November 2017 CIPA President’s Letter


By: Alexandra O’Connell

This month, we are thrilled to welcome Len Vlahos, co-owner of the Tattered Cover, and the Tattered Cover’s Local Author Liaison, Daron Muller, to talk to our members about how indie authors and indie bookstores can work together, so that more quality, independently published books can garner shelf space and make it worth the bookseller’s while. What do bookstores look for in the books they wish to stock? How can indie authors connect to local bookstores and to their local community? I am looking forward to the discussion this coming Saturday, November 18th.

On October 30th, CIPA marketing experts hosted a virtual discussion to continue the conversations sparked at the roundtables at our October meeting. The online workshop was free and open to members and nonmembers alike. We are excited to bring you these and other ways to connect with service providers and experts in different aspects of independent publishing. If you are a service provider interested in participating in a future program, virtual or live, please reach out to our Acting Program Chair, Mike Daniels.

On November 4th, members of the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (CIPA ELF) catalogued more than 2,000 books which we took in donations following our participation in the Mountains and Plains Fall Discovery Show. We are already speaking with organizations interested in the books we have in stock—if you are a member or associated with a civic group, school, library, shelter, senior center, hospital, literary organization, etc, and would love to receive some books, please reach out to Read the full release here.

November is our final membership meeting until January 2018. Save the date and join us for the CIPA Holiday Party on Saturday, December 16th! This fun and festive occasion is a great way to celebrate our accomplishments in 2017 and prepare to ring in a fabulous and successful 2018. Look for more information in the weeks to come in your email boxes and on our social media, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

As always, I’d love to hear from you about your ideas and suggestions for how we can continue to grow CIPA and serve you, our authors, service providers, publishers, and friends of the independent publishing community. Please email me at

To (y)our success!

Alexandra O’Connell

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

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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