Profitable & Creative Book Distribution Tips for Independent Publishers

IBPA is always looking for ways to set up independent publishers and author publishers for success, so we partnered with PubWest and Portland State University’s Graduate Program in Book Publishing to research five key issues facing publishing distribution today. Portland State University’s Director of Book Publishing and Assistant Professor in English Dr. Rachel Noorda and Rachel Done, who is one of the talented students who worked on this project and a freelance publishing professional, visit “Inside Independent Publishing (with IBPA)” to discuss the findings of the project, which include ways for indie publishers to make their distribution more profitable, sustainable, and eco-friendly!


Dr. Rachel Noorda is Director of Book Publishing and Assistant Professor in English. She researches twenty-first century book topics such as entrepreneurship, marketing, small business, national identity, and international publishing. Her book Entrepreneurship Identity in U.S. Book Publishing in the Twenty-First Century was published last year by Cambridge University Press. She loves guiding students and collaborating with her colleague Kathi Inman Berens on media behavior and piracy.

Rachel Done Cubillas is currently a freelancing publishing professional, with focuses on writing, design, marketing, and project management. Basically a little bit of everything. She is set to graduate with her MA in Book Publishing and Comics Studies Certificate from PSU this coming June. She loves exploring new topics and skills, as well as spending time with her menagerie of a family. 

Independent Book Publishers Association is the largest trade association for independent publishers in the United States. As the IBPA Director of Membership & Member Services, Christopher Locke helps guide the 4,100+ members as they travel along their publishing journeys. As one of his major projects, he oversees the IBPA NetGalley program, which generates buzz and garners reviews for indie publishers’ titles. He’s also passionate about indie publishing, because he’s an author publisher himself, having published two novels so far in his YA trilogy, The Enlightenment Adventures.


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