Angela Bole

Get ready to soak up the goodness of indie publishing in this conversation with the CEO of the Independent Book Publishers Association. What does it mean to be indie? Hear about why Grant loves his indie publishers and how indie publishing saved Brooke. In this week’s episode we’re celebrating indie publishing’s inclusivity, its risk-taking, and, of course, its indepence. #ReadIndie


Angela Bole is CEO of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the largest book publishing association in the U.S. Prior to joining IBPA, Angela was the deputy executive director of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG). She holds an MS in Book Publishing from New York University and a BA in English with a minor in Gender Studies from Indiana University Bloomington. In 2018, she was awarded the Book Industry Study Group’s Community Builder Award, given to an individual in recognition of significant work done to engage a representative set of book industry stakeholders. In 2019, she was named a Publishers Weekly notable person of the year.

Takeaway: Check Out IBPA

In my role as Chair of this organization, I feel that this takeaway is a gift to authors and publishers. I have dedicated six years—all volunteer hours—to IBPA and it’s a really wonderful association. There is so much they do for authors by way of education and offering resources. And they have an annual awards program, their Benjamin Franklin Awards, which indie authors should put on their list of places to submit to. So this takeaway is short and sweet and here’s the URL: It’s worth your while.

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