April 2020 President’s Letter


April 2020 President’s Letter

By Robert Schram

Rhythm, Routine, and Consistency

Creating Alternate Means of Meeting, Working, and Learning Together

In the interest of social distancing, while staying connected and supporting each other in our publishing endeavors, our April 18 CIPA gathering will also be a virtual meeting. How has staying at home and social distancing impacted you as an author/publisher? Creating an alternate rhythm, routine, and consistency in our daily lives can be challenging in the context of mandated isolation. For me, participation in CIPA has become an important part of my working rhythm. CIPA remains committed to continuing to serve as an educational resource for keeping current with publishing trends, finding collegial support, and expanding our capacities. Thank you for making our monthly meetings part of your working rhythm.

April 18th Virtual Meeting: 9:00 start time!

Please join us for the seventh leg of our publishing journey, Indie to Indie: Marketing and Selling Indie Published Books to Independent Bookstores, with presenters Arsen Kashkashian, General Manager of the Boulder Bookstore, and Heather Duncan, Executive Director of the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association. They will address how independent publishers can best pique the interest of independent bookstores, create events around their books and successfully drive potential buyers to stores to ask for and buy their books, and much more, in what poses to be a lively presentation and interactive question and answer period.  (find out more and register here).

CIPA EVVY Awards 2020

CIPA EVVY Coordinator Sue Ager and CIPA EVVY Chair Doris Baker have extended the 2020 EVVY Awards submission deadline to May 30, 2020. They look forward to receiving additional new and exciting titles yet to be entered in this years’ competition. Look for Sue’s update in April’s CIPA Signature and/or  (see the CIPA website for complete details)

A Host of Areas to Become Involved

Collaboration within our community is key to enhancing CIPA’s value to all of its members. Continue letting us know what you are interested in, what suggestions you may have, what ways you can contribute. Areas to become involved include:

  • programming
  • marketing
  • membership and outreach
  • website and social media
  • audio and video production
  • CIPA ELF (Education and Literacy Foundation)

You can email me at president@cipabooks.com or speak to me directly or to any of our Board members at one of our monthly meetings.

See you online for our fourth meeting of the 2020 publishing season on Saturday, April 18.

Stay Safe CIPA Members!

Bob Schram
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