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Alexa Schlosser, January/February 2021
Roundtable: Intern Insight »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021 Compiled by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — Roy Carlisle has managed a number of interns over the years. Hear his perspective as well as the perspectives of four of his former interns. Questions for the Publisher What is the advantage of using interns over hiring an entry-level employee? Roy …

Rudy Shur, January/February 2021
Disruptions: Why Book Publishers Fail »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021 by Rudy Shur, Founder, Square One Publishers — Learning how publishers fail can help you avoid some of the most common pitfalls you didn’t know existed. When I started publishing books on my own, I was young, ambitious, and thought I knew the book industry. Looking back at that time, two out …

Peter A. Arthur-Smith, January/February 2021
Pandemic Revolution: What Independent Publishers Should Consider Before Making Their Next Move »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRAURY 2021 by Peter A. Arthur-Smith, Founding Principal, Leadership Solutions Inc — Three factors independent publishers should consider before making their next move. In the July/August 2020 issue of IBPA Independent, Maria Dismondy, founder of Cardinal Rule Press, shared the story of how she launched and distributed a new children’s book as the COVID-19 …

Jyotsna Ramachandran, November/December 2020
5 Steps to Recruit ‘A’ Players for Your Book Publishing Team »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 by Jyotsna Ramachandran, Founder, Happy Self Publishing — The best way to build a team is to hire a set of freelancers who are experts at what they do. Are you a self-published author who is overwhelmed by the number of items on your book launch checklist? I have some good news …

Deb Vanasse, November/December 2020
New and Better: Independent Publishers Adapt to COVID-19 with Resourcefulness and Ingenuity »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — As independent publishers adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic with resourcefulness and ingenuity, some say their innovations will improve their businesses long after the crisis has waned. We can’t wait for things to get back to normal. Or can we? Everyone wants an end to …

David Marlin, November/December 2020
Four Consequences of Poor Book Royalty Management »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 by David Marlin, Co-Founder, MetaComet Systems — Mistakes and inefficiencies in royalty calculations and payments can quickly escalate into publishing horror stories, but MetaComet has the remedies. Everyone in publishing has first or secondhand horror stories to tell—of bad decisions and simple mistakes that caused serious disruption or even ended a business. …

Michele McAvoy, November/December 2020
I Started a Publishing Company During a Global Pandemic »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 by Michele McAvoy, Publisher, Blue Bronco Books and The Little Press — Publisher Michele McAvoy explains how and why she started her own publishing company during a pandemic. I did it. I started a publishing company during a global pandemic. Am I a risk-taker? Well, I don’t jump out of airplanes, I …

Alexa Schlosser, September/October 2020
IBPA Roundtable: Pandemic Pivoting »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 Compiled by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — IBPA members delve into what they’ve done differently since the COVID-19 outbreak began. In what ways were you forced to pivot or adjust your business/publishing due to COVID-19? What did you learn from this? Ian Lamont (IL): I realized that my overreliance …

Jalissa Corrie & Pat Simmons, September/October 2020
BIPOC Representation in Book Publishing »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 An interview with Jalissa Corrie of Lee & Low Books and Christian romance author Pat Simmons. Jalissa Corrie is a marketing and publicity manager at Lee & Low Books, the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the United States. How did concerns about racial inequity in publishing lead to the founding of …

Abe Ogden, September/October 2020
Publishing on a Mission, Part II: How to Get Started »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 by Abe Ogden, Co-owner & Lead Strategiest, Paper Door — How an association can bring books to the market effectively and successfully, regardless of resources. Article Synopsis: Read Part 1 here. Assess if the best approach for your organization is acting as a publisher on your own or partnering with an existing …

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