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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 …

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 …

Peter Bowerman, July/August 2019
Why That Book Title Caught Your Eye »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2019 by Peter Bowerman, Professional Copywriter, Well-Fed Self Publishing — The perfect nonfiction book title needs a promise. You discover a nonfiction book-in a newspaper book review, while poking around at B&N, or on Amazon. The title instantly grabs you. Obviously, it calls to some need/desire/hope you have, and it’s enough to have …

Bruce Brown, May/June 2019
How Goodreads Can Help Publishers Connect to New Readers »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2019 by Bruce Brown, Author-Publisher — Goodreads provides an incredible promotion platform for publishers and their books. Contrary to popular belief, not everyone has heard of Goodreads. Or, if they have, they might not understand the value it can offer to them. It is one of the most useful free online tools anyone …

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, …

Alexa Schlosser, January/February 2019
Looking Back and Foreword: An Interview with Foreword Reviews Victoria Sutherland »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 interview by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — Indie book reviewer Foreword Reviews has been around for 20 years. What has changed, and where are they going? Foreword Reviews began in 1998 with a mission to help booksellers and librarians discover great books from independent presses. In the 1990s and …

Seth Dellon, November/December 2018
The Value of Book Reviews »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 by Seth Dellon, Director of Strategic Development, Publishers Weekly — How a quality book review can enhance your book’s marketing technique. The term “independent publishing” has seen as much evolution as the actual industry that spawned it. What once included books by non-corporate-but-otherwise-traditional publishers that accounted for a small number of books …

Joanne McCall, September/October 2018
Before You Hire a Publicist, Read This! »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 by Joanne McCall, Premier Publicist and Media Training Expert — Before reaching out to a book publicist there are three things you should handle first. To say our world is changing quickly is cliché. In fact, quick change is the new norm, so we must be willing to learn new things and …

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