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Edward Zellem, Julie Murkette, Richard E. Carmen, Edwin Fontanez, C.M. Mayo, AMZ Publications, April 2015
Routes Across Language Barriers, Part 2 »

From the Editor: Even before the age of e-, publishing for a niche audience was clearly the best strategy for independents. Now, with e-formats, e-tailers, and other e-distribution channels, it’s still recognized as the best, and it works even better. The only obvious area of disagreement seems to be pronunciation (with some favoring nitch and …

Deb Vanasse, April 2015
More Mileage with Author / Publisher Hybrids »

PUBLISHED APRIL 2015 by Deb Vanasse, Founder, Running Fox Books Having entered into what seemed an exciting and mutually beneficial hybrid arrangement with a publisher that let me retain all rights except English-language print rights, I was eager to learn how similar agreements were working for others. So I posed the question to a panel …

MaryAnn F. Kohl, September 2014
Staying Small, Staying Profitable »

IBPA is an association for every kind of independent publisher, from the big company with many employees to the tiny cottage with one (which likely defines Bright Ring Publishing, Inc.). Whatever size a publisher is, to be big or small is a choice. Early on, I deliberately chose to keep Bright Ring small—and to make …

Linda Carlson, August 2014
Today’s Self-Publishing Pathways, Part 2 »

(SEE ALSO: Part 1) Until about 30 years ago, most people who got published began by sending carefully typewritten queries and proposals to publisher after publisher, hoping for a contract. Or they sank thousands of dollars into developing their own presses, usually starting with titles they’d written themselves. Then came desktop publishing, and as mentioned …

Linda Carlson, July 2014
Today’s Self-Publishing Pathways, Part 1 »

(SEE ALSO: Part 2) Before 1985, anyone interested in publishing had only a couple of options: work with an established press, either as an author or as an employee, or sink thousands of dollars into developing your own publishing company, usually with titles you’d written yourself. And, then, almost 30 years ago, a Seattle group …

Mark Coker, September 2014
Exclusive Is Actually Optional at Amazon »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2014 by Mark Coker, Founder, Smashwords — There’s some confusion among authors, publishers, and media people about the difference between Amazon’s KDP and its KDP Select. KDP Select is the Amazon e-book self-publishing option that requires exclusivity. The regular KDP service does not require exclusivity. At nearly every writer’s conference I attend, authors …

Linda Carlson, March 2014
Bringing Books Back, Part 3: A Guide to the Learning Curve »

Bringing Books Back, Part 3: A Guide to the Learning Curve March 2014 by Linda Carlson Whether you wrote the book or someone else did, reissuing a title that another publisher has let go out of print may sound like a way to short-circuit much of the work of acquisition, editing, and design—and possibly even …

Linda Carlson, February 2014
Bringing Books Back, Part 2: When Authors Want to Republish »

February 2014 by Linda Carlson Authors Acquiring Rights As you know from Part 1 of this series (January), some IBPA members have created perennial bestsellers from titles that had languished with their original publishers, having met the challenges of acquiring rights from companies that are still active, acquiring rights held by companies that closed long …

Linda Carlson, January 2014
Bringing Books Back, Part 1: IBPA Members Report on Getting Rights to Previously Published Titles »

January 2014 by Linda Carlson Being able to get books ready for release without the expenses of editing, copy editing, and design—and sometimes without any investment in printing—is among the reasons that many authors and new publishers are reissuing out-of-print titles. The number of quality titles being abandoned by larger publishers, the creative and continuing …

Steve Gillen, July 2013
When Getting Rights Clearance Is Tough »

We’ve all been there. You’ve found the perfect photo . . . verse . . . song lyrics . . . vignette . . . you name it . . . to open your book or a chapter within it or to use within the text. Having labored long and hard to locate just the …

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