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March 2018: Independent Publishing Now!

Thursday, March 15, 2018   (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.

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: March 2018

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

What's Up with IBPA Publishing University, April 6-7 in Austin, Texas?
IBPA Publishing University is less than a month away! We're thrilled to introduce our Keynote Speaker, Daniel Lerner, author and psychology professor at New York University. In Lerner's book, U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life), he illuminates the difference between healthy and dangerous passions, helping readers transition from guilt and pessimism to a life of focus, hap piness, and success. Join us at IBPA Publishing University for a fun and inspiring discussion about making the most of ambition and positivity.

Our fantastic speaker lineup, diverse breakout sessions, and networking events are a great resource for publishers, and the conference gives us a chance to engage with our community in person. We can't wait to see old friends and new faces. If you're unable to attend the full conference, you can sign up for our preconference sessions without registering for the full IBPA Publishing University program (and remember to login for your member discount).

Finally, in case you missed it, we recently announced our slate of six IBPA Board of Directors candidates for IBPA's fiscal year 2018 election cycle. Current members will vote on the Board Ballot during the April 7 Annual Membership Meeting scheduled during this year's IBPA Publishing University.


  • Registration for IBPA Publishing University 2018 is still open! But don't wait until it's too late: IBPA Publishing University 2017 sold out. (read more)
  • Submissions are open for Publishers Weekly's annual look at fast-growing small publishers. The deadline is tomorrow March 16, 2018. (read more)
  • Registration is open for IBPA's ongoing (and free for current members) "Ask an IBPA Board Member" webinar series. Next up, get to know Rob Price, founder of Price World Publishing. (read more)
  • 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!

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

Casey Morley is a victim advocate, domestic abuse survivor, and self-published author.
Last fall, author publisher, abuse survivor, and advocate Casey Morley was invited to speak about domestic violence at Attorney Scott Garver's Family Law class at the University of Connecticut. The presentation turned out to be a great success, with students actively participating in the discussion. In her book, Crawling Out, Morley writes about growing up in a dysfunctional family filled with abuse, domestic violence, and alcoholism. These patterns continued well into her adult life. In order to stop cycle of violence and give her son a chance to thrive, she worked tirelessly to overcome the deep sense of worthlessness that had been ingrained in her since childhood. While writing her book brought up buried pain and complex emotions, it allowed her to process her experience and lift the weight of trauma that had affected her for so long. The IBPA Publishing University Scholarship winner explains, "It is my hope [that] through reading Crawling Out and learning you don’t walk alone, you will find that you, too, have the strength and power within to begin to lift that heavy old blanket of denial."

Dr. Anthony Paustian is the award-winning author of A Quarter Million Steps, a blogger, and the host of a weekly podcast on iHeartRadio entitled, "A Step Beyond".

BookPress Publishing is proud to announce that Dr. Anthony Paustian, author of A Quarter Million Steps: Creativity, Imagination and Leading Transformative Change, has received a Silver Medal from the 2018 Axiom Business Book Awards for the Best Motivation, Success and Coaching Book. Dr. Paustian’s book was chosen from among hundreds of entries from the nation’s top authors and largest publishers. A Quarter Million Steps draws its inspiration from the epic story of the Apollo Moon Program, the author’s personal discussions and interviews with many of the Apollo astronauts, and his own life experiences. The book also outlines the many small steps it takes to achieve anything great in life, teaching the reader how to affect change and create success. The book tied with a New York Times #1 Bestselling Title, showing that regardless of business model, independently published books can more than hold their own alongside titles from big publishing houses.

Change the World Books' critically acclaimed author and environmentalist Melina Watts.

Change the World Books Melina Sempill Watts has recently released her debut novel, Tree. The author and passionate environmentalist, who started out as a development executive, has written for multiple publications, including Urban Coast: Journal of the Center for the Study of the Santa Monica Bay. Since the release of her title, which was published on April 22, 2017, she has received glowing reviews. “Watts takes the reader on a journey through more than two centuries of California history with Tree right at the center… Watts writes in an elegant, highly detailed prose that shows an incredible knack for chronicling the minutiae of the natural world.” (Kirkus Reviews). In the upcoming months, Watts will be appearing at The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and will teach a class on March 4 at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center on writing about nature in the contexts of journalism, science, and fiction. The class will include writing exercises and strategies to get from a project idea to a published piece.


Edward Stanton is a past Fullbright fellow, the author of eleven books, and has received both grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Open Books Press author Edward Stanton has been awarded his third international award for Wide as the Wind. This young adult novel was awarded the Silver Feathered Quill Book Award for teen fiction (13–18 years) in February 2018. The book deals with the stunning, tragic history of Easter Island, and is both a stirring novel of adventure and a prophetic tale for our times. This relevant piece of environmental fiction has been recommended by School Library Journal "for ambitious middle and high school readers who appreciate a depiction of a little-discussed but significant historical period and culture.” Open Books Press launched in 2010 as an imprint of Pen & Publish, Inc., a small press founded to serve schools and nonprofits. The press also provides authors a large amount of flexibility in their marketing process, allowing for advance orders and non-traditional marketing. To see more about Stanton's title, you can watch the book trailer here.

Emilio Corsetti III is a professional pilot and award-winning author

Emilio Corsetti III's novel, 35 Miles From Shore, published by Odyssey Publishing, has recently been honored as a finalist in the 2018 Audiobook Listener Awards Nonfiction category. The book provides a detailed account of the May 2, 1970 ALM Flight 980 crash that left survivors stranded in shark-infested waters. “Corsetti writes with startling clarity of the events le ading up to the ditching of the DC-9, the rescue efforts, and then the post-flight investigation” writes Medina Gazette’s Sandra Fahning. “When the airplane goes down, readers are seeing and hearing everything that’s happening.” Corsetti has written for both regional and national publications including the Chicago Tribune, Multimedia Producer, and Professional Pilot magazine.

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