October 2018 CIPA President’s Letter


By: Bob Schram

What Can I Do for CIPA?

Established in 1992, we now celebrate our 26th season as the Colorado Independent Publishers Association. Twenty-six years of serving authors, self-publishers, and professional service providers through the free exchange of information, experience, and expertise. A collaborative effort contributing to successful independent publishing. As our membership continues to grow, so does our credibility and presence, and so do opportunities for your publishing success. Do it yourself without doing it alone!

Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Fall Discovery Show 2018

The MPIBA CIPA Author and Book Showcase went exceedingly well with a significant presence at the show including twelve CIPA publisher authors participating in the Author Showcase. A wonderful opportunity for many CIPA members and excellent exposure for the organization. See photos of this year’s event on the CIPA Education & Literacy Foundation Facebook page  here and here. As one of our participating authors said:

Dear Mike, Thank you for a great experience at the CIPA booth last Friday at the MPIBA show. I appreciate all you do for the organization. As a result of the show, I was able to make contact with a private school in Colorado Springs and received an invitation to speak about my book. I’m anxious to see what develops from the booksellers as well.”

–Chuck Renstrom

This Saturday’s October 20th Meeting

Our robust program for CIPA’s October 20th meeting will be a panel discussion entitled PICTURE THIS: Using a Professional Artist to Illustrate Your Book!  Please be sure to attend and find out all you ever wanted to know about working with an illustrator.

“I Could Say Things with Colors and Shapes that I Had No Words For.”   

–Georgia O’Keefe

Volunteers: Stand Up and Be Counted

Collaboration within our community is key to enhancing CIPA’s value to all of its members. Let 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)

Please feel free to email me at president@cipabooks.com 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 next meeting this Saturday, October 20th!


Bob Schram
CIPA president 2018-2019

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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