December 2018 CIPA President’s Letter


By: Bob Schram

Wishing You Holiday Traditions that Warm Your Heart!

“Our many different cultures notwithstanding, there’s something about the holidays that makes the planet communal. Even nations that do not celebrate Christmas can’t help but be caught up in the collective spirit of their neighbors, as twinkling lights dot the landscape and carols fill the air. It’s an inspiring time of the year.”

­–Marlo Thomas

What traditions do you observe during the holiday season? In keeping with my Polish heritage, my family will be busy making pierogies in preparation for our Christmas Eve gathering. A time-honored tradition from my childhood at Grandma’s house in Buttonwood, Pennsylvania. I can distinctly remember the smell of fresh bread baking as I entered the front door and the coal stove radiating its warmth in the kitchen.

CIPA Holiday Party

On Saturday, December 8, twenty-six CIPA members and their guests helped celebrate our own holiday tradition. An evening of delicious food, good conversation, and the always fun White Elephant gift exchange. Look for photos of this years’ event here.

January Program

For our first membership meeting of 2019, we are fortunate to welcome Liz Duckworth in her presentation entitled Speaking Without Freaking. This interactive, participatory workshop focuses on both internal (mental and emotional) and external (physical) aspects of successful public speaking. Learn how to improve your talks and presentations and discover how stage fright can work for you in speaking about your book. Please join us for this lively session on Saturday, January 19th.

A Call for 2019 CIPA EVVY Volunteers

This years CIPA EVVY Awards Coordinator, Pam Nowak, is looking to form her core group of volunteers. With the contest opening in February, Pam is looking for members to fill subcommittee chair roles as well as others to assist with smaller tasks. Let Pam know as soon as possible if you can assist in any capacity.


Soon to be announced, members of the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (CIPA ELF) will catalogue thousands of books taken as donations from our participation in the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association Fall Discovery Show as well as a generous donation of books from Fulcrum Publishing. Stay tuned for a call for volunteers to help us inventory books in January. Learn more here.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Do you have a background and/or interest in bookkeeping and accounting? Much gratitude to Jen Zelinger while she served as our Treasurer. If you are interested in supporting CIPA in this capacity, please contact me or any other Board member.

Please continue to let us know what you are interested in and what ideas or suggestions you may have as we endeavor to grow CIPA and be of service to our authors, publishers, and service providers. Feel free to email me or speak to me directly, or to any of our Board members at one of our monthly meetings.

Looking forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Saturday, January 19!

Happy Holidays,

Bob Schram
Bookends Design

About Bob Schram

Bob has served as a Publishing Resource since 1984. He has worked as the production manager of Pruett Publishing, art director of InJoy Birth & Parenting Education, and board member & vice president of the Rocky Mountain Publishing Professionals Guild. Currently the founder and owner of Bookends Design, Bob works extensively with publishers, small businesses, schools, authors, and individuals requiring book design & production, art direction, project management, print coordination, or publishing consulting. He especially enjoys helping new authors navigate the self-publishing process.

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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