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Linda Carlson, May 2013
Building Better Websites: Tips from a Through-and-Through Book Person »

As you’ve probably noticed, the recently transformed IBPA Website is sleek and clean and gives IBPA a new level of online sophistication—but there’s much more to it than aesthetics. Interestingly, the person responsible for giving the site 21st-century functionality got her start with books about 18th- and 19th-century art, furniture, and housewares, and she considers …

Gordon Burgett, May 2013
Getting More Mileage from Blogs »

If you blog, or advise authors who blog, or plan to do either of those things, you may be as disturbed as I am that the life of a blog post is very, very short. You create it; it appears; a few buddies may let you pop it onto their site as a guest post; …

Tom Doherty, May 2013
Must-Do Moves Between Acquisition and Availability »

People like to talk about how much the publishing world has changed recently and how the rate of change is accelerating. Actually, it’s been in a constant state of change during the entire 30-year period I have been in the business. Although the focus on social media is a fairly recent development, the transition from …

Joel Friedlander, May 2013
Essential Navigation Aids »

Picture this: you pick up a book and open it, only to discover that every page is exactly the same, a tall rectangle of text extending close to the edge of the page and without interruption. There are no spaces between paragraphs because there are no paragraphs, no chapters, no page numbers, no running heads, …

Stanislav Fritz, May 2013
My Method for Marketing Fiction »

  My Method for Marketing Fiction May 2013 by Stanislav Fritz   On the surface, most advice about book promotion for small publishers and authors seems geared toward nonfiction. It assumes that the author is an expert on some subject so that cross-marketing between the expertise and the book itself will work. What is the …

Linda Carlson, May 2013
21st-Century Physical Book Distribution: Part 1 »

Linda Carlson writes for IBPA’s Independent magazine from Seattle, Washington. She can be reached at linda@ibpa-online.org. Book manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, retailers—with vertical integration, digital format, and print-on-demand, the distinctions among those intermediaries blur. In today’s constantly changing publishing industry, it seems as if few companies are sticking to their traditional roles in the manufacturing and …

Tom Phelan, Susan Terkel, Sonja Linsley, Mark Chimsky, Marcia Fine, Shel Horowitz, Kathleen Vestal Logan, Marvin Ross, Peter J. Malia, Devorah Fox, May 2013
Books in Action, Part 1 »

An IBPA Roundtable   Books in Action, Part 1   We keep hearing—and talking—about print vs. digital and about whether a book is or isn’t a book if it’s “enhanced” or “chunked” or subject to readers’ revisions. But let’s forget all that for the moment and focus instead on the main event—what books do for …

Lee Foster, May 2013
Illustrated Books: A Three-Element Experiment »

PUBLISHED MAY 2013 by Lee Foster, Author, An Author’s Perspective on Independent Publishing — As the publishing of illustrated titles continues to evolve, I have been asking some questions about my world of travel books: Should we continue to include photos in print-on-paper book products? Should we shift photos to e-book versions? Should we present …

Theodore P. Savas, May 2013
Bulk Sales Bring More Revenue (and You Can Make Them Happen) »

  Bulk Sales Bring More Revenue (and You Can Make Them Happen) May 2013 by Theodore P. Savas   As the co-owner and managing director of Savas Beatie LLC, a small independent publisher of (primarily) military history titles, I get to be responsible for everything. We launched in early 2004 and have about 100 books …

Florrie Binford Kichler, May 2013
President’s Post: A Sustainable Future Featuring Growth »

PUBLISHED MAY 2013 by Florrie Binford Kichler, Executive Director, Independent Book Publishers Association — Several months ago, responding to a mandate from the IBPA board of directors, a strategic planning committee composed of four IBPA board members—Steve Mettee, Davida Breier, Peter Goodman, and Kelly Gallagher—and your IBPA staff—Terry Nathan, Lisa Krebs, and me—met for a …

Linda Carlson, April 2013
Spotlight: IBPA Member Achievements »

  With this issue, we’re starting to put the spotlight on individuals within IBPA as well as on companies and their achievements. This month we’ve got spotlights (and footlights) on Florrie Binford Kichler, a longtime member who is wrapping up her tenure as the association’s president/executive director, having represented IBPA at conferences and trade shows …

Linda Carlson, April 2013
The Language of Publishing: N,O,P »

Tempted to snicker when someone says PMS? Not quite sure why OCR, PPI, and POD are important? We’ve got the answers for you in this installment of the IBPA printing and publishing glossary. To read or reread the installments featuring A through M, check the Independent archives. If you believe we’ve missed—or misdefined—any important terms, …

Brian Jud, April 2013
The Questions System for Selling to Nonretail Buyers »

Writers know they should show and not tell because that will help readers understand and get involved with their story or content. For much the same reason, a publisher who wants to sell a book in large quantities to a nonretail corporate buyer should first ask about the prospective buyer rather than tell about the …

Daniel S. Janik, April 2013
Book Promotion for—and with—Authors »

“What would your publishing house do to promote my book?” That’s a question I’m often asked by authors, and it’s a good one, especially given the rapidly evolving changes in today’s publishing industry. However, when I hear it, I take a deep breath and remind myself that what is often meant is, “How will you …

Steve Gillen, April 2013
Coping with a Cease and Desist Letter »

It comes in a FedEx envelope, or by U.S. Mail, marked certified, return receipt, or by Express Mail in a blue-and-white cardboard mailer, as much for impact as for evidence of receipt. The return address is clearly that of a law firm. Maybe it’s a letter about your surprise inheritance from some long-forgotten relative. But …

Serban Enache, April 2013
Tips on Using Stock Photos »

Now that businesses regularly use photos not only in print materials but also across the digital and mobile world, publishers must find images for everything from company Websites and author blogs to social media sites and beyond. Often, they turn to stock photo sites in hopes of discovering the best photo for the job while …

Patricia Fry, April 2013
For Better Sales at Author Events »

On-the-spot sales are the most reliable sales you can make. Sometimes you have to work at making the sale, however. Potential customers might say they don’t have the cash with them, or they left their checkbooks at home, and they’ll order the book from your Website later. Some people prefer purchasing books through Amazon.com, or …

Florrie Binford Kichler, April 2013
Publishing University 2013: Make It Personal »

What do Joe Biden, Tom Cruise, J.K. Rowling, and Bill Gates have in common? You won’t find them at IBPA Publishing University. But you will find a tech superstar and author, a digital pioneer who founded the largest woman-owned publisher in the country, the foremost expert on how to publish your own book, a founder …

Judith Appelbaum, April 2013
Stalking Invisible Book Sales An Anti-WYSIATI Approach »

  Stalking Invisible Book Sales An Anti-WYSIATI Approach April 2013 by Judith Appelbaum   A new survey of IBPA members has just confirmed what much broader earlier surveys also found: Smaller publishers make sizable sales that nobody adds up. The latest survey, which drew a 10 percent response, indicates that even the largest publishers in …

Linda Carlson, March 2013
Spotlight: IBPA Member Achievements »

Details on Deal of the Day Having a book selected as Amazon’s Deal of the Day can send its sales skyward, so it’s no surprise that IBPA members have been asking what it takes to get a title selected. Here’s what a “services launch specialist” at Amazon wrote us: “To be considered for inclusion in …

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