Article Category - "Standards"


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Diane Vallere, November/December 2021
Book Metadata Makeover Success »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021 by Diane Vallere, author — Learn how author Diane Vallere tripled book sales after experiencing IBPA’s Metadata Makeover program. Everybody loves a makeover, right? Picture Tess McGill in Working Girl: “You want to be taken seriously? You need serious hair.” The implication is simple: Success equals looking the part to the audience …

Stephanie Carter, September/October 2021
Indie Excellence via Publishing Industry Standards »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2021 Stephanie Carter, Founder & Publisher, Teleion Books– “Unprofessional … amateur-level work … below standards.” These are harsh words that no one wants to hear directed toward the quality of their work, yet many independent publishers risk inviting similar labels by failing to produce books that meet basic industry standards. I am the …

Amanda Gawthorpe, March/April 2021
Reducing Bookseller Bias »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2021 by Amanda Gawthorpe, Senior Editor, Blue Ink Press — By adhering to professional publishing standards you can win a place on the shelves of independent bookstores. On the surface, independent publishers and independent bookstores should be a match made in heaven. Both are the proverbial underdogs, trying to survive in an industry …

Rudy Shur, January/February 2021
Disruptions: Why Book Publishers Fail »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021 by Rudy Shur, Founder, Square One Publishers — Learning how publishers fail can help you avoid some of the most common pitfalls you didn’t know existed. When I started publishing books on my own, I was young, ambitious, and thought I knew the book industry. Looking back at that time, two out …

September/October 2020, Deb Vanasse
Book Distribution Evolution »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — The book distribution model for independent publishers is again changing for those seeking flexibility and discoverability. Article Synopsis: Successful hybrid publishing involves emulating traditional publishers in every respect while also keeping authors front and center. Incorporating distribution into an existing publishing model is a …

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 …

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