IPNE Goes Local!

IPNE now has five member-run regional groups - South Shore (MA), Cape & Islands; Vermont; Rhode Island; Maine; and Metro Boston. The groups are free for anyone to join and come with some nice IPNE perks. Join one* or start your own with IPNE's support!

Why join a regional group?

Our regional groups empower and educate indie authors and small publishers about how to succeed in publishing. Members share projects and learn from each other as well as from visiting experts. Meetings are open to IPNE members and non-members alike, with a 50% membership discount available to those who RSVP and attend in person. 

  • If you want to coordinate a regional group, you'll get a FREE IPNE membership for as long as you keep the group going. Suggested frequency for in-person meetups is monthly or bi-monthly, but individual groups are welcome to decide how often they meet. Libraries, churches, bookstores are all good locations. Meetings will be posted on the IPNE website and invitations emailed to nearby IPNE members. Contact the IPNE President or the Regional Branches Manager for guidelines and benefits. 
The Metro Boston Group

IPNE's flagship regional group, the "Metro Boston Publishers" comprises about 12 self-published authors, editors. small publishers, and representatives from IPNE and other organizations. At each bi-monthly meetup, we update individual projects, brainstorm challenges, and discuss topics ranging from finding the right publishing platform to editing and design to marketing and beyond. 

IPNE and Robbins Library Host Publishing Workshop and Book Awards Ceremony

On Saturday, November 4, 2017, IPNE and the Robbins Library in Arlington MA co-sponsored a publishing workshop on How to Publish Your Book and hosted the awards ceremony for this year's IPNE Book Awards competition.

Panelists Eddie Vincent (Encircle Publications), Susannah Noel (Noel Editorial), Mellisa Sherlin (Writers Business School), Glenn C. Koenig (Message Rain) and Charlotte Pierce (Pierce Press) shared their publishing insights with an audience brimming with questions. The discussion ranged from publishing models to editing to ISBN's to distribution and marketing. The workshop culminated with each panelist giving the audience one Do and one Don't tip as advice for indie publishers. Jill Cofsky (Jill Cofsky Voice Actor) and Nelson Suit (Inkspokes Media) acted as co-moderators.

The event was also the occasion for the presentation of the 2017 IPNE Book Awards honoring independently published works entered in this year's competition (and for IPNE members to get together to catch up and meet new friends). Winners and finalists were presented award certificates in each of 9 categories, plus the IPNE Book of the Year. Congratulations to all and in particular to Chuck Veit and his book The Yankee Expedition to Sebastopol (published by 31by5), which won this year's IPNE Book of the Year Award. All winners and finalists are posted on our the IPNE 2017 Book Awards Winners and Finalists page.

 

Thank you to all who helped with this event and the book awards, including the book awards entrants, members of the book awards committee, the judges, the Robbins Library and all of you who took time out to attend!

A Glimpse at the 2017 IPNE Book Awards Judges

For the 2017 IPNE Book Awards, we have gathered a dedicated panel of 32 judges to review book awards submissions. Would you like a glimpse at the judging panel composition and learn more about a few of the judges on the panel?

You'll find that the judges are a diverse book-loving bunch who hail from across New England. 

Visit our 2017 IPNE Book Awards Judges Page to find out more about:

  • Who are the Book Awards judges? Are they all librarians?
  • Where are the judges from?
  • What sort of books are the judges most interested in reading?
  • Why do the judges judge?
The page also features short profiles on some of the judges who have sent in bios for us to share!

IPNE to Host Regular Boston-area Workshop on How to Publish Your Own Book

IPNE recently hosted a workshop in Arlington, MA recently (March 4), titled "How to Publish Your Own Book!" Member and book editor Stephanie Franzosa will work with board member Charlotte Pierce to set up a regular meeting of the "IPNE Metro Boston Branch", as suggested by those attending the March 4 workshop. 

Attendees learned the basic steps involved in producing and presenting a quality book that will attract readers. Providing a forum for questions and discussions on what it takes to publish a book, the workshop sparked creativity and interest from local residents. "It went great," Charlotte said, "the attendees want to meet regularly!" Several also planned to join IPNE.

The success of the workshop tells us about the continued interest of residents in our communities in making and publishing books. It also tells us the opportunities we have to share our knowledge with others as we continue to expand our network and connect over this exhilarating adventure of writing and publishing.

Membership in IPNE Metro Boston is open to all, with extra benefits available to those who become IPNE members. Use the IPNE contact form to join Metro Boston.

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Members can drop in to talk publishing on IPNE's Office Hours. You can share your experience and ask questions. Hosted by IPNE Project Team & board members; please RSVP.

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"IPNE, I Have a Problem!"

As independent publishers, we relish our autonomy and "me time," but sometimes we have a quick question (or a major crisis) that needs prompt feedback, and that's what IPNE is here for!

With so many different communications platforms (each of us has a favorite!), we're aiming to centralize member communication on our website. You can reach an IPNE board member or "someone at IPNE" with a question about membership or events using the following methods:

  • For semi-private messages, please use the contact form on the website. These messages are accessible only by BoD and are regularly monitored.
  • Many questions and messages are relevant to members as a whole, and should be posted on our Member Forum . Either "reply" to a topic, or "create topic" if you don't find one that's relevant. This Forum is not accessible to the public; it's members-only. Encourage other members to use the Forum and respond there! And while you're there, many resources can be found on the website, as well.
  • Another great way members can get instant answers is to use our on-demand Office Hours conference line. You can join via webcam, audio only, or call in by phone.

Please note that our phone number, 339-368-8229, is now working! Praise be! Feel free to call; if we don't answer, we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

"IPNE, I Have a Problem!"

As independent publishers, we relish our autonomy and "me time," but sometimes we have a quick question (or a major crisis) that needs prompt feedback, and that's what IPNE is here for!

With so many different communications platforms (each of us has a favorite!), we're aiming to centralize member communication on our website. You can reach an IPNE board member or "someone at IPNE" with a question about membership or events using the following methods:

  • For semi-private messages, please use the contact form on the website. These messages are accessible only by BoD and are regularly monitored.
  • Many questions and messages are relevant to members as a whole, and should be posted on our Member Forum . Either "reply" to a topic, or "create topic" if you don't find one that's relevant. This Forum is not accessible to the public; it's members-only. Encourage other members to use the Forum and respond there! And while you're there, many resources can be found on the website, as well.
  • Another great way members can get instant answers is to use our 10 AM daily Office Hours conference line. You can join via webcam, audio only, or call in by phone.

Please note that our phone number, 339-368-8229, is now working! Praise be! Feel free to call; if we don't answer, we'll get back to you as soon as possible

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Who are the Winners of the 2017 IPNE Book Awards?


Winners were announced at an awards ceremony and publishing workshop held in Arlington, MA on November 4, 2017.

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the volunteers, judges, panelists and Robbins Library for bringing the book awards and the publishing workshop to fruition!


(Click below to find out all the Book Award winners!)


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