January 2018 CIPA President’s Letter


By: Alexandra O’Connell

Happy New Year! CIPA is looking forward to a big and bright 2018.

We’re kicking off the year with two great collaborations. Joining us at our January meeting will be Mike Hance of Ghost Town Writers Retreat, and Barb Lundy from the Colorado Book Festival.

The Ghost Town Writers Retreat is coming to Georgetown July 26-29. This annual gathering of authors, screenwriters, and directors combines a writer’s retreat with the opportunities of a convention, including workshops, panels, industry networking, and fun horror-themed activities. 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 click here, see Mike Hance at the table this month, or contact Cathy Spader.

As we mentioned in December, CIPA is excited to be partnering with the Colorado Book Festival for their 2018 event, taking place on March 3, 2018 at the Denver Central Library. Barb Lundy is visiting us this month to give us more information on the event, including ways you can get involved volunteering. 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, say hello to Barb at the meeting or click here.

Coming soon! CIPA’s updated and inclusive membership program. We are putting the final touches of our program roll out and are excited to offer you new and expanded opportunities. We want to make sure that we have everything ready to go for our members when we launch, so stay tuned for more information in the next month!

In this vein, we’d love to hear from you on our Annual Membership Survey by February 1st. The survey takes only a few minutes, and we use your feedback to shape the organization into the future. Thank you to everyone who has already submitted their comments.

It’s that time of year again—CIPA is ramping up for the 24th Annual CIPA EVVY Awards. We are finalizing this year’s CIPA EVVY Coordinator, and are looking for a volunteer team to support them and this iconic contest. Please get in touch with Ingrid Pyka if you are interested in joining us this year. The contest launches next month!

Your Board is still on the lookout for a few good members—in this case marketing and outreach, as well as a treasurer. We’d love to hear your recommendations on who can support us in these and other ways.

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 — don’t be a stranger.

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.



The views expressed herein are not those of Colorado Independent Publishers Association, its officers or directors.  They are solely and completely those of the author. The Colorado Independent Publishers Association will not be held liable for any legal action resulting from information published in this newsletter, and the organization’s insurance will not cover any such action.

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