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Katherine Pickett, June 2016
A Retrospective Look at the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2016 by Katherine Pickett, Owner, POP Editorial Services Over the past decade, the publishing industry has become glutted with book awards for indie publishers. Authors and publishers are invited to compete in contests that range from the Pulitzer to the Pushcart Prizes. Yet the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™, begun in 1985, continue to …

Angela Bole, June 2015
Director’s Desk: An Exuberant Awards Album »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2015 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association During this year’s IBPA Publishing University in Austin, TX, I had the great privilege of honoring some of the best books of 2014 at the annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ ceremony. What a fantastic time! I was able to announce the best books in …

Kimberly A. Edwards, June 2015
The Volunteering Value Proposition »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2015 by Kimberly A. Edwards, freelance writer “I call it face time,” says Becky Parker Geist of Pro Audio Voices, president of the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. “People see me leading and helping, and hopefully over time, building confidence.” Ted Witt of Pretty Road Press calls it opportunity. “Pitching in with time …

Angela Bole, February 2015
Director’s Desk: Two Previews »

Publishing University 2015 In February, winter can feel never-ending. But never fear, spring is just around the corner, and spring, of course, makes everyone here think about Publishing University. During Publishing University 2015, more than 20 experts will present practical content designed to help you advance your publishing company and your publishing career. The conference …

Carolyn Beauchamp, Karen Bellenir, Abigail Carter, Peter Federal, Mary Shafer, December 2014
I Did It and I’m Glad: Publishing Decisions That Turned Out Well, Part 3 »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2014 SEE ALSO: Part 1, Part 2 Experimenting With Promotion Possibilities When I self-published my novel Remember the Moon through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing earlier this year, I’d already had a wonderful experience with my Canadian publisher, who organized a launch party, radio and TV interviews, and newspaper and magazine reviews for my …

Angela Bole, September 2014
Director’s Desk: What You Need to Know from the Get-go »

Although members call and e-mail the IBPA office requesting advice of every shape and size, there is a common theme that runs through many of the questions that could be boiled down like so: It was fairly easy, technologically speaking, to make my book available for purchase. Now what? At the core of this theme …

Angela Bole, August 2014
Director’s Desk: Making the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ Even Better »

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2014 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association In this month’s Director’s Desk I want to update you on some changes we’ve made in the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ program. As most of you know, the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ were launched 26 years ago and represent one of the highest honors …

Angela Bole, May 2014
Director’s Desk: A New Portal for Industry Know-How »

Happy spring! If you’re like people throughout most of the country, I bet you’re excited to be climbing out of one of the longest and coldest winters we’ve seen in a while. Spring is a time for freshening up and knocking down cobwebs. How about using your welcome boost of sunny energy to reengage with …

Linda Carlson, April 2014
Spotlight: Terry Nathan, IBPA’s Chief Operations Officer »

Terry Nathan (photo right) is the only IBPA staff member I’ve worked closely with over the years (Independent editor Judith Appelbaum is self-employed, as I am). But until a few years ago, Terry and I had never even heard each other’s voices. We had celebrated the births of his children, the graduations of mine, his induction as a …

Florrie Binford Kichler, February 2013
President’s Post: What’s New? A Trio from IBPA »

PUBLISHED MAY 2013 by Florrie Binford Kichler, Executive Director, Independent Book Publishers Association — Cynics say that there’s nothing new under the sun, but I invite those cynics to take a look at IBPA, where the joint’s jumpin’ with new ways to increase the value of your membership. Right now—from the folks who in the …

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