Board of Directors

Suzzanne Kelley
North Dakota State University Press
Email: Suzzanne

Paul Nylander
Vice President
illustrada design
Email: Paul

Ron Peterson
PTB Books
Email: Ron

Nayt Rundquist
New Rivers Press
Email: Nayt

Pat Morris
Past President
Book Architects
Email: Pat

Sybil Smith
Program Chair and Past President
Smith House Press

Jennifer Baum
Scribe Publishing Company
Chair, Midwest Book Awards
Email: Jennifer

Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetings feature publishing experts who provide valuable insight and information about marketing, distribution, writing, editing, production, the law, and more. In addition, we schedule occasional field trips and special events.
Meetings are typically held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, September through June, 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Check specific events for details and changes.

Upcoming Meetings

    • September • Copyright & permissions, trade marks: David Koehser, attorney.
      • Tuesday, September 10, 2019
        6:30pm: Networking
      • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Program
        **NEW LOCATION**
        Delta Hotels Minneapolis Northeast
        1330 Industrial Boulevard NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413
      • Additional Information and Registration
    • October • Social Media Panel: Karen Melvin, Suzzanne Kelley, Dawn Quigley.
      • Tuesday, October 8, 2019. 6:30 networking, 7:00–9:00 program
    • November • IBPA checklist for what is required in every book
      • Tuesday, November 12, 2019. 6:30 networking, 7:00–9:00 program
    • December • Holiday Party (Date TBD)
    • January • Video for promotion
    • February • Tips for Book Readings: Panel of local book store representatives
    • March • Finding an agent
    • April • IBPA PubU 4/3–4/2020, Redondo Beach (Remember, MiPA members get a discount on IBPA membership)
    • April • Finances of book publishing: Nayt Rundquist, Managing Editor of New Rivers Press, and MiPA Treasurer
    • May • Changes to the Bookseller Industry
Regular meetings are free to MiPA members, $10 for non-members.


MIPA’s Mission

Midwest Independent Publishing Association serves the Midwest publishing community in a collaborative sharing of publishing, production, promotion, and marketing information.

Through educational programming and other cooperative efforts, MIPA assists members in their publishing initiatives and ongoing endeavors. MIPA also provides networking opportunities for publishers, both new and experienced, to learn from each other.

To advance the understanding and appreciation of related professions and trades, MIPA’s members include printers, distributors, editors, indexers, artists, designers, and others who contribute to the vitality of the industry.

MIPA provides support, encouragement, and information to authors who want to learn about the myriad publishing options emerging in this dynamic digital world.

Join MIPA Today

Your annual membership gets you:

  • Professional Development.
  • E-mail Updates.
  • Discounted entries for the Midwest Book Awards.
  • And so much more!