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Welcome to the first issue of IBPA's redesigned e-newsletter! Each month, Independent Publishing Now features the hottest news and information from IBPA members. The new design stays true to this mission, but wraps it in a prettier package. We hope you like it.

Believe it or not, it's already the end of June...and there's so much to love about June! June is Aquarium Month, Candy Month, Gay Pride Month, Adopt a Cat Month, and Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. June 6th was National Doughnut Day, June 15th was Father's Day, June 20th is Take Your Dog to Work Day, and June 27th is Sunglasses Day. Famous literary birthdays include Allen Ginsberg (6/3/1926), Jacques Cousteau (6/11/1910), Jean-Paul Sartre (6/21/1905), George Orwell (6/25/1903), and Pearl S. Buck (6//26/1892). Learn why it's important to pay attention to these monthly celebrations in this post on the IBPA blog.

Send in your noteworthy news (TV appearances, special mentions, book signings, etc.) to We look forward to hearing from you!

Your IBPA Staff: 
Angela Bole, Terry Nathan, Molly Farragher, Chris Kahn, and Patti Grasso

Author Allan Karl holding his book, FORKS, at BookExpo America 2014. You can read IBPA's recap of BEA here.
Allan Karl, author of FORKS: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine and Connection, recently appeared on Good Morning America. With 500 color photographs, stories about extraordinary people and their culture, and 40 recipes from around the world, FORKS brings Karl's 3-year global journey, in which he rode 60,000 miles over 5 continents, to life. The book allows readers to experience the world "through stories of connection and culture, and to taste it in the real local food." Karl's GMA segment was just over two minutes long and summarized the author's motivation for taking off on the journey that ultimately inspired his book. Check out Allan's GMA clip here and find out more info about FORKS, which is available on Amazonhere

Author Wilhelm Schmid (top) and author Stephen Grant (bottom).
Upper West Side Philosophers are gearing up for two exciting releases. The first is High on Low: Harnessing the Power of Unhappiness by bestselling philosopher/life coach Wilhelm Schmid. Schmid argues that being unhappy does not prevent us from living a fulfilled life, but is, instead, an inherent part of a well-rounded life that we should harness extract power from. The second is first-time British novelist Stephen Grant's debut novel, titled A Moment More Sublime. Grant's novel centers on Tom Phelps, "a philosophy teacher and tennis buff, who finds himself unexpectedly embroiled in his union’s struggle against a corrupt school administration and its plans to cut jobs under the pretense of modernization and fiscal austerity, just as he and his partner Sofia are getting ready to buy a home and start a family." Both books will be published digitally on 8/8/14 and in print on 9/8/14.

Author Margaret A. Harrell at Carmichael's Bookstore.
Margaret A. Harrell was invited to the 2014 Gonzo Fest in Louisville, KY as a Special Guest presenter. Margaret gave a reading / discussion / memoir signing at Carmichael's bookstore and also read some of her poetry. Margaret was at the week-long event with her memoir series: Keep This Quiet! My Relationship with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, and Jan Mensaert (2011); Keep THIS Quiet Too! (2012); and Keep This Quiet! III: Initiations (2014). Margaret was Hunter's copy editor for Hell's Angels, with letters between the two ultimately anchoring her memoir series.

Brenda Avadian, author of Drive North in Your Career! and STUFFology 101 and founder of "The Caregiver's Voice," on HuffPostLive.
Incoming IBPA board member Brenda Avadian, founder of North Star Books and The Caregiver's Voice, author of Drive North in Your Career!, and co-author of STUFFology 101: Get Your Mind Out of the Clutter, recently appeared on HuffPostLive with Amy Newmark, Publisher, Editor in Chief, & Author of Chicken Soup for the Soul. The segment is entitled "Alzheimer's Disease and the Power of Laughter" and features Brenda sharing her Diamond Tip for Caregivers that takes caregiving beyond the Golden Rule. Congrats Brenda!

Dawud Knuckles in the trailer for "The Art Album" (top) and at a signing for his book (bottom).
Dawud Knuckles recently released The Art Album. The coffee table book explores the connection between today's most influential genres of music in juxtaposition with top contemporary artists. It features essays from scholars ranging from Dr. Imani Perry to Nikki Giovanni and is hosted by Russell and Danny Simmons. The book also features exclusive interviews and images from artists like Shepard Fairey, Kehinde Wiley, Takashi Murakami, and more. The book has appeared at Art Basel, has a billboard within Times Square, was covered by the ExaminerPR Newswire, and Yahoo, and is available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble. Congrats on your success, Dawud! 

The cover of My Mantelpiece, which features a forward by the late Maya Angelou.
Why Not Book's My Mantelpiece: A Memoir of Survival and Social Justice, the posthumous memoir of Carolyn Goodman, mother of one of the three civil rights workers murdered during Freedom Summer in 1964, includes a forward by the late Dr. Maya Angelou. One of the last pieces of work published while Angelou was alive, Why Not Book's Amy Hillsberg and Brad Herzog (co-author of My Mantelpiece) commented that they are "incredibly honored and humbled to have had the privilege to include these last words from the foreword to My Mantelpiece:  "... by standing up for Right, he is actually standing up for himself." Angelou's forward also included the beautiful statement, “Love is such a wonderful encouragement. It’s not just a feeling. It may be that which keeps the stars in the firmament.”


6/20-6/2221st Century Children's Nonfiction Conference - This conference is a meeting place for those interested in the ever-changing world of children's nonfiction. It is an opportunity for producers of books, ebooks, magazines, learning resources, apps, and websites to learn, connect, and inspire. It will take place at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

6/27-6/30American Library Association - This annual show (taking place in Las Vegas, NV) attracts all types of librarians...from the public, private and school sector across the country and throughout the world. 

7/16-7/17 - The Digital Publishing Innovation Summit - The Digital Publishing Innovation Summit is taking place in New York on July 16 & 17. Friends of IBPA can save 20% on registration by contacting Sean Foreman at or by registering online using the code “EPUB20”.

7/20-7/25 -Yale Publishing Course - Taught by leading industry experts and distinguished faculty from the Yale School of Management, is an intensive, week-long program for mid- to senior-level book, magazine, and digital publishing professionals and held in a state-of-the-art facility at Yale University. Use discount code YPC15IBPA at registration to receive your 15% IBPA member discount. Enrollment is limited.

4/17/15 - 4/19/15Authors Combat Academy - Griffyn Ink Publishing is hosting Authors Combat Academy, which gives writers the opportunity to learn about Fighting and Writing from experts in a variety of fields. It will take at the Inn at Opryland in Nashville, TN. Griffyn Ink will be running a Kickstarter Campaign during the month of June with discounted enrollment prices.

IBPA Member Benefits

IBPA's Publishing University Online Webinar Series
Upcoming webinars: Benjamin Franklin Book Awards - IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Book Awards, which includes fifty-five categories recognizing excellence in both editorial and design, is regarded as one of the highest national honors in small and independent publishing. IBPA members receive a discounted registration fee. 

Cooperative Catalogs - IBPA members can market their titles to librarians, reviewers, and booksellers through direct cooperative book catalogs - print and digital. Both options provide an effective, reasonably priced sales tool.

OpenLearning - Have you checked out IBPA's new cloud-based, e-learning platform? All IBPA members have been invited to this exciting new platform which features pre-recorded webinars, recordings of this year's Publishing University, Ask the Experts, unique courses, and much more! Email to get re-invited to the platform. 

Small Press United - Small Press United (SPU) is a book distribution service created to meet the needs of small and start-up publishers. If accepted, a distribution agreement with SPU comes with a new or extended one-year membership to IBPA, a $129 value.


5/29 - IBPA 2014 Benjamin Franklin Awards 2014 Winners

6/3 - Amazon-Hachette Fight: Is Amazon Really the Bad Guy? 

6/11 - National Salsa Month Matters: Making the Most of Timeliness

6/16 - IBPA Report from BookExpo America 2014

6/16 - Apple, States Settle E-book Damages 

In the News

5/28 - In a Commanding Literary Voice, Maya Angelou Sang Out to the World - New York Times

6/1 - Hachette Chief Leads Book Publishers in Amazon Fight - New York Times

6/2 - Jennifer Weiner: 'Do I Want Respect or Do I Want Readers? - Huffington Post

6/12 - Self-Publishing Offers Hope for Diverse Authors Shut Out by Traditional Publishers - PBS

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