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January 2018: Independent Publishing Now!

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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.

Every month, IBPA brings to the book industry current news of our members' achievements. In addition, each Independent Publishing Now! e-newsletter includes free resources that help independent publishers and self-published authors run their publishing ventures better and smarter.

We're counting on you to let us know about your accomplishments and events. Got a photo of your publishing company in action? Recently been featured in a news story? Send your accomplishments to us and you might find yourself featured in a future issue! Contact Caitlin Walker at for more information.

Member News: January 2018

Welcome to the January 2018 edition of Independent Publishing Now!, IBPA's monthly e-newsletter featuring the latest news and information from IBPA and its members.

2018 is going to be a big year for IBPA and its members. We just finished shipping the final batch of IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ submissions. It's all in the hands of the judges now! This is IBPA's 30th annual awards ceremony, and with almost 1,500 entries we couldn't be more excited.

As many of you know, the awards ceremony will take place during a special dinner at the annual IBPA Publishing University conference - the premier educational event for independent and author publishers. Registration is open (and discounted for members). If you're new to IBPA Publishing University, you can learn about our breakout sessions, preconference programs, and check out our list of scholarship winners. And the best part? We added Learning Levels to help conference attendees decide which sessions are most beneficial for their level of experience.

Last, but not least, IBPA members have been experiencing success with our brand new Media Outreach Program, which sends a targeted email to a "customized-for-their-book" media list of over 3,000 editors, bloggers, book reviewers, and more. Additionally, our recent increase in the number of available Library Market E-Blasts provides more members the opportunity to get their work discovered by librarians across the country. With three new categories, the Library Market E-Blast program is another exciting part of the new year.


  • Registration for Publishing University 2018 is open. Don't wait until it's too late - PubU 2017 sold out. (read more)
  • Registration is open for our ongoing (and free) "Ask an IBPA Board Member" webinar series. Next up in February, get to know Elizabeth Turnbull of Light Messages Publishing. (read more)
  • The registration deadline for IBPA's next Publishers Weekly cooperative ad is March 15, 2018. (read more)
  • IBPA's The Language of Publishing: An A-to-Z Glossary of Book Publishing Terms is available as an EPUB. Members can download it for free. (read more)
  • Rolling registrations for the IBPA NetGalley Program are ongoing. Pick up a three or six month title listing. (read more)

Now, on with the show! IBPA is pleased to share our members' accomplishments below. Have member news to share? Email Caitlin Walker at to submit your information. We look forward to giving you a shout-out on Twitter, Facebook, or featuring you in a future issue of Independent Publishing Now!

Thank you for being part of our IBPA community, and happy 2018!

Your IBPA Staff:
Angela, Terry, Lee, and Caitlin

Kerry Dunnington is a chef, food blogger, and the author of three cookbooks.
Kerry Dunnington's award-winning cookbook, The Seasonal Kitchen, was selected for review in Publishers Weekly magazine. As any author who has submitted to PW knows, this is an incredible (and rare) achievement! Published continuously since 1872, the internationally syndicated magazine receives over one thousand book submissions each week. "The chances of getting selected for a review are like the chances of winning the lottery," Dunnington says, "and it's even rarer for cookbooks!" The Baltimore native, chef, and caterer is passionate about sharing her knowledge of healthy food combinations. The team at Artichoke Publishers, who released Dunnington's book on September 1st of last year, shares her passion for creating independent cookbooks that combine great information with eclectic and inspiring dishes. In addition to The Seasonal Kitchen, Dunnington has written two previous cookbooks, Tasting the Seasons, and This Book Cooks, and has been the recipient of multiple book awards. You can visit Dunnington's blog, In the Kitchen with Kerry, for the latest news (and some great recipes)!
Author Lehman Riley and Paul Dixon of Papa Lemon Books.
This December, Paul Dixon and Lehman Riley of Papa Lemon Books were interviewed in an article for StarTribune. Recently, they launched a two-year push that is already showing signs of increasing sales. The cousins founded their press in 2004, naming it to honor their late grandfather Walter "Lemon" Cain, a civil rights activist and highly respected member of the community. Shortly after, Riley wrote the first book in their The Adventures of Papa Lemon's Little Wanderers series, Meeting Dr. Martin Luther King. Since then, six more have been published, receiving rave reviews from fans, teachers, and industry professionals alike. Each book follows the Little Wanders as they search for a historical figure to write about in a class assignment. The stories cover a wide variety of topics, including baseball, slavery, depression, and the Navajo Wind Talkers. “Our goal always has been to get kids excited about reading," Dixon explains, "to get to know who they are, where they come from and listen to the stories of others.”
Author-publisher L.A. Hider Jones.

Author L.A. Hider Jones' debut novel, My Interview with Beethoven, has been chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the eight Best Indie Fiction of 2017 titles! "This was an unexpected honor, beyond anything I could anticipate or expect," says Jones. She published her novel last May, using the CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. But Jones' interest in the composer started at a young age after her father brought home an LP: "Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto in G Major." Since then, Jones' fascination with and passion for Beethoven's music has remained strong. "Beethoven has inspired so much good in my life." She explains. "Through My Interview with Beethoven, I write to pay the inspiration forward to my readers." Her time and dedication to the topic has clearly paid off, and readers have expressed a great love for the book. "I feel you have given me a gift," says one reviewer. "I've listened to more of his music in the last few weeks than I have in years!" The title is now available through both Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Author J. Arthur Moore and his great grandson pose with Blake's Story, Revenge and Forgiveness, at the Mom's Choice Awards.

Since retiring from his 42-year career as an educator, J. Arthur Moore now has the time revitalize his written work through publication. Recently, his Civil War Historical Fiction titles have been re-released in revised formats, including added historical reference sections. Moore has also written short pieces and short stories, as well as Heir to Balmawr, a drama for his fifth grade students. His first book, Journey Into Darkness, has received critical acclaim, including a Book Excellence Award, A Readers' Favorite Silver Medal, and a Mom's Choice Award. His latest 2nd edition title, Blake's Story, Revenge, and Forgiveness has also been honored with a Mom's Choice Award, among others. The story follows a young boy who runs away to avenge his father's death during the Civil War. "In a war which saw the services of over 200,000 boys seventeen and under," Moore explains, "these books enable the young reader to live the history through the experiences of a peer."

Award-winning author, publisher, and educator Karl Beckstrand.

Karl Beckstrand's latest book, The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn a Living has been selected for primary curriculum by the State of Vermont (distributed by Baker & Taylor, Follett, Ingram). Beckstrand launched Premio Publishing & Gozo Books in 2004, with a focus on creating multicultural books for all ages. "...Our educational children’s books capture attention and create repeat readers," Beckstrand explains. "They simply feature black, white, Asian, Pacific Islander, Hispanic, American Indian, and mixed-race characters—with family values like courage, sharing, and loyalty." Premio's publications also include Spanish & bilingual picture books, STEM activity books, and YA fiction. Beckstrand, a prolific author, gives presentations to large organizations and small groups on "Writing, Publishing & Marketing Your Story for Broadest Impact"; "Artistic Education", and a variety of other topics. He also facilitates panels, workshops, and labs (in Spanish and English) and does short Skype appearances at no charge. "Karl has an incredible way of using his gifts and skills to connect," says author Tiffany Coughran. "[He] easily reaches audiences and keeps them!"

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