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Throw Out the Rulebook: Publishing in a Pandemic

with Bookmobile’s Don Leeper and Angela Bole, CEO of IBPA

Event Details & Registration

We are online with this month’s meeting, utilizing a Zoom meeting generously provided by the North Dakota State University (and MiPA President) Suzzanne Kelley! 

Uncertain about using a conference/video call?
Here is a great primer on attending a Zoom meeting for the first time.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020:
6:30 Virtual Happy Hour Networking—join us any time before the meeting to say hello (and test your audio and optionally video connection)
7:00 Presentations and Discussion

Program is free to all attendees; no pre-registration required this month. 

From your computer or device: 

  • https://ndsu.zoom.us/j/320801628
  • You will be prompted to download and install the Zoom application if you don’t have it already.
  • You can chose whether you want to use your camera (if you have one), or just listen in using your device’s audio.

From your telephone:

  • Dial in to any one of the Zoom call-in numbers:
    • +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
    • +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
    • +1 253 215 8782 US
    • +1 301 715 8592 US
    • +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
    • +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
  • Use Meeting ID 320 801 628

And be sure to let others know you’re coming on Facebook.


2019 Midwest Book Awards Gala https://mipa.org/2019/05/17/2019-midwest-book-awards-gala/ Fri, 17 May 2019 15:52:18 +0000 http://mipa.org/?p=3669




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

29th Annual Midwest Book Award Winners Have Been Announced! https://mipa.org/2019/05/13/midwest-book-award-winners-have-been-announced/ Mon, 13 May 2019 18:28:39 +0000 http://mipa.org/?p=2607


Gold seal

SAINT PAUL, MN, MAY 4, 2019: The Midwest Independent Publishing Association (MIPA) has announced the winners for the 29th Annual Midwest Book Awards. The awards recognize quality in independent publishing in the Midwest. All books were copyrighted in 2018 and entered by publishers from MIPA’s 12-state Midwestern region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin). Winners were announced on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the Midwest Book Awards Gala in Saint Paul. Congratulations to the winners and finalists! Winners are in BOLD.

Arts/Photography/Coffee Table                             

Chicago Eternal by Larry Broutman (Lake Claremont Press: A Chicago Joint)

St Croix & Namekagon Rivers – the Enduring Gift by Craig Blacklock and Walter F. Mondale (Blacklock Photography Galleries)

Symbol of Divine Light by Nicholas Stone (World Wisdom)


Buoyancy: A Memoir by Jeannie L Piekos (JLP Publishing)

Enchanted: Reflections from a Joyfully Green and Frugally Rich Life by Holly Jorgensen (Northern Holly Creations, LLC)       

I Will Not Break: A Memoir by Judith Mattison  (New Sun Press)


Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit by Michael H Hodges (Wayne State University Press)

Don Fraser: Minnesota’s Quiet Crusader by Iric Nathanson (Nodin Press)

Forty Gavels: The Life of Reuben Soderstrom and the Illinois AFL-CIO by Carl Soderstrom, Reuben Soderstrom, Chris Stevens,

and Andrew Burt (CWS Publishing)


Choosing Leadership: A Workbook by Linda Ginzel (Agate Publishing – B2 Imprint)

Green Card Entrepreneur Voices: How-To Business Stories from Minnesota Immigrants Eds. Tea Rozman Clark, Rachel Mueller (Green Card Voices)

Children’s Fiction                            

Claire’s Hair by Mary Bleckwehl (Beaver’s Pond Press, Inc)

My Sister Steals My Toys by Steve Hanson (Glow Word Books)

Sammy’s Day at the Fair: The Digestive System featuring Gut Feelings and Reactions by Jerome Tiller (ArtWrite Productions)

Children’s Nonfiction                                  

The Hill That Grew – 60th Anniversary Edition by Gerald E Naftaly, Esther K Meeks (Gerald E Naftaly)

Sammy’s Day at the Fair: The Digestive System featuring Gut Feelings and Reactions by Jerome Tiller (ArtWrite Productions)

Children’s Picture Books                            

A Young Girl’s Dream by Carla Anne Arneson (Raven Productions, Inc)

I Know You’re Here by Krista Betcher (Beaver’s Pond Press, Inc)

Walter the Wily Walleye by Bob Allen (Fishing Quest Publishing)


Baking with Vegetables: From the Garden to the Oven by Rose Deneen (Henschelhaus Publishing, Inc)

Jazzy Vegetarian’s Deliciously Vegan by Laura Theodore (Scribe Publishing Company)

The New Filipino Kitchen: Stories and Recipes From Around the Globe Ed. Jacqueline Chio-Lauri (Agate Publishing – Surrey Books)

Cover Design                        

Cosmic Trip: Rock Concerts at the Mpls Labor Temple 1969-1970 by Christian A Peterson (Smart Set)

The Darkside of the Sun by Michael B. Dardis (Beaver’s Pond Press, Inc)

Somos Latinas by Eloisa Gomez, Andrea-Teresa Arenas (Wisconsin Historical Society Press)


Loose Parts 3: Inspiring Culturally Sustainable Environments by Lisa Daly, Miriam Beloglovski (Redleaf Press)

Open-Ended Art for Young Children by Tracy Galuski, PhD, Mary Ellen Bardsley, PhD (Redleaf Press)

Seasons of My Military Student: Practical Ideas for Parents & Teachers by Amanda Trimilos and Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman (Elva Resa Publishing)

StoryMaking: The Maker Movement Approach to Literacy for Early Learners by Michelle Kay Compton, MA, and Robin

Chappele Thompson, PhD (Redleaf Press)


Facing Cancer as a Parent by Heather Erickson (Connected to the Vine Publishing)

Parenting Through Puberty: Mood Swings, Acne and Growing Pains by Suanne Kowal- Connelly, MD (American Academy of Pediatrics)

Fiction – Literary/Contemporary/Historical                                

The Cutter’s Widow by Mary DesJarlais (Calumet Editions)

I Am Mrs. Jesse James by Pat Wahler (Amphorae Publishing Group – Blank Slate Imprint)

Red Bricks by Anne Muccino (Rocket Science Press – Shipwreckt Books)

The Witness Tree by Amy Pendino (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

Fiction – Mystery/Thriller                          

8 Seconds to Midnight by John Leifer (Earhart Press)

Black Fin by Mary Frisbee (North American Review Press)

Death Rides the Ferry by Patricia Skalka (University of Wisconsin Press)

Under Pain of Mortal Sin by Donald Cozzens (ACTA Publications)

Fiction – Romance                            

The I-94 Murders by Frank F. Weber (North Star Press)

Fiction – Short-Story/Anthology                            

Head of the Lakes by Anthony Bukoski (Nodin Press)

Oranges by Gary Eldon Peter (New Rivers Press)

The Winter Bees: Fiction by Jill Kalz (Minneopa Valley Press)


Big Brother in the Exam Room: The Dangerous Truth About Electronic Health Records by Twila Brase (Beaver’s Pond Press, Inc.)

Embracing the Journey: Moving Forward After Brain Injury by Amy Zellmer (Amy Zellmer)

Facing Cancer as a Parent by Heather Erickson (Connected to the Vine Publishing)

History – General                             

Boker by Neal Punchar and Ricky Ray (Pleasant Publishing)

The Misunderstood Mission of Jean Nicolet by Patrick J. Jung (Wisconsin Historical Society Press)

Symbol of Divine Light by Nicholas Stone (World Wisdom)

History – Regional                            

A People’s History of the Seward Neighborhood Eds: Wendy Epstein, Marilyn Matheny, and Rick Musser (Nodin Press)

The Faygo Book by Joe Grimm (Wayne State University Press)

Milwaukee: A City Built on Water by John Gouda (Wisconsin Historical Society Press

Illustration – Graphic                                  

Claire’s Hair by Mary Bleckwehl (Beaver’s Pond Press, Inc)

Walter the Wily Walleye by Bob Allen (Fishing Quest Publishing)

YAB Helps You Navigate Middle School by Krista Betcher (Beaver’s Pond Press, Inc)


Getting Undressed: From Paralysis to Purpose by David Cooks (Henschelhaus Publishing, Inc)

I am Widow, Hear Me Roar: Confessions of a Surviving Spouse by JoAnn Kuzma Deveny (Fly High Books)

We Sit: Paintings by Marley Kaul, Poems by Taiju Geri Wilimek by Marley Kaul and Taiju Geri Wilimek (Mill Studio Press)

Interior Design

Forty Gavels: The Life of Reuben Soderstrom and the Illinois AFL-CIO by Carl Soderstrom, Reuben Soderstrom, Chris Steven, and

Andrew Burt (CWS Publishing)

Symbol of Divine Light by Nicholas Stone (World Wisdom)

We Sit: Paintings by Marley Kaul, Poems by Taiju Geri Wilimek by Marley Kaul, Taiju Geri Wilimek (Mill Studio Press)


Nature-Based Learning for Young Children: Anytime, Anywhere, On Any Budget by Julie Powers and Sheila Williams Ridge (Redleaf Press)

St Croix & Namekagon Rivers – the Enduring Gift by Craig Blacklock and Walter F. Mondale (Blacklock Photography Galleries)

Wisconsin State Parks by Scott Spoolman (Wisconsin Historical Society Press)


Lord of the Butterflies by Andrea Gibson (Button Poetry)

Nothing but the Blood by Laura Apol (Michigan State University Press)

Simples by KateLynn Hibbard (Howling Bird Press)


Porto: Stories from Portugal’s Historic Bolhao Market by Gabriella Opaz and Sonia Andresson Nolasco     (Agate Publishing –

Surrey Books)

Under the Radar Michigan: The Next 50 by Tom Daldin, Jim Edelman, and Eric Tremonti (Scribe Publishing Company)

The Way of Nile C Kinnick, Jr by Mark D. Wilson (Ice Cube Press, LLC)


Human Understanding by Robert Brust (Henschelhaus Publishing, Inc)

Losing My Reflection by Kim Owen Mazur (Beaver’s Pond Press, Inc)

When I Fly with Papa by Dr. Claudia May (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

Social Science/Political Science/Culture                           

Big Brother in the Exam Room: The Dangerous Truth About Electronic Health Records by Twila Brase (Beaver’s Pond Press, Inc.)

Hearth: A Global Conversation on Community, Identity, and Place Eds: Susan O’Connor, Annick Smith (Milkweed Editions)

Somos Latinas by Eloisa Gomez and Andrea-Teresa Arenas (Wisconsin Historical Society Press)

Total Book Design                           

Claire’s Hair by Mary Bleckwehl (Beaver’s Pond Press, Inc)

House of the Night Watch by Tara Ballard (New Rivers Press)

St Croix & Namekagon Rivers – the Enduring Gift by Craig Blacklock, Walter F. Mondale (Blacklock Photography Galleries)

Untamed Mushrooms: From Field to Table by Michael Karns, Dennis Becker, Lisa Golden Schroeder (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Young Adult Fiction                        

Eleven Miles to Oshkosh by Jim Guhl (University of Wisconsin Press)

Young Adult Nonfiction                              

Born Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist by Angelica Shirley Carpenter (South Dakota Historical Society Press)

*Books entered must meet a minimum score to be a Finalist: not every category has a Finalist.




2019 Midwest Book Awards Gala Invitation https://mipa.org/2019/04/18/midwest-book-awards-gala-invitation/ Thu, 18 Apr 2019 18:36:43 +0000 http://mipa.org/?p=2645 INVITATION TO THE

Please join us at the 29th Annual Midwest Book Awards Gala

Saturday, May 4, 2019
Olson Campus Center at Luther Seminary

1490 Fulham Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota (Como & Hwy 280)

6:00 to 6:30 p.m.  Meet and Greet with MIPA Board

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Books Display and Hors d’oeuvres

7:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Book Awards Presentation

Awards will be presented in 29 categories.

Please make your reservations by April 29, 2019. Be sure to include the names of ALL those who will be attending when you make your reservation.

Each finalist entry and each judge receives 2 free tickets. Additional tickets may be purchased for $15.00 in advance or $20.00 at the door. Click here to make your reservations and to purchase extra tickets.

DIRECTIONS: Take Highway 280 to Como Avenue East. Turn left at Hendon Avenue (by Lutheran Social Service building). Turn right at Fulham Street (next corner).

PARKING (FREE): Park in the parking lot next to the building or on the Olson Campus Center side of the street (NOT on the street in front of houses or you will be towed and/or fined).

28th Annual Midwest Book Awards Medalists Announced! https://mipa.org/2018/05/16/28th-annual-midwest-book-awards-medalists-announced/ Wed, 16 May 2018 18:57:46 +0000 http://mipa.org/?p=2803

MIPA is pleased to announce the medalists for the 28th Annual Midwest Book Awards! Congratulations to all authors, editors, illustrators, designers, marketers, distributors, and publishers who produced such EXCELLENT and COMPETITIVE books for consideration this year. While we’re only posting the names of the medalists at this moment, watch this space for pictures and commentary from our 2018 Midwest Book Awards Gala. And if YOU have pictures, please share them to our MIPA Facebook page. Thanks!

—Arts/Photography/Coffee Table Books
Amazing MN by Lee Lynch (Beaver’s Pond Press, Minneapolis, MN)

The Geiger Counter: Raised by Wolves & Other Stories by Matt Geiger (HenschelHAUS Publishing, Inc, Mount Horeb, WI)

Paul Goble, Storyteller by Gregory Bryan (South Dakota Historical Society Press, Pierre, SD)

—Children’s Picture Books
Grandpa Alan’s Sugar Shack by Alan & Kamie Page (Page Education Foundation (PEF), Minneapolis, MN)

—Children’s Fiction
To the Copper Country: Mihaela’s Journey by Barbara Carney-Coston (Wayne State University Press, Detroit, MI)

—Children’s Non-Fiction
Hedy’s Journey: The True Story of a Hungarian Girl Fleeing the Holocaust by Michelle Bisson (Capstone Press/Capstone, North Mankato, MN)

—Young Adult Fiction (two medalists)
Slider’s Sun by Rebecca Fjelland Davis (North Star Press of St Cloud, Clearwater, MN)

Waking in Time by Angie Stanton (Switch Press/Capstone, North Mankato, MN)

—Young Adult Non-Fiction
Glorious Fourth of July and Other Stories from the Plains by Catherine Rademacher Gibson and Mary Gibson Sprague (South Dakota Historical Society Press, Pierre, SD)

The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by 28 Honey Varietals and Blends by Carrie Schloss (Agate Surrey, Evanston, IL)

Robotics for Young Children: STEM Activities and Simple Coding by Ann Gadzikowski (Redleaf Press, St Paul, MN)

Earn It! What To Do When Your Kid Needs an Entitlement Intervention by Michael G. Wetter and Eileen Bailey (Hazelden Publishing, Center City, MN)

—Fiction – Fantasy/SciFi/Horror/Paranormal (two medalists)
The Collapsing Kingdom by Benjamin Ellefson (Beaver’s Pond Press, Minneapolis, MN)

The 53rd Card by Virginia Weiss (Beaver’s Pond Press, Minneapolis, MN)

—Fiction – Literary/Contemporary/Historical
Tom O’Vietnam by Baron Wormser (New Rivers Press, Moorhead, MN)

—Fiction – Mystery/Thriller
The Bricklayer of Albany Park by Terry John Malik (Blank Slate Press. imprint of Amphorae Publishing Group, St Louis, MO)

—Fiction – Romance
The Curse of the Braddock Brides by Erica Obey (Walrus Publishing, imprint of Amphorae Publishing Group, St Louis, MO)

—Fiction – Short Story/Anthology
These Are Our Demands by Matthew Pitt (Ferry Street Books, Engine Books Imprint, Indianapolis, IN)

Cancer: What You Need to Know by Stephen A. Rosenberg, MD (Stephen A. Rosenberg, MD, LLC, Madison, WI)

—History (three medalists)
Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies by Joel Stone (Wayne State University Press, Detroit, MI)

From Warm Center to Ragged Edge by Jon K. Lauck (University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, IA)

Sailing Into History: Great Lakes Bulk Carriers of the Twentieth Century & the Crews Who Sailed Them by Frank Boles (Michigan State University Press, East Lansing, MI)

Down at the Dock: More Stories of the Good Life in the Northwoods by Mike Lein (Jackpine Writers’ Bloc, Menahga, MN)

—Inspiration (two medalists)
Be Your Self and Be Well by Dr Steven Hiebert (Wise Ink Publishing, Plymouth, MN)

A Year in the Wilderness by Amy and Dave Freeman (Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis, MN)

—Crossing the Waters by Norita Dittberner-Jax (Nodin Press, Minneapolis, MN)

—Recreation/Sports/Travel (two medalists)
A History of Badger Baseball: The Rise and Fall of America’s Pastime at the University of Wisconsin by Steven

D. Schmitt (University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, WI)
Home Ice: Confessions of a Blackhawks Fan by Kevin Cunningham (University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, IA)

Spirit of the Earth: Indian Voices on Nature by Michael Oren Fitzgerald & Joseph A. Fitzgerald (World Wisdom, Bloomington, IN)

—Social Science/Political Science/Culture
Why Bad Governments Happen to Good People by Danny Katch (Haymarket Books, Chicago, IL)

—Illustration – Graphic
Nobody Likes a Booger by Angela Halgrimson, Illustrated by Brian Barber (Beaver’s Pond Press, Minneapolis, MN)

—Interior Design
Nature at Our Doorstep by Matt Schuth, Design by John Toren (Nodin Press, Minneapolis, MN)

The Rock Maiden: A Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty by Natasha Yim, Illustrated by Pirkko Vainio (Wisdom Tales, Bloomington, IN)

—Cover Design
The Ploy by Marilyn Jax, Design by James Monroe Design, LLC (Beaver’s Pond Press, Minneapolis, MN)

—Total Book Design (two medalists)
Amazing MN by Lee Lynch, Design by Michael Skjei (Beaver’s Pond Press, Minneapolis, MN)

Nobody Likes a Booger by Angela Halgrimson, Design by Brian Barber (Beaver’s Pond Press, Minneapolis, MN)

— Animals/Pets
Pet Parent Pawffirmations by Donna Chicone (Dancing Paws Press, Woodbury, MN)

A huge thank you https://mipa.org/2017/09/03/a-huge-thank-you/ Sun, 03 Sep 2017 21:16:07 +0000 http://mipa.org/?p=1990 Thanks to Amy Zellmer, Jerry Mevissen, Sybil Smith, Dorie McClelland, Rachel Anderson, Patrick Ledray, and Sherry Roberts for serving on MIPA’s board the last few years. And thanks (and a sigh of relief) to our new board members who came forward to take MIPA into the future.
And thanks to all MIPA members and friends, who make the Midwest one of the best places on earth to write and publish books.
President Suzzanne Kelley will take over communications as I try to remember what it is I want to be when I grow up.
Pat Morris, Past-president

Member news https://mipa.org/2017/09/03/member-news-2/ Sun, 03 Sep 2017 21:07:57 +0000 http://mipa.org/?p=1988
  • Sharon Woodhouse, Lake Claremont Press and Everything Goes Media, LLC, of Chicago and Milwaukee, offers a free newsletter aimed at nonfiction authors, but valuable for everyone. It’s called “Conspired: Ideas from the Inside for Nonfiction Authors.” Check it out here.
  • If you’re in or near Minnesota and would like one-on-one help learning about publishing, David Unowsky, renowned bookstore owner, publisher, writer, and so much more, is offering his expertise. Contact David for more information.
  • Former MIPA board member Amy Zellmer is featured in the September issue of the health and fitness magazine Experience Life, talking about traumatic brain injury, the topic of her two award-winning books.
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    Publishing University https://mipa.org/2017/09/03/publishing-university/ Sun, 03 Sep 2017 21:04:17 +0000 http://mipa.org/?p=1985 MIPA is an affiliate of the Independent Book Publishing Association (IBPA). Each year IBPA offers a conference with 30+ sessions on various publishing topics. The next Publishing University will be held on April 6-7, 2018, in Austin, Texas. As an affiliate, one MIPA member will be offered a scholarship to PubU and a stipend to help with travel expenses. To be eligible, you must be a member of MIPA and IBPA. For all the requirements and the application form, see the IBPA Scholarship Program webpage.

    Midwest Book Awards https://mipa.org/2017/09/03/midwest-book-awards-2/ Sun, 03 Sep 2017 20:57:44 +0000 http://mipa.org/?p=1983 The 28th annual Midwest Book Awards is now open and accepting entries. Information will be on the website soon but contact Deb Jacobson for an entry form or with questions.

    Meet our other new board members https://mipa.org/2017/09/03/meet-our-other-new-board-members/ Sun, 03 Sep 2017 20:48:52 +0000 http://mipa.org/?p=1981 MIPA’s new board truly represents the Midwest region.
    Our new president, Dr. Suzzanne Kelley, is Assistant Professor of Practice and Editor in Chief of North Dakota State University Press in Fargo. She is also developing a Certificate in Publishing for NDSU. Suzzanne has a BS in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas—Austin, an MA in history from the University of Central Oklahoma, a Certificate in Publishing from Minnesota State University—Moorhead, and a PhD in history from NDSU, majoring in studies of the American West (particularly the Great Plains), Rural & Agricultural History, and Public History. She has worked with state, national, and international journals, editing articles with a wide array of research topics including agriculture, politics, history, and Chinese studies. Before joining NDSU she was the managing editor for New Rivers Press at Minnesota State University Moorhead for several years. When she is not making books, teaching, or being presidential, she conducts scholarly research in the Great Plains, Australia, and New Zealand, discovering connections between memory and place.
    Peter Liptak, MIPA’s vice president, was born in the Midwest but lived in South Korea for 20 years, where he taught English and created Exile Press, and includes imprints Little Bear Books and Hungry Dictator Press. He’s published a wide range of books including a book of Korean slang, a graphic novel, ESL textbooks, art, poetry, and children’s books. Now living in Minneapolis, he continues to publish and offers copywriting and web development services.
    Paisley Kauffmann, MIPA’s secretary, started writing fiction seven years ago and continues to participate in writing classes and groups. She has had seven short stories published in nine journal publications and is working on a novel. Paisley is also a registered nurse and lives in Minneapolis.
    Treasurer Jennifer Baum is from Michigan. Jennifer is publisher and editorial director of Scribe Publishing Company, and MIPA’s new treasurer. She founded Scribe Publishing Company in 2011 to fulfill a lifelong dream of working with books (in Michigan, a state not known for its literary industry). Jennifer is also co-author of The Glass Palace: Illusions of Freedom and Democracy in Qatar, published by Algora Publishing. Prior to establishing Scribe Consulting, Jennifer served as editor of two regional magazines and held a host of other positions in the field of marketing and communications. She lives in Royal Oak, Michigan.
    Deb Jacobson is MIPA’s new Midwest Book Awards chair. Deb was a project manager in the printing industry for 25 years and now owns Prairie Pond Publishing, LLC in New Richmond, Wisconsin. She has written and published four non-fiction books, is working on two more, and will soon publish other authors.