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Applications Now Accepted for IBPA's Board of Directors (Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021)

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(Manhattan Beach, CA - November 2, 2018) -- Members of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) in good standing are invited to apply for a seat on the IBPA Board of Directors. Seven seats are opening on the IBPA Board of Directors for the term spanning fiscal years 2020 and 2021 (being July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021). It is recommended IBPA members be in good standing for at least 12 months prior to applying and have completed a measurable degree of volunteerism within the organization.

Application Deadline: December 31, 2018

From Section 7.2 of IBPA's Bylaws: Number and Qualification of Directors

All Directors must be members of the Corporation. The authorized number of members of the Board (“Directors”) shall not be less than 9 nor more than 30, and shall be an odd number. The precise number of authorized Directors shall be set within these limits by an affirmative vote of the majority of the Directors then in office. As of the date of adoption of these Revised and Restated Bylaws, the authorized number of Directors is 13. At no time may more than one-third (1/3) of the Directors collectively be members in the Publisher Partner category of membership.

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

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 2020 and 2021 (being July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021). Members are allowed to serve two consecutive two-year terms. In addition to a written application, select candidates will be asked to take part in a personal interview with the 2018 Board Nominating Committee.

Here is the application cycle:

  • Nov 2, 2018: Online application for IBPA's Board of Directors officially opens.
  • Nov 30, 2018: IBPA Board Chair Brooke Warner confirms the members of the 2018 Board Nominating Committee.
  • Dec 31, 2018: Online application closes.
  • Jan 1 - 31, 2019: Board Nominating Committee interviews select candidates.
  • Feb 1, 2019: Board Nominating Committee chooses a slate of candidates for the open seats.
  • Feb 6, 2019: IBPA sends the Board Nominating Committee's slate of candidates to the full membership for consideration.
  • Apr 6, 2019: IBPA membership votes to approve the slate of candidates during IBPA's Annual Members Meeting at IBPA Publishing University in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Jul 1, 2019: New Board members take office for a two-year term.
Past and present members of IBPA's Board of Directors - photo taken during IBPA Publishing University 2018, held in Austin, Texas April 5-6, 2018.

Leaving the IBPA Board of Directors on July 1, 2019 after completing four years of service are Ian Lamont, Karla Olson, Joshua Tallent, Elizabeth Turnbull, and Mark Wesley. Bios below.

Ian Lamont, Founder, i30 Media Corp.
Ian is the founder of i30 Media Corp., which publishes In 30 Minutes guides. He is also the creator of the Lean Media framework. His media career has spanned more than 25 years across three continents, including a stint in the British music industry and a six-year residence in Taipei, where he learned Mandarin and worked for a local TV network and newspaper. He lives in the Boston area.

Karla Olson, Director, Patagonia Books
Karla is the Director of Patagonia Books, which publishes books as a mission outreach within the sports clothing company, Patagonia, Inc. She is also the president of Publishers and Writers of San Diego and Publishers and Writers of Orange County, and founder of Read Local, a marketing coalition for authors. She has been in the publishing industry for over 30 years and is the owner of BookStudio, a publishing consultancy. Before BookStudio, she was the Creative Director of Tehabi Books, the owner of Via Press, and the editorial director of the Michael Friedman Publishing Group, a book packaging company in New York City.

Joshua Tallent, Director of Outreach and Education, Firebrand Technologies 
Joshua, the Director of Outreach and Education at Firebrand Technologies, is an expert in metadata and eBook development and an acclaimed teacher and guide on digital publishing. In addition to heading up training and outreach efforts for Firebrand, Joshua serves on multiple industry committees and working groups and teaches in-depth workshops and sessions at publishing conferences throughout the year. He also leads the development of FlightDeck, the most robust EPUB quality assurance tool available.

Elizabeth Turnbull, Senior Editor & Partner, Light Messages Publishing
Elizabeth is the Senior Editor and a partner at Light Messages Publishing, but she mostly likes to think of herself as “a midwife for books.” In her four years at the independent press, she has helped to birth more than 20 debut authors, with most of them going on to win awards. During her tenure, the company’s revenue has grown by nearly 80%, a fact Elizabeth attributes to the small press’ mission of “bringing to light meaningful books.” When she’s not editing, Elizabeth is passionate about advocating for independent authors and serves on the board of the Independent Book Publishers Association. She was named a Publisher’s Weekly Star Watch 2016 honoree and is a founding member of Read Local NC, which seeks to promote a healthy literary ecosystem in North Carolina. Elizabeth holds a BA in Spanish from Wake Forest University and an MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Florida International University. She lives on a budding farm in Hillsborough, NC with her husband and a handful of critters.

Mark Wesley (aka "Wesley"), Owner, me+mi publishing
Wesley has been helping clients succeed and create value for their customers. From creating products that have sold over $240 million in the first year, to creating the number one children’s dual language book series, to having products in every major retail store and warehouse club, to producing over 20 books that have sold between 30,000 to over a 50,000 units each year. Wesley has been through many frustrations, obstacles, failures and victories, and his goal is to share what he has learned along the way. As Phil Cooke says, “I am not a travel agent, who gives you the brochure. I am a tour guide who’s actually been there before.”

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

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