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

Book Awards

This week we are revisiting a popular topic of a previous blog and we’ve included some additional information about upcoming awards and deadlines.

Book awards can be tremendously valuable to the marketing efforts of the winning books.

When a book wins an award, the result is free publicity for the author and usually additional book sales. 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.

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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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The Value of Professional Association Memberships

It has been said that you are known by the company you keep. Professional associations are a way to “keep company” with other leaders in your industry to learn from each other and support your business growth. Some of the benefits of professional association membership are: Lends credibility – Membership in a professional association indicates … Read more