Do you have an idea for a webinar that would be appropriate for independent publishers? Would you like to share your knowledge in a particular subject area? If so, IBPA invites you to contribute to our Call for Webinar Proposals.
IBPA offers approximately 22 webinars each year on the following topics: audiobooks, book reviews, bookstores, book design, distribution (print & digital), eBooks, editorial, finance, general publishing issues, libraries, marketing, subsidiary rights, metadata and ONIX, online book sales, personal development, printing, print on demand, publicity, publishing law, social media, start-up basics, and websites. We invite you to help us develop webinars that will take place next year. Whether you are a veteran IBPA presenter or new to us, we want to hear from you!
The information provided below is intended to serve as a guide to our Call for Webinar Proposals. If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact Mimi Le, IBPA’s Project Manager, via email or phone (310.546.1818).
Please review the information you’ll be asked to provide in your proposal by downloading this document.
To submit your proposal, please use the online form.
We are soliciting proposals on beginner-, intermediate-, and advanced-level topics of interest to individuals working in the publishing industry. Our audience is independent publishers, self-published authors, small presses, and mid-sized publishers.
Presentations are restricted to the following topics: audiobooks, book reviews, bookstores, book design, distribution (print & digital), eBooks, editorial, finance, general publishing issues, libraries, marketing, subsidiary rights, metadata and ONIX, online book sales, personal development, printing, print on demand, publicity, publishing law, social media, start-up basics, and websites.
You can view descriptions of past webinars on our website: http://bit.ly/1Zk9CTk
We are looking for webinar proposals at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, as defined below. Please indicate the level of your proposed program on the submission form.
Beginner: Attendees have no previous exposure to the topic and are not expected to actively contribute to discussion and the solution of difficult problems discussed. The presentation will go over basic concepts in great detail.
Intermediate: Attendees have working knowledge of the topic and a general sense of how to apply this knowledge to the day-to-day work of publishing. The presentation is geared toward those looking to expand their knowledge and skill set beyond the fundamentals to the more complex or nuanced aspects of the topic. Sessions will typically combine speaker presentations with interactive discussion.
Advanced: Attendees have sufficient experience and understanding of the topic and are capable of actively contributing to the discussion. The presentation will not review basic concepts, but instead:
- Assume mastery of concepts and principles discussed. Time should not be devoted to reviewing basic principles, unless it is central to setting up a more in-depth, advanced conversation about the topic.
- Aim to provide attendees with in-depth knowledge of an area and a robust set of skills required for addressing difficult problems.
All of our webinars have a running time of 60 minutes. Most times our webinars feature one presenter. On occasion we also host webinars with two or more speakers who represent perspectives of different institutions and/or backgrounds, and cover complementary aspects of a given topic. We are accepting proposals for both types of format/duration.
- If you would like to present alone (60-minute webinar): Your estimated presentation time is around 45 minutes with the remaining time spent on introductions and a Q&A session. Please submit a proposal for a topic you can adequately cover in this amount of time.
- If you would like to co-present with another speaker (60-minute webinar): Your estimated total presentation time is around 45 minutes (roughly 22 minutes per speaker) with the remaining time spent on introductions and a Q&A session. Please submit a proposal for a topic that two presenters can adequately and comfortably cover in this amount of time, and indicate both presenters’ names in the proposal, if applicable.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the Call for Webinar Proposals?
Do I need to be a IBPA member to submit a webinar proposal?
How do I submit a webinar proposal?
May I submit more than one webinar proposal?
Do you offer compensation to webinar presenters?
When will I know if my webinar proposal has been accepted?
Will my proposed webinar change if it is accepted?
If my proposal is accepted, what is the commitment associated with serving as a presenter of a IBPA webinar?
What should I expect from IBPA once my proposal is accepted?
Q: What is the purpose of the Call for Webinar Proposals?
A: One of IBPA’s top priorities is ensuring that our webinar programming represents the topics, issues, and voices that are most relevant to our attendees. Therefore, we regularly solicit, and always welcome, feedback and input from our webinar attendees. The Call for Webinar Proposals takes our commitment to serving our communities’ needs to the next level by inviting members of those communities to propose and facilitate webinars on topics of interest, relevance, and importance to them.
Q: Do I need to be a IBPA member to submit a webinar proposal?
A: No. However, if you are interested in becoming a member, please review the range of benefits that come with membership and contact Mimi Le, IBPA’s Project Manager, to get started.
Q: How do I submit a webinar proposal?
A: You may submit information for your session proposal or speaker suggestion through our online submission form. Please review the information you’ll be asked to provide in your proposal by downloading this document.
Q: May I submit more than one webinar proposal?
A: Yes, absolutely! You must submit an individual online submission for each webinar proposal, and each will be reviewed independently. Please include your full contact information with each submission.
Q: Do you offer compensation to webinar presenters?
A: Unfortunately, there is no honorarium offered to webinar presenters. However, by being selected to present your topic to our audience, you will gain exposure and establish credibility with both IBPA members and non-members. In turn, we hope you will be able to build a bigger following that will lead to more traffic being driven to your website, blog, social media channels, etc.
Q: When will I know if my webinar proposal has been accepted?
A: You will be notified within one week of your submission regarding the status of your proposal.
Q: Will my proposed webinar change if it is accepted?
A: We view webinars as opportunities to collaborate with presenters. As IBPA staff considers your proposal, we may have ideas for a different scope or focus of the proposed content, and we will discuss those ideas with you. Presenters will have the opportunity to provide feedback, but acceptance of certain topics may depend upon the presenter’s willingness and ability to modify the original idea.
Q: If my proposal is accepted, what is the commitment associated with serving as a presenter of a IBPA webinar?
A: The commitments associated with developing and delivering a IBPA webinar include:
- Finalization of the topic at least 6 weeks in advance and create an outline for the webinar about 4 weeks in advance.
- Creation and finalization of the slide deck a week before the webinar and submit it to Mimi Le.
- Participation in one rehearsal via WebEx.
- Presentation of the webinar via WebEx.
Q: What should I expect from IBPA once my proposal is accepted?
A: Once your proposal is accepted, IBPA will do the following:
- Set up a landing page where people can register for the event about 4 weeks in advance.
- Create a custom image that can be used for promotion purposes. It will include the name of the webinar, the time and date, a clear call to action and the presenter’s headshot.
- Create a webinar promotion plan that includes social media, email marketing, etc., then execute the promotion plan, starting 3 weeks before the event.