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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 …

Abbe Rolnick, September/October 2020
Silver Linings: How the Pandemic Led Me to Create Short Book Videos »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 by Abbe Rolnick, Author, Generations of Secrets series — Remodel the way you promote your books to have a further audience reach amidst COVID-19. When COVID-19 hit the United States in March, my well-planned book launch of Founding Stones disintegrated. I was scheduled to talk at Village Books in Bellingham, Washington, at …

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 …

David and Stephanie Miles, September/October 2020
Build Your Brand, Build Your Audience, Sell Books Direct »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 by David and Stephanie Miles, Founders, Bushel & Peck Books — At Bushel & Peck Books, we’ve long felt there was tremendous opportunity in direct-to-consumer sales, so when COVID-19 hit earlier this year, it only further highlighted the need for us to build that kind of program. Article Synopsis: To effectively sell …

Abe Ogden, July/August 2020
Publishing on a Mission, Part I »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Abe Ogden, Co-owner & Lead Strategiest, Paper Door — The successes—and challenges—some mission-based publishers are having taking books to the trade. Article Synopsis: Read Part II here. Taking a title to the trade can help a mission-based publisher expand its brand. Having a new book tied to a charity or an …

Deb Vanasse, July/August 2020
Pandemic Publishing: Looking for a Better Future During COVID-19 »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Independent publishers cope, adjust, and hope for a better future during COVID-19. Article Synopsis: The pandemic forced the closure and cancellation of many events independent publishers and authors rely on. Independent publishers have the flexibility, resilience, and innovative spirit needed to weather a crisis. …

Maria Dismondy, July/August 2020
3 Ways My Company Adapted Around COVID-19 »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Maria Dismondy, Founder, Cardinal Rule Press — What indie publishers and self-published authors can take away from COVID-19 and how they might learn new skills along the way. I don’t know about you, but when all this COVID-19 stuff started to take shape, I rushed out to stock up on my …

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