March 2019 CIPA President’s Letter


By: Bob Schram

It’s Spring!


“in Just- spring when the world is mud-luscious . . . and puddle-wonderful.”

­–E.E. Cummings

I get excited at this time of year! Beyond being my birth month, I begin to notice the robins foraging for worms and the bees sleepily bumbling about. The children at the kindergarten are rolling in the mud and slogging through puddles, covered from head to toe. The world around us is waking up from winters’ slumber, the start of something new. An opportunity to embrace the work before us with fresh eyes while not forgetting to devote some time to play.

March Program: So You’re On LinkedIn. Now What?

Please join us in welcoming Debra Jason, marketing speaker, author of the award-winning book, Millionaire Marketing on a Shoestring Budget, and founder of her own copywriting business, The Write Direction. Come learn everything you ever wanted to know about optimizing your presence on LinkedIn. Debra will also host a roundtable after her presentation to continue the conversation.

2019 CIPA EVVY Awards

The 2019 CIPA EVVY Awards are well underway. Submissions already entered in this years’ competition have been robust. Our EVVY Awards Chair, Doris Baker and EVVY Awards Coordinator, Dr. Patricia Ross remain available to answer any questions you may have about entering your books. Look for Patricia’s 5-minute spot about the EVVYs.

FYI – Earlybird registration ends Saturday, March 16th!

CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF)

CIPA’s Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF) will be delivering 817 new books to the Colorado Department of Education’s Institutional Library Development Unit in Denver valued at $11,695.67. Teresa Allen of the CO Department of Education shared: “We’ll distribute these books to libraries in the Department of Corrections, Division of Youth Services, and Mental Health Institutions. Also, the picture books will be used in our “Read to the Children” program in which adult offenders record themselves reading picture books and then send the books and recordings to their families. Many, many thanks to CIPA-ELF for all the time and effort it takes to collect, track, sort, and deliver these donations to organizations that need them!”

CIPA Outreach

CIPA will be participating in the Pikes Peak Library District’s 13th Annual Mountain of Authors community program on April 27 with a table hosted by Doris Baker:

We are also finalizing details regarding having a presence at the Northern Colorado Writers Conference (May 3–4): and the Queer Authors Expo (June 6):

If you are aware of any upcoming book, publishing or writers events that may be a good opportunity to increase visibility for CIPA please bring it to my attention.

 CIPA Treasurer Board Position

Do you have a background and/or interest in bookkeeping and accounting? If you are interested in supporting CIPA in this capacity, please contact me or any other Board member.

We Welcome Your Input

Please continue to let us know what you are interested in and what ideas or suggestions you may have as we endeavor to grow CIPA and continue to be of service to our authors, publishers, and service providers. Feel free to email me at or speak to me directly, or to any of our Board members at one of our monthly meetings.

Looking forward to seeing you at our meeting on Saturday, March 23 (the fourth Saturday this month).

Bob Schram
Bookends Design

About Bob Schram

Bob has served as a Publishing Resource since 1984. He has worked as the production manager of Pruett Publishing, art director of InJoy Birth & Parenting Education, and board member & vice president of the Rocky Mountain Publishing Professionals Guild. Currently the founder and owner of Bookends Design, Bob works extensively with publishers, small businesses, schools, authors, and individuals requiring book design & production, art direction, project management, print coordination, or publishing consulting. He especially enjoys helping new authors navigate the self-publishing process.

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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