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IBPA Announces Board of Directors Candidates for Fiscal Years 2020 & 2021

Wednesday, February 6, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Candidates include representatives from Square One Publishers, Publishers Weekly, LifeTree Media, NetGalley, Amberjack Publishing, Ripple Grove Press, and Brattle Publishing


(Manhattan Beach, CA - February 6, 2019) -- The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) -- -- today announced a slate of seven candidates in the association's fiscal year 2019 election cycle. The candidates were selected from a list of applicants gathered during IBPA’s open application period (November 15, 2018 through December 31, 2018).

IBPA members can expect to see the seven candidates on the Board Ballot for membership vote at the April 6, 2019 Annual Membership Meeting scheduled during IBPA Publishing University in Chicago, Illinois. Each candidate is slated to serve a two-year term starting July 1, 2019.

The candidates are:

  • Dayna Anderson, Publisher, Amberjack Publishing
  • Robert Broder, Co-Founder, Ripple Grove Press
  • Seth Dellon (incumbent), Director of Strategic Development, Publishers Weekly
  • Maggie Langrick, CEO & Publisher, LifeTree Media Ltd
  • Richard Lena (incumbent), President & Publisher, Brattle Publishing
  • Kristina Radke, Vice President of Business Growth & Engagement, NetGalley
  • Rudy Shur, Publisher, Square One Publishers

"All of us at IBPA are excited to present this new slate of Board candidates," said IBPA Chief Executive Officer Angela Bole. "Since joining IBPA in 2013 I've been lucky to witness how the vitality and commitment of IBPA's Board members has led to a more level playing field for independent publishers overall. I look forward to the innovative ideas the new slate of candidates will bring to Board discussions.”

Before being placed on the list above, the candidates went through a months-long application process led by the IBPA Board Nominating Committee. As part of the process, the IBPA Board Nominating Committee reviewed written applications before settling on a short list of candidates for verbal interviews. Impressions from both the written application and verbal interview rounds were considered by the IBPA Board Nominating Committee prior to settling on the final list of recommended candidates.

In addition to the slate of candidates put forth by the IBPA Board Nominating Committee, under IBPA bylaws, IBPA members representing 2% of the voting power may nominate candidates for directorships at any time before the 60th day preceding the election – in this case, no later than February 6, 2019. On timely receipt of a petition signed by the required number of members, the names of the candidates on the petition will be placed on the ballot along with those candidates named by the IBPA Board Nominating Committee. For this nominating cycle, no additional candidates were put forth.

Members of the IBPA Board Nominating Committee included the following previous members of the IBPA Board of Directors: Tom Doherty (Cardinal Publishers Group), Rana DiOrio (Creative Mint Inc), Peter Goodman (Stone Bridge Press), Jim Milliot (Publishers Weekly), Robert Price (Gatekeeper Press), and Marcella Smith (Marcella Smith Associates).

Leaving the IBPA Board of Directors on June 30, 2019 will be Ian Lamont (i30 Media), Karla Olson (Patagonia Books), Joshua Tallent (Firebrand Technologies), Elizabeth Turnbull (Light Messages Publishing), and Mark Wesley (me+mi publishing). All Directors listed above are completing their second two-year term on the IBPA Board.

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

Candidate Bios:

Dayna Anderson
Publisher Amberjack Publishing

Dayna Anderson is the Publisher of Amberjack Publishing, and has been since 2014. Before publishing she worked in government affairs, both in lobbying and campaign management. The exposure to strong personalities, building living brands, and their impact on the world made politics a perfect training ground for a life in publishing. When not buried in manuscripts, proposals, contracts, and spreadsheets, Dayna can be found hiking the Sawtooths with her family.

Robert Broder
Co-Founder, Ripple Grove Press

Rob Broder is Co-Founder of Ripple Grove Press, an award-winning children’s picture book publisher company. He started the family-owned press with his wife Amanda with the idea of finding well-told children’s stories and complimenting them with the most talented illustrators around. Rob has responsibility for facilitating the story selection process, managing the production of books, and overseeing printing and distribution. He also handles marketing and social media for each title in his role as the creative art director for every project published by Ripple Grove Press.

Seth Dellon
Director of Strategic Development, Publishers Weekly

Seth Dellon is Director of Strategic Development at Publishers Weekly where he oversees the digital media department, including social media and digital audience and business development. His career in publishing is long enough to make him feel old and has included a stint as Associate Publisher of Foreword Reviews and the founding of the online rights network PubMatch. He lives in the Hudson Valley with his three favorite people.

Maggie Langrick
CEO & Publisher, LifeTree Media Ltd

Maggie Langrick founded LifeTree Media Ltd in 2013 to fulfill a long-held dream to lead a company dedicated to aiding personal growth and conscious communication. A longtime fan of prescriptive non-fiction, Maggie believes passionately in the power of the written word to positively affect lives.

As a hybrid publishing company, LifeTree blends attributes of the traditional publishing and self-publishing models, serving self-financed non-fiction authors who want to retain control of their publishing project while gaining access to the mainstream book trade. Its editorial mandate is to publish books that help, heal and inspire, in categories ranging from business to self-help and motivational memoirs.

Richard Lena
President & Publisher, Brattle Publishing Group

Richard-Anthony Lena is the President and Publisher at the Brattle Publishing Group, an independent publisher and full-service development house. He is a curriculum developer and an instructional designer specializing in print-based and digital learning experiences for diverse audiences. For more than 25 years, Richard has worked in conceptualizing, designing, and managing the development of educational, entertainment, and “edutainment” products in various media forms, including print, digital, video, and audio products. Richard has worked in and provided strategic consulting for industry leaders such as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Cambium Learning Group, and Xerox.

Kristina Radke
Vice President of Business Growth & Engagement, NetGalley

Kristina Radke is the VP of Business Growth & Engagement at NetGalley, a service to connect publishers and authors with a community of early influencers. She's worked at publishing houses large and small and is a proud graduate of the NYU publishing program. With over 10 years of experience in book marketing, publicity, and client relationships, Kristina is excited to bring her expertise to the IBPA Board of Directors and help drive strategy that represents IBPA members' interests.

Rudy Shur
Publisher, Square One Publishers

Rudy Shur began his publishing career working for Charles E. Merrill Publishing Company and later William C. Brown Publishing Company. In 1976, he cofounded Avery Publishing Group, where he was responsible for the acquisition of over 1,000 nonfiction titles, many of which became bestsellers. By 1999, the company had grown into one of the largest alternative health publishers in the US. In that year, Avery was purchased by Penguin Putnam. The following year, Rudy founded Square One Publishers in Garden City Park, New York, where as publisher he currently heads the editorial program. For several years, Square One was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the fastest growing indie publishing houses in the US. Today, the company stands as the largest independently-owned publisher of traditional and complimentary health books in the US. Rudy is also the author of How To Publish Your Nonfiction Book, 2nd Edition. He lectures extensively on the topic of publishing at numerous universities, colleges and professional workshops throughout the country.

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