Angela Bole is the chief executive officer of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the largest book publishing association in the U.S., serving independent publishers and self-published authors.
IBPA’s mission is to lead and serve the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success.
IBPA’s vision is a world where every independent publisher has the tools and knowledge needed to professionally engage in all aspects of the publishing industry.
Here are the fun nuggets from our interview:
Fun nugget #1: IBPA is “here to help you” as an aspiring author/publisher.
Fun nugget #2: The industry IS knowable (and IBPA is working on things like checklists for a professionally produced book). Here is a link to that checklist.
Fun nugget #3: Self-publishing is still suffering from a “stigma”- but things are changing for the better.
Fun nugget #4: Amazon is something that, as authors, we need to learn to live with. (Here is the article Angels referenced in the interview).
Fun nugget #5: Beware of purchasing publishing services (we talk about industry predators).
Fun nugget #6: Scale is important if authors/publishers want to see some traction financially.
Fun nugget #7: Don’t let the thin margins scare you away; remember the Karma paycheck! 🙂
More about Angela
Prior to joining IBPA, Angela served two years as deputy executive director of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), an organization that fosters conversation and consensus across all sectors of the book business. Before that, she served two years as BISG’s associate director and two years as its marketing and communications manager.
Angela holds a Master of Science in Book Publishing from New York University and currently serves on the board of directors for the Book Industry Study Group. She lives in Redondo Beach, California where she rides her bike to work as often as possible.
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