January 2018 CIPA Meeting

January 20, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm America/Denver Timezone
Church of Scientology
2340 Blake St
Denver, CO 80205
$35 - Non-Members, $ 20 - Members (6pm night before event)

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution to Publish and Sell Your Book:
Sound Guidance on Funding and Publishing Books that Sell!

A panel of experts will discuss how you can fund the costs associated with independently publishing your book projects. Topics include crowdfunding, the essential elements of your book’s design, and why professional editing is critical for a book to be seriously considered by reviewers, wholesalers, distributors, bookstores, and award competitions. Our experts will cover:

Some questions that will be answered include:

  • What are the best crowdfunding options and how do they work?
  • How much do I need to raise to cover the costs associated with producing and marketing my book?
  • What incentives can I offer for people to contribute to the fundraising campaign?
  • What determines a good book design from a bad one?
  • What MUST a cover design include for a bookstore to approve a book to be sold in their store?
  • Why are subtitles important?
  • How do you find a good editor?
  • What should you expect to pay for a good, experienced designer and editor?

Read about our panelists below…

Mia Fill-Diaz runs the CU Boulder Crowdfunding program (www.colorado.edu/crowdfunding), and is responsible for campaign strategy and training and advising all campaign teams from development to execution to close. Prior to her current role at CU, Mia worked in the Advancement Communications sector of a fundraising consulting firm in Chicago, IL, managing 30+ clients in the nonprofit fields of higher education, academic medical, national and global charities, and arts and culture with campaign goals ranging between $50M and $1.3B. Mia has a BA in Journalism from the University of Illinois and is currently pursuing her MBA at the Leeds School of Business.

Karen van Vuuren is a former broadcast and newspaper journalist whose twin passions are math and death (which you could say are both objects of many peoples’ fears). Karen runs Jamie York Press Inc., which publishes math curriculum books for Waldorf schools, as well as online workshops for teachers. She is also a documentary-maker with award-wining educational films on stopping eating and drinking with end-stage illness, (dyingwishmedia.com) and caring for veterans with post-traumatic stress at end of life (goinpeacefilm.org). In 2003, she founded a non-profit, Natural Transitions, to provide education on natural and holistic approaches to end-of-life. Karen is managing editor of the organization’s  biannual magazine.  Her current project (there is always a new one!) is the creation of a new concept natural funeral business for the 21st century (thenaturalfuneral.com) in Lafayette, Colorado.

Daniel Pratt has been in the publishing business for nearly twenty years, having joined the University Press of Colorado’s Business Department in 1999 before moving to the Editorial and Production Department in 2000. He has been co-owner of Pratt Brothers Composition since 2011. www.prattbrotherscomposition.com ​

Nick Zelinger, A book designer for more than 25 years, Nick Zelinger of NZ Graphics has worked for ad agencies and printing companies; been an art director for an aviation magazine; designed product packaging for manufacturers; created large signage for store fronts and company vehicles and Rapid Transit; designed promotional material for the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, KOA Radio and Clear Channel. His cover designs and interior layouts have earned numerous national and international awards, such as Best Cover Design by USA Book News, the Indie Excellence Book Award, Foreword Reviews Book of the Year, and many others.

Nick also creates marketing materials for his authors: posters, sell sheets, postcards, bookmarks, banners, press kits, business cards, and company logos.

He is also the co-author of “Another Nightmare Gig from Hell: Musicians Tales of Wonder and Woe” and has been a working musician since the age of 16. www.nzgraphics.com

Patricia Ross, Ph.D. in English (NYU 2004), is an editor/ghostwriter turned “indie” publisher. She has been a college English professor, a corporate trainer, a teacher trainer, a tutor, and twice-published author (traditional and indie). She was the “go to” editor for two print-on-demand/hybrid publishers when she was asked to start a publishing company. Dr. Ross took up the challenge and helped create Hugo House Publishers, Ltd. She has edited over two hundred books since she started in 2006, ghosted ten, and has published 63—and counting. Many of the books she has edited, ghosted, and published have won local and national awards.www.HugoHousePublishers.com


The January CIPA Meeting Roundtables topics are below:

Design = Nick Zelinger, and Dan Pratt

Crowdfunding = Mia Fill-Diaz, and Karen van Vuuren

Editing = Dr. Patricia Ross

Marketing = Cheryl Callighan, The Author’s Assistants

Post-meeting Resources

Missed the event? Check out our blog posting with a detailed recap of key take-aways!


PLEASE NOTE: By attending our meetings, you also acknowledge you are aware that photos are taken and live video is in process, during which your image and/or voice may be recorded for use in educational and/or promotional purposes for Colorado Independent Publishers Association in print, presentations, internet, and/or other forms of media. There is no compensation for such use. CIPA has no affiliation with the Church of Scientology.


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