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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 …

Deb Vanasse, January/February 2021
Explaining Book Sales Markets »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Distributors and industry pros discuss the market trends across sales channels in preparation for a new year. Synopsis: By Q4 2020, overall book sales were up, and the pandemic seemed to drive content preferences. Brick-and-mortar businesses took a big hit during pandemic shutdowns, but …

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 …

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 …

Angela Bole, September/October 2020
Director’s Desk: Summary of IBPA’s Strategic Plan »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association — Here are IBPA’s 2020-2022 goals and strategies for leading and serving the independent publishing community. During a meeting held in August 2020, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Board of Directors reviewed and reaffirmed the association’s Strategic Plan for the years 2020 through …

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 …

Alexa Schlosser, September/October 2020
The Indie Bookstore Perspective Featuring Bookshop & Books and Crannies »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 interview by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — An overview of how independent bookstores dealt with the difficulties of 2020. Independent bookstores have had quite a year so far. When COVID-19 hit, most were forced to shut their physical locations. Many took this time to focus on their online sales. …

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 …

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