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Brooke Warner and Stephanie Carter, May/June 2021
Tools to Support Your Book Publishing DEI Efforts »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2021 by Brooke Warner and Stephanie Carter — IBPA has launched a resource center that lists information for advancing DEI initiatives within the independent book publishing community. As part of its commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within its membership, leadership, policies, practices, and publications, IBPA has launched an online resource …

Alexa Schlosser, May/June 2021
A Direct Approach: Spotlight on Jelani Memory and “A Kids Book About” »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2021 interview by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — Jelani Memory’s “A Kids Book About” series takes a direct approach to publishing, both in terms of its distribution model and the tough topics it covers. Jelani Memory initially thought he’d only print one copy of the book he wrote for his …

Angela Bole, March/April 2021
Directors Desk: IBPA’s Strategic Partnership with Empowering Latino Futures (ELF) »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2021 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association — Read below for details on what this new partnership entails. A single organization alone can’t resolve all the issues affecting its community, but with the help of partnerships, an organization can make a substantial difference across multiple fronts. That’s why IBPA is so …

Kelly Peterson, March/April 2021
Board Members Memo: Where to Start With Diversity, Inclusion, and Bias Training »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2021 by Kelly Peterson, Director of Digital Strategy, Independent Publishers Group Read below for tips on how to incorporate DEI training into your organization. I don’t think anyone made it out of 2020 without confronting the racial divide in America. Whether it was football players kneeling during the anthem, George Floyd’s murder dominating …

Karen Pavlicin, November/December 2020
An Update From IBPA’s DEI Task Force »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 by Karen Pavlicin, Publisher, Elva Resa Publishing — Enabling positive, actionable, systemic change. IBPA’s 2020-2022 Strategic Plan, developed by the IBPA Board of Directors in August 2019, includes the strategic goal of eliminating bias and enhancing diversity within the association. To help reach this goal, a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task …

Kathy Strahs, September/October 2020
Board Members Memo: Baking to Make Things Better »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 by Kathy Strahs, Founder, Burnt Cheese Press — How Burnt Cheese Press founder embraced baking as an opportunity to make a positive difference. “Cooking and baking is physical and mental therapy.” —Mary Berry At one point, early in quarantine when pantry staples were running scarce, I procured a 50-pound bag of flour …

Jalissa Corrie & Pat Simmons, September/October 2020
BIPOC Representation in Book Publishing »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 An interview with Jalissa Corrie of Lee & Low Books and Christian romance author Pat Simmons. Jalissa Corrie is a marketing and publicity manager at Lee & Low Books, the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the United States. How did concerns about racial inequity in publishing lead to the founding of …

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 …

Jason Low, May/June 2020
Does Diversity Matter During a Pandemic? »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2020 by Jason Low, Publisher/Co-owner, Lee & Low Books — Lee & Low Books releases the results of the second iteration of the Diversity Baseline Survey (DBS 2.0). Article Synopsis: In DBS 2.0, literary agents and academic presses were added to the scope of the survey, which contributed to a 112% increase in …

Angela D. Coleman, January/February 2019
The Future Is Female »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 by Angela D. Coleman, Founder & President of Sisterhood Agenda — Authors and publishers need to understand the changing social climate in order to produce content that women and girls want and need. Women and girls are rising around the globe. After decades of women empowerment activities, the plight of women and …

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