December 2017 CIPA President’s Letter


By: Alexandra O’Connell

Holiday Party, the Colorado Book Festival, and New Membership Coming Soon!

Can you believe it’s December? I’m having a tough time figuring out where the year went. Hopefully you are preparing for a joyous and relaxing time with people you love.

CIPA is hosting our annual Holiday Party this Saturday, December 16th. Come and mingle with your fellow authors and service providers in a relaxed and fun environment. We’ll be doing a White Elephant gift exchange, and new children’s books for donation to CIPA ELF are heartily accepted. We’ll also be taking names for volunteers for the 2018 CIPA EVVYs—we need more than judges! Come one, come all. RSVP here.

Our Annual Membership Survey is up here. CIPA loves hearing feedback from you and your responses help shape the organization into the future. The survey takes only a few minutes to complete here.

Your Board is pleased to announce we are introducing a new, more inclusive and more complete membership program in the Spring of 2018. We continue to work hard to bring you the best value and the most useful, actionable information so that you can produce the best books. See more about the upcoming changes in the newsletter here .

The CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (CIPA ELF) is pleased to announce the launch of its new website here. Take a look and let us know if you know any organizations in need of books, or interested in donating.

CIPA is excited to announce we are a sponsor of the 2018 Colorado Book Festival on March 3, 2018, hosted by the Colorado Authors League and Denver Public Library. CIPA will have a table at the event, which will also feature more than 80 Colorado authors. Come by to visit us and meet your fellow authors! Event Director Rachel Kodanaz will be visiting CIPA in 2018 to talk more with our members about this exciting event.

Do you have a background and/or interest in marketing and communications? It’s with regret that CIPA bids adieu to our Marketing Chair, Gwen Clayton. If you are interested in supporting CIPA in marketing and/or membership, please contact myself or any other member of the Board.

Keep sending me your ideas and suggestions for how we can continue to grow CIPA and serve you, our authors, service providers, publishers, and friends of the independent publishing community: Together we can do great things. I’m looking forward to a spectacular 2018!

Happy Holidays!

Alexandra O’Connell

CIPA President

About Alexandra O’Connell

Alexandra O’Connell is Your Resident Wordsmith, a book editor and writing coach. She helps self-published authors create books that are engaging and editorially beautiful. Find her at

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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