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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 …

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 …

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 …

Alexa Schlosser, May/June 2020
IBPA Roundtable: How Has the COVID-19 Global Crisis Affected Publishing? »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2020 Compiled by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — Four publishing experts discuss how the global crisis has affected every aspect within the industry. Robin Cutler, Director, IngramSpark As many of you have read in online posts and media reports, Ingram, as one of the world’s largest book wholesalers, is still …

Jodee Blanco, May/June 2020
Tips for Remote Author Appearances and Virtual Book Signings »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2020 by Jodee Blanco, Founder & CEO, Jodee Blanco Group — How authors can use digital platforms to reach their audience remotely. It feels weird doing online now what we would normally do in person every day. Giving an author talk and knocking it out of the park is challenging enough face to …

Robin Cutler , May/June 2020
Board Member’s Memo: Weathering the Storm of a Global Crisis »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2020 by Robin Cutler, Director, IngramSpark — Authors & publishers who have invested in engaging directly with readers and have made their content available in multiple formats will be the best positioned to weather this storm. I’m writing this on March 20, 2020, at the beginning of the alarming escalation in the United …

Ron W. Mumford, September/October 2019
Break All the Rules and Go for the Dream: Securing TV and Film Deals »

PUBLISHED SEPT/OCT 2019 by Ron W. Mumford, Head of Marketing, 3rd Coast Books, LLC — As a passionate indie publisher and author, I can identify with author goals and dreams. The goal is universal: to have a bestselling, widely read book. Easier said than done. After two and a half years of depending on social …

Richard-Anthony Lena, September/October 2019
How Can Indie Publishers Play In the Educational Publishing Market? »

PUBLISHED SEPT/OCT 2019 by Richard-Anthony Lena, President, Brattle Publishing Group — Educational publishing is a $1,350 billion market, and it’s ripe for indie publishers. But to get into this complex market, we first have to know its rules. What Is Educational Publishing? When we think about publishing, we tend to think about the titles on …

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