Inside Independent Publishing (with IBPA)

Hosted ByChristopher Locke

"Inside Independent Publishing (with IBPA)" wants to make you a smarter publisher by giving you access to powerful ideas, strategies, and tools for success.

Our interview guests are independent publishers, author publishers, and hybrid publishers, as well as distributors, printers, reviewers, booksellers, marketers, visionaries, and opinion leaders from all sectors of the book publishing industry.

We are sponsored and supported by the Independent Book Publishers Association, the largest book publishing association in the U.S. serving independent publishers and author publishers. IBPA’s vision is a world where every independent publisher has the tools and knowledge needed to professionally engage in all aspects of the publishing industry.

Your host is IBPA Member Liaison Christopher Locke.


All Episodes

The view from the UK, a discussion with Independent Publishers Guild Chief Executive Bridget Shine

The COVID pandemic is transforming publishing practices around the world. Bridget Shine of the Independent Publishers Guild talks about issues, partnerships, and the role of indies and author-publishers in the UK.

Opposing the Open Library: an analysis of digital piracy and fair use, with Mary Rasenberger of the Authors Guild

Opposing the Open Library: an analysis of digital piracy and fair use, with Mary Rasenberger of the Authors Guild

The Internet Archive has asserted its right to make digital copies of still-in-copyright books freely available online. Mary Rasenberger, executive director of the Authors Guild, discusses legitimate fair-use standards and what steps are being taken to protect the works of authors and publishers.

The IBPA Advocacy Committee, standing up for indie publishers, with Mel Corrigan

The IBPA Advocacy Committee is making plans for this coming year to lobby, write, and campaign for better awareness and fairness for independent publishers. Committee member Mel Corrigan discusses some of these initiatives, from distribution to piracy to copyrights.

New realities in book publishing in the post-COVID world, a speculative rant from host Peter Goodman

All the conventions of book publishing have been disrupted in just a few months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. How many of these changes are permanent, and how is indie publishing likely to evolve as a result? Podcast host and book publisher Peter Goodman takes a pause in his regular interview format to speculate on our emerging future.

Virtual author events and other strategies for building online communities, with Maria Dismondy

What kind of virtual author events are successful in getting the word out, supporting booksellers, and developing enthusiastic online communities? Maria Dismondy of children’s book publisher Cardinal Rule Press has had recent success and discusses strategies and goals.

Strength from community, a portrait of Portland, with Forest Avenue Press publisher Laura Stanfill

The city of Portland, Oregon, is one of the centers of Pacific Northwest publishing. Laura Stanfill of Forest Avenue Press discusses her own journey and describes how the special bond among Portland publishers, readers, and booksellers leads to the small victories that can get us through these tough times.

Bookselling Update: First Impressions of the Impact of COVID-19, with John Mutter of Shelf Awareness

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed American life overnight. How are booksellers faring, what kinds of issues do they face, and what measures are they taking to survive? John Mutter of industry newsletter Shelf Awareness makes some initial observations.

Working with Amazon, Part 2: Quality control, social media, and preparing for the future, with guest Ian Lamont of i30 Media

Getting the look and content of your book right is priority 1. But looming changes at Amazon may be beyond your control. What to do? This is part 2 of our interview with Ian Lamont of i30 Media.

Working with Amazon, Part 1: Amazon Advertising and managing the relationship, with guest Ian Lamont of i30 Media

Amazon advertising can be a great way to boost discoverability, but you have to know what it costs and how to manage Amazon issues that arise from time to time. This is part 1 of our interview with Ian Lamont of i30 Media.

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