November 2019 President’s Letter

November 2019 President’s Letter

By Robert Schram

Thank You CIPA!

 “Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.” 

–W.J. Cameron

I love this time of year and the excitement leading up to the holidays. The gathering of families, friends, and communities in an expression of gratitude for one another. Thanksgiving provides us with the opportunity to re-connect and share what the waning year and the people in our lives have meant to us. I would like to thank CIPA: the Board, my colleagues, and members, for providing a context for us to get together and share in a common purpose. For me personally, CIPA has been an invaluable resource in keeping current with publishing trends, finding collegial support, and expanding my capacities. What do you have to be thankful for?

November 16 Meeting

Please join us for the third leg of our publishing journey with Chapter 3: Passport, Please—Who Are You and What’s Your Story?How to find your audience, create interest in your story and market yourself; even before your book is published… and beyond. A Panel Discussion with author Nathan Lowell, marketing professional Mary Waleski, and writing coach Tanja Pajevic, sharing their experience of building an author’s platform and making it work. (find out more and register here).

CIPA Annual Holiday Party & Potluck: Castle Rock

WHEN: Sunday, December 15th, 2019—1:30-3:30

WHERE: The Grange Cultural Arts Facility


Come join the merriment and celebrate with your CIPA friends and colleagues. The afternoon will be punctuated by a “white elephant” gift-exchange—a party favorite—not to be missed!

Volunteerism: 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.

I hope to see you at our third meeting of the 2019–2020 season this Saturday!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Bob Schram
Bookends Design

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