04/16/15 - 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.
The IBPA staff just got back from Publishing University and the Benjamin Franklin Awards in Austin, Texas and we couldn't feel more inspired! It was fantastic meeting the 280 members that attended the conference and awards program. Each attendee contributed to the conference's unmistakable vibrancy and it was a pleasure getting to know our members and their publishing journeys. You can check out photos and buzz from the conference by searching #PubU2015 on Twitter. 

April literary birthdays include Maya Angelou (04/04/1928), Booker T. Washington (04/05/1856), William Wordsworth (04/07/1770), Nella Larsen (04/13/1893), Samuel Beckett (04/13/1906), Seamus Heaney (04/13/1939), Henry James (04/15/1843), Charlotte Bronte (04/21/1816), William Shakespeare (04/23/1564), and Harper Lee (04/28/1926).

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, Molly Farragher, and Patti Grasso

Robert Stayton of Sandstone Publishing.
Robert Stayton of Sandstone Publishing spoke at the recent Whidbey Institute Annual Winter Gathering about changes in energy consumption that will set a new course for the future as more people move from fossil fuels and their ever-increasing unintended consequences to solar power. Stayton described solar-based energy as a safe, plentiful and environmentally conscious change that can be accomplished without legislation. Stayton's book, Power Shift: From Fossil Energy to Dynamic Solar Power, is set to be released this month and will detail the fundamental change in the human relationship with energy.

Personhood Press' Dr. Trimble-Familetti, author of Prostitutes, Virgins and Mothers.
Personhood Press' Prostitutes, Virgins and Mothers: Questioning Teachings About Biblical Women was recently awarded a gold medal in the Bible Study category of the Jenkins Group's 2015 Illumination Awards, which honored 77 of the top Christian-themed books published in 2014. Author Dr. Trimble-Familetti wrote Prostitutes, Virgins and Mothers "to challenge traditional interpretations of select women of the bible – interpretations that have been used to dishonor females, discredit their importance in the community surrounding Jesus and limit their participation in religious groups today." The book has also been named a Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards Finalist in the Religion Category.

Maven House Press author Kimberly Janson.
Maven House Press author Kimberly Janson will deliver an Author Chat on May 19 at the Association for Talent Development Conference in Orlando. In her new book, Demystifying Talent Management, Janson criticizes the way talent management is practiced in today’s organizations. She notes that whether you work for a large or small business, there are many myths, gaps in knowledge or skills, and roadblocks that stand in the way of helping employees be the best they can be. This book shows leaders and managers how to deal with those challenges. 

Peter Beren of The Peter Beren Agency.
Agent Peter Beren reports that Loretta Breuning's Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain Your Brain to Boost Your Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin, and Endorphin, a new understanding of brain chemistry with a self-help focus, was signed by Jacqueline Musser of Adams Media for publication in November 2015. Peter, former Publisher of Sierra Club Books, VIA Books, VP for The Palace Publishing Group and an acquisition editor for Jeremy Tarcher, is the founder of The Peter Beren Agency. Author of 7 books including The Writers Legal Companion, California the Beautiful, and The Golden Gate, Peter is also a book publishing consultant to authors and independent publishers.

Award-winning author Marcia Fine.
Marcia Fine's The Blind Eye: A Sephardic Journey has been chosen as a 2015 adult selection by ONEBOOKAZ, a program sponsored by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records as a division of the Secretary of State. Marica's title will be available as a free download through June on the ONEBOOKAZ website. Marcia made an appearance at the Tucson Book Festival in March and will be visiting libraries around the state throughout April. Commenting on her achievements, Marcia expressed, "I am honored to receive these awards and encourage others to enter contests. Independently published authors have to seek out recognition. I also utilize my speaking skills to develop interest about my novels."

Hank Quense of Strange Worlds Publishing.
Hank Quense of Strange Worlds Publishing was recently interviewed about self-publishing by Douglas Goldstein on his show, Goldstein on Gelt on Israel Radio. Hank discussed his views of the self-publishing world, claiming that one of self-publishing's greatest strengths is its position as an equalizer that doesn't place limitations on content production. Douglas presented Hank with hard-hitting questions ranging from Amazon as a democratizer to the sustainability of print books in today's digital world. The interview can be viewed on YouTube.

Author, consultant, and publisher Mary Shafer.
Mary Shafer, publisher at Word Forge Books and author/publisher consultant at the Indie Navigator, has an article featured in the 2015 edition of the Writer's Digest Guide To Self-Publishing. Shafer's article, "It Takes A Village: Book Marketing Begins At Home," explains why it's a mistake to skip local markets when promoting a new book, and offers a five-step plan for how to do it successfully. The piece first appeared in the 2014 edition, and was brought back for its value to first-time indie publishers. Mary also regularly contributes to IBPA's Independent magazine; her archived articles can be viewed here

Award-winning author Theresa Rizzo.
Theresa Rizzo's debut book, He Belongs to Me, was awarded a Silver medal in the General Romance Category of the Readers’ Favorite Awards and her women’s fiction title, Just Destiny, was awarded Finalist in the Chick Lit/ Women’s Fiction category of the USA Best Book Awards. Theresa has been learning the craft and business of writing for 18 yrs and decided to self-publish after being strongly encouraged to do so by a literary agent who saw potential in her writing. Theresa has self-published three books and is planning on releasing two more in 2015.

(Top) Jane R. Wood at her Lost in Boston book signing in Florida; (Bottom) Jane and the rest of the Florida Authors and Publishers Association crew at their Spring Conference in February.
Author Jane R. Wood recently launched the fifth book in her juvenile fiction series at the Barnes & Noble in Jacksonville, Florida, with a reading and book signing. Lost in Boston continues the adventures of the Johnson family in one of America’s most historic cities. Her popular characters visit the Paul Revere House, the Old North Church, the USS Constitution frigate, and attend a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Wood, a former teacher, weaves history into fun stories filled with mystery, adventure, and humor. She is also the author of the 2014 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Award-winning book, Schools: A Niche Market for Authors. Wood’s books are available at her website, on Amazon, and at Barnes & Noble.


02/20/15-04/30/15 - New Mexico Book Association’s (NMBA’s) Southwest Book Design and Production Awards - The New Mexico Book Association (NMBA) is now seeking entries for the fifth annual NMBA Southwest Book Design and Production Awards Competition, which recognize creativity and quality in book design and distinction in production.

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. 

04/29/15 - All About Publishing: A Beginner’s Overview - Presented by David Bricker, this webinar will discuss the massive “climate change” in the publishing eco-system and what you can expect to encounter as a writer or publisher with a manuscript in-hand.

05/06/15 - Reaching Reading Groups Today: Effective Marketing and Publicity: 20% Off for IBPA Members - Join Your Expert Nation to explore the vibrant world of reading groups and discuss the best tactics for appealing and pitching to these targeted groups of readers.

05/07/15-05/09/15 - AuthorU Extravaganza: Discounted Rate for IBPA Members - Indie Publishers and Authors have questions. The annual AuthorU Extravaganza in Denver, CO has the answers…over 20 expert speakers including Joel Comm, Sandra Beckwith, Judith Briles, Joan Stewart, Daniel Hall, Amanda Barbara, and Bill Van Orsdel.

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.

05/30/15 - uPublishU at BEA: Guerilla Tactics for Successful Publishing - uPublishU at BEA is the place to learn from industry experts about the latest tools, tips and tactics, and marketing opportunities to assist the aspiring and published author to be successful.

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
- The Yale Publishing Course is a week-long 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.

08/07/15-08/08/15 - Florida Authors and Publishers Association Annual Conference - The Florida Authors & Publishers Association Annual Conference offers two days of professional development sessions designed to provide authors and publishers with up-to-date publishing resources needed to succeed.

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

Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards - The Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards honor innovation in electronic book publishing by individuals and organizations of all sizes, including publishers, software developers, designers, manufacturers, institutions, and technology leaders.

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

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!

TSYS Merchant Solutions Credit Card Program - IBPA members who partner with TSYS Merchant Solutions will receive benefits ranging from free business and social media analysis tools and negotiated member-only rates to an account management team and free online reporting.


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04/11/15 - IBPA 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards™ Winners

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In the News

04/15/15 - London Book Fair 2015: Self-Publishing Smashes Through - Publishers Weekly

04/13/15 - HarperCollins and Amazon in Multiyear Publishing Deal - New York Times

04/09/15 - Hybrid Publishing: Getting a Handle on the New Middle Ground - Huffington Post

04/07/15 - Two self-published successes sign with major publishers - L.A. Times
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