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Welcome to the Operations & HR Issue!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017   (0 Comments)
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By Angela Bole, IBPA CEO --

Angela Bole

I know, I know. Most of you didn’t enter the business of publishing because of a love for operations. You entered this business to share ideas, to reach people with the written word—perhaps to change the world. Mastering metadata and managing contractors wasn’t tops on your list.

Even so, anyone in this business for any length of time learns the value of operations. There are no guarantees, but one thing’s for sure: Solid attention to operational matters must certainly be in place if success is to be possible. In other words, and as noted in the subhead of this issue’s cover story, “having a good product is important, but if you don’t implement sound management practices, your business will flounder.”

To get you thinking along these lines, we’ve packed this issue with advice and anecdotes. I’ve already mentioned Deb Vanasse’s in-depth cover story, “Organizational Value” (page 10), where she discusses business structures, working relationships, accounting, royalties, and more. You’ll also find Helen Sedwick’s piece, “Navigating the Legal Landscape of Manuscript Reviews” (page 18), and a look at the state of ethnically diverse characters in children’s books in “Where Are the Ethnically Diverse Characters in Children’s Books?” by Paul Dixon (page 34).

For my part, I wanted to leave you with a short list of books that have contributed to my professional education over the past 15 years. I hope this list is helpful and that you’ll e-mail me at with your additional suggestions. Together we help each other achieve and succeed!

Director's Desk is a monthly column written by IBPA CEO Angela Bole and originally published in the front pages of IBPA's monthly IBPA Independent magazine. Angela welcomes your public comments below and private comments to her personally at

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