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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 …

Kelly Peterson, January/February 2021
The Kings of the Castle All Owe It to One Queen »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021 by Kelly Peterson, Director of Digital Strategy, Independent Publishers Group How Naleighna Kai and her marketing fellowship, NK’s Tribe Called Success, lift others up by working together marketing their titles. There’s an old phrase about conversations: “If you can’t get through the front door, try the window.” When I think about that …

Abe Ogden, January/February 2021
Renewable Resource: How to Repurpose Book Content and Increase Sales »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021 by Abe Ogden, Co-owner & Lead Strategiest, Paper Door — The six R’s of squeezing the most out of every piece of content you publish. Synopsis: Digital has opened up a number of new, low-cost opportunities for repackaging. Repurposing is the process of taking content from one source and creating a new …

Robert Broder, January/February 2021
Board Members Memo: How My Hometown Library Adapted »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021 interview by Robert Broder, Editor & Founder, Ripple Grove Press — IBPA Board of Directors member Rob Broder sat down with the president of the Vermont Library Association to discuss what has been going on during the pandemic and how it has affected libraries in the state. In addition to being an …

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 …

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 …

Angela Bole, September/October 2020
Director’s Desk: Summary of IBPA’s Strategic Plan »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association — Here are IBPA’s 2020-2022 goals and strategies for leading and serving the independent publishing community. During a meeting held in August 2020, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Board of Directors reviewed and reaffirmed the association’s Strategic Plan for the years 2020 through …

Kathy Strahs, September/October 2020
Board Members Memo: Baking to Make Things Better »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 by Kathy Strahs, Founder, Burnt Cheese Press — How Burnt Cheese Press founder embraced baking as an opportunity to make a positive difference. “Cooking and baking is physical and mental therapy.” —Mary Berry At one point, early in quarantine when pantry staples were running scarce, I procured a 50-pound bag of flour …

Alexa Schlosser, September/October 2020
IBPA Roundtable: Pandemic Pivoting »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 Compiled by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — IBPA members delve into what they’ve done differently since the COVID-19 outbreak began. In what ways were you forced to pivot or adjust your business/publishing due to COVID-19? What did you learn from this? Ian Lamont (IL): I realized that my overreliance …

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