08/20/15 - 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.

First and foremost, IBPA would like to thank you for being an IBPA member. It is because of you that IBPA is the largest publishing trade association in the U.S. As such, we continue to be able to work efficiently on behalf of independent publishers nationwide. If you are a new member, please take a moment to review your membership benefits.

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

Sgt. Kevin Briggs (left) with Kevin Berthia (right). In March 2005, Berthia, then 22, was about to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge when Briggs, who happened to be passing by, spotted him. Sgt. Briggs ultimately saved Berthia's life.
Kevin Briggs' novel, Guardian of the Golden Gate, was recently reviewed in Kirkus Reviews. His title was described as a "well-written, clear, and lively memoir [that] helps humanize the struggles of those in despair... Readers will be convinced of the importance of good crisis-intervention training and of prevention efforts, such as suicide barriers." Back in 2013, People Magazine wrote a piece on Briggs and shared to the world that "since 1994, through sheer compassion and expert listening skills, Sgt. Briggs has helped convince more than 200 people on the precipice of death not to take their lives." Watch his TED Talk here.

Dr. Edward Creagan of Mayo Clinic (right) with Chris Peterson, a cancer survivor and patient who wrote the stirring foreword to How Not to Be My Patient.
How Not to Be My Patient: A Physician’s Secrets for Staying Healthy and Surviving Any Diagnosis has won three industry awards this year alone. The title, written by Mayo Clinic physician Dr. Edward T. Creagan and writer/editor Sandra Wendel, won silver in the Health category of the 17th annual Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. In addition, the book won silver in IBPA's Benjamin Franklin Awards in Health/Fitness. A third award, finalist designation, was given by the Midwest Book Awards. More information on the title and Dr. Creagan can be found here.

Rita M. Gardner (middle) at the Next Generation Indie Book Awards ceremony.
Rita M. Gardner's memoir, The Coconut Latitudes, was a winner in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. It won a gold medal in the Memoir - Overcoming Adversity / Tragedy / Challenges category. It also took home a gold in the Autobiography / Memoir category for the 2015 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards. Published in 2014 by She Writes Press, The Coconut Latitudes is Rita's haunting, lyrical memoir of surviving a reality far from the envisioned Eden―and of the terrible cost of keeping secrets.

CODE BLACK author and publisher Tina Moss.
City Owl Press author and publisher Tina Moss recently received a review in Publishers Weekly for her paranormal romantic suspense CODE BLACK. The review described the novel as "a cast of vampires, psychics, and shape-shifters [which] delivers witty quips that round out this solid example of the genre." CODE BLACK follows gossip mag reporter Sera Benenati as she tracks a a string of gruesome paranormal murders to the small town of Buckhorn, Arizona. Yet, as the investigation grows hot and Sera winds up in the crosshairs, she’ll need the help of a sexy shifter, special agent Talon Rede, to unmask the murderers before she becomes the next victim.

Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project author Jack Mayer.
Jack Mayer's indie non-fiction book, Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project, recently won the 2015 First Horizon Award in Non-Fiction. This award is given each year to the highest scoring non-fiction book by a debut author. Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project is the story of an unsung Holocaust hero who rescued 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto. Her forgotten story is rediscovered by three Kansas teens, Liz, Megan, and Sabrina. As they tell Irena’s story to the world, they spread Irena’s legacy of courage, decency, and respect for all people. Three girls who demonstrate the power of one person to change the world, to repair the world, inspire other high school students to do the same. It has received 379 Amazon reviews.

The Good Soldier author Paul C. Steffy
Paul C. Steffy, author of The Good Soldier, was recently interviewed by 12 News, an affiliate of NBC. In his interview, he talks about serving in Vietnam, his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, and why he wrote his 120-page novel, based loosely on actual experiences. Steffy said he became completely numb from losing 27 close friends in Vietnam, unable to shed tears, and said he felt he had no one to talk to, so he decided to write as a form of therapy. Today, Paul C. Steffy is the author of several short fiction stories, two novelettes and one novel.

Listener in the Snow author Tim Jollymore.
Next Generation Indie Awards recently named Tim Jollymore’s title, Listener in the Snow, winner in the “Novels under 80,000 words” category. The title also took home a silver medal in the Mid-western Regional Fiction category for the Independent Publisher Book Awards. It was chosen from amongst 6,000 entries submitted this year from around the world. Tim Jollymore's debut novel explores struggles of identity in multicultural and multi-racial society from the viewpoint of the working class. It not only explores issues of self-identity and ancestral ties, but larger philosophical questions of metaphysical naturalism.

The Florida Authors and Publishers Association held its annual conference in Orlando on August 7-8, 2015. The two-day event offered sessions in social marketing, writing effective newsletters, tax tips for writers, and more. Special guest speakers included Steve Spatz, President of BookBaby, and Hollywood producer Dete Meserve, President of Wind Dancer Films, who spoke on how to turn your novel into a TV or film property. The conference culminated with the annual FAPA President’s Book Awards banquet on Saturday night at the Lake Buena Vista Hilton, attended by more than 120 authors, their families, and friends!


08/22/15 - Mississippi Book Festival 2015 - The one day event will be free and open to the public. It will include authors from across Mississippi in panel discussions, book readings and signings, food vendors, and musical guests.

08/26/15-08/30/15 - Beijing International Book Fair – 15% Discount for IBPA Members! - Considered the most important book fair in Asia and supremely important to entering the Chinese and Asian publishing market, the Beijing Book Fair has grown to become one of the top four book fairs in the world and welcomes an average of 200,000 visitors.

09/05/15 - National Book Festival - The Library of Congress National Book Festival is an annual literary event that brings together best-selling authors and thousands of book fans for author talks, panel discussions, book signings and other activities.

09/04/15-09/06/15 - AJC Decatur Book Festival - Since its launch, more than 1,000 world-class authors and hundreds of thousands of festival-goers have crowded the historic downtown Decatur square to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, and more.

09/20/15 - Brooklyn Book Festival - One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart, diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.

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.

IBPA Member Benefits

Baker & Taylor - IBPA members receive $50 off on Baker & Taylor’s Premium and Premium Plus programs.

IBPA’s Ask the Experts Online - IBPA’s Ask the Experts Online program connects you with qualified experts who can answer your specific questions and, in the process, help other members as well.

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08/18/15 - Better Together: SparkPoint, She Writes Press

07/23/15 - How Changes to Amazon’s KDP Select and Review Rankings Impact Authors

07/20/15 - IBPA Report from the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference

07/16/15 - Patagonia’s Book Program on Steady Climb

07/15/15 - Is Amazon’s New Review Policy Detrimental to Social Media Marketing?

In the News

08/17/15 - Ask the #IndieExperts: Book Deals and Imprints - Publishers Weekly

08/14/15 - Here’s What I Learned By Self-Publishing My YA Novel - MTV

08/13/15 - Publishing industry's 'Super Thursday' to see more than 500 books published -
The Guardian

08/10/15 - Atomisation of publishing allows start-ups to step up - Financial Times
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