October 2019 President’s Letter

October 2019 President’s Letter

By Robert Schram

Customs, Traditions, and Celebrations


 “From its inception, the festival has been
a celebration of reading and literature 
. . .”   

–Kim Anderson

As the days grow shorter and colder, we are driven inward, not only in a physical sense but in a contemplative sense as well. Tending to our inner light if you will. What a fitting time of year to cultivate our creative impulses. In many parts of Europe the feast day of Martinmas is celebrated with the lighting of huge bonfires. In the Waldorf tradition there is also a lantern procession where children carry lanterns and sing songs as a gentle reminder to tend to their inner light. Paralleling the seasons, such introspection can serve us in our journey through the publishing process as well.

October 19 Meeting

Welcome to our 27th year as the Colorado Independent Publishers Association. Please join us as we continue on our publishing journey, Chapter 2: Where are You Going?—What to Pack?—And Never Travel Alone: Laying the Groundwork Before You Publish. A Panel Discussion with seasoned professionals Mike Daniels–Publishing Coach, Veronica Yager–Virtual Publisher’s Assistant, and Jon Tandler–Intellectual Property Attorney sharing their insights on some of the most important considerations you will need for a successful start (register here).

Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association FallCon 2019

The MPIBA FallCon 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 here). Plan on hearing from some of the participants at this Saturday’s meeting. After the conference, CIPA ELF volunteers spent their Saturday afternoon picking up tens of thousands of dollars worth of new books donated to CIPA ELF by exhibiting publishers for distribution to beneficiaries such as Colorado schools, libraries, hospitals, correctional facilities and more. CIPA members are encouraged to volunteer to help distribute books to beneficiaries and assist with CIPA ELF’s  (Education and Literacy Foundation) seven other programs such as Visiting Authors, Shelter Reading Buddies, Young Authors League, Senior Storytelling, Classroom Literacy Support, Computer Literacy Assistance and the CIPA EVVY Awards.

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 mailto:president@cipabooks.com or speak to me directly or to any of our Board members at one of our monthly meetings.

Hope to see you at our second meeting of the 2019–20 season this Saturday!

May your inner light burn brightly!

Bob Schram
Bookends Design


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