9/18/14 - 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.

For the IBPA staff, much of September has centered on preparing for future IBPA events including The Frankfurt Book FairPublishing University and the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards. Frankfurt is just around the corner and while Publishing University and the Benjamin Franklin Awards aren't taking place until April 2015, we want them to be bigger and better than ever! Stay tuned for more details. 
September literary birthdays include Roald Dahl (9/13/1916), Agatha Christie (9/15/1890), Stephen King (9/21/1947), F. Scott Fitzgerald (9/24/1896), William Faulkner (9/25/1897), Shel Silverstein (9/25/1930), T.S. Eliot (9/26/1888), and Truman Capote (9/30/1924). 

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, Chris Kahn, and Patti Grasso

(Top) Linda Kelly with John Perry Barlow and Tim Leary; (Bottom) Linda Kelly with Bob Weir; Photos by Steve Eichner of Deadheads.
A revised edition of Linda Kelly's Deadheads: Stories from Fellow Artists, Friends, and Followers of the Grateful Dead will be reissued by Skyhorse Publishing in 2015 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the formation of the band, in a deal arranged by IBPA member, Peter Beren of the Peter Beren Agency. Deadheads compiles interviews with fellow artists and musicians, friends and followers of the Grateful Dead who tell their stories and discuss how their lives were intertwined with their experiences of the band. Included are interviews with the late Timothy Leary, John Perry Barlow, the Band's chronicler and spokesperson, Stanley Mouse, Poster Artist and creator of the famed Dead logo, David Gans, radio producer and host, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and many more.

Tom North, author of True North.
Hugh Jackman and Tom North appeared on SiriusXM Indie Talk Radio-XL Channel 104's "Success without Stress" with host Bob Roth in June. The program airs on Sirius XM Indie 104 the last Friday of every month, with replays throughout that weekend. North is the author of True North - The Shocking Truth about "Yours, Mine and Ours and has won a Living Now Award Gold Medal, is Recommended Reading by the Washington Times, has garnered rave reviews by Writer's Digest and is an Amazon Best Seller. North is represented by IBPA Member Barbara Howard of Barbara Howard Marketing/PR.

(Top) The Kansas State Capitol Building; (Bottom) Author Ron Yates.
Ron Yates, the author behind titles such as Finding Billy Battles, was recently invited to the Kansas Book Festival. Held inside the State Capitol Building, presenting authors were able to talk about their books in places like the Senate Chamber, the House Chamber and the State Supreme Court room. Geared to promote literacy, festival authors visited several middle schools, junior highs and high schools to talk to students about writing and reading the day before the actual festival. Yates also attended a reception hosted by Governor Sam and Mary Brownback in the Governor's mansion along with the 30 other presenting authors.

Author Jessica James, two-time winner of the John Esten Cooke Award.
Jessica James of Patriot Press is the first two-time winner of the coveted John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction. She first won the award in 2011 for her Civil War novel Noble Cause, and received the 2014 award for her inspirational novel Above and Beyond in July. The award is presented annually to encourage writers of fiction to portray characters and events dealing with Southern history in a historically accurate fashion. Other John Esten Cooke Award winners include New York Times bestselling authors Donald McCaig, Robert Macomber, and Newt Gingrich. James was included in the book 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading, published in 2010, and was a featured author at the Amelia Island Book Festival in Florida.

Charlotte E. Séré, author of The Stakes
IBPA member Charlotte E. Séré recently sold and signed copies of her self-published book The Stakes: Three Plays of the Black Experience to Heal, to Train, to Entertain at the DuSable Museum Festival of the Arts in Chicago. Séré's book features a collection of plays that address topics of timely interest including addiction, HIV, mental illness, racial injustice and sexual harassment. The Stakes serves as a guide to the use of drama as a support in healing, training and entertaining all.
(Top) Author Bess Taubman holding a copy of her book, My Pearl Harbor Scrapbook; (Below) The Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. 
Bess Taubman, author of My Pearl Harbor Scrapbook, recently returned from a book signing trip on the East Coast. The trip included book signings at 3 Smithsonian Museums: the Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of American History, and the National Air and Space Museum at the Udvar-Hazy Center. Taubman says that the signings were "a joy and privilege" and that those present at the signings were "lovely" and "welcoming." My Pearl Harbor Scrapbook also received an honorable mention in the Indie Fab Book of the Year awards in the U.S. History/Young Adult category.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson at a past conference holding a copy of The Frugal Editor
Carolyn Howard-Johnson recently updated the 2nd edition e-book of The Frugal Editor. This edition includes a section on ampersands, contains a Kindle-formatting tutorial and has already been praised by Dan Poynter's Global Ebook Awards and the Next Generation Indie Awards. Carolyn will be speaking at the Digital Author Indie Publishing Conference (10/17-10/19 in Van Nuys, CA) on the topics of “Digital Marketing Made Simple” and “Using Createspace as a one-stop shop for digital and paper." She will also be speaking at the Southern Utah Book Expo (10/25/14 in St. George, Utah); she will be signing copies of The Frugal Book Promoter as well as her poetry chapbooks.


9/25/14-9/26/14 - Greenleaf Author Summit: IBPA Members Receive 33% Discount - Held in Austin, Texas, this event will empower and educate emerging authors, business leaders, and speakers on creating differentiated content to build their platforms, share their ideas, and monetize their concepts and products.

9/30/14-10/02/14 - NEIBA 2014 Fall Conference Get your books in front of individual booksellers, independent bookstores, and hundreds of top buyers, editors, authors and industry insiders at the largest regional show of its kind the country.

10/01/14 - Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center -  Library professionals from all over will meet at a free virtual conference to focus on the library's central role in the transformation of our culture, from analog experiences to digital experiences. 

10/08/14-10/12/14 - Frankfurt Book Fair - The Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest international book fair in the world. 2014 marks IBPA’s 29th year at the Fair! We have a list of more than 400 international contacts with whom we meet and make contacts for you to license the rights to publish your titles throughout the world.

10/15/14 - Under the Covers: Book Page Design - In this IBPA webinar you will hear from book designer Michele DeFilippo about the techniques book designers employ to ensure great reviews and increased book sales.

10/19/14-10/21/14 - New England Library Association Conference - The New England Library Association show is the one show where you’ll find the most New England librarians, staff, and trustees gathered together in one place.

10/24/14-10/25/14 - APSS Book Selling University - The Association of Publishers for Special Sales focuses on selling more books in large quantities with no returns.  

01/13/14-01/15/14 - 2015 Digital Book World Conference + Expo Now celebrating its sixth year, the Digital Book World Conference + Expo is the preeminent conference on digital content and digital publishing strategies. IBPA Members receive 5% savings!

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. Held in conjunction with IBPA’s Publishing University in Austin, the 2015 award ceremony is a gala dinner where all Gold winners receive an engraved trophy marking their achievement.

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 lead 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. It will take place at the Inn at Opryland in Nashville, TN. 

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.

IBPA Member Benefits

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

Bowker Identifier Services - IBPA members receive a 15% discount on all products and services sold directly on Includes: ISBNs, e-book conversion and distribution, printer quality barcodes, and more!

Copyright Clearance Center - IBPA members can authorize their titles with Copyright Clearance Center free-of-charge.

Lightning Source & IngramSpark IBPA members receive discounted rates on Lightning Source, the leading print-on-demand company in the world, and IngramSpark, Ingram Content Group’s Publish-on-Demand platform.

OpenLearning - Have you checked out IBPA's newest, FREE member benefit? All IBPA members are invited to join this exciting members-only platform which features pre-recorded webinars, recordings of Publishing University 2014, Ask the Experts Online, and much more! Email to create your profile! 


8/25/14 - Advanced Marketing Tactics for Indie Authors

8/26/14 - Singing the Social Media Blues: Choosing Platforms with Staying Power

8/27/14 - The Big Indie Books of Fall 2014

9/04/14 - Instagram: A Beginner's Guide

9/09/14 - Scam Alerts: An Old Swindle Targets Editors

9/17/14 - Instagram vs. Pinterest

In the News

8/26/14 - Does Where You Live Make a Difference in How and What you Write? - New York Times

9/2/14 - Judith Appelbaum to Get BISG Lifetime Award (Judith is the Editor of IBPA's Independent magazine) - Publishers Weekly

9/11/14 - Millennials read more books than their elders, Pew study finds - L.A. Times

9/14/14 - Line by Line, E-Books Turn Poet-Friendly - New York Times

9/17/14 - Amazon Fixes the Biggest Problem with Kindle - Huffington Post
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