02/18/16 - 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 and its members.

IBPA hopes you had a lovely Valentine’s Day/President’s Day weekend! We sure did. Our CEO, Angela Bole, and Project Coordinator, Mimi Le, participated in the San Francisco Writer’s Conference (#sfwc16) Feb. 11-14. If you stopped by our table or ran into us in the halls, it was a great pleasure meeting you! It’s always wonderful to see both familiar and new faces.

If you missed us at SFWC, we hope to see you at IBPA’s Publishing University. At PubU, you'll join 300 publishing professionals from across the country for a two-day, must-attend, networking, and educational event focused specifically on issues important to indie publishers and self-published authors. There’s still time to register! IBPA members save $100 when they purchase tickets at!register/c24vq.

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

Pictured above is a still shot of Carrie reading Ripple Grove Press' Mae and the Moon during an episode of Portlandia. Don't miss The Gentleman Bat on the nightstand!
Ripple Grove Press' books were recently featured on IFC's popular show, Portlandia! The special episode (season 6, episode 3) aired on February 4, 2016. Ripple Grove Press is a family-owned children’s picture book publishing company. RGP's hope is to have their books find their way to the cozy spot on the floor and be the last ones read at bedtime -- and indeed that happened in this episode!

Author Karen Casey Fitzjerrell and the cover of her award-winning title, Forgiving Effie Beck.
IBPA member Karen Casey Fitzjerrell received notice December 15, 2015 that her novel, Forgiving Effie Beck, was named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Historical Indie Novels Of 2015. The book is author-published under WKMA Publishing. It won the Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award and the EPIC eBook Award previous to the Kirkus announcement. The fast paced story takes place during the Depression and is about what can happen when good people "look the other way." Congrats, Karen!

The deadline to apply for PW's Fast-Growing Publishers feature is February 22, 2016.
Publishers Weekly is again calling for submissions to their annual Fast-Growing Publishers feature. If you qualify, we hope you'll apply. We want to see lots of IBPA members on the list! To be included in the feature, presses with annual net sales of $2 million–$10 million should submit the following information: net sales figures for 2013–2015, the number of employees in those years, and the number of new titles released. The list is open to indie presses and self-published authors. Deadline to apply is Feb 22, 2016. More info here.

On February 1, 2016, Quarto Publishing Group USA, the American division of London-based Quarto Group, acquired the Harvard Common Press, an independent publisher primarily focused on cooking and childcare. The purchase has added “hundreds of titles” to the Quarto backlist as well as over 25,000 recipes. HCP will become an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group, with editorial and production operations running out of Quarto’s Beverly, Mass. office. Harvard Common Press has been an IBPA member since 1999. We wish Adam and Bruce of Harvard Common Press best of luck with their new endeavors!
Award-winning author Rhonda Rees accepting her Publicist of the Year Gold Award.
Award-winning PR veteran Rhonda Rees was recently honored with the Publicist of the Year and Stars of PR Gold Award. On January 22, 2016, the Bulldog Reporter featured a piece on Rhonda, highlighting her career and success in PR and book publishing. Rhonda has wrote an award-winning industry book, Profit and Prosper with Public Relations®: Insider Secrets to Make You a Success, which she self-published through her own Aseity Press Publishing. Back in July, IBPA ran her article My Battle with Pirates in the Independent. The article examines online book piracy and lists several ways to confront this prevalent and persisting issue.

Top photo: Leadership from FAPA and the Florida Writers Association. Bottom photo: Creative writing students from the LaVilla School of the Arts in Jacksonville.
The Florida Authors and Publishers Association, an IBPA affiliate organization, held a regional event in Jacksonville on January 30, called Marketing Yourself and Your Book. The 4-hour workshop exposed authors to a variety of useful resources to assist them with promoting themselves and their book(s). They were given an opportunity to interact with other authors, publishing professionals, and experts in various forms of marketing. Marie Fenn, President of the Amelia Island Book Festival, said: "FAPA did a great job with this workshop. Lots of interesting little tidbits, even for experienced marketers like myself. I learned a lot today." The workshop was co-sponsored by OnLine Binding and Florida State College at Jacksonville.

On January 6, 2016, the Washington Independent Review of Books featured Bacon Press Books in Meet the (Small) Press: January 2016. In the article, Michele Orwin, publisher of Bacon Press Books, explains how it's name was "inspired by an obscure kitchen implement." Discovering an old iron with a pig on it with the words ‘Bacon Press' at a Michigan antique shop, Orwin and her husband decided that if they ever started a press, that would be a great name. To date, BPB has released 11 titles, including reissues of three books: Kate Blackwell’s You Won’t Remember This; Ann McLaughlin’s Sunset at Rosalie; and Judith Podell’s Blues for Beginners. Orwin has also put out eight other original works through BPB, divided equally between fiction and nonfiction. Bacon Press Books has been an IBPA member since 2014.
The cover art for Read to Me by Judi Moreillon and illustrated by Kyra Teis.
On January 29, 2016, CBS DFW did a wonderful news piece on Friends of the Dallas Public Library and Star Bright Books. According to the article, mothers of every new baby born at Parkland this year (more than 10,000) will receive a copy of a board book, Read to Me, written especially for them to share with their children. The board book is available in Spanish, English, and Vietnamese, based on the three most prevalent native languages of new mothers who give birth at Parkland. Judi Moreillon, a library science teacher at Texas Women’s University and author of Read to Me, originally wrote the poem in 1997 for a teen pregnancy program in Tucson, Arizona.

"[Longtime IBPA member] and independent publisher Sourcebooks launched a reader voting campaign that will give grant money to three nominated bookstores. Anyone can nominate their favorite bookstore. Sourcebooks will award the winning bookstore with a $3,000 prize; two additional bookstores will each receive a $637 prize. As part of the campaign, Sourcebooks will also give weekly prizes to those who submit nominations. The campaign began January 4, and runs until February 19, when the winning bookstores will be announced" (via Publishers Weekly). Sourcebooks was founded in 1987 and follows its independent vision of publishing extraordinary authors and unique books with readers in mind.


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

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

02/02/16 - Quarto Buys Harvard Common Press

02/01/16 - Director’s Desk: Five Things to Watch in 2016

01/22/16 - Five Marketing Models for Self-Publishing Success

01/08/16 - New Mexico Book Association Is Pleased to Announce the Opening for Submissions for the SWBDA 2016 AWARDS

01/01/16Director’s Desk: Latch On to the IBPA Affiliate Advantage

In the News

02/12/16 - Bookstore Sales Had First Gain in Eight Years in 2015 - Publishers Weekly

02/12/16 - How White People Can Respond to Book Publishing's Lack of Diversity - Huff Post

02/08/16 - Is Self-Publishing Coming of Age in the Digital World? - BBC News

02/06/16 - Torrey House Press Publishing a True Team Effort - The Daily Sentinel


02/24/16 - The Library as a Discovery Platform  Join IBPA and other industry leaders in the library publishing and writing worlds for a discussion on how to partner with libraries to gain new readership. IBPA members attend for FREE when using a special coupon code at check out. 

03/02/16 - Can I Write That While They’re Still Alive? – IBPA Members Save 20%! Do you understand the differences between defamation, libel, slander, invasion of privacy and know how to avoid each? You can attend either in person or on the web on MARCH 2, 2016. IBPA members get 20% off with the code IBPA20!

03/07/16-03/09/16 - Digital Book World (DBW) Conference - Now celebrating its seventh year, the The Digital Book World Conference + Expo is the premier event for publishers and content providers of all sizes and business models who plan to come out on top of publishing’s digital transformation.

03/12/16 - Florida Authors and Publishers Association Spring Conference - Success in publishing is all about promotion. FAPA’s 2016 Spring Conference is a dynamic learning opportunity for authors, publishers, or any profession building a brand through social media. The Spring Conference is the best place to discover new strategies and meet face-to-face with active up-and-coming business professionals in the publishing industry.

03/16/16 - Legal Essentials for Publishers and Authors  - Join IBPA and Stacy Grossman, an attorney with more than 20 years of experience, on March 16, 2016 as she provides answers to essential legal questions. IBPA members save $20 by using a special coupon code at check out.

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.

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

Library Market E-Blast - IBPA members present their titles alongside only 14 others in a special e-blast sent to 5,000 qualified collection development librarians. Three options: Public Library, K-12 Library, or College Library. Cost is $199 per title. No title limit applies.

West Coast Mailers - IBPA members receive a 20% discount off all services from West Coast Mailers (WCM). WCM is a direct mailing business that has been open for over 50 years. Some of the services they provide include inkjet addressing, inserting, folding, printing, marketing, sealing, tabbing, pick-up and delivery of materials.

IBPA Industry Advocacy - Boasting a membership of thousands and 30 years of experience working for the independent publishing community, IBPA has the influence, the knowledge, and the contacts to be the voice of independent publishing in the book industry. IBPA is independent by nature and we understand independent businesses. Let us know how we can help you.

ABA’s Advance Access Program - IBPA members receive a 50% discount off the American Booksellers Association’s (ABA’s) Advance Access Program. Due to the volume of offers and the staff time it takes to process and aggregate them, ABA charges $150 per title. IBPA members pay only $75 – a savings of 50%.
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