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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.

Happy New Year! We can’t believe 2016 is already here and we’re halfway through January. For our members who submitted one or more titles in the 28th Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, we would like to let you know that our judges are in the process of judging them as we speak! Finalists will be announced in March and one gold winner will be named in each category at the 2016 Awards Ceremony, held in conjunction with IBPA’s Publishing University on April 8-9, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Speaking of Pub U, did you know that more than 24 breakout sessions have been added to the 2016 schedule? Join over 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. IBPA is happy to announce that this year’s keynote speaker will be Kwame Alexander, a John Newbery Medal winner and New York Times bestselling author of 21 books including THE CROSSOVER. If you haven’t signed up for IBPA’s 28th annual conference yet, don’t delay! Sign up here:!register/c24vq

Last, but not least, don't miss the opportunity to market your book to 5,000 academic (K-12) librarians on January 28th! The deadline to sign up is today and there is only one spot left! Members can go to and learn more about IBPA's Library Market Eblast program.

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, and Patti Grasso

(Top photo) Author Debbie Reece making a donation at one of the schools she visited.
BeeBop Books author, Debbie Reece, did an east coast book tour in October visiting 7 schools in Maryland and Pennsylvania. She was featured in the Lewistown Sentinel. She entertained kindergarteners through fifth graders at each school with her interactive presentation of both The Christmas Pumpkin and The Worst Day Ever. She includes the students in the storytelling event while also educating them on grammar, punctuation, and other important pieces of creative writing. In addition to her author visits she donated close to $700 to the schools for their library's literacy programs and to add more books to their shelves.

On January 5th, Publishers Weekly announced Turner Publishing Company's acquisition of Basic Health Publications' publishing program. According to PW, "the deal, which includes the publishing rights, inventory and related assets to about 280 titles, closed December 31." With the Basic Health purchase, the growing publishing company now has over 3,500 titles in both fiction and nonfiction. Todd Bottorff, President and Publisher of Turner Publishing, said the purchase “will continue to strengthen Turner’s position as a consumer publisher.” Turner Publishing has been a long-time IBPA member, dating back to 2004.

The Autism Parent’s Guide To Reclaiming Your Life author Deanna Picon.
Deanna Picon is the proud recipient of the ‘2015 Top Life Coach’ Award, presented by Autism Parenting Magazine. She was recognized for her work in helping parents overcome the challenges of raising a special needs child, while having a good life for themselves. Deanna is the author of The Autism Parent’s Guide To Reclaiming Your Life. She’s the founder of Your Autism Coach, LLC, which provides personalized support programs and seminars for special needs parents. Deanna's articles have appeared in Autism Parenting Magazine, Exceptional Parent Magazine, Parenting Special Needs Magazine and GRAND Magazine.

On Jan. 18, 2016, the Independent Publishers Group (IPG) announced its partnership with 11 more independent publishers for distribution under its various distribution arms. As of Jan. 1, 2016, Pelican Book Group, Creotz, and Primerapersona, to name a few, are now titles that IPG distributes. Established in 1971, IPG was the first organization specifically created for the purpose of marketing titles from independent presses to the book trade. IPG has and continues to work with a number of IBPA members and has been a member of IPBA since 1983.

Not without My Father author Andra Watkins (Publisher: Word Hermit Press).
On Jan. 28-29, 2016, New York Times best-selling author Andra Watkins of Word Hermit Press will be a featured author at the Elgin Literary Festival. Watkins will also moderate a panel of memoir authors on the topic of what makes a memoir compelling, how they chose their topics and why their books apply to the masses. Watkins' most recent publication, the critically acclaimed memoir Not without My Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace, has been nominated for the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction, the Sarton Memoir Award, and has been featured by Amazon as a recommended memoir.

(Left to right) Cover art for The Memoir of Johnny Devine by Camille Eide and To Dance with Dolphins by Bonnie Leon (Publisher: Ashberry Lane Publishing)
Two Ashberry Lane Publishing authors, Camille Eide and Bonnie Leon, have been nominated for the RT Reviewers' Choice Award. Leon's contemporary novel, To Dance with Dolphins, received 4.5 stars when her book released in August. This book follows a cross-country road trip by an unlikely group of adults with different types of disabilities, both physical and mental. In December, Eide's historical novel The Memoir of Johnny Devine released with RT's 5 Gold Stars Top Pick. This inspirational read tells a story-within-a-story of a bad boy reformed and a good girl in need of reform.

Photo of Patrick Redmond, author of the Rag Rug Handbook.
Several award-winning textile and fiber arts books designed by Patrick Redmond, M.A., of Saint Paul, were on exhibit from November 2, 2015 to December 26, 2015 in the Pat O’Connor Memorial Library Gallery at the Textile Center, "a national center for fiber art." Many of these original editions designed by Patrick Redmond are no longer in print. Among a wide variety of design projects over the decades, Patrick Redmond of Patrick Redmond Design has provided design for over 50 published books. Patrick Redmond, M.A., is a member of AIGA, the professional association for design. He holds a Master's degree in Design, Housing and Apparel.

Mountain Mantras bestselling author Kathryn Kemp Guylay.
Earlier this month, bestselling author Kathryn Kemp Guylay was featured on the front page of Yahoo! Finance. In the article, Kathryn shares methodology for being in the top 8 percent of people that meet their New Year's goals. She proposes that a missing ingredient in our process of setting goals for the New Year is fun. Hence, implementing fun can help one meet their goals throughout the year. Kathryn is a certified nutritional counselor and management consultant. Her book Mountain Mantras was a No. 1 Bestseller on Amazon in the snow-skiing category in 2015.


12/28/15 - Word of mouth in an online world

12/16/15 - Amazon Bottlenecks Frustrating Indie Publishers (SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK!)

12/11/15 - Resolutions for an Indie Publisher

12/08/15 - IPG Head Curt Matthews to Retire

12/08/15 - Up Periscope: Live-streaming Video for your Social Marketing Toolbox

12/03/15 - ‘Translated Into 20 Languages!’ Self-published Authors Sell Foreign Rights — Just Like the Big Publishers

12/01/15 - BISAC Subject Headings, 2015 Edition: Two New Sections Added

11/24/15Understanding the UPS and FedEx Small Package Rate Increases

In the News

01/21/16 - Pronoun’s Publishing Platform Now Available to All Authors - Digital Book World

01/15/16 - How to Publish Books in Different Genres - Huff Post

01/15/16 - Five Marketing Models for Self-Publishing Success - Publishers Weekly

01/01/16 - What Does 2016 Hold for Digital Publishing? - Publishers Weekly


02/03/16 - Publish on Purpose: How to Create a Movement and Sell More Books (IBPA WEBINAR) You will be led through exercises to identify your audience. You will also receive the tools and knowledge to create the platform where your readers will become your long-term allies.

02/10/16 - Publishers Can Create Killer Online Author Profiles Too (IBPA WEBINAR) You will be taught, informed, and inspired to engage in activities that will attract a greater audience, such as various websites and social media. Also, simple ways to promote your work and have others spread the word about your book. Lastly, the reason why there needs to be an established presence in the social media world, with a focus on high traffic sites.

02/24/16 - The Library as a Discovery Platform (IBPA WEBINAR) Join us as industry leaders in the library publishing and writing worlds discuss how to partner with libraries to gain new readership.

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.

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).

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.

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

IBPA’s Independent magazine - Frequently cited as one of the most important member benefits, IBPA’s Independent magazine features interesting articles about the book publishing industry. The four-color, monthly magazine is an essential tool in an IBPA member’s publishing toolbox.

CCC’s Beyond The Book - Beyond the Book, the premiere podcasting program on the book industry, and a division of the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), offers IBPA members professional podcast production and distribution. This offer is not available outside of IBPA membership.

Copyright Clearance Center - IBPA members can authorize their titles with Copyright Clearance Center free-of-charge. Simply log into the Members Only area of the IBPA website to download a current copy of the IBPA Membership Benefits Handbook containing all the information you need to take advantage of each IBPA member benefit.

Small Business Advisor - SBA helps publishers, small businesses, associations, and not-for-profits run more smoothly and grow their businesses smartly. IBPA members can take advantage of SBA's monthly bookkeeping including general ledger entry; bank reconciliations; bill payment; payroll; payroll taxes; and financial statement preparation.
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