IPNE Member Blog

News - Members, feel free to contribute! Please make sure that your posts relate to independent publishing, writing, or other topics of educational interest to IPNE members. If you are unclear about what type of material to post, please contact our blog editor, Cynthia Hagan Kallai.
  • 08 Jun 2015 11:07 AM | Robert McCarty

    Our August Barking Planet children's book blog features excerpts and links from the world of children's books (including Jack Zipes, Maria Tatar, Marina Warner and Seth Lerer) dealing with content..."Tales of wonder usually have happy endings...The journey may be fearsome, but salvation and awakenings occur in the end...and these stories endure forever."

    We invite you to visit.

  • 28 May 2015 11:06 AM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)

    IPNE OFFICE HOURS, June 4, 10 am

    IPNE at Book Expo America

    share the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSYOP5WFS2E

    Book Expo America - LOGOAs sea changes continue to disrupt traditional publishing, it will be interesting to see what IPNE board member Brian Jud (APSS & CAPA), has to report from Book Expo America (#BEA2015). Jud and IPNE co-founder and former President, Tordis Ilg Isselhardt (Images From The Past), attended the nation's premier book show in New York City on May 28-30. 

    For more on the June 4 show and other Indie Office Hours shows, see http://ipne.org/IPNE-IOH
    IPNE Office Hours are gathering steam! Fire up your webcam & microphone and drop in on Thursdays at 10 am for a chat about publishing, how you're reaching readers these days, your favorite kind of coffee, or anything else!

    If this once-weekly session proves popular, we'll expand it to even more days - volunteer hosts are welcome! It's easy-peasy lemon-squeezy to host or participate - we can even patch you in by phone.

  • 05 May 2015 8:43 AM | Robert McCarty

    Opening Doors of Wonder is the title of our May children's literature blog... ranging from Hogwarts and J.K. Rowling to the Yale Canine Cognition Center (we also support therapy reading dogs); we invite you to visit us: Barking Planet

  • 01 May 2015 7:18 PM | Anonymous

    We are pleased to announce that entries for the 2nd Annual IPNE Book Awards are open through July 31st for books published in 2013, 2014, and 2015 with one category open to perennial sellers that continue to be promoted and sold year after year.

    An IPNE Book Award can help you succeed as an independent author or publisher... whether or not you win! Winning or placing in the IPNE Book Awards can help your book rise to the top and cause readers to seek it out. You’ll gain additional credibility and increase your overall visibility, while partnering with an organization that will actively spread the word about your achievement.

    Books in various categories are welcome in both print and eBook formats. All books are carefully evaluated by an independent, highly qualified judging panel. Awards will be presented during the IPNE Annual Conference in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on September 26, 2015. 

    Get all the details here and please help us spread the word! Let your fellow writers know about the 2nd Annual IPNE Book Awards. Even Non-Members can enter, receiving a full, one-year IPNE membership with the first title submitted.

    We look forward to your entry!

    For more information, please contact Crystal Ponti, Book Awards Coordinator. 

  • 30 Apr 2015 11:36 AM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)

    IPNE Office Hours are gathering steam! Fire up your webcam & microphone and drop in on Thursdays at 10 am for a chat about publishing, our upcoming Annual Conference & Book Awards, the "Big 3" Fall book shows, your favorite kind of coffee, or anything else!

    It's easy-peasy lemon-squeezy to participate - we can even patch you in by phone!

    If this once-weekly session proves popular, we'll expand it to more days - volunteer hosts are welcome! 

  • 30 Apr 2015 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    Looking for something fun to do with the kids?

    Join local author and IPNE member, Maggie van Galen, for a fun-filled day of readings, signings, arts and crafts on May 2, from 10 am to 4 pm.

    Learn more: Haverhill Kids Art Festival

  • 17 Apr 2015 2:23 PM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)

    Tuesday, April 28, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

    Co-sponsored by Old North Church

    In his meticulously researched and award-winning book, Embattled Farmers, IPNE member Richard Wiggin has documented the diverse experiences of 256 ordinary men from one Massachusetts town who served on both sides of the Revolutionary War. In this lecture, Mr. Wiggin will discuss the perspectives of these men themselves – farmers, merchants, African-American slaves and others who held a variety of military positions – and the stories that give a human face to the War of Independence. Book sales and signing will follow the lecture.

    This program is made possible with funding from the Lowell Institute and co-sponsored by the Old South Meeting House. FREE and open to the public, pre-registration requested athttp://osmhapril28-15.bpt.me

  • 05 Mar 2015 10:01 AM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)

    Special Sales Workshop with Brian Jud

    bookmarketing.comIPNE member Brian Jud of the Association of Publishers for Special Sales and Connecticut Authors & Publishers (CAPA) will share his expertise about how you can tap into the lucrative non-bookstore sales pipeline. Brian will give a signup discount to IPNE members who RSVP in advance and attend the workshop. Register here.

    IPNE members pay just $15 for this workshop; the non-member rate is $25. Members may register one guest. Refreshments are provided.

    As with all our Metro Boston events, IPNE membership is half price ($25) for those who apply in person at the workshop.

    If you'd like to join IPNE at the workshop, please choose the no-payment option when you register, and we'll take your combination membership and workshop payment of $40 at the event via check or credit card.

  • 07 Jan 2015 7:41 PM | Anonymous

    For the first time in the 58 years of the New England Book Show, there is a category for especially for small publishers!

    Self-publishers and publishers who release fewer than 10 books a year can submit to the following categories at the reduced fee of $20 for Bookbuilders of Boston members:

    ·         Small/Self Publishers, Illustrated: Books of general interest.

    ·         Small/Self Publishers, Non-Illustrated: Books of general interest.

    ·         Small/Self Publishers, Covers: Books of general interest.

    Of course, you can also submit to any of the other categories as well.  In addition to print books, there are categories for eBooks, Apps, Digital Media, & Multimedia, and Book Covers & Jackets.

    Winning books are selected for their design, quality of materials, and workmanship. The winning entries will be displayed at a festive dinner at Boston Symphony Hall on May 5, 2015 at 6pm.

    Winners will be provided with a graphic that they can feature on their book cover, and will be invited to participate in the Educational Workshop "The Winners Circle" next Fall.

    Selected winners will also have the opportunity to have an interview featured on the Bookbuilders’ blog.

    Book submissions are open until January 30. Send in your books! Let’s show New England what independent publishers can do!

  • 03 Dec 2014 10:43 AM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)

    Next comes an introduction to Crystal Ponti, candidate for IPNE Board of Directors. In the days leading up to our Annual Meeting on Dec. 6, we'll introduce you to all 6 candidates drafted by the Nominating Committee to carry out IPNE's mission in 2015-2016. The full voting and Annual Meeting information is on the home page.

    Crystal Ponti, Manchester, Maine

    Crystal Ponti, Blue Lobster Book Co.Blue Lobster Book Co. was founded by marketing industry veteran Crystal Ponti, who has worked for and consulted with some of the largest sites in the world including Answers.com and Google. Prior to working at Answers, she spent a number of years as a business and marketing planning consultant helping entrepreneurs plan, launch, and grow their businesses.

    Since then, Crystal has focused on book marketing. Most recently she served as Managing Editor, Contributing Author, and publisher of the books The Mother of All Meltdowns (a parenting bestseller) and Clash of the Couples. She also blogs at MommiFried, an outlet for her creative writing and a way for her to share her later‐in-motherhood experiences with all women and parents, is a Huffington Post blogger, and a regular contributor to Felicity Huffman’s site What The Flicka? and Business 2 Community.

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