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You’re Invited to the “Shelter-In-Place” IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Ceremony Viewing Parties!

Thursday, April 30, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Christopher Locke
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Always known for being responsible, IBPA's Benjamin Franklin mascot wears his mask and stays six feet away from his colleagues for the "Shelter-In-Place" IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Ceremony viewing parties! (Marble sculpture created by artist Don Tubesing, Pfeifer-Hamilton Publishers and Past President of IBPA.)

Don’t miss one of IBPA’s biggest events of the year, and a chance to cheer on your fellow IBPA members and independent publishers: the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ ceremony viewing parties!

For over three decades, IBPA has announced the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award gold winners at a gala dinner and ceremony held at IBPA Publishing University, but when the April 2020 conference had to be cancelled due to concerns over the COVID-19 health crisis, we had a major decision to make: if we’re not permitted to have in-person events, what should we do about honoring the award recipients?

IBPA knows how much effort and passion goes into publishing the books that are finalists in the 55 award categories (and think these books are incredible), so we decided it’s vital to hold the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award ceremony any way we can. That’s how we came up with the idea to conduct the first-ever “Shelter-In-Place” IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Ceremony viewing parties!

Mark your calendars: May 5-8, 2020 from 4-6pm Pacific each day, IBPA will host online watch parties during which we’ll announce the gold winners. Click here to register for what’s sure to be a grand event. Everyone is welcome to attend these free online parties, so invite your friends, family, and share the news on social media (#IBPABens). The more, the merrier! As a bonus for attending, IBPA is giving away fun prizes each night to some lucky attendees, including a complimentary 1-year IBPA membership, but you have to attend to win.

If you can’t attend the live streaming events, you can still watch and share the acceptance speeches! After each live event, IBPA will post the acceptance speech videos from that night on the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award YouTube Channel. These videos will go live at 6:30 PM Pacific each night. Make sure to share the videos with everyone you know, so the entire community can celebrate the 32nd annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award winners!

We look forward to seeing you online soon, and thank you for supporting the independent publishing community!

Before the event, take a look at the new online format with this announcement video:

Also, click here or below to watch highlights from last year's 31st Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ Ceremony. This year's event where we'll reveal the Gold winners and acceptance speeches will be filled with the same heart, passion, and excellence.

Share your publishing news with the IBPA community! Send news about events or accomplishments to For more details about the types of stories we're seeking, click here.

Keep in mind that we reserve Spotlights for major news (such as, you published a book about space exploration and now it's being read in a live video feed by astronauts from the International Space Station), unique news (such as, you published a book about cycling and now the author is riding a bike across the U.S. for their book tour), or human interest stories (such as, you visit shelters every weekend to read books to the dogs and cats there).

Though launching a new book isn’t the focus of our Spotlights articles, IBPA is happy to share that exciting news on social media. Please contact with the launch date, your book cover, your book title, your book's genre, a link to where readers can learn more about your book, and your Twitter handle.

For good news in general about your publishing company (your book received a wonderful editorial review, you have an upcoming speaking engagement, etc.), use the hashtag #IBPAmemberGoodNews on Twitter and IBPA will amplify your good news!

Whether you have news or not, all of us at IBPA are cheering you on!

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