03/17/16 - Welcome to IBPA's Independent Publishing Now! 
View this email in your browser

Dear <<First Name>>,

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

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We hope you’re wearing green in honor of the patron saint of Ireland. Or as the tale goes, to make yourself invisible to leprechauns!

Here at the IBPA headquarters, we’ve been extremely busy preparing for Publishing University and the Benjamin Franklin Awards Ceremony, both taking place in Salt Lake City, UT. Can you believe it? It’s just a few weeks away! Finalists for the Benjamin Franklin Awards will be notified throughout this week and our complete list of finalists will be available to view on Monday at

Haven’t reserved your seat at PubU yet? It’s not too late to register! IBPA is thrilled to announce a limited-time promotion going on from March 17, 2016 through April 8, 2016. Register for any of our upcoming Publishing University Online webinars and receive a $50 discount code on your PubU registration. Furthermore, place your Marriott reservation by tomorrow (March 18) and receive the conference rate for the nights you're staying for PubU!

Now, on with the show! 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, Patti Grasso, and Joanne Kenny

Author Robert Scott Thayer (left) at Blue Spring State Park signing copies of his popular book, Kobee Manatee.
On January 23rd and 24th, 2016, Robert Scott Thayer of Thompson Mill Press was at Blue Spring State Park doing a book signing for the 2016 Orange City Manatee Festival. Their presence was met with overwhelming support. They ran out of books at the end of each day! Furthermore, Thayor's second title, Kobee Manatee: A Wild Weather Adventure (illustrated by Lauren Gallegos), was recently named Foreword Reviews' 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist in the Picture Books category. Last year, his first book in the Kobee Manatee series, Heading Home to Florida, won the 2015 International Book Award in the Children's Educational category. Thompson Mill Press has been a member of IBPA since 2012.

(Top photo) Devorah Fox, President of Mike Byrnes & Assoc., Inc., holding up the Certificate of Excellence by All Authors Publications and Promotions.
The Lost King, an epic fantasy novel published by Mike Byrnes and Associates, Inc., has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by All Authors Publications and Promotions. This award is granted three times a year. The Lost King was the first recipient named for 2016. “We personally select each book,” said Yasmin Correa, president of All Authors. “Since very few awards are sent out each year, it makes them a lot more valuable. We put books through the grinder, hand selecting the best, and only the best of the best make it.” In addition to this award, The Lost King, Book 1 of The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam epic fantasy series, has earned five-star reviews and ranked in the Kindle Top 100 in paid sales. Congrats to Mike Byrnes & Associates, who has been a long-standing IBPA member since 1994!

Award-winning author Lincoln Cole.
2015 and 2016 has been a great year for Lincoln Cole! His title, Second Chances, was recently named the 2015 Medalist Winner for the New Apple Book Awards in the Visionary Category. Published under Lincoln Cole Publishing, Second Chances is a contemporary novel set in Middle America that delves into Social Issues people deal with on a regular basis. This title has also won the 2016 Regional Indie Excellence Award in Midwest Fiction and is a finalist in the 2015 Wishing Shelf Book Awards. Preview the book on Cole's website.

The inside pages of STUFFology 101 (Korean edition) by Brenda Avadian and Eric Riddle.
North Star Books' STUFFology 101 is now available in Korean! Co-author Brenda Avadian shares the story of how her ninth title was picked up by a South Korean publisher in her blog post titled WOWEEEE the Korean Edition of STUFFology 101. The Korean edition of STUFFology 101 marks the books fourth language translation. It is also available in German, Spanish, and Slovenian.

Award-winning author Rhonda Rees accepting her Publicist of the Year Gold Award.
Wendy Terrien has been writing stories since she was in grade school. Her debut novel The Rampart Guards is the first in her urban fantasy series. Since the launch of her book on February 26, 2016, it has received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, chosen by editors at Kirkus Reviews to be featured as an Indie Book of the Month in April, and has received a 5-Star review from Foreword Clarion Reviews. Blue Ink Review called it "an intriguing introduction to what promises to be an expansive series. The Rampart Guards introduces engaging characters, a unique concept and the potential for developing both more fully in future novels."
IBPA is thrilled to announce our four Publishing University scholarship winners: Tracee Dunblazier, Sherry Roberts, Jane R. Wood, and Mark H. Cross!

Meet Tracee Dunblazier, IBPA's at-large Publishing University 2016 scholarship winner!
Tracee Dunblazier is the recipient of our at-large Publishing University 2016 scholarship. An accomplished author, Tracee has written two books on the topic of personal soul excavation and deep healing from soul to body. In 2015, Tracee founded GoTracee Publishing LLC and to publish a new hybrid of self-help, memoir, and spiritual book to access a wider audience of spiritual seekers. IBPA is so excited to meet you at PubU!

Meet Sherry Roberts, the Midwest Independent Publishers Association's IBPA Affiliate Scholarship winner!
Sherry Roberts is the recipient of IBPA's Affiliate Scholarship for Publishing University, awarded by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MIPA). Sherry is an author, a past president of MIPA and chair of the Midwest Book Awards. She and her husband, Tony, operate Osmyrrah Publishing and The Roberts Group Editorial & Design to provide editorial services and Web development to businesses and book publishers.

Meet Jane R. Wood, the Florida Authors and Publishers Association's IBPA Affiliate Scholarship winner!
Jane R. Wood is the recipient of IBPA's Affiliate Scholarship for Publishing University, awarded by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA). Jane is the author of five juvenile fiction books and one how-to book for authors who want to market their books to schools. Jane uses her experience as a former classroom teacher, newspaper reporter, and television producer to research, write, and market her books. She is the Vice President of Marketing for FAPA, creating the member e-blasts, social media posts, website updates, and marketing materials. We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks, Jane!

Meet Mark H. Cross, the New Mexico Book Association's IBPA Affiliate Scholarship winner!
Mark H. Cross is the recipient of IBPA's Affiliate Scholarship for Publishing University, awarded by the New Mexico Book Association (NMBA). Mark established Caminito Publishing in 2010 and released the Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico in 2012. The book won several awards, including an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Award. Mark plans to share what he learns at PubU through Libro, the NMBA’s newsletter, and in a presentation at an association meeting. We're thrilled to have Mark join us this year at PubU and can't wait for him to share the information he learned at IBPA's annual conference with NMBA!

It's not too late to register for IBPA's Publishing University! Join over 300 book publishing professionals from across the country for a two-day, must-attend, networking, and educational event. Sign up today!


03/14/16 - What Big Publishing Consolidation Means for Authors

03/03/16 - 10 Tips for Crafting an Equitable and Secure Publishing Contract: A Rebuttal for Publishers That Seeks to Inform Publishers Based on the Needs of Publishers

03/02/16 - How to Stay on Top of Publishing Trends

03/01/16 - Hachette Agrees to Buy Perseus Publishing Business

02/24/16 - Ingram’s Required 60% Discounts for Publishers

02/09/16 - Eight Director Candidates, Chosen by IBPA’s Board Nominating Committee, Will Stand for Election to the IBPA Board April 9, 2016

02/08/16IBPA Executive Director, Angela Bole, Becomes CEO, Extends Contract

02/02/16Quarto Buys Harvard Common Press

02/01/16Director’s Desk: Choose Change

In the News

03/14/16 - Should You Self-Publish or Pursue a Mainstream Publisher? - Huffington Post

03/11/16 - How Publishers Can Fight the Four Horsemen — Amazon, Apple, Google & Facebook - Huff Post

03/09/16 - Major publishers’ e-book sales stagnate as overall market grows - The Seattle Times

03/08/16 - What Big Publishing Consolidation Means for Authors - Huffington Post


03/23/16 - Available Wherever Books are Sold: How to Convince Costco, Walmart, Target & Other Huge Chains to Sell Your Books  Join IBPA and Amy Collins on March 23, 2016 as she teaches you the right way to approach big stores as well as supermarket chains and airport bookstores.

04/06/16 - Building Better Campaigns (Getting Started Series)  Join IBPA and Terry Doherty on April 6, 2016 as she walks you step by step through the process of designing and implementing a tailored promotional campaign using social media.

04/04/16-04/07/16 - Bologna Children’s Book Fair – $25.00 Discount for IBPA Members - The 53rd annual Bologna Children’s Book Fair hosts nearly 25,000 international professional trade reps and agents from 75 countries who scout for gems and do deals on a 20,000 square meter show floor. IBPA members can purchase single-title display space with Foreword Reviews at Children’s Books USA.

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!

04/08/16-04/09/16 - Lone Star Book Fest- The Lone Star Book Festival is a two-day book festival with nationally, and internationally, known authors that encompasses fiction and non-fiction works. If you would like to be an exhibitor, fill out the form before January 31,2016 for the early registration deadline.

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.

04/16/16-04/17/16 - DEAR Texas Two days of author readings across the state. Meet new and exciting authors, along with some favorites as you listen to their stories and find something new to read.

04/20/16 - How to Join the Audiobook Publishing Revolution  Join IBPA and Richard Rieman, author of The Author’s Guide to Audiobook Creation, on April 20, 2016 as he goes over how to make money with an audiobook; whether you should narrate your own book, and how; how to engage a narrator (and what to avoid); ...and more!

05/11/16-05/14/16 - 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 members can feature their books in our special cooperative booth.

06/23/16-06/28/16 - American Library Association Annual Conference Over 10,000 librarians attend the ALA Annual Conference each year in order to save time and money by reviewing the books and services put on display by the hundreds of onsite vendors. The focus of IBPA’s participation in the ALA Annual Conference is to provide title visibility to acquisition librarians.

07/13/16-07/14/16 - Digital Publishing Innovation Summit – IBPA members save $300! Innovation Enterprise return to New York with their Flagship Digital Publishing Innovation Summit with even more publishing & media representatives exploring key areas of audience development, monetization, mobile-first strategies, new media platforms & more. BPA members save $300 on two day passes with the code IBPA300.

10/19/16-10/23/16 - Frankfurt Book Fair 2016 Boasting over 7,000 exhibitors and 275,000 visitors each year, the Frankfurt Book Fair (October 19-23, 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany) is the largest global marketplace for books, media, rights, and licenses worldwide. 2015 marks IBPA’s 30th year at the Fair and we couldn’t be prouder. Many of our members have achieved great success through IBPA’s support of their participation in the Frankfurt Book Fair.

IBPA Member Benefits

Bookstore/Books for Review Bundle - Introduce your book(s) to 3,000 reviewers, journalists, and bloggers AND 3,500 bookstore buyers. A $440 value for only $350!

Papertrell - IBPA members receive a special offer on Papertrell’s digital publishing suite, built to help independent book publishers create stunning, interactive book apps. The special offer includes free on-boarding and set-up, free direct-to-consumer strategy consultation, and two months free.

NetGalley Book Review Program - Through the NetGalley Book Review Program, IBPA members share galleys electronically and securely with 215,000 reviewers, media professionals, booksellers, librarians, bloggers, and other contacts.

Nielsen BookScan - IBPA members receive access to Nielsen BookScan data across three tiers at deeply discounted rates. Each tier is limited to IBPA members within a specific revenue band; a 5% annual increase applies.
Copyright © 2016 Independent Book Publishers Association, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences