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Silver Spring, MD
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Stories To Tell is a full service book publishing company for independent authors. We provide editing, design, publishing, and marketing of fiction and non-fiction. We specialize in sophisticated, unique illustrated book design.

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IBPA Levels the Playing Field for Independently Published Books

Nancy Barnes

The first step in preparing your independently self-published book to compete with traditionally published books is to make sure that its publication matches their level of professionalism. The Independent Book Publishers Association (of which Stories To Tell is a member) has created a tool, The IBPA Industry Checklist for a Professionally Published Book (DOWNLOAD THE CHECKLIST), to help you do just that.

"Too often, IBPA has noticed a bias against self-published authors, independent publishers, and hybrid presses when it comes to choosing titles or authors for review consideration, book award contests, association memberships, and inclusion on independent bookstore shelves," said IBPA CEO Angela Bole. "IBPA’s Industry Checklist for a Professionally Published Book will help industry professionals and independent publishers and authors bridge this gap by offering a structured means by which to ensure that books be judged on merit and quality rather than on the business model used to produce them or the size of the publisher."

Stories To Tell has long been an advocate of professional standards in in independent and self-publishing. When you work with us, we apply all of the standards of professional publication listed in the IBPA Checklist to the production of your book. We promise that you’re the finished product will compare favorably to any traditionally published book.