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Brian Feinblum, February 2016
Master the 20-Second Pitch »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2016 by Brian Feinblum, Chief Marketing Officer, MEDIA CONNECT — You only have a few seconds to wow a media outlet … go! Let’s say you’re an overworked publicist at a small to medium-size publishing house or a university press, and you have just 20 seconds to convince a media outlet to give …

Darhiana Mateo Téllez, February 2016
Kat Meyer’s Manifesto »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2016 by Darhiana Mateo Téllez, IBPA Independent managing editor The queen of content talks trends, technology, and Twitter Kat Meyer is a professional eavesdropper—among other talents. With 20-plus years in the publishing industry in roles spanning community management, event curation, editorial, marketing, and social media, Meyer has made it her business to stay on …

Lynn Rosen, January 2016
Indie Publishers Confidential »

PUBLISHED JANUARY 2016 by Lynn Rosen, IBPA Independent contributing editor Below, IBPA taps a diverse array of indie publishing professionals from across the country for a candid discussion on how the industry has evolved, where it’s headed, their biggest pain points, and why —through it all— they can’t imagine doing anything else. How do you …

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 …

Angela Bole, October 2014
Director’s Desk: Engaging with Your Can-do Communities »

At IBPA, we’re proud to provide professional association services to our 3,000 members. We believe independently published books have the power to transform society for the better, and we work hard every day to find more ways to help our members’ books shine. Of course you know that I think IBPA membership is a smart …

Kelly Gallagher , August 2014
How to Thrive in the “Golden Age” of Independent Publishing »

It’s often been said over the past couple of years that this is the golden age of independent publishing. Never before have there been so many opportunities. Barriers to entry can now be crossed with new tools, and it has never been as easy to make a permanent mark in publishing. The first images that …

IBPA Members, June 2014
IBPA Roundtable: The Flip Side of Failure »

  Since Publishers Said No — Submitted by Ruth Donald, Proud Horse Publishing, proudhorsepublishing@gmail.com. Like many other fiction writers who dream of having their novels published, I started out by going the traditional route. When I wrote my first Hunter Rayne Highway Mystery back in the mid-’90s, there were only three options: Query agents or …

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 …

Angela Bole, February 2014
Director’s Desk: Hang Onto the Thrills, Strengthen the Skills »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2014 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association — When you have a job like mine, you spend a lot of time looking at budget spreadsheets and discussing strategies and tactics and bottom lines. I don’t necessarily mind this. I have a strong attraction to order and rather enjoy seeing things line …

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