20 Habits of Successful Independent Publishers

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October 2012
by Curt Matthews

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Over the years, my work at the Independent Publishers Group (IPG) has given me experience with more than 500 different indie publishing companies ranging in size from very small to quite large. Also, I have been an independent publisher, having founded Chicago Review Press, now a prosperous mid-sized house that publishes 60–70 new titles a year.

What follows offers 20 observations in three categories about the way the most successful independent publishers tend to conduct business. These observations are no doubt idiosyncratic, biased, and incomplete. The point is to stimulate some new thinking and, more important, to suggest that indie publishing is distinct from what big publishers do, and unique in terms of standard business practices….IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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