8/21/14 - 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.

The IBPA office headed to Nashville, Tennesse this month to host a quarterly board of directors meeting as well as attend the 2014 American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Annual Meeting & Exposition. Members of the IBPA board of directors are sprinkled across the nation in states ranging from New York to Utah, from Ohio to Texas. Both our meeting with the board and the ASAE Annual Meeting revolved around a central theme: YOU, our members! We cannot wait to implement the wisdom and innovations that flew back with us from Nashville to Manhattan Beach. Look for a recap of the ASAE meeting in an upcoming issue of our Independent magazine.

August literary birthdays include Herman Melville (8/1/1819), James Baldwin (8/2/1924), Isabelle Allende (8/2/1942), Lord Alfred Tennyson (8/6/1809), Ray Bradbury (8/22/1920), and Mary Shelley (8/30/1797). August 9th was "Book Lover's Day" and August 18th was "National Bad Poetry Day."

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

PICTURED ABOVE (L TO R): Angela, Patti, Molly, & Terry at the ASAE Annual Meeting.

Warren Adler holding a copy of his book.
Warren Adler's Fiona Fitzgerald Mysteries will be brought to the small screen in the upcoming TV series "Capitol Crimes." The series is set to be penned by award-winning writer-producer Eric Overmyer (Law & Order, The Wire, Treme St. Elswhere, Homicide: Life on the Streets, Law and Order: Criminal Intent). Screenwriter and novelist Alex McAulay (HBO's Eastbound and Down) is set to adapt Adler's The War of the Roses: The Children into a feature film sequel to the 1989 divorce-drama, The War of the Roses starring Michael Douglas, Danny DeVito and Kathleen Turner. Great job, Warren!

From left to right: Andy, Carolyn, Robert and David Goodman.
Why Not Books' My Mantelpiece: A Memoir of Survival and Social Justice, by Carolyn Goodman and Brad Herzog, was recently featured in Parade Magazine in a piece that contained an excerpt from the book. With a foreword by Maya Angelou, My Mantelpiece is the memoir of Carloyn Goodman, whose son, Andrew, died in 1964 during the Freedom Summer campaign.

Author David FitzSimmons and TV host Jim Donovan at the NBC-TV (WKYC, Clevland) studios.
Author and photographer David FitzSimmons recently appeared on NBC-TV (WKYC, Cleveland) for an interview with Jim Donovan. David and Jim discussed David's books, photography, and upcoming Sigma-sponsored events with Cleveland Metroparks. David posted an enthusiastic thank you to Jim on his Facebook, applauding the TV host for his enthusiasm and "genuine interest in connecting families with nature..." David's books include Animals of Ohio’s Ponds and Vernal Pools and Curious Critters.

Savor Each Stitch author Carolyn Friedlander.
Lucky Spool recently held a signing event for their second book, Savor Each Stitch by Carolyn Friedlander, at a Quilting Industry Event called Quilt Market in Pittsburgh. Friedlander's booth ultimately won the best booth award out of 600 other booths! Lucky Spool has also published Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making and will be coming out with Alison Glass Appliqué, School of Sewing, Scraps, Inc., and Bedroom Style, Perfectly Pieced in Fall 2014. Congratulations Lucky Spool!

1918 author David Cornish.
Author David Cornish's book, 1918, was a winner of Literary Fiction in the 2014 Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE) Book Awards. 1918 was also a Finalist in the "Cover Design" category. 1918 is a historical novel about the 20th century flu pandemic that killed around 100 million people. Cornish, a gastroenterologist for The Permanente Medical Group, rigorously researched the pandemic, allowing 1918 to accurately portray the historical travesty. 

A few of the attendees present at The Art Album installation in New York City.
Author Dawud Knuckles held a successful exhibit in July for his book, The Art Album. The exhibit was at the Castle Fitzjohns Gallery in New York, which is home to pieces by artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. The Art Album seeks to bring recognition to the vital relationship between contemporary music and art in sustaining culture and includes work by artists such as Marcus Jansen and Guy Denning. 

Avoidable Contact author Tammy Kaehler. Copyright: PB Shoots.
Poisoned Pen Press recently announced the release of Avoidable Contact, the latest mystery by Tammy Kaehler. Praise for the book includes: “Snappy dialogue, a smart and affable heroine...and pacing reminiscent of 24 combine to make this entry as exciting as a spin around the speedway,” Publishers Weekly. “…Revs the suspense past 10,000 RPM on the first page and keeps it there until the last,” Brad Parks, award-winning author of The Player.

Two of the promotional banners used for The Hunt for Tomorrow.
Deborah Rix of Dimestore Books held a successful digital scavenger hunt along with 22 other dystopian authors. The event, called The Hunt For Tomorrow, had hundreds of participants that took part in the "virtual odyssey" by clicking through different author websites. The culmination of The Hunt is the writing of a multi-author progressive story, which, once edited, will be given to all participants. Check out The Hunt For Tomorrow website for more info! 


9/10/14 - Under the Covers - Book Page Design - Don't miss IBPA's webinar with 1106 Design owner Michele Defilippo in which you'll learn about the techniques book designers employ to ensure great reviews and increased book sales. Only $19 for IBPA members! 

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.

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. 

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

MetaComet Systems - IBPA members who partner with MetaComet Systems can simplify their royalty management process, maximize their accuracy, minimize waste, and reduce the time spent managing royalties by up to 80%.

OpenLearning - Have you checked out IBPA's new e-learning platform? 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 be invited to the platform. 

Pubslush - Pubslush is a crowdfunding platform built exclusively for the literary world. IBPA members save $50 on a Premium account with Pubslush.


8/1/14 - Some Thoughts from IBPA on the Ongoing Amazon/Hachette Situation

8/4/14 - More Social, Less Media: Unplugging 

8/5/14 - Amazon Wants Cheaper E-Books. But Should It Get to Enforce Prices?

8/14/14 - Up Against Amazon  

8/18/14 - A Closer Look at IBPA Member Barbara J. Genovese, Writer and Master Crayon Maker

8/18/14 - Up Against Amazon” author Karen Christensen on the Beyond the Book Podcast

8/19/14 - Suchomel Returning to Legato Publishers Group

8/20/14 - How to Get Started as an Author on Tumblr 

In the News

7/30/14 - How Amazon Brought Publishing to Its Knees — and Why Authors Might Be Next (featuring IBPA Executive Director Angela Bole) - Mashable

8/1/14 - Self-publishing no longer poor cousin of book world - Sydney Morning Herald

8/7/14 - Plot Thickens as 900 Writers Battle Amazon - New York Times

8/13/14 - Four Questions For...Hugh Howey - Publishers Weekly

8/19/14 - Malala Yousafzai: By the Book - New York Times

8/20/14 - To Achieve Diversity In Publishing, A Difficult Dialogue Beats Silence - NPR
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