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  • 03 Oct 2014 11:21 AM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)

    Gathered at the IPNE table at NEIBA are Jennifer Delaney of JMD Publishing; Judith Rosen of Publishers Weekly; Pamela Fenner of Michaelmas Press; and Steven R. Porter of ARIA & Stillwater River Press.

    From the whirl of the "speed dating" luncheon with agents and distributors, ad-hoc book signings, and networking with booksellers, to the fellowship of volunteer member "Indies Helping Indies," the New England Independent Booksellers Assn. conference was an action-packed and productive cooperative marketing event.

    A total of 27 IPNE members exhibited 35 books at the annual conference of New England Independent Booksellers Assn. (NEIBA), held Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Providence, RI. Several intrepid authors seized the opportunity to sign and give away books to the throngs on Oct. 1 - wise move! Others who staffed the booth were glad to be onsite to engage directly with attending bookstore staff and owners.

    We are eternally grateful to our volunteers Leah DeCesare (Naked Parenting); Kelly Kittel (Breathe: A Memoir); Tori McCagg (Bittersweet Manor); editor Kelli Fay-Wolfe who came on behalf of her son, wunderkind author 17-year-old Sean Fay Wolfe (Quest for Justice: A Minecraft Novel); publisher Jennifer Delaney (JMD Publishing); and IPNE co-founder and Michaelmas Press publisher Pamela J. Fenner. IPNE interim president Charlotte Pierce (Pierce Press) coordinated the exhibit.

    A special mention goes to Steven R. Porter, ARIA founder and publisher of Stillwater River Publications, who represented eight books at the "Publishers PickNic" lunchtime event on Sept. 30, where book distributors and reps review publishers' offerings in a "speed-dating" style event. 

    After NEIBA, we were on to NELA on Oct. 19, the Boston Book Festival on Oct. 25, and the ARIA Author Expo on Nov. 8! Mark your calendars for next year's October events, and register early for the best options. IPNE often offers a membership special at these events.
  • 28 Sep 2014 11:15 AM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)

    Get your books in front of thousands of avid readers for the cost of 5 lattes!

    The Boston Book Festival, or BBF, now in its 7th year, is the largest literary event in New England. On October 25, rain or shine, Copley Square in downtown Boston will be teeming with more than 100 world-renowned authors and thought leaders, workshops and events, exhibitors, live music, booksellers and book signings, activities and presentations for children. The expected audience is in the tens of thousands.

    IPNE registration link

    All of us at  (IPNE) are excited to have two tables at the Boston Book Festival. What's especially terrific about this is that even though self-publishers are not allowed as solo exhibitors (which is, by the way, more than $450 per table!), IPNE can represent self-published books for just *$20 per title* at this premier New England book event. And you don't even have to be in Boston to exhibit. 

    To see what’s happening for the entire Boston Book Festival, check their site regularly

    Steve Porter of Stillwater River Press and Assoc. of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA)  is the IPNE event manager for BBF. Photo here was taken at the IPNE Spring Conference with author Dawn Porter (r).


  • 01 Sep 2014 3:38 PM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)


    Once again the Publishers Pick-Nic will be a booksellers/rep boxed lunch, a sort of "speed-dating" session with leading book buyers. The Pick-Nic will be held Tuesday, Sept. 30 from 12-2 pm in the Convention Center. There will be no other competing events during this time and it's a perfect opportunity for our IPNE rep, Steven Porter, to meet with front-line booksellers and buyers to talk about your books. Register now on the IPNE website.

  • 21 May 2014 3:38 PM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)

    Face The Book is the new book-discovery show by and for independent writers, publishers, and readers that brings the best of independent publishing to the public through live and recorded online sessions. 

    We produce Face The Book TV episodes through Google+ video Hangouts on Air, and post the recorded sessions onYouTube channel and the IPNE website. You need a Google account to participate, but not to view the shows on YouTube.

    Face The Book looks through the eyes of authors, independent publishers, book sellers, and readers. In future episodes, we'll be taking you inside book shops, coffee shops, print shops, and libraries. We'll look in on book clubs, book shelves, and other locations where people are writing, making, selling, or reading books.

    At Face The Book, we dive boldly into the swirl of new media in this age of the Kindle, mega-bookstores, micro-blogging, cloud computing, and Amazon and help readers discover exciting, new, independently published books - and perhaps publish their own or find a publisher.

    Authors and independent publishers can fill out this form to give us some background about you prior to your appearance on Face The Book TV. We will not share this information without your direct permission. 

    When we receive that form, we'll contact you with a link to the schedule where you can pick from a selection of available dates.

    Thanks so much for your interest and participation. 

    Charlotte Pierce, producer

    Face The Book is produced by Pierce Press with the collaboration of Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE.org), and with grateful recognition to our heroic volunteers and our training at Arlington Community Media (ACMi.TV).

  • 11 Apr 2014 9:52 AM | Deleted user
    Polly Parker Press is participating in the James Patterson $1 million grant to indie bookstores. Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA has invited Author, Julie Freyermuth and Illustrator, Dr. Virginia K. Freyermuth to speak at the Cambridge Public Schools. The mother-daughter team will present their picture book Norbert: What Can Little Me Do? to hundreds of students and thanks to the grant, every child in attendance will get to leave with a copy of the book. Their first presentations were on April 8th and covered by The Boston Globe newspaper:
  • 19 Mar 2014 6:14 PM | Deleted user

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    You want to be hip, with it, ahead of the curve: you have decided to publish an e-book! E-books have found their way into the limelight of popularity and success so it makes sense to expand your literary career to include this medium but e-books come with their own set of publishing do’s and don’ts. “But I want to be one of the cool kids” you say. Don’t worry, we will help your book find its way to those readers who have transitioned to digital and never looked back. Here are 7 tips to make publishing your e-book quick, easy, and a major success.

    1.    Take your book for a test drive
    Your magnum opus is complete and ready to be published – almost, before you send it off into the world of e-books you should probably have someone else look at it. It is important to ask friends, colleagues, and mentors, specifically people you trust to review your book and provide honest feedback. Getting an outside perspective is key to ensuring that your writing is clear, concise, and connects with your audience. Take the time to complete this step, review the feedback with an open mind, and make any needed changes before you have a proofreader review your book. It would be a shame to pay for a grammar review, only to decide to re-write an entire chapter next week!

    2.    Dot your i’s and cross your t’s
    Becoming a published author can be a rollercoaster of emotions; buckle up, hold on tight, and don’t allow the chaos to make you fail to notice a minor grammatical detail. While it may be more cost   effective to attempt to do this yourself, we recommend that you hire an outside editor to review the final draft of your book before you send it off to be published. Why?  Because once you look at something as many times as you have gone over your novel, everything starts to run together and appear exactly as you intend for them to be – not as they actually are. Protect yourself from outside scrutiny and have a third party defend your grammatical honorundefinedit’s worth the investment.

    3.    Don’t judge a book by its cover
    We all know they saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” but, unfortunately people do. While we feel that no book should be discriminated against because of its’ cover art, most shoppers use the cover as a way to determine if a book is worthy of their hard earned money and precious free time. Unless your graphic design skills are well beyond novice, we recommend leaving this task to the professionals. Don’t leave your work of art without the window dressing it deserves; invest in a cover that is truly reflective of the brilliant words enclosed within.

    4.    What do you want for your book?

    Before you publish your book, ask yourself, “what do I want for my book and what does its’ success look like to me?” Does the thought of worldwide distribution make your eyes grow wide with excitement? Is digital the only domain you want your book to live in? What about printing for brick and mortar stores ? Determine what features you are looking for in a publishing platform and it will be easier to research and determine the best possible solution for you. Break out the whiteboard or start a fresh excel workbook to keep your thoughts neat, organized, and color coded.

    5.    It’s all about the metadata
    Metadata is the best way to improve your book’s chances of being sold. When you upload your book into any publishing platform you will be asked to provide information about your book, all of that information is classified as metadata. Take the time to give detailed descriptions that are keyword-rich since this information will be used to add your book to the database of titles. Think of metadata as SEO (search engine optimization), the more information you provide about your book and its’ contents the more likely consumers will be able to find it. Strong metadata provides more opportunities for your book to show up in searches that are done by shoppers, increasing the likelihood of it being sold. At the end of the day book sales are what all authors aspire for, right?

    6.    Make it official
    An ISBN is the industry standard identifier used for book and book-like products worldwide. Giving your book an ISBN opens the door to broader distribution and allows for more efficient marketing of products by booksellers, libraries, universities, wholesalers and distributors. You can purchase an ISBN from many agencies, once you’ve completed your purchase you will need to register your selected ISBN to your title with R.R. Bowker. We recommend that you check with your selected publishing platform before you complete a purchase because some companies allow you to purchase ISBN’s and register them in the platform and some do not require an ISBN. It is also important to remember that if you want to have a print version of your book it will need its’ own ISBN.

    7.    Formatting doesn’t just apply to paragraphs
    One of the greatest differences between an e-book and a standard print book is file format. Why?  E-readers and mobile devices are not as equipped to correctly display your content if they are not provided with a tech friendly file format. There are two types of file formats that are most common: EPUB  (.epub) and Mobi (.mobi). You can usually find the file format preferred by your chosen publishing platform on their website. There are plenty of services that allow you to convert your standard word processing file into an e-book friendly version. Just keep one thing in mind, not all conversions are equal so use caution when selecting a file conversion service.  

    You are now but an upload away from being a published author. Go you! After all that work it is time to celebrate your success. Hopefully these tips have helped de-mystify some of the e-book publishing process and provided some insight into reaching a larger audience.
  • 10 Mar 2014 11:58 AM | Deleted user
    Well, all the books are out to the judges and the judging forms are making their way back. Some very interesting results.

    Find out who won at the IPNE New England Publishing Conference, April 4-5 at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center.
  • 23 Feb 2014 8:06 AM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)
    Tue, Feb 25, 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

    Hangouts On Air
    Indie Office Hours is an informal Google+ online chat about independent publishing, writing, social media, and other topics of interest to authorpreneurs and independent publishers. Indie Office Hours is at 12 noon every Tuesday, except on weeks with major holidays in New England.

    Our lead-off panelist for this session is +Eric Enge of +Stone Temple Consulting, who will be the Saturday keynote speaker at the IPNE.org Annual Conference on April 4-5 in Southbridge, Mass. Eric will be dropping some hints about what he'll share with our indie authors & publishers at the conference, including strategies for relationship marketing, reputation & platform-building, and search optimization for the book business.

    The first six people who check in to the event before 11:30 am EST will be invited into the panel, and we'll swap others in if space allows. Let us know by a comment in on the Event page if you are interested in joining the panel.

    Please make sure you have installed the Hangout plugin for Google Plus (Google+). Then "Follow" and "+1" the IPNE Google+ page for the best chance of receiving the invite notification.

    #authorpreneur   #publishing   #ipne   #indieofficehours
  • 16 Feb 2014 12:23 PM | Deleted user
    The first round of books are making their way to the judges! Don't be left out. Only 12 more days to get your books in.
  • 06 Feb 2014 2:07 PM | Deleted user
    Here is the link to an interview Barbara did with Gayle Heney of Haverhill Community Television for her show WRITE NOW.  Gayle is a wonderful interviewer, and Barbara was proud to follow Paul Harding, Brunonia Barry and other we'll-known authors. She accepts requests for interviews, so she might be a valuable resource for members.


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