March 2020 CIPA Monthly Meeting

March 21, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am America/Denver Timezone

Following the directives of local officials and the CDC, our CIPA March 21 get together will be a virtual meeting. The meeting will be conducted on the Zoom Virtual Meeting platform. (We will NOT be having a physical, in-person meeting.) We have a limited number of Zoom seats available. We encourage early registration to ensure your spot! The meeting will be held at our regular time—9AM MDT, Saturday, March 21. To ensure your spot, please register here today. You must pre-register to receive the meeting link.

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Your Publishing Journey – Next Stop How Best to Work with a Literary Agent without Being Shaken or Stirred presented by Bond, Sandra Bond, of the Bond Literary Agency.

Some of the important questions that Sandra will address include:

  • As an agent, what do you look for when deciding on whether to work with an author?
  • What really excites you when an author approaches you with their MS/book with hopes you’ll represent them? Some tips on how to pursue an agent.
  • What turns you off? What are some tips to authors and indie publishers on what not to do when pursuing an agent?
  • When you agree to work with someone, what are the general terms of the agreement/contract? What is the standard fee or percentage expected?
  • If approached by an indie published author who has done well with their book on their own and now wants to explore selling rights to an established traditional publisher, what are the pros that you and the author have working for you? What are the cons working against you?
  • What are some caveats you’d offer to indie published authors as well as unpublished, aspiring authors in regard to selling rights to traditional publishers? What’s realistic to expect if a publisher takes interest in terms of time to publication and remuneration (advance, royalties, etc..)?
  • Why is it important to have an agent rather than pursuing a publisher directly? What are the advantages? Are there any disadvantages?
  • How does someone like  a Sandra Bond become a Literary Agent? What’s your story?

About Sandra –

Bond Literary Agency is a small agency with a select list of clients and quite a broad list of titles. Sandra represents everything from adult mysteries to literary fiction to young adult fiction to business books, history and science. After going it alone for a long time, the Agency now includes two associate agents, Becky LeJeune and Patrick Munnelly.

Sandra is currently looking for adult commercial and literary fiction, smart mystery/thriller/crime fiction, and YA fiction in all categories. She does not represent memoir, romance, adult science fiction, adult fantasy, poetry, children’s picture books, or screenplays. She’s also looking for compelling narrative nonfiction and science for a general audience. These authors must have great credentials: real expertise in their subject area and some kind of platform from which they can actively promote their books.

Sandra was the program administrator at the University of Denver’s Publishing Institute for 4 years and she now guest lectures there annually. She is a Denver native and has a degree in microbiology from the University of Colorado. When she’s not working…well, she’s still working on her work/life balance.

Submission guidelines can be found on She does not blog—who has time?!—but she does occasionally tweet @bondingnow.

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Our virtual meeting and presentation by Sandra will be held on Saturday, March 21st at 9am, MDT. To register please fill out the form here. You will receive login information on Friday, March 20th by 3pm MDT, and again on Saturday, March 21st prior to the start of the presentation. 

Our virtual Zoom platform seating is limited so register now! 


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