In our introductory paragraph of our post: August 2015 Signature Edition, the date was listed as a Saturday. The correct date is Sunday (not Saturday) August 23. Sorry for any confusion! (Ticket sales will close on Wednesday, August 19, to give a head count to our caterer.)
By Patricia Ross, CIPA EVVY Chair
Hello CIPA EVVY Finalists!
First, congratulations on making it this far in the competition. Some of the category were literally hundredths of a point different.
I am personally inviting you to attend the 21st annual CIPA EVVY banquet. Ticket sales close on Wednesday, August 19, so we can get a head count to the caterers.
All finalists will receive an award—so if you’re named, you are going to be going to the stage at some point in the evening!
The menu this year is a wonderful island theme, fresh summer repast. If you’re vegetarian, no worries! Part of the menu is black beans and rice with a really fabulous zucchini casserole! If you’re restricted to gluten free (like I am), then you’ll be able to eat all but the dinner rolls. Serendipity is one of Denver’s premier catering companies and was voted Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Green Business of the year. You can view the menu—and the finalists—here:
The event is being held at the Space Gallery, 4th and Santa Fe. There is plenty of street parking, and it is a lovely venue. There is an outside patio. The inside is spacious and cool. Here’s a link so you can see what it looks like:http://spacegallery.org/events/.
Ticket price: $60 per person. Premium beer and wine is complementary as are non alcoholic drinks.
CIPA EVVY Chair
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The deadline for member news, photos, and industry articles is this Saturday, 08/08/2015, by 12pm, online via this form! (As a back up if you have trouble with the online form, you may email to Veronica Yager at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Get a start on it today! Please follow the submission guidelines below:
- Regular Member News: The maximum number of words is 150. Please submit this as you would like it printed or it will not be posted in this edition. Submit it with a photo of yourself, or the cover of your book. Please also provide a link to where readers can purchase your book.
- Associate Members: Industry related articles (not promo pieces) should be no more than 500 words. Please include a photo of yourself and your bio.
- CIPA Participating Book Associations: News about upcoming publishing events and other items of interest to independent publishers from participating book associations also are accepted. Please note that these must be brief items with contact information. Sales pitches are more properly submitted as paid ads.
Thank you to those who submitted your book to the 21st Annual CIPA EVVY Awards! Click the button below to view a partial list of finalists. We will keep this list updated and send a final announcement when the list is complete.
Did you or your friend make the list? Join us at the 21st Annual CIPA EVVY Awards Banquet & Ceremony on Sunday, 8/23/15! Click the banner below for details and dinner menu…
LIVE WEBINAR: How I Sold 5000 Books To American Furniture Warehouse
When: Wednesday, August 5, 2015 (Registration deadline is 9am 8/4/15.)
Time: 11 am – 12 pm
Cost: $15/members, $25/nonmembers
This webinar will be recorded and provided to all registrants after the event.
It’s every author’s dream: selling your book by the hundreds or even thousands. But that could take a very long time if your sales are one book at a time.
Author and CIPA member Michelle Rodenburg had a better idea. After hearing self publishing expert Brian Jud speak at CIPA last fall about bulk sales, Michelle took action. She bought Jud’s best selling book How to Make Real Money Selling Books and made a plan.
Learn Michelle’s step by step plan for selling 5,000 books to American Furniture Warehouse as a premium for customers. Register here!
Do you want to sell more books with no returns? Attend Brian Jud’s one-day Southern California Book Selling University on September 12 and you can become more profitable selling your books in ways that you never imagined and to people you never knew existed — in large, non-returnable quantities. It is sponsored by the Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS), Bowker and BookWorks, and will be held from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. Find details and registration at http://tinyurl.com/ppjtxbk
Entries for the 2015 CIPA EVVY Awards continue to come in steadily. Once again the quality of entries this year appear to be uniformly high, so we expect another tough competition. To date, the entry that has come the greatest distance is a Juvenile Fiction title submitted by a U.K. author, I.S. Hassan, titled The Alchemist’s Legacy. As of this writing 24 titles have been received, in 46 categories. After a few initial adjustments, the revised and streamlined entry procedures are working well. We are looking forward to our first volunteer meet-up to get the first batch of books sent out to our judges. If you plan to enter, please review the submission guidelines on the CIPA website.
Post by Joe McDaniels – CIPA EVVY Volunteer,
and co-owner of BookCrafters. Joe and wife Jan McDaniel began self-publishing their own books in 1996. BookCrafters was established and began assisting clients in 2007. To date (2015), they have published over 250 titles using Lightning Source Inc. (LSI), BookPartners (HF Group), Snowfall Press (SFP) and other printers for special projects. They are members of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), and the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA). BookCrafters books have won multiple CIPA EVVY Contest Awards. Joe has served on the board of CIPA and for the last four years both Joe and Jan have coordinated receipt of CIPA EVVY Award entries.
Our friend and colleague Brian Jud is planning to start a chapter of his organization APSS (Association of Publishers for Special Sales) here in Denver. He’s looking for someone to head up the chapter. We’re happy to pass his request along to our members. If you’re interested, contact Brian directly at BrianJud@bookapss.org.
CIPA Board Members 2015-2016
Mary Walewski, CIPA President
Mary Walewski of Buy The Book Marketing is a marketing consultant and social media guide for authors. She has served on the CIPA Board of Directors as Board Secretary, Marketing Chair and Programming Chair. Mary specializes in online marketing for authors, teaching webinars and live workshops on how to market books using social media, online reviews, blogging, and more. She also coaches authors individually, teaching them the technology they need to succeed and how to promote themselves as an authority in their field. For more information about Mary Walewski, visit Buy the Book Marketing.
Patricia Ross, Immediate Past President & CIPA EVVYs Coordinator
Dr. Patricia Ross is an English professor by training (Ph.D. NYU, 2004) and has owned her own company since 2001. She has done hundreds of writing workshops with business professionals throughout the front range. She has been editing professionally since 2006. In 2008, she was asked to start a publishing company and has never looked back. She has rewritten or ghostwritten over a hundred books since she started on her publishing path and has edited or coached many many more. She has published forty titles under her Hugo House label. Her mission: to use the books she publishes to uplift the culture. For more information about Hugo House Publishers and Dr. Ross, visit Hugo House Publishers.
Mike Daniels, CIPA ELF President
Mike Daniels has been in the book publishing business for the last two decades working with authors & publishers of all sizes and genres while representing book manufacturers. As a publisher’s coach he provides strategic and creative direction, connections and insight to best reach the client’s targeted goals. Mike’s a Past President of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (2005-06) where he received the CIPA Leadership Award and the Ric Simmons Memorial Life Vest Award for excellence in publishing, integrity in business and service to authors and he’s the current President of the 501 c 3 CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF). In addition, Lt. Col. Mike Daniels is the Director of Public Affairs for the Colorado Civil Air Patrol-U.S. Air Force Auxiliary (selected as the U.S Civil Air Patrol’s 2014 National Public Affairs Officer of the Year) and Editor-in-Chief of Peaks & Planes magazine (received CAP’s 1st Place Balsem Award for Magazines). email@example.com
Ann Nye West, Treasurer
Ann is president and CEO of Bristlecone Publishing which she launched in 2013 to publish a book written and illustrated by her granddaughter when she was 12. Ann is also president and CEO of Professional Practice Development, a healthcare marketing firm she started in 1982. She has been a member of CIPA since 2011.
Mason Works, LLC
National Writers Outreach
At our last month’s meeting Saturday April 19, 2014 we had a panelists group of six of
experts in the field of publishing; marketing, editing, and book cover artists. They asked for any brave authors who were open for ideas. I felt a nudge to speak out but stopped out of fear. At the last minute I shouted out, “Have room for one other?”
My heart was racing and sweating when one of the panelists looked at my cover and said “It needs to be redesigned. Sorry, but the cover looks as if it’s a stock photo, the mix of text centered and left justification does nothing for the book.” Another panelist said “You have a killer subtitle however it’s hard to read as it blends in with the sun.” I was somewhat hurt, but knew they were correct. It was a stock photo and my design that I tried to convey to the book artist.
That afternoon I contacted Nick Zelinger with nzgraphics and explained to him what had happened along with Melanie Mulhall. I told Nick, “You are the expert at book cover designs and I ‘trust’ you will come up with a design that fits the expression of the book.”
The key was to trust people, trust the unfoldment, and trust God. The constructive criticism was making me stronger, so that I can stand in the truth of who I am and not be ashamed. The new cover really does express the impact of the story and of course, it is FANTASTIC!
The new cover created a “pop” causing the reader to pick-up the book, turn it over and be inspired.
The book is completed and published. Fantastic is available from my website www.fantasticitsfriday.com and will be available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBook by the end of the month.
Thank you CIPA and associate members for making it all possible.
Kirk B Axelson aka Mr. Fantastic
Read more about Kirk here!