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Angela Bole, July 2014
Director’s Desk: Playing Big »

I’ve been thinking a lot about comfort zones lately. When I began as IBPA’s executive director nearly a year ago, I was living in New York City near friends and neighbors I’d known for over a decade. I walked really fast and had a $15 a day Starbucks habit. Maybe I walked really fast because …

Linda Carlson, July 2014
Spotlight: Angela Bole, IBPA Executive Director »

As Angela Bole (photo below-right) is celebrating her first anniversary as IBPA’s executive director, we’re turning this column’s spotlight on her, to learn what impresses her about independent book publishing. Her greatest concern for IBPA members: “Small publishers who jump into partnerships without first understanding all their options,” says Bole, who came to IBPA from …

Linda Carlson, June 2014
Spotlight: IBPA Member Achievements »

Sweet! A Sourcebooks title, Year of No Sugar: A Memoir, by Eve O. Schaub, was launched in a whirlwind of publicity and appearances in April. Prepub press included a review in Library Journal, and stories in the Denver Post (which said her experience and her arguments “make a convincing case for closely inspecting package labels”), …

Linda Carlson, June 2014
Spotlight: Patti Grasso, IBPA Executive Assistant »

Patti Grasso (photo below) is one of those people who has come full circle, both personally and professionally. As the IBPA executive assistant explains, “When I stand on the sidewalk outside IBPA’s office, I can see the house I lived in as an infant.” And, she goes on, communicating information has been a lifelong passion …

Angela Bole, June 2014
Director’s Desk: Getting to Know You »

“Who are the IBPA members?” When our newest employee—Molly Farragher, project coordinator/member benefits specialist—jumped into her first day last month with both feet, this was one of the first questions she asked. As soon as she did, I was fully convinced we’d made a good hire. There are two reasons to ask that question. The …

IBPA Members, June 2014
IBPA Roundtable: The Flip Side of Failure »

  Since Publishers Said No — Submitted by Ruth Donald, Proud Horse Publishing, proudhorsepublishing@gmail.com. Like many other fiction writers who dream of having their novels published, I started out by going the traditional route. When I wrote my first Hunter Rayne Highway Mystery back in the mid-’90s, there were only three options: Query agents or …

Linda Carlson, May 2014
Spotlight: IBPA Member Achievements »

Linda Carlson writes for IBPA’s Independent magazine from Seattle, Washington. She can be reached at linda@ibpa-online.org. Chelsea Green Publishing — which is now celebrating its 30th anniversary — was showcased in Publishers Weekly’s “Fast-Growing Indie Publishers,” and publisher Margo Baldwin was quoted as saying its consignment program has in most cases doubled or tripled sales …

Linda Carlson, May 2014
Spotlight: Janice Schnell Butler, IBPA Board Member »

Linda Carlson writes for IBPA’s Independent magazine from Seattle, Washington. She can be reached at linda@ibpa-online.org. IBPA board member Janice Schnell Butler (photo right) is a content acquisition sales manager for Ingram Content, which means she works with publishers of all sizes and all genres on print-on-demand and e-publishing. Her job includes determining what publishers …

Angela Bole, May 2014
Director’s Desk: A New Portal for Industry Know-How »

Happy spring! If you’re like people throughout most of the country, I bet you’re excited to be climbing out of one of the longest and coldest winters we’ve seen in a while. Spring is a time for freshening up and knocking down cobwebs. How about using your welcome boost of sunny energy to reengage with …

Linda Carlson, April 2014
Spotlight: Terry Nathan, IBPA’s Chief Operations Officer »

Terry Nathan (photo right) is the only IBPA staff member I’ve worked closely with over the years (Independent editor Judith Appelbaum is self-employed, as I am). But until a few years ago, Terry and I had never even heard each other’s voices. We had celebrated the births of his children, the graduations of mine, his induction as a …

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