February 2018 CIPA President’s Letter


By: Alexandra O’Connell

Lots of great things are underway at CIPA this month.


The 24th Annual CIPA EVVY Book Awards are kicking off this Saturday, February 17th! Visit our website for the latest on new, more intuitive category entries and submission and deadline information. We will be streaming our launch on Facebook Live, and hope you can be with us in the room to celebrate! For more information on the CIPA EVVYs, go here. To watch us on FB live, go here.

Our CIPA EVVY Committee is still accepting interested volunteers. If you are interested in being part of the team, either with book receiving/sending, communications, judging, or any other way, please email EVVYcommunications@cipabooks.com. Volunteers are what make our annual contest go.

Colorado Book Festival

CIPA is partnering with the Colorado Book Festival for their 2018 event, taking place on March 3, 2018 at the Denver Central Library. Over 100 Colorado authors will be present, and there will be workshops and expert panels throughout the day. The event is free to the public. For more information, including ways to volunteer, go here. CIPA will be featured along with other sponsors in a special program insert printed in the Denver Post on Sunday, February 25th—so keep an eye out!

Ghost Town Writers Retreat

This annual gathering of authors, screenwriters, and directors includes workshops, panels, industry networking, and fun horror-themed activities. The 2018 event will be held July 26-29. The event is not limited to horror and offers a lot for writers of other genres or writers who have dark elements or scenes in their stories. For more information go to here, or see Mike Hance at the table at this month’s meeting.

CIPA Board

It’s never too early to start thinking about who you’d like to represent you on the CIPA Board next year. Send us your recommendations or your interest any time before our May vote! All members play an active role in the leadership and future of our organization—maybe one of these members is you?

Thanks to all of you for continuing to make CIPA such a vibrant and supportive organization. I’m always available to you at president@cipabooks.com.

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 www.alexoconnell.com.



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