May 2017 CIPA President’s Letter: We’ll know more next year

“We’ll know more next year!” R.A. Pyka, MD

As we near the close of another spectacular educational series with the Colorado Independent Publisher’s Association, I reflect back to last June’s CIPA board meeting at a local library. Our board members hunkered down at the card tables, excited about the start of the 2016-2017 CIPA Season. Around the room, white boards and sheets of taped up paper quickly filled with new ideas and strategies – all to support our simple motto: “Do it yourself without doing it alone. Accelerate your publishing dreams!”

In less than nine months, our organization has grown immensely and heard from over twenty experts and consultants. While the Church of Scientology has graciously allowed us the usage of the beautiful space for the 5th year, these publishing and marketing consultants have brought us tips, how-to’s, technology, and ever-more valuable information for the success of our books.

This season alone, we have explored over a dozen topics in depth:

  • Traditional publishing vs. indie
  • Publishing to sell
  • Delivering your value
  • How to use an editor
  • Your unique story
  • Marketing and designing your books
  • Audio books
  • Websites
  • And more…

We have even been able to capture several of these sessions on video for future learning opportunities and hope to video  many more in the future.

With our financials solid, we now have even greater options to bring high-powered programs, webinars and services to our members. Our marketing efforts have quickly spread into new media ground and our CIPA reach has reached further than ever before. The 2017 CIPA EVVY’s has had record-breaking entries and now holds a firm presence in the international market. We are constantly striving to increase benefits of membership even more.

I am proud of this successful year during which it has been my honor to serve as President. An enormous thank-you to all the volunteers who have helped make these successes come to fruition. Most of all, I must thank my amazing board members for all the guidance and support they have brought to the table. Each one of you has been a wealth of new ideas, resources and connections. My greatest appreciation goes to this year’s board:

  • Ann Nye West (Bristlecone Publishing) – CIPA Treasurer
  • Alexandra O’Connell (Your Resident Wordsmith) – CIPA Marketing Chair
  • Barbara Stafford (Eclectic Entertaining) – CIPA EVVY Chair
  • Catherine Scott (Award-Winning Author) – CIPA Secretary
  • Mike Daniels (The Publisher’s Coach) – CIPA Board Member, Former CIPA President; President of ELF
  • Bree Weber (The Book Octopus)– CIPA Presentations Chair
  • Zoe DeVito (Let’s Grow Solutions)– CIPA Board Member
  • Bob Schram (Bookends Design) – CIPA Board Member

I see a quickly growing group being exposed to our CIPA programs and network. I hope that each of you finds yourself armed by a greater mindset, powered with more wisdom, and inspired to create…to share.

What wonderful books do our members have yet to write…to forge into pages that beg to be turned? What beautiful illustrations and photos will boast a story so brilliant that none shall pass? And how many hours will the mind’s eye of the publishing experts focus on creating the finest books published?

“We’ll know more next year,” my father always used to say. True to his word, we always do.

I welcome our members to get more involved in this amazing organization. On May 20th, CIPA  opens nominations to fill the emptying seats of the outgoing board members. The election will be held at the June 17th President’s Picnic – to which everyone and guests are, of course, invited!! (Watch for details.)

Ingrid Pyka

CIPA President

The views expressed herein are not those of Colorado Independent Publishers Association, its officers or directors.  They are solely and completely those of the author. The Colorado Independent Publishers Association will not be held liable for any legal action resulting from information published in this newsletter, and the organization’s insurance will not cover any such action.

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