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Paul Dixon, September/October 2020
Persistence in the Face of Turmoil: Creating Black Lead Characters »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 by Paul Dixon, Co-founder, Matter of Africa America Time Corp. Selling books with Black lead characters has been a challenge, but representation matters, and the window of opportunity is open. My cousin, author Lehman Riley, and I have published eight books in our The Adventures of Papa Lemon’s Little Wanderers third-grade reading …

Abbe Rolnick, September/October 2020
Silver Linings: How the Pandemic Led Me to Create Short Book Videos »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 by Abbe Rolnick, Author, Generations of Secrets series — Remodel the way you promote your books to have a further audience reach amidst COVID-19. When COVID-19 hit the United States in March, my well-planned book launch of Founding Stones disintegrated. I was scheduled to talk at Village Books in Bellingham, Washington, at …

Jeniffer Thompson, July/August 2020
It’s Time for Indies to Shine »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Jeniffer Thompson, Founder and President, Monkey C Media — Independent publishers have always had to think outside the box to succeed. COVID-19 presents us with an opportunity to do what we do best: adapt. As we learn to navigate the new normal of social distancing and prepare for a post-COVID-19 world, …

Fauzia Burke, July/August 2020
Sell More Books … Even During a Crisis »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Fauzia Burke, Founder & President, FSB Associates — Publishers can guide their authors to better market their books. Here’s how. One of the best ways publishers can sell more books is to help their authors become better marketers. Some publishers have already figured out that their best marketing assets are actually …

Maria Dismondy, July/August 2020
3 Ways My Company Adapted Around COVID-19 »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Maria Dismondy, Founder, Cardinal Rule Press — What indie publishers and self-published authors can take away from COVID-19 and how they might learn new skills along the way. I don’t know about you, but when all this COVID-19 stuff started to take shape, I rushed out to stock up on my …

Jodee Blanco, May/June 2020
Tips for Remote Author Appearances and Virtual Book Signings »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2020 by Jodee Blanco, Founder & CEO, Jodee Blanco Group — How authors can use digital platforms to reach their audience remotely. It feels weird doing online now what we would normally do in person every day. Giving an author talk and knocking it out of the park is challenging enough face to …

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 …

Zack Lieberman, January/February 2019
Developing Cross-Platform Products »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 by Zack Lieberman, Producer & Publisher, EXIT STRATEGY, SILENT PARTNERS — Emerging realities of the modern marketplace. IBPA Independent magazine is focused on the business and craft of independent publishing, but I’m here to be the heretic and get your gears turning about anything but books. Your books, your ideas, your stories—your …

Antonio Simon Jr., September/October 2018
5 Reasons to Read Indie »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 by Antonio Simon Jr., Entrepreneur & Attorney — Discover the benefits of reading and supporting indie books. Now, more than ever, indie authors are delivering fresh and innovative books into the hands of eager readers. These topics make for great discussion on why independently published books are unique, important, and valuable. 1. …

Rosemary Laryea, June 2017
A New Chapter in African Writing »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 By Rosemary Laryea, Producer, “Culture Vultures” Newly emerging African publishing companies are at last winning international recognition for their inspirational literature. There is a significant and fast-growing appetite for African-inspired stories as reflected by nominations for major literary prizes such as the Not The Booker Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize, and …

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