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February 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: February 2018

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

On February 7th, we announced a slate of six IBPA Board of Directors candidates in the association's fiscal year 2018 election cycle. The candidates were selected from a list of twenty new applicants and two incumbents gathered during IBPA’s open application period. Candidates include representatives from IngramSpark, Homebound Publications, INscribe Digital, Burnt Cheese Press, Elva Resa Publishing, and Notable Kids Publishing.

Current IBPA members will vote on the Board Ballot for membership vote at the April 7, 2018 Annual Membership Meeting scheduled during IBPA Publishing University in Austin, Texas. Each candidate is slated to serve a two-year term starting July 1, 2018.

Speaking of which, IBPA Publishing University is just around the corner and the registrations are coming in fast. You can sign up for the conference here (and remember to login for your member discount)! If you're still in the process of figuring out travel details, we have information about the hotel and alternative accommodations on our PubU2018 website.


    •    Registration for Publishing University™ 2018 is open. Don't wait until it's too late - PubU 2017 sold out. (read more)
    •    The registration deadline for IBPA's next Publishers Weekly cooperative advertising is March 15, 2018. Members can choose between a spot on the cover or an ad on the inside pages. (read more)
    •    Submissions are open for Publishers Weekly's annual look at fast-growing small publishers. The deadline is March 16, 2018. (read more)
    •    Registration is open for our ongoing (and free for members) "Ask an IBPA Board Member" webinar series. Next up in March, get to know Richard Lena, Publisher, Brattle Publishing. (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 here's to a great year ahead!

Your IBPA Staff:

Angela, Terry, Lee, and Caitlin

Meerkat Press' author Keith Rosson launches a new book and chats with fans during his signing.
The release of Keith Rosson’s second novel, Smoke City, by Meerkat Press on January 23rd kicked of an exciting (and busy) 2018. The Atlanta-based press is committed to publishing irresistible, unforgettable prose and poetry, and their unique titles span a wide range of genres. Robson made an appearance at the ABA’s Winter Institute 13 in Memphis, TN, signing lots of books at an author reception. On February 6, he was interviewed on Oregon Public Radio’s State of Wonder show followed by an official book launch at Broadway Books. His novel follows the journey of two men on a strange road trip to Los Angeles, as they travel through a landscape populated by "smokes," ghostly apparitions that have begun appearing in the Southwest. Since its publication, the book received rave reviews from Kirkus, IndiePicks Magazine, Foreword Reviews, and more. Later this month Rosson will be at Powell’s City of Books in conversation with Cat Rambo, president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Rob and Amanda Broder are the husband and wife team behind Ripple Grove Press, and book donation trailblazers.

Ripple Grove Press was founded with two central goals: bringing beautiful and timeless books to life, and making a positive difference in children's lives. This February, they will be teaming up with The Children's Book Bank for their 3rd annual "Ripple Effect Book Drive". The Book Bank reaches low-income neighborhoods, where the ratio of books to children is one book for every 300 children, far below the ratio of 13 books per child in middle-income neighborhoods. Since 2008, the Bank has donated over 510,000 books to over 41,000 local children, providing kids with the ability to learn, grow, and develop language skills. Last year, Ripple Grove's drive received over 1000 book donations, and the press is enthusiastic about passing that number in February. "We want this reach to go as far as possible," explains Rob Broder. "Hardcover or softcover, one book or one-hundred, we'll find a new home for your books!" In addition, every Ripple Grove Press book bought to be donated this February will be matched by the publisher. Those interested can click here to donate to this incredible drive.

Little Lamb Books' award-winning author Shelly Roark.

Little Lamb Books was founded in 2015, with a mission to inspire readers in elementary school, middle grade, and high school. The faith-based press focuses on strong plots with interesting characters and colorful illustrations. This year, their published author Shelly Roark has been honored with a silver medal in the 2018 Illumination Awards for her debut novel, The Bubble Who Would Not Pop!. The awards recognize the best new books written with a Christian worldview. The picture book, illustrated by Simone Krüger, focuses on the power of prayer through the adventure of Billy Bubble as he travels through the dangerous sky. Roark was inspired to write her story to teach children that prayer is a gift that will provide strength and comfort throughout their lives. "My hope is that boys and girls, and those who love them, will learn simple, lasting lessons on how God responds to our prayers," Roark explains.

Lee Wind brings IBPA knowledge to our Midwest affiliates.

Lee Wind, IBPA's Director of Marketing and Programing, visited our Affiliates, Midewest Independent Publishers Association (MIPA) for a special presentation of "'I Published a Book' is not a Marketing Plan." The talk was hosted in the home of longtime IBPA member and past MIPA president, Patricia Morris, and explored how identifying the themes of your book(s) empowers publishers to participate in conversations already happening around the topic. Publishers who have an understanding of their audience are more able to engage with new or potential readers, while promoting their book(s) with confidence - and that's a strong start to a marketing plan!

Author, speaker, and publishing expert Judith Briles prepares for the AuthorYOU Extravaganza.

AuthorYOU (who are re-branding from AuthorU) are currently preparing for their annual AuthorYOU Extravaganza! The event will take place August 23-25, and promises a packed schedule full of need-to-know information, publishing and writing education, and networking opportunities. A Book Pitch Fest will be open to the public, and an Advanced Book Marketing Breakthrough Intensive will feature industry professionals. Longtime IBPA member Judith Briles, The Book Shepherd and How to Get Published Expert, will be organizing the event. Briles has a number of other speaking engagements this year, including her annual Speaking Unplugged event set for March 17-18. Those interested can find more information on her website.




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