Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE) have one simple goal – to help independent publishers build and grow their publishing and related businesses. We serve as a collaborative educational and trade association for small and mid-size independent book publishers and independent authors in the six New England states.

Who should join IPNE?

  • Publishers worldwide with books that have connections to, or markets in, New England.
  • Product and service vendors to the New England publishing community, including librarians and bookstores.
  • Students and unpublished authors interested in learning the publishing process.

Independent publishers and vendors join IPNE to participate in networking, education, problem-solving, cooperative marketing and book exhibits, industry events, and sharing of best practices.

IPNE is a nonprofit mutual-benefit corporation registered in the State of Vermont. Click here to view a copy of our bylaws.


  • The Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE)  is an organization of professionals, authors, and companies who collaborate to help each other learn and succeed in the independent book publishing field. Active membership in IPNE is well over 200 members.
  • IPNE serves as an advocate for the regional independent publishing community, taking on specific advocacy projects, if and when approved by the Board of Directors.
  • IPNE offers educational programs, networking, marketing opportunities, advocacy, and information about publishing. The organization is supported primarily by membership dues and other income substantially related to its purpose.
  • IPNE is not organized for profit or to engage in an activity ordinarily carried on for profit. No part of IPNE’s earnings are to benefit any individual or officer, other than as reimbursement for goods and services if approved by the Board of Directors. 


2022-2023 Elected Members: Thanks to our new board members for their enthusiasm and dedication to helping IPNE members “make better books & sell more of them!” Board meetings are on second Tuesdays, and we welcome board nominations, questions, and agenda items from members – please send via IPNE.org/contact


Eddie Vincent - Encircle Publications

Eddie Vincent, co-owner of Encircle Publications, has been in the publishing and graphic design field for more than 30 years. His company Encircle Publications specializes in complete book production, and is home to The Aurorean poetry journal. Eddie works with publishers and independent authors, helping them with all their design needs and all facets of bringing a book to life. Eddie and his wife Cynthia, a poet and editor, live in Maine. 


Podcast/Livestream, Regional Groups, Conference Committee 

Charlotte R. Pierce - Pierce Press

Charlotte has participated as an IPNE member since 2007, serving in most positions on the Board of Directors over the years, including President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Regional Groups manager. She coordinates the Metro Boston regional group for IPNE.

Charlotte runs the independent publishing house Pierce Press and podcast production company, Pierce Productions. Charlotte gives a free publishing or podcasting consult to IPNE and IBPA members.


Spencer Smith 

Spencer Smith has been involved in book publishing for more than thirty years. He has worked at Fodor’s Travel Guides, David MacKay Publishers, Book-of-the-Month Club and Dearborn Financial Publishing. He is author of two books on maritime and travel subjects. Spencer has edited and published numerous titles in the business, maritime, travel and history fields. Seapoint Books and Media was formerly Smith/Kerr Associates.

Mike Rochester 

Membership Team, Conference Committee, Metro Boston Regional Group 

Mike Rochester - ghostwriter, editor and publisher

Mike is a freelance ghostwriter, editor and publisher. He is also the Managing Editor and Anthology Barista at The Fictional Café literary magazine. Mike is an IPNE Membership Chair and serves on the Conference Committee. He’s one of the co-hosts of IPNE’s Metro Boston Publishers Regional Meetup group. You can find his work on Linktree. 

Connelly Akstens 

Events Committee 

Connelly Akstens, author of Without Shame: Learning to Be Me (2021, Potowomut Press), has been active for years in transgender advocacy as a speaker for SpeakOUT Boston and at many conferences. She teaches Shakespeare and the History of Ideas at SUNY/ Empire State College and has been an award-winning feature writer for Adirondack Life and many other magazines and journals. As a musician, Connelly has released five CDs of original and American roots music. She is a licensed Adirondack guide and an avid gardener. 

Scott Chanell 

New Board Member 

Scott Chanell-Author, publisher

Scott has self-published four non-fiction books on sales and marketing topics to establish thought leadership and demonstrate expertise on sales and marketing topics.

He published his first book in 2004. He enjoys the art and science of positioning and marketing a non-fiction book to sell and generate business for services offered. Scott runs Finding Business LLC, ScottChannell.com and FindingBusiness.com.


Odile Sullivan-Tarazi 

New Board Member 

Odile Sullivan-Tarazi - Editor and Book Coach

Odile works with indie authors as a developmental editor, line editor, and book coach. She’s edited genre flash fiction at Havok, slushed flash with a literary bent at Flash Fiction Magazine, and begins this spring as a prose editor at literary-minded VoiceCatcher. 

Throughout her career, Odile has mentored novice editors and writers. While with San Jose arts and culture publication Content Magazine, she developed editorial standards and established an editing department. She’s reviewed indie, hybrid, and small-press books for several services, including Chanticleer Reviews and BlueInk Review. More recently, she judges for writing contests and book awards.

Michael DeSanto 

New Board Member 

Michael DeSanto - Bookstore Owner and Publisher

Michael DeSanto has owned bookstores in Vermont since 1995 and has published off and on since 1997. In addition to owning or partnering in Phoenix Books Essex, Rutland, Burlington, Yankee Bookshop in Woodstock, and The Bookstore in Brandon, he publishes POD as Onion River Press. and with a traditional imprint as Maple Tree Editions. The Press has recently added a partner to carry Onion River Press towards wider distribution and to discover unpublished quality Vermont writers. In recent days he has been busy helping to establish the new Green Mountain Book Festival in Burlington and to grow the Vermont Authors Project.

” I am honored to be offered membership on the board of directors for IPNE and I look forward to learning from and sharing with the diverse members of the group.” 

Isai Gutierrez 

New Board Member 

Isai Gutierrez - Author and Publisher

Isai’s most proud accomplishment is his family.  Isai is a husband and the father of four sons.  While professionally, he has spent most of his career as an educator in both the public and private sectors, Isai’s true passion has always been art and creative thinking. 

In March 2020, Isai published his first children’s book, Miguel Goes to Eagle School.  His writing exemplifies a love of family and teaching life lessons.  As part of this journey Isai started his own publishing company, Dancing Duck Publishing, so that he could help others navigate the publishing journey and have full control over this book and future projects.  

Past Board Members & Staff

We are grateful to our past board members for their service: Ruby Fink, Jon Meyer,  Jack Rochester, Geoffrey Dutton, David Shiang, Peg Roberts, Bill Cordaro, Michelle Burinskas, Ian Lamont, Jane English; and of course our founding directors, Tordis Isselhardt and Pamela Fenner. 

Special thanks to former VP Jon Meyer

Jon served IPNE with skill and insight, heading up our Pandemic Grants program and working on a revise of our bylaws and organizational structure. Jon’s book, Love Poems From New England won twelve national and international awards, including Best Poetry winner for 2020/2021, Eric Hoffer Finalist, International Independent Publisher Award (IPPY) Finalist, International Next Generation Indie Award Finalist, Poetry 2021. His new book, Clouds: love poems from above the fray is due out soon. More information about Jon Meyer can be found on www.jonmeyerpoetry.com