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Kathy Strahs, July/Aug 2019
The Value of Crowdfunding (Hint: It’s More Than Just the Money) »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2019 by Kathy Strahs, Founder, Burnt Cheese Press — I chose to run a Kickstarter campaign to launch my first title as an author publisher. Here’s what I learned. I chose to run a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to launch The 8×8 Cookbook, my first title as an author publisher, primarily as a …

Cathi Stevenson, July/August 2019
Text Only Book Covers »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2019 by Cathi Stevenson, Owner, Book Cover Express — Many books make the bestsellers’ lists with text-only covers. Not only is an image-free cover possible, it’s often preferable. Not all books, particularly nonfiction genres, lend themselves to a single image. We’ve all seen book covers with irrelevant images on them, or images that …

Robin Cutler, May/June 2019
Board Member’s Memo: A Publisher’s Dream Should Include Making Money »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2019 by Robin Cutler, Director, IngramSpark — Members of the publishing community deserve to make money from the stories we tell. Humans all over the planet have a common trait that defines our species: we are storytellers. It is a great thing for us as publishers to be in service of shaping and …

Ian Lamont, May/June 2019
A Quick Guide to Ancillary Products and Alternative Revenue Streams »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2019 by Ian Lamont, Founder, i30Media — How can ancillary products can create new revenue for your business? Take an inside look at expert tips for creating and marketing profitable supplemental materials for your books. Anyone who has been to the annual IBPA Publishing University knows what a special opportunity it is to …

Sylvia Cary, May/June 2019
Marketing Savvy: Publishing for Your Inner Circle »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2019 by Sylvia Cary, LMFT — Writing a book takes about 10 percent of the effort; publishing takes about 15 percent; and marketing takes about 75 percent.” — Author Unknown Getting a book published is a big job, but the biggest part of it isn’t the writing or even the publishing; it’s the …

Michael Higgins, May/June 2019
How Books Can Lead to Adventures…and More Revenue »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2019 by Michael C. Higgins, Ph.D. — “You’re never going to make a lot of money from selling your books. Money is made from how your books can open doors to make money in other ways.” I’ve definitely heard that way too many times. And while I don’t want to believe it, I …

Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito, May/June 2019
Business Considerations for Creating Custom Editions »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2019 by Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito, Publisher, Elva Resa Publishing — Overcoming content alterations, design/format constraints, a tight timeline, and a limited budget to meet the goals of a publishing partner. Elva Resa Publishing is a traditional indie publisher specializing in books for military families. While we participate in traditional distribution, more than 75 percent …

Deb Vanasse, May/June 2019
Grow Your Company Through Acquisitions »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2019 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Indies are well-positioned to evaluate potential acquisitions of licenses, out-of-print titles, and even entire companies. Speak with publishers about acquisitions, and they’ll tell you about the new authors they’ve signed. But why limit acquisitions to unpublished manuscripts? By acquiring licenses, out-of-print titles, and even …

Jodee Blanco, May/June 2019
Professional Speaking: A Lucrative Game-Changer »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2019 by Jodee Blanco, Founder & CEO, Jodee Blanco Group — Speaking is something anyone can do, costs little to nothing to initiate, and has substantial rewards. And I’m not just talking about the income from speaker’s fees, which can be significant, but also what those engagements can mean for your presence, brand, …

Tian Daphne, March/April 2019
The Relevance of Crowdfunding Within the Publishing Industry »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2019 by Tian Daphne, Community Manager for Publishizer — Harnessing the power of the crowd using the internet creates a win-win situation for publishers and authors alike. Storytelling is a quintessential feature of human existence. As many as 19 other types of extinct early human species have been discovered so far, but we …

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