02/19/15 - 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.

Much of the focus in our office this month has centered on the importance of education within the IBPA community. With Publishing University quickly approaching and other exciting educational programs underway, February has been spent reflecting on the importance of publishing education within our members' lives. We hope to see you at Publishing University and look forward to your participation in our other educational opportunities

February literary birthdays include Langston Hughes (02/01/1902), James Joyce (02/02/1882), Gertrude Stein (02/03/1874), Laura Ingalls Wilder (02/07/1867), Charles Dickens (02/07/1812), John Grisham (02/08/1955), Alice Walker (02/09/1944), Judy Blume (02/12/1938), Toni Morrison (02/21/1903), W.H. Auden (02/21/1907), and John Steinbeck (02/27/1902).

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!

In Partnership,

Your IBPA Staff:
Angela Bole, Terry Nathan, Molly Farragher, Chris Kahn, and Patti Grasso

Deadline to be considered for inclusion in PW's annual report on fast-growing, small publishers is 02/20/15.
Publishers Weekly is collecting information for their annual report on fast-growing, small publishers. The feature, Fast-Growing Small Publishers, will run in PW's March 9th issue. To be considered for inclusion, small presses with annual net sales of $2 million–$10 million should submit (1) net sales figures for 2012–2014, (2) the number of employees in those years, (3) the number of new titles released, and (4) a brief description of the reasons for sales growth.
Deadline: Friday, February 20th
Contact: Jim Milliot

Stone Bridge Press' The Anime Encyclopedia.
Stone Bridge Press, owned by Peter Goodman, is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year and will be completing one of their biggest publications of all time: The Anime Encyclopedia. Stone Bridge was established in Berkeley, CA, in 1989 and now has 150 titles in print, covering such Japan-related areas as language, business, literature, manga, design, and culture. The indie press believes that Japan offers tremendous opportunities for re-examining Western values and for connecting with an emerging global culture increasingly centered on the Pacific Rim. Awards received by the indie press include the PEN West award for literature, the Japan-America Friendship Commission Prize from Columbia University, the HOW International Award, the International Typographic Design Award, the AIGA award for design, and the Benjamin Franklin Award for editorial and design excellence.

Darcy Pattison and Kitty Harvill's award-winning title, Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma.
Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma: The True Story of an Orphaned Cub has just been named a 2015 Outstanding Science Trade Book by the National Science Teacher’s Association. Written by children’s book author Darcy Pattison and illustrated by Kitty Harvill, the book chronicles the life of Abayomi, an orphaned, Brazilian puma that was rescued after 23 days on his own. Darcy and Kitty's previous book, Wisdom, the Midway Albatross, was published in 2012 and received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly and was awarded the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Award for Children’s Books in 2013. Darcy expressed, “We think Abayomi’s story illustrates some of the key environmental issues today. And it does so within a heart-warming story that kids can relate to.” Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma is available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.

14 year-old author Luke Herzog in the September 2012 edition of Time for Kids.
Why Not Books' youngest author, 14-year old Luke Herzog, has just published his second book, Griffin Blade and the Bronze Finger. Herzog's fantasy novel tells the story of a kind-hearted thief and his traveling band of misfit companions who pursue a lost gem and find themselves at the center of an epic battle for power in the world of Alastian. Why Not Books hosted a launch party for Griffin Blade at Bookworks in Pacific Grove, CA where Herzog was interviewed for an article in the Monterey Herald. Time For Kids ran a feature on Herzog in September 2012 that focused on the author's first title, Dragon Valley. Herzog receives a steady flow of emails from children around the country who enjoyed and were inspired by Dragon Valley. Aimed at middle grade to young adult readers, Griffin Blade is available on Amazon and most e-book platforms.

The Paris Vacation Apartment Guide author Robyn Webb's Time Square promo.
Robyn Webb's Amazon best-seller The Paris Vacation Apartment Guide: Rent with Confidence -- Learn Where to Stay Without Getting Overwhelmed, Ripped-Off or Scammed! was recently featured in a Time Square promo and awarded a Benjamin Franklin Digital Award. The book offers "a very personal insider's guide to a side of Paris rarely experienced within the confines of a hotel." Robyn is an award-winning cookbook author, nutritionist, culinary instructor, Food Editor of Diabetes Forecast Magazine and recipient of the prestigious US President’s Council on Fitness’ Healthy American Fitness Leader Award. Commenting on the creation of the book, Robyn expressed, "I was scared but curious about renting a Paris vacation apartment, and outside of a few articles, I had nowhere and no one to turn to for advice. I really wrote this book for me and I am so pleased to share it with other Parisophiles!"

(Top) Anguillian children reading I Won't Take the Mark; (Bottom) author Dr. Albrecht and TLC Graphics staff members in Anguilla.
Tamara L. Dever's TLC Graphics recently designed and produced I Won't Take the Mark, a children's book by Dr. Katherine Albrecht about the Book of Revelation. The book was officially released by Dr. Albrecht, TLC Graphics, and a special team via a mission trip to Anguilla. The team made presentations and gave away 3,700 copies of the book to Anguillian school children. The visit sparked Anguilla's launch of Christian Heritage Week, which will now be an annual event. Tamara commented that the trip was an example of an "author's book becoming far bigger than the book itself."

Steve Snyder (right) with U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Denise Bauer (left).
Steve Snyder's SHOT DOWN recently received Honorable Mention at the 2014 Southern California Book Festival and was a Finalist in the 2014 USA Best Book Awards. Shot Down tells the story of the B-17 Susan Ruth, a WWII plane that was piloted by Snyder's father, Howard, and was shot down over the French/Belgium border after a mission to bomb Frankfurt. Steve has connected with amazing people throughout the creation of Shot Down, ranging from the German Luftwaffe pilot, Hans Berger, who shot down his father's plane, to U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, Denise Bauer. Steve was also recently featured on a segment for WTOC 11 news that covered Super Museum Sunday in Savannah, Georgia. The clip shows Steve signing copies of Shot Down at the National Museum of the Eight Air Force.

Hank Quense gives out a book to a lucky winner at a Write Group event.
Hank Quense of Strange Worlds Publishing recently released the Montclair Write Group Sampler 2014, a collection of published works from 33 members of the Montclair Write Group. The ebook contains fiction, essays, memoirs, poetry and a play and took less than six months to produce. The project was headed by Quense, who acted as team leader, mentor, and publisher. Quense also had the help of about a dozen other members who handled submissions and copy editing. The Sampler was published with two main objectives in mind: to demonstrate the Write Group's breadth of talent and to let participants experience the world of publishing. The Montclair Write Group Sampler 2014 is available as a free download on Smashwords, Kobo and other ebook retailers.

Sabrina (left) and Bridget Bendo (right), authors of Catie & Maura's Giant Adventure.
Local Lessons Publishing has announced the release of Catie & Maura's Giant Adventure, conceptualized and written by 4-year old Sabrina Bendo. Sabrina conjured the story each morning at her kitchen table over the course of a year, with her mother, Bridget, capturing the story in words. Sabrina and Bridget hope that the title will fill the demand in children's books for silliness, fancy, and diverse characters. One Amazon reviewer praised the book, calling it "a beautiful story of fun, excitement and play" that "teaches children that people who look different like the same things, do the same activities and desire to have friends...". Catie & Maura's Giant Adventure is available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.

Behind the Lines author Jeffrey B. Miller.
Jeffrey B. Miller’s Behind the Lines has earned a Kirkus Star Review and is now included in Kirkus’ Best Books of 2014. The title has also received positive reviews from Publishers Weekly, Foreword, and the Denver Post. Behind the Lines is a nonfiction title that follows Commission for Relief (CRB) delegates who fought the German occupation during WWI. In October, Miller was invited by the Belgian Ambassador to the Belgian residence in Washington, D.C. for an event honoring the 100th year anniversary of the CRB, an international organization that arranged for the supply of food to German-occupied Belgium and northern France during WWI.

Christine Horner, founder of In the Garden Publishing.
Christine Horner of In the Garden Publishing has sold the Russian translation rights for The Fire & Mystery of Awareness by Burt Harding. The offer immediately followed the book's 2014 release date and came from a benefactor of the author working to spread the author’s message in the East. This will be Harding's second translated title. The final book in Harding's "awakening trilogy," The Fire & Mystery of Awareness focuses on "awakening to the Presence you are and always have been." In the Garden Publishing is dedicated to the advancement of human consciousness and creating a conscious community.

Discovering Our World author Paul Singh.
Paul Singh's Discovering Our World: Humanity's Epic Journey from Myth to Knowledge will be released on April 1st and distributed by Independent Publishers Group. Written by Singh and co-author John R. Shook, the book seeks to answer an important question: where did everything come from? Drawing on the latest findings from the physical and biological sciences, astronomy and cosmology, geology and genetics, and prehistory and archeology, Discovering Our World reveals the answers science gives about ourselves and the universe in which we live.

Christian Schwägerl, environmental journalist and author of The Anthropocene.
Synergetic Press has released The Anthropocene: The Human Era and How It Shapes Our Planet by environmental journalist Christian Schwägerl. The Anthropocene investigates our current ecological circumstances and reveals that we possess the scientific, philosophical, spiritual and governmental tools needed to correct our current trajectory towards a positive and sustainable future. Drawing on his own experiences and research as a journalist with rigorous scientific training, Schwägerl offers readers the means to envision and create realistic solutions to our current ecological crises. Schwägerl has been writing about global environmental policy since 1995 when he covered the first UN Climate Conference in Berlin.


02/25/15 - IngramSpark & Lightning Source: A Distribution Solution for Every Publisher - Registration for IBPA's FREE webinar with IngramSpark and Lightning Source is closed, but click on the general registration link to be added to the waiting list! All members on the waiting list will be sent a FREE recording of the webinar a few hours after the live event.

03/04/15 - Marketing and Publicity’s New Role in Discoverability: Metadata Made Easy - 20% Discount for IBPA Members - Join Your Expert Nation to discuss some practical ways marketing and publicity professionals can keep metadata as current, relevant, and valuable as possible. Use discount code IBPA20 to receive a 20% discount!

03/11/15 - NetGalley: Providing Digital Review Copies to 215,000 Professional Readers - Register for this FREE webinar in order to go a tour of the NetGalley site during which you'll gain insight into how publishers and authors are using digital galleys successfully in their marketing and publicity campaigns. Use coupon code NetGalley to register for FREE!

03/18/15 - Direct-to-Consumer for Indie Publishers: Stop Worrying and Start Selling - Join us as we explore direct-to-consumer approaches within the indie publishing community and outline practical step-by-step approaches to take control of your digital future, starting now. Use coupon code PubUOnline to get $20 off!

03/22/15-03/24/15 - PubSense Summit – 10% discount for IBPA Members - The PubSense Summit is comprised of the best and brightest people in publishing. The PubSense summit will bring together the best and brightest of the publishing industry in order to help emerging authors and small publishers make sense of a rapidly shifting landscape.

03/30/15-04/02/15 - Bologna Children’s Book Fair - IBPA Members Receive 15% Discount - The 53rd annual Bologna Children’s Book Fair hosts nearly 25,000 international professional trade reps and agents from 75 countries who scout for gems and do deals on a 20,000 square meter show floor. IBPA members can purchase single-title display space with Foreword Reviews. Use coupon code IBPA15 to receive a 15% discount!

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.

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 Members! - The Yale Publishing Course is a week-long classroom-based course for 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 ReviewsUse coupon code IBPA15 to receive a 15% discount!

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 a 15% discount off all products and services sold directly on

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.

Open Road Digital Distribution - Open Road Distribution is a complete digitization and distribution service offering small independent publishers an opportunity to leverage their unexploited digital rights quickly and efficiently.


02/12/15 - Five Director Candidates Chosen by IBPA’s Board Nominating Committee

02/10/15 - You Can Judge a Book by Its Title, and Other Wisdom from the Submission Pile

02/02/15 -, Explained

01/21/15 - IBPA Announces Newest Benjamin Franklin Digital Award Honorees

In the News

02/18/15 - CCBC Stats Show Children’s Books Shifting Toward Diversity - Publishers Weekly

02/11/15 - 6 Trend-Savvy Book Publishing Strategies - Huffington Post

02/11/15 - Why Publishers Are Obligated to Make Content Available Globally - Digital Book World

02/03/15 - Is Book Reviewing a Public Service or an Art? - New York Times
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