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CIPA Monthly Meetings Are Informative…

CIPA monthly meetings are informative – who knew editing comprises more than sentence structure? Or one of the fastest growth areas of publishing is audiobooks?

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“CIPA is to Indie-Published Authors what Sunshine is to Flowers”

CIPA is to Indie-Published Authors what Sunshine is to Flowers – the Nourishing Broadcaster of blooming achievements. I am so glad you are here… sponsoring the annual CIPA EVVY Contests, hosting the Award Banquets filled with anticipation and excitement, and nourishing the craft of writing in your educational meetings. Thank you, CIPA.


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The third Saturday of every month I am up before my alarm rings, in high spirits and in high gear headed toward my CIPA meeting. Thank you all the hard working board members that make CIPA all that it is and then some!

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CIPA offers essential support and services for authors or aspiring authors in the intimidating and ever-changing world of publishing.

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CIPA Monthly Meetings Are Informative…

CIPA monthly meetings are informative – who knew editing comprises more than sentence structure? Or one of the fastest growth areas of publishing is audiobooks?

Pamela M. Feely, CPA, MBA
A Candidate's Guide to Campaign Finance in Colorado

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Having been a book design professional for over 30 years, being a member of CIPA has served as an invaluable resource in keeping current with publishing trends, finding collegial support, and expanding my capacities.

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Thanks to CIPA I built a Great Marketing Team!

I created the idea of my book, wrote the stories and found the ideal editor – however CIPA helped me build a team to take the book to market with a great book!

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I truly appreciate all the support, advise and networking I have received through my membership in CIPA. CIPA has added power to my drive to publish these stories.

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TimberDark Publications, LLC
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CIPA meetings & banquets are always enjoyable and educational. I don’t get to attend every meeting, but at each one I go to, I come away with information that I can put into practice. I always recommend CIPA to other authors I meet.

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CIPA has changed my life! I had a memoir in progress, unfinished, and after joining CIPA I met people who helped me to self-publish my book and learn how to market it.

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CIPA EVVY Awards Testimonial

I was extremely excited to be invited to take part in this competition, with this as my first publication it was unexpected. Now that I have been made an award winner my excitement is swallowed up in humility. I want to thank Outskirts Press, the CIPA staff and judges for seeing something in my work I didn’t.… Read more “CIPA EVVY Awards Testimonial”

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I joined CIPA in 2015 because I wanted to learn as much about the art and trade of writing and publishing as I could. The monthly meetings are packed full of immediately useful information, and I leave feeling energized. The members and organizers believe in their mission to help others in our trade. I would… Read more “Energizing and Informative!”

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CIPA provides a wealth of knowledge that goes above and beyond the membership fee!

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CIPA helps and guides in many more ways than you think!

When I first looked into publishing my book I found a publishing company that had a lot of different departments that could end up guiding me through the publishing process as I am new and don’t really know what I am doing. Then I found CIPA (Colorado Independent Publishers Association). I found guidance, training, more… Read more “CIPA helps and guides in many more ways than you think!”

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CIPA EVVY Award Quick Links

Each year CIPA hosts an annual book awards contest, called the CIPA EVVY Awards. The 2017 CIPA EVVY Awards have ended. The 2018 CIPA EVVY Awards will open early March 2018! Thanks to everyone who entered the 2017, 23rd annual awards.


February 17, 2018:  Entries are open for acceptance.

Early Bird Pricing: 2/17/18 - 3/16/18

Regular Pricing: 3/17/18 - 5/9/18

Late Pricing: 5/10/18 - 5/19/18

Pricing details here

May 19, 2018, 3pm:  Last day to receive entry submissions (including books).

July 31, 2018:  All finalists announced.

Awards Banquet & Ceremony date TBD. (2017 WINNERS LISTED HERE.)

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