About Us

BAIPA is an educational organization dedicated to elevating the art of the independent author-publisher. Members include creative people who are involved in various aspects of publishing, linking writers with the services they need to publish and sell their work.

Formerly the Marin Small Publishers Association, BAIPA was founded in 1979 in the San Francisco Bay Area and incorporated as a nonprofit public benefit organization in 1981.

We meet the Second Saturday of every month in Novato for Q&A, networking, and a speaker on a topic of interest. Our meetings are opportunities to gather information, exchange ideas, share successes and challenges, meet supportive professionals, and ask questions about the rapidly changing industry. Approximately four times a year, the morning meeting is followed by an in-depth afternoon workshop.

Openness and enthusiasm have been the hallmark of the group since its inception. Over 1,000 people have joined BAIPA over the years and members have published and midwifed more than 1,000 titles.

Our Members Include:

 Writers in Many Genres
 Book Designers   
 Artists  Printers
 Illustrators  Distributors
 Computer Instructors  Publishing Consultants
 Computing Services  Book Shepherds
 Ergonomic Specialists  Reviewers
 Editors  Publicists
 Publishers  Marketing Coaches
 Writing Coaches  Social Media Mavens
 Proofreaders  Web Designers
 eBook Formatters  Videographers