IPC Help Desk
The IPC Help Desk offers a unique one-on-one resource for member publishers to obtain high-level business, contractual, financial, marketing and general publishing advice. Whether a publisher is looking to start a new imprint, evaluate distribution and printing alternatives, revamp its author agreements, track rights, analyze cash flow, build a strategic plan, or rise to any number of other challenges, we believe the esteemed cohort of industry professionals we are recruiting for the IPC Help Desk can help our members navigate the vicissitudes of running a small independent business in a confidential and effective way.
This is a free program for dues-paying members of IPC who sign up to be helped, and a pro bono service provided by the participating experts.
Please contact the IPC at firstname.lastname@example.org stating the issue you’d like to work on, and feel free to request the initial list of experts who have signed on.
Industry Referral Listserv
IPC members receive access to an internal referral database. Industry services from freelance publicists to printers to audiobook producers are added to the list when recommended by members. Contact information for both service and the recommender allows member presses to follow up and learn more.
McNaughton & Gunn has offered dues-paying members of the IPC a 5% discount on printing. This includes use of M&G’s web portal for electronic proofing and uploading and downloading files.
In order to receive the discount, IPC members must identify themselves when approaching M&G. Pending verification from the IPC organization, members will be given a quote which shows the price and the 5% deduction. If more than 40 IPC member publishers take advantage of this offer, discount will increase to 10%.
Indie Playlist: Three times per year, participating presses create at least two playlists—themed collections of titles—that are offered to independent bookstores at a higher than usual discount. The best display based on the promotion receives a cash prize with half going to the store and half to the bookseller in charge of the display.
Bookstore Rep Picks: Every other month, IPC organizes direct-to-bookseller pitches with ten of our member presses.
When circumstances permit, the IPC will resume hosting informal meetups for indie publishers to foster networking and community building.
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