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Getting to Know the 2019 IBPA Board of Directors Candidates

Thursday, March 7, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Christopher Locke
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UPDATE: All seven of these candidates were voted in by members during the IBPA Annual Meeting & Luncheon on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at IBPA Publishing University.

On February 6, 2019, IBPA proudly announced a slate of seven candidates in the association's fiscal year 2019 election cycle:

The esteemed candidates were chosen following a months-long application process spearheaded by the IBPA Board Nominating Committee. Now that the candidates have been selected and announced, IBPA members will be asked to vote them in during the IBPA Annual Membership Meeting on April 6, 2019 at IBPA Publishing University in Chicago, Illinois.

To give members some background on each candidate, we thought it'd be fun to hear from them in their own words. For the new candidates, we posed this question:

Can you share why you’re excited about the opportunity to serve on the IBPA Board of Directors and why you're a great fit for the Board?

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to uphold the IBPA’s commitment to service and leadership by bringing a fresh, community-driven trade fiction perspective to the IBPA Board of Directors. I am pleased to help other small presses in the indie world grow, and to continue building supportive relationships with fellow publishers and other industry professionals on a new level. Amberjack Publishing has grown immensely as a press over its five-year history, and I hope to share that experience and our company’s flexible, creative spirit to help strengthen the Board and the IBPA community at large.”

—Dayna Anderson, Publisher, Amberjack Publishing

“I’m excited for the opportunity to serve on the IBPA Board because of their vibrant dedication to helping independent presses and self-published authors. I look forward to getting to know everyone better and meeting new people who are as passionate about publishing as I am. I look forward to working with Angela [Bole, IBPA's CEO] and Terry [Nathan, IBPA's COO] and the other Board members in the next couple of years to share what I’ve learned from the ground-up in publishing, my wins and mistakes along the way, and my passion for making beautiful books with wonderful stories.”

—Rob Broder, Publisher, Ripple Grove Press

“As the barriers to publishing have come down in the digital age, so too have certain industry standards and norms, making it harder for newcomers and smaller publishers to identify and follow best practices. The IBPA is leading the charge for excellence and innovation in independent book publishing, serving the community with critical education, advocacy, and peer-to-peer knowledge sharing opportunities. I am proud and excited to join the IBPA Board of Directors, and look forward to contributing my experience as a publisher, longtime editor, and former journalist to their thoughtful stewardship of our community.”

—Maggie Langrick, CEO and Publisher, LifeTree Media Ltd.

“I'm thrilled to be a candidate for the IBPA Board of Directors! From experience as a member benefits partner at NetGalley, I know the IBPA's mission to serve the independent publishing community is one they work hard toward every single day. As the VP of Business Growth & Engagement at NetGalley, it's been my job to listen closely to the needs of our clients—publishers of all sizes and across all categories of books—and to develop new strategies and tools to help publishers reach their goals. I look forward to sharing my experience in strategic planning, and helping to drive the IBPA's own vision and strategy, while building relationships with and learning even more from the IBPA members.”

—Kristina Radke, VP of Business Growth & Engagement, NetGalley

“Why become an IBPA Board member? First and foremost, it begins with a love of this industry. As an independent book publisher for over forty years, I believe we, as a collective group, need to have a voice to speak up for our interests. Unlike major corporate publishers that have the ability to make their positions or oppositions heard, individual indie publishers’ voices are lost in the daily noise of the media. I believe IBPA has always represented my interests as well as the thousands of other indie publishers through their education programs, outreach marketing opportunities, and most important, taking a stand when it comes to issues vital to our industry.

“If indies are to survive and thrive, they need a loud and clear voice to make their issues heard and to initiate change. It is IBPA that has been that voice to influence and defend our interests. I look forward to helping my other Board members continue the tradition of service the IBPA has provided for its members.”

—Rudy Shur, Publisher, Square One Publishers

For the incumbent candidates, we posed this question:

What has been your experience on the Board of Directors and why are you excited to continue on as a Board member?

“My experience on the IBPA Board has been an education in a million ways, and I'm stoked to have access to my colleagues on the Board and all of IBPA's members. I look forward, over the course of the next two years, to watching and contributing to the continued evolution of indie publishing from this unique and valuable perch.”

—Seth Dellon, Director of Strategic Development, Publishers Weekly

“My tenure on the IBPA Board of Directors has been an extremely rewarding experience. Being a member of the Board and working with the staff of the IBPA has been an incredible experience. I am grateful to have served with an amazing group of people who not only know so much about the industry, but who are always willing to share their knowledge. The past two years have also given me the chance to share what I’ve learned with the indie publishing community and I look forward to more of this during my next term.”

—Richard Lena, President & Publisher, Brattle Publishing

IBPA is thrilled about the insight and expertise that these candidates will bring to the Board of Directors through their years of experience in the publishing industry. We look forward to seeing our members at the Annual Membership Meeting to celebrate this prestigious group of candidates with us!

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