17 11 2017


IBPA is Accepting Entries to the 30th Annual Benjamin Franklin Awards

8 11 2017
IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards – Final deadline 12/15/17!

What is the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ program?

The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program is a book award program that, over the past 30 years, has been regarded as one of the highest national honors in independent and self-publishing. The awards are unique in that entrants receive direct feedback on their submissions: the verbatim judging forms are returned to all publishers.

Who can enter the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ program?

Publishers of print books with a copyright date of 2017 may enter the current competition. To assist the judges and ensure they have enough time to review each book, there are two deadlines for entry: the first on September 30, 2017, then on December 15, 2017.

Can authors enter the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ program on behalf of their publisher?

Absolutely! This happens all the time.

Where can I go for more information?

Visit the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ website for further details. You can also email Terry Nathan at

Dear C. Penny,

Are you ready for awards season?!

The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ are administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) with help from over 150 book publishing professionals including librarians, bookstore owners, reviewers, designers, publicity managers, and editors. Winning an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ expands your marketability and solidifies your credibility. Considering how crowded the book market is today, these are two very powerful things.

The final Call for Entries expires on December 15, 2017. Don’t miss your chance to find out whether you book is best in class!



10 10 2017

Paper gives print books their distinctive appeal and affects what it feels like in our hands for every turn of the page.
Some printers provide few paper options.  CHG offers several varieties of text and cover stocks along with one-on-one support to assist you in making the best decision; all while keeping your target costs in mind.
Here are a few tips:
Coated or Uncoated Paper?
Matte or gloss paper has a coating applied during the manufacturing process.  This adds certain qualities to the paper including weight and surface texture that reduces
ink absorbency. Coated paper provides a much sharper image compared to uncoated paper.  The result is a crisp, clear image that represents full color images more accurately.
Coated papers require special binding adhesive called ‘PUR’ for softcover or adhesive hard-cover books. PUR glue reacts with the coating to ensure a secure binding.
Uncoated paper tends to have a coarser finish when compared to coated sheets. Using uncoated paper results in higher absorption of ink, giving images a softer, more muted look.

ShadeWhite or Natural?
Most coated papers are only available in white. Uncoated paper is available in white and natural (cream colored) shades. Both white and natural papers vary slightly in shade depending on the mill specification.
Thickness or Bulk
Thicker papers are suggested when ink coverage is heavy since they tend to be more opaque and have less show-through. Thicker papers can also help bulk up low page
count books which allows for a larger spine width.
Opaque paper tends to be brighter and smoother than standard uncoated sheets. Special pigments are added to increase opacity reducing show-through when ink coverage is heavy.
Digital VS Offset
Some of our house papers are better suited for offset printing than for digital printing. You can learn more by downloading our paper spec sheet and by emailing me with your questions.
If you are not sure which paper is best suited for your project, that’s ok! From selecting the right paper to choosing the right binding style, I am a call or click away, ready help navigate you through every step of the process.
CHG does 99% of my printing, call me with questions…

An Open Letter from IBPA to the Indie Publishing Community: Fall 2017 Update on the Amazon Buy Button Policy Change

5 10 2017
In May 2017, IBPA issued a statement expressing our concern about Amazon’s recently enacted buy button policy allowing third-party vendors to price-compete and “win” the main buy button on a given book’s primary “Add to Cart” link.


The buy button above has been won by a third-party vendor selling a book retail-priced at $35.00 for $11.20. This third-party vendor now holds Amazon’s main buy button, and the publisher’s buy link is pushed down to third place under “Other Sellers on Amazon.”
Since our last communication on this topic, we have identified four (4) steps every publisher can take to combat this issue. The steps include:

  • Carefully control stock and prices you release to the market
  • Actively police the buy button
  • Act when a third-party vendor wins the buy button
  • Share what you learn

7 Ways To Create Buzz For Your Book

28 09 2017

Amazon redacts one-star reviews of Hillary Clinton’s What Happened

21 09 2017

Don’t Upload Your Ebook To An Online Bookstore Without Reviewing This Checklist

21 09 2017