Read what IBPA members have to say!
Below are some testimonials sent in by IBPA members. If you have a story to tell, share it by emailing Caitlin Walker at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
"Believe me, I have tried everything, and there are only two or three things in the Indie marketing arena that do work. IBPA's Bookstore Catalog has been effective for us!"
— Charles Davis, Golden Lotus Publishing (07/2017)
"Just wanted you to know how grateful I am that you let me in from the wait list so that I could attend Publishing University. It was a wonderful weekend for me. Everyone I met was incredibly supportive and encouraging. I learned a tremendous amount and feel much more confident about taking my next steps toward becoming a publisher. I also felt like I was able to contribute to the discussions and hopefully help others on their publishing journeys, as well. The combination of general sessions, 1-on-1 sessions, and the vendor trade show was perfect. I learned so much from all three formats. Thank you for all that you did to make this such a special event for everyone. I am so happy that I attended and became a member of IBPA!"
— Doug Chalmers - Publisher (04/2017)
|IBPA member Michael C. Higgins, PhD (right) is interviewed on camera by IBPA CEO Angela Bole (left) about his book, EXPLORING WINE REGIONS: ARGENTINA
"Joining IBPA was one of the very best things I did last year.
Although I am a 20 year veteran of magazine publishing, I am brand new to book publishing. Some things are similar, some things very different. So, I joined IBPA and got very involved, and did many things with you. Some were good, some not as good, and some were excellent. It was the educational experience that was over the top. I learned so much from you in this past year that I am truly overwhelmed with the benefits. Thank you. Your staff are excellent. The events useful. The seminars value-rich. Great advertising opportunities. I read the IBPA INDEPENDENT (magazine) cover to cover there is so much value inside. I could go on...
I look forward to another great year with you. If anyone is ever on the fence for joining, I would be happy to give them a great big nudge of excellence! Keep up the great work."
— Michael C. Higgins, PhD, International Wine Traveler & Photographer, Exploring Wine Regions (02/2017)
"Though you don’t really know us, I wanted to tell you that my business partner and I sold Holcomb Hathaway, Publishers to Taylor & Francis/Routledge in late 2016, so our company has closed. Thus, we will no longer be members of IBPA. I want to take this opportunity to tell you what a terrific resource your organization was for me during the many years we were in business. The IBPA INDEPENDENT magazine is extremely professional and offers good, relevant content. I want to offer my sincere thanks to you and the other board members for your contributions to IBPA. It is one of the most professional and well-managed organizations I’ve had the pleasure to belong to."
—Gay Pauley, Publisher, Holcomb Hathaway (From an email to IBPA's COO Terry Nathan 02/2017)
"It is very easy to work with IBPA, [they are] always responsive and helpful. I have learned a great deal from this organization. I highly suggest membership to anyone who is in the writing, illustration or publishing field! I love the IBPA informative magazine!
—Lee Ann Mancini
"I would absolutely recommend [the Books for Review] service to others. All our marketing efforts (at least mine) are aimed at being "discovered." IBPA's review service is one of the most cost efficient ways I've found to help the "discovery" process. From my experience, I'd counsel my IPBA friends to (and with apologies to NIKE) - Just Do It!!
"[I liked the Books for Review program because the] ad quality was outstanding on top of a very affordable price. Print advertising is very expensive as a rule - cost prohibitive for many of us small companies and indie authors. And of course, it targeted the group I wanted to target. At this time, I've received 4 review requests by notable review venues, so I'm delighted. We got our money's worth from the ad. I am delighted and proud to be member of IBPA. Thank you for being such great partners for us.
"There's a lot of value in an IBPA membership, more than you might be aware of. I have been a member of IBPA since 1990. Recently, I had a dispute with a book manufacturer, and having the backing of IBPA to resolve the issue was essential. Terry Nathan put me in touch with his contact person at the company, and I got immediate results to review my complaint. (At first, on my own, my complaint was rejected.) IBPA's name carries a lot of weight, as companies that independent publishers do business with, know that IBPA advocates that members produce quality books with highly competitive standards in the marketplace. I am appreciative for all the hard work that the small staff of IBPA accomplishes on our behalf, and for making membership affordable."
— Charlotte Digregorio, Artful Communicators Press
"Summit Crossroads Press has been a member of IBPA for a very long time and has used many of IBPA’s marketing opportunities. Through IBPA’s Frankfurt exhibit, we sold rights to our books to eight different countries. We will be including my husband’s latest book, Teenagers & Parents: 12 Steps to a Better Relationship, in IBPA’s upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair Exhibit."
— Eileen Haavik McIntire, Summit Crossroads Press
"Once again, we feel we must thank IBPA for your member benefits and the services you offer. Though we’re still a very small house with fewer than 40 publications, (but growing!) we’re a very serious publisher who markets all of our titles, and provides support to all of our authors and artists. Two weeks ago, we participated for the first time in the ABA Advance Access Program, and it was so successful for us first time out of the gate that we requested a second run. But when we discussed payment, Mr. Peter Reynolds told us the second time would be on the house, and we feel IBPA had to be informed of that level of service and how much we appreciated that. Additionally, IBPA’s member program with Baker & Taylor also landed us a distributor we trust. We filled out all the paperwork this week. We’ve always put out a professional, high quality publication, but now with IBPA’s help, we feel we’re better than ever."
— Kelly Preston, HD Media Press
"Maximize Your Sales on Amazon.com is the best IBPA seminar I have listened to and the best publishing seminar I have heard in a long time. I appreciated that [the presenter] said it is very difficult to get your book noticed among the millions of books that are on Amazon. She mentioned that on the Amazon description page one should use bullets, lists, and other short snippets of information. She explained what items to put in the author bio. Editorial reviews, Amazon Top Reviewers reviews, and Amazon Vine Reviewers were discussed as sources to get interviews of your book. This seminar had many other helpful tips to help increase the sales of your books."
— George Goddard, 29 Chances Press
"Thank you so much for sending the four lists of librarians who showed interest in our titles by clicking on the links in the March 10th K-12 Library e-Blast. These are wonderful contacts we’ll be able to reach out to about our other children’s trade books on science. We appreciate the opportunity to participate in these IBPA e-blasts!"
— Claire Reinburg, National Science Teachers Association
"Publishing University 2015 really worked on every level. I was so glad to be there. Every workshop, all presentations, all sponsors and vendors were informative and friendly and fun. People in publishing are a fine group of people! Thank you IBPA for all your good work – Publishing University might just be the best example to offer proof of your effectiveness. Thank you!"
— Patrice Maynard, Research Institute for Waldorf Education
"Thank you for supplying the recording and PowerPoint [for How to Create Killer Online Author Profiles]. I had an unexpected event that morning which didn’t allow me to participate in the webinar, but having the materials will help. I hate that I had to miss it. Mr. Schwartz did a very good job of speaking. Information was succinct and helpful."
— Margaret Spearman, Granite Peak Press
"Every aspect of my contact with IBPA makes me feel like a member of a community of lively, talented, smart people who are willing to share their experience and insights about our constantly mutating business. I’m grateful for the work of the IBPA staff and thank you all!"
— Pam Glenn, Class Action Ink
"Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the [Books for Review] Catalog. We were happy with the results and will most likely be participating again. Thank you for sending the reviewer information along."
— Bethany Coppock, Isaac Publishing
"I would definitely participate in [the Books for Review program] again simply because I can think of no other way to reach so many reviewers so easily. And those that respond are likely to be truly interested. IBPA’s Books for Review catalog is much better, and much cheaper, than just sending out unsolicited review copies."
— Gary Stewart, Cold Run Books
"The reviews [from the Books for Review catalog] were excellent once published. I circulated them on Linkedin and Facebook and other social media. Overall, the response was good!"
— Anne M. Evans, West River Publishing
"When I signed up for the Books for Review catalog, I didn’t have high expectations. However, the results exceeded my expectations! I keep the names of those who responded as contacts for the future. It’s not something I would do frequently, but it is a wonderful benefit for the right book at the right time."
— Carolyn Howard-Johnson, HowToDoItFrugally Publishing
"I wanted to take a moment and tell you how enjoyable it is to work with Mimi Le, IBPA’s Project Coordinator, Member Benefits Specialist. She is amazing! Whenever I have a question or don’t understand something or need input, Mimi always answers so timely, thoroughly, and efficiently! IBPA is lucky to have her on board; she is a reflection of all that IBPA represents. What a joy to be a member of an organization that I have the utmost respect for."
— Kerry Dunnington
"I want to thank you very much for sending me a personal copy of IBPA’s Indie Titles For Your Consideration Fall 2015 catalog and the esteemed Publishers Weekly magazine. The quality of these productions is simply outstanding. I love the texture of the covers for the Indie Titles catalog. Your overall package presentation (cover letter insert) is very professional and thoughtfully written. These items were significant highlights to my month of September. I am very proud to be associated with such a fine, classy organization."
— Valerie Christopher
"Thanks so much, IBPA! The LinkedIn group is a fantastic resource. I’ve already learned some things in the first fifteen minutes. Glad I joined."
— Karen Bartlett, Mostly Kids Guides
"I’m enjoying the July 2015 Independent! Reading the stories in “Success by Meaningful Measures” is inspiring and empowering. If they can do it, so can I. As a one book publisher, I’ve found these stories encouraging and helpful. While living in Seattle, I’ve been acquainted with Carolyn Threadgill and heard of the instant success of The Way I Feel upon its release. It’s an incredible success story along with all the others. Thanks once again to [Independent editor] Judith Appelbaum."
— Karen Robbins, Shoe Print Art
"I wanted to let you know that the ALA 2015 book signing was great. We made a lot of important connections and we expect more networking in the next days. The staff working at the IBPA booth were very professional and have excellent PR skills. They represented us very well. I will definitely repeat the experience if I have the opportunity, and I want to thank you for the great work you are doing to help us."
— Ana Costa Alongi, Sigillum Publishers
"Just wanted to pass along a note of gratitude for making my authors exhibiting with IBPA at ALA 2015 feel supported and provided for. I heard nothing but great things about your staff, the booth set up, and accommodations. The location was great for discoverability, and your staff made my staff feel right at home. We will definitely exhibit with IBPA again."
— Month9Books, Swoon Romance, and Tantrum Books
I am really loving the support and education IBPA provides. My association with your organization has shaved months, perhaps years off our start up curve. Not to mention $$$. Keep up the great work!!"
— Paul Huckleberry, Cleveland Writers Press
"I am so proud to be a member of a group run by such fine professionals with some of the purest intentions I’ve seen in my career and four major associations. I feel welcomed, and understood, and supported and informed, inspired, and confident that I can do this. Mission accomplished, all of you."
— Patti Pugliese, The Topical Agent
"Outstanding! IBPA Publishing University was one of the best that I’ve attended in 45 years of going to these events. In fine Swiss movements, high-quality information was presented professionally by experts. The jam-packed agenda came off without a wasted second. Besides the staff’s diligence, attention to details, and uncanny abilities to anticipate the needs of the members, the selection of break-out session moderators and panel presenters was awesome. Thank you for the Gestalt experience."
— Walter Danley
"IBPA is the best friend a small publisher could have. Book publishing is full of challenges, and it’s critically important to have the help of the responsive, well-informed people at IBPA. They certainly have been very helpful to me."
— Andre Shashaty, Partnership for Sustainable Communities
"...because of displaying my Shelburne Escape Line book at IBPA’s New York book exposition, Pen & Sword Books in the UK and I signed a contract to have them publish a hard-back copy of Shelburne in April 2015. They have been very nice to deal with and I’m quite excited about it."
— Cave Art Press
"Thanks for the report on the Frankfurter Messe. When I received Angela Bole’s initial report, about a week ago, I studied it carefully. I was impressed by the photos of the booth and of the traffic to the booth. Impressive too was the catalog. The layout is good, inviting and appealing. I enjoyed seeing my book listed and even found a book (Burning Beethoven) that interests me because of its relevance to America’s entry into WWI. I’ve actually contacted that book’s author.
Yesterday, of course, I was delighted by your [second email detailing all the leads developed during the show]. Scrolling down the list of your contacts I found that one has requested a copy of my book. Yikes!! Nifty!! Of course, I’ll follow-up immediately.
All of this prompts me to tell you and Angela and your colleagues that I think you have been doing a terrifically professional and effective job of helping and promoting independent publishers. Thanks much for that."
— Burt Pines
"I want to thank the IBPA team for all the help you have provided this year. I read all the email and print publications from IBPA, and always learn something new. This is an exciting time for independent publishing, including self-publishing. I can only imagine how far off track I would be if I hadn’t stumbled upon IBPA. (You were recommended by a CreateSpace consultant, and it’s the best advice I have received since completing my title.) Thanks again!"
— The Permanente Medical Group
"Thanks so much, IBPA! There’s such a variety of great material and offerings with membership. Very glad I joined."
— Self-Publisher (joined IBPA June 2014), Judith Henry
"The opportunity to promote our titles through NetGalley has proved to be extremely valuable for us. NetGalley is a cost effective way to present our titles directly to influential readers and social media outlets. It has proved to be a helpful tool in the promotion of both our adult and children’s titles, that avoids the costs associated with producing physical review copies. I can wholeheartedly recommend the IBPA NetGalley program to any publisher that is thinking of giving it a try."
— Stephen Williams, Wisdom Tales
"IBPA is always coming up with innovative and useful programs for its members. The NetGalley member benefit opportunity is just one of the ways IBPA members are able to get their books in front of a larger audience."
— Georgia McBride, Georgia McBride Media Group
"I want to share our amazing experience at IBPA’s Cooperative Booth during BEA 2014. We decided to participate in a session at the author signing table, but being that we’re such a small publisher (and this was our first book) we weren’t sure if anyone would show up. Let me say we were absolutely amazed to see the number of folks who lined up for a copy of Bubblegum Princess. We drew such a big crowd we ran out of books (and we brought 50)! We were thrilled at the response and wish to let all members know how important it is to participate at the IBPA booth during BEA! Photos available here."
— Julie Gribble, NY Media Works
"Thanks for IBPA. I have seen you grow and change directions over the years reflecting richer choices and always with a keen sense of responsibility towards we, the little guys. For someone like myself it is a lifeline."
— Gloria T. August, English Garden Talk Press
"It’s great to find a group that is working to make self-publishing a successful choice. This organization is a tremendously supportive resource."
— Dr. Carol Swartz
"The IBPA Independent is like my road map and handbook for success."
— Kirt Manecke, Solid Press, LLC
"Thanks so much for your work with IBPA. The organization’s magazine, website and marketing programs have been such a help in our first book launch."
— Shawne Workman, Penscript Publishing House, LLC
"I joined in the spring of 1995. It is hard to believe that it has been 18 years! PMA/IBPA has been a tremendous resource and a wonderful group to be associated with all these many years. Over the years I have talked with many new authors/publishers and aspiring authors/publishers, and I have encouraged each of them to join and take advantage of all the resources and information you offer. You fill a great need in the publishing community and are a strong advocate for the “little guys”– please know this is much appreciated!!"
— Ellen Bryant Lloyd, Butterfly Creations, Inc.
"I have been so impressed with the personal “hands-on” assistance and counsel provided by the senior execs at IBPA! The organization’s network and resources have proved invaluable. To say it pays for itself over and over is an understatement."
— Andrew Boemi, Dodd Merrill Press
"You were so prompt to respond to my concerns… Thank you so very much! Already I feel that my company’s membership with your prestigious, respected organization has proved truly valuable."
— Carolyn Barbour Anderson, Micah Publishing
"Publishing University was tremendous. The brevity of the event added to the intensity. People left feeling they wanted more rather than feeling drained."
— Diana Schneidman, Stand Up 8 Times
"I have enjoyed being a member and have benefited from the organization and would highly recommend it to anyone in the business."
— Barbara Wallace, Zingiber Publishing
"Wow! I am so grateful to have this opportunity to learn from the best in the industry… The education I receive at the Pub U will give a huge boost to our new small press. Thank you so much, BPNW and IBPA!"
— Michelle Waits, Cut Bank Creek Press
"I have found IBPA to be a constant friend ready to patiently answer my questions, give willing advice and referrals to competent suppliers. In fact, IBPA is really an office full of Book Shepherds!"
— Flashback Publishing
"I just wanted to say that the April 2013 edition “Independent” looks amazing! It’s colorful, well-conceived and packed with useful information. Congratulations on a thing of beauty!"
— Dorothy Hall Smyk, New Harbinger
"I appreciate your response to my query. It added a much needed personal touch. Working exclusively through websites and online seems so impersonal to me. I would much rather speak to someone on the phone or write to someone like you."
— Ann E Aswegan , Windmill Beach Press
"I truly mean it, that your publications have terrific concrete information I can use every month. I have sticky notes all over them, and they tend to be stacked by my desk for easy reach. Thanks for all the tips and advice – I take something valuable away from every issue."
— Pamela Waterman, Metal Mouth Media
"to share some good news with you. I sold the translation rights to a Polish publisher in 2011 and the book is now going to print and will be released in Poland and Polish speaking areas. The Frankfurt Book Fair paid off!"
— Judith Anne Desjardins, Spirit House Publishing
"first met IBPA (and Lisa) at the ALA Annual Convention in Anaheim, CA. As a small but experienced publisher, I was immediately impressed (even overwhelmed) with the professionalism and the services offered. I have already found IBPA very cost-efficient for marketing and promoting my titles and plan to stay heavily involved with them. As for customer service, they are TOP NOTCH—I didn’t know that customer service like this still existed anywhere, anymore!"
— Silver Sky Publishing USA
"wasn’t that long ago that you helped me get my book in the marketplace. It has sold 65K+ copies and is being translated into 6 languages. Thank you, thank you!"
— Esther Gokhale, Founder, Gokhale Method®, Gokhale Method®
"IBPA’s NetGalley review program was exactly what we needed to harness the power of early reviews and word of mouth. It has meant the difference between many folks being aware of our titles, and a small few. We are grateful to Terry Nathan and IBPA for offering this amazing opportunity. It is exactly what small presses like Month9Books need to get and stay in the game."
— Georgia McBride, Publisher, Month9Books
"Thank you! The excellent advice you gave me more than paid for my annual dues this year. Now that I have this info, it will be a lot easier to move forward wisely."
— Kristin Zhivago, Revenue Coach, Zhivago Management Partners, Inc.
"I was so excited yesterday when I noticed The Examiner.com reviewed Entangled (IBPA, NetGalley program) – my first national site that I know of."
— Nikki Jefford, Author of the Spellbound Trilogy and Aurora Sky, Nikki Jefford
"Thanks. Just wanted to say I’m a pretty new member of IBPA and am really appreciating all your services!"
— Jay Nadeau, Editor-in-Chief, Biting duck Press
"And the key message to IBPA members is this never would have happened without the access to publication small, independent publishers and the tools available to them provide to new, or even long time but unknown writers. "
— James Butler, Coast Range Publishing
"Thank you for arranging this and the other IBPA webinars I’ve had the good fortune to attend."
— Pam Glenn, Class Action Ink
"I received the December and January issues of the Independent a few days ago … it’s BEAUTIFUL! I always enjoyed reading the old version, but now it’s a feast for the eyes along with having all the great content. Kudos! Glad I decided to rejoin IBPA … hope to see you in Chicago."
— Robin Lehman, Fogdog Press
"WOW! This website is TOTALLY AMAZING. User friendly and very informative. I’ve just spent a couple 0f hours learning more about publishing, marketing opportunities – and more. Thank you, IBPA … (Jan Nathan would be so proud!!)"
— Marilyn McGuire, Marilyn McGuire & Associates, Inc.
"Great job as usual. IBPA the 8th wonder of the publishing world – I forgot the first seven, oh yes the Gutenberg boys."
— Britt Minshall, Renaissance Institute Press
"Thank you! This was one of the best webinars on the topic that I have attended."
— Elizabeth Nishiura, Production Manager, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
"This was extremely helpful as I planned for my first book expo, and exactly the kind of support I expect as a member. My thanks to IBPA."
— David Kevin Weaver, Four Line Media
"I value my membership in IBPA and have always found the webinars helpful."
— Gary Broughman, CHB Media
"What an amazing service. Thank you very much! This information is exactly what I needed. I am truly enjoying being a member of IBPA. It’s been a great asset for my company."
— Aya Knight - CEO & Publication Coordinator, Silver Knight Publishing, LLC
"Thank you so much for letting me watch Karen Leland’s webinar on Twitter. It was fabulous. One topic, lots of detail, lots of time for questions. Exactly what a seminar should be. I loved it."
— Lina Simoni, President, Moonleaf Publishing, LLC
"I’m a big fan of IBPA … You do a great job at author education, and that’s my main concern these days, too."
— Joel Friedlander, The Book Designer
"I’ll continue to turn to IBPA in the future. Every one of the marketing programs I’ve taken advantage of through them this year has paid off for me. So kudos to IBPA!"
— Jane Cobb, Black Sheep Press
"Thank you for so proficiently representing our titles at Frankfurt! We appreciate what you do!"
— Cathy Winch, Personhood Press
"Thanks for the announcement regarding the IBPA’s new program with Bowker. This is yet another example of how the IBPA delivers real value-added services to its members… There have been a few occasions, since Pentelicus Press first signed up as an IBPA member, on which we have congratulated ourselves for making that decision. This is definitely one of them."
— Lawrence Robinson, Managing Editor, Pentelicus Press
"Thank you IBPA for helping me come rapidly up to speed as a publisher (still a long way to go), and providing me with a framework and contacts to help me sell a boatload of helpful information to disease sufferers around the world."
— Howard Straus, President Totality Books, Gerson Health Media
"Since each of you helped make this happen, I am writing the day I got the letter. Barnes & Noble Small Press Dept. just accepted our first book- Empowering Spanish Speakers – Answers for Educators, Business People and Friends of Latinos. Green Leaf and Quality Books also accepted us. We are so happy. Thank you, each of you, for all your help and encouragement. This is so totally amazing. IBPA has MADE our business!"
— Dr. Jacqueline Zaleski Mackenzie, President & CEO, Summerland
"IBPA is the most valuable organization I belong to. I read the magazine cover to cover, attend the webinars hosted online, and greatly enjoy the online newsletter. In fact, I cancelled my membership with another major organization in the audio book world because I get much more ‘bang for my buck’ with IBPA. I will be renewing first thing tomorrow morning. Thanks for the reminder and all the work everyone at IBPA does!"
— Karen Wolfer, Dog Ear Audio
"Our company is only six months old and our first book printed in February. We are gaining a lot of national attention and endorsements. IPBA has been instrumental in our initial success, both with information and contacts. Thank you for your work!"
— Denise EIde, Pedia Learning Inc.
"I do not know how your team does it, but the Independent is one of the most thoroughly researched and useful magazine on writing, publishing…the works. I am sure your new look will attract more subscribers. Here in the Virgin Islands I am gladly encouraging writers to check you out and become members of IBPA."
— Dr. S. B. Jones-Hendrickson, Professor of Economics, President Eastern Caribbean Licensing Association (ECCLA)
"I want to take this opportunity to thank you and your colleagues at IBPA for the great work you do on behalf of independent publishers. In such a competitive landscape, it’s great to know we have someone on our side, helping to look out for our interests and offering great advice and resources."
— Lawrence Robinson, Managing Editor, Pentelicus Press