Membership in Christian Indie Publishing Association (CIPA) brings you the same professional respect that the American Medical Association does for the medical profession.
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Why Christian Indie Authors and Small Publishers Need CIPA
Monthly newsletters contain the Christian publishing industry’s latest developments and resources. Bi-monthly take-action workshops further member’s education and expertise in self-publishing.
CIPA members receive huge discounts on book publishing and advertising-related costs. Some Christian publishers claim that the money they save on the IngramSpark free title setup more than pays for their annual membership fees.
CIPA members network with other independent authors and Christian publishers through private mastermind groups, Facebook groups, and live take-action workshops. Networking leads to opportunities.
CIPA provides opportunities for you to affordably display your titles at the Christian Product Expo and National Religious Broadcasting conventions. Gain exposure through a book signing at a huge convention.
Christian Indie Publishing Association (CIPA) was created in 2004 to provide independently published authors and small publishers with resources and tools to publish like a traditional publisher. Learning about the Christian publishing industry and how to self-publish is challenging. Why do it alone when you can join this Christian publishing association to provide the support you need? The culmination of the CIPA discounts, educational materials, and marketing tools makes your publishing experience easier and more profitable.
Susan U. Neal, Director of CIPA
As a Certified Advanced Writer and Speaker Association Writer Coach, Susan U. Neal RN, MBA, MHS, desires to help others achieve their publishing goals and sell their God-inspired message.
She is the author of seven healthy living books. Her self-published number one Amazon best seller, 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and Carbohydrates, won the Selah award and sold over 15,000 copies in three years.
Susan won the 2020 Christian Author Network Crown Award for Outstanding Broadcast Media for her book marketing campaign.
She is a trusted advisor for authors and helps many sell more books.
Do you want to sell more books? Susan can teach you how. Her best-selling Christian author experience makes her an ideal coach for those desiring to self-publish a book and market that book.
She leads the bi-monthly take-action workshops and the author mastermind group.
Sarah Bolme, Founder of CIPA
In 2002, Sarah published two self-help books with a small publisher. In 2003, she and her husband, a fiction author, formed CREST Publications and self-published a set of board books. That’s when Sarah’s journey into book marketing began.
In that journey, Sarah discovered that there was not much information geared toward book marketing in the Christian marketplace, much less a guide book or an association. It became clear that a Christian publishing association was needed to provide assistance and information to new and emerging publishers and indie authors.
She founded Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA) in January 2004. The association was later renamed Christian Indie Publishing Association (CIPA). Sarah Bolme is the author of seven books including the award-winning book, Your Guide to Marketing Christian Books, now in its fourth edition.
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Pastor and Author
“I have been a part of the Christian Indie Publishing Association for a number of years and consider the annual membership to be one of the best investments I make each year for my writing and publishing ministry…..
Author and owner LewMar Innovations, LLC
“When I think over my experiences since joining the Christian Indie Publishing Association (CIPA) the word Game Changer comes to mind. And that’s what CIPA is—a game-changer. In the world of publishers and authors, I considered myself a newbie; if someone wrote a book on ten things never to do when publishing …”
Lee Ann Mancini
Author and Executive Producer of Sea Kids
“Christian Indie Publishing Association has been—and continues to be—an excellent resource in my publishing endeavor. When I first decided to become an independent publisher, I was blessed to have purchased the book, Your Guide to Marketing Christian Books …
Kent and Katie Philpott
Earthen Vessel Media, LLC
“It was a tremendous blessing to link up with Christian Small Publishing Association (CSPA), now renamed Christian Indie Publishing Association (CIPA). We are grateful for the world’s recognition not only of quality independent author/publishing but …
Why Choose CIPA?
The indie publishing and book marketing courses, reference guides, and checklists are priceless when creating, launching, and marketing a professional-looking book. The newsletter keeps members abreast of ongoing trends in the publishing industry. The take-action workshops are packed with actionable tips to enhance your book marketing and bottom-line.
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Marketing / Advertising Benefits
You would pay much more to advertise through a publicist than what advertising opportunities are available to CIPA members. The CIPA Radio and Podcast Media List provides over 100 shows actively seeking guests. Book marketing is a complex job for most writers. CIPA simplifies it.
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Do you need guidance finding reputable publishing resources? CIPA can help you find professional businesses to meet all your publishing needs. Plus your membership means you will receive a discount for these services. Ultimately you will save money through your CIPA membership!
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Listen to Those Who Recommend
“CIPA is the association for small and indie publishers as well as self-published authors. With a wealth of resources online, one can find almost anything needed to produce, publish, and publicize a book. Prices are reasonable for services and responses are timely and fast to questions. Well worth the cost of joining.”
Deb Haggerty, Publisher & Editor in Chief, Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.
“CIPA has been a huge blessing to me and EABooks Publishing. From the numerous discounts and access to industry events, and newsletters full of timely and useful articles, tips, and news. A small publisher would pay a lot more for this kind of support, but CIPA makes it affordable.”
Cheri Cowell, Owner EABooks Publishing
“I have to say, I wish I had joined your organization years ago. I learned more in the first day than I could have imagined! The last two years of struggling to learn book marketing and indie publishing on my own were not necessary with CIPA. Thank you for all you do!”
Diana Le’Gere, Arabelle Publishing
“CIPA has proven to be invaluable to me for over 11 years as an independent book publisher. The discounts at major suppliers and the monthly newsletter that offer awesome time and money saving tips have prepared me for nothing but success in the book publishing business.”
Jamie Pleasant, Biblion Publishing
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