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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 …

Deb Vanasse, July/August 2019
Publishing and the Planet »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2019 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Increasingly, consumers recognize the climate threats posed by shrinking forests and ecologically destructive practices. By making environmentally friendly choices, publishers can help mitigate these problems while also building goodwill and protecting their supply chain. After all, print publishing depends on trees, so it only …

Alexa Schlosser, July/August 2019
IBPA Roundtable: Covered in Gold »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2019 Compiled by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — Three IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ winners in various design categories discuss their process and strategies. The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award program, which include fifty-six categories recognizing excellence in book editorial and design, are regarded as one of the highest national honors for …

Brian Feinblum, July/August 2019
How Book Publishers Can Brand Themselves With the Help of Their Authors »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2019 by Brian Feinblum, CMO and Senior Vice President, Media Connect — Book publishers of all genres and sizes need a lot of help with branding-and it can come from working more productively with their authors. So, what is branding for a publisher? I had the opportunity to speak at IBPA’s annual conference …

Kathy Strahs, July/August 2019
The Value of Crowdfunding (Hint: It’s More Than Just the Money) »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2019 by Kathy Strahs, Founder, Burnt Cheese Press — I chose to run a Kickstarter campaign to launch my first title as an author publisher. Here’s what I learned. I chose to run a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to launch The 8×8 Cookbook, my first title as an author publisher, primarily as a …

Meghan Harvey, July/August 2019
Content Marketing: Turning a One-Night Stand into a Relationship »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2019 by Meghan Harvey, Executive Director of Independent Publishing, Girl Friday Productions — How to use your book’s content as a blueprint for marketing. When you publish a book and do the hard work to get readers to find it, do you want your relationship with that reader to end at the last …

Peter Bowerman, July/August 2019
Why That Book Title Caught Your Eye »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2019 by Peter Bowerman, Professional Copywriter, Well-Fed Self Publishing — The perfect nonfiction book title needs a promise. You discover a nonfiction book-in a newspaper book review, while poking around at B&N, or on Amazon. The title instantly grabs you. Obviously, it calls to some need/desire/hope you have, and it’s enough to have …

Torrey Sharp, July/August 2019
The Book Design Process Is a Team Sport »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2019 by Torrey Sharp, Principal, Faceout Studio — The right design process lays the appropriate foundation for designers to flourish and problems to be solved effectively. We all respond favorably to products and services that are well designed and deliver on their promises. We like products that work as advertised. We like it …

Cathi Stevenson, July/August 2019
Text Only Book Covers »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2019 by Cathi Stevenson, Owner, Book Cover Express — Many books make the bestsellers’ lists with text-only covers. Not only is an image-free cover possible, it’s often preferable. Not all books, particularly nonfiction genres, lend themselves to a single image. We’ve all seen book covers with irrelevant images on them, or images that …

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 …

Curt Matthews, May/June 2019
The Case for Print-on-Demand First Print Runs: Why POD Should Be the New Publishing Standard »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2019 by Curt Matthews, Founder, Chicago Review Press — Print-on-demand minimizes both risk and opportunity cost, making it the smartest choice for the modern publisher. Initial order quantities, or “laydowns,” are not what they used to be for new titles. Why not? B&N is closing stores, and the major wholesalers now bring in …

Robin Cutler, May/June 2019
Board Member’s Memo: A Publisher’s Dream Should Include Making Money »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2019 by Robin Cutler, Director, IngramSpark — Members of the publishing community deserve to make money from the stories we tell. Humans all over the planet have a common trait that defines our species: we are storytellers. It is a great thing for us as publishers to be in service of shaping and …

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 …

Lisa Lepki, May/June 2019
ProWritingAid: One Tool to Rule Them All (Special Discount for IBPA Members) »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2019 by Lisa Lepki, Head of Marketing, ProWritingAid — Writers, editors, and publishers need a little help sometimes. (This article is sponsored content brought to you by ProWritingAid.) Writers, editors, and publishers work with manuscripts for a living. Some manuscripts arrive on editors’ and publishers’ desks in excellent form, but others require some …

Sylvia Cary, May/June 2019
Marketing Savvy: Publishing for Your Inner Circle »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2019 by Sylvia Cary, LMFT — Writing a book takes about 10 percent of the effort; publishing takes about 15 percent; and marketing takes about 75 percent.” — Author Unknown Getting a book published is a big job, but the biggest part of it isn’t the writing or even the publishing; it’s the …

Michael Higgins, May/June 2019
How Books Can Lead to Adventures…and More Revenue »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2019 by Michael C. Higgins, Ph.D. — “You’re never going to make a lot of money from selling your books. Money is made from how your books can open doors to make money in other ways.” I’ve definitely heard that way too many times. And while I don’t want to believe it, I …

Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito, May/June 2019
Business Considerations for Creating Custom Editions »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2019 by Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito, Publisher, Elva Resa Publishing — Overcoming content alterations, design/format constraints, a tight timeline, and a limited budget to meet the goals of a publishing partner. Elva Resa Publishing is a traditional indie publisher specializing in books for military families. While we participate in traditional distribution, more than 75 percent …

Deb Vanasse, May/June 2019
Grow Your Company Through Acquisitions »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2019 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Indies are well-positioned to evaluate potential acquisitions of licenses, out-of-print titles, and even entire companies. Speak with publishers about acquisitions, and they’ll tell you about the new authors they’ve signed. But why limit acquisitions to unpublished manuscripts? By acquiring licenses, out-of-print titles, and even …

Jodee Blanco, May/June 2019
Professional Speaking: A Lucrative Game-Changer »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2019 by Jodee Blanco, Founder & CEO, Jodee Blanco Group — Speaking is something anyone can do, costs little to nothing to initiate, and has substantial rewards. And I’m not just talking about the income from speaker’s fees, which can be significant, but also what those engagements can mean for your presence, brand, …

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 …

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