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Thursday, April 4
 

8:30am

Preconference Session -- Practical Advice for Book Metadata (ADDITIONAL $59 FEE APPLIES)
  • This is a 4-hour preconference workshop. An additional $59 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.

Industry studies and publisher anecdotes have shown that the quality of your book metadata has a direct impact on sales and discoverability. This workshop will provide you with an in-depth crash course on this important topic. You will learn about the best methods for tracking and maintaining your book metadata, how to create metadata of the highest quality, what information is most important, industry best practices and recommendations, how different retailers handle the metadata you send them, and various methods for the distribution of your print and ebook metadata. There will be ample time for questions and feedback, as well as examples of publishers who have found success with their metadata.

This workshop will provide you with practical, actionable steps you can take immediately to get the most out of this critical aspect of professional book publishing.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Tallent

Joshua Tallent

Director of Sales and Education, Firebrand Technologies
Joshua Tallent is an acclaimed teacher and guide on the role of data in publishing, and a vocal advocate for high quality book metadata. He serves as the Director of Sales and Education at Firebrand Technologies (www.firebrandtech.com), where his focus is on helping publishers of all sizes learn about, and find solutions to, their workflow and metadata problems. Joshua can often be found researching odd metadata issues, creating training videos and documentation about Firebrand services, and speaking at conferences... Read More →


Thursday April 4, 2019 8:30am - 12:30pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Northwestern) 540 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

8:30am

Preconference Session -- Publishing Standards: A Deep Dive into the Most Important Checklist Every New Publisher Needs (ADDITIONAL $59 FEE APPLIES)
  • This is a 4-hour preconference workshop. An additional $59 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.

Back by popular demand! IBPA Advocacy Committee members Brooke Warner and Teri Rider present IBPA's Industry Standards Checklist for a Professionally Published Book. This 4-hour workshop is divided into two parts, focusing on (1) editorial and (2) production standards, and details everything a new publisher needs to consider in order to produce professionally published books. Brooke and Teri will include some of the most common mistakes they see new publishers make and will show how following standards can level the playing field for publishers everywhere. Specific examples drive the presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Teri Rider

Teri Rider

Publisher, Top Reads Publishing, LLC
As a visual artist, everything is a spoke that touches the hub of my “art” wheel. I love nature, I rescue animals, I collect books, and my favorite smells are rain, woodsmoke, and used bookstores. I’m a mom and a book midwife.Quite simply, I love to work with authors to build... 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 →


Thursday April 4, 2019 8:30am - 12:30pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Purdue/Wisconsin) 540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

8:30am

Preconference Session -- Uncharted Territories: How Small Presses and Independent Authors Can Drive Revenue by Selling Subsidiary Rights (ADDITIONAL $59 FEE APPLIES)
  • This is a 4-hour preconference workshop. An additional $59 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.

During this preconference workshop, Georgia McBride will introduce you to concepts you can use to grow your businesses and readership via the exploitation of subsidiary rights. Participants will learn how to open additional revenue lines as well as to how to build world-wide audiences via the successful packaging and selling of subsidiary rights including audio, translation, mobile/gaming, film/TV, merchandise, and book club. Specific focuses are defined below.
  • Audiobooks: working within the audio book market in concert with audio publisher
  • Translation: working with foreign publishers and sub agents, foreign and US tax and reporting considerations, VAT issues, pitching and creating catalogs, rights fairs and other opportunities, translation fees and requirements
  • Foreign and World English: working within the World English market
  • Book Clubs:  working with large book clubs such as Scholastic and School Library Journal
  • Film/TV: working with the  film/TV market, options, getting on the radar of producers, directors, networks, film companies, etc.
  • Large Print and Braille: working with additional formats and book availability opportunities
  • Merchandise: selling to merch and/or toy markets
  • Mobile and Gaming: selling into the hottest emerging market of mobile/gaming/digital

Speakers
avatar for Georgia McBride

Georgia McBride

Publisher, Georgia McBride Media Group (Home of Month9Books, Swoon Romance, and Tantrum Books)
Georgia McBride is the owner of Georgia McBride Media Group, home of Month9Books, Swoon Romance, and Tantrum Books. She is also the founder of #YAlitchat. Georgia McBride Media Group titles have sold to Audible, Blackstone, ListenUP!, and Tantor Media, and have been liscened by Scholastic... Read More →


Thursday April 4, 2019 8:30am - 12:30pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Lincolnshire) 540 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

1:30pm

Preconference Session -- Amazon Deep Dive: Leveraging Advantage, Seller Central, Advertising, and Other Programs to Boost Brand and Maximize Sales (ADDITIONAL $59 FEE APPLIES)
  • This is a 4-hour preconference workshop. An additional $59 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.

During this preconference workshop, you'll get up to speed on specialized Amazon programs that can help you reach more customers, increase sales, and expand your brand. Topics will include selling books and other products through Amazon Advantage and Seller Central, optimizing your Amazon product pages using special promotional tools and Amazon's brand registry, and leveraging Amazon Advertising to get in front of shoppers. There will also be a discussion of how to develop new product lines for sale on Amazon and elsewhere.

Speakers
avatar for Ian Lamont

Ian Lamont

Founder, i30 Media Corporation
Ian Lamont is the founder of i30 Media Corporation and the creator of the Lean Media framework. His company publishes IN 30 MINUTES Guides, EASYGENIE genealogy forms, and a line of technology cheat sheets. His media career has spanned more than 25 years across three continents, including a stint in the British music industry and... Read More →


Thursday April 4, 2019 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Northwestern) 540 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

1:30pm

Preconference Session -- Audiobooks: Ensuring Your Titles Reach the Widest Possible Audience (ADDITIONAL $59 FEE APPLIES)
  • This is a 4-hour preconference workshop. An additional $59 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.

Audiobooks have become the bright spot of the publishing industry. With double digit growth in audiobook sales over the last six years, entrepreneurial authors and publishers need up to date information about how having their titles available in this high-demand format can expand their audience and maximize their sales. In this session, audiobook consultant and publisher Michele Cobb, and producer and narrator Tavia Gilbert, provide guidance on the key elements of creating, selling, and marketing audiobooks.

Together you will explore:
  • Key statistics about exciting growth in the audiobook industry
  • Keys to informed decision-making around title selection
  • Methods of audiobook production
  • Detailed aspects of the production process, including script preparation, successful partnership with a narrator or producer, and key post production elements
  • Distribution options
  • Marketing your title

You'll also receive answers to the following questions:
  • Who is the best narrator for your novel, non-fiction, or memoir?
  • How do you evaluate voice talent and potential producing partners?
  • Should you self-publish your audio editions, or sell the rights to an audio publisher?
  • When should you release audio of front-list title(s)? Should your backlist be available in audio?
  • How do you ensure your title’s discoverability?

Be ready to interact and participate during this detailed look into the audiobook landscape with two leading industry experts.

Speakers
avatar for Michele Cobb

Michele Cobb

Partner, Forte Business Consulting
Michele Cobb is a recognized expert in the audio industry and a Partner at Forté Business Consulting. Formerly Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the British Broadcasting Corporation audiobooks division, she has served on the Audio Publishers Association (APA) board since 2001... Read More →
avatar for Tavia Gilbert

Tavia Gilbert

Producer, Writer, Acclaimed Narrator
2018 Audiobook Narrator of the Year and 2017 Best Female Narrator Audie Award winner Tavia Gilbert is a producer, writer, and narrator of multiple podcasts and over 600 audiobooks. A nine-time Audie nominee, multiple nominee and winner of Voice Arts Awards, Tavia is the recipient... Read More →


Thursday April 4, 2019 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Purdue/Wisconsin) 540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

1:30pm

Preconference Session -- Public Speaking for the Terrified (ADDITIONAL $59 FEE APPLIES)
  • This is a 4-hour preconference workshop. An additional $59 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.

If you'd choose paper cuts over public speaking, this workshop is for you. During this interactive session, Sean Buvala will run you through fun, non-threatening, and gentle story games to help you loosen up. He'll then discuss immediately-useful ways to increase your confidence as you develop, craft, and share your story-based content. As a group, you will practice tips on speaking with others in a clear and calm manner. In the end, you'll give a very short presentation to your fellow (supportive!) workshop participants. This is a body-and-voice interactive, not-recorded workshop that could turn you into the communicator you know you need to be.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Buvala

Sean Buvala

Publisher, The Small-Tooth-Dog Publishing Group
Sean Buvala has been engaged with storytelling and communication since 1986. He started his work by accidentally using active storytelling to convert a classroom of slightly (but comically) homicidal 8th-grade teenagers from angry kids to storytelling practitioners themselves. From... Read More →


Thursday April 4, 2019 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Lincolnshire) 540 Michigan Avenue, 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