09/17/15 - 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.

Much of the focus in our office this month has centered on the importance of building strong relationships with our affiliates. IBPA is affiliated with many regional and specialty independent publishing associations, and works with and through these groups to strengthen the publishing industry. Next weekend, IBPA's Executive Director Angela Bole will attend the New England Publishing Conference on behalf of IBPA. We look forward to attending more affiliate events in the near future. For a list of all IBPA affiliates, visit

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

Mary Belknap (left) and Marilyn McGuire (right) at a planning meeting on Orcas Island to launch 2015 Nautilus Book Awards.
Nautilus Book Awards Founder, Marilyn McGuire, welcomes Mary Belknap of Vashon, WA, as the new Director of Nautilus. Mary will lead the organization forward with a rich background of experience and a diversity of skills and education. Marilyn will serve as a consultant and advisor to the director and the organization, and will continue to train and guide the amazing group of Nautilus Readers and Judges who comprise the teams that evaluate the book submissions in the organization’s unique judging process. Watch for the 2015 Nautilus “Call for Entries” on September 23rd on the Nautilus website.

Award winner, The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery by Captain Witold Pilecki.
Aquila Polonica recently sold Finnish rights to its award-winning book, The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery by Captain Witold Pilecki, to Minerva Kustannus Oy, Helsinki. The book received rave reviews from major media, including The New York Times Sunday Book Review, The New Republic and The Atlantic. To date, the following translation rights have been licensed: Chinese–complex; Chinese–simplified; Finnish; German; Italian; Japanese; Portuguese (Portugal). Aquila Polonica is an award-winning independent publisher based in Los Angeles, specializing in publishing, in English, and the World War II experience of Poland—the first of the Allies to fight Hitler.

After more than 45 years promoting books, Kate Siegel Bandos & Doug Bandos will officially close KSB Promotions as of Sept. 15, 2015.  In 1988, they created KSB Promotions, and for the past 27 years, they have worked on a freelance basis for hundreds of authors and publishers around the country — plus a few Canadian and foreign clients. Among their clients were Thomas W. Phalen, Ph.D., author of 1-2-3 Magic (books sales have crossed the 1,500,000 mark, the number of foreign translations has passed twenty, and the 1-2-3 Magic book has consistently been the #1 child-discipline book on; and many more. Kate & Doug have been long-time IBPA supporters. We will miss you!

The Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards Silver Honoree titles for the month of August and September were presented to the following books for exceptional content, design, and use of technology<"Child's Name"> Solves the Mystery of the Dangerous Sandwich at <"School Name">, written by Jeff Nathan and published by Active Literature, Traveling The Two-Lane: A Memoir And Travelogue, written by Marilyn Berman and published by BookLogix, Achoo Gaboo, written by Josie Cellone and published by Pixture Book Publishing, and The Castle Across the Street: Prince Jackson Goes to School, written by Charysse Kathryn Carter and published by C.K. Carter Books.

The cover art for The Female Complaint: Tales of Unruly Women (left) edited by Rosalie Morales Kearns and White Light by Vanessa Garcia (right).
Shade Mountain Press is only in its second year of operation but has received much recognition for a number of titles. Their novel, White Light by Vanessa Garcia (September 23, 2015), recently earned a starred review in Kirkus, which praised its "rich, smart prose and lucid detail—equal parts elegy and portrait of an artist." Furthermore, their short story anthology, The Female Complaint: Tales of Unruly Women (November 1, 2015) edited by Rosalie Morales Kearns, was also reviewed in Kirkus, which called the stories "spellbinding" and called the anthology "a vital addition to contemporary literature."

STUFFology 101 – Get Your Mind Out of the Clutter by Brenda Avadian and Eric Riddle ranked #1 on
North Star Books has experienced some exciting times over the past year! Their title, STUFFology 101 – Get Your Mind Out of the Clutter, was the #1 Audiobook for five days over Labor Day weekend and sold over 7,000+ copies on Sept 4th, 2015 alone. Furthermore, as a result of exhibiting at ALA through IBPA last year, North Star Books sold the unabridged worldwide English Audio rights of STUFFology 101 (not to mention they sold the Korean Language Rights to a publisher who found them on Amazon). Last but not least, the self-help title recently ranked #1 under Nonfiction in The Top 10 Audiobooks on

The cover art for Power Shift by Robert Arthur Stayton (Publisher: Standstone Publishing).
Power Shift: From Fossil Energy to Dynamic Solar Power by Santa Cruz author Robert Arthur Stayton and published by Sandstone Publishing has been awarded the Gold Medal as the top book in the Environment/Green category in the 5th annual Global Ebook Awards. The Gold Medal award follows on the heels of Power Shift receiving a recommended badge from the US Review of Books and a Five Star rating from Readers' Favorite. Kirkus Reviews described it as “an energy book that's a pleasure to read and sure to win new solar converts.”


09/17/15-09/20/15 - American Christian Fiction Writers Conference - The premier event among Christian fiction writers and other industry professionals for the quality classes and networking opportunities. The conference has a wide selection of offerings, including a keynote speaker, workshop electives, and more!

09/25/15-09/26/15 - New England Publishing Conference 2015 – Discount for IBPA Members! - The Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE) will host their 2015 conference in Portsmouth, NH. They will have three tracks of presentations: Publishing, Marketing, and Other (writing, editing, technical, legal, etc.). All are designed to interest authors, publishers, and others in the book-publishing world.

09/25/15-09/27/15 - Baltimore Book Festival - The Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of appearances by local, celebrity and nationally known authors. There will be book signings, more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, nonstop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by top chefs, poetry readings, and more!

10/09/15-10/11/15 - Southern Festival of Books - One of the first book festivals of its kind, it has inspired hundreds of similar book festivals throughout the nation and beyond.The festival is free and open to the public. No advance registration or tickets are required. All seating is on a first-come basis.

10/15/15-10/18/15 - Frankfurt Book Fair 2015 - 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.

10/25/15-10/27/15 - New England Library Association (NELA) Annual Conference - IBPA’s affiliate association, Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE), organizes a cooperative display at NELA’s Annual Conference. IPNE members receive reduced exhibit rates, but you aren’t required to be an IPNE member to exhibit with them. Because of IPNE’s affiliation with IBPA, all IBPA members can register at IPNE member rates!

IBPA Member Benefits

IPR License - IBPA members receive 25% off of all memberships to IPR, a global rights licensing platform.

Sample Translation Rights Licensing Agreement - IBPA members can download a sample form for help developing a contract for licensing foreign and translation rights by a U.S. publisher to a foreign publisher when the U.S. publisher controls foreign and translation rights in a work.

PartnerShip® - Members who enroll in the IBPA Shipping Program receive savings of up to 31%* on select FedEx® small package services, savings of at least 70% on standard and guaranteed LTL freight shipments with UPS Freight, YRC Freight, Con-way Freight, and other reputable carriers, and more.

Constant Contact - IBPA members receive an additional 20% discount when they pre-pay six months in advance or 25% when they prepay one year in advance. This is an additional 10% off standard Constant Contact discounting.


09/17/15 - Nine New Metadata Fields Added to IngramSpark

09/16/15 - Changes to Cataloging-In-Publication (CIP) Program to be Implemented October 1, 2015

09/16/15 - Nitty Gritty Marketing Help: Understanding Bounce Rates (Part 3)

09/09/15 - Nitty Gritty Marketing Help: Understanding Bounce Rates (Part 2)

09/02/15 - Nitty Gritty Marketing Help: Understanding Bounce Rates (Part 1)

In the News

09/15/15 - Bookstore Sales Jumped in July - Publishers Weekly

08/14/15 - Self-Publishing and Living the LLC Dream - The Huffington Post

09/07/15 - A manifesto for self-publishing authorsBookseller

08/20/15 - Self-publishing: why not? - Times Higher Education
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