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Charlotte Jensen, February 2017
Your Employees: To Exempt or Not to Exempt? »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2017 by Charlotte Jensen, Vice President – HR compliance, Affinity HR Group You’ve just hired an entry-level employee and, to avoid the hassle of tracking hours and paying overtime, you’ve decided to put your new hire on salary. Well, guess what? You may have violated the law. While we often use the terms …

Deb Vanasse, February 2017
Organizational Value »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2017 by Deb Vanasse, Staff Reporter, IBPA Independent If you’re aiming to start a business, publishing has great appeal. With a manuscript and access to print-on-demand and e-publishing technologies, you have a product and, in theory, access to a large market. Capital investments are minimal, and there’s the tantalizing prospect of a breakout book …

Cherisse Landau, December 2016
The Juggling Act of Production »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2016 by Cherisse Landau, Senior Production Director, Penguin Random House When most people think of the publishing industry, the following areas come to mind: editorial, design, and sales. Production departments have lamented this fact for years. As the service-based side of this business, we lack the glitz and glamour of those other areas …

Deb Vanasse, November 2016
Meetings and Conferences: A Plethora of Options »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2016 by Deb Vanasse, IBPA Independent staff reporter As any publisher who has attended an industry gathering can attest, there’s indeed power in numbers. Those who seek to learn, network, and market their books at publisher meetings and conferences can choose from myriad options, each tailored to serve the industry in different ways. …

Robin Cutler, November 2016
Board Member’s Memo: Are You Ready to Conference? »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2016 by Robin Cutler, Director, IngramSpark — I’ve been going to professional publishing conferences for nearly 35 years. When I think back on the hundreds of conferences I’ve attended, they all have a familiar structure. The conference model is comprised of two parts: providing education and bringing people with common interests together. Whether …

Arthur Attwell, October 2016
A Dashing Undertaking »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2016 by Author Atwell, co-founder & director, Fire and Lion I like to imagine that I’m a pharmaceutical rep who is selling a drug proven to dramatically enhance brain development in young children. It’s safe, easy, and quick to administer—in fact, children love it so much, they ask for it. Until now, only …

Lynn Rosen, September 2016
Tips on Hiring and Training Interns »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2016 by Lynn Rosen, IBPA Independent consulting editor IBPA member Wendy Dingwall of Canterbury House Publishing asked: “What advice do you have related to hiring and training interns?” Below are several answers from fellow IBPA members. Do you have an answer? Send it to info@ibpa-online.org and we may add it the mix! Georgia …

Mark Gompertz, July 2016
How Skyhorse Continues to Grow in an Age of Contraction »

Things change so rapidly at Skyhorse Publishing—one of the fastest-growing independent book publishers—that this column will be out-of-date by the time you finish reading it. When I started here six months ago, I was told to bring my running shoes; I’ve already worn out the tread. Founded nearly a decade ago by president and publisher …

Darhiana Téllez, April 2016
Walking the Talk – Berrett-Koehler’s President Shares What Makes His Company Tick »

PUBLISHED APRIL 2016 by Darhiana Tellez, IBPA Independent managing editor As founder and president of Berrett-Koehler Publishers in Oakland, California, Steven Piersanti defines success as congruence. He seeks a sense of synchronicity between ideas and practices as well as between intention and reality in terms of the press’s relationship with authors, service providers, sales partners, …

Darhiana Téllez, March 2016
Like Father, Like Son »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2016 by Darhiana Tellez, IBPA Independent managing editor Joe Matthews’s path to the CEO seat at Independent Publishers Group, following his father, Curt Matthews’s, retirement this past December, was not without its curve balls. “Successions are always very difficult. I think we did some things right and some things wrong,” Joe says. “I …

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