A Word

For nearly a decade at Publishers Weekly, I was a champion for independent presses to gain a larger acceptance in the book

business oligopoly.  

I understand how difficult it can be to promote the great books that independent presses work so hard to develop and share with the rest of the world.  Here is just another way for 'indies' to get the recognition they deserve.  

Gabby has teamed up with honorable colleagues that know this industry inside and out, come from all different kinds of categories and training, love books, and share the same ideals I have.  


I wish everyone the very best.

-Ted Olczak

Diane Carey-Pape


For two decades, Diane was a top professional in publishing, education and library markets, most notably at

Library Journal and School Library Journal.  Before returning to education she began her own publishing consulting service, Artemis Marketing, working on numerous new business development projects for Tutor.com, Lakeland Youth Symphony, Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization- WALDO, Marquis Who’s Who, Black Diamond Associates and IGI Global.

With a B.A magna cum laude in bilingual education, Spanish and anthropology from Mount Holyoke College, Diane Carey-Pape's professional ESL teaching career began in Colombia, South America.  As bilingual and ESL Teacher in Boston-area public schools, she taught elementary-aged students while collaborating in the creation of bilingual curriculum materials for reading, math, and science programs.


Most recently, Diane teaches ESL to private students and ‘Business English’ at Rutgers University Business School. She also serves as board member and grant writer for the non-profit Community Development Corporation’s Cedar Hill After School Program in Boonton New Jersey.

Gabrielle Olczak


After completing her undergraduate work at Fordham University, Gabrielle was awarded a scholarship as a Publishing Studies Fellow, and received her Master's Degree at New York University, specializing in Marketing Management in Book and Magazine Publishing.  She had her own column at MagazineWeek, a industry trade, as well as experience at publishing houses such as Ziff Davis, CMP, Sigs, and FAMA.

For a dozen years, Gabrielle was the Founding Editor and Publisher at Toddler Times Magazine and Parent Times Magazine.  She developed and cultivated a number of email lists and strong industry relationships.  

As an editor, Gabrielle is always on the search for great content to share with others. Her creation of the Independent Press Award gives great books their due and broader access to our book buying community.

Join Independent Press Award  in the celebration of great ideas from the independents all across this nation. 

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