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December 2017: Independent Publishing Now!

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Posted by: Caitlin Walker
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Welcome to Independent Publishing Now!, IBPA's monthly newsletter featuring the hottest news and information from IBPA and its members.

Every month, IBPA brings to the book industry current news of our members' achievements. In addition, each Independent Publishing Now! e-newsletter includes free resources that help independent publishers and self-published authors run their publishing ventures better and smarter.

We're counting on you to let us know about your accomplishments and events. Got a photo of your publishing company in action? Recently been featured in a news story? Send your accomplishments to us and you might find yourself featured in a future issue! Contact Caitlin Walker at for more information.

Member News: December 2017

Welcome to the December 2017 edition of Independent Publishing Now!, IBPA's monthly e-newsletter featuring the latest news and information from IBPA and its members.

We are excited to announce that applications for IBPA's Board of Directors are now open. This year there are six available positions to be filled. IBPA members in good standing are welcome to apply or nominate other IBPA members in good standing. The application can be filled out here.

The Application Deadline is December 31, 2017.

Being on the IBPA Board of Directors is an important way to help carry forth IBPA's mission of leading and serving the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. Applicants should have an understanding of and commitment to the basic mission and strategic goals of the association and be committed to IBPA's Code of Ethics.

More information about the process is available here.


  • Registration for Pubishing University 2018 is open. Don't wait until it's too late - Pub U 2017 sold out! (read more)
  • Registration is open for ongoing (and free) "Ask an IBPA Board Member" webinar series (read more)
  • IBPA's The Language of Publishing: An A-to-Z Glossary of Book Publishing Terms is available as an Epub. Members can download it for free! (read more)

    Now, on with the show! IBPA is pleased to share our members' accomplishments below. Have member news to share? Email Caitlin Walker at to submit your information. We look forward to giving you a shout-out on Twitter, Facebook, or featuring you in a future issue of Independent Publishing Now!

    Thank you for being part of our IBPA community!

    Your IBPA Staff:
    Angela, Terry, Lee, and Caitlin

  • Author & independent publisher Wanda Obermeier poses with Georgia's First Lady Sandra Deal.

    It's been an exciting few months for Adnaw Publishing's Wanda Obermeier. Her award-winning children's book Mama Bird Papa Bird has received high praise from Georgia's First Lady Sandra Deal. While searching for an appropriate book to read to children between 4 and 12, First Lady Deal came across Mama Bird Papa Bird and decided the book would be a perfect fit! She sent Obermeier a handwritten note, praising the title and inviting her to visit Atlanta. In August, Obermeier was able to discuss her book with the First Lady during a two-hour meeting at the Governor's Mansion. "The entire experience was wonderful," Obermeier says. Her books have now been federally trademarked and she has received inquiries from nine countries to have them translated. "I look forward to networking with certified linguists from the Georgia Commission of Interpreters to assist me in several other languages," Obermeier says. "Georgia is a great state, and I am particularly fond of the words printed on each and every one of my books: Made in the USA."

    Author, occupational therapist, & educator Jo Mach

    After spending over 30 years as an Occupational Therapist, author and publisher Jo Mach decided to focus on her passion to share the stories of children with disabilities or special needs. Finding My Way Books is made up of a team of professionals, dedicated to honoring these children by cultivating self-determination, inclusion, and helping families build the skills needed for success. Recently, Mach has been presenting lessons to classrooms through the Skype in the Classroom program. "I've gone all around the world visiting classes but this fall I got invited to visit the Tennessee School for the Deaf [to discuss bullying]," Mach explains. During the presentation, Mach read a story while one of the students signed for her. "[She] did such a wonderful job on my visit I asked if they would allow her to create a video.The school and her parents happily accepted, and the video is now up on YouTube!

    [L to R] Elissa F. Merkl, Jasmine Clark, Desiree Williams, Vivian Fransen, Denise DeVone, and Wendy Jones show their titles during Indie Author Day.

    On Oct. 14, libraries all over the world spent Indie Author Day honoring independently published authors. In New Jersey, the Springfield Public Library dedicated their day to engaging with writers, including Ida Bell Publishing founder Wendy Jones. The author participated as one of the six presenters who discussed the process of publishing and read excerpts from their books. In her recently published title, An Extraordinary Life: Josephine E. Jones, Wendy Jones celebrates the story of her mother's tenacity, professional accomplishments, and dedication to enhancing her community. "While this is the story of one woman who migrated from the South to New York," says reviewer David Rothenberg, "it resonates because the path traveled by Ms. Jones is the story of Black America in the twentieth century." Jones named her company after writer and activist Ida B. Wells and is committed to publishing "the works of people of color, new immigrants, all women and other outsiders."

    Award-winning author publisher Marcia Fine.

    This past September, author-publisher Marcia Fine received an honorable mention in the Arizona Authors Association Literary Awards for her book Hidden Ones: A Veil of Memories. The novel takes place in 1790s Mexico during the Inquisition, where a grandmother is sent to prison after being suspected of practicing Judaism. Her family becomes faced with painful decisions as they encounter the force of the Inquisition and attempt to survive. Fine has frequently written historical fiction and finds family stories fascinating. “My goal is to continue learning and sharing [these] stories,” Marcia explains, “especially with new scientific information about genetic memory and the stain trauma leaves behind for us.” In addition to its honorable mentions, Hidden Ones has also received two first prizes from Bookvana in the categories of Historical Fiction and Multicultural

    Prolific author, literary agent, & book publishing consultant Peter Beren.

    Literary agent and book publishing consultant Peter Beren has recently arranged a deal for Insight Edition's EarthAware imprint. Photographer Art Wolfe and wildlife conservation expert Sam Wasser are teaming up to produce LAST HERD: Elephant Conservation in an Age of Extinction. The title will be Wolfe's 70th book of photography and the prolific photographer has spent much of his career documenting elephants. Wasser, a well-known field biologist, also has a history with these animals, and even participated in the Elephant Census of 2014. Threatened by loss of habitat and illegal ivory poaching, the African Elephant is currently on the verge of extinction. Wolfe and Wasser's goal is to use their book as a call to action, shed light on these issues, and increase conservation efforts.

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