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Brian O’Leary, May/June 2020
Making Book Rights, Right »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2020 by Brian O’Leary, Executive Director, Book Industry Study Group (BISG) — The rights business is complex, but BISG makes it easier to understand by creating a standard way to talk about rights. At its core, book publishing is a rights business. Manufacturing, distribution, and retail and library sales are all critical parts …

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 …

Angela Bole, July/August 2018
Director’s Desk: The Heart of IBPA »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2018 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association — CEO Angela Bole explains how representing diverse voices and topics is at the heart of Independent Book Publishers Association. The title story of the July/August 2018 IBPA Independent magazine, “Getting There: Why Indie Publishers are Well-Positioned to Satisfy the Need for Diverse Voices,” …

Joshua Tallent, July/August 2018
Metadata Impacts Book Sales »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2018 by Joshua Tallent, Director of Outreach and Education, Firebrand Technologies — Is your book’s metadata hurting or helping your sales? IBPA Board Member Joshua Tallent explains the importance of getting your metadata right. IBPA Publishing University 2018 was, by all measures, a complete success. We had record attendance, powerful engagement, and some …

Zsofia Macho, December 2017
6 Tips for Successful Self-Publishing Outside Your Home Country »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2017 by Zsofia Macho, Writer — Watch Joshua Robertson’s video recap of this article! It is not easy to become an internationally recognized self-published author, but it is definitely not impossible. There is a rule every aspiring international writer is told early on: Learn English. Read in English. Write in English. Breathe in …

Rob Price, October 2017
Board Member’s Memo: 7 Tips for the Emerging Author-Publisher »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2017 by Rob Price, President, Gatekeeper Press & IBPA Board Chair — There has never been a better time to be an author. For decades (centuries, actually), all-powerful gatekeepers ruled the landscape, determining whose books would be seen by the masses. If you weren’t one of the lucky few, your chances of getting …

Angela Bole, July 2017
Director’s Desk: Advocating Fairness with IBPA’s Industry Standards Checklist for a Professionally Published Book »

PUBLISHED JULY 2017 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association – IBPA has been championing independent publishers big and small, self and otherwise, since 1983. That’s over 30 years of advocating for indie voices in the traditional publishing industry. Over this time, we’ve seen a thing or two. Recent changes in the publishing industry …

Melinda Clayton, July 2017
Beware of Publishing Scams »

PUBLISHED JULY 2017 by Melinda Clayton, Author, The Cedar Hollow Series — Not all services are as promising as they seem. Make sure you do your research. Always dig deeper. I’m an author, but I’m also a very small publisher (“boutique,” as one of my authors likes to say). My publishing company is a proud …

Brooke Warner, June 2017
Board Member’s Memo: Judge a Book on Its Merit, Not Its Publishing Model »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 by Brooke Warner, Publisher, She Writes Press — You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in the publishing industry who disagrees with the sentiment that a book should be judged on its merit. And yet, the industry promotes an environment in which books are instead judged on how they get published. Authors who …

Connie Harbison, March 2016
Top 10 Things You Should Know About the 2015 Edition of BISAC »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2016 by Connie Harbison, Chair, BISG BISAC Committee — The BISAC Subject Headings are an industry-approved list of terms used to describe the content of a book. They were developed to standardize the transfer of subject information between trading partners (e.g., publishers to data aggregators; data aggregators to customers; publishers to retailers). The …

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