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Carlene Sippola, August 2009
PRESIDENT’S REPORT: More Mentoring: The Why and the How »

      PRESIDENT’S REPORT by Carlene Sippola More Mentoring: The Why and the How Mentor: a trusted friend, counselor, or teacher, usually a more experienced person. The word mentor gets its origin from Greek mythology, but its first recorded modern use comes from a book entitled Les aventures de Télémaque, published in 1699 and …

Carlene Sippola, July 2009
PRESIDENT’S REPORT: We’re Stronger Together: Carrying Out the Mission of IBPA »

      PRESIDENT’S REPORT by Carlene Sippola We’re Stronger Together: Carrying Out the Mission of IBPA Many of you know the phrase prominently placed on IBPA’s home page: “Helping each other to achieve and succeed!” As IBPA’s newest president, I want you to know that I firmly believe this is our association’s primary mission. …

Florrie Binford Kichler, June 2009
President’s Report: Of Penguins, Publishers, and Change »

      PRESIDENT’S REPORT by Florrie Binford Kichler Of Penguins, Publishers, and Change After 35 months of doing my best to be relevant, reasonably entertaining, and somewhat educational in these columns, it’s time for the big finish—the final column that will sum up the sometimes chaotic, always rewarding, and constantly challenging experience of leading …

Florrie Binford Kichler, May 2009
President’s Report: Highlights from the IBPA Boardroom »

      PRESIDENT’S REPORT by Florrie Binford Kichler Highlights from the IBPA Boardroom Your volunteer board of directors traveled to Manchester, NH, in November for the quarterly IBPA board meeting, which included presenting a day of publishing education in partnership with the Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE). Three months later, the third and …

Florrie Binford Kichler, April 2009
PRESIDENT’S REPORT: Don’t Stop »

      PRESIDENT’S REPORT by Florrie Binford Kichler Don’t Stop “Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow.”—“Don’t Stop” by Christine McVie, sung by Fleetwood Mac “You have to be a ‘glass is half full’ person to devote your life to publishing.”—Allan Kornblum, Coffee House Press, interview by Scott Esposito, “How to Publish in a Recession” (conversationalreading.com/2009/02/how-to-publis-1.html) …

Florrie Binford Kichler, March 2009
PRESIDENT’S REPORT »

      PRESIDENT’S REPORT by Florrie Binford Kichler Publishing’s Future: A Fuller Picture and a Not-So-Modest Proposal In a letter published in Shelf Awareness, David Didriksen, owner of Willow Books and Café, an independent bookstore in Acton, MA, postulated that publishers need to return to their roots to survive the current economic downturn. The …

Florrie Kichler, February 2009
PRESIDENT’S REPORT »

      PRESIDENT’S REPORT by Florrie Kichler Independent but Not Alone: Building Community, Providing Value Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, working together is success.—Henry Ford I recently received the following email from a beginning publisher. Many of you may recognize yourselves in his words (reproduced with his permission): I’m looking, …

Florrie Binford Kichler, January 2009
New Models for Reaching Readers »

      PRESIDENT’S REPORT by Florrie Binford Kichler New Models for Reaching Readers Cash In on Your Garage Sale was the title of the first and only book I wrote as a solo author. Those of you who know me as the publisher of the Young Patriots series of historical fiction may be wondering …

Florrie Binford Kichler, December 2008
From the Boardroom »

      PRESIDENT’S REPORT by Florrie Binford Kichler From the Boardroom Your hard-working board of directors gathered near the headquarters of IBPA in California for the first board meeting of the IBPA 2008–2009 fiscal year and the third board meeting of calendar year 2008. Following is a brief summary of that August meeting. New …

Florrie Binford Kichler, November 2008
Ten Tips for Tough Times »

      PRESIDENT’S REPORT by Florrie Binford Kichler Ten Tips for Tough Times Don’t turn that page—this is not another doom-and-gloom piece advising you to go off the grid until gas drops to $2 a gallon and the stock market rebounds to Clinton-era heights. On the other hand, tomorrow may be only a day …

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