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  • 20 Sep 2017 1:22 PM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)

    As we progress through the fall book shows like NEIBA, NELA, and the Boston Book Festival, please watch the IPNE website for registrations to come online, and make sure your IPNE profile is updated with current name, address, and book images and metadata. 

    Registration for these events is online only and is open to full vendor and publisher members. Exhibitors also need to complete the Curation Checklist (needed to exhibit at NEIBA, NELA, and BBF) linked on the left-hand column at IPNE.org/Events.

  • 07 Sep 2017 6:31 PM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)

    With apologies for the Sept. 1 snafu, we've rescheduled the September meetup to Sat. September 16, at Arlington (MA) Town Day. You're invited to visit Glenn Koenig and Charlotte Pierce at their booth at Art on the Green between Robbins Library and Town Hall (700-730 Mass. Ave). 

    You'll find other authors and publishers in the area to visit with and learn from, and lots of other fun goings-on. 

    PLEASE NOTE: Our member group address is metro-boston-publishers@googlegroups.com; just email that address if you're already a member. To join the group, send a message to metro-boston-publishers-subscribe@googlegroups.com. Feel free to post messages and requests on the group.

    Here's the schedule and locations for our next few gatherings. You can register for these and other IPNE events ahttp://ipne.org/event-2535318.

    • Sep 16 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Please join us at Arlington Town Day, Art on the Green (between library and town hall). Stay tuned for rain date.
    • Nov 04 2017, 12:00-04:00 PM - Please join us in the Robbins Library Community Room, for the IPNE 4th Annual Book Awards! 700 Mass Ave., Arlington 02476. RSVP required.
    • Jan 06 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - St. John's, 74 Pleasant St., Arlington
    • Mar 03 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - St. John's, 74 Pleasant St., Arlington
    • May 05 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - St. John's, 74 Pleasant St., Arlington
  • 09 Jul 2017 9:56 PM | Glenn Koenig (Administrator)

    At the last meeting of the Metro Boston Publishers (IPNE regional branch) in Arlington, MA, we reviewed a number of best practices for publishing websites, talked about the Espresso Book Machine at the Harvard Book Store, and discussed how to use web site builders (Weebly for example, although we discussed WordPress also), how to reserve a domain name and use it in setting up your own web site, what a QR code is and how to read one (it turns out it's extremely simple, just download the free app "QR Reader" and click on it!).

    We also covered how to work with book designers and editors using what I have to come to call the ‘a la carte’ publishing method (you as author do what you want to do yourself, then contract out to others for the things you can’t do or don’t have time to do). I like that better than the term ’self publishing’ because it gives a better idea of what we really do. The old "major publisher" way is kind of like a six course meal delivered to your table, all preset (Random House, Penguin, Simon & Schuster). Our method is to pick & choose the services you need from various professionals, as you see fit. Like a buffet table. That's why IPNE is so valuable - you can find references to some of them here on this site.

    I brought some ARCs (Author Review Copies) of my book, a man wearing a dress, and Glenna brought a copy of her book, Book Design Made Simple. I showed how my book is posted as ‘for sale’ by two vendors on Amazon, even though it was not really for sale until September 14. It even said there was a ‘used’ copy for sale. How could that be? The folks at Ingram Spark assured me that only the cover and metadata went out to Amazon, so nobody can actually publish my book without my authorization.

    We had so much to talk about, we ran a little past noon! All hands pitched in to put away and clean up. Thanks to member Vicki Ford for bringing sumptuous snacks!

    This report by Glenn Koenig of Message Rain, Arlington, Massachusetts

  • 25 Apr 2017 10:57 PM | Nelson Suit (Administrator)

    Maung Nyeu, publisher of local language based culturally relevant children’s books and a speaker at the IPNE Fall 2016 Conference, sends us this piece of exciting news on one of the books he presented at the conference:

    Princess Monori, Award Winner!

    We are excited to report that Princess Monori is a bronze medalist in the IPPY 2017 award competition, and it’s also a finalist in the Colorado Author’s League 2017 award program! 

    2017 IPPY Award

    The annual Independent Publisher Book Award program (IPPY) honors the best of university and small presses, along with independently published books. The program began in 1996, and is one of the most prestigious of the independent award programs.  Princess Monori is one of the 5,500 entries in this year’s international competition. Awards are given in a number of categories—Princess Monori is a bronze medalist in the category of multicultural non-fiction for children and young adults. The awards ceremony is in NYC at the end of May.

    2017 CAL Award Finalist

    More good news -- Princess Monori is a finalist in the Colorado Authors’ League (CAL) award program in the category of children’s non-fiction, one of 13 categories in which awards are given. On behalf of Our Golden Hour, I and some of the other award finalists will begiving talks at the Tattered Cover bookstore in Littleton, Colorado, on April 30th at 2pm. I’ll be talking about Princess Monori and the work of Our Golden Hour.  For more about CAL, check out http://coloradoauthors.org/.

    Princess Monori is available for purchase through https://ourgoldenhour.org/product/princess-monori/. Every book you purchase sponsors the gift of one copy of the book to a child in the Chittagong Hill Tracts region of Bangladesh.

  • 29 Mar 2017 11:24 AM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)
    Photo is of member Jill Cofsky, voice actor for audio books.Here's how to book yourself to tell the world about your book or service on one of our live-streaming shows: Face The Book TV, Ask The Experts, and Office Hours. You'll be in good company - recent guests have included Victoria Sutherland of ForeWord Reviews; Angela Bole of IBPA, Michelle Ollie of the Center for Cartoon Studies; Steve Fischer of New England Independent Booksellers; and Michael Boezi of Control Mouse Media.

    Start by filling out the booking application form; please use a separate form for each show:

    • Face The Book TV is our new live-streaming online book-discovery show that brings the best of independently published books to the public through live-streaming and "bicycling" to community media stations. Interview-style format with authors and publishers about the books themselves.
    • Ask The Experts brings in experts on all aspects of the publishing process, as well as indie authors and publishers who wish to share their experience. Both shows are archived on YouTube at IPNELive. Focus is on production, marketing, publicity, design, editing, and other aspects of "making better books and selling more of them."
    • The discussion-format Office Hours is where IPNE.org members can ask questions and share best practices with each other. Think of it as your indie publishing coffee break! We schedule this show based on member requests. You may also sign up to host these sessions.

    After we receive your application form, we'll contact you regarding your availability, topic, and the best technical setup (don't worry, it's pretty basic - the top 5 items are 1) a good-quality webcam (HD external is best, or a good built-in), 2) headset/earbuds, 3) broadband internet; 4) front lighting, and 5) a quiet location.

    Please use the contact form at if you have any questions prior to filling out the application. We will not share the information from the form externally without your direct permission.

    We gratefully recognize the help of Arlington Community Media (ACMi.TV) and our heroic crew, particularly Karen Einstein and Laura Williams. The editorial board at the Peeragogy Project (peeragogy.org) deserves credit for extensive support while we were learning the YouTube live-streaming platform, starting in 2012.

    All three shows are produced by Pierce Productions (PiercePress.com) with the collaboration of Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE.org). Members of IPNE.org get priority booking on all three shows. Face The Book and Ask the Experts are recorded and archived on YouTube at IPNELive; Office Hours is less formal and currently not recorded.

  • 04 Jan 2017 8:33 PM | Glenn Koenig (Administrator)

    Recently, I posted in my blog on the Message Rain web site.  Here is what I said:

    Well, the end is in sight!  So far, I have written over 200 pages of my first book, "a man wearing a dress."  I think I have about 10 more pages to write before editing and revisions begin in earnest.

    After that, the book itself will be done, but there will be a lot of work to do before I can say it's published.  At least I have designed the cover and the interior of the book already.  Once I have all that in final form, there are the 'middle tasks,' such as get a copyright, an ISBN, and a Library of Congress number.  I will I have to put that information on the back cover (the ISBN) and the other information on the back of the title page.  Then print a proof copy, just to make sure.

    Then comes the major work of a distribution plan, and a promotion plan.  With modern 'print on demand' services, at least I don't have to invest in a massive press run and risk ending up with a basement full of unsold copies if sales don't go well.  On the other hand, print on demand means that I earn less income per book sold.  Sure, I'm doing all this because I was inspired to write.  But at the same time, I have been living off savings, for the most part, over the past few years so I'd like to recoup some or all of my financial investment and have something left for retirement!  So if sales go well, I'll have to make the decision whether or not they will continue to go well, and whether or not a press run is worthwhile.  This is the delicate balancing act involved with any marketing effort.

    As for publicity, it's a whole new world compared to what it was when I was growing up.  In those days, publicity was hard because the means of getting the word out were expensive and time consuming (printing, mailing, long distance phone calls, etc.).  Now, it's hard for completely different reasons.  Now, with modern information networks, it's easier to send out the word, but much harder to get noticed precicely because it's that much easier for everyone else who wants to promote something!  Our Email boxes are full, our eyes are gazed over from an onslaught of ads and promotions - literally hundreds per day!

    So, how do I get noticed amidst all that noise?  The answer is to "work smarter, not harder."  As I have never done this before (this is my first book), I have a learning curve to go through and a practice: To follow my intuition! (practice, practice, practice!).  But overall, I'm optimistic.  As I've just written in the Topic Blog, I expect 2017 to go better than 2016 has.

  • 05 Oct 2016 5:52 AM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)

    The Frankfurt Book Fair is the world's largest and most important publishing event with 7,100 exhibitors from over 100 countries, 270,000 visitors + 9,300 journalists and bloggers in attendance last year.  Displaying your book at Foreword's Independent Press Collective Stand is a smart way to get it on the radar of foreign rights agents and publishers who will be meeting us for appointments and/or browsing titles on the show floor.  

    By exhibiting in the Foreword cooperative booth, your titles stand to generate rights interest from any number of publishers (typically, a foreign rights deal includes a non-refundable advance and a royalty rate of 7–8%). So, with no out of pocket expense—except for the exhibit fee to have your title displayed at the Foreword booth—you stand to earn an unexpected windfall.  Representatives from Foreword will direct visiting agents and reps to the appropriate shelves (books are arranged by genre) and collect business cards/contact information when interest in a certain title is expressed.  Foreword will then pass on the contact info to the corresponding publisher or author.  One of the additional benefits is a lifetime listing for your book in Foreword's online Rights Catalog, a valuable resource before and long after the show doors close.  

    The per title exhibit fee is usually $215 - we're inviting IPNE members to take $25 off, so $190.  As the buchmesse is in just two weeks, reservations are due ASAP and 1 copy of each title (plus three copies of your sell sheet) are due by October 12th at the latest.  Simply click here to register then paste this discount code in at checkout: ibpa25

    Please contact stacy@forewordreviews.com with any questions, or if you need help during the registration process.  

  • 16 Sep 2016 9:43 PM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)

    Great news! 

    IPNE members are eligible to apply for IBPA's 2017 Publishing University scholarships, and CEO Angela Bole just let us know that the application process is now open.

    IBPA supports at least one winner from each affiliate in 2017...a great chance to meet fellow publishers from around the country!


  • 03 Sep 2016 10:02 AM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)

    Oops, it seems we "forgot" to turn off the IPNE Conference Summer Flash Sale (http://ipne.org/event-2029799) before we hit the road for the Labor Day weekend. It was due to expire Friday.


    That means anyone who registers for the Conference by the end of the day on Sept 6 still gets a great deal; and we even made it easier for you to bring along a colleague or spouse!

    So we encourage you to take this opportunity to invigorate your publishing at IPNE's 6th Annual New England Publishing Conference on Oct 21-22 in Portsmouth, NH! 

    At #IPNE16, you'll find interactive workshops, pithy panels, lively roundtables, and fascinating keynotes by industry experts like famed Boston publisher David Godine, IBPA's Angela Bole, and Endangered Alphabets' Tim Brookes & Maung Nyeu. And the networking with other indie publishers and authors will inspire and sustain you.

    But keep it to yourself, lol! And remember to register by Sept 6 at http://ipne.org/event-2029799 !

    Charlotte Pierce
    IPNE president

  • 27 Aug 2016 9:44 PM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)

    Wow, with all the book show and conference registrations flowing in (thank you!) the questions are coming thick and fast! We really try to respond quickly, but keep in mind there are a few self-serve ways to get answers if it's Saturday night and your valiant volunteer IPNE project team members are out with their families!

    1. A good share of the answers can be found by re-reading the event details and confirmation emails that you might have missed (we all do). Search is your friend! We're also continually updating the events in response to queries. If there's an error in the event description, we'll correct it as soon as possible.
    2. Post your question on the Member Forum (ipne.org/forum) where the answer will benefit others. The amazing Lisa is building an FAQ based on questions that appear there; coming soon. And always, feel free to make a suggestion about how the process could work better.
    3. Remember, you can usually find a knowledgeable team member on IPNE's daily Office Hours at 10 am. Click the permanent link (https://goo.gl/vinXlF) to join by webcam and/or audio. Still in your PJ's? Call 1-585-632-4805, and enter pin 39125 to join the conference call by phone! Try to RSVP if you can so we can ping you when we come on the conference line.
    4. If all else fails, post your question on Twitter @IPNE, or on this Facebook group or our Facebook page.
    5. We don't have paid staff  24/7, but we want to make sure everything is clear within a reasonable time. If all else fails, please do email or call, no worries.

    We  hope this helps you find the help you need! The way we look at it, you *are* IPNE, and your participation in the events is a huge vote of confidence. IPNE is gradually upgrading and standardizing systems so there is more clarity around event registrations. so please bear with us - and lend a hand if you can! Sign up at IPNE.org/Teams to "be the IPNE you seek" - and thanks again!

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