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Matthew Winner, March/April 2021
Getting Social: Give Your Social Media Presence a Boost to Sell More Books »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2021 by Matthew Winner, Head of podcast, A Kids Book About — Give your social media presence and voice the boost they need to draw others in and grow your accounts. Synopsis: The most basic goal of social media is helping others understand the “you” behind the account. it’s crucial to consider who …

Chelsea Richards, March/April 2021
How to Pivot Your Book Launch Strategy Online »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2021 by Chelsea Richards — A guide to help you to plan, promote, and execute a successful and engaging virtual book launch. Over the past year, we have learned how to adapt to our highly virtual world and create meaningful connections despite the distance. Authors are finding new and creative ways to reach …

Deb Vanasse, March/April 2021
Roadmap to Author Platforms »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2021 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Publishers can help their authors with where to start, which direction to go, how to navigate the curves, and which roadblocks to avoid when building a platform. Synopsis: A platform helps authors reach buyers, but it involves more than that. An author platform is …

Abbe Rolnick, September/October 2020
Silver Linings: How the Pandemic Led Me to Create Short Book Videos »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 by Abbe Rolnick, Author, Generations of Secrets series — Remodel the way you promote your books to have a further audience reach amidst COVID-19. When COVID-19 hit the United States in March, my well-planned book launch of Founding Stones disintegrated. I was scheduled to talk at Village Books in Bellingham, Washington, at …

Justin Oldham, September/October 2020
Adding Empathy to Your Book Advertising »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 by Justin Oldham, Co-owner, Shadow Fusion — How the pandemic caused publishing company Shadow Fusion to re-examine the way they package and market their products. In good times or bad, independent book publishers of every stripe have to decide how they will introduce their wares to prospective customers. They can hype, emphasize, …

Jeniffer Thompson, July/August 2020
It’s Time for Indies to Shine »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Jeniffer Thompson, Founder and President, Monkey C Media — Independent publishers have always had to think outside the box to succeed. COVID-19 presents us with an opportunity to do what we do best: adapt. As we learn to navigate the new normal of social distancing and prepare for a post-COVID-19 world, …

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 …

Bruce Brown, November/December 2019
How Facebook Can Help You Sell More Books »

PUBLISHED NOV/DEC 2019 by Bruce Brown, Author-Publisher — A few weeks ago, I was talking with a Generation Z’er about Facebook and social media. She commented, “Facebook is for old people.” When the area is that of book writers, book readers, and book publishing, Facebook has potential value whatever your age and the believed (or …

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 …

Meghan Harvey, July/August 2019
Content Marketing: Turning a One-Night Stand into a Relationship »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2019 by Meghan Harvey, Executive Director of Independent Publishing, Girl Friday Productions — How to use your book’s content as a blueprint for marketing. When you publish a book and do the hard work to get readers to find it, do you want your relationship with that reader to end at the last …

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