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Alexa Schlosser, October 2017
IBPA Roundtable: Job Juggling »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2017 Compiled by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine – Being a publisher often means you do more than just publish. Below, six IBPA members discuss how they’ve found alternative ways to make money. If publishing is not your main source of revenue, how do you juggle your day job with your …

Ebonye Gussine Wilkins, October 2017
Making Money in Your Sleep »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2017 by Ebonye Gussine Wilkins, Founder, August Rose Press — Watch Joshua Robertson’s video recap of this article! With a little extra work, you can figure out the best kind of alternative revenue stream for your business. An alternative revenue stream can mean many different things (and be called by a number of …

Sheenu Srinivasan, October 2017
Authors and Publishers: Finding a Common Ground »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2017 by Sheenu Srinivasan, Author, THE BHAGAVAD GITA: A THREAD THROUGH THE EIGHTEEN GEMS, YAKSHA PRASHNA – The publishing industry should set guidelines to establish a standard practice that makes the overall experience more rewarding, efficient, productive, objective, professional, and pleasant for both author and publisher. The book industry in the US generated a …

Melinda Clayton, July 2017
Beware of Publishing Scams »

PUBLISHED JULY 2017 by Melinda Clayton, Author, The Cedar Hollow Series — Not all services are as promising as they seem. Make sure you do your research. Always dig deeper. I’m an author, but I’m also a very small publisher (“boutique,” as one of my authors likes to say). My publishing company is a proud …

Brooke Warner, June 2017
Board Member’s Memo: Judge a Book on Its Merit, Not Its Publishing Model »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 by Brooke Warner, Publisher, She Writes Press — You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in the publishing industry who disagrees with the sentiment that a book should be judged on its merit. And yet, the industry promotes an environment in which books are instead judged on how they get published. Authors who …

Karla Olson, June 2017
Even a Small Publisher Can Print Sustainably »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 by Karla Olson, Director, Patagonia Books As a small publisher, you have to depend on many in the industry for expertise and best practices on the myriad aspects of the publishing process. This can lead to a cacophony of opinions and advice at every stage, from good writing and professional editing to …

Mark Wesley, April 2017
Board Member’s Memo: Envision the Future of Your Company »

PUBLISHED APRIL 2017 by Mark Wesley, Founder, me+mi publishing & IBPA Board Member — What was your dream when you started your publishing company? Is your dream still alive, or are you stuck in the day-to-day, tactical work of running a business? Have you been so busy doing the work that you have forgotten why …

Sally Dedecker, March 2017
Sally Dedecker on BookExpo 2017 »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2017 by Sally Dedecker, Print & Digital Consultant With BookExpo starting in just a couple short months (May 31 through June 2, 2017), we wanted to speak with Sally Dedecker, BookExpo’s education director, about the conference and, specifically, the history and changes surrounding BookExpo’s program for self-published authors, uPublishU. When and why did …

Carolyn Pittis, February 2017
Mobilizing Your Organization to Modernize Your Supply Chain »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2017 by Carolyn Pittis, Managing Director, Welman Digital LLC Publishers may falsely assume that there’s no more opportunity for improvement in print supply chain optimization. Yet technologies to do so are available to all, large and small. Do you want to grow sales and reduce your costs globally? When was the last time …

Paul Dixon, February 2017
Where Are the Ethnically Diverse Lead Characters in Children’s Books? »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2017 by Paul Dixon, Co-founder, Matter of Africa America Time Corp. As each day goes by, the elementary-age youth in the US become more ethnically diverse. Approximately 50 percent of the children under the age of 10 are non-white. One of the challenges in the children’s book market is there are very few …

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