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Members in Action

Pictured above: The children of Empowering Lives International in Eldoret, Kenya enjoying Little Pickle Press books sent to them by way of Illustrator and professional volunteer, Sarah Ackerley.

Pictured above: Tammie Stevens (center) and Jason Lewis (second from left) of Billyfish Books on tour in India.

Pictured above: Vanessa Williams (l.) joins Brian Edwards (r.) for the launch party of his title, Enter Miss Thang.

Pictured above: Matt and Mandy Keener on The Dave Ramsey Show .

Pictured above: 2013 Readers' Favorite Awards. From left to right: Dete Meserve (Producer & Writer), Eriq La Salle (Actor, Producer, Writer), Leigh Cunningham (Association of  Independent Authors-AIA, Writer), Mark Wayne Adams (President Elect of Florida Authors & Publishers Association, Illustrator, Publisher).

Pictured above: Sanjay Nambiar of Umiya Publishing with his biggest fans.
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BookExpo America - May 29-31, 2014

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BFA 2014

December 31, 2013 - Welcome to another issue of "Independent Publishing Now" celebrating YOU, our members!

Happy New Year, IBPA family! Tomorrow is the start of the 14th year of the 3rd millennium, the 14th year of the 21st century, and the 5th year of the 2010s decade. 2014 is also the Year of the Horse in Chinese astrology. The Horse year is considered a fortunate year that brings luck and good things.

And, more specifically, 2014 is the Year of the Green Wooden Horse and promises to be a year full of compassion and helpful, supportive friends. Sounds pretty great, huh?

The New Year is an excellent time to remind you that your association staff is here to help and support you - always. How can we be of service this year? Drop us a line with your ideas and we'll do our best to make it happen!

If you've discovered a helpful site, found a better way of doing something or have a tip that will save other members time or money, please pass it along and we'll share it on your behalf.

And, as always, if you have a question, remember to give us a call, anytime. If we don't have the answer, we'll find it for you!

IBPA Member Highlights & Happenings

Matt Keener was thrilled this month to appear on The Dave Ramsey Radio show, the nation's most-listened-to financial advice radio program. The Executive in Sweatpants' author and his wife, Mandy, told their story of becoming debt-free to over 6 million listeners. It was "The Dave Ramsey  

Show" that inspired Matt to become a self-published author, so it was a special honor for him to hear, on air, from Mr. Dave Ramsey, "Executive in Sweatpants - that's a great title!" The book has been back on several Amazon best seller lists since that single mention and Matt has had dozens of people reach out and tell him that he's inspired them in various ways. Watch the inspiring interview here!   


Billyfish Books publisher, Tammie Stevens, returned home  from a whirlwind tour of India with an aching heart and a new goal. After attending three parties geared for India's ultra rich, where her author, Jason Lewis (The EXPEDITION) was the main draw, they met the richest man in India. The following week, the two stayed in tiny villages seeing the other, more realistic side of India. Tammie, who is founder of an animal rescue, The Lazarus Fund, spent as much time as possible sneaking food to the starving dogs, pigs and cattle. As a result of this heartbreaking and eye-opening experience, she now feels compelled to return and begin seeding some rescue/education efforts with the local people there. Tammie is open to any suggestions or contacts who may want to help her with this endeavor. You can reach her by email at trumansaunt@gmail.com.


Cindy Crawford, Vanessa Williams, and several other celebrities gathered recently at Cafe Habana in Malibu for the red carpet launch party honoring Brian Edwards' new book, Enter Miss Thang. Guests enjoyed specialty cocktails courtesy of Crawford's husband Rande Gerber's Caliche rum and Casamigos tequila. Read the whole story here!    


Sanjay Nambiar of Umiya Publishing was able to give back to his hometown community last month as a speaker for a special Literacy Night for parents and children. Bonita Elementary in Carson, CA, where the event was held, is in an underprivileged area just a few miles from where he grew up. Participants included the Mayor of Carson as well as people from the Carson Library and Fire Department, who read to the kids in classrooms. Sanjay spoke to parents in the auditorium about his life story and the importance of reading books. A Carson success story, Sanjay overcame a gang-and drug-riddled environment with the help of a closely-knit family and a focus on education. He graduated with honors from U.C. Berkeley, with degrees in Economics and Neurobiology, and earned an M.B.A. from UCLA.               


No-Cost Webinars


January 16, 2014 - Join us at 10:00am PT / 1:00 pm ET with MetaComet Systems for a FREE webinar, Effective Royalty Management: Save Money, Enhance Author Relationships, Generate Additional Revenues, And Generate Additional Revenues. Register here!


February 12, 2014 - Join us at 10:00am PT / 1:00 pm ET with for this eye-opening, FREE session, Embracing the Metadata that Powers Your Book Sales, where Rebecca Albani from Bowker will explain the basics of metadata, including the key things authors should be monitoring in their own data stream. Register here!  



February 13-16, 2014 - IBPA will be exhibiting at the San Francisco Writers Conference during Presidents' Day Weekend. Come out to meet us and learn more about what IBPA can do for you!   


March 21-22, 2014 - IBPA Publishing University 2014 - The Premier Educational Event for Independent Publishers and Self-Published Authors.   


May 7-9, 2014 - NonFiction Writers Conference, Virtual Teleconference. Conference Location: Your Couch!


July 20-25, 2014 - Yale Publishing Course - IBPA members receive 15% discount. Use discount code YPC15IBPA

Member Benefits Spotlight


Ingram Content Group - Discounted rates on Lightning Source and IngramSpark

Publishers Weekly magazine - Discounted rates on select subscriptions

MetaComet Systems - Multiple discounts on royalty management systems

NewMedia Website Designs - $100 discount on WordPress websites

Bowker Identifier Services - 15% discount on all products and services

Nielsen BookScan - Deep discount on annual data subscription


BookBaby - 20% discount on e-book distribution and printed book services

News You Can Use...

Industry Notes...

The 13 Best Books of 2013: The Definitive Annual Reading List of Overall Favorites

IBPA Approves Code of Ethics
Digital trends and predictions for 2014 from marketing thought leaders
Public Libraries Are Better Than Congress, Baseball, and Apple Pie, Say Americans 
Let us know what great things have happened for you (awards, TV appearances, radio, special mentions, etc.)

Send in those pictures of signings, events and other happenings to Lisa@ibpa-online.org. We're looking forward to hearing from you!


Lisa Krebs
Assistant Director
Independent Book Publishers Association