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November 2017: Independent Publishing Now!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Caitlin Walker
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Welcome to Independent Publishing Now!, IBPA's monthly newsletter featuring the hottest news and information from IBPA and its members.

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Member News: November 2017

Stephan von Clinkerhoffen is the author of the award-winning series The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham.
Recently, IBPA member Stephan von Clinkerhoffen was honored by the Literary Classics Book Awards with two gold medals. His YA Fantasy & Sci-Fi series The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham received a gold award for Best Series for High School Age, and the first book in the series, Stig's Flight of Encounters, won gold in the Middle School Age category. Three years ago, Stephan made a decision that would heavily influence his work. He gave up his full-time job to volunteer for the New Zealand Red Cross, providing earthquake relief in Christchurch. "I found it almost impossible to paint realism whilst surrounded by so much sadness and destruction," Stephan explains. "So I created my own fantasy land and began writing." The series has received positive reviews and has been praised for its imaginative landscapes and diverse characters. The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham series is currently available in paperback and on Kindle.

Marj Charlier (center) sits at the Sunacumen Press table at Indie Author Day, with two Sunacumen-published writers, Rose Baldwin (left) and Judy Fabris.
Sunacumen Press' Marj Charlier gave a presentation on the IBPA Industry Standards Checklist for a Professionally Published Book during the October 14 Indie Author Day fair at the Corona, CA Public Library. An audience of about 100 self-published authors and small publishers were in attendance, and Marj's presentation was met with with enthusiasm for our community's efforts to level the playing field for independent and non-traditional publishers. The event was sponsored by Inlandia Institute, an organization dedicated to supporting and expanding literary activity in the Inland Empire. As an experienced member of the publishing industry, Marj has provided workshops through Inlandia to help educate new authors. Marj is also the author of multiple books, including Professional Lies, Gracie's Revolution, and Drive for Dough.

Award-winning writer and IBPA member Anne Janzer.
Anne Janzer has recently been honored with a Non-Fiction - Writing/Publishing Gold Medal in the Readers' Favorites International Book Awards for her book The Writer's Process. The author and non-fiction writing coach has worked with over one hundred high tech businesses, helping them articulate their position to crowded markets. Anne is also an active blogger on her own site and a contributor for numerous corporate blogs. Her book provides techniques to help writers avoid common traps like social media distractions or writer's block, and take advantage of inspiration without getting caught up in self-criticism. In a review for the title, Carla Trueheart raves, "It is very rare to come across a nonfiction book that grabs the reader and holds their attention as well as this one does." In addition to the Readers' Favorites award, The Writers' Process has also received a silver medal in the Foreword INDIES Adult Non-Fiction: Writing category.

The cover for Sharen S. Peters' award-winning children's book I'm Just a Little Someone.
Sharen S. Peters' children's title I'm Just a Little Someone, published by LifeLong Friends Publishers, is now in the hands of Former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama. Last December, Sharen took a chance and sent her book to the Obamas. After a long wait, she recently received a wonderful thank you note from America's previous First Family! The book is a "feel good" story with uplifting illustrations by Amanda Alter, and is partially based on Sharen's own experiences of loneliness as a young child. "My hope is to reach lonely children all over the world and help them to learn that they too can make friends and live a fulfilled life. My focus is on homeschooled children, children in military families who travel often and live in many places, hospitals where children are often alone, and any other child facing loneliness or adversity." The book has been highly praised and has already been recognized with a Mom's Choice Gold Award.

Mark Coker is an author, columnist, and the founder of Smashwords.
IBPA member Smashwords has some exciting news for authors! On October 20th the world's largest indie ebook distributor announced their new "Smart Author Podcast with Mark Coker". The goal of the podcast is to help authors - whether they are new to the ebook publishing world or already New York Times bestsellers - to develop strategies to reach more readers. "The episodes are presented in a logical, serial order that will help every writer of every experience level master these foundational elements," explains Mark. "Each episode builds on the episode that precedes it." The podcast officially launched on October 27th with the release of four full episodes. It has received extremely positive feedback from listeners and has been called a "must listen to podcast for authors wanting to self-publish." All episodes are free & available for download here!

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