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Dear IBPA,

Last week, the IBPA staff was at BookExpo America and BookCon. Across three and a half days, we arranged over 38 author signing events, recorded 8 personal interviews, and hosted a fun cocktail party inside our cooperative booth. IBPA would like to thank everyone who was able to make it out to BEA/BookCon 2016 – it was great seeing you! For those who couldn’t make it, please check out our IBPA @ BookExpo America 2016 Photo Album!

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 Joanne Kenny


Arnie Kotler, founder of Parallax Press, Koa Books, and now Arnie Kotler Editing Services.
In 1985, Buddhist monk and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh suggested to Arnie Kotler, “Why don’t we start a press together?” Kotler took the ball and founded Parallax Press that year, crafting the bestselling Being Peace from Thich Nhat Hanh’s lectures. The book went on to sell nearly 1,000,000 copies. Arnie left Parallax in 1999 and moved to Hawaii, where a few years later he founded Koa Books to publish works on personal transformation, social justice, and indigeneity. Now Arnie has sold the Koa list to Chiron Publications to start Arnie Kotler Editing Service, a freelance editing and publishing consulting studio. IBPA wishes Arnie great success in his new endeavor!
Kathryn Kemp Guylay (left), author of Give It a Go, Eat a Rainbow, stands next to her son and illustrator, Alex Guylay (right).
How do you create messages that will resonate with kids? Have the messages come from another kid! That reasoning led 13-year-old Alex Guylay to enlist help from his mom, bestselling and award-winning author Kathryn Kemp Guylay, to create Give It a Go, Eat a Rainbow. "I know from being a kid myself what interests kids. Our book targets toddlers through elementary school kids, and that was me just a few years ago," explains middle schooler Alex Guylay. The book was presented to the publishing community at BookExpo America in Chicago on May 12, 2016.

IBPA member Mark Cameron, author of Goodnight Sunshine.
Sunshine Coast author Mark Cameron is loading up the family camper van for 30 Days of Sunshine, his inaugural BC Book Tour. This promotional tour for Cameron’s debut novel, Goodnight Sunshine, will have his family of four exploring the southern half of British Columbia in their 19-foot camper van, stopping along the way to engage with readers at a variety of libraries, farmers’ markets and bookstores. The tour will include over 25 stops on a path spanning more than 4200 km. All events are free and open to the public. Goodnight Sunshine is the fictional story of Oliver Bruce—a disenchanted family man drawn to Ecuador seeking an invention that could transform the global energy landscape. Published by Catch Our Drift Productions, the novel was released in November, 2015.

Margaret Malone with her PEN/Hemingway Finalist citation for People Like You.
Last month, People Like You received the honor of Finalist for the prestigious PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction. In addition to national notoriety, Margaret Malone received a one-month residency at the legendary Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. We're proud to report that Atelier26 is the smallest publisher to ever receive PEN/Hemingway honors. Malone's book was the only small press title in the list of current honorees (which included publishers Penguin, Little Brown, Houghton Mifflin, and Bloomsbury).
Independent Publishers Group (IPG), the oldest and second largest book distributor in the US, has added Bookmasters to its print-on-demand (POD) network, which includes Ingram’s Lightning Source and Amazon’s Createspace and makes IPG the first distributor to work with every major POD solution in the market. Using Bookmasters, the digital print provider for Baker & Taylor, IPG publishers will reduce bottom-line publishing costs on books sold to the world’s largest library wholesaler of books and media products. IPG has been a member of IBPA since 1983.


How Publishers Can Benefit from Deeper
Library Partnerships

By Ellen Harvey | May 17, 2016 | Book Business
One of the benefits libraries can offer publishers is their reputation within communities. Few institutions are as trusted as libraries, said Klouda, and that trust can be leveraged to introduce library patrons to new authors and titles... more »

BookCon 2016: Too Short for Readers, Just Right for Publishers
By Claire Kirch | May 15, 2016 | Publishers Weekly
The biggest complaint from attendees at this year’s BookCon literary fanfest was that it was too short. Held the day after BEA in Chicago’s McCormick Place, on May 14, attendees were thrilled to be in Chicago... more »
Why Distributors Are Book Publishing’s New Gatekeepers
By Brooke Warner | May 12, 2016 | Huffington Post
As a former gatekeeper, I’m fascinated by the gatekeeper divide in book publishing, where the role gets falsely propped up by supporters of traditional publishing and completely dismissed by those who favor the indie space... more »
Director’s Desk: Welcome to the New
IBPA Independent

By Angela Bole | May 2, 2016 | IBPA
Over the past year, a team of IBPA board members, staff, and professional consultants have been working hard to refresh and reshape this magazine. Our goal has been to create an updated look for a valued member benefit... more »
Overseas Spanish-Language Indie Publishers Tackle the American Market
By Leylha Ahuilen | Apr 29, 2016 | Publishers Weekly
The majority of Spanish-language children’s and YA books imported into the U.S. are from large publishers located in Latin America and Spain. But a growing number of independent publishers are now doing business in the U.S... more »


05/18/16 - Why Publishers Need BEA

05/02/16 - Director’s Desk: Welcome to the New IBPA Independent

04/28/16IPG Expands Print-On-Demand Services

04/15/16 - Monkey Business – Copyright in Photographs

04/12/16 - IBPA Announces Gold Medalists in the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards

04/10/16 - IBPA Members React to Amazon’s Brick-and-Mortar

04/06/16 - How Authors & Publishers Can Maximize Online Marketing

04/01/16 - IBPA is Proud to Announce the Newest Benjamin Franklin Digital Award Honorees

IBPA Independent

Convey Your Brand the “Write” Way

Overcoming the Page Metaphor

Roundtable: Working with Distributors

How to Stoke the Independent Revolution

The Upside of Audiobook Distribution

Space Invaders: Indie Strategies for Getting Books on Shelves in Brick-and-Mortar Retail Outlets

Do Librarians Prefer Print?

When an Editor Is More Than an Editor

Walking the Talk – Berrett-Koehler’s President Shares What Makes His Company Tick


05/26/16 - BISG’s Making Information Pay Summit – 50% off for IBPA Members! MIP: Publishers Making a Profit by Making a Difference is a day long event of practical sessions featuring data-heavy keynotes, case studies, and expert-led group discussions – all demonstrating why and how publishers and industry stakeholders who implement corporate social responsibility and cause marketing efforts can grow their businesses.

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!

08/07/16 - Queens Book Festival IBPA members can showcase their products at the festival for title visibility and to gain customers in a new market. IBPA members can purchase author booths ($350) or Independent Press & Publisher Booths ($450). Come be a part of one of the hottest and most anticipated literary event in Queens, New York!

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.

11/13/16-11/15/16 - China Children’s Book Fair – $25.00 Discount for IBPA Members 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 in Children’s Books USA.

04/07/17-04/08/17 - IBPA Publishing University 2017 As always, IBPA’s Publishing University brings you information-packed seminars developed and lead by industry leaders. Join us in Portland, Oregon for experiential workshops, enlightening lectures, networking, and the always popular Ask the Experts.

IBPA Member Benefits

Publisher Liability Insurance - IBPA members of any size, type or kind, self-publisher, POD publisher, one-title publisher, vanity or subsidy publisher wishing to know or consider purchasing publishers errors and omission liability policy will receive a competitive media perils liability insurance proposal from Mike Mansel at R.L. Milsner Insurance.

PR Newswire - IBPA members receive free and discounted services valued at more than $2,000* when they become a PR Newswire member. The benefit includes: Waiver of first year PR Newswire membership fee ($195 value), 10% OFF all domestic news distribution (Non Profits Only), and more!

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.

Nielsen PubTrack Digital - IBPA members receive access to PubTrack Digital data across two tiers at deeply discounted rates. Each tier is limited to IBPA members within a specific revenue band; a 5% annual increase applies.
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