04/21/16 - Welcome to IBPA's Independent Publishing Now! 
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Dear <<First Name>>,

We can’t believe Publishing University was just two weeks ago! Over the course of two days (April 8-9), IBPA proudly presented 24 unique and informative breakout sessions, offered over 460 fifteen-minute Ask the Experts sessions with the help of 41 industry experts, and hosted the highly anticipated 28th Annual Benjamin Franklin Awards Ceremony. For those who were able to make it out to Salt Lake City, thank you very much for attending our annual conference. For those who couldn’t make it, we hope to see your lovely faces next year - register here! Check out our 2016 Publishing University Photo Album, which includes professional photos of Benjamin Franklin Silver and Gold Award winners. Here's a few snapshots of our great weekend....

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



Garden City-based Square One Publishers, a long-time IBPA member, acquired Ocean Publishing, a Flagler Beach-based independent press and also long-time IBPA member. Founded in 2002 by Frank Gromling, Ocean’s main focus has been on producing full-color titles in the areas of aquatic sports, ocean conservation, environmental protection, and planetary sustainability. Square One will retain the Ocean Publishing name as an imprint and will release the fourth edition in the Sanctuaries series in October. It also hopes to repackage one or two of the more successful Ocean titles over the next year.
(This story was reported by Jim Milliot and originally appeared on
Award-winning author David Noyes.
David Noyes, first-time author and publisher, was recently awarded the North American Travel Journalist Association (NATJA) 2015 Gold Award for Best Travel Book. His debut title The Photographing Tourist also won two Silver Awards in the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards for Interior Design: 3 or more Colors and The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Nonfiction. Last but not least, it won a Bronze IPPY in the Travel Essay category and was recently named Winner in the Coffee Table Book/Photography category of the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

(Top photo) Co-authors Norine Dworkin-McDaniel and Jessica Ziegler.
Norine Dworkin-McDaniel and Jessica Ziegler wrapped up the national tour for their third parenting humor book, Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations (She Writes Press), with stops in San Diego and Portland, Oregon, where Norine appeared on CW6’s San Diego Living and KATU’s AM Northwest. Their 23-city book tour was sponsored by Boogie Wipes, makers of saline-moistened wipes for little noses that parents absolutely adore. Science of Parenthood was recently chosen as a finalist in the 2015 Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards (Humor) and awarded the Gold Award in the 2016 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards (Parenting & Family). Norine and Jessica joined IBPA in 2015.

Cacoon of Cancer author Abbe Rolnick.
What happens when you get that dreaded phone call from your loved one, who tells you, “I have cancer?” How do you share the pain and the fear? Abbe Rolnick, author and publisher of Sedro Publishing, was recently interviewed by Steve Scher (The House of Podcast). In the 30-minute interview, Rolnick talks with Scher about receiving this phone call, which propelled her to write Cacoon of Cancer. The book looks at how life changes forever when the word cancer is uttered. The title was highlighted in Kirkus Review's indie section on Feb. 15, 2016

Award-winning author Lynn Byk.
North American Booksellers Exchange has crowned Capture Books' Mister B the 2016 Pinnacle Achievement Award Winner in the category of Memoir. The humorous memoir tells a story of a faithful homemaker who loses her house and eventually makes a new home with a reliable old space engineer. "I am hard-pressed to find another success story that gives such hope to poor children of Polish immigrants," reports Denver retired teacher and mentor Susan Summers. "It charms the bejeebies out of the Greatest Generation." Written by award-winning author Lynn Byk, Mister B is her first book for mass trade.


Follett Corp. Buys Baker & Taylor
By Jim Milliot | Apr 18, 2016 | Publishers Weekly
In a huge deal that consolidates the publishing industry's wholesaling segment, Follett Corp. has acquired Baker & Taylor for an undisclosed price... more »
Want to Diversify Publishing? Unionize.
By J.C. Pan | Apr 18, 2016 | The Nation
Those who work in or follow book publishing can now reliably expect to encounter an annual cycle of handwringing over the industry’s lack of diversity. These flurries generally begin with the release of a demographic survey of the workforce... more »
12 Ways Book Publishers Can Improve Facebook Engagement
By Fauzia Burke | Apr 15, 2016 | Book Business
Publishers know promoting books and authors on Facebook is smart, but it’s a lot more impactful when there’s high engagement from Facebook users.... more »

Statement from Partners Book Distributing Regarding Closure
By Angela Bole | Apr 13, 2016 | IBPA
On March 30, 2016 the IBPA office learned via Publishing Weekly that Partners Book Distributing was closing and that shipping of orders would stop as of close of business on April 1, 2016. The notice read, in part... more »
The Imperfect Art of Book Publishing
By Brooke Warner | Apr 12, 2016 | Huffington Post
Becoming an author is a long and wending road for many. It’s challenging just to write a book — for reasons of time constraints, raging inner critics, the act of learning craft.... more »


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04/20/16 - How to Join the Audiobook Publishing Revolution  Join IBPA and Richard Rieman, author of The Author’s Guide to Audiobook Creation, on April 20, 2016 as he goes over how to make money with an audiobook; whether you should narrate your own book, and how; how to engage a narrator (and what to avoid); ...and more!

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.

07/31/16-08/05/16 - Yale Publishing Course – IBPA members save 15%! Publishing professionals from around the world will gather at Yale University July 31-August 5 for five days of thought-provoking lectures and interactive discussions at the Yale Publishing Course’s Book Publishing program. The curriculum will include new sessions slated to focus more deeply on the challenges and opportunities publishers are facing in today’s digitalized world.

08/05/16-08/06/16 - Florida Authors and Publishers Association Annual Conference The Florida Authors & Publishers Association Annual Conference is offering two exciting days of professional development sessions designed to provide authors and publishers with up-to-date publishing resources needed to capture your publishing dreams!

08/24/16-08/29/16 - Beijing International Book Fair – $25.00 Discount for IBPA Members Considered the most important book fair in Asia. IBPA members can purchase single-title display space at the Foreword Reviews cooperative booth.

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

Bowker Identifier Services - Bowker is the world’s leading provider of bibliographic information and management solutions designed to help publishers, booksellers, and libraries better serve their customers. IBPA members receive 15% discount off on all products and services sold directly on

Library Journal Trade Advertising - Built on more than a century of quality journalism and reviews, Library Journal provides groundbreaking features and analytical news reports covering technology, management, and more. IBPA can purchase ads in this journal at a discounted rate.

Lightning Source and IngramSpark - IBPA members receive discounted rates on Lightning Source and IngramSpark. Both options provide title visibility within ipage® — Ingram Content Group’s B2B database utilized by approximately 39,000 domestic and international booksellers and librarians for comprehensive title information, stock availability, and ordering — and distribution via Ingram Content Group.

IBPA Trade Show Exhibit Program - Through IBPA’s Trade Show Exhibit Program, members can purchase a single-title display or shelf at major domestic and international book trade shows.
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