CIPA July Program

July 6, 2015 by

CIPA Program: 10 Steps to a Hardworking Website

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Time: 11 am – 12:15 pm

Recorded with slides, worksheet

Cost: $15/members, $25/nonmembers

Register at CIPA’s website,

(Registration deadline is 24 hours prior to webinar to allow us time to get the link out to everyone who registers before the event.)

Your website is the center of your online marketing. But is your website working hard for you – or hardly working? This webinar covers some of the basic things you should know about your website:

· What you need to create a new website.

· Where to get a domain name and how to select one.

· What are my website options?

· Where should I host my site? (And what is hosting, anyway?)

· How to assess if you need to update or redo your site.

· Effective website planning.

· Best practices when working with a web developer.

· What kind of expenses should you plan for?

· How to make the most of your website once it’s done.

· How long will my site last?

Presented by Corrinda Campbell of Small Business WP Services, hosted by Mary Walewski of Buy the Book Marketing.

CIPA Webinar

June 9, 2015 by

Webinar: Our 20 Biggest Self Publishing Boo-Boos!

This webinar’s focus is on self-publishing BIG BLUNDERING BOO-BOOs!

Industry professionals say they can spot a self-published book a mile away. In this webinar, we’re going to point out the top twenty red flags that scream THIS BOOK IS SELF-PUBLISHED so you can avoid them.

Join Polly Letofsky of My Word Publishing, and Mary Walewski of Buy the Book Marketing as they steer you past these boo-boos and save you heaps of headaches (and money).

When: Thursday, June 18, 2015 (Registration deadline is 24 hours prior to webinar to allow us time to get the link out to everyone who registers before the event.)

Time: 11 am – 12:15 pm

Cost: $15/members, $25/nonmembers

Recorded w/ slides, worksheet.

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AUTHOR U June 6 Program

May 31, 2015 by

Author U Packs Essential Info into June 6 program

The annual AuthorU Extravaganza is over and the evals from the 25 sessions were excellent. On June 6th, you’re you will get the Best of the Best with several AuthorU veterans recapping the highlights of from the Extravaganza and outline how to use the information right away at its monthly Saturda y workshop.

Nick Zelinger, Kelly Johnson, Susie Scott and Judith Briles will recreate and discuss the top-rated sessions with key points and action steps to take over the summer months. The workshop takes place from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 6, at Garcia’s Restaurant DTC, 5050 S. Syracuse St. (I-25 & Belleview -– Syracuse is east of I-25 when you exit at Belleview).

Among the topics: How to Beat Amazon at its Own Game (very hot at 7:05 am on a snowy day!), How to Identify and Claim Your Expertise, What IngramSpark can Do for You (special deal just for AuthorU attendees), What Super Readers are and Why You Should Care, Why Discovering Your Super Fans Will Grow Your Book Sales, and Why You Need to Move into Podcasting Now and What it Takes to Make an Impact (or how to grow an audience of one to over 200,000 in a short time).

The cost is $20 for AuthorU members and $35 for nonmembers until May 30, and includes a full breakfast. Prices increase by $10 on June 1. Register at

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May 4, 2015 by

Author Success!
A Local Author Shares His Secrets

Presented by Mark Stevens

Saturday, May 16, 2015
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:

What does it take to write novels that are good enough to become local best sellers and earn places as finalists in writing contests? Mark Stevens, the local best-selling author of Antler Dust, Buried by the Roan, Trapline, and the forthcoming Lake of Fire. will provide insight into how to get good at the craft of writing, how to translate those skills into a novel that can sell, a nd how to promote your work. But what if you are a writer of nonfiction? This presentation is for you, too, because many of the things Mark will talk about can be applied to memoirs and other nonfiction projects.

Mark Stevens is the author of four books in the Allison Coil Mystery series: Antler Dust, Buried by the Roan, Trapline, and the forthcoming Lake of Fire. He has been a reporter for The Christian Science Monitor, The Rocky Mountain News, and The Denver Post,was a national field producer for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, and has worked in school public relations. He now owns his own public relations and strategic communications business. Mark lives in Denver with his wife and his two grown daughters. Antler Dust has been a local best seller and Trapline is a finalist for the 2015 Colorado Book Awards, as well as a finalist for the CAL Writing Awards.

CIPA EVVY Awards Open for Submissions

April 23, 2015 by

Book awards open doors for authors. Book awards with good reputations are noted by others in the industry.

The Colorado Independent Publishers Association announces its 21st annual CIPA EVVY book competition is open for submissions. The CIPA EVVYs are one of the longest-running book awards on the Indie publishing scene, and it’s become an international competition with entrants from as far away as Russia and Dubai. The 2014 competition had its highest-ever category submissions at 280 in fifty book categories. The CIPA EVVYs continue to provide an excellent way for independent authors to gain recognition for their hard work. The deadline for submissions is May 30, 2015. The awards banquet is August 22, 2015.

Book competitions offer great publicity for your book, and a number of CIPA EVVY winners have pulled down sweet distribution deals because they’ve won!

The CIPA EVVYs have lasted because of the judging. It’s tough—the way a book competition should be. Our judges are agents, English professors, and professional review ers, working for some of the most prestigious publications in the industry.

One CIPA EVVY winner was able to leverage her first place award in Children’s story book to win in other, larger book competitions—the New England Book Festival. Another CIPA EVVY winner who took the Past President’s award for the most points scored in the 2011 competition went on to place in the national Indie Book Awards contest.

CIPA EVVYs are open to books published from 2012 onwards. The winner of last year’s president’s award (for the highest points scored overall), has found that the award makes him and his book far more acceptable to his reading public.

Five-time CIPA EV VY award winner and author coach Teresa Funke, notes: “I’ve been the lucky recipient of five CIPA EVVY awards over the last eleven years for my novel, my short story collection, and two of my children’s books. Why do I continue to enter the contest? Because CIPA is doing something very important with these awards . . . they are recognizing and honoring high-qualify self-published books of all genres and bringing credibility to the efforts we make as independent authors. CIPA was providing positive attention to our books long before many credible sources would even consider looking at self-published authors. Each year, the contest has grown stronger and more impressive, proof that we, as an industry, are moving forward. I’m proud to be a CIPA EVVY winner not just because it means that my books are good, but also because it puts quality indie books on a par with those that are traditionally published. And, frankly, it’s fun once in a while to get dressed up and go celebrate our achievements with fellow authors who have worked just as hard as we have!”

Visit There are 42 regular categories and 8 technical categories to choose from. Join in one of the best book competition in the Rocky Mountains!

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April 23, 2015 by

What: Meet national publishing service providers and author support
: Thursday, May 7th
Time: 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Cost: FREE

Where: Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801 Quebec St, Denver, CO 80207

Reserve a Spot: AuthorU

AuthorU is looking forward to its 6th Annual Author Extravaganza and has a special invitation that we encourage you to share with all your members.

For the first time, a day is open to the public to visit the 30 Exhibitors – Thursday, May 7th, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:03 p.m.

Meet national book printers, cover and interior designers, social media experts, author virtual assistants, Ingram, Book Reviewers and so much more. Observe the Author Shark Tank … where four authors will pitch their book and seek help with the friendly AuthorU Sharks (last year, one guppie got her entire book designed including the photo shooting by an award winning NY photographer, a premium book teaser trailer, social media marketing strategy and implementation PLUS a trip to Germany to complete her research). Watch the winners of the Draft t o Dream Book Competition will be announced … four lucky authors will get their editing, cover and interior designs, national distribution, library distribution, marketing help, printing—their book production!

Pikes Peak Writers Free Events for May

April 22, 2015 by

Here are the free events from PPW for the month of May.

What: Open Critique

When: Wednesday, May 6, 6:00 to 8:30 PM

Where: Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 East Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO

More Information: This FREE program provides a critique experience for a small number of writers who seek feedback on manuscript pages and who want to learn how to have positive critique group experiences.

Each month Open Critique will accommodate up to eight participants with a maximum of eight manuscript pages (double spaced, one side) per person. Bring at least 8 copies. To request a slot to participate, email your request to critique. Slots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and are only considered for the month in which they are received. Participants will receive confirmation and instructions via email.

PPW reserves the right to give priority to new participants over those who have attended multiple times.

About the Presenter: PPW’s Open Critique program is facilitated by Donnell Bell with the occasional experienced guest critique partner.

What: Writing the Fiction Synopsis
Who: Pam McCutcheon
When: May 19, 6:30-8:30
Where: Carnegie room of Penrose Library, 20 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
More Information: Most writers hate writing synopses, and no wonder. After you’ve agonized over several hundred pages to make your prose absolutely perfect, how could you possibly distill that down to a measly ten or twenty pages? Or, worse yet, one or two? By the time you’ve written the book, everything seems important, and it’s difficult to know what to put in and what to leave out. To help with that problem, Pam came up with a method that she details in her book, Writing the Fiction Synopsis, A Step by Step Approach. She’ll share her process to help you put together a selling synopsis and write a back cover blurb.

About the Presenter:Pam McCutcheon is the author of romance novels and how-to books for writers under her own name, and the Demon Underground YA urban fantasy series under the name Parker Blue. Pam’s latest releases are an updated e-book version of her popular Writing the Fiction Synopsis, as well as e-book versions of her romance backlist. Parker’s sixth Demon Underground book, Catch Me, is coming out in Spring 2015 from Bell Bridge Books. Pam/Parker recently quit her day job and is now working full-time as a writer, editor, and speaker. She can be found on the ’Net at or .

What: Writer’s Night

When: Monday, May 25, 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Where: The Elbo Room at The Ritz Grill, 15 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903

More Information: PPW Night is two full hours of discussion, laughter, and fun with other local members of Pikes Peak Writers.

The direction of the meeting is decided by the participants and can include discussions about query letters, obtaining and working with an agent, writing conferences, or other specific points of the craft. If nothing else, we talk about books!

These are drop-in meetings, so feel free to attend all or just part of them.

About the Presenter: PPW’s Writer’s Night is facilitated by Deb Courtney.

RMMWA Program- The Escalation of Mass Murder

April 21, 2015 by

May 14th
The Escalation of Mass Murder, presented by NYT author Stephen Singular and Researcher Joyce Singular

Where: The Historic Denver Press Club,
1330 Glenarm Pl., Denver CO
When: Thursday Night, May 14th.
Time: 6:30 p.m. conversation and cash bar; 7:00 p.m. dinner; and 8:00 p.m. program.

Menu: Slider bar and creamy cole slaw

Cost: If paying via Paypal cost is $20 for members; $23for non-members. Choose the option you want from the drop-down menu on our website: (Member, Non-Member, or Non-Meal), and then click the Add to Cart button. Note: if you want to sign up both a member and guest, you must pay for each with a separate Add to Cart transaction. Payment at door is $25 for everyone! RSVPs are necessary. A vegetarian selection is available on request. Please email our Caterer Director, Shannon Baker to insure your reservation! The reservation deadline is Monday, May 4th.

ACC Presents Art of Story Structure

April 2, 2015 by

ACC Writers Studio at Castle Rock Campus Presents: THE ART OF STORY STRUCTURE with KONA MORRIS

In this workshop, we will dive into the craft of composing powerful stories. We will examine the most engaging approaches for successful beginnings, discuss important tips for maintaining control of a story’s momentum, and study the most effective ways to create memorable endings. You will compose original work, hone your skills for identifying a story’s purpose, and gain insight that can be applied to all lengths of writing-from flash fiction to novels. You will leave this workshop inspired with a new understanding of how to write captivating pieces that will leave your readers spellbound. This workshop is open to writers of all experience levels.

April 9 from 6:00pm-7:30pm: ACC Castle Rock Campus. Room 1050.
Open to ACC students and the public. Suggested donation: $5 to the ACC Student Scholarship Fund

RSVP: writerstudio

Colorado Book Award Finalists

April 1, 2015 by

Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book Announces
Colorado Book Award Finalist Peter Heller

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO (3/30/2015) Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book announces that Peter Heller’s The Painter has been selected in the Colorado Book Awards as a finalist in the Literary Fiction category. “There were so many amazing fiction entries this year. We are pleased that The Painter was selected as a finalist; it is in good company with Cry Father by Benjamin Whitmer and Stars Go Blue by Laura Pritchett,” said Colorado Book Awards program coordinator Stephanie March. The Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction finalists will open the Colorado Book Awards finalist reading serieson Saturday, April 11, at 7 p.m. at the BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St., Denver, CO 80212.

In The Painter, main character Jim Stegner has seen his share of violence and loss. Years ago he shot a man. His marriage disintegrated. In the wake of tragedy, Jim, a well-known painter, abandoned the Santa Fe art scene to start fresh in Colorado. Now he spends his days painting and fishing, trying to live with the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. One afternoon, Jim sees a man beating a horse, and a brutal encounter rips his quiet life wide open.

Peter Heller is the best-selling author of The Dog Stars. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in fiction and poetry. An award-winning adventure writer and longtime contributor to NPR, Heller is a contributing editor at Outside magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure, and a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek. He is the author of several nonfiction books, including Kook, The Whale Warriors, and Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet’s Tsangpo River. He lives in Denver.

Supported by Outskirts Press, the Colorado Book Awards recognize outstanding contributions by Colorado authors, editors, illustrators and photographers in multiple categories. As an opening event for Aspen Words’ Summer Words, one of the country’s best writers’ and readers’ gatherings, Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book will announce the Colorado Book Award winners on Sunday afternoon, June 21, 2015, during the 24th Annual Colorado Book Awards ceremony at the Aspen Meadows Resort.

Colorado Book Awards Finalist Reading Series (at the Book Bar, 4280 Tennyson St., Denver, CO 80212, unless otherwise noted)

Saturday, April 11, 7 p.m.
Literary Fiction: Peter Heller; Laura Pritchett; Benjamin Whitmer
Creative Nonfiction: Jody Berger; Nancy Sharp; Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh & Stephen E. Nash

Saturday, April 18, 7 p.m.
General Nonfiction: Helen Thorpe; Michael Booth & Jennifer Brown; Katrina Blair
Thriller: Shane Kuhn; Linda Lafferty; Patricia Stoltey

Sunday, April 26, 7 p.m.
Poetry: Jake Adam York (represented by Sarah Skeen); Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum; Sara Michas-Martin
Anthology: Conejos Writers Circle; Kim Nuzzo, Marjorie DeLuca, Cameron Scott, & Rett Harper; Andrew Gulliford

Saturday, May 2, 7 p.m.
History: Jared Orsi; Elizabeth Fenn; Derek R. Everett
Historical Fiction: Sandra Dallas; Jack Marshall Maness; Gretchen Wiegand & Anna McDermott
Pictorial: Paul Anderson; Karla Oceanak; Erik Stensland

Saturday, May 9, 7 p.m.
Mystery: Dale R. Lovin; Mark Stevens; Chuck Greaves
Short Story Collection: Christopher Merkner, Wendy J. Fox, Lucinda Stein

Saturday, May 9, at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove, 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO, 80120, time TBD
: Charlotte Ann Havey; Steve Jenkins, S.A. Mahan
: Sandra Dallas; Jeannie Mobley; Lydia Gil
Young Adult
: Leah Bassoff & Laura DeLuca; Amy Kathleen Ryan; Jordan Romero with Linda LeBlanc

Colorado Book Award 2015 Finalists


Outdoors in the Southwest by Andrew Gulliford, editor (University of Oklahoma Press)

A Democracy of Poets in the Roaring Fork Valley and Beyond by Kim Nuzzo, Marjorie DeLuca, Cameron Scott, and Rett Harper, editors (AGS Publishing)

The Circle Book: A Conjeos County Anthology 2014 by Conejos Writers Circle, compilers (Alacrity House)

Children’s Literature

Shep the Turnpike Dog by Charlotte Ann Havey (Bear Paw Print)

Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Steve Jenkins (Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster)

The Baby Sea Turtle by S.A. Mahan, illustrated by Deborah Mahan (Tate Publishing)

Creative Nonfiction

Misdiagnosed: One Woman’s Tour of—and Escape From—Healthcareland by Jody Berger (Sourcebooks, Inc.)

An Anthropologist’s Arrival by Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh and Stephen E. Nash, editors (The University of Arizona Press)

Both Sides Now; A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living by Nancy Sharp (Books & Books Press)

General Nonfiction

The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival by Katrina Blair (Chelsea Green Publishing)

Eating Dangerously by Michael Booth and Jennifer Brown (Rowman & Littlefield)

Soldier Girls by Helen Thorpe (Scribner, division of Simon & Schuster)

Historical Fiction

A Quilt for Christmas by Sandra Dallas (St. Martin’s Press)

Song of the Jayhawk by Jack Marshall Maness (Wooden Stake Press)

The Circle of Na’mow by Anna McDermott and Gretchen Wiegand (McDermott & Wiegand)


Creating the American West by Derek R. Everett (University of Oklahoma Press)

Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People by Elizabeth A. Fenn (Hill & Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Citizen Explorer: The Life of Zebulon Pike by Jared Orsi (Oxford University Press)

Juvenile Literature

Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky by Sandra Dallas (Sleeping Bear Press)

Letters From Heaven by Lydia Gil (Arte Público Press)

Searching for Silverheels by Jeannie Mobley (Margaret K. McElderry Books, imprint of Simon & Schuster)

Literary Fiction

The Painter by Peter Heller (Alfred A. Knopf)

Stars Go Blue by Laura Pritchett (Counterpoint)

Cry Father by Benjamin Whitmer (Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster)


The Last Heir by Chuck Greaves (Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press)

Strangers, Lovers and the Winds of Time by Dale Lovin (Oak Tree Press)

Trapline by Mark Stevens (Midnight Ink, an imprint of Llewelyn Worldwide Ltd.)


High Road to Aspen by Paul Andersen with photographs by David Hiser (ERG Press)

Goodnight Brew by Ann E. Briated (Bailiwick Press)

Wild Light by Erik Stensland (Morning Light Photography)


Ghost Gear by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum (The University of Arkansas Press)

Gray Matter by Sara Michas-Martin (Fordham University Press)

Abide by Jake Adam York (Crab Orchard Review & Southern Illinois University Press)

Short Story Collection

The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories by Wendy J. Fox (Press 53)

The Rise & Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic by Christopher Merkner (Coffee House Press)

Sanctuary: Family, Friends, & Strangers—A Collection of Stories by Lucinda Stein (Create Space)


The Intern’s Handbook by Shane Kuhn (Simon & Schuster)

The House of Bathory by Linda Lafferty (Lake Union Publishing)

Dead Wrong by Patricia Stoltey (Gale Cengage Learning)

Young Adult Literature

Lost Girl Found by Leah Bassoff and Laura DeLuca (Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press)
No Summit out of Sight by Jordan Romero with Linda LeBlanc (Simon & Schuster)

Flame by Amy Kathleen Ryan (St. Martin’s Griffin)

For more information, visit or call 303 894 7951.


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