Colorado Book Awards 2015 Entries Open

October 30, 2014 by

Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book is now accepting entries for the 2015 Colorado Book Awards, recognizing the best books by Colo rado authors, editors, publishers, illustrators and photographers published in 2014. The deadline to enter a submission published this year is November 15, 2014 (and January 2,2015 for books published after November 15, 2014).

The awards are presented annually with awards given in a number of categories. Past categories have included: anthology, biography, children’s literature, creative nonfiction, fiction, genre fiction, history, juvenile literature, nonfiction, pictorial, poetry, and young adult.

Eligible books include any work published by a Colorado author, illustrator, editor, publisher or photographer, and include hardcover, paperback and e-published books. Entries forms must be submitted online, but payment and copies can be provided online or through surface mail. Authors, editors, illustrators and photographers may enter their own work.

For more information on how to submit, or to recommend a book published in 2014, please visit the Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book website at stephanie or 303.894.7951 x19.

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October 28, 2014 by

Author U’s Fall BookCamp is the place to be if you have a book that is limping along or one that is ready to birth!
How to Create Killer Book Publicity
Sells Books Far Beyond Your Launch on a Shoestring Budget

Saturday, November 15, 2015

Would you like to create killer, knock the socks off, book publicity that reaches far beyond any launch you envisioned … even on a teeny tiny shoe string budget?

You can … and you will if you attend the Fall BookCamp led by the Publicity Hound, Joan Stewart.

Your take-aways include:

- How to take the target market for your book and find them online, offline, etc. Includes contacting them (journalists, bloggers, consumers) on social media sites, pitching, follow-up.

- How to create your own media outlets and tips for building a raving fan base. Includes YouTube, podcasts, an ezine, etc.

- Email marketing. So IMPORTANT and something most authors miss! Tips for capturing the email address and what to do with it once you have it. What kinds of emails to send, even if you write fiction. Includes things like killer subject lines that get them to open the message, tricks for writing and presentation, etc.

- How to prepare a publicity campaign for your book, what to do pre-launch, during launch and afterward.

- The most important question to ask about your target market when planning a publicity campaign (it has nothing to do with you or what you’re selling).

- How to become an expert in your topic and use it to open doors that are closed to non-experts.

- How to make your website "media ready" so journalists, broadcasters and bloggers find exactly what they need without calling you.

- The all-important "extras" to offer to the media to convince them to cover you.

- Sneaky ways to increase the odds of getting your website address in news stories (these work!).

- The basics of your author media kit and why you need multiple author bios, not just one.

- How to avoid being a pain-in-the-ass who journalists end up blackballing.

- Cool tools (most of them free) to use in your book publicity campaign. (Judith was blown away when she learned about some of these.)

Hot seats in the afternoon … Joan will pre-select up to 6 attendees who will be in the Publicity Hound’s eyes … will you be a lucky one and howl with and for your book?

Joan Stewart is the Publicity Hound. With an in-depth background as a journalist, publicity coach and master of creating the best of the best in Cheat Sheets for propelling authors to the forefront of media attention, get ready for an action packed and fun day. Her website is


When: Saturday, November 15th Lunch and workbook included
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $129

November CIPA Meeeting

October 28, 2014 by

Know Your Public: Market Research Made Easy

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Free breakfast and coffee
8:30 a.m. – Noon

Church of Scientology*
2340 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80205

$20 for CIPA Members by 6pm Friday before Event
$30 for Nonmembers, Guests, Member Door Pricing

Register at

You spend hours and hours crafting your marketing material. You write what your book is about. You know what your audience needs to know about your book’s subject. But your marketing efforts seem to fall short. You don’t get the response you want—people aren’t buying your book or your book isn’t selling as quickly as you think it should.

There’s a reason most marketing just doesn’t produce the results you want. Often, the person doing the marketing doesn’t really know what their buying public responds too. “Experts” on the internet talk about marketing instinct—a good marketer is supposed to “sniff out” what their buying public wants and the marketing is the promise that they’ll get a worthwhile response.

But what does your buying public really want? How do you find out and do it without spending a fortune?

Join us for N ovember’s CIPA Meeting “Know Your Public: Market Research Made Easy”

Creative Visions CEO and marketing expert, Erik Hofstetter, will let us in on some of the most powerful secrets the marketing industry wished they knew about market research. It’s a technique that our President, Dr. Patricia Ross, has used successfully with Hugo House authors, and she wanted to share it with you!

You’ll learn how to find out what your buying public responds to and how to use it in all your marketing material, from your bookmarks to your websites.


October 27, 2014 by


November 6th-Special Session
Finding Your Voice: a special voice coaching session to help your presentations

Where: The Historic Denver Press Club,
1330 Glenarm Pl., Denver CO
When: Thursday Night, November 6th
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.; cash bar only
Cost: $10 for members and non-members. RSVPs are necessary.

We would appreciate your paying through PayPal to streamline reservations. To reserve your spot, go to mailto:bellson> or 719 540 8632. We will accept payments at the door.

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for reservations is Monday, November 3, 2014.

(NOTE: No shows and anyone not cancelling their reservation 72 hours in advance will be expected to pay since RMMWA will be billed for their reservation.)

Program: This presentation provides an understanding of why your voice matters for clear communication, what aspects of your voice are under your control, and most importantly, how to use it effectively. Vocal habits of upspeak and off voice, among others, can undermine our credibility, clarity, and impact without us realizing it. Discover the vocal techniques that help you connect you to your audience while reading aloud. Enjoy the exploration of operatives and prosodic choices to add even more suspense, mood, and character detailing for your listeners as you share your stories.

Bio: Gabriella Cavallero has over 25 years of experience as a professional coach, actor, director, dialect specialist, teacher, and producer. As a member of the Denver Center Theatre Company’s resident acting company, she has played a wide range of roles for the past twenty-one seasons. Gabriella is also a voice–over artist, having narrated several Emmy-nominated documentaries, over 950 audio books for the Library of Congress’ National Library Service, and countless commercials and industrials in both her native Spanish and English. She serves as dialect coach and language specialist for many of Denver’s top theatres and she teaches acting, voice, speech, dialects, and movement privately and in past years, as adjunct faculty at the University of Denver and University of Colorado. Gabriella holds an MFA in acting from the National Theatre Conservatory and a BA from Vassar College.

& ON NOVEMBER 13TH . . . .


Where: The Historic Denver Press Club,
1330 Glenarm Pl., Denver CO
When: Thursday Night, November 13th.
Time: 6:30 p.m. conversation and cash bar; 7:00 p.m. dinner; and 8:00 p.m. program

Menu: Maple mustard chicken, salad & dessert
Cost: $20 for members; $25 for non-members. RSVPs are necessary. Please email our Caterer Director, Donnell Bell <mailto:bellson> or call 719 540 8632 to make your reservation!

PLEASE NOTE: The reservation deadline is Monday, November 10th, 2014.

We would appreciate your paying through PayPal to streamline reservations. To reserve your spot, go to mailto:bellson> or 719 540 8632. We will accept payments at the door.

The deadline for reservations (including PayPal) is Monday, November 10, 2014.

October Program from Author U –HOT Book Strategies for Newbies & Oldies

October 8, 2014 by

HOT Book Strategies for Newbies & Oldies … Embrace Them or Perish!
Publishing: Time and Project Management, Money, Marketing, Publicity, Social Media

October 11th 10 am to 2 pm

Autumn is here … has a harvest of goodies for you and it’s time to get to work! Author U’s Panel of Experts is ready to let it rip … you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers and solutions.

· You are overwhelmed … what can you do to cut corners and not cut your productivity?

· Your bank account is tilting … what can you do to keep going forward without sinking?

· You want media coverage … what can you do to get without it shelling it out $3,000 a month for a publicist?

· You need a GamePlan and Strategies … but you are clueless as to where to start (or stop).

· You know you need Amazon … how can you use it effectively to maximize your book and ebook sales?

· You know you need marketing moxie … where should you start, what should you stop and what are the latest trends?

· You think that social media is important … but feel like you are a bottomless pit—learn where to crawl, when to leap and when to e xit.

Whew! What a day is planned. Be there early … we will start Author Circles at 9.30 am for those who have questions about anything including newbies and the beginning journey of publishing. Schmoozing, hearty food and Introductions shortly after 10 am and get ready for a great in-depth program.

HOT Book Strategies for Newbies & Oldies … Embrace Them or Perish! It’s your choice, you choose.

Date: Saturday, October 11th
Cost: $30 for … price increases $10 on Oct.9th

Location: Doubletree SE, (225 & Iliff) Aurora CO



CIPA October Meeting: Publishing Bloopers

October 8, 2014 by

Learn what to avoid by finding out the top do’s and don’ts of publishing – the easy way, by hearing others share their past experiences!

Here are just a few of the mistakes we’ve made:

· Contracted with a vanity publisher who overcharged us on everything

· Didn’t think we needed an editor

· Designed the cover or the interior ourselves

· Had the teenager down the street design our website

· Started marketing our book 6 months after it was published

All hope is not lost! Mistakes are how we learn, get better at what we do, and be more successful!

Join Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) on October 18 for for a panel discussion:

Publishing Bloopers: If Only We’d Known. Our stellar panel of publishing experts will share their war stories of their own publishing journeys as well as the "rescue work" they’ve performed for clients (who shall remain anonymous.)

· If you haven’t published your book yet, you’ll learn about some of the major pitfalls and how to avoid them.

· If you’ve already published your book and made a few mistakes, you’ll learn how to correct them.< /span>

View our panel of experts here!

$20 for CIPA Members by 6pm Friday before Event
$30 for Nonmembers, Guests, Member Door Pricing

Selling Your Nonfiction Ideas

October 3, 2014 by

Seminar – Selling Your Nonfiction Ideas

Saturday, 10/25, 8:45 am to noon

Denver Woman’s Press Club

Join Corinne Brown (author of three books and many magazine articles, staff writer for Persimmon Hill and a regular contributor to Western & English Today), Mary Abel (Editor-in-Chief of Colorado Homes & Lifestyles), and Sally Stich (30-year veteran of writing for major national magazine). Topics: Beyond Google research; Turning a Critical Eye to Your Material; Answering the Questions: ”Who cares?” and “Why now?”

$40 before 10/15; $45 after. Check payable to DWPC to Sidney Nelson, 15181 W. 62nd Way, Arvada, CO 80403. Additional info Sally StichSStich9083. More info

RMMWA Presents….

September 30, 2014 by

Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America presents:

Back by popular demand Detective Chuck Heidel, Solving the Marty Grisham Murder and the trial of Michael Clark

Program: Boulder Police Department Detective Chuck Heidel will discuss how he solved this 1994 cold case that led to the conviction of Michael Clark. Heidel has been with the BPD over 25 years, and his first murder case was the rape and bludgeoning death of Susannah Chase in 1997. He also solved the Tantra Rapist Case and previously discussed both of those cases with RMMWA.

Where: The Historic Denver Press Club,
1330 Glenarm Pl., Denver CO
Thursday Night, October 9th.
Time: 6:30 p.m. conversation and cash bar; 7:00 p.m. dinner; and 8:00 p.m. program

Meal: Spaghetti with bolognese sauce, salad and dessert (Vegetarian entrees available upon request)
$20 for members; $25 for non-members. RSVPs are necessary.

New to RMMWA (PayPal)

If possible, we would appreciate your paying through PayPal to streamline reservations. Click bellson or 719 540 8632. Provide your PayPal account name so she can match payments to people, or make your reservation if you prefer to pay at the door. We will of course, still take checks and cash. The deadline for reservations is Monday, October 6, 2014.

(The directions to the Denver Press Club, located at 1330 Glenarm Place in Denver, are as follows: Take 1-25 to 6th Ave. east. Turn north onto Santa Fe to Colfax Ave (15th) and turn right (east). Go about 4 blocks to Glenarm, turn left (north). The Denver Press Club will be about a block and half down on the right hand side, across from the Denver Athletic Club. It’s a small stone building with an awning. Parking is available to the south, in the lot n ext to the Press Club, for $5. Bring singles or a credit card. You must pay the machine and then leave the ticket on your dashboard. Otherwise, there is meter parking on the street, for which you will need quarters. The Denver Press Club telephone number in the event you get lost is 303-571-5260.)


Colorado Authors’ League Marketing Program Oct 11

September 24, 2014 by

Colorado Authors’ League has gathered four book marketing experts to offer insights for both traditionally published and self-published authors in the program "Sizzle! Sizzle! The Creative Side of Selling a Book" on Sat., Oct. 11, 8:30am to 12:30 at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood.

Members and non-members who attended CAL’s first program said that one of highlights was hearing the different viewpoints from experts with different backgrounds on the panel and being able to ask them your specific question. The marketing program will follow the same format.

The panel will include book publicist Jen Halligan, owner of Jen Halligan PR and a graduate of the Denver University Publishing Institute; Scott Johnson, who launched Sputnik Design Works in 2000 and has designed hundreds of books and publications; Terry Wright, a local independent publisher and author of several thriller novels; and Nate Guy, a bookseller for Barnes & Noble who can draw from his experience seeing how readers react to books on shelves every day.

Registration is open now at the CAL web site CAL members can sign up in advance for $20 through Wed., Oct. 8, or $30 at the door. Non-members pay $30 in advance at the CAL site, $40 at the door. The program will be held in the Community Room of Red Rocks Community College, 13300 W. 6th Ave. Service Road.

For more information visit or contact:

Denny Dressman, Co-VP/Programs, dennydressman chris 303-882-4910

Denver Press Club Gridiron Show

September 24, 2014 by

Friday, Oct. 10, GRIDIRON SHOW, 7 p.m., at the Reiman Theater in the
newly renovated Margery Reed Hall building (2306 East Evans Avenue) on the DU
campus, next to the Daniels College of Business. Tickets cost $30 per
(You can sign up right now at _

There will be a cash bar and free appetizers.

Do you love satire? Do you enjoy seeing big names from media and politics
let their hair down on stage?

Governor John Hickenlooper and the Hick-tones will perform once again as
the Denver Press Club brings back the satirical Gridiron Show — with a
theme of "50 Shades of Crap."

Guest introducers include Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Lt. Gov. Joe
Garcia, and the team of Gloria Neal and Amani Ali.

This event is open to the public and is a fundraiser for the nation’s
oldest press club.

It’s a night of satire, mostly in song, skewering politics, popular
culture and whatever else catches our fancy.

The core cast returns: Edie Sonn, Stephen Koenigsberg, Ruth
Darling-Goldberg of Vintage Spare Parts, Tom Corona, Cynthia Rose, Cynthia Hessin of
Rocky Mountain PBS, Kevin Flynn and Bruce Goldberg. Fred Brown, the retired
Statehouse reporter from The Denver Post and 9News, once again will serve as
master of ceremonies and offer up some hilarious haikus. Theresa Marchetta,
anchor/reporter at KMGH-TV, will deliver the fake newscast this year along
with Cynthia Hessin.

Our performers will include, among others, part of the 9News morning crew
(Gary Shapiro, Cory Rose, Belen DeLeon and Gregg Moss), who will sing one

"No Sacred Cows" is our permanent theme, and join us as we prove it.
Free parking will be available in the underground parking lot of the
Daniels College of Business, off University Boulevard, just south of Evans

Our thanks to Brian Olson for creating two video promos for the Gridiron
show. You can find the 30-second promo at and
the 15-second promo at


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