05/21/15 - Welcome to IBPA's Independent Publishing Now! 
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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.

The focus within the IBPA office this month has been on Book Expo America, the premier event for North American Publishing. With only a week to go, our excitement to display the growing strength of the indie publishing community through our members' title/s is growing everyday. We hope to see you there! 

May literary birthdays include Robert Browning (05/07/1812), Thomas Pynchon (05/08/1937), Nora Ephron (05/19/1941), Alexander Pope (05/21/1688), Margaret Wise Brown (05/23/1910), Ralph Waldo Emerson (05/25/1803), Jamaica Kincaid (05/25/1949), and Walt Whitman (05/31/1819).

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 Patti Grasso

Comic book writer Jerry Craft (Image
Credit: MTV).
In celebration of Black History Month, MTV interviewed four black comic book creators, one of which was IBPA member Jerry Craft. The article states that comic book creators like Jerry are "changing the demographics of the characters in comics" and "opening the doors for future comic book creators to tell diverse and inspiring new stories." Jerry discusses his journey into the world of comics and the "paramount" importance of African-American culture and identity within his two comics: Mama's Boyz and The Offenders: Saving the World While Serving Detention! Jerry also penned a fantastic article for The Brown Bookshelf where he details his journey into the world of comics and his love of reading. 

Grayson Books author Frederick Foote.
Grayson Books' title Medic Against Bomb: A Doctor’s Poetry of War by Frederick Foote has been garnering lots of media attention. Medic Against Bomb has won the National Endowment for the Arts Book of the Week and was a Poetry Finalist in the USA Best Book Awards. The book has also received significant write ups by the Library of Congress and Vice magazine. The book has been called “a contribution to poetry and to humanity,” by Grace Cavalieri of the Washington Independent Review of Books, “a terrific book, one of the best of the year," by Matthew Rothschild of The Progressive, and "a masterpiece that deserves a place beside the very best war poetry,” by Peter Dabbene of Foreword Reviews.

(Top) Author Jeanne Roppolo on TV show "Avila Making a Difference." (Bottom) Jeanne with TV host Frank Avila.
Jeanne Roppolo was recently interviewed on Frank Avila's cable TV show, "Avila Making a Difference," in a segment called "Open Yourself to Life's Possibilities: Jeanne Roppolo." The interview came about through Jeanne calling a Senior Center and asking if her contact information could be forwarded to the leader of their Creative Writer's Group. The co-leader of the group happened to be standing next to the phone and invited Jeanne to attend their next meeting. After finishing her introduction during the meeting, a woman across the table told Jeanne that she was going to go get her husband: Frank Avila. Frank and his wife proceeded to give Jeanne a 2-page list of people they thought she should contact and also offered to interview her. Jeanne reports that this list had led to many speaking engagements and new friends and has taught her that, "One never knows What will lead to What. Be open to life’s possibilities."

Aquila Polonica Publishing author Julian Kulski at age 16.
Aquila Polonica Publishing recently sold Brazilian rights to their newest book, The Color of Courage - A Boy at War: The World War II Diary of Julian Kulski. The Color of Courage was also a Gold winner at the 2015 Ben Franklin in the Interior Design category and a Silver winner in the Autobiography & Memoir section. The title is the diary of Julian Kulski who was 10-years old when Germany invaded Poland in 1939. The diary follows his wartime experience from ages 10 to 16 and details his experiences in the Underground Army, Gestapo captivity, and his dash to freedom as a 16-year-old German P.O.W. The Color of Courage book trailer can be viewed here and Julian's Huffington Post blog posts can be viewed here

(Top) Light Messages authors Carl Nordgren and (Bottom) Dave Edlund.
Light Messages' Crossing Savage by Dave Edlund and Anung's Journey by Carl Nordgren have been selected as Finalists for the INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. Carl is a Durham-based author and professor at Duke University and his title, Anung’s Journey, was previously named one of the Top 10 Middle Grade Novels of 2014 by Foreword Reviews. Dave is an author from Eugene, Oregon, and a leading expert in hydrogen energy. Dave's novel, Crossing Savage, is an international political thriller that brings readers face to face with the promise of energy independence and its true cost. Edlund's second novel, Relentless Savage, will be released April 2015. Foreword Reviews will celebrate the INDIEFAB winners during a program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Pleasure Boat Studio author Chas Mayhead.
Pleasure Boat Studio author Chas Mayhead's Rumours: A British POW in WWII has led to several amazing opportunities for the author. Chas's title details the story of his captivity during WW2 by the Italians and Germans, both of which he escaped. On the fiftieth anniversary of the closing of a prison camp in Fallingbostal, Germany, Chas was invited to the ceremony because someone had read his book. Chas has returned every year since and is "treated like royalty." The book has also led to Chas being promoted four times within the army, ultimately progressing from sergeant to colonel. 

(Top) Author Ludwig Rudel. (Bottom) Library Journal Reviews Editor Henrietta Verma's March 2015 Editor's Letter featuring Ludwig.
Ludwig Rudel's Agent for Change in International Development was recently featured in Library Journal Reviews Editor Henrietta Verma's March 2015 Editor's Letter. In the introduction of the newsletter, Henrietta divulged, "The intriguing title I’m reading at the moment [is] Ludwig Rudel’s Memoirs of an Agent for Change in International Development: My Flight Path into the 21st Century (Arlington Hall) it, the author, a Holocaust survivor, describes his experiences with U.S. foreign economic aid programs and his post-retirement creation of a thousand-acre development in rural Appalachia." Agent for Change was also selected by the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training for inclusion in their “Memoirs and Occasional Papers” series. 

Atelier26 author Elizabeth Rosner.
Atelier26's title Gravity, by Elizabeth Rosner, received a wonderful review in Booklist. Reviewer Carol Haggas raves, "Daringly, disarmingly raw and honest, Rosner's potent confrontation of the past and ambivalent acceptance of the present coalesce in a haunting, soulful portrait of grief, memory, belief, and comfort." Elizabeth's book was created over a period of twenty years and details her experience as the daughter of Holocaust survivors. The title is available for purchase on Atelier26's website

Bruce and the Road to Courage author Gale Leach.
Gale Leach's Bruce and the Road to Courage recently won in the children's book category of the ONEBOOKAZ writing contest. Gale's book is about a caterpillar who conquers his fear of flying and develops courage during a series of harrowing adventures. Sponsored by the Arizona State Library, ONEBOOKAZ's winners were unveiled at the Tucson Festival of Books on March 14th. The contest's goals are to bring communities together through literature and to "encourage writing, reading, and thoughtful interaction."  Digital versions of the winning titles are available for free download for Arizona residents through June 1 at

(Left to right) Stamford students Bryanna Clarke, Sidney Doig, Larissa Witt, and Abbigayle Winny.
Agio Publishing House's A Soldier's Fortune and Other Poems: Moving past PTSD and creating a fun-loving life was recently adapted into a physical performance piece, Invisible Wounds, by students at Stamford Collegiate in Niagara Falls, ON. Niagara This Week described the play, which has since gone on to win the top prize at the Niagara drama festival, as "an abstract piece featuring dance and tableau." Stamford students prepared for the play through a "unique and special relationship” with A Soldier's Fortune and Other Poems' author Edward Brown. Commenting on Brown's impact, drama teacher Maxwell Ingrao declared, “He’s had a life-changing effect on all of us."


5/27/15-5/31/15 - BookExpo/BookCon 2015 - 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.

06/10/15 - I Have a Facebook Business Page...Now What? - Are you using your Facebook Page effectively and to its fullest potential? This live-demo webinar will take you through the steps you should be taking on a daily basis to ensure you’re using your Facebook Business Page effectively.

06/25/15-6/30/15 - 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. 

07/16/15-07/17/15 - Digital Publishing Innovation Summit – IBPA members
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- The Digital Publishing Innovation Summit is a gathering of business executives leading digital publishing initiatives at some of the world’s most respected organizations. Explore key areas of native advertising, audience development, platform integration & more.

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.

08/07/15-08/08/15 - Florida Authors and Publishers Association Annual Conference - The Florida Authors & Publishers Association Annual Conference offers two days of professional development sessions designed to provide authors and publishers with up-to-date publishing resources needed to succeed.

08/15/15 - Unicorn Writers Conference - IBPA Members Save 10% - Now in its sixth year, Unicorn Writers Conference is recognized as one of the top conference experiences for writers at every level in their writing journey pursuing traditional or alternate publishing opportunities.

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. 

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 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!

Library Journal Trade Advertising - IBPA members receive special Individual and Cooperative Advertising rates with Library Journal.

Publishers Weekly Trade Advertising - IBPA members receive special individual and cooperative print advertising rates with Publishers Weekly.


05/09/15 - Now Available: BISG’s ONIX 3.0 Implementation Grid

05/08/15 - Essentials for a Book’s Success: PubU 2015 Takeaways

05/07/15 - Book Publicity: Grabbing the Media’s Attention with a Few Tweaks

05/05/15 - uPublishU at BEA

04/29/15 - Five New Members Appointed to the IBPA Board of Directors

04/27/15 - 7 Developments in Digital Publishing

In the News

05/08/15 - Amazon Publishing Marches On - Publishers Weekly

05/05/15 - What’s the Best Book That’s Been Made Into a Great Movie? - New York Times

05/04/15 - Is Self-Publishing Still a Good Option for Black Women Writers in 2015? - Madame Noire

05/04/15 - How to Make Multi-Channel Publishing Profitable - Digital Book World

05/01/15 - Indie book publishing company breaks down publishing barriers - Get Out
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