February 2020 President’s Letter

February 2020 President’s Letter

By Robert Schram

Creating Something That Will Live Forever!


 “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365- page book. Write a good one.

–Brad Paisley

I feel invigorated at this time of year, especially after a brisk walk or shoveling snow. What better time to get those creative juices flowing after returning to the warmth of indoors in the middle of a snowy and cold February. As a book designer, I always appreciate seeing the transformation of that proverbial blank page into a cover or interior design. Savor the feeling of writing that first blank page!

February 15th Meeting: Please note the new 9:00 start time!

Please join us for the fifth leg of our publishing journey, Accompanied by Distributors and Wholesalers, with guest speaker Melissa Serdinsky. Melissa will share information on how best to sell your books through distributors and wholesalers who have access to and relationships with bookstores and other retail businesses.  (Find out more and register here).

CIPA EVVY Awards 2020 Launch!

CIPA EVVY Coordinator Sue Ager and CIPA EVVY Chair Doris Baker will be launching the 2020 EVVY Awards competition at Saturday’s meeting. We look forward to seeing all the exciting new titles that will be entered in this years’ competition. They will both be present to commemorate the event and answer any questions you may have about entering your books.  (see the CIPA website for complete details)

CIPA Associate Service Provider Raffle

CIPA Associate Service Providers are continually striving to help educate our members in all aspects of the publishing process through roundtables/workshops and networking breaks. Take advantage of a variety of their FREE Consultation offers as a raffle item beginning with our February meeting. Raffle tickets will be handed out at the door when you or your guests pick up your name tags.

CIPA ELF Donates Books at CCIRA

CIPA ELF Book Benefit Program volunteers Mike Daniels, Michael Molinet, Teresa Allen, and Peter Trimarco, donated $24,000 in books to attendees of the CCIRA (Colorado Council of the International Reading Association) Literacy Conference from February 5  through 7. See photos here?  https://www.facebook.com/CIPAELF/

A Host of Areas to Become Involved

Collaboration within our community is key to enhancing CIPA’s value to all of its members. Continue letting us know what you are interested in, what suggestions you may have, what ways you can contribute. Areas to become involved include:

  • programming
  • marketing
  • membership and outreach
  • website and social media
  • audio and video production
  • CIPA ELF (Education and Literacy Foundation)

You can email me at president@cipabooks.com or speak to me directly or to any of our Board members at one of our monthly meetings.

See you at our second meeting of the 2020 publishing season on Saturday, February 15.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Bob Schram
Bookends Design


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