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Pictured above: Joseph M. Labaki's holding a copy of his novel, A Riffian's Tune.
Pictured above:Vik Wadhwa at Westlake Montessori School reading A New Take on ABCs- S is for Smiling Sunrise.

Pictured above: Femme photographer Billy Cone.
Pictured above: Liza F. Carter with the middle daughter of the family documented within Moving with the Seasons: Portrait of a Mongolian Family.

Pictured above: Members of Synergetic Press, Independent Publisher's pick for "Indie Groundbreaking Publisher".
Pictured above: "Home & Family" co-hosts Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare, alongside twin-sister authors Shari & Judi Zucker.   
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February 25, 2014 - Welcome to another issue of "Independent Publishing Now" celebrating YOU, our members!

The bearer of Valentines Day, President's Day, and the annual observance of African American history, February is brimming with celebration. Taking a moment to focus in on February 25th's unique history, today is National Clam Chowder Day and also marks the premiere of George Bernard Shaw's The Philanderer (1907), Muhammad Ali's victory as the world heavyweight champion (1964), and the day the Beatles began recording their Abbey Road album (1969).

We are eagerly awaiting IBPA's Publishing University, which is less than a month away! Our premier educational event for independent publishers and self-published authors, this year's Publishing University is taking place March 21-22 in San Francisco!
Don't forget to register! 


About this e-newsletter: Every month, IBPA brings to the book industry current news of our members' achievements through this monthly e-newsletter. In addition, you'll find here free resources that help independent publishers and self-published authors run their publishing ventures better and smarter.

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
Joseph M. Labaki's book A Riffian's Tune was awarded the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Digital Silver Honoree at the beginning of this month. An autobiographical novel described by Publishers Weekly as brimming "with culture, humor and deeply moving stories," A Riffian's Tune conveys the importance of "forging your own path, the power of hope, and daring to step into the labyrinth of life." IBPA would like to congratulate Mr. Labaki on his much-deserved accolade! We would also like to congratulate February's silver honoree Tom E. Jones, author of Doer's Dilema: Why Achievers Suffer and What To Do About It , and gold honoree Comcast NBCUniversal, author of His Dream, Our Stories.
Vick Wadhwa's
first children's book
A New Take on ABCs- S is for Smiling Sunrise was released in honor of "I Love to Read Month" being celebrated in schools and libraries across the nation. Written
for preschoolers, kindergartners and early readers, the book teaches positive concepts with fun and educational, sing-along illustrated rhymes. Be sure to check out Wadhwa's author interview with Ventura's KVTA AM 1590, his official news release, and the book's video trailer.    
North Carolinian photographer Billy Cone's newest book, Femme, was recently released and features close-up portraits of women of different ages and ethnicities. Photographed by Cone while living in Paris, the book's images are accompanied quotes about women from a scope of authors, ranging from Dostoevsky to Dickinson. Check out StarNews' profile of Cone for an in-depth look at the creation of Femme.   

Liza F. Carter's documentary photography book Moving with the Seasons: Portrait of a Mongolian Family was recently profiled by both The Boston Globe and The Concord Journal in articles that detail the book's creation. Carter, a trained environmental scientist, had traveled to Mongolia to study endangered two-hump camels, but ultimately became enraptured by the warmth of the Mongolian people and their tradition of nomadic herding. Moving with the Seasons: Portrait of a Mongolian Family documents this evolving tradition.  
Synergetic Press was named "Indie Groundbreaking Publisher" in the January issue of Independent Publisher. The award was accompanied by an article that details the press's beginnings and how it has evolved over the past three decades. To find out more about this award-winning press, check out their website and YouTube channel.  

Square One Publishers clients Judi and Shari Zucker recently appeared on the Hallmark Channel's increasingly popular TV show "Home & Family" to promote their book The Ultimate Allergy-Free Snack Cookbook. Be sure to check out the twin-sister author's recipes and interview as well as Square One Publishers' website.




March 21-22, 2014 - IBPA Publishing University 2014 - The Premier Educational Event for Independent Publishers and Self-Published Authors. We hope to see you in San Francisco, CA for this not-to-be missed annual event!


April 4-5, 2014 - New England Publishing Conference: Reach the World - Join the Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE) for their 4th Annual New England Publishing Conference where they will explore the fascinating, changing, exciting world of publishing.     


April 16-18, 2014 - IBPA will be presenting a "mini-Publishing University" in partnership with PubSmart. IBPA members receive $50 off the conference registration fee with the code PS14IBPA50.  


May 1-3, 2014 - Author U Extravaganza - The 4th Annual Author U Extravaganza offers 26 intensive sessions that deliver the "how-tos and whys": from an insider's tips to sell the chains and boxes to an insider tips on how to sell outside of bookstores and more! 


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


May 31, 2014- uPublishU at BEA 2014 - IBPA will be exhibiting at uPublishU at the Javits Center in New York City. Visit us there to learn more about what IBPA can do for you!    


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

Member Benefits Spotlight...

Get to Know your IBPA Benefits: Announcing our FREE webinar series! Includes: 
  • NetGalley President Susan Ruszala's tour through the NetGalley site
  • David Marlin's webinar about MetaComet Systems' Royalty Tracker and AutborPortal.com tools.   
Constant Contact - 20% discount on email marketing service.     


Book Business Magazine - Book Business provides the strategic and  practical information book publishers need to stay ahead of market trends, confront change proactively and run their businesses successfully and profitably. What's more, subscription is free!   


FedEx Office - 20% discount on select FedEx services.  


Publishers Weekly magazine - Discounted rates on select subscriptions.

Publishing University Online - This web-based program covers a variety of publishing topics related to the practical issues independent publishers and self-published authors grapple with daily.

From the IBPA Blog...

Point (and Counter Point)...

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 angela@ibpa-online.org. We're looking forward to hearing from you!


Your IBPA Staff
(Angela Bole, Terry Nathan, Patti Grasso, Chris Kahn, Molly Farragher)