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  • 14 Dec 2020 12:30 PM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)
    We have a winner for the Nov. #IPNEMember hashtag contest!

    IPNE member Martha Reynolds was born and raised in Rhode Island. When she wrapped up her distinguished career as a fraud investigator in 2011, Martha decided it was time to do something she really enjoyed.

    Fast forward to 2020, and Martha Reynolds is now the author of nine novels. Her novel Villa del Sol was awarded the 2018 Book Prize in Literary Fiction by the Independent Publishers of New England. She is also a member of ARIA, the Assoc. of Rhode Island Authors.

    Use the #IPNEMember hashtag on social media for a chance to win publishing services, memberships and renewals, books and other goodies.

  • 11 Dec 2020 11:29 AM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)

    YOUR 2020 BOARD 

    The election for the IPNE Board of Directors has been certified! We are pleased to announce that we have a great group of 11 talented and experienced board members who are eager to serve IPNE.  An annual meeting to introduce the new board members will be announced soon.

    Click links to find the IPNE profiles for your new board members: Inanna Arthen, Kiki Tapiero, Connelly AkstensRuby Fink, Jon Meyer, Spencer Smith, Mike Rochester, Jane English.

    Incumbents serving for another year are Eddie Vincent (president), Charlotte Pierce (member-at-large), and Mike Piekny (awards).

    • Mon. Nov. 23 Nomination deadline (extended from 11/16)
    • Weds. Nov. 30 Ballots sent to membership
    • Mon. Dec. 7 Ballots due
    • Fri. Dec. 11 New Board of Directors announced
    • Date TBA: Annual Meeting
    • Jan. 12, 2021 First board meeting of 2021
  • 03 Dec 2020 3:41 PM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)

    Dec. 7 is the deadline to get your ballots in for the IPNE Board of Directors! We have a great group of talented and experienced candidates who are eager to serve IPNE. Click links to find the IPNE profiles for this year's  candidates: Inanna Arthen, Kiki Tapiero, Connelly AkstensRuby Fink, Jon Meyer, Spencer Smith, Mike Rochester, Jane English. Incumbents in for one more year are Eddie Vincent, Michael Piekny, and Charlotte Pierce.

    Ballots have been sent out - please check your email, make sure your membership is current, and submit your ballot electronically by Dec. 7. You can also find and fill out the ballot on this website. For questions, please email the Nominating Committee.

    • Oct. 1 Call for nominations
    • Mon. Nov. 23 Nomination deadline (extended from 11/16)
    • Weds. Nov. 30 Ballots sent to membership
    • Mon. Dec. 7 Ballots due by 11:59 PM
    • Fri. Dec. 11 New board announced
    • Jan. 12, 2021 First board meeting of 2021
  • 11 Nov 2020 11:10 AM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)

    Among IPNE's most promising initiatives are the local groups that are forming across the region. Groups active this year include Maine, Vermont, and Metro Boston Publishers. Southeast Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island are in need of coordinators, but groups have been set up and these groups have a core membership.

    What does a regional group coordinator do?

    Dive in, it's easy and fun! Simply set up regular meeting spot, invite some author/publisher friends, pick a topic or speaker (or not), and presto! You have a regional group! As a coordinator, you'll get a free IPNE membership or renewal after a year and/or 4 meetings (online recommended during the pandemic), and other perks. IPNE can set up a Zoom or Streamyard session for you if you wish, and we will post your meetups on this website in our Events page so people can RSVP.

    Thanks to Meditative Gardner and 2019 Book of the Year winner Cheryl Wilfong and HeartWood Press publisher Lynn Levine for organizing this year's Vermont Regional Group! Click here to join the Vermont regional discussion group.

    Membership in IPNE regional branches is open to all, with extra benefits available to those who become IPNE members. Use the IPNE contact form for help starting a branch in your area, and watch our events page for existing regional group meetings.

  • 02 Jul 2020 7:42 PM | Geoffrey Dutton

    I liked a post by Gail Reitenbach in today's IPBA email newsletter about her choice to pursue indie publishing after having worked in various capacities in the industry. It details a number of reasons why traditional publishing today isn't a good home for striving authors and what the alternatives are, but it provides no magic bullets for getting authors and their publications noticed in the marketplace. Still, it's a good and instructive read.

  • 03 Dec 2019 9:59 AM | Geoffrey Dutton

    Let me ask a favor, one I would be happy to return. While this blog is pretty quiescent, it seems a good venue to reach out to the authors, self-publishers, and indies who collectively make up IPNE. Are your notifications on?

    The favor I'm asking is for you to visit my publishing website and rummage around in it (It has a dozen or so pages, most of which concern my novel Turkey Shoot, and a blog). Then tell me what I'm doing wrong, and if any ameliorations occur to you, what  I could do better. In return, I will cast an eye on your online enterprise, if you care for feedback.

    I read a lot of columns and listen to podcasts telling authors how to approach the hardest part of their job, publicity. They tend to play up the importance of websites as sales magnets. And so, having run a Wordpress blog for about five years, I used it to publicize the novel I was writing between 2015 and 2018. Among those pages were a lead-in, synopsis, backstory, a sample chapter, a set of podcasts of me reading chapters, and even a list of the people and places that populated the story line, and also photos evocative of places where the action took place. All in all, it was a lot more collateral than most authors put online.

    When it came time to publish, I opted for the Hybrid model with a publisher that gave me all the rights to the book and allowed me to publish under my own imprint. And thus, Perfidy Press was born. And of course it needed a website that would put my novel up front, as opposed to the back pages of my blog.

    I picked a cute URL, bought it for under a dollar, signed up for hosting, and set up another Wordpress. The whole exercise took less than a month to get working. It went online about a month before my launch date (9/11/18, selected as appropriate for a thriller featuring an Islamic Terrorist). After a few months of little usage, I changed the theme, edited some of my copy, and embedded a video of an interview I had before the book came out. There's even a press kit, and of course a pop-up announcing the award IPNE bestowed upon the book last month ("Courage in Fiction").

    I choose not to set up any eCommerce. Even though it probably wouldn't have been hard to do, I had decided I didn't want to involve myself in fulfilling orders, and simply directed readers to the online bookseller of their choice with links to my book at Amazon, Apple, Kobo, Indiebound, and B&N. Was this a mistake?

    I keep tweaking it, but am never quite sure how engaging Perfidy.Press is for someone who has stumbled upon it. Few comments come my way and even fewer new subscriptions to the TinyLetter newsletter that I occasionally emit to 140 victims, most of whom I coerced onto my list in the first place. At least, only half a dozen have unsubscribed. And for the record, I haven't spent a lick of time optimizing SEO, black art that it is. Am I missing out on significant traffic as a result? What do you think?

    So check it out and sock it to me. You can find me in the member directory, but just in case here's an email address. And feel free to comment underneath this post if it isn't for eyes only.

    And if you have a website you want checked out, give a shout.

    Thanks y'all.

  • 10 Jun 2019 9:36 AM | Eddie Vincent (Administrator)

     I taught history for 37 years at Harvard, Carnegie Mellon, the Naval War College, and Williams College, and wrote eight books.  Earlier this year I published A Life in History, my autobiography as an historian, under my imprint, Mount Greylock Books.  On May 28 I talked about the book before an enthusiastic audience at the Harvard Coop.  The talk can be heard here.  Enjoy!

     David Kaiser

  • 11 Apr 2018 9:30 AM | Eddie Vincent (Administrator)

    Now - June 30th: Upload Your Books for Free
    Code is (all caps): SELFPUB

    So a $49 savings on print and $25 on ebooks

    This information was shared by Mellisa Sherlin on 4/10/18

  • 14 Mar 2018 5:53 PM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)

    Beyond the I: When Memoir Meets History

    Saturday, March 24
    1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Ford House, SNHU Campus

    Memoirist Mimi Schwartz“But my life isn’t interesting!” many people who want to write memoir tell me.  But every life is, especially when you weave in history —be it family legacies, neighborhood landmarks, or the social history that shapes us.  Through readings, discussion, and in-class exercises, participants discover new strategies for writing their life stories in ways that friends, family or strangers will want to read on. This workshop focuses on the ways that personal narrative is enriched be history —be it family legacies, neighborhood landmarks, or the social history that shapes us.  Open to all levels. Limit to 14.

    Mimi Schwartz is the author of seven books, most recently, When History Is Personal (University of Nebraska Press, March 2018). Her other books include the award-winning Good Neighbors, Bad Times- Echoes of My Father’s German Village, winner of the New Hampshire Outstanding Literary Nonfiction Award for 2008-2009; Thoughts from a Queen-Sized Bed, a JCC pick for ten best nonfiction books of 2002; and the popular Writing True, The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction. Her essays have been widely anthologized and ten are Notables in the Best American Essays series. She is Professor Emerita in Writing at Richard Stockton University.

    The cost for this workshop is $50 for NHWP members or $75 for nonmembers.

    To register, go to our webiste at www.nhwritersproject.org/workshops/

  • 08 Dec 2017 5:45 PM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)

    Observations on Bookstore Marketing - NEIBA Report

    by Bonnie Kreitler, Rambling Dog Publications

    Volunteering for IPNE at September's New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA) convention was a great way to meet people who love books. Those strolling the exhibit floor were bookstore buyers (and a few librarians) looking to discover the next best new books. Others (publishers like us IPNE members) were there to be discovered by buyers. So how did that work out?

    I went to learn more about book discovery, so during the afternoon of the exhibit day, I went on a walkabout to see what other publishers (most bigger most IPNE members) were doing to attract store buyers and to learn what a small publisher might duplicate. I also approach strolling store buyers to ask them directly to ask how they preferred learning about new books.

    Here are my notes:

    • Book buyers like access to advanced reader copies (ARCs) but have a preference for physical copies. Electronically, they like Edelweiss and give Netgalleys a pass.
    • Hearing about a book from a trusted source definitely gets points—a customer, another bookseller, a librarian, a book distributor’s rep, a trusted reviewer or book catalogs they trust to carry the kind of books they stock.
    • Reviews are important but book buyers want them to be CREDIBLE—from a trusted source (see above), starred reviews from trusted sources like Publishers Weekly, Library Journal. Reviews from paid review sources are ignored.
    • Some independent bookstores hold space for local authors. See if this might work for your book in some way.
    • NEVER say AMAZON to a bookstore buyer. Either to their face, on your website, in your marketing literature, etc., etc. One said that they don’t mind an Amazon buy button on a site as long as there’s at least a buy button for IndieBound above it.
    • Which brings me to rack cards. Rack cards at an exhibit from booksellers should give booksellers information they want and need to order: all basic metadata like publication date, number of pages, ISBNs of all formats, the name of the book’s distributor (if you have one) and the name of the wholesalers stocking the book (Ingram and Baker & Taylor are the big gorillas). If your rack card says get it from Amazon or has no way for them to order the book except directly from you, they will move on.
    • Book buyers also move on if a book’s cover or copyright page clearly indicates it is a self-published book, print-on-demand book. If they are interested enough to check out your web site, they are looking for signs and the only way to get the book is through Amazon or another POD distribution channel, they will move on.

    Fellow volunteers Charlotte Pierce, Lisa Cohen, and Donna Markussen made for great company. Our books are very different but, in between conversations with potential book buyers, we were able to share and explore marketing ideas with one another. Thanks, all! - Bonnie Kreitler

    Rambling Dog Publications LLC
    P.O. Box 547|Southport, CT 06890|203-254-9230 office
    New Fiction Release! I HEARD YOUR DOG DIED: Imaginings for Those Who Have Lost a Pet - ** 2017 IBPA Ben Franklin Book Awards Silver Medalist **

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