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Last updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 @ 5:22 PM Pacific

IBPA knows our members are feeling the effects of the coronavirus on their businesses and personal lives and that there will be repercussions for months to come. It’s during difficult times like these that we’re most proud to be part of an independent publishing community that leans in to help one another.

IBPA is committed to providing as many resources as possible to independent publisher members. This page will be updated with new information daily. IBPA members should send resources they'd like to see posted here to IBPA CEO Angela Bole at

Listen to IBPA podcast host Peter Goodman discuss how special bonds will get us through these tough times with Laura Stanfill of Forest Avenue Press. (April 1, 2020)

Listen to CCC's Beyond the Book  discuss "Publishing and the Pandemic" with with Hugo Setzer, Piero Attanasio, Olivia Snaije, and Javier Celaya. (March 30, 2020)

Listen to IBPA podcast host Peter Goodman discuss first impressions of the impact of COVID-19 with John Mutter of Shelf Awareness. (March 26, 2020)

Opportunities for Connecting Online:

Opportunities for Discussing Online:

Opportunities for Legal Assistance:
  • The Lawyers for Good Government Foundation (L4GG) has launched a Small Business Remote Legal Clinic, offering pro bono legal consultations for small business owners to help them understand and act upon the options available under the COVID-19 stimulus package and other grant and loan programs that may be available to them. (March 31, 2020)

Opportunities for Financial Assistance:
  • Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
    • A $2 trillion stimulus package (CARES Act) was signed into law by President Trump on March 27th. Here's what's in the package c/o Politico.
    • CARES Coronavirus Relief Act: IBPA Interprets Various Programs (March 27, 2020)
    • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Paycheck Protection Program Guide & Checklist (March 31, 2020)
    • The federal government is currently finalizing the details and protocols about how and when different programs and relief will be implemented.
    • Although details are still being finalized, some documentation may be required when applying for a program when it becomes available. If you believe that you will qualify for relief from the CARES Act, it may be helpful for you to gather the following information about your business:
      • 2019 Payroll — including the last 12 months of payroll
      • 2019 Employees — 1099's for 2019 employees and independent contractors that would otherwise be an employee of your business. (Note: Do NOT include 1099's for services)
      • Healthcare Costs — all health insurance premiums paid by the business owner under a group health plan.
      • Retirement — your company retirement plan funding paid for by the company.
  • Deferment and forbearance on bank-issued business loans.
    • Search for your bank on the American Bankers Association’s ongoing A-Z list of coronavirus response programs.

Opportunities for Helping Others:

News Links:

Industry Partner Notices:
  • BookBaby -- (Member Benefit). Open and operational; considered an “essential service.” (March 24, 2020)
  • Color House Graphics, Inc. Production is continuing; orders will be produced and shipped as scheduled. (March 25, 2020)
  • Dell Computers -- (Member Benefit). Equipping publishers with necessary equipment to work remote. (March 24, 2020)
  • Foreword Reviews -- (Multiple Member Benefits). Business continues, virtual staff. Email review copies. Updates posted on website. (March 23, 2020)
  • FSB Associates. Operating as normal. (March 25, 2020)
  • HF Group. Closed from March 20th to April 6th. (March 20, 2020)
  • Ingram Content Group -- (Member Benefit). Considered "essential services;" the company is continuing operations. (March 22, 2020)
  • ListenUp Audiobooks. Taking precautions prescribed by CDC; expect no interruptions in service. (March 23, 2020)
  • NetGalley -- (Member Benefit). Service is uninterrupted; here to support with a practical digital solution. (March 23, 2020)
  • PubSite. Operating as normal. (March 25, 2020)
  • Sheridan. Open and operational; considered an “essential service.” (March 24, 2020)
  • Smashwords. Fully functional; staff working from home. (March 24, 2020)
  • Technica Editorial Services. Fully operational; staff successfully transitioned to remote work. (March 25, 2020)
  • TLC Book Design. Open and offering a special book design package. (March 23, 2020)
  • Total Printing Systems -- (Member Benefit). Operating with precautions and ready to meet printing needs without disruption. (March 23, 2020)
  • Written Word Media. Fully operational with all staff working from home. (March 23, 2020)
  • XEditPro. Offering free and at-home access to their online publishing solution. (March 30, 2020)

Questions & Answers:

Below is a list of questions sent to the IBPA office, which reflect the current concerns of membership. We are working on responses and will post them asap. Don't see your question here? Please send it to IBPA CEO Angela Bole at

Q: What are publishers doing related to postponing launches and creating virtual author events?

Q: Can we get a list of virtual marketing ideas to pass on to authors with imminent book launches, to replace in-person events?

Q: What will be the online buying habits of book customers during this crisis and beyond?

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