Exploratory Gathering for Authors, Writers, and Publishers

Soon there will be an organization to support authors, writers, and publishers in northern Colorado.
The Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) is starting a northern Colorado (NoCo) branch that will throw open its doors to aspiring authors, writers, and publishers as well as its current members. Those present will get the opportunity to voice their ideas on the nature and schedule of the services they need to support each other in their writing and publishing efforts.

NoCo CIPA will host its first gathering on Tuesday, March 7, from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Lincoln Center at 417 W. Magnolia Street in Fort Collins. Registration starts at 6:30, and the program starts at 7:00. The cost is $10 per person, which includes registration, coffee/tea, and dessert. Seating preference will be given to those who RSVP (see below).

"It must be something in that clear northern Colorado air!" according to CIPA President, Joe Sabah, referring to the high number of authors in this area. And that number is the fastest growing segment of CIPA. "It's time to take CIPA to northern Colorado - to deliver CIPA benefits close to home." insists Sabah.

CIPA members include authors, writers, publishers, editors, proofreaders, indexers, researchers, illustrators, printers, intellectual property attorneys, graphic designers, and others with an interest in writing and publishing. At the meeting current CIPA members can display their books along with brochures and other material promoting goods and services they provide to authors and publishers. Attendees are asked to bring and share their own BEST writing/publishing hot tip. A list of "25 Hot Publishing Tips" will be compiled through audience participation, and everyone can leave with a list of practical ideas to start using the next day!

CIPA typically provides regular ongoing educational and networking opportunities to its members in the form of monthly meetings that cover topics such as: Getting Free Publicity for Your Book, How To Snag Interviews on Radio and TV Talk Shows, Researching Your Book Topic and Content, Legal Aspects of Publishing, and Technological Changes in Printing and Distribution. CIPA also presents its annual book awards each June and hosts an annual CIPA College, a one-day opportunity for members to hear national speakers and subject-matter experts in all areas of writing and publishing. NoCo CIPA's local contact is Janice Geist, Chair of CIPA's Publishing Basics Committee and CIPA board member. She can be reached at these RSVP numbers: Voice: (970) 532-1012; Fax: (970) 532-2938; e-mail: sunstone@verinet.com