Monthly MiPA Meeting

The Anatomy of a Powerful Book Launch
  • NEW LOCATION: West End Conference Center, 1600 Utica Ave S, St. Louis Park, MN
  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Happy Hour & Networking start at 6:00 (soft drinks and light snacks provided); presentation starts at 7:00
  • Featuring Dara Beevas, Author and Co-Founder of Wise Ink Creative Publishing
  • Free book, Buzz: The Ultimate Guide to Book Marketing to everyone who preregisters.

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Monthly Meeting

February: The Anatomy of a Powerful Book Launch

Your book’s launch is that sweet spot for building momentum before your book is on the scene.
Most authors—both indie and traditional—skip this critical step between publishing their book and selling it. Launching is where positioning, outreach, relationship-building, and automation matters most, yet it’s often an afterthought.
Authors who have a solid launch plan gain the most momentum and sell more books.
At the February MiPA meeting, speaker Dara Beevas will show us how to craft a book launch plan that drives sales and how to avoid marketing pitfalls such as spending your money and time in the wrong places, bombarding your network with buy requests, and throwing your energy at tactics that don’t work.


6:00 Happy Hour Networking
7:00–9:00 Program and Discussion
Program is free to MIPA members; $10 non-member fee

February 11, 2020 at the West End Conference Center, 1600 Utica Ave S. Suite 100, St. Louis Park, MN *** NEW LOCATION ***
Tickets and more info here!

2019 MiPA Book Awards Gala

Publishers based in the Midwest were invited to enter the 29th Annual Midwest Book Awards competition for excellence in books published during the 2018 calendar year. The awards recognize creativity in content and execution, overall book quality, and the book’s unique contribution to its subject area.

The Midwest Independent Publishing Association (MiPA) has sponsored the book awards since 1990.

Midwest Book Awards honor the publishers in the 12-state Midwest publishing community who are producing quality work. Award recognition helps publishers and authors succeed in today’s competitive publishing industry.

View the list of winners from the 29th Annual Midwest Book Awards here

View Photos from the Awards Gala here