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Wednesday, April 3
 

7:00pm

Preconference Hang Out
If you’re coming early for Thursday’s preconference sessions, or are in the area already, join us for this no-host meet & mingle in the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile lobby bar. There's no additional fee to participate in this preconference hangout. We'll see you there!

You can email questions about this preconference hang out to Lee Wind at lee@ibpa-online.org.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Wind

Lee Wind

Director of Marketing and Programming, Independent Book Publishers Association
Lee Wind is the director of marketing and programming at the Independent Book Publishers Association. A book blogger and author-publisher himself, Lee is passionate about empowering and amplifying independent voices.He is the founding blogger and publisher of I’m Here. I’m Queer... Read More →



Wednesday April 3, 2019 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Hotel Lobby) 540 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
 
Thursday, April 4
 

5:30pm

Preconference Session -- Literature & Libations Cocktail Reception
Come one, come all! There's no additional fee to attend this informal cocktail reception. Bring lots of business cards! See you there.

Spend Thursday evening meeting and mingling with the IBPA Publishing University community during our annual LITERATURE & LIBATIONS cocktail reception. This special  networking event is designed to give IBPA Publishing University attendees the chance to gather informally within the conference hotel prior to the official conference kick-off on Friday, April 5th.


Thursday April 4, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Marriott Ballroom) 540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

9:00pm

After Hours Hang Out -- Live Jazz Show! (ADDITIONAL $40 FEE APPLIES)
  • This is a special preconference session. An additional $40 fee is required to attend. 
  • Online registration closed at 6:00 PM Central on April 2, 2019. Please visit the conference registration table on the 7th floor of the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile beginning at 10:00 AM Central on Friday, April 5, 2019 to register, add to, or change your schedule.
  • The venue would like to share this with respect to conversation levels during the show: "We are conversation friendly as long as folks do not compete with the music on stage. Musicians, as well as other patrons visiting the club, need audience respect while performing." Makes sense to us!

For the late night crew interested in a taste of Chicago, we’re headed "out on the town!"

Join your fellow conference-goers at Andy's Jazz Club (a seven-minute walk from the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile hotel) for their 9:30pm live Jazz show! We'll gather in the hotel lobby at 9pm and walk over at 9:10pm as a group.

The $40 registration covers the entry fee and two drink minimum (Pepsi Product Sodas, Hot & Iced Tea, Regular & Decaf Coffee, House Wine By The Glass, All Beers, or Well Spirit Cocktails). You must register to attend.

Learn more about Andy's Jazz Club here: www.andysjazzclub.com and email questions to Lee Wind at lee@ibpa-online.org.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Wind

Lee Wind

Director of Marketing and Programming, Independent Book Publishers Association
Lee Wind is the director of marketing and programming at the Independent Book Publishers Association. A book blogger and author-publisher himself, Lee is passionate about empowering and amplifying independent voices.He is the founding blogger and publisher of I’m Here. I’m Queer... Read More →



Thursday April 4, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Hotel Lobby) 540 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
 
Friday, April 5
 

8:00am

Small Group Breakfast Meetups (ADDITIONAL $35 FEE APPLIES)
  • This is a facilitated preconference conversation over a hot breakfast. An additional $35 fee is required to participate.
  • Online registration closed at 6:00 PM Central on April 2, 2019. Please visit the conference registration table on the 7th floor of the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile beginning at 10:00 AM Central on Friday, April 5, 2019 to register, add to, or change your schedule.

Join other IBPA members for a facilitated conversation over a hot breakfast! Interested in meeting folks interested in the same thing you’re interested in? Join us for our second annual Small Group Breakfast Meetups. We’ll coordinate groups of 10 people around topics of interest such as children’s publishing, diversity in publishing, women in publishing, hybrid publishing, etc. Each group has a leader to guide them and a location to meet in.

Small Group Breakfast Meetup conversation topics include:

  • Author Publishers
  • Benjamin Franklin Award Finalists - 2019 FINALISTS ONLY
  • Chicago Women in Publishing - CWIP MEMBERS ONLY
  • Children's Books
  • Diversity in Publishing
  • Hybrid Publishing
  • Women in Publishing
  • Young Professionals - under 35 years old

Friday April 5, 2019 8:00am - 10:45am
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Great America 1-2) 540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

11:00am

Welcome First Timers! Learn How to Get the Most out of IBPA Publishing University
Back by popular demand, we’re hosting a special facilitator-led discussion for IBPA Publishing University first timers! Stop by to meet other newbies and learn how to get the most out of your IBPA Publishing University experience. During this session, you’ll have a chance to meet IBPA staff and veteran IBPA Publishing University attendees who will answer questions and provide guidance for navigating IBPA Publishing University in style.

Speakers
avatar for Angela Bole

Angela Bole

CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association
For the past six years, Angela Bole has served as 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... Read More →
avatar for Brooke Warner

Brooke Warner

Publisher, She Writes Press
Brooke Warner is publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress, president of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of Write On, Sisters!, Green-light Your Book, What's Your Book?, and three books on memoir. Brooke is a TEDx speaker, weekly podcaster (Write-minded with co-host Grant Faulkner... Read More →


Friday April 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Purdue/Wisconsin) 540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

12:30pm

Conference Kick-Off! Welcoming Remarks from IBPA CEO Angela Bole
Welcome! IBPA Publishing University is YOUR conference. It starts and ends with you. During her brief Welcoming Remarks, IBPA's Chief Executive Officer Angela Bole will introduce you to the 2019 program and suggest ways to make the most of your day-and-a-half onsite. Perhaps the greatest advantage you'll gain from attending IBPA Publishing University will come from the power of networking with a dedicated community of people working toward common goals. Find out how best to engage during these brief opening remarks.

Speakers
avatar for Angela Bole

Angela Bole

CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association
For the past six years, Angela Bole has served as 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... Read More →


Friday April 5, 2019 12:30pm - 12:45pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Grand Salons 2-3) 540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

12:50pm

Opening Keynote -- Rethinking Book Publishing: Innovation and Culture 2019, with Dominique Raccah
In an industry dominated by giant companies, Sourcebooks has grown from small to large while maintaining its independence. During this special keynote address, Sourcebooks' founder & CEO Dominique Raccah will share what she's learned in over 30 years of successful independent publishing. There's nothing Dominique hasn't thought about or tried. Because of this, her IBPA Publishing University keynote address promises to be both inspirational and practical. Start getting to know Dominique (and Sourcebooks) below...then join us for this unique keynote address.

FOUR QUESTIONS FOR SOURCEBOOKS' FOUNDER & CEO DOMINIQUE RACCAH....

Sourcebooks is coming off its best year ever. What sort of success did you enjoy, and to what do you attribute this success?
 
Sourcebooks finished 2017 up 18% in sales, compared to the publishing industry, which finished up 2%. We’re also up 18% in sales year-to-date, in an industry that is up 2%, and we’re anticipating a strong holiday season in the fourth quarter.

We have consistently experienced double-digit growth since the economic downturn in 2008. It was a time when most publishers were cutting back, on staff and acquisitions, but we decided, as a company, that we weren’t going to let what was going on outside our office affect what we were creating inside.

We called it “not business as usual,” and for the last decade, we have continued to meet on a regular basis and are completely transparent about what is going on with our business – the good, the bad and the ugly. Everyone in our organization is involved and is empowered to make an impact in how our business is run. The entrepreneurial spirit runs throughout the company, from my office to the shipping room.

Sourcebooks self-identifies as a company that embraces change. How do you incorporate this concept into your business model?

Most of the changes we’ve made as an organization have responded to a need, either from readers, authors or our retail partners. In the last 10 years, we’ve grown from a nonfiction business into a top 15 children’s book publisher, and a strong player in romance, young adult and adult fiction.

Our Jabberwocky children’s imprint came out of the success we saw in publishing poetry books for kids, our Casablanca romance imprint was born out of a retailer request for more Regency romance, and our Put Me in the Story personalized book program began after we saw that people were customizing our books themselves.

We are always looking for ways to innovate on behalf of authors and readers, and are driven by our belief that books changes lives.

Independent publishers can feel overwhelmed by changes from outside the industry—higher printing costs, for instance, or changes in warehousing. When confronting changes that have a negative impact on your bottom line, how do you adjust?
 
Not to be overly dramatic, but to a publisher it can often seem like pretty much everyone is looking to take something from your bottom line. Your printers want more, outside vendors want more, freight costs rise, your retailers, wholesalers, and distributors want more, and of course authors and illustrators would like an extra cut too.

So as a businessperson – rather than as a publisher – you have to continually be looking for efficiencies and savings to offset the increased costs you can’t control.

At Sourcebooks, we’ve implemented a relatively open book structure for finances that ensures every person in the company knows they can have impact on the bottom line. Simply put, every penny counts, and every individual can make a difference. And for the things you can control, I highly recommend doing some reading and taking courses in negotiation, including getting comfortable with difficult conversations and conflict. Publishing people and booklovers tend to be friendly folks. And we should be. But that doesn’t mean we can’t aggressively control the bottom line.

In an industry dominated by giant companies, Sourcebooks has grown from small to large while maintaining its independence. What sorts of business planning strategies do you recommend to publishers who want to do the same?

It’s pretty wild to look at the company I started in a spare bedroom of my house 31 years ago with just one book and see it become a Top 15 U.S. publisher and the largest woman-owned publisher in North America. We have over 100 employees and publish hundreds of books each year in a variety of categories.

As a publisher, it often feels like you’re wrong more than you’re right. The challenges we have experienced helped turn Sourcebooks into the company it is today. I would urge other publishers to embrace their failures as an opportunity to learn something new, something that can help push you forward.

We’ve also threaded “growth mindset” throughout our corporate culture. It’s meaningful when every person on the team is pushing themselves to recognize that “you don’t know what you don’t know” and strive to understand something new. Mindset can get you to some pretty wild and unexpected places.

Publishing is also a business that’s been way too rooted in the notions of “taste” and “instinct.” Taste and instinct are great, but I’ll take data over my gut any day of the week. Gather and learn from data wherever possible, even if it’s on the smallest of scales. We use data in every single department of the company, and yes that includes (and starts with) editorial.

Finally, I’d recommend publishers continually look to diversify themselves, not only in what they publish but in how they publish as well. We recognized long ago that publishers are often limited by their own vision – and in many cases by their own reading tastes. But our job isn’t to deliver our own tastes to the market. Our job is to connect authors with readers, and that means we’re continually probing what lights readers up and finding ways to help authors deliver that excitement. It’s really the best job in the world, and the only limitations you’ll face are your own!

Speakers
avatar for Dominique Raccah

Dominique Raccah

Founder & CEO, Sourcebooks
Dominique Raccah is the entrepreneurial Publisher and CEO of Sourcebooks, the company she founded from her home in 1987. The publisher has since created scores of New York Times bestsellers, hundreds of national bestsellers, and #1 selling titles in perennial categories. Sourcebooks... Read More →



Friday April 5, 2019 12:50pm - 1:50pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Grand Salons 2-3) 540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

2:00pm

Ask the Experts: An IBPA Original - Often Copied, Never Duplicated!
Ask the Experts: An IBPA Original - Often Copied, Never Duplicated!
"Ask the Experts" is an opportunity to schedule a private 15-minute consultation with a publishing professional who has valuable experience in the area where you need advice. You could pay hundreds of dollars for a consultant’s individual attention, but during IBPA Publishing University's "Ask the Experts" sessions, access to the best in the business is FREE!

In order to participate in "Ask the Experts," YOU MUST RESERVE CONSULTATION TIMES IN ADVANCE USING THE LINKS BELOW

Click here for FRIDAY consultation times.
Click here for SATURDAY consultation times.


Friday April 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Grand Salons 2-3) 540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

2:00pm

Headshot Photo Booth (First Come; First Served, sponsored by IngramSpark)
Need a professional headshot? We've got you covered! At IBPA Publishing University you can get a new professional headshot FREE-OF-CHARGE thanks to our photo booth sponsor IngramSpark.

Photos will be taken first come, first served during designated hours and emailed to you after the conference.


Friday April 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Grand Salon Lobby) 540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

3:15pm

Ask the Experts: An IBPA Original - Often Copied, Never Duplicated!
Ask the Experts: An IBPA Original - Often Copied, Never Duplicated!
"Ask the Experts" is an opportunity to schedule a private 15-minute consultation with a publishing professional who has valuable experience in the area where you need advice. You could pay hundreds of dollars for a consultant’s individual attention, but during IBPA Publishing University's "Ask the Experts" sessions, access to the best in the business is FREE!

In order to participate in "Ask the Experts," YOU MUST RESERVE CONSULTATION TIMES IN ADVANCE USING THE LINKS BELOW

Click here for FRIDAY consultation times.
Click here for SATURDAY consultation times.

Friday April 5, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Grand Salons 2-3) 540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

3:15pm

Headshot Photo Booth (First Come; First Served, sponsored by IngramSpark)
Need a professional headshot? We've got you covered! At IBPA Publishing University you can get a new professional headshot FREE-OF-CHARGE thanks to our photo booth sponsor IngramSpark.

Photos will be taken first come, first served during designated hours and emailed to you after the conference.


Friday April 5, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Grand Salon Lobby) 540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
 
Saturday, April 6
 

7:30am

Continental Breakfast & Table Top Discussions
Breakfast can be picked up starting at 7:30 AM. Come early to get your pick of the goodies. During breakfast, IBPA moderators will lead "Table Top Discussions" around particular areas of interest including social media, distribution, publishing non-fiction, etc. Pick your topic when you arrive, then dive right into the conversation!

Saturday April 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:45am
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Grand Salons 2-3) 540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

9:00am

Panel Keynote -- Defining the Current and Future Meaning of "Publisher"
This keynote panel is produced and presented by the IBPA Board of Directors.

While indie bookstores selling print copies are thriving once more, emerging technologies and platforms like smart speakers and content subscriptions are making writing available to consumers in new ways. As publishers consider their business models for now and the future, it begs the question: what does it mean to be a publisher?

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Browning

Leslie Browning

Founder & Publisher, Homebound Publications
L.M. (Leslie) Browning is a TEDx Talker and award-winning author of twelve books. In her writing, Leslie explores the confluence of the natural landscape and the interior landscape. In 2010, she debuted with a three-title contemplative poetry series. These three books went on to garner... Read More →
avatar for Seth Dellon

Seth Dellon

Director of Sttrategic Development, Publishers Weekly
Seth Dellon is director of strategic development at Publishers Weekly where he oversees the digital media department, including social media, digital audience and business development, and new digital initiatives. His career is publishing is long enough to make him feel old and has... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Peterson

Kelly Peterson

Director of Digital Strategy, Independent Publishers Group
Kelly Peterson is Director of Digital Strategy at Independent Publishers Group (IPG), and brings 20+ years of marketing and merchandising experience to her current role, helping major trade publishers, university presses, independent publishers, agents and authors maximize their eBook... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Strahs

Kathy Strahs

Founder, Burnt Cheese Press
PaniniHappy.com, CookingOntheSide.com, and SunnyDaysGoodFood.com. A former marketer with an MBA from Stanford, Kathy founded Burnt Cheese Press, a food-focused independent publishing company, in 2015. Its first release, The 8x8 Cookbook, received the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Gold Award for Best First Book-Nonfiction. Its... Read More →


Saturday April 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Grand Salons 2-3) 540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

10:30am

Ask the Experts: An IBPA Original - Often Copied, Never Duplicated!
Ask the Experts: An IBPA Original - Often Copied, Never Duplicated!
"Ask the Experts" is an opportunity to schedule a private 15-minute consultation with a publishing professional who has valuable experience in the area where you need advice. You could pay hundreds of dollars for a consultant’s individual attention, but during IBPA Publishing University's "Ask the Experts" sessions, access to the best in the business is FREE!

In order to participate in "Ask the Experts," YOU MUST RESERVE CONSULTATION TIMES IN ADVANCE USING THE LINKS BELOW

Click here for FRIDAY consultation times.
Click here for SATURDAY consultation times.

Saturday April 6, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Grand Salons 2-3) 540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

10:30am

Headshot Photo Booth (First Come; First Served, sponsored by IngramSpark)
Need a professional headshot? We've got you covered! At IBPA Publishing University you can get a new professional headshot FREE-OF-CHARGE thanks to our photo booth sponsor IngramSpark.

Photos will be taken first come, first served during designated hours and emailed to you after the conference.


Saturday April 6, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Grand Salon Lobby) 540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

1:15pm

Ask the Experts: An IBPA Original - Often Copied, Never Duplicated!
Ask the Experts: An IBPA Original - Often Copied, Never Duplicated!
"Ask the Experts" is an opportunity to schedule a private 15-minute consultation with a publishing professional who has valuable experience in the area where you need advice. You could pay hundreds of dollars for a consultant’s individual attention, but during IBPA Publishing University's "Ask the Experts" sessions, access to the best in the business is FREE!

In order to participate in "Ask the Experts," YOU MUST RESERVE CONSULTATION TIMES IN ADVANCE USING THE LINKS BELOW

Click here for FRIDAY consultation times.
Click here for SATURDAY consultation times.

Saturday April 6, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Grand Salons 2-3) 540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

1:15pm

Headshot Photo Booth (First Come; First Served, sponsored by IngramSpark)
Need a professional headshot? We've got you covered! At IBPA Publishing University you can get a new professional headshot FREE-OF-CHARGE thanks to our photo booth sponsor IngramSpark.

Photos will be taken first come, first served during designated hours and emailed to you after the conference.


Saturday April 6, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Grand Salon Lobby) 540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

2:30pm

Ask the Experts: An IBPA Original - Often Copied, Never Duplicated!
Ask the Experts: An IBPA Original - Often Copied, Never Duplicated!
"Ask the Experts" is an opportunity to schedule a private 15-minute consultation with a publishing professional who has valuable experience in the area where you need advice. You could pay hundreds of dollars for a consultant’s individual attention, but during IBPA Publishing University's "Ask the Experts" sessions, access to the best in the business is FREE!

In order to participate in "Ask the Experts," YOU MUST RESERVE CONSULTATION TIMES IN ADVANCE USING THE LINKS BELOW

Click here for FRIDAY consultation times.
Click here for SATURDAY consultation times.

Saturday April 6, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Grand Salons 2-3) 540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

2:30pm

Headshot Photo Booth (First Come; First Served, sponsored by IngramSpark)
Need a professional headshot? We've got you covered! At IBPA Publishing University you can get a new professional headshot FREE-OF-CHARGE thanks to our photo booth sponsor IngramSpark.

Photos will be taken first come, first served during designated hours and emailed to you after the conference.


Saturday April 6, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Grand Salon Lobby) 540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

3:45pm

Ask the Experts: An IBPA Original - Often Copied, Never Duplicated!
Ask the Experts: An IBPA Original - Often Copied, Never Duplicated!
"Ask the Experts" is an opportunity to schedule a private 15-minute consultation with a publishing professional who has valuable experience in the area where you need advice. You could pay hundreds of dollars for a consultant’s individual attention, but during IBPA Publishing University's "Ask the Experts" sessions, access to the best in the business is FREE!

In order to participate in "Ask the Experts," YOU MUST RESERVE CONSULTATION TIMES IN ADVANCE USING THE LINKS BELOW

Click here for FRIDAY consultation times.
Click here for SATURDAY consultation times.

Saturday April 6, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Grand Salons 2-3) 540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

5:00pm

Publishing University Closing Session (& Raffle Prize Giveaway!)
Often cited as one of the best parts of IBPA Publishing University - Don't miss out!

During this facilitator-led discussion, we will debrief the IBPA Publishing University experience before adjourning and heading our separate ways. What did you learn? How will you apply it? How can we continue helping each other achieve and succeed even when not face-to-face at conference? You'll also have the chance to win one of several raffle prizes supplied by the wonderful IBPA Publishing University sponsors (must be present to win).

Speakers
avatar for Angela Bole

Angela Bole

CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association
For the past six years, Angela Bole has served as 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... Read More →


Saturday April 6, 2019 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Grand Salons 2-3) 540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
 
Sunday, April 7
 

9:00am

Sunday Excursion: American Writers Museum Tour! (ADDITIONAL $10 FEE APPLIES)
  • This is a special offsite tour. An additional $10 fee is required to attend. 
  • Online registration closed at 6:00 PM Central on April 2, 2019. Please visit the conference registration table on the 7th floor of the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile beginning at 10:00 AM Central on Friday, April 5, 2019 to register, add to, or change your schedule.

Join us for a private tour of the American Writers Museum on Sunday April 7, 2018 from 9am-10:30am!

Named Best Illinois Attraction by USA Today 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards, The American Writers Museum aims to “engage the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture, and our daily lives.” Join your fellow IBPA Publishing University 2019 attendees for a private tour and time to explore the museum's interactive exhibits and programming that honors the past, promotes the present, and inspires the future of writing in the United States.

The $10 registration covers the entry fee and private tour. Cost to attend outside of IBPA Publishing University is $12. You must register to attend.

Learn more about the American Writers Museum at americanwritersmuseum.org and email questions to Lee Wind at lee@ibpa-online.org.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Wind

Lee Wind

Director of Marketing and Programming, Independent Book Publishers Association
Lee Wind is the director of marketing and programming at the Independent Book Publishers Association. A book blogger and author-publisher himself, Lee is passionate about empowering and amplifying independent voices.He is the founding blogger and publisher of I’m Here. I’m Queer... Read More →



Sunday April 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Hotel Lobby) 540 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

11:30am

IngramSpark 1/2-Day Boot Camp (ADDITIONAL $35 FEE APPLIES)
  • This is a sponsored lunch followed by 4 hours of IngramSpark-produced programming. 
  • All IBPA Publishing University attendees can register to attend for only $35 per ticket. Tickets are first come, first served. Additional tickets (for guests and others not attending IBPA Publishing University) can be purchased for $50 each. You can select the CLICK HERE TO REGISTER button above to register individually, or register as part of your full IBPA Publishing University registration here  

On Sunday, April 7, 2019, join the IngramSpark team for deep-dive training on how best to use the IngramSpark platform in your publishing business. The IngramSpark 1/2-Day Boot Camp is for brand new indie authors as well as seasoned publishers interested in broadening their use of print on demand.

The following topics will be covered:

  • An overview of overall Ingram distribution.
  • An overview of IngramSpark specifically (how it works/what is costs).
  • The value of POD and creating multiple formats of your content.
  • How to use metadata as your online sales force.
  • How to sell to bookstores and libraries using a POD platform.
  • Best practices of successful indie authors and publishers using IngramSpark.

Although the IngramSpark 1/2-Day Book Camp is co-located with IBPA Publishing Univeristy 2019 in Chicago, Illinois, it is wholly sponsored, produced, and programmed by IngramSpark. Please send questions to Robin Cutler at robin.cutler@ingramcontent.com.



Speakers
avatar for Robin Cutler

Robin Cutler

Director, IngramSpark
Robin Cutler, Director of IngramSparkRobin Cutler leads the development of IngramSpark as an Ingram Content Group service for indie authors and publishers. During her career, she has published over 1000 books as Assistant Director at USC Press, and CEO and founder of her own trade... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 11:30am - 5:00pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Avenue Ballroom/Halsted) 540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA