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

Get the Scoop on Book Consumer Buying Habits for Helpful Marketing Insights

What encourages people to buy a book? How do people discover books? Knowing book consumer buying habits can be a huge help in creating successful book marketing campaigns, so IBPA co-sponsored a research project to get an advantageous look at the answers to these questions and more! Portland State University Director of Publishing Dr. Rachel Noorda co-authored the report, so she visits the podcast to give independent publishers and author publishers all the details.

Expert Advice for Landing Media Opportunities to Market Your Books, with Founder and President of FSB Associates Fauzia Burke

Marketing books is one of the most important (and difficult!) tasks for independent publishers and author publishers, so IBPA invited book publicity expert FSB Associates Founder and President Fauzia Burke on the podcast to share expert advice about how to land media opportunities to sell books, including television interviews, podcast interviews, and print/online articles!

Should Independent Publishers Jump on the Audiobook Bandwagon?

There is a lot of buzz about how booming the audiobook market is, so should independent publishers make audiobooks an essential part of their business model? What types of books have a better chance succeeding as audiobooks? What are helpful tips to market audiobooks? Audiobook industry expert, Michele Cobb (Partner at Forté Business Consulting and Executive Director for the Audio Publishers Association) gives advantageous insight to answer these questions and more!

Tips for How Independent Publishers Can Land Traditional Distribution, with IPG’s Richard T. Williams

Landing traditional distribution can be one of the most difficult things for independent publishers and author publishers to achieve, so Independent Publishers Group’s Vice President of Publisher Development Richard T. Williams shares invaluable advice about how indie publishers can increase their chances of being accepted, explains reasons why they would be rejected, and much more. If you’re interested in landing traditional distribution, you don’t want to miss this episode!

How Independent Publishers Can Support DEI & Be Antiracist, with SCBWI’s Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer April Powers

SCBWI’s Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer April Powers joins host Christopher Locke for a candid conversation about actions independent publishers can take to bring about real change for marginalized communities, and actions that are unhelpful. Plus, what does April have to say about people who complain that companies shouldn’t get “political” by supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and antiracism? Also, what can independent publishers learn from the “American Dirt” controversy?

The Controversy & Ethics of Hybrid Publishing, with Wonderwell CEO Maggie Langrick

What are some of the ethical conundrums that hybrid publishers fall victim to, and how can they overcome them? Why do some publishers think it’s controversial for hybrid publishers to be considered publishers? Hybrid publisher Wonderwell CEO Maggie Langrick shares her expert insight on these issues; why she loves hybrid publishing, and more.

Get Ready for the 2021 Season of “Inside Independent Publishing (with IBPA)”!

A new season of “Inside Independent Publishing (with IBPA)” starts Thursday, January 28! In this short intro, find out what new host IBPA Member Liaison Christopher Locke has in store for upcoming episodes of the podcast. Will this new season make you the most successful independent publisher the world has ever known? You’ll have to tune in to find out!

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Host-Guesting: An interview with independent publisher Peter Goodman of Stone Bridge Press

Peter Goodman, publisher of Stone Bridge Press, has been host of this podcast for almost 3 years. New host Christopher Locke of IBPA asks Peter what he’s learned as an editor and indie publisher over 40+ years, including survival tips and whether luck has a role to play.

Virtual Frankfurt and Licensing Update, with MaryJo (“MJ”) Courchesne of Gryphon Publishing Consulting

The Frankfurt Book Fair was a completely virtual event this year. Licensing and permissions expert MaryJo (“MJ”) Courchesne of Gryphon Publishing Consulting reports on her experience, and also discusses the CASE Act, fair use, and book piracy

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