MiPA https://mipa.org Midwest Independent Publishers Association Tue, 22 Sep 2020 20:07:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://mipa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/cropped-MIPALogoWebTan2-new-1-32x32.png MiPA https://mipa.org 32 32 October Monthly Meeting https://mipa.org/2020/09/22/october-monthly-meeting/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=october-monthly-meeting Tue, 22 Sep 2020 20:07:33 +0000 https://mipa.org/?p=5129 Send ’em to the Shelves: Working with a Distributor

with Brent Cunningham, Executive Director of Small Press Distribution

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Getting your book in front of book buyers and a larger pool of potential readers is a numbers game. Through their sales representatives and wholesaler agreements, distributors give you credibility with book buyers and access to a wide range of sales channels, from small retailers to national chains, and online bookstores.

Distributors serve authors and publishers by:

  • Acting as the official vendor on behalf of the publisher; usually via an exclusive agreement to provide print, ebook and/or audio book to the book trade.
  • Set up titles with many wholesalers—the middlemen between you, the author or publisher, and most major book retailers (especially when your operation is too small to do so yourself).
  • Pitching and selling their titles directly to the retail buyers via an active sales force, in the hopes of getting as many books as possible on shelves and in front of consumers.
  • Bills customers, ships orders (to wholesalers and/or retailers) so that you as the publisher don’t have to; may offer fulfillment (to consumer) services as well.

In the October MiPA presentation, speaker Brent Cunningham will share his years of experience with distribution for independent publishers. He will provide insight on the benefits of working with, and the services provided by a distributor, and he will discuss how to begin working with a distributor like Small Press Distribution.

There will be time for questions, so sharpen your pencils and come prepared to pick Brent’s brain at the end of the session.

On or before Tuesday, October 13, register to call in or access our online meeting using the Zoom app on your computer or mobile device or call in from your phone. REGISTER HERE

About Our Speaker

Brent Cunningham has worked at Small Press Distribution since 1999, starting as their Sales Manager. In February he was named their Executive Director. SPD, based in Berkeley, is the nation’s only non-profit literary book distributor, serving around 350 smaller, independent publishers. He has published two books of poetry with SPD publishers, Bird & Forest (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2005) and Journey to the Sun (Atelos, 2012), as well as a chapbook titled The Sad Songs of Hell (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2017). He lives in Oakland with the poet Melissa Benham and their two children.

Small Press Distribution, better known as SPD, has for five decades connected readers with writers by providing dynamic access to independently published literature—getting small press books out into the world so that essential but underrepresented literary communities can fully participate in the marketplace. For numerous small presses, SPD has long provided the only reliable and available access to the U.S. book market.

In 2019 books sales of over 250,000 books, topped 2.5 million dollars, comprised of 35% wholesalers and jobbers, 25% online booksellers, 17% independent bookstores, 8% university and college bookstores, 5% direct to individuals, 2% direct to libraries, 1% to chain stores, and 7% other (mostly foreign sales).

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!

Tuesday, October 13, 2020:

  • 6:30–7:00 (CT) Virtual Happy Hour Networking—drop in any time before the meeting to say hello (and test your audio and optionally video connection)
  • 7:00–8:30 (CT) Presentations and Discussion

Program is free to all attendees; pre-register using the meeting link.

Register in advance for access by clicking here

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.

Or, use one of Zoom’s dial-in numbers to call from your phone.

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

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Join Us For Our Online Webinar, Tuesday, May 12th https://mipa.org/2020/04/21/join-us-for-our-online-webinar-tuesday-may-12th/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=join-us-for-our-online-webinar-tuesday-may-12th Tue, 21 Apr 2020 21:08:55 +0000 https://mipa.org/?p=4754 Book Promotion Using Virtual Presentations

with Publicity Coach and Speaker Steve Harrison

How can we market in a pandemic? MiPA’s May virtual meeting speaker, Steve Harrison is a marketing expert who says authors and publishers can use webinars and other virtual presentations (webcasts, web classes, teleseminars, Facebook Live videos, and more) to sell books and expand their reach … mask-free.

“The most successful authors and experts are committed to learning how to market themselves.”

During MiPA’s May meeting, Steve will talk about:

  • Why you should be doing virtual presentations before you write your book.
  • The 4 things you must have to monetize your virtual presentation.
  • The 10 biggest mistakes people make when doing virtual presentations.
  • How to do a virtual book signing.
  • Best of all, you don’t have to be a “tech geek” to succeed with virtual presentations.

On Tuesday, May 12, call in or access our online meeting using the Zoom app on your computer or mobile device or call in from your phone. Connection details below.

About Our Speaker

Steve Harrison has dedicated the past 30+ years of his life to helping authors and entrepreneurs promote their books, products, and services. He and his team have helped more than 15,000 authors promote their books as guests on radio and TV talk shows. As publisher of Radio-TV Interview Report (RTIR), he’s helped launch such bestselling books including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Rich Dad Poor Dad, the Finish Rich series, and the Dummies series.

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!

Tuesday, May 12, 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 

Upcoming…
e-Books + Self Publishing CRAM Day, JouleU Virtual Meeting is May 19 10AM–2PM. With a panel of experts discussing their experiences and afternoon resource discussion. Still free entry.
Saturday evening, June 27 will be the virtual Midwest Book Awards Gala. Finalists will be announced in the next month, along with details on how you can host your own awards watch party at home for the reveal of this year’s winners.
MiPA still plans to be at the Rosemount Writers Festival now rescheduled to coincide with the Annual Country Faire on Saturday, September 26, 2020.

MiPA events can always be found at www.mipa.org/mipa-events/

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Join Us For Our Online Webinar, Tuesday April 14 https://mipa.org/2020/03/29/join-us-for-our-online-webinar-tuesday-april-14/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=join-us-for-our-online-webinar-tuesday-april-14 Sun, 29 Mar 2020 05:16:47 +0000 https://mipa.org/?p=4701
 

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.

 

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2019 Midwest Book Awards Gala https://mipa.org/2019/05/17/2019-midwest-book-awards-gala/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=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

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

 

Gold seal
WINNERS OF THE 29TH ANNUAL
MIDWEST BOOK AWARDS ANNOUNCED

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)

Autobiography/Memoir                              

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)

Biography                             

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)

Business                                

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)

Cookbooks/Crafts/Hobbies                        

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)

Education/Learning                        

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)

Family/Parenting                             

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)

Health                       

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)

Inspiration                            

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                                   

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)

Poetry                        

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)

Recreation/Sports/Travel                           

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)

Religion/Philosophy                        

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.

 

 

 

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2019 Midwest Book Awards Gala Invitation https://mipa.org/2019/04/18/midwest-book-awards-gala-invitation/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=midwest-book-awards-gala-invitation Thu, 18 Apr 2019 18:36:43 +0000 http://mipa.org/?p=2645 INVITATION TO THE
MIDWEST BOOK AWARDS GALA

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).

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28th Annual Midwest Book Awards Medalists Announced! https://mipa.org/2018/05/16/28th-annual-midwest-book-awards-medalists-announced/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=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)

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

—Biography
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)

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

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

—Family/Parenting
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)

—Health
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)

—Humor
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)
Nature

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

Poetry
—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)

—Religion/Philosophy/Spirituality
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)

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A huge thank you https://mipa.org/2017/09/03/a-huge-thank-you/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=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

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Member news https://mipa.org/2017/09/03/member-news-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=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/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=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.

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