Monthly Archives: February 2014

Women’s National Book Association Pitch-O-Rama

The San Francisco chapter of the Women’s National Book Association is having their 11th annual Pitch-O-Rama on Saturday, March 29 from 8 a.m to 12:30 p.m. It will be held at the Women’s Building, in the Heart of the Mission, 3543 18th Street between Guerrero and Valencia.

Cost is $65 for WNBA members and $75 for nonmembers. It includes breakfast treats from the Tartine Bakery, a free pre-pitch session, a two-hour one-on-one pitch session with mentoring throughout, and a panel discussion about categorizing women’s fiction. Both genders are welcome, of course!

About a dozen agents will be in attendance, including Michael Larsen, Andy Ross, Elizabeth Pomada, Brooke Warner, Alan Rinzler, and Peter Beren.

Patricia V. Davis will be among the pitch coaches.

Register at their website:

By the way, annual membership in WNBA is $45, $25 for seniors.

Wellness Warrior Fundraiser for Judy Baker

Judy BakerHelp save a life. Please join us for an afternoon of food, drink, music, a silent auction, friendship, and fun. Support Wellness Warrior, Judy Baker, as she conquers peritoneal cancer. Proceeds will help cover out-of-pocket medical expenses that are adding up fast. Judy served as president of BAIPA from 2011-2013.

Go to: for details about the Saturday, March 8, event, from 3-6, at the Sonoma Women’s Club, 574 1st Street East, Sonoma. You can also call 707.938.8844 for more information.

“A Pie for a Pig” Featured at Sun Gallery in Hayward

“A Pie for a Pig,” a children’s picture book written by BAIPA member Susan Pace-Koch, has been selected to be in the 25th Annual Children’s Book Illustrator Exhibit from February 7 – April 7, 2014, at the Sun Gallery in Hayward. Illustrations from the book, created by Jack Wiens for Get Out Books, will also be shown.

There will be a reception for artists and a book signing on Sunday, March 16, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Go to for more info. The Sun Gallery invites teachers and classes to visit the gallery and enjoy free art Saturdays and special workshops.

A special exhibit of “Pigs with Personalities” based on Jack Wiens’ pig characters will be on display. These felted creations are by fiber artist Lisa Colom of Merry Manias.
There also will be an audio file accompanying the exhibit, by BAIPA member Becky Parker Geist of Pro Audio Voices, for visitors’ enjoyment.

Publisher Get Out Books, of Concord, California, also partners with the Benicia Education Foundation to support district schools and libraries.

Crowdfunding for Book Publishing Projects

By Cheryl Downing
Have you struggled to find the financial resources to complete a book publishing project?
If so, then perhaps crowdfunding is your answer. Crowdfunding allows you to raise small amounts of money from a large group of individuals, typically over the Internet, using a website such as Kickstarter. It is not a loan, so you don’t need to pay the money back. Also, the donors are not entitled to royalties from your project. Continue reading

What is the Secret to Balancing Writing and Marketing?

By Anne Hill
I don’t mean just for a day, or a weekend, or a month when you find you have some spare time. I’m talking about over the long haul—from the moment you start writing something you are passionate about to the day, years later, when you finally become an “overnight success.”

Maybe you are one of the lucky few who are disciplined writers, experts at time management, enjoy social media, and love writing promo copy as much as your next big novel. If you are, then please introduce yourself because I don’t know ANY authors for whom all of this comes easy.

Fortunately there are ways to do this without possessing superpowers, and that is the subject of my upcoming workshop Thursday Feb. 13 from 9-12, in conjunction with the San Francisco Writers Conference. This pre-conference workshop is open to the public, and you need not register for the entire conference to attend.

Called “Being an Author for the Long Haul: How to Balance Writing and Marketing,” the workshop will show you how to:

• Develop an authentic voice for marketing without losing yourself
• Create a marketing plan that includes taking care of yourself
• Find one or two social media outlets that leverage your strengths, and ignore the rest
• Use the lure of curiosity and generosity rather than hard-sell tactics to attract and engage followers
• Generate a workday “flow” that allows you to effortlessly slip between writing and marketing

If you are interested in joining me for this session, register now at . I will be speaking at the conference as well, but am looking forward to going into greater depth in this longer session. I hope to see many of you there!

Creative Content Coaching

New Study Group

New Study Group

A new group, Enhanced Digital Book Study Group, commenced operation
Saturday after the BAIPA meeting. The group decided to keep in touch via
a Facebook page soon to be set up. You can join by sending an email
request to Joe Sinclair at You must be a BAIPA member
to join.

The primary purpose of the group is to study the integration of
interactivity and diverse media (e.g., audio, images) into digital text
such as ebooks and book apps by means of research, experimentation, and

All BAIPA members are welcome to join. The next meeting of the group has
yet to be decided.