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Florrie Binford Kichler, February 2013
President’s Post: What’s New? A Trio from IBPA »

PUBLISHED MAY 2013 by Florrie Binford Kichler, Executive Director, Independent Book Publishers Association — Cynics say that there’s nothing new under the sun, but I invite those cynics to take a look at IBPA, where the joint’s jumpin’ with new ways to increase the value of your membership. Right now—from the folks who in the …

Linda Carlson, January 2013
Spotlight: IBPA Member Achievements »

  Spotlight Showcasing the Stinky Series Two segments of a new CNN Headline News show, Making It in America, featured Britt Menzies, author of the Raven Tree Press StinkyKids series, when its third title, StinkyKids Have a Heart, launched in the fall. Introduced in 2011, the hardbound picture books use characters created by Menzies in 2006 for T-shirts, which …

Florrie Binford Kichler, January 2013
President’s Post: Five Habits of Powerful Publishers »

PUBLISHED JANUARY 2013 by Florrie Binford Kichler, Executive Director, Independent Book Publishers Association — If I asked 10 publishers to describe their biggest challenge in the industry today, I would bet my last digital file that 10 out of 10 would say it is keeping up with the relentless pace of change. Change is unceasing, …

Linda Carlson, November 2012
Carving Out a History Niche: Aquila Polonica’s Passion Fuels Publishing »

If you didn’t speak Polish, had no military experience, and didn’t know a thing about the Warsaw ghetto or World War II, would you try to write fiction about Polish WW II flying aces? Probably not—but Terry Tagnazian wasn’t fazed. Not that she ever finished her novel. Instead, she established a company to publish eyewitness …

Linda Carlson, October 2012
Spotlight: IBPA Member Achievements »

Spotlight October 2012 Major Praise and Pickup Aquila Polonica Publishing’s The Auschwitz Volunteer by Witold Pilecki has received pages and pages of publicity recently, with Publishers Weekly calling it “remarkable revelations” and the History Book Club and Canada’s Maclean’s praising it with phrases such as “extraordinary memoir.” Most impressive is the 1,600-word review that appeared in the New York Times Book Review, which …

Florrie Binford Kichler, October 2012
President’s Post: Rediscovering Reading – The Secret Life of a Book Awards Judge »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2012 by Florrie Binford Kichler, Executive Director, Independent Book Publishers Association — Shoe-repair workers have holes in their shoes. CPAs don’t balance their checkbooks. Publishers don’t read. In other words, what we spend our professional lives doing doesn’t necessarily carry over to our personal lives. Now, I realize sweeping generalizations are dangerous. Certainly …

Linda Carlson, September 2012
Spotlight: IBPA Member Achievements »

Spotlight   Foreign Rights Sales Backstories Jack Mayer, Long Trail Press publisher and author of the 2011 title Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project, reports he has sold foreign rights for Polish, Chinese, and Russian editions of his true story about a Polish Catholic social worker who rescued 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto. Two …

Florrie Binford Kichler, September 2012
President’s Post: A 20-Year Salute to Terry Nathan »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2012 by Florrie Binford Kichler, Executive Director, Independent Book Publishers Association — Amazon referred to a river in South America. Larry Page and Sergey Brin were undergrad students, and the term googol meant “a 1 with 100 zeroes after it.” The Sony Data Discman, an electronic book reader that could read books stored on CDs, was …

Dave Marx, August 2012
The Tool Chest: The Book Business in Flux – A Wide-Angle View »

It’s hard for me to believe that my time on the IBPA board is over, but my second two-year term ended on July 31. As I reflect on the changes that have taken place at IBPA and in publishing over the past four years . . . interesting times, indeed! When I was encouraged to …

Florrie Binford Kichler, August 2012
President’s Post: Volunteer Value »

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2012 by Florrie Binford Kichler, Executive Director, Independent Book Publishers Association — $21.79 That’s the value of an hour of volunteer time, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Which means that in IBPA’s fiscal year 2011–2012 (June 30–July 1), your board of directors contributed more than $13,000 of value to your association …

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