Article Category - "Sales Channels"


Independent Articles
Ian Lamont, March/April 2020
Targeting Book Sales With Amazon Advertising »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2020 by Ian Lamont, Founder, i30 Media– You can target competing or similar titles on Amazon using its advertising service, which allows you to select keywords you can’t in metadata. Article Synopsis: Amazon’s search engine can only show a limited number of items on the first page of search results, and it’s hard …

Caroline Saccucci, January/February 2020
Understanding the Library of Congress PrePub Book Link »

PUBLISHED JAN/FEB 2020 by Caroline Saccucci, Section Head, CIP and Dewey Section, Library of Congress — Q: What is the Library of Congress PrePub Book Link? Am I eligible to apply? (answer by Caroline Saccucci) Many independent publishers are familiar with the Library of Congress Preassigned Control Number (PCN) Program, the purpose of which is …

Margot Carmichael Lester, January/February 2020
Beyond the Reading: How to Work With Local Bookstores »

PUBLISHED JAN/FEB 2020 by Margot Carmichael Lester, Owner, The Word Factory — It’s easy to forget the pivotal role independent bookstores have in cutting through the noise and getting titles noticed. Article Synopsis: Independent bookstores play a pivotal role in cutting through the noise and getting authors and titles noticed.

Deb Vanasse, January/February 2020
Library-Publisher Partnerships: Discovery, Acquisitions, Programming, and More »

PUBLISHED JAN/FEB 2020 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Opportunities abound for independent publishers to partner with libraries if they take the time to learn the process. Article Synopsis: While libraries differ in policies, budgets, and acquisition procedures, they all have shared interests with indie publishers. Publishers should find out which community goals …

David Marlin, September/October 2019
Managing Your Book Sales Data: The Problem, the History, and Solutions »

PUBLISHED SEPT/OCT 2019 by David Marlin, Co-Founder, MetaComet Systems — An abundance of digital sales platforms has given independent publishers exciting new routes to market—but with them have come new challenges around sales reporting and royalties. It is a headache familiar to many independent publishers handling their own digital distribution. You receive perhaps a dozen …

Bruce Brown, May/June 2019
How Goodreads Can Help Publishers Connect to New Readers »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2019 by Bruce Brown, Author-Publisher — Goodreads provides an incredible promotion platform for publishers and their books. Contrary to popular belief, not everyone has heard of Goodreads. Or, if they have, they might not understand the value it can offer to them. It is one of the most useful free online tools anyone …

Ian Lamont, May/June 2019
A Quick Guide to Ancillary Products and Alternative Revenue Streams »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2019 by Ian Lamont, Founder, i30Media — How can ancillary products can create new revenue for your business? Take an inside look at expert tips for creating and marketing profitable supplemental materials for your books. Anyone who has been to the annual IBPA Publishing University knows what a special opportunity it is to …

Angela Bole, March/April 2019
Director’s Desk: Understanding IBPA’s Position on Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2019 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association — Why we signed an appeal against the new software system that takes advantage of authors. On Feb. 13, 2019, IBPA joined 37 other book industry associations on an open appeal to readers and librarians from the victims of Controlled Digital Lending (CDL). View …

Julia Schopick, March/April 2019
Facebook Groups: A Must-Use Promotional Resource For Authors »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2019 by Julia Schopick, Author — Active involvement in Facebook groups can help foster organic marketing and guide potential buyers to your book. In my May/June 2018 column, “Using Topics in the News to Get Your Important Messages Out”, I described how John McCain’s July 2017 glioblastoma diagnosis provided me with an opportunity …

Alexa Schlosser, September/October 2018
A Pipeline to In-Store Purchases »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 interview by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — DartFrog Books partners with bookstores to place self-published works on shelves. In 2013, Gordon McClellan self-published a children’s book, but he quickly realized there was no clear path for self-published authors to gain bookstore distribution. He wanted to change that. He founded …

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