12/18/14 - Welcome to IBPA's Independent Publishing Now! Happy Holidays from the IBPA staff! 
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Dear IBPA,

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

We hope you've been enjoying the holiday season as much as we have! The IBPA staff has spent much of December focused on the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards. Our office is slowly being taken over by entrants' books, and we couldn't be happier about it! We can't wait to celebrate the holiday season and are looking forward to a bright New Year!

December literary birthdays include John Milton (12/09/1608), Emily Dickinson (12/10/1830), Jane Austen (12/16/1775), David Sedaris (12/26/1956), and Joseph Rudyard Kipling (12/30/1865).

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!

Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday Season, 

Your IBPA Staff: 
Angela Bole, Terry Nathan, Molly Farragher, Chris Kahn, and Patti Grasso
Stephen M. Hood, author of John Bell Hood.
Savas Beatie's John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Confederate General by Stephen M. Hood was selected as the 2014 winner of the Walt Whitman Civil War Book Award. The award is given annually by the Reading Committee of the North Shore Civil War Roundtable in New York for what its members consider the best book in the general category of Civil War Studies. This is the book’s second major award, the first being The Albert Castel 2014 Book Award for the best title on Western Theater operations. “Once again we are pleased that John Bell Hood has been recognized with such a prestigious award,” said Theodore P. Savas, the managing director for Savas Beatie.
Author Katherine Flannery Dering (left) and her sister, Ilene Flannery Wells (right).
Bridgeross author Katherine Flannery Dering attended the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) annual conference in Washington, DC in September to give a presentation and to sell copies of her book Shot in the Head: A Sister's Memoir, a Brother's Struggle. Shot in the Head discusses how Katherine and her eight siblings helped care for their 10th sibling, Paul, who suffered from treatment resistant schizophrenia and passed away from lung cancer. Aside from selling books, they came to the attention of Rep. Tim Murphy who has a bill before Congress to reform mental health and Dr. Thomas Insel, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health. Both were given complimentary copies. 

(Top) The late John Fries Blair seated behind his famously messy desk. (Bottom) A cake celebrating John F. Blair's 60th anniversary.
John F. Blair Publishing is celebrating its 60th anniversary! The Blair staff has been celebrating this exciting milestone through various events ranging from a party in downtown Winston-Salem in September to a Messy Desk contest, honoring the company's late founder and his "famously untidy work space."
Blair was founded in the 1950s by the late John Fries Blair, who had previously taught college English, been an editor at UNC Press, and was assistant director of UNC’s Institute of Government. Today, the company produces between 6 and 12 new books each year, specializing in Southeastern nonfiction. The independent press also publishes one or two works of fiction each year, most of which have been award winners. 

(Top) Author Ebonye Gussine Wilkins and the rest of the August Rose Press team. (Bottom) Ebonye standing next to the August Rose Press booth.
Author Ebonye Gussine Wilkins of August Rose Press recently attended the 2014 Brooklyn Book Festival, where she was able to interact with readers and talk to them about her debut novel, Somewhat Close To Normal, and her upcoming novel, Bobbing and Weaving (Summer 2015). Bobbing and Weaving is set in a NYC hair salon and addresses themes of natural hair, identity, and what it means to be who you are. Ebonye asked fair guests what natural hair means to them. Fair goers responses were "exciting, thoughtful and meaningful," with many expressing that their hair is a direct link to their heritage that serves as a reflection of who they are. You can find out more about Bobbing and Weaving on its Pubslush page.

Melissa Mahle and Kathryn Dennis of SpyGirls Press.
SpyGirls Press recently won a Gold Moonbeam Children’s Book Award in the Pre-Teen Fiction Mystery category for Camp Secret. Founded in 2012 by Melissa Mahle and Kathryn Dennis, SpyGirls Press publishes mystery, adventure and espionage. Their first title, Lost in Petra – Anatolia Steppe Mystery received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and won a Silver Moonbeam Award. SpyGirls Press' third book, Uncovered in Istanbul, launched in October and will be reviewed in the December/January issue of Foreword Reviews.
Jeanne Roppolo at her display table at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference.
Jeanne Roppolo of JR Media Group, LLC was one of only 40 authors invited to showcase her four titles in the Grandma Goes to… series at the 2014 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, IL. She was the only author to be sponsored by three libraries: DeKalb Public Library, Chicago Public Library (Dunning Branch), and Edward U. Demmer Memorial Library. Jeanne spent her time at the conference networking with librarians and the other authors. In addition to promoting her cultural series, Jeanne handed out flyers and bookmarks introducing her first memoir: SURREAL: Reflections on Ice, which is available now. 

(Top) Eric Devos and Hiroko Kiiffner. (Bottom) The 2014 Benjamin Franklin Awards, held at NYU's Kimmel Center.
Eric Devos of City Diecutting, Inc. and Hiroko Kiiffner of Lake Isle Press recently shared a heartwarming story that occurred at the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Awards in New York City. After sitting down next to each at the ceremony dinner, Eric and Hiroko asked each other what had brought them to the awards. Eric mentioned that he had contributed the displays used to hold the finalists' books and Hiroko went on to tell Eric about a wonderful display maker she had worked with in the past. She said that she thought his name was Eric, but wasn't sure. Turns out Eric and Hiroko had worked together in the past! The two went on to catch up and enjoy each other's company throughout the dinner. Commenting on the serendipitous moment, Eric remarked, "If for no other reason, one needs to go where the others in their industry are - because you never know who is going to show up." 
Author Randall Reneau.

Randall Reneau's latest novel, south of good, recently received a fantastic review from Kirkus Reviews"An effervescent ride chock-full of memorable action and characters." Reneau has been a professional geologist since 1974 and spent nearly twenty years in uranium exploration, followed by three years in West Africa exploring for diamonds and gold. Reneau's other books include Ruby Silver, Diamond Fields, and Deadly Lode.

Incans in Peru. Photography by Deborah Bryon. 
Idyll Arbor, Inc. author Deborah Bryon has been studying with shamans in the Sacred Valley of Peru since 2003. Her new book, Lessons of the Inca Shamans, Part 2: Beyond the Veil, includes sacred initiation rites and exercises for the reader with more than a third of the book being direct quotes from the shamans. Deborah is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Denver, Colorado. Her work is in print in numerous publications, including Mind, Body, Spirit magazine, and she is frequently called upon as a guest speaker and lecturer. You can find out more about Deborah on her website
Art Wolfe's Earth Is My Witness, a project of the Peter Beren Agency.
A project of The Peter Beren Agency, Art Wolfe's Earth Is My Witness was just recognized as a "Best Photo Book of the Year" by American Photo Magazine: "Wolfe's opus is a conservationist manifesto, reflecting the vast diversity of nature and humankind throughout the world --- with few signs of modern society --- in a glorious wash of colorful imagery." Beren reports that he has worked out a new deal with Insight Editions to publish a revised edition of Art Wolfe's Migrations, the classic portrait of migrating creatures around the globe, as a follow-up to Earth Is My Witness.


01/07/15 - A Review of Self-Publishing: A Discussion with Bowker - Join IBPA on January 7, 2015 for an exploration of Bowker's report on self-published titles produced in 2013.

01/13/15-01/15/15 - 2015 Digital Book World Conference + Expo - Now celebrating its sixth year, the Digital Book World Conference + Expo is the preeminent conference on digital content and digital publishing strategies. IBPA Members receive 5% savings!

01/21/15 - Planning for Author Events - NOW! - In this webinar, Susan McBeth will discuss what authors should be doing NOW, no matter where they are in the writing process, to start establishing a firm foundation for their book.

02/25/15 - IngramSpark & Lightning Source: A Distribution Solution for Every Publisher - Join us for a FREE webinar where we will discuss the differences between IngramSpark and Lighting Source and how each can help you meet your publishing goals.

03/30/15-04/02/15 - Bologna Children’s Book Fair - IBPA Members Receive 15% Discount - 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.

4/10/15 - Benjamin Franklin Awards Ceremony - IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards are regarded as one of the highest national honors for indie publishers and self-published authors. Held in conjunction with IBPA’s Publishing University in Austin, the 2015 award ceremony is a gala dinner where all Gold winners receive an engraved trophy marking their achievement.

4/10/15-4/11/15 - IBPA Publishing University We’re headed to Austin, Texas for IBPA Publishing University 2015! As always, IBPA’s Publishing University 2015 will bring you information-packed seminars developed and lead by industry leaders.

4/17/15-4/19/15 - Authors 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 place at the Inn at Opryland in Nashville, TN. 

5/27/15-5/31/15 - BookExpo/BookCon 2015 - BookExpo is the premier event for North American publishing. Displaying your books in IBPA’s Cooperative Booth at BookExpo will help put you at the center of the publishing industry and position your titles for success.

6/25/15-6/30/15 - American Library Association Annual Conference - IBPA will have a Cooperative Booth at the 2015 ALA Conference in San Francisco that will allow IBPA member books to gain title visibility with acquisition librarians. 

07/19/15-07/24/15 - Yale Publishing Course – 15% Discount for IBPA Members! - The Yale Publishing Course (YPC) is a week-long intensive classroom-based course for mid- to senior-level book and magazine media professionals in all areas of publishing: management, editorial, business development, digital strategy, design and production, advertising, sales, and marketing.

10/14/15-10/18/15 - Frankfurt Book Fair - Boasting over 7,000 exhibitors and 275,000 visitors each year, the Frankfurt Book Fair 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!

11/13/15-11/15/15 - China Children's Book Fair - IBPA Members Receive 15% Discount - The China Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) will host its third event at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center, in cooperation with China’s official publishing authorities (General Administration of the Press and Publications, GAPP). IBPA members can purchase single-title display space with Foreword Reviews.

IBPA Member Benefits

Bowker Identifier Services - Bowker is the world’s leading provider of bibliographic information and management solutions designed to help publishers, booksellers, and libraries better serve their customers. IBPA members receive a 15% discount off all products and services sold directly on

IBPA's Independent Magazine - Frequently cited as one of the most important member benefits, IBPA’s Independent magazine features interesting articles on the latest developments within the publishing industry. Now available online!

IBPA Cooperative Catalogs - IBPA members can market their titles to librarians, reviewers, and booksellers through our cooperative book catalogs – print and digital. Each catalog provides an effective, reasonably priced sales tool.

WorldWide Insurance Services - WorldWide Insurance Services, Inc. (WWINS) is committed to providing IBPA members with a high level of professional service for all of their health insurance needs. Since no single plan is right for everyone, the IBPA Health Insurance Plan provides the flexibility all IBPA member’s demands.


12/17/14 -  Six Hacks to Improve Diversity in Book Publishing

12/12/14 - Top 3 Takeaways from the 2014 Digital Publishing Innovation Summit

11/21/14 - Staying Away from Trends

11/19/14 - Indie Office Hours: Foreign Rights & Frankfurt with Terry Nathan


In the News

12/17/14 - The Everything Book: Reading in the Age of Amazon - The Verge

12/15/14 - Books vs. E-Books: Teens' Print Preferences Make Publishing Industry's Future Hard To Predict - International Business Times

12/10/14 - Hi! Can We Talk About Self-Publishing? - Huffington Post

11/20/14 - Self-Publishing's vices and virtues - the Guardian
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