level employee? Roy …

Rudy Shur, January/February 2021
Disruptions: Why Book Publishers Fail »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021 by Rudy Shur, Founder, Square One Publishers — Learning how publishers fail can help you avoid some of the most common pitfalls you didn’t know existed. When I started publishing books on my own, I was young, ambitious, and thought I knew the book industry. Looking back at that time, two out …

Peter A. Arthur-Smith, January/February 2021
Pandemic Revolution: What Independent Publishers Should Consider Before Making Their Next Move »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRAURY 2021 by Peter A. Arthur-Smith, Founding Principal, Leadership Solutions Inc — Three factors independent publishers should consider before making their next move. In the July/August 2020 issue of IBPA Independent, Maria Dismondy, founder of Cardinal Rule Press, shared the story of how she launched and distributed a new children’s book as the COVID-19 …

Alexa Schlosser, November/December 2020
Roundtable: Podcasting Perspectives »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 Compiled by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — 4 IBPA members with podcasts share their goals, tips, and tools for the medium. Tell me about your podcast. When did you start it? What was the goal for creating it? Carissa Andrews (CA): My podcast is called the Author Revolution podcast …

Jyotsna Ramachandran, November/December 2020
5 Steps to Recruit ‘A’ Players for Your Book Publishing Team »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 by Jyotsna Ramachandran, Founder, Happy Self Publishing — The best way to build a team is to hire a set of freelancers who are experts at what they do. Are you a self-published author who is overwhelmed by the number of items on your book launch checklist? I have some good news …

MJ Courchesne, November/December 2020
IBPA Advocacy Committee’s Summary of Ongoing Copyright-Related Cases »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 by MJ Courchesne, Founder & President, Gryphon Publishing Consulting — An overview of what the IBPA Advocacy Committee is monitoring and contributing to the copyright-related cases. As a professional trade association dedicated to leading and serving the independent publishing community, IBPA has an intrinsic interest in helping protect its members’ intellectual property …

Deb Vanasse, November/December 2020
New and Better: Independent Publishers Adapt to COVID-19 with Resourcefulness and Ingenuity »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — As independent publishers adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic with resourcefulness and ingenuity, some say their innovations will improve their businesses long after the crisis has waned. We can’t wait for things to get back to normal. Or can we? Everyone wants an end to …

David Marlin, November/December 2020
Four Consequences of Poor Book Royalty Management »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 by David Marlin, Co-Founder, MetaComet Systems — Mistakes and inefficiencies in royalty calculations and payments can quickly escalate into publishing horror stories, but MetaComet has the remedies. Everyone in publishing has first or secondhand horror stories to tell—of bad decisions and simple mistakes that caused serious disruption or even ended a business. …

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