May 2019 CIPA President’s Letter


By: Bob Schram

Happy Trails to You Until We Meet Again!


“Traveling—it leaves you speechless then turns you into a Storyteller.”

– Ibn Battuta

Summer is just about upon us if the leaves, grass, and flowers are any indication. They seem to have popped up overnight and it always manages to sneak up on me. I have my sights set on my annual sojourn to Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. I always look forward to quality family time and the rejuvenating effect of lake life after a brisk publishing season. The haunting call of the Loon is beckoning.

May Program: Why Write Fiction (When the Whole World Thinks You Should Not)

For our May 18 meeting, CIPA is fortunate to have award-winning author Mark Stevens as our keynote speaker. “There is no shortage of novels being published. Who has trouble finding something to read? Nobody, that’s who. Average income is down. In fact, all art has been devalued. So why write fiction? What are the rewards?” Mark will talk about the importance of ignoring all the messages from the universe and writing in the face of all the discouraging trends. He will talk about the key things you need to begin and how to ensure you are working with a quality process from writing your first precious sentence to finalizing the marketing plan for your finished novel.

2019 CIPA EVVY Awards

The 2019 CIPA EVVY Awards registration deadline is fast approaching. Don’t delay, May 18, 2019 (5 pm MST) is the last day to submit entries for this year. Now that your books have been entered in the competition you can set your sights on joining us at the 25th Silver Anniversary CIPA EVVY Awards Banquet on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

CIPA Outreach

CIPA was well represented at the Pikes Peak Library District’s 13th Annual Mountain of Authors community program on April 27 with a table hosted by Doris Baker, Mike Daniels, and Peter Trimarco. Jim Ringel, Alexandra O’Connell, Mike Daniels, and yours truly hosted our table at the Northern Colorado Writers Conference on May 3–4. We were well received and it was good to extend our reach to our Northern neighbors. Many thanks for your volunteerism and sharing your expertise as the face of CIPA at these outreach events. Two remaining events for this year are looking for CIPA hosts. The Queer Authors Expo (Thursday, June 6): and The Georgetown Indie-Con (Friday, June 28–Sunday, June 30):  Please let me know if you are interested in lending a helping hand on behalf of CIPA. As always, if you are aware of any other upcoming book, publishing or writers events that may be a good opportunity to increase visibility for CIPA please bring it to my attention.

CIPA 2019–2020 Board Nominees

At our May 18th meeting we will be voting for new incoming Board members for 2019-2020. I have been in conversation with some outstanding candidates who I think would be excellent choices to join the CIPA leadership team next year. Please plan on attending and let your voice be heard.

CIPA Annual Picnic

Plans are being made for coming together as a community in a fun and social context. Please look for announcements about our annual picnic in June (looking at the 15th or 29th at this juncture). Be prepared to bring your appetites and possibly you dancing shoes. I always enjoy meeting CIPA members at these gatherings and learning more about them beyond the world of publishing.

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 Toward the Future

I’m looking forward to the 2019–2020 CIPA year. To continue to foster the relationships I’ve formed with CIPA members, volunteers, and fellow Board members, which has served as a tremendous inspiration to me. I’m grateful for all the support, talent, and expertise we share in pursuit of “doing it yourself without doing it alone.” Looking toward vibrant future endeavors together . . .

Looking forward to seeing you at our meeting on Saturday, May 18.

Hope to see you at the CIPA Picnic in June!

Happy Trails,

Bookends Design

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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