Founded in 1984, MIPA exists today as a vibrant professional nonprofit association that serves the upper-Midwest independent publishing community through education, networking, and peer recognition. MIPA is proud to be a sponsor of the Midwest Book Awards and a regional affiliate of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). [See list of affiliates]

Mailing Address
Midwest Independent Publishing Association
P.O. Box 7132
St. Paul, MN 55107-0132

Contact Pat Morris, president, at 651-917-0021 for more information.

About MIPA Members

  • National award winners
  • Publishers of regional and national books
  • Experienced book designers, editors, indexers, and publicists
  • Innovative entrepreneurs
  • Publishers and authors of fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, food, travel, inspiration, and many other topics
  • People who love what they’re doing, want to share what they know, and want to learn more

April 19 Meeting: PW's Claire Kirch



Claire has been senior correspondent for Publishers Weekly, covering the Midwest for several years. Her articles span a wide range of publishing topics as you can see at

Claire will talk about her experiences, the changes she’s seen in publishing, and the lessons authors and publishers have learned, which undoubtedly will include the timing of book reviews. Join us on Wednesday, April 19, a week later than our usual meeting night, at Midland Hills.

We'll also ask our attendees to talk about the mistakes they've made and what they wish they had known when they started in publishing so we can all learn from each other. This is the final meeting of the year since May is our Book Awards Gala (finalists will be announced in mid-April).
Who: Claire Kirch of Publisher's Weekly
What: Learning from Claire and from each other (What we wish we had known)
Where: Midland Hills Country Club, 2001 Fulham Ave, Roseville. [map]
When: April 19, 2017, 7 pm (but come early to network)
Why: We don't know what we don't know, but we can learn