03/26/15 - Welcome to IBPA's Independent Publishing Now! 
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Dear IBPA,

Welcome to Independent Publishing Now, IBPA's monthly e-newsletter that features the hottest news and information from IBPA members.
All eyes are pointed towards Austin this month as we gear up for Publishing University and the Benjamin Franklin Awards. We can't wait to unveil PubU's exciting courses and announce the Benjamin Franklin Award Winners, but what we're most excited about is seeing our members in person! As much as we enjoy communicating with you via email and phone, there's nothing like meeting face-to-face. You can let us know you're attending and see who else is heading to Austin by using #PubU2015 on Twitter! See you there!

March literary birthdays include Ralph Ellison (03/01/1914), Dr. Seuss (03/02/1904), Elizabeth Barrett Browning (03/06/1806), Jack Kerouac (03/12/1922), Lois Lowry (03/20/1937), Tennessee Williams (03/26/1911), and Robert Frost (03/26/1874).

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, Molly Farragher, and Patti Grasso

(Top) Deborah Shine (bottom, second from the left) and the Star Bright Books staff; (Bottom) Star Bright Books' PW article.
Children's publishing house Star Bright Books recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary, an accolade that was recognized in a glowing article in Publishers Weekly. Founded in 1994 by Johannesburg- native Deborah Shine, Star Bright publishes books that celebrate diversity and tolerance. Now based in Cambridge, MA, Shine is a firm believer in the importance of children hearing stories read aloud in their native tongue and publishes books available in 24 languages, ranging from Haitian Creole to Vietnamese. Star Bright publishes 16 books a year, with some of the most popular titles including Judi Moreillon’s Read to Me, Meg Starr’s Alicia’s Happy Day, and Brian Wildsmith’s Animals to Count, which has sold over a million copies. 

Kerry Dunnington (right) on Channel 8's Let's Talk Live.
Kerry Dunnington, author of Benjamin Franklin Award finalist Tasting the Seasons: Inspired, In-Season Cuisine That's Easy, Healthy, Fresh and Fun and This Book Cooks, recently appeared on television show Let's Talk Live on ABC Affiliate Channel 8 in Washington. The television segment, entitled "Crowd-pleasing dips for the Super Bowl," aired on Friday 01/30/15 and focused on Super Bowl Sunday appetizers. Tasting the Seasons was also recently recommended by Food Tank founder and Christian Science Monitor contributor Danielle Nierenberg. Nierenberg praised the cookbook, commenting that it is "peppered with insightful commentary about the evolutionary and experimental process that created this book, as well as Dunnington’s views on the importance of local, fresh, whole food."

BillyFish Books' Jason Lewis (left) and Tammie Stevens (right) at G.K. Marg School in India.
Tammie Stevens and Jason Lewis of BillyFish Books have had an exciting few months! CSPAN featured Jason in a segment that focused on his trilogy, The Expedition: The True Story of the First Human-Powered Circumnavigation of the Earth, which illustrates Jason's circumnavigation of the globe using only human power. Tammie and Jason also recently returned from a trip to India, where Jason was featured as a speaker at Maximum Mumbai, an event for the Young Presidents Organization. Highlights of Tammie and Jason's trip include visiting an Eco Village and animal sanctuary and delivering talks to children in Mumbai.

Possibilities Publishing Company author Lara Cleveland Torgesen.
Possibilities Publishing Company novel Unfit, by Lara Cleveland Torgesen, was recently featured on the "20 Most Popular Check Outs" list for the Eddy-New Rockford Public Library in North Dakota. Unaware of the fact that the title was available at this library location, the list came as a great surprise for the Possibilities Publishing staff. The most exciting part of the list, though, was the fact that it was made up of major releases like The Fault in our Stars, The Hunger Games, Mary Higgens Clark's latest release, and more. Having just turned two years old and currently boasting a catalog of 10 titles, CEO Meredith Maslich reports that the Possibilities Publishing team are thrilled to have one of their titles listed in such great company.

AMZ Publications author Nasim Yousaf.
Nasim Yousaf of AMZ Publications' “Akhtar Hameed Khan: A Legendary Social Scientist” was recently published in Education About Asia, a peer-reviewed American teaching journal. EAA is read by teachers and college and university professors in the US and other countries around the world. Nasim has written 14 books, compiled 19 digital files of rare and historical documents, and has also published articles in newspapers in many countries. He has contributed pieces to Harvard Asia Quarterly, World History Encyclopedia, and other peer-reviewed publications. Nasim's Mahatma Gandhi & My Grandfather, Allama Mashriqi: A Groundbreaking Narrative of India's Partition examines the politics of these two prominent South Asian leaders. In 2015, his books will be exhibited at the New York, London, Frankfurt, and San Francisco book fairs.

Brenda Avadian (right) and Eric Riddle (left), authors of STUFFology 101.
Brenda Avadian's STUFFology 101 recently received a Publishers Weekly review that was featured in two PW issues: the 02/09/15 issue and the 02/23/15 issue. The review deems Brenda and co-author Eric Riddle "sympathetic guides" and calls the book "a step in the right direction" for "anyone suffering from CHAOS (can’t have anybody over syndrome)." Brenda gives credit to co-author Eric’s "initiative and stick-to-it-iveness." The library, audio edition of STUFFology 101 also recently became available at multinational retail chain WalMart. The title provides readers with "fun and flexible approaches to get your mind out of what you define as clutter."

Author Michael Fields holding a copy of Twin River at the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Michael Fields recently completed the second book in his "Twin River" series, Twin River II, Have Weapons Will Travel, and is one-hundred pages into Twin River III, A Death at One Thousand Steps. The "Twin River" series revolves around a region of Central Pennsylvania that is haunted by a history of violence. Michael's The Chicken Thief Soldier was a 2012 Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award Finalist and Twin River was a Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist in 2013. Michael recounts that his trip to New York City to receive the Next Generation award was one of the best days of his life due to the location, the company of authors, and the reception and genuine interest of the Indie officers.

Bun's New Hats, part of Red Chair Press' "Problem Solved! Readers" series.
Children’s book publisher Red Chair Press has sold simplified Chinese rights for their 8-book "Problem Solved! Readers" series to Dongfang Woye Press based in Beijing, China. The "Problem Solved! Readers" series was first published in the U.S. in 2012. Red Chair and their distributor, Lerner Publishing, have had success in China through representation by key agents. The press also meets with and has done business with many foreign distributors (Egypt, Italy, South Korea) at trade shows such as Frankfurt and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

Author Laurie Stevens (left) with Jim Barnes of Independent Publisher.
Laurie Stevens' The Dark Before Dawn and Deep into Dusk have been signed to Blanvalet (Random House, Germany). The two books have won 9 awards, including a Silver IPPY Award for Deep into Dusk. Laurie's journey began with running promotions for The Dark Before Dawn, which landed the book at the #1 spot on Kindle's Free Mystery/Thrillers list. These promotions also resulted in people buying Deep into Dusk, which rose to #4 in paid books on Amazon. Having kept in touch with a world rights agent that had initially rejected her books, Laurie reached out one more time with images of the books' sales positions, asking, "Are you sure you don't want to be a part of this action?" The agent decided that she did, ultimately leading to a bidding war between Blanvalet and another German publishing house. The German-translations of The Dark Before Dawn and Deep into Dusk are set for release in May 2015 and 2016.

Nap-a-Roo author Kristy Kurjan (right) with her mother, Gail Pollina (left) at a book signing at Horizon Book Store in Traverse City, MI.
KPO Creative's Nap-a-Roo recently received a Silver Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for board books. Written by Kristy Kurjan and illustrated by Tyler Parker, Nap-a-Roo aims to make "sleepy time special for children and parents." Published in 2014, the book has been praised by Amazon reviewers who have called the book "short, sweet, engaging, and fun" and "a must have book for little ones." It was recently announced that Nap-a-Roo is a Benjamin Franklin Award finalist in the Children's Picture Book (0-3 Years Old) category. 

Ripple Grove Press title The Gentleman Bat (top, center) at the Harvard Coop in Harvard Square.
Ripple Grove Press' The Gentleman Bat was chosen as one of the "Best Picture Books of 2014" by the Harvard Coop in Harvard Square. The Gentleman Bat, Ripple Grove's first title, follows a "charismatic gentleman bat on a night time stroll down cobblestone streets where the town is lively and energetic." Featuring illustrations by Piotr Parda, the book "takes place in the Victorian-era" and "has the universal appeal of two friends, or perhaps more than friends, enjoying a walk together." Kirkus praised the book in a recent review, calling it an "absolutely charming" tale "that just may teach manners to boot."

Let it Go, Let it Flow Leadership author Joan Ramierz.
Joan Ramirez's Let it Go, Let it Flow Leadership has been picked up by Motivational Press for publication. The title "offers the opportunity for individuals to grow into leadership positions in their present and future jobs."  Motivational Press commented that they're "excited to work with Joan Ramirez to share with readers the following attributes of leadership: Promotion Self-Confidence Self-Awareness Motivation Concrete Advice." 

Savas Beatie author Scott Mingus holding his award-winning title, Confederate General William "Extra Billy" Smith.
Savas Beatie author Scott Mingus' Confederate General William "Extra Billy" Smith: From Virginia's Statehouse to Gettysburg Scapegoat was recently awarded the 2013 Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr. Literary Prize. The award was presented by The Robert E. Lee Civil War Library and the Research Center of the Robert E. Lee Civil War Round Table of Central New Jersey. Chairman Lawrence Korczyk stated, “The Robertson Prize Committee applauds Mingus for bringing to the forefront the life and exploits of an extraordinary political-general in the Army of Northern Virginia. No, Smith is not one of the heralded generals of the Confederate Army but his story should be told and we have Mingus to thank.”


02/20/15-04/30/15 - New Mexico Book Association’s (NMBA’s) Southwest Book Design and Production Awards - The New Mexico Book Association (NMBA) is now seeking entries for the fifth annual NMBA Southwest Book Design and Production Awards Competition, which recognize creativity and quality in book design and distinction in production.

04/01/15 - IngramSpark and Lightning Source: A Distribution Solution for Every Publisher - Join us on 04/01/15 for a "Get to Know Your Member Benefits" webinar with Robin Cutler, Senior Manager of IngramSpark, and Janice Butler, Lightning Source account manager, where they will discuss the differences between IngramSpark and Lighting Source, and how each can help you meet your publishing goals.

4/10/15 - Benjamin Franklin Awards Ceremony - IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards are regarded as one of the highest national honors for indie publishers and self-published authors and will be held in conjunction with IBPA’s Publishing University in Austin.

4/10/15-4/11/15 - IBPA Publishing University We’re headed to Austin, Texas for IBPA Publishing University 2015! As always, IBPA’s Publishing University 2015 will bring you information-packed seminars developed and led by industry leaders.

4/17/15-4/19/15 - Authors Combat Academy - Griffyn Ink Publishing is hosting Authors Combat Academy, which gives writers the opportunity to learn about Fighting and Writing from experts in a variety of fields. 

04/29/15 - All About Publishing: A Beginner’s Overview - Presented by David Bricker, this webinar will discuss the massive “climate change” in the publishing eco-system and what you can expect to encounter as a writer or publisher with a manuscript in-hand.

05/07/15-05/09/15 - AuthorU Extravaganza: Discounted Rate for IBPA Members - Indie Publishers and Authors have questions. The annual AuthorU Extravaganza in Denver, CO has the answers…over 20 expert speakers including Joel Comm, Sandra Beckwith, Judith Briles, Joan Stewart, Daniel Hall, Amanda Barbara, and Bill Van Orsdel.

5/27/15-5/31/15 - BookExpo/BookCon 2015 - BookExpo is the premier event for North American publishing. Displaying your books in IBPA’s Cooperative Booth at BookExpo will help put you at the center of the publishing industry and position your titles for success.

05/30/15 - uPublishU at BEA: Guerilla Tactics for Successful Publishing - uPublishU at BEA is the place to learn from industry experts about the latest tools, tips and tactics, and marketing opportunities to assist the aspiring and published author to be successful.

6/25/15-6/30/15 - American Library Association Annual Conference - IBPA will have a Cooperative Booth at the 2015 ALA Conference in San Francisco that will allow IBPA member books to gain title visibility with acquisition librarians. 

07/19/15-07/24/15 - Yale Publishing Course – 15% Discount for IBPA
- The Yale Publishing Course is a week-long classroom-based course for mid- to senior-level book and magazine media professionals in all areas of publishing: management, editorial, business development, digital strategy, design and production, advertising, sales, and marketing.

10/14/15-10/18/15 - Frankfurt Book Fair - 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!

11/13/15-11/15/15 - China Children's Book Fair - IBPA Members Receive 15% Discount - The China Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) will host its third event at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center in cooperation with China’s official publishing authorities (General Administration of the Press and Publications, GAPP). IBPA members can purchase single-title display space with Foreword Reviews.

IBPA Member Benefits

Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards - The Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards honor innovation in electronic book publishing by individuals and organizations of all sizes, including publishers, software developers, designers, manufacturers, institutions, and technology leaders.

IBPA's Independent Magazine - Frequently cited as one of the most important member benefits, IBPA’s Independent magazine features interesting articles on the latest developments within the publishing industry. Now available online!

IPR License - IPR License is a global rights licensing platform working with publishers and authors around the world to license book rights. The site provides a ‘rights shop’ for many independent publishers around the world through its various marketing opportunities.

Library Journal - IBPA members receive special discounts on individual and cooperative, print advertising with Library Journal.


03/19/15 - Spring Time for Publishers: Looking at Conferences Ahead

03/11/15 - Fast-Growing Independent Publishers, 2015

03/03/15 - A Closer Look at IBPA Member Ryan Neumann, Teacher and Self-Published Author

02/26/15 - Swag to Market Your Words: Bookmarks

02/20/15 - Fishing for the Next Big Book

In the News

03/25/15 - How Print-It-Yourself Technology Could Save Publishing - Worldcrunch

03/11/15 - Is Publishing a Book a Birthright? - Huffington Post

03/06/15 - Self- publishing lets women break book industry's glass ceiling, survey finds - The Guardian

02/26/15 - The most self-serving words in publishing - Washington Post

02/23/15 - Why reading and writing on paper can be better for your brain - The Guardian
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