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  • 18 Nov 2014 6:35 PM | Christine Frost (Administrator)


    I confess--I’m a digital hoarder. I attribute it to all the research I do to write historical fiction. Over the years, I’ve taken notes from countless books to ensure I’m accurately portraying any historical figures, cuisine, and cultures I’m writing about in a novel. There’s a delicate balance in historical fiction. The amount of research needed to move comfortably within a narrative is tremendous, and as a writer, you don’t want to spool out endless facts just because you found dozens of fascinating details in your sources. Soot houses dotting the medieval Irish landscape may provide just the right touch of authenticity, but an expository paragraph on their construction and functionality bogs down the narrative.

    In recent years, the ability to find free, high quality resources online has been a tremendous boon for people across the world. The last week of October is International Open Access Week, and it celebrates a revolutionary movement in the Digital Age. Harvard University has played a central role in making its research freely available worldwide through the DASH Project, which launched in 2009. They encourage testimonials around the globe to show how the resources they’ve amassed have benefitted people. Peter Stuber, director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communications, offers his book on Open Access for free on the DASH site. It’s a great overview of this new movement and how its uses are limitless.

    How has it helped me as an author? I love to study the Ancient Near East. Reliable resources that cover Mesopotamia’s history thoroughly have been frustratingly far and few between. Works published in the mid-twentieth century have proven to be incomplete understandings of Sumerian culture. Through DASH, I now have access to the newest research done by faculty and students at Harvard, among other institutions as more and more universities adopt the Open Access model. Satellite photos taken during the Cold War reveal ancient trade routes in the Middle East that were previously unknown, and are freely available. The world I write about now feels much more complete.

    Open Access goes beyond the DASH model. The Digital Public Library of America was conceived after a conference on the history of publishing at Radcliffe in 2010. It hosts more than 8 million sources online from museums, libraries, and archives. From Prohibition to the history of social movements in the US, it serves as an amazing resource, and authors can find a wealth of information to help develop their works. Additionally, OpenCulture.com has films, audio files, courses, books, and more archived online. While writing a short story about Mesopotamia for a literary journal, listening to a professor read the Epic of Gilgamesh in the original Akkadian language was incredibly inspirational, and help me infuse the story with a bit more atmosphere that I may not have otherwise been able to include.

    These educational sources help everyone--not just people who write historical fiction. New research on social sciences, medicine, and technology and beyond is available for writers of any genre and style. If you add anything to your writer’s toolbox, bookmark these sites and spread the word. 

  • 18 Nov 2014 6:27 PM | Christine Frost (Administrator)

    We had a perfect fall day for the Boston Book Festival. On October 25, more than 25,000 people came to Copley Square to attend sessions and visit dozens of vendor booths. IPNE’s table was bustling with activity all day, and it was fabulous to be part of it. I was one of 16 authors who signed books, and we had more than 50 books on display from other IPNE members. If you sent your books to us to put on display, rest assured, they got a lot of attention!

    For me, the timing couldn’t have been better. My third novel, Whiskey and Rue, which is set in Tombstone, Arizona, was slated for release that weekend to commemorate the 133rd anniversary of the gunfight at OK Corral. To have the official launch take place at one of Boston’s best public events was wonderful, and I was grateful to IPNE for the opportunity to showcase my work there. If you haven’t taken advantage of the benefits IPNE offers, consider getting involved in the Boston Book Festival next year. Even if you can’t be there in person, having an ad in the catalog is well worth it--people were eager to grab a copy, and having a book on display generates plenty of interest as well!

    It was fun being immersed in all the activity. While I was there to promote my new novel and talk about how I came to my “theme” as an authorundefinedfinding real women who have been marginalized in history and giving them a voice to tell their tale, I was inspired by the energy and interest in IPNE. Many indie authors and writing and publishing groups of all kinds asked questions about IPNE, and wanted to get involved. While Boston Book Festival’s “Indie Alley” experiment didn’t go well last year, we were in the heart of all the activity, and it’s a pleasure to be a part of such a vibrant organization.

    We complied a video of the photos from our table, please click here to view it. 


  • 18 Nov 2014 12:34 PM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)

    IPNE enjoyed meeting Rhode Island authors and displaying members' books at the ARIA  Expo in West Warwick, RI on Nov. 8. 

    If you picked up a membership form at the Expo, don't wait to claim your 50% off membership special with the coupon on that form!  

    The Expo is produced by IPNE member and ARIA founder Steven R. Porter of Stillwater River Press.


  • 29 Oct 2014 9:35 AM | Jennifer Delaney
    Jennifer Delaney, Judith Rosen, Pam Fenner, and Steven Porter at NEIBA

    Whew! It has been a super busy fall for JMD Publishing, with three big book shows: The New England Independent Booksellers, New England Library Association, and most recently, the Boston Book Festival!

    This was my first experience exhibiting with IPNE at these shows, and I just want to say kudos to all the organizers as everything went so smoothly, and I was thrilled with the way my (new) publishing company was able to be introduced to the community. And, what a fantastic way to hit all areas of the marketplace in a period of one month! We chatted with booksellers at NEIBA, talked with librarians at NELA and then of course, the public, at BBF. 

    I was so happy to see how encouraging the library community was of independent and self-publishing. It was truly refreshing! At Boston Book Festival everyone was so enthusiastic about  Little Mouse's Adventures at Fenway Park, and my author, Brittany Bang, was so happy to be steadily signing books for the whole hour! 

    Thank you again to everyone for all your hard work. I look forward to growing my company within this very supportive community!

    - Jennifer Delaney, JMD Publishing, Rhode Island

  • 24 Oct 2014 12:02 PM | Maggie Galen

    Dear IPNE Friends of Keeno & Ernest-
    The jungle needs to hear from you this time!!

    That's right, I need your vote! I have entered a contest called "50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading" and every vote counts! If you follow this link to The Author Show and scroll to the bottom, you'll find my name. You can click on it to read my essay entitled "My Writing Journey" and then go back to the "Click Here to Vote." Thank you in advance for your support!

    My radio interview with The Author Show is running right now, if you'd like to listen to it!  Just go to:  http://www.wnbnetworkwest.com/WnbAuthorsShow.html

    Thank you in advance for your support!

    Always Follow Your Dreams!
    Maggie van Galen
    Author of The Adventures of Keeno and Ernest~ "The Banana Tree" and "The Diamond Mine"

    Learn more at www.maggievangalen.com or follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maggievangalenauthor

  • 20 Oct 2014 12:14 PM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)
    "It's been busier today," on the second day of the New England Library Assn. (NELA) conference in Boxborough, Mass, reported NELA show coordinator and founding IPNE board member Tordis Isselhardt.Exhibiting IPNE members Rick Wiggin, Kelly KittelJennifer Delaney, Ian Lamont have been helping out both days. Click this link for a PDF catalog insert of exhibited books by IPNE members: IPNE-NELA 2014 Catalog Insert-FINAL.pdf
  • 10 Oct 2014 11:22 AM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)

    APSS hosts action-packed Book-Selling University, Oct. 24-25

    APSS Book-Selling UniversityPublishers motivated to sell more books at the Book Selling University, sponsored by IPNE affiliate, the Association of Publishers for Special Sales. Book-Selling University is sponsored by Bowker and the Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS), in Philadelphia on October 24-25. 

    APSS director Brian Jud offered a scholarship to one IPNE member. IPNE members are able to attend APSS events under the organization's member discount. 

    Association of Publishers for Special SalesGet motivated to sell more books atBook Selling University, sponsored by IPNE affiliate, theAssociation of Publishers for Special Sales.

    Book-Selling University is sponsored by Bowker and the Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS). It will be held in Philadelphia on October 24-25. 

    "Many of our personal goals are stranded on a little island called, 'Someday I'll,' " said APSS founder Brian Jud. "Don't wait for your idea to happen. This event will give you a kick in the seat of the pants to make it happen."

    As an IPNE member, you can attend Book Selling University on the APSS member discount, and leave with a valuable list of practical techniques to help you reach your book sales goals. 

    IPNE is offering a full tuition scholarship to one lucky member who signs up for APSS Book-Selling Universityby Oct. 19. Members who register by that date will be placed in a drawing for reimbursement. Please indicate your IPNE affiliation when you register.

    IPNE offers scholarship for APSS Book-Selling University, Oct. 24-25

    Association of Publishers for Special SalesGet motivated to sell more books atBook Selling University, sponsored by IPNE affiliate, theAssociation of Publishers for Special Sales.

    Book-Selling University is sponsored by Bowker and the Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS). It will be held in Philadelphia on October 24-25. 

    "Many of our personal goals are stranded on a little island called, 'Someday I'll,' " said APSS founder Brian Jud. "Don't wait for your idea to happen. This event will give you a kick in the seat of the pants to make it happen."

    As an IPNE member, you can attend Book Selling University on the APSS member discount, and leave with a valuable list of practical techniques to help you reach your book sales goals. 

    IPNE is offering a full tuition scholarship to one lucky member who signs up for APSS Book-Selling Universityby Oct. 19. Members who register by that date will be placed in a drawing for reimbursement. Please indicate your IPNE affiliation when you register.

    IPNE offers scholarship for APSS Book-Selling University, Oct. 24-25

    Association of Publishers for Special SalesGet motivated to sell more books atBook Selling University, sponsored by IPNE affiliate, theAssociation of Publishers for Special Sales.

    Book-Selling University is sponsored by Bowker and the Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS). It will be held in Philadelphia on October 24-25. 

    "Many of our personal goals are stranded on a little island called, 'Someday I'll,' " said APSS founder Brian Jud. "Don't wait for your idea to happen. This event will give you a kick in the seat of the pants to make it happen."

    As an IPNE member, you can attend Book Selling University on the APSS member discount, and leave with a valuable list of practical techniques to help you reach your book sales goals. 

    IPNE is offering a full tuition scholarship to one lucky member who signs up for APSS Book-Selling Universityby Oct. 19. Members who register by that date will be placed in a drawing for reimbursement. Please indicate your IPNE affiliation when you register.
    Book-Selling University
  • 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

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    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)

    PUBLISHER PICK-NIC BOXED LUNCHEON at NEIBA

    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.

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