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Elly Blue, May/June 2021
Case Study: Homegrown Book Bundling »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2021 by Elly Blue, Marketing and Editorial Director, Microcosm Publishing & Distribution — Case Study: How a bunch of small publishers worked together to support each other and try to get their books into readers’ hands. During the summer of 2020, my friend Rachel Bell and I were on the phone bemoaning the …

Richard-Anthony Lena, May/June 2021
Finding Alternative Revenue Sources for the Books You Publish »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2021 by Richard-Anthony Lena, President, Brattle Publishing Group — Four small steps that may lead to special sales opportunities for your books. Synopsis: It’s difficult to sell direct to consumer if you don’t know who your primary customer is, so you first must identify them. Seek out sources that will help you learn …

Amanda Gawthorpe, March/April 2021
Reducing Bookseller Bias »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2021 by Amanda Gawthorpe, Senior Editor, Blue Ink Press — By adhering to professional publishing standards you can win a place on the shelves of independent bookstores. On the surface, independent publishers and independent bookstores should be a match made in heaven. Both are the proverbial underdogs, trying to survive in an industry …

Andy Hunter, March/April 2021
Indies Publishers & Indie Bookstores Must Come Together »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2021 by Andy Hunter, CEO, Bookshop.org — Indie publishers must redouble efforts to support independent bookstores. The publishing industry has a problem, which we are all aware of: We are moving toward total market dominance of a single online retailer. During the past decade, approximately $8 billion dollars of annual book sales have …

Deb Vanasse, January/February 2021
Explaining Book Sales Markets »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Distributors and industry pros discuss the market trends across sales channels in preparation for a new year. Synopsis: By Q4 2020, overall book sales were up, and the pandemic seemed to drive content preferences. Brick-and-mortar businesses took a big hit during pandemic shutdowns, but …

David and Stephanie Miles, September/October 2020
Build Your Brand, Build Your Audience, Sell Books Direct »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 by David and Stephanie Miles, Founders, Bushel & Peck Books — At Bushel & Peck Books, we’ve long felt there was tremendous opportunity in direct-to-consumer sales, so when COVID-19 hit earlier this year, it only further highlighted the need for us to build that kind of program. Article Synopsis: To effectively sell …

Abe Ogden, July/August 2020
Publishing on a Mission, Part I »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Abe Ogden, Co-owner & Lead Strategiest, Paper Door — The successes—and challenges—some mission-based publishers are having taking books to the trade. Article Synopsis: Read Part II here. Taking a title to the trade can help a mission-based publisher expand its brand. Having a new book tied to a charity or an …

Sharon Castlen, July/August 2020
Don’t Count Them Out: Selling to Libraries Amid COVID-19 »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Sharon Castlen, Integrated Book Marketing – The activity of discovery for new titles and procuring them is still alive. This article shares the changes in the library space and considers what the future might hold. Article Synopsis: Discovery is still vital, and librarians are looking for your titles. Now might be …

Maggie Langrick, July/August 2020
Board Members Memo: What You Publish Next Is Important »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Maggie Langrick, Founder and Publisher, LifeTree Media — If you hope to sell books post-COVID-19, be sure they meet readers’ needs. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to make tough decisions and big changes in our businesses. We’ve had to revise our budgets, furlough staff, and renegotiate with vendors. We …

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 …

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