11/19/15 - Welcome to IBPA's Independent Publishing Now! 
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Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to Independent Publishing Now, IBPA's monthly e-newsletter that features the hottest news and information from IBPA members.

We can’t believe Thanksgiving is exactly one week away! This month, we will celebrate many aspects of our lives: our family, our friends, and of course, our association! IBPA is honored to be made up of wonderful, mindful, ambitious, passionate members. It is because of you that IBPA is the largest publishing trade association in the U.S. In return, we hope we have served and led you to success this year, whether by answering your question on the phone or by e-mail, marketing your title in one of our cooperative catalogs, displaying your book in our cooperative booth, or providing you relevant and fresh information through one of our Publishing University Online webinars. IBPA is always looking to improve the way we support and guide you. If you have any suggestions, please let us know at

Now, on with the show! See below for this month's noteworthy news. IBPA members can send notice of their accomplishments (TV appearances, special mentions, book signings, etc.) to We look forward to featuring you in a future issue!


Your IBPA Staff:
Angela Bole, Terry Nathan, Mimi Le, and Patti Grasso

Dan Poynter (1938-2015)
On November 3, 2015, the IBPA office received the sad news that long-time friend and self-publishing guru Dan Poynter passed away. Dan was a founding member of IBPA, served on IBPA’s board of directors, and participated as a speaker at most of our Publishing Universities. His sessions were often standing room only and what he discussed was always relevant and helpful. In 1979, Dan published The Self Publishing Manual, which has helped thousands and thousands of people. Many have shared their memories on IBPA's online tribute page. We hope you will take a moment to enjoy these, or share some of your own.

Author Kate Kort and recently published novel Glass on the PDX Podcast.
Brick Mantel Books author Kate Kort was recently interviewed on The Portland Cool Podcast about her literary fiction novel, Glass. Sean Barron speaks with Kort about her passion for storytelling, her writing process, how she dealt with rejection and editing, and the significance of mental health. Set in Cleveland in the late 1980s, Glass tests traditional ideas of interpersonal responsibility and what it means to struggle with mental illness. Listen to the full podcast here.

Yo Miz! award-winning author Elizabeth Rose.
“Edu-tainer” Elizabeth Rose, who has created music and comedy for stage, film and TV, swore she would never follow the advice of her parents, both teachers, and become a teacher. But she took a gig teaching songwriting in a NYC public high school. When the job was cut, she was asked to sub in a new school each week, a temptation no storyteller could resist. A memoir that looks at the journey through the NYC public schools, Yo Miz! was recently named winner of the Nonfiction Authors Association Bronze Award for excellence. Rose has been a guest on PBS’s To The Contrary, Good Morning Washington (ABC-TV), and big market radio and online shows including The Jim Bohannon Show, America in the Morning, The Laura Ingraham Show, Maggie Linton’s “Urban View” on Sirius XM Radio, and The Capitol Hill Show with Tim Constantine.

Peter Beren (pictured above) is a literary agent and a book publishing consultant to authors, self-publishers and independent publishers.
Two new deals were recently announced by IBPA member Peter Beren of The Peter Beren Agency. Prolific British writer, Paul Aitken, has been signed to the US-based Allworth Press to produce his How to be a Successful Online Freelance Writer for Fall 2016. Skyhorse Publishing will be releasing Uma Silbey's Ultimate Crystals and Stones Handbook, a revised and expanded edition of her 700,000 copy best-seller, originally published by Bantam Books, as The Complete Crystal Guidebook.

Wondrous Willow and What is God? author Christine Horner.
Christine Horner's children's book Wondrous Willow, published by Yugen Press (fiction imprint to In the Garden Publishing), recently received a Readers’ Favorite 5 Star Review. Wondrous Willow is dedicated to Horner’s daughter Victoria, a 5-year cancer survivor, and to families everywhere enduring the illness of a loved one. Her second title What is God? was one of the top 10 most-read books among Library Journal curated picks for SELF-e Select in the month of September.

Beverly McKee with six women from her recent book, Celebrating Life Decades After Breast Cancer: 40 Women Share Stories of Surviving Twenty to Fifty Years After Diagnosis.
Transformation Media Books author Beverly McKee recently launched her new book, Celebrating Life Decades After Breast Cancer, at the Chesterfield Barnes & Noble. Six of the forty survivors from the book joined her to share their stories and provide the priceless gift of hope to others who have been diagnosed as well as their friends and loved ones. Each chapter of the book tells the story of a woman who is celebrating life twenty to fifty years after diagnosis. McKee is embarking on a worldwide book tour to visit women from the book and meet other survivors, with the first stops in the St. Louis area.

The Great Carp Escape author Irish
Beth Maddock
Award-winning children's author, Irish Beth Maddock has had a fairy tale year with her newly published Christian children's book, The Great Carp Escape. In addition to a recent televised interview with 100 Huntley Street about "the story" behind her story, The Great Carp Escape has won placements in the following 2015 awards: Finalist in the International Book Awards for Children's Religious; Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards for Children's Religious; Silver Medal winner in the Global eBook Awards for Christian Children's Picture Book; and more! Congrats, Irish Beth!

Tasting the Seasons author Kerry Dunnington.
Last month, Food Tank hand-picked 22 books to help inspire and inform a healthy and sustainable global food system and Kerry Dunnington's cookbook, Tasting The Seasons, was one of the 22 recommended books. Furthermore, Kerry was recently selected as one of 60 authors to be a part of the University Club's (Washington, DC) Annual Author Night and Book Fair. It will take place on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 from 5:30-8:00pm and is the only University Club event open to the public.

Author Susan Swartwout with one of Maurice Sendak's Wild Things at the 12th Annual Louisiana Book Festival in 2015.
Poet Susan Swartwout of Brick Mantel Books was recently invited to be a featured author on the Louisiana Poets Part II Panel at the Louisiana Book Festival on October 31. Swartwout read from her new book, Odd Beauty, Strange Fruit, a collection of poems which explore human differences and the lives of freaks—celebrities of Southern fairs' sideshows—such as conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker's married lives, the Fat Lady's work schedule, Tom Thumb’s Barnum-warped ego, all parallel to the hidden desires, plots, and jealousies of the rest of us. The 2015 program included more than 200 authors and an abundance of book-related activities.


11/13/15-11/15/15 - China Children’s Book Fair – 15% Discount for IBPA Members! - The China Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) will host its third event at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center. IBPA members can purchase single-title display space with Foreword Reviews in Children’s Books USA.

12/01/15-12/02/15 - Digital Publishing Innovation Summit 2015 – IBPA members save 20% - This summit moves beyond content dissemination and looks at key topics of audience development, monetization, and content strategy with companies like Forbes, National Geographic, and more! IBPA members can save 20% on two-day passes with special discount code.

12/02/15 - Global Kids Connect Conference – 25% Discount for IBPA Members! - Meet leading international children’s book publishing professionals and explore the most vital ideas, people and technologies that are shaping the way the children’s book publishing industry is adapting to—and thriving in—a global marketplace.

12/16/15 - IBPA WEBINAR: Six Costly Mistakes Self-Publishers Make - In one hour, award-winning and bestselling author of The 7-Step Guide to Authorpreneurship, Rochelle Carter will walk you through six of the costliest mistakes self-publishers tend to make, and how you can avoid them.

03/07/16-03/09/16 - Digital Book World (DBW) Conference - Now celebrating its seventh year, the The Digital Book World Conference + Expo is the premier event for publishers and content providers of all sizes and business models who plan to come out on top of publishing’s digital transformation.

04/08/16 - IBPA Benjamin Franklin Book Awards Ceremony - Held in conjunction with IBPA’s Publishing University 2016 (April 8-9, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah), the 2016 award ceremony is a gala dinner where all Gold winners receive an engraved trophy marking their achievement.

04/08/16-04/09/16 - IBPA Publishing University 2016 - For two exciting and eventful days, IBPA’s Publishing University will bring you information-packed seminars developed and lead by industry leaders. Join us in Salt Lake City, Utah for experiential workshops, enlightening lectures, networking, and the always popular Ask the Experts! Early bird pricing available through December 15th.

04/12/16-04/14/16 - London Book Fair 2016 The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. In 2016, the fair will take place at Olympia, West London, and cover all aspects of the publishing industry.

04/12/16-04/14/16 - BookExpo/BookCon 2016 BookExpo is the premier event for North American publishing. In 2016, the trade portion of the convention, the BookExpo portion, will be held Wednesday through Friday (May 11-13, 2016) and a new consumer convention, BookCon, will be held on Saturday (May 14, 2016).

IBPA Member Benefits

Benjamin Franklin Book Awards - Indie publishers and self-published authors are invited to enter this year's competition (for books with a copyright date of 2015). The inclusive program includes fifty-five categories recognizing excellence in book editorial and design. Enter today to be considered for one of the highest national honors for indie publishers and self-published authors!

Nielsen PubTrack Digital - IBPA members receive access to PubTrack Digital data across two tiers at deeply discounted rates. Each tier is limited to IBPA members within a specific revenue band; a 5% annual increase applies.

ABA’s Advance Access Program - IBPA members receive a 50% discount off the American Booksellers Association’s (ABA’s) Advance Access Program. Due to the volume of offers and the staff time it takes to process and aggregate them, ABA charges $150 per title. IBPA members pay only $75 – a savings of 50%.

IBPA Trade Show Exhibit Program - Through IBPA’s Trade Show Exhibit Program, members can purchase the following at major domestic and international book trade shows: single-title display, full-shelf display, discounted booth space, low cost author signings, and low cost recorded interviews.


11/16/15 - Applications Now Accepted for IBPA Board of Directors

11/12/15 - Update on the Google Books Case – A New High-Water Mark on Transformative Use?

11/04/15 - Dan Poynter, Legendary Publishing Icon, Passes Away (A Tribute)

10/30/15 - IBPA Report from the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair

10/08/15 - Authors Guild Study: The Wages of Writing

10/05/15 - Is Ad-Tech Over in Digital Publishing?

In the News

11/16/15 - Want to Succeed in Self-Publishing? You're Not Alone: Tips from an Indie Author - Publishers Weekly

11/06/15 - The Hottest Self-Publishing Platform? Twitter! - Huffington Post

11/06/15 - Eight lessons for publishing start-ups - The Bookseller

10/19/15 - Want to Succeed in Self-Publishing? Know Your Budget: Tips from an Indie AuthorPublishers Weekly
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