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Applications Now Accepted for IBPA's Board of Directors (Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017   (0 Comments)
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IBPA members in good standing are welcome to apply or nominate other IBPA members in good standing. The application deadline is December 31, 2017.


(Manhattan Beach, CA - November 7, 2017) -- Members of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) in good standing are invited to apply for a seat on the IBPA Board of Directors. Six seats are opening on the IBPA Board for fiscal years 2019 and 2020 (being July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020). It is recommended IBPA members be in good standing for at least 12 months prior to applying. A class of incumbent candidates is also being considered.

Application Deadline: December 31, 2017

Each term on IBPA's Board of Directors is two years in length. The two years covered under the current application cycle are fiscal years 2019 and 2020. Members are allowed to serve two consecutive two-year terms. In addition to the written application, select candidates will be asked for a personal interview.

Here is the application cycle:

  • Nov 7, 2017: Online application for IBPA's Board of Directors officially opens.
  • Nov 30, 2017: IBPA Board Chair, Rob Price, confirms the members of the 2017 Board Nominating Committee.
  • Dec 31, 2017: Online application closes.
  • Jan 1 - 31, 2018: Board Nominating Committee interviews select candidates.
  • Feb 1, 2018: Board Nominating Committee chooses a slate of candidates for the open seats.
  • Feb 7, 2018: IBPA sends the Board Nominating Committee's slate of candidates to the full membership for consideration.
  • Apr 7, 2018: IBPA membership votes to approve the slate of candidates during IBPA's Annual Members Meeting at IBPA Publishing University in Austin, Texas.
  • Jul 1, 2018: New Board members take office for a two-year term.
Members of IBPA's fiscal year 2017 Board of Directors work in small groups during a meeting in Redondo Beach, California.

Being on the IBPA Board of Directors is an important way to help carry forth IBPA's mission of leading and serving the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. Applicants should have an understanding of and commitment to the basic mission and strategic goals of the association and be committed to IBPA's Code of Ethics. . .

  • To uphold the highest standards of our industry, to create works of lasting financial and/or cultural value, and to pursue editorial, design, and production excellence.
  • To respect the rights of authors and other creators and stakeholders, to observe all copyright laws and conventions, and to never knowingly publish plagiarized work.
  • To reward authors and contributors for their work, to be honest in our financial dealings, to write contracts in understandable language, to resolve all disputes promptly and fairly, and to foster equal opportunity in our workplaces.
  • To not mislead readers or buyers with false promises, inflated sales data, or manipulated reviews.
  • To recycle and reuse and to follow green practices.

To read more about the Board election process in IBPA's bylaws, visit

Contact IBPA CEO Angela Bole at or 310-546-1818.

About the Independent Book Publishers Association

Founded in 1983 to support independent publishers nationwide, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) leads and serves the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. With over 3,000 members, IBPA is the largest publishing association in the US. Its vision is a world where every independent publisher has the tools and knowledge needed to professionally engage in all aspects of the publishing industry. For more information, visit

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