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Alexa Schlosser, September/October 2021
The Self-Publishing Hustle »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2021 interview by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — An interview with contemporary and fantasy author, writing coach, and YouTuber Hannah Lee Kidder. Hannah Lee Kidder is a contemporary and fantasy author, writing coach, and YouTuber. She’s published two short story collections, Little Birds and Starlight. Her hustle-minded approach to self-publishing …

Rocky Lang, September/October 2021
Help Desk: How Can I Get My Book Made Into a Movie? »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2021 answer by Rocky Lang, veteran of the motion picture and television industries — Take a shot at getting your book to Hollywood using the tools outlined in this article. The number one question authors ask me is, “How can I get my book made into a movie?” There is no one answer …

Karen Pavlicin, September/October
How To Create An Effective Book Sales Packet »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2021 by Karen Pavlicin, Publisher, Elva Resa Publishing — Communicate what’s special about your book to help sales reps and buyers better understand your market so they can make informed buying decisions. An effective sales packet communicates what’s special about your book and helps sales reps and buyers better understand your market so …

Deb Vanasse, March/April 2021
Roadmap to Author Platforms »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2021 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Publishers can help their authors with where to start, which direction to go, how to navigate the curves, and which roadblocks to avoid when building a platform. Synopsis: A platform helps authors reach buyers, but it involves more than that. An author platform is …

Justin Oldham, September/October 2020
Adding Empathy to Your Book Advertising »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 by Justin Oldham, Co-owner, Shadow Fusion — How the pandemic caused publishing company Shadow Fusion to re-examine the way they package and market their products. In good times or bad, independent book publishers of every stripe have to decide how they will introduce their wares to prospective customers. They can hype, emphasize, …

Fauzia Burke, July/August 2020
Sell More Books … Even During a Crisis »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Fauzia Burke, Founder & President, FSB Associates — Publishers can guide their authors to better market their books. Here’s how. One of the best ways publishers can sell more books is to help their authors become better marketers. Some publishers have already figured out that their best marketing assets are actually …

Karen Pavlicin, March/April 2020
Anatomy of a Book Sales Sheet (…Tip Sheet, One Sheet, Sales Flyer, What-Have-You!) »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2020 answers by Karen Pavlicin, Publisher, Elva Resa Publishing — Need help creating a sales sheet for your forthcoming titles? Read below for some helpful tips. A sales sheet—also called tip sheet, one sheet, or sales flyer—is a summary sheet that gives at a glance all the relevant information about a forthcoming title. …

Maggie Langrick, March/April 2020
How to Plan a Successful Media Campaign for Your Nonfiction Book »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2020 by Maggie Langrick, Founder and Publisher, LifeTree Media — It helps very much to have established relationships with key reporters, editors, or producers relevant to your book. When I was the features editor at a major metropolitan newspaper back in the aughts, part of my job was to evaluate pitches from publicists …

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 …

Brian Feinblum, July/August 2019
How Book Publishers Can Brand Themselves With the Help of Their Authors »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2019 by Brian Feinblum, CMO and Senior Vice President, Media Connect — Book publishers of all genres and sizes need a lot of help with branding-and it can come from working more productively with their authors. So, what is branding for a publisher? I had the opportunity to speak at IBPA’s annual conference …

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