IPPY Book Awards

The Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) Book Awards – Final entry deadline is February 23, 2019 The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award are probably the most well known and prestigious, but other book awards exist specifically for self-published or small press books. Book awards can be tremendously valuable to the marketing efforts of the … Read more

Goal Setting and 2018 Writer / Author Conferences

Have you set your goals for 2018? Planning ahead will save you time and help you be more productive. Prioritize your goals for the year. Be specific about why you want to realize these top goals then make a commitment to achieve those goals. A lot of people find it helpful to use a full … Read more

What’s Your Style?

If you are writing a book, it is always a good idea to keep a running list of terms you use in a way that may be outside the dictionary norm.

If you are writing fiction you can keep a running list of the way you spell names of people, towns, streets, etc. That way you will always spell them the same way and maintain consistency. That becomes especially important if you are writing about a fictional world. (Can you imagine J.K. Rowling trying to keep track of all the details of Hogwarts as she was writing Harry Potter if she hadn’t kept notes?)

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Indie Publishing Quality Standards

I recently attended the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) annual conference, PubU, in Portland. IBPA serves the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. With over 3,100 members, IBPA is the largest publishing association in the U.S. and their annual conference has become one of my must-attend events of the year.

IBPA has long been a champion of independent publishers, both big and small. Changes in the publishing industry in recent years have created enormous opportunities, but that’s come at the cost of a deepening divide between how traditionally published and self-published authors are treated.

“Too often, IBPA has noticed a bias against self-published authors, independent publishers, and hybrid presses when it comes to choosing titles or authors for review consideration, book award contests, association memberships, and inclusion on independent bookstore shelves,” said Angela Bole, CEO of IBPA.

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Nonfiction Writers Conference

I am a big believer in attending conferences. Conferences offer opportunities to increase knowledge and expand your network of peers and potential customers.

There are several conferences that I attend annually and include the cost for registration and travel in my budget. It is not unusual for me to spend $1K or more just in travel expenses — air travel, taxi or car rental, hotel room and meals for two to four days adds up quickly! In fact, I just got back from attending the annual conference of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). I’ll be writing about some of the things I learned there over the next few weeks. It was hugely valuable but my travel expenses were over $1500.

There is one conference that is at the top of my list each year because of its value and EASE. The Nonfiction Writers Conference features 15 speakers over three days and the entire event is conducted via teleseminar–no travel required! And with the added benefit of participation in an attendee-only Linked In group you can even get the benefit of networking.

I’ve attended the Nonfiction Writers Conference every year since it started. In fact, I worked behind the scenes as a VA to organize the logistics of the very first one. I’ve always registered for the level that gives me recordings (which means I can listen to them in the car or while exercising) and now have quite a library of sessions! This year marks the 7th annual conference and the speakers include some of my favorite people in the industry.

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