March 2020 President’s Letter

March 2020 President’s Letter

By Robert Schram

CIPA Offering Free Virtual Meeting

 “Authors and Independent Publishers —Working Together

Following the directives of local officials and the CDC, our CIPA March 21 get together will be a virtual meeting. Now more than ever the importance of staying connected and supporting each other in our publishing endeavors has become markedly apparent. Beyond that, with the online capabilities of Zoom, we have decided to extend our outreach to the greater publishing community. I look forward to our meeting, working, and learning together during these trying times.

March 20th Free Virtual Meeting: Same 9:00 start time!

Please join us for the sixth leg of our publishing journey, How Best to Work With a Literary Agent Without Being Shaken or Stirred, with guest speaker Sandra Bond. Learn what agents look for in deciding to work with an author, tips on how an author should approach an agent, specifics on what to expect in your agent agreement, and much more in what poses to be a lively interactive question and answer period. (For more information and to register click here).

CIPA EVVY Awards 2020

CIPA EVVY Coordinator Sue Ager and CIPA EVVY Chair Doris Baker remain busy planning the 2020 EVVY Awards competition. We look forward to seeing additional new and exciting titles yet to be entered in this years’ competition. Look for Sue’s update in this month’s CIPA Signature and/or  (See the CIPA website for complete details)

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 or speak to me directly or to any of our Board members at one of our monthly meetings.

See you online for our third meeting of the 2020 publishing season on Saturday, March 21.

Stay safe CIPA members and friends!

Bob Schram
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