Angela Bole – Independent Book Publishers Association
Late Night Conversations, hosted by Kristin Maffei
In tonight’s conversation, we hear from Angela Bole, who brings a deep background of experience in publishing and literature — and is currently leading the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). The organization is over thirty years old with a stellar track record of supporting, educating, and advocating for independent book sellers, authors, and publishers. Angela grew into her publishing career among the shelves of independent bookstores, where she found a home for her passion.
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Tonight Kristin sat down with Angela to talk about the IBPA, camaraderie within the indie community, the importance of each diverse voice within the publishing world, and much more.
I think a multitude of voices is really what’s going to make society strong. And literature is the thing that really connects you, and makes you feel like someone who is not quite so alone, perhaps. In order to do that you need all kinds of different voices because people are so unique, and you need to enable all of these different voices to be found. Our challenge now is to figure out how to help our members be found, to find the right readers. Essentially, I think it’s so important that we have – and protect – these multiple ways that people are able to tell their stories and the multiple channels that people can tell them in….
ABOUT OUR GUEST
ANGELA BOLE is executive director of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). In this role, Angela leads the 3,000-person membership organization in its mission to serve independent publishers and self-published authors through advocacy, education, and tools for success. Before becoming IBPA’s executive director, Angela was deputy executive director of the Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG), which fosters conversation and consensus across all sectors of the book business. Before that, she served for two years as BISG’s associate director and two years as its marketing and communications manager. She now holds an at-large seat on BISG’s board of directors and serves as treasurer on the board of directors of the International Digital Publishing Forum.