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Torrey Sharp, July/Aug 2019
The Book Design Process Is a Team Sport »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2019 by Torrey Sharp, Principal, Faceout Studio — The right design process lays the appropriate foundation for designers to flourish and problems to be solved effectively. We all respond favorably to products and services that are well designed and deliver on their promises. We like products that work as advertised. We like it …

Cathi Stevenson, July/August 2019
Text Only Book Covers »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2019 by Cathi Stevenson, Owner, Book Cover Express — Many books make the bestsellers’ lists with text-only covers. Not only is an image-free cover possible, it’s often preferable. Not all books, particularly nonfiction genres, lend themselves to a single image. We’ve all seen book covers with irrelevant images on them, or images that …

Curt Matthews, May/June 2019
The Case for Print-on-Demand First Print Runs: Why POD Should Be the New Publishing Standard »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2019 by Curt Matthews, Founder, Chicago Review Press — Print-on-demand minimizes both risk and opportunity cost, making it the smartest choice for the modern publisher. Initial order quantities, or “laydowns,” are not what they used to be for new titles. Why not? B&N is closing stores, and the major wholesalers now bring in …

Ian Lamont, May/June 2019
A Quick Guide to Ancillary Products and Alternative Revenue Streams »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2019 by Ian Lamont, Founder, i30Media — How can ancillary products can create new revenue for your business? Take an inside look at expert tips for creating and marketing profitable supplemental materials for your books. Anyone who has been to the annual IBPA Publishing University knows what a special opportunity it is to …

Deb Vanasse, March/April 2019
Collective Engagement: Authors and Publishers Marketing Together »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2019 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine – Marketing a book can be complicated, time-consuming, and expensive. Authors and publishers should join forces to implement a plan that works. If ever there was a time when authors could simply write books and cede all sales-related responsibilities to publishers, that era is no …

Julia Schopick, March/April 2019
Facebook Groups: A Must-Use Promotional Resource For Authors »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2019 by Julia Schopick, Author — Active involvement in Facebook groups can help foster organic marketing and guide potential buyers to your book. In my May/June 2018 column, “Using Topics in the News to Get Your Important Messages Out”, I described how John McCain’s July 2017 glioblastoma diagnosis provided me with an opportunity …

Maria Dismondy, November/December 2018
3 Simple Ways to Fast Track Sales With Technology »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 by Maria Dismondy, Founder, Cardinal Rule Press — Founder of Cardinal Rule Press gives you the insider tips on using technology to increase book sales. Being a publisher in 2018 means moving, shaking, and staying current on industry trends. It also means being discerning. The latest tech trend could have all the …

Kristin Fields, May/June 2018
Converting Book Browsers to Book Buyers »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2018 by Kristin Fields, Associate Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — Kristin Fields shows us how to move book browsers down the funnel from discovery to conversion and sourcing. Today’s marketplace for book buyers is overwhelmed with an amazing amount of book content. The Kindle store alone has over 6 million titles for sale …

Kristin Fields, May/June 2018
Book Cover Design Showdowns »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2018 by Kristin Fields, Associate Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — You can—and should—judge a book by its cover, as book buyers do. Here are a few A/B cover options tested by the Codex Preview. Last September, in a webinar titled “Converting Book Browsers to Book Buyers,” Peter Hildick-Smith and his firm Codex-Group shared …

Gail M. Kearns, March/April 2018
The Beauty of Hand-Selling Books »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2018 by Gail M. Kearns, President, To Press & Beyond — In 2015, my co-authors and I set up Mise en Press to publish our cookbook titled The Gourmet Girls Go Camping Cookbook: Amazing Meals Straight from Your Campfire. I had been a self-proclaimed book sherpa and president of To Press & Beyond …

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