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IBPA's Angela Bole and Terry Nathan Named 2019 PW Notable People of the Year

Monday, December 23, 2019   (28 Comments)
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(New York, NY - December 23, 2019) -- In addition to naming Dav Pilkey their Person of the Year, Publishers Weekly recently selected six industry members who had notable achievements in 2019: Trip Adler, Jed Lyons, Sally Richardson, Reese Witherspoon, and IBPA's own Angela Bole and Terry Nathan.

A version of the article below appears in the 12/23/2019 issue of Publishers Weekly under the headline "Angela Bole and Terry Nathan" and online here.  Please join the IBPA board of directors in congratulating Angela and Terry by adding your comments below!

Though they have been associated with the Independent Book Publishers Association for widely different lengths of time, Angela Bole and Terry Nathan have proven to be an especially effective team for moving the cause of indie publishers and self-published authors forward. Nathan has been involved with the association his mother, Jan, founded since 1992, while Bole has been CEO for six years, after serving in a number of industry positions, including that of deputy executive director of Book Industry Study Group.

When Nathan joined what was then known as the Publishers Marketing Association, it had about 900 members. Membership peaked at 4,400 in the mid-aughts, dropped to under 3,000 after the Great Recession, and has now stabilized at around 3,200. "Terry is like a silver bullet for independent publishers," Bole says. "His knowledge of the market makes him a great resource for indie publishers to tap into."

For his part, Nathan appreciates what Bole has brought to IBPA. “Angela is a great leader," he says. “I am constantly amazed at how much we accomplish with our limited staff and resources, and that is in large part due to her leadership."

The explosion in digital publishing has brought tremendous change to the indie publishing and self-publishing market since Bole took over, and Brooke Warner, publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress and current chair of IBPA’s board of directors, credits Bole with helping the association to adapt. "Angela holds a vision for this association that’s allowed it to grow, become more inclusive, and also, importantly, never to lose sight of what IBPA is and has always been: an association for independent publishers of all types," Warner says. Among the biggest changes in the indie world is the growth in the number of hybrid publishers, and Bole oversaw the creation in 2018 of the Hybrid Publisher Criteria, an effort to put in place criteria that companies must meet to be considered true hybrid publishers, not just service providers.

Another of Bole’s major accomplishments during her tenure has been to give the IBPA a higher profile within the industry and a stronger voice on issues that impact the indie publishing community. Bole’s ability to speak out on issues is due in part to the creation of an advocacy committee in 2016 that identifies important areas for its members and adopts policy positions.

Warner points to Bole’s part in championing the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act currently working its way through Congress, which would create an administrative tribunal within the U.S. Copyright Office to handle small copyright infringement cases, as an example her advocacy role. "At the heart of Angela’s advocacy is true compassion for publishers—a desire to see them thrive and succeed in this often chaotic publishing landscape that we are all a part of,” Warner says. “IBPA is lucky to have her, and so are indie publishers."


Matt West, Dexterity says...
Posted Monday, January 6, 2020
Congrats, Angela and Terry, for this well-deserved recognition. Thanks for all that you and the rest of the IBPA team do for our community and the world of books. We're grateful.
Paul Chutkow, Val de Grace Books says...
Posted Monday, January 6, 2020
Bravo, Angela and Terry! You are indispensable anchors in this turbulent world of publishing1 Thank you for be here and being so knowledgeable and accessible!
Earl R. Phelps, Phelps Publishing says...
Posted Thursday, December 26, 2019
I congratulate Angela Bole and Terry Nathan for being honored in Publishers Weekly. It’s great that you both are being recognized for your good works with IBPA, something I already knew since I’ll been a member with IBPA for many years. It was IBPA that got me my first book distribution deal. You both are ending this year Great, and I’m sure 2020 will be even Greater. I wish the best for both of you. --Earl Phelps Phelps Publishing
Casey Rislov, Casey Rislov Books says...
Posted Thursday, December 26, 2019
Huge Congratulations to two people making our independent publishing world better everyday! This is fantastic news and I am happy you are being recognized on this level for all you do. Keep it up!
Simone Odom, NOLO says...
Posted Thursday, December 26, 2019
Congratulations!! :-)
Laura Baker, Sheridan says...
Posted Thursday, December 26, 2019
Well deserved, congratulations to you both!
Charlotte Digregorio, Artful Communicators Press says...
Posted Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Congratulations to Angela and Terry for this honor, and for all the work you do to make IBPA such a vibrant, innovative, and professional organization that we are proud to be a part of. Your accessibility, dedication, and assistance to us are invaluable.
Tasha Grant, Sevenhorns Publishing says...
Posted Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Congratulations to you both! Thank you for all you do to help IBPA members successfully navigate the world of independent publishing now and into the future. The honor is much deserved!
Philip Elliott, Into the Void says...
Posted Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Congrats Angela and Terry! Well deserved.
Mary Claire Branton, Charlie's Port says...
Posted Tuesday, December 24, 2019
This is absolutely fabulous! Congratulations to you both! IBPA has been more helpful and passionate about assisting me in my fledgling endeavors than any other entity I've encountered.
Carol J. Amato, Stargazer Publishing Company says...
Posted Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Congratulations to you both! What a coup!
Dana Alexander says...
Posted Monday, December 23, 2019
Congratulations to you both on a well-deserved recognition! IBPA has been very helpful and responsive. Thank you for the hard work you do!
Jan Surasky, Sandalwood Press says...
Posted Monday, December 23, 2019
Congratulations to you both! The honor is greatly deserved. Thank you Terry for all the help you have given over the years with great thought, extraordinary patience and all with a great measure of kindness and good humor thrown in even though I know you are very busy. And, to Angela you have always been a great help whenever it was necessary to clear up anything.
Thomas Wiewandt, Wild Horizons Publishing, Inc. says...
Posted Monday, December 23, 2019
Thank you both for your enduring commitment to IBPA! Terry, you've done an amazing job carrying your mom's torch. And we need voices like yours, Angela, to rally support for the CASE Act. Congratulations on this well deserved honor!
Teri Rider, Top Reads Publishing, LLC says...
Posted Monday, December 23, 2019
Such excellent news and congratulations to both of you! It has been thrilling to be a member of this organization especially under your leadership. It is a great time to be an independent publisher, thanks to you and IBPA.
Jo M. Mach, Finding My Way Books says...
Posted Monday, December 23, 2019
Congratulations! I feel very fortunate to be an IBPA member so I can benefit from all the hard work you two do. Thank you.
Robin B. Bartlett, Bartlett & Associates says...
Posted Monday, December 23, 2019
Glad to see the recognition for the “silver bullet” and “voice” of independent publishing. Jan would be very proud of all that you have accomplished.
Tracee Dunblazier, GoTracee Publishing LLC says...
Posted Monday, December 23, 2019
That's amazing! Congratulation's to both of you.
Teri Case, Teri Case says...
Posted Monday, December 23, 2019
So well deserved! Congratulations to both of you, and the entire team. You're all amazing.
Chris Register, Spoke & Word Books says...
Posted Monday, December 23, 2019
Congrats guys!
James C. Martin, Hussar Quill Press says...
Posted Monday, December 23, 2019
VERY nice! Congrats! See you in Redondo.
Aaron Barnhart, Quindaro Press says...
Posted Monday, December 23, 2019
Well earned. Angela and Terry (and IBPA staff generally) have always been responsive to us, whether it was Terry jumping in on a call when a palette of our books went missing in transit from one distributor to another, or Angela personally responding to my email offering feedback on the Bookexpo experience. And their commitment to continually improving member services, like the Library E-Blasts and the overhaul of the magazine, makes renewing my IBPA membership as much a no-brainer as renewing my Costco card! Congrats.
Alese Pechter, SEE the SEA & Skyward Bound: Hot-Air Ballooning says...
Posted Monday, December 23, 2019
Many CONGRATULATIONS to both of you. We have followed this organization ,both as media and now as authors ,from the very beginning and you have built an honest, reliable, supportive association. You have been working hard at this for many, many years and certainly deserve the recognition. We are proud to be part of the IBPA.. Thank your for always "being there" for all of us. Have a super holiday season.
Abbe G. Rolnick, Sedro Publishing says...
Posted Monday, December 23, 2019
Nathan and Angela, congratulations. So proud to be a recipient of all your hard work over the years. You two have the energy, the drive, and the adaptablity to keep up with the industry and be leaders. Thank You.
Terry A. Tegnazian, Aquila Polonica Publishing says...
Posted Monday, December 23, 2019
Congratulations to you both! Well deserved honor for all your dedicated and hard work over many years in support of independent publishing! Happy Holidays, Best, Terry Tegnazian President, Aquila Polonica Publishing
Helen Harrison says...
Posted Monday, December 23, 2019
Congratulations, Angela and Terry!!
Meg Souza, Total Printing Systems says...
Posted Monday, December 23, 2019
Well deserved! 👏👏🙌 Meg Souza Marketing Manager/Account Representative Total Printing Systems
Kathleen Kaiser, Kathleen Kaiser & Associates says...
Posted Monday, December 23, 2019
Congratulations to both Angela and Nathan. Your work improves publishing for the small and indie presses and indie authors. The Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network is proud to be an affiliate of IBPA. Kathleen Kaiser President of SPAWN

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