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David Marlin, Sept/Oct 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/Aug 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 …

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 …

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 …

Mark Wesley, March/April 2019
Board Member’s Memo: Your Business is the Product »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2019 by Mark Wesley, Owner, me+mi publishing — As an independent publisher, how can you make it easy for buyers to find your company? Something has to get their attention, and it will not and cannot be just about your books. As a publisher, you need to create the best books you possibly …

Deb Vanasse, March/April 2019
Collective Engagement: Authors and Publishers Marketing Together »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2019 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine – Marketing a book can be complicated, time-consuming, and expensive. Authors and publishers should join forces to implement a plan that works. If ever there was a time when authors could simply write books and cede all sales-related responsibilities to publishers, that era is no …

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