Article Category - "Future Think"


Independent Articles
Alexa Schlosser, July/August 2021
The Power of a Book Community »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2021 interview by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — Dr. Artika R. Tyner, founder of Planting People Growing Justice Press and Bookstore, speaks on organic partnerships, what it means to be community focused, and the importance of having a vision and goals. How did Planting People Growing Justice Press and Bookstore …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Alexa Schlosser, January/Febraury 2018
Roundtable: Musings on the Past and Future »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 compiled by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — Nine independent and author publishers reflect on 2017 and look forward to 2018 What did you learn about publishing in 2017 that will inform you moving forward? What will you do differently? Kate Foster (KF): Rushing to hit a release date does …

Alexa Schlosser, December 2017
Wattpad: Redefining Storytelling »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2017 by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — Wattpad is a community-driven publishing platform that’s turning itself into a full-fledged entertainment company. The Motorola Razr was the coolest phone to have in 2006. That same year, Toronto-based Wattpad launched its reading app on the Razr. Today, Wattpad is still a mobile-first …

Alexa Schlosser, June 2017
Finding Real Creativity with Artificial Intelligence »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent AUTHORS.me is a technology platform that uses data from bestselling books to evaluate content and connect writers with publishers. If you’re like me, when you hear the phrase “intelligent machine learning,” you feel the opposite of intelligent. Maybe you picture a robot, but then you …

Alexa Schlosser, January 2017
Roundtable: Collaboration Through Crowdfunding »

PUBLISHED JANUARY 2017 complied by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — Why did you decide to use a crowdfunding platform to publish your book? Why did you choose the particular platform you chose? Betsy Miller (BM): My friends and I self-funded Thinking Ink Press. I went out of pocket for the illustrations for …

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