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, with networking starting ahead of time at 6:30, all via Zoom. Check specific events for details and changes. Sign up for the MiPA email list to receive the Zoom Meeting Link each month.


Upcoming Events

    • Finalists for the Midwest Book Awards will be announced in the last week of April.
    • Tuesday, May 11, 2021: Diversity in Publishing: A Case Study in Collaboration and Commitment with Judy Galbraith, president and founder of Free Spirit Publishing and Mary Taris, founder of Strive Publishing.
    • Saturday, June 27, 2021: Virtual Midwest Book Awards Gala
    • Our meetings are free to all to attend.  


Past Events

  • April’s member meeting featured hybrid publishing with Maggie Langrick, founder and publisher of Wonderwell.
  • March’s member meeting featured Amazon Ads with Bryan Cohen.
  • February’s member meeting featured a conversation on publishing with editor and author Katherine Pickett, author of Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro.
  • January’s member meeting featured a panel discussion on audiobook production, sales and marketing.
  • The Virtual Book Reading Series concluded in December and featured winners from the 2020 Midwest Book Awards. Watch on MiPA’s YouTube Channel.
  • December’s general member meeting included an online holiday party and general Q&A about publishing with the board.
  • November’s member meeting featured an exciting discussion between Wise Ink publisher Amy Quale and Book Marketing Guru Roseanne Cheng of Evergreen Authors, discussing Change Through Children’s Literature: Create and Market a Children’s Book with Purpose. Summary can be found at our Meeting Notes page.
  • Thursday, October 29 the Virtual Book Reading Series continued featuring winners from the 2020 Midwest Book Awards. Watch replays on the Midwest Book Awards Facebook Page or MiPA’s YouTube Channel.
  • Tuesday, October 13: Send ’em to the Shelves—Working with a Book Distributor, featuring Brent Cunningham, Executive Director of Small Press Distribution. Summary can be found at our Meeting Notes page.
  • September 24 Inaugural Virtual Book Reading Series, featuring winners from the 2020 Midwest Book Awards. Watch replays on the Midwest Book Awards Facebook Page or MiPA’s YouTube Channel.
  • September 8, 2020: Hosting from Home: Online Book Talks featuring Jenna Kahly and Hillary Stevens of the Lake Agassiz Regional Library. Meeting notes.
  • Saturday, June 27: Midwest Book Awards Gala (Virtual Event)
  • Tuesday, May 19: MiPA at the e-Books + Self Publishing CRAM Day 10A–2P, St. Paul. Free Entry. (Rescheduled)
  • Tuesday May 12: Online Webinar: “Book Promotion Using Virtual Presentations” with Publicity Coach and Speaker Steve Harrison.
  • Tuesday, April 14: Online Webinar: “Throw Out the Rulebook: Publishing in a Pandemic” with Bookmobile’s Don Leeper and Angela Bole, CEO of IBPA.
  • Tuesday, March 10: Figuring out Funding: Finances of book publishing, Nayt Rundquist, Managing Editor of New Rivers Press, and MiPA Treasurer
  • February 2020 • The Anatomy of a Powerful Book Launch Featuring Dara Beevas, Author and Co-Founder of Wise Ink Creative Publishing
  • January 2020 • Using Video to Sell More Books with Jackie Menne
  • December 2019 • Member’s Holiday Party! Hosted by Pat Morris
  • November 2019 • Self-Evaluating Your Publishing Program for Maximum Success with Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito
  • October 2019 • Social Media Panel with Karin Melvin, Mike Faricy, and Suzzanne Kelley.
  • September 2019 • Copyright & Permissions, Trade Marks with David Koehser, attorney.

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.

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Membership is currently free. We provide:

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