March 2017 CIPA Meeting

March 18, 2017 @ 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)

This event has already occurred. View any resources or the recorded event at the bottom of this page…or click here.

Pick a Side – Marketing Vs. Design, a debate…

Independent publishing is filled with choices, choices that are usually attached to costs. Often, indie publishers feel like we’re making a series of tradeoffs in the process of bringing our book to press. What do we really need?

Join us on Saturday, March 18th, as book designers and marketers face off to convince us where our priorities should lie, and CIPA members get to play Devil’s Advocate on your most pressing concerns. The gauntlet is thrown. Get ready to take sides!


Ingrid Pyka

When Ingrid saw businesses letting money slip through their fingers and clients not getting the service they deserved, Ingrid turned her passion for business strategy into her own consulting firm. She has held high-level management roles, repeatedly turning failing businesses to positive cash flow models.

Dr. Pyka – yes, Ingrid is a small animal veterinarian – who, now consults for corporate, non-profit and entrepreneurs. Her special niche is helping authors reach their audience. She coaches her clients to develop innovative and affordable marketing strategies, and, fine-tunes your message, special talents, brand, online identity. Ingrid is known for discovering unexpected opportunities for her clients.

She is herself a multi-award-winning publisher, is a TEDx Speaker and currently serves as President of the Colorado Independent Publisher’s Association.

Her own business how-to book, Stop, Step Back and Grow: The 3 Cores to Long Term & Repeatable Success, is due out this summer.

Bree Weber

I believe that stories are powerful: the characters that feel just like our best friend, the cliffhangers that make us gasp out loud, and the plot twists that keep us up reading past 2am. These books deserve to find their readers.

And I’m a firm believer that authors deserve to earn an income from their writing. This is the best time in history to turn your passion and craft into a career. It’s the so-called ‘new frontier of publishing’ which means that you can decide when, how and what you publish.

Authors aren’t the only ones who get to define a new path in publishing. A decade ago, my job didn’t even exist. I moved to the UK to study for my masters in publishing, getting a thorough initiation into every aspect of the process in each department. I also contributed to several large publishing houses in London before relocating to NYC. I was working as a digital marketer and publishing consultant for a prestigious Madison Ave literary agency but still found something was missing. I wanted to work more closely with authors and the stories they were creating.

I created The Book Octopus out of a love of stories and desire to work directly with authors. Now, I help indie and hybrid authors produce, publish and promote their books all over the world and earn an income from their work. When I’m not reading books for work, I’m reading them for fun.



Bob Schram

As the founder and owner of Bookends Design, I have served as a Publishing Resource since 1984. Having worked as a production manager in publishing, art director in video production, and small business owner, I have experienced the gamut of client and vendor interaction.

Whether you are a publisher, business, school, author, or individual and you require graphic design, art direction, project management, print coordination, publishing consulting, or anything in between, Bookends is available to serve your needs.

Nick Zelinger

A book designer for over 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 sports and fitness manufacturers; created large signage for storefronts, company vehicles, and Rapid Transit; designed promotional material for the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, KOA Radio and Clear Channel.

His cover and book designs have earned his clients more than 100 national and international awards, such as Best Cover Design by USA Book News, CIPA’s EVVY Awards, the Indie Excellence Book Award, Foreword Reviews Book of the Year, Next Generation Finalist Awards, Global eBook Awards, The San Francisco Book Festival Awards, and many more.

Nick is also the co-author of Another Nightmare Gig from Hell: Musicians Tales of Wonder and Woe (a CIPA EVVY award winner). He has been a recording and performing musician since the age of 16.

Meet our Emcee for the Event:

Mike Daniels 

Mike Daniels has been in the book publishing business for the last two decades working with authors & publishers of all sizes and genres while representing book manufacturers.  As a publisher’s coach he provides strategic and creative direction, connections and insight to best reach the client’s targeted goals. Mike’s a Past President of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (2005-06) where he received the CIPA Leadership Award and the Ric Simmons Memorial Life Vest Award for excellence in publishing, integrity in business and service to authors and he’s the current President of the 501 c 3 CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation.In addition, Lt. Col. Mike Daniels is the Director of Public Affairs for the Colorado Civil Air Patrol-U.S. Air Force Auxiliary (selected as the U.S Civil Air Patrol’s 2014 National Public Affairs Officer of the Year) and Editor-in-Chief of Peaks & Planes magazine (received CAP’s 1st Place Balsem Award for Magazines.)

PLEASE NOTE: CIPA has no affiliation with the Church of Scientology.

CIPA Members Register Here:

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Post-meeting Resources

Recorded Meeting Video is Now Available to Download:

Video Runtime: 47 minutes (File format = .mov   You will need Quicktime which is available for free on a PC as well as a Mac)

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