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Alexa Schlosser, May/June 2021
Killer Nashville Is Back »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2021 interview by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — A Q&A with indie publisher and writers’ conference founder Clay Stafford. After having to take a year off due to the global pandemic, Killer Nashville founder Clay Stafford is looking forward to holding his 15th annual writers’ conference this August. IBPA Independent …

Matthew Winner, March/April 2021
Getting Social: Give Your Social Media Presence a Boost to Sell More Books »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2021 by Matthew Winner, Head of podcast, A Kids Book About — Give your social media presence and voice the boost they need to draw others in and grow your accounts. Synopsis: The most basic goal of social media is helping others understand the “you” behind the account. it’s crucial to consider who …

Paige Velasquez Budde, March/April 2021
Pop Quiz: What’s the Best Lead Magnet for Books? »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2021 by Paige Velasquez Budde, CEO, Zilker Medis — The ultimate goal with your website should be to extend your interaction with a potential reader and get them on your email list through an effective lead magnet. But what works best? One of the most important strategies in today’s media landscape is building …

Deb Vanasse, March/April 2021
Roadmap to Author Platforms »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2021 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Publishers can help their authors with where to start, which direction to go, how to navigate the curves, and which roadblocks to avoid when building a platform. Synopsis: A platform helps authors reach buyers, but it involves more than that. An author platform is …

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 …

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