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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 …

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 …

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